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The Aftermath: We were all correct

by David Haber

Sometime a week before Book 7 came out, someone commented that Harry would die, but then come back. I think most everyone on the site thought it was a silly idea. But I told several people at that time that I thought that just might be the perfect solution, although I couldn't figure out how J.K. could make it work. J.K. did, of course! So, the half of the Harry Potter fans in the world who thought Harry would die were right! And the other half who thought he would live were also right!

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I'm felling really strange about the book right now. It's great and everything (no doubt about that) but I can help feeling so sad about the fact that there be no more Harry Potter stories. That the door to the magical world is closed now, and the key lost. I wish someone could make JK tell them all the details that never existed anywhere but in JK's head, But who says that doesn't make them real?

There's nothing I want more than for the book's to continue forever. They've really been a light in my life for all those years.

As for an encyclopedia, that's not really the same thing as a real storybook. An encyclopedia would only give us facts but not stories. The world of Harry Potter becomes a lot more living with stories than with facts. For example: when describing a room it gets alot more living when you say "The fire was warm and as the boys sat by the fire, a coalpiece fell out of the fire and made the paintings scream of fright. The didn't want the fire to burn them." Than writing: "In the room there is a fireplace and several paintings who was scared of fire. There is usually people sitting by the fireplace and talking."
Don't you agree?

I shall really miss the world of Harry Potter which we now be able to enter only by rereading the stories. It has gone from being a living world to being a deserted place where we can only relive our memories and all the people is gone. I'm close to tears now and I just want to say:
R.I.P. the World of Harry Potter!

Posted by Moa from Varberg, Sweden on July 24, 2007 04:28 AM

Snape is awesome! He's a true hero.

Posted by Henry from US on July 24, 2007 04:56 AM

the reason why Dumbledore became the master of the elder wand is explained by Ollivander. you do not have to a person to master their wand, you can disarm them just like Harry did to draco and got his original wand and became the true master of the Elder Wand, which is also the reason that Voldemorts AK was rebounded (he wasn't the true master, he ed the wrong the people)

Posted by carl from birmingham, england on July 24, 2007 05:04 AM

So, if you could afford a house elf and you would end up in the Malfoy mansion jail (or any jail) for whatever reason, you could get out just by summoning your servant?

It's an important leak in a fantastic book, that's why it's a pity it's in it! But wow, the girl can sure tell a tale!

Posted by Co Doesburg from Amsterdam, the Netherlands on July 24, 2007 05:23 AM

WOW! That book was a rush!
I understand the cover of the book now, and I feel really stupid for not realizing it before! It's the Great Hall, the curtains are the tattered Gryffindor hangings, and They have no wands because Harry just disarmed Voldemort, dropped his hawthorn wand, and is reaching up to catch the Elder Wand which is why Voldemort looks so scared! And that amulet thing is the bag Hagrid gave him!
I was so happy about Kreacher turning over a new leaf! It was adorable. I was sad that so many d, but I was in total hysterics when Dobby went. May he rest in peace. I am also sad about Snape, and feel really bad for distrusting him all these years. Sorry, Sev.
In my opinion, Harry never d. Remember what Hermione said? When humans , their souls go on, and when Horcruxes are destroyed, their container goes on. The only part of Harry that was a Horcrux was the bit of Voldy's soul that was in him. So when Voldy used the ing Curse, the only part of Harry that he ed was his own soul, not Harry himself or Harry's soul because he was only the CONTAINER!
It was so nice that Harry and Dumbledore had their little reunion. It really warmed my heart how Harry named the child that looked like him after not only Dumbledore, but Snape too! We never learn his son James's middle name, but I hope it's Fred! And Lily's middle name should be Nymphadora. Anyway, thanks J.K. for opening my eyes to a world I never could have imagined on my own.

Posted by Flabbergasted! from Texas on July 24, 2007 05:55 AM

Found another courious thing:
Dumbledore was able to beat Grindelwald because he wasn't the true owner of the elder wand (since he stole it). But how did Dumbledore then become the true owner of the elder wand? He did'nt defeat the true owner, and that sounds to me like it's the only way to become the true owner (especially if we remember the diaglog between harry and Dumbledore's portrait where Harry intends to render the elder wand useless by of Age).

Posted by Alyflex on July 24, 2007 06:01 AM

I think it means that Lily used her actual life as a shield ie Voldemort ed HER without any problems, but then his next ing curse backfired when he tried to use it on Harry. Perhaps the wording is a little too loose there.

