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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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Reader Comments: (Page 40)

Orlando, England. Very nice post - you put the whole Snape issue into perspective for Snape Haters, and the rest of us who always believed he has a real motive. Well done.

The conflict he endured must have been extreme, and the guilt. His was sudden, shocking and desperately sad. Given the context, it had to be brief, but that does not make it any better. Information at that point is coming quite quickly and simply to get it all in JK is moving at almost cinematic speed.

It was posts here that brought home to me the impact of Snape looking into Harry's eyes and seeing Lily too. I missed some points on my first read, but am really enjoying the second more leisurely read through.

I got a little fluffy Hedwig when I collected my book at Borders, and I still choke up when I look at it or give it a little stroke. So sudden.

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 24, 2007 12:27 PM

To Selina:
I believe that the reason the epilogue 19 years frrom the end of DH, is that the kids had to be the proper ages to be at Hogwarts (or starting at Hogwarts). And as Harry wasn't exactly married to Ginny at the end of DH, the had to get married. And I'm quite certain that the didn't wan't the house to be filled with children at once. They propably wanted a few years on their own first. Has anyone else noticed that the daughter, Lily, sound almost exactly like Ginny did the first time Harry saw her? What a coincidence! I think NOT!

To Christina:
I believe that the goblin Griphook got the real sword of Gryffindor but it was still bound to the sorting hat, to be pulled out of it by a true Gryffindor. That's why Neville could get it out of there.:)

The one who performed unexpected magic was of course Ron speaking Parseltongue. He wasn't supposed to be able to do that...

I have a very important thing that I'd like all of you to answer (PLEASE!). What should we call the world of the Harry Potter stories? I mean, almost all Fantasy-worlds have a name. The lord of the rings - Middleearth. Narnia stories - Narnia. But what JK's world called? To be honest, I have no idea, no idea whatsoever.

Posted by Moa from Varberg, Sweden on July 24, 2007 12:28 PM

About the lightness and sweetness of the ending:
Two perspectives help me think it's not just soppy, but profound.
1. In Woody Allen's "Love and War," a Russian solr is persuading his countrymen to fight the French in the Napoleonic Wars. "Do you want your children eating all those rich French sauces?" This is (granted, a silly take on) an important reason people fight in defensive wars - they want to pass on their heritage to their children. That is a deep reason to rejoice that our heroes are alive, with their children, sending them to Hogwarts.
2. Also, as a relatively new mom, I share that my perspective on the world changed almost overnight when my daughter was born. Now I worry when I'm not watching her for even a second, because all the awful things you hear on the news could happen to her. Like James and Lily playing silly games, wandless, in the living room with Harry when Voldemort attacks. So for those who think it's dull or uninspired to dwell on the peace and safety of the post-Voldemort era, try to think of it from your parents' point of view.

Posted by ina from detroit, mi on July 24, 2007 12:33 PM

CDoesburg: "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 is long acknowledged in the HP canon that House Elves have strong magic of their own. What this is is never fully explained just implied, although I get the impression Hermione knows a lot about it. I don't think that a house elf could get its master/mistress out of prison (prisons would, no doubt, have strong enchantments to stop this or some measures at least would be in place).

Dobby has always been able to find Harry, wherever he is - in or out of Hogwarts. He knows the Malfoy household well and why should he not appear at this crucial juncture? Dobby's appearance is at a time when Harry needs his help, it has been in the past (whether or not Harry realises he needs help!)

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 24, 2007 12:43 PM

i also think that the reason snapes portrait isn't up in the headmasters ofice with the others is down to timing. its only a few hours after the battle, chunks of hogwarts are a smoking ruin and the and wounded are still being tended too. who's git time to fiddle around with portraits?

i agree with the person that said there wasn't enough romance with ginny at the end, after all that there could have bene a paragraph where he found ginny, instead we have him sitting with luna.

