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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 want a separate book on Severus Snape.

Posted by Sagar from Washington on July 24, 2007 09:21 AM

i loved it when harry used crucio. it was about time he started kicking behind. it would have been cool if he busted out some Aks too, but then he'd be voldermort...

Posted by mike from santa clara on July 24, 2007 09:28 AM

I think I've read most of these posts now - forgive me if I've missed any and this is a double-up. A couple of people mentioned Voldemort turning the Diedem into a horcrux and suggested he was flippant about leaving it kicking around the Room of Requirement. JKR made it fairly clear that Voldemort was arrogant to the end, and that he believed he and he alone had cracked the code to the Room. You also must consider that we don't know when he placed this horcrux - did he do it when he was at school, or was it the fateful night that he returned to the school to ask for the Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher post? If it was that evening, he had limited time to spare and would have headed there asap and concealed it. I could be wrong, it might not have been then at all. What intrigues me more is how he got his hands on it in the first place - I was thrilled with that storyline; I think everyone who was mentally ticking off the horcruxes was blown away when they realised that the seemingly insignificant tiara that harry used to remember where he'd hidden the potions book was actually the vital missing piece of the jigsaw. Spot on, breathtaking writing to the end, with a good helping of sentimentality thrown in. First class and a superb finale.

Posted by Faith from Birmingham, UK on July 24, 2007 09:48 AM

BTW, "Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew" is the greatest quote of the HP series.

Posted by Sagar from Washington on July 24, 2007 09:49 AM

After reading DH, it seems that there are some plot holes surrounding the Prophecy. It appears that Snape only heard the first part of the Prophecy and then was given the boot. If thats the case, Professor Trelawney wouldn't have awaken from her trance and seen Severus.

Anyone want to hazard a guess or opinion?

Posted by Tim from New Hampshire on July 24, 2007 09:52 AM

I just reread the book for a second time. And i am still have some questions that she didn't answer. Nothing major but I would still like to know.

1) Whatever happend to Mad-Eyes body, we got the eye back but we never found his body.

2) Still disappointed about Lupin and Tonks . Saw it coming but would like details about it.

3) Dobby was stabbed by a knife, no dark magic. Couldn't they just mend him up?

4) How did Harry's Expelliarmus stand a chance against Voldemort AK? Really sweet but doesn't make since.

5) At King's Cross was that creature there Voldemort?

And ofcourse the epilogue left me with a lot of questions.

Posted by Corey from Inianapolis IN on July 24, 2007 10:19 AM

I'm going to miss this series so much. I wish I hadn't read the book so fast because now I have nothing to read, but anyways it was a great book and I am going to read the series one last time before I put them down for good.

Posted by Katie from New Iberia on July 24, 2007 10:30 AM

I cried so much while reading this book. It was amazing. It turned out far better than I ever imagined, without being a complete fairy-tale "happily-ever-after" ending. Many main characters d, but Harry, Ron, and Hermione never d, which is so what I wanted. I cried the hardest during the scene where Harry talks to his parents (and Lupin, Tonks, and Sirius), and they walk with him to his . That part was so sad! And I was sure at that point that Harry would be gone and never come back.

I feel so bad for Snape, Fred, and for Lupin/Tonks. Snape's terribly sad story we know, and Fred who has lost his best friend/twin, and Lupin/Tonks who never get to be with their son. James/Lily Potter and Lupin/Tonks have something in common now. *sob*

Although there is something more interesting I would like to learn more about. The whole Snape/Lily/James thing. Snape and Lily were great friends since early childhood, and Snape loved Lily greatly. So how did Lily and James ever get hitched? We remember from "Snape's worst memory" that it seemed that Lily hated James, and she was defending Snape. We know Lily got a bit mad at Snape because he was in Slytherin, and Snape was "going to the dark side", is what I would assume got Lily to break the friendship between them. I think it would be really interesting to learn more about these three's past, and how Lily and James got together.

A thought occured to me when people mention not seeing Snape's frame in the Headmaster's office. Remember how Umbridge was headmaster a long time ago? Does SHE have a portrait? I would assume that she doesn't, because all those times Harry was in Dumbledore's office in HBP, I think it would mention something like: and Harry shuddered when he looked at the portrait of Umbridge, cracking her large toad-like smile. So I highly doubt she has a portrait there, maybe because she's still alive? Or is she? But I'm sure Snape has a portrait because he was a great man, even if he wasn't headmaster. And he was, so I'm sure he has a portrait.

Ha, funny thing is, I couldn't stop myself from looking at all the chapter images when I was about half-way through the book, and when I saw the last one (Hagrid carrying the "" Harry) I didn't want to really read anymore, because I was sure Harry was going to . Tee hee, but I kept reading of course, because it was so good. It ruined my mood throughout the book though, because I was pretty certain that Harry would . So advice: DON'T LOOK AT THE PICTURES! I think I wouldn't have been so nerve-racked if I hadn't looked at the pictures in advance, and I think I could have enjoyed it much more.

But I thought the book overall gave an even better than a perfect ending to the series, and it came out how we all wanted it to. I really can't wait for more books and I especially can't wait for the movies to come out for both the 6th and the 7th. I was very afraid that Harry, Ron, or Hermione would , and I'm SO SO SO glad that JK didn't do that. I thought she did the book way, way, way better than I expected. I'm going to read this series over, and over, and over again and enjoy it more and more every time I read it.

Posted by Brooke from Carnelian Bay, CA on July 24, 2007 10:34 AM

In response to Corey:

1. Story is silent on what happened to MadEye's body. Creepy idea: maybe they turned it into an inferi.

3. I think Dobby d before help could be given. Harry didn't know how to heal injuries and he was the closest to Dobby.

5. Most agree that the creature at King's Cross was Voldy's ruined soul.

Posted by Tim from New Hampshire on July 24, 2007 10:41 AM

1) Corey, we never find out what happened to Mad-Eyes body.
2) There are no details about the of Tonks and Lupin other than the fact that Tonks went after Lupin to join the fight...and they d.
3) Dumbledore once explained to Harry you can't bring someone back from the , otherwise no one would ever , including of old age, cuz they would be brought back. As I understand it, when you're you , Elves and Wizards alike.
4) Read the previous posts re: the Elder Wand - Harry was it's true master which is why the curse backfired.
5) Yes, most people believe it to be the portion of Voldy's soul that was in Harry.

Posted by Andi from England on July 24, 2007 10:46 AM

Corey, here are some answers:

#3. I don't think wizards can stave-off . I think Dobby was already when they disapperated.
#4. Harry used expelliarmus in Book 5 in the graveyard with V. I don't think it was odd to re-use the spell since it saved him the first time.
#5. Yes I think so. It seems both of them were "" the entire time Harry was speaking to Dumbledore. Those were representations of their soul I believe. Since Voldemort's was torn so much, that's what it was: Severly damaged.

Epilogue was bad I though. Too open-ended. Left me wanting more. I'm guessing Harry and Ginny are Aurors, Ron took over for his dad in the Ministry, and Hermione is a teacher at Hogwarts. That's what I like to believe anyway.

Posted by Todd from Detroit, MI on July 24, 2007 10:46 AM

Mmmm... the book was great but there are still some points

1. JK never explained which was the reason Sirius has d
2. Ginny, Neville and Luna were expected to have bigger roles in the book
3. Why when Harry was with Dumbledore and was , why they two where the only people there?

Posted by Diego from San Diego, CA on July 24, 2007 10:51 AM

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