A few people have wondered about the double quest for the horcruxes as well as the ly Hallows. I think the Hallows represent the ultimate power over which is what Voldemort was trying to achieve. Harry's quest for the Hallows was in the end to understand them, not to use them to defeat Voldemort. Unlike Dumbledore he was able to avoid that temptation. I think it is significant that in the end he was able to defeat Voldemort because he was ing to embrace the thing Voldemort feared; . All Voldemort's major errors stemmed from him trying to calculate everything and every action. Oscar Wilde described a cynic as "the man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." I think that sums up Voldemort. The only use he found for love was using and twisting other people's love to his own ends. It was only valuable if he could use it to some quantifiable end. Like I said, everything weighed and measured down to the last action. Harry on the other was ing to sacrifice his life to give his friends a chance to finish the job. All the important things he did that night came from the heart, right down to the decision to let Voldemort him. It was not a calculated action; he had no idea what would happen, any more than Lily knew what would happen when she d for him. I think that is the only way that sort of magic would work, if it comes from the heart, not calculated knowledge.
I think the point of the Hallows was that Harry had to use them in much the same way as he used the Mirror of Erised in the first book; with no taint of personal gain. In the end he rejects the Resurrection stone - he knows that it is unnecessay - and the Elder Wand - he rejects that sort of power.

I am trying very hard to remember if Rowling said a muggle or squib would do magic, or if she just said someone would do magic unexpectedly later in life. If the latter, could she have meant Ron's use of Parseltongue? That certainly shook me. At first I wondered how the heck he'd managed it, but then I remembered the way the locket had affected him. Maybe that gave him enough of a connection to do it. Just a thought anyway. Loved the book. For those who were wondering if Rowling deliberately used ideas from here and other sites just to please us - er, no. Forget it. It just doesn't work that way. All the clues, every last one, is there in the earlier books. She had to have the major developments in her head from the start for the whole thing to weave together so neatly. I think what has happened is that we all came up with so many theories that it was inevitable that we would hit on some of the right ones. Like I said, the clues were there. As for who got a reprieve and which two d in his/her place - I think George got a reprieve and Remus and Tonks took his place. Just a guess.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on July 24, 2007 06:12 AM

Just a small point to answer one question - I don't think the names of Ron's and Hermione's children have any deep significant meaning, but they do begin with R and H, same as the parents...

Posted by Anita from Northants, England on July 24, 2007 06:12 AM

A beautiful work - and a fitting end to an outstanding series.

I completely understand the many folks who've said, "and NOW what we do... what we read, which characters shall we next love, which writer's world shall we enter?"

But for me, and I hope for you, the answer is my, and your, own lives.

Surely we'll find other stories to enjoy, perhaps, J.K. ing, even another novel from Ms. Rowling.

But more importantly, like all great novels, the Harry Potter series provides lessons for the mind, and inspiration for the soul... for making our lives, maybe just a bit more, or maybe quite a lot, what we really want them to be. (And make the world better as a consequence.)

And in this sense, we are now, all of us, Rowling's Army.

Love and luck, and best premises, to all of you.

Posted by Rowboat Naysayer from Village of the Red Ford on July 24, 2007 06:23 AM

Firstly, I can't wait until the Battle Of Hogwarts in the film. It be so cool!

I am a bit confused and upset, as I really wanted to know why Harry and Luna could hear the voices behind the veil and the others couldn't. Why wasn't this explained!

Dobby was a real hero, R.I.P.

I love how JKR pulled everything together. GENIUS

Thanks for the great site.

Posted by Will from London on July 24, 2007 07:05 AM

I've never commented on this site before, but I've read a lot of things on here. I read DH in about 8 hours, finishing it Saturday evening.

After the last few days, I realize that the one thing that is just sticking with me is Snape's life and his . The absolute horror and loneliness of it, nearly a full lifetime of sorrow finished with a year of being despised by former friends who never understood how loyal he remained. Looking into the eyes of the boy he hated, the eyes of the woman he'd always loved, and knowing that he'd protected this child for years only to send him off to his certain (or so he thought). To pay forever for bad choices made as a young boy himself - losing the love of his life, choosing the wrong sides, the wrong people.

It's just horrific, chilling, tragical. I know the books are called Harry Potter, but I think the most compelling character, the one that I'll always think of, is Severus Snape.

And I was certain he was still on the side of the Order at the end of HBP, and spent most of DH being upset that he turned out evil after all. And then sobbed my eyes out during the Prince's Tale - the character of Snape truly showcases Rowling's masterful writing ability.

Posted by Amanda from Indiana on July 24, 2007 07:10 AM

to those wondering about Kings Cross, it does not say they are definitely there, Dumbledore asks Harry where he thinks he is, and he ventures a guess at Kings Cross, and asks Dumbledore what he thinks, who just says "its your party", its not clarified that is where they are!

Posted by chan on July 24, 2007 07:26 AM

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