Posted by ginny from london on July 24, 2007 12:57 PM

Did anyone else notice the slight detail that the Avada Kevadra was green, used by all the Eaters and Voldemort and the Stunning Spell was red. However this is the reverse in concideration to Harry and Voldemort's eye colour. Just thought that was a bit wierd.

Posted by Jeremy from Watford, London on July 24, 2007 1:07 PM

1) It would appear that the -Eaters had Mad-Eye's body (many would surely have a bone to pick with him) Then after they destroyed it, Ubridge got the eye somehow.
2) I didn't see Lupin's coming after the speech he got from Harry about leaving his child. Teddy ended up alone anyway. (sniff)
3) Dobby was before anyone could do anyhting about his wound.
4) The Elder wand that Voldemort was using could not cast the ing curse on Harry because Harry was the true master of the wand.
5) The pitiful creature was the part of Voldemort's soul that had been trapped inside Harry. The curse split them.
All of this is what I have deduced or guessed. I enjoyed the series, though I agree with most that the epilogue was a bit thin. And Fred (sniff).

Posted by James from Norman, Oklahoma on July 24, 2007 1:07 PM

Just finished reading DH... It answered a lot of questions, but I still have a lot left! Most of them already put here by you guys... I really, really wonder how James and Lily became a couple after all, that's my biggest question.
I was actually stunned by the amount of things the people here had already guessed before the book even came out... I loved to find out Aberforth really WAS the Hogs Head barkeeper!
Dobby.. I miss him.
And I had a bet on Snape, which I lost! Until the very end of the book I was convinced of his loyalty to Voldemort, convinced I would win my bet.. But I was wrong..
The end of the greatest story of our time, I guess I reread it many other times!

Posted by Jiska from The Netherlands on July 24, 2007 1:08 PM

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

The body was probably disposed of by the Eaters. They obviously had it if they took the Eye out.

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

I think part of the shock of their s was that Harry doesn't know how it happened or even that it happened; he just sees them lying there next to Fred.

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

Some wounds are too fatal to heal, even with magic.
Also, healing magic is very complex when used on humans and so I'd imagine it would be even more difficult to use on magical creatures.

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

Elder Wand I think...

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

I have no idea. That's a nice theory though. Voldemort was beyond help and couldn't be saved just like the crying baby thing.

These answers may be entirely wrong. Somebody please confirm/yell at my responses.

Posted by FFXSage from Lair on July 24, 2007 1:12 PM

Anyone else wish that when Harry was talking to Albus while in Limbo that Severus had been there also? I would have loved to have seen JKR's take on that.

Posted by Tim from New Hampshire on July 24, 2007 1:24 PM

What I do without my Harry Potter fix? I don't know, but I am happy with the way the book (for the most part) cleared up many of my questions. I now have to re-read the previous ones to see I can fully understand some things, and re-read this one now that I know what happens.

I'm glad Harry lived, but sad that so many of the characters I liked had to . However, I guess she was making a point that was "nothing" to those who followed Voldemort. How ironic it was that he could so easily and yet was the one thing of which he was most afraid. So, with Snape's very quick and somewhat casual , and the s of Fred, Lupin, and Tonks, it all becomes casual. It gives something for people (like Harry, Ron, Hermoine, Neville, Ginny, Luna, etc.) to fight against, the casualness of the those who want power, and the way they simply step on (or in this case ) people without looking back.

I don't know, maybe I'm just reading too much into it!

I enjoyed the book, and like many of you cried when Dobby d. I loved it close to the end when Kreacher was leading the elves at Hogwarts against Voldemort's Eaters.

I hope she write more books. I really like her writing style and enjoyed her imagination as it was put on paper.

Also, thanks to this website! Great job!

Posted by snowbird from Auburn, AL on July 24, 2007 1:30 PM

It was a pretty cool book but there are still unanswered questions. We still dont know what the jobs of Lily and James were. And how come Marcell (Neville) ed Nagini so easily? I didnt really get that part.

Dave Haber, your awesome mate

Posted by Ichigo Kurosaki from Shanghai, China on July 24, 2007 1:32 PM

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