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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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Ok, so it took me a little longer than I expected to finish reading the book. The reason....I simply didn't want it to end. I became more and more aware of the finality of the series with every chapter and I couldn't bear it. Although at times there were moments I was terrified by what was happening and wanted to put my book in the freezer (those of you who watch "Friends" know what I'm talking about) but of course not a good idea to put a hardback book in freezer so I just put it in a cabinet for a while.

This book was rough from the get go. We were given a violent shove into the war immediately. I was either crying my eyes out or laughing or gasping in every chapter which drove my kids absolutely nuts wondering if Harry had just d.

Before I get to some of my unanswered questions and thoughts I just wanna say what an AMAZING movie this book is gonna make and personally I think they should put every minute of it in the movie and leave nothing out. If it's a 4 hour movie all the better.

I have to say since finishing the book at 5:00am this morning I have just felt an emptiness all day that I can't shake. In the past there was always another book to look forward to and knowing it's over just feels un-natural. But all good things have to come to an end and while we lost lots of characters we loved dearly the outcome was well done.

I absolutely bawled my eyes out through most of the book but had lots of laughter as well. Mrs. Weasley kicking some butt in the end and going all "Yoda" on Bellatrix was priceless and hilarious. Snapes loose ends were all tied up very nicely and a lot more detailed than any of us realized. I was floored that Hedwig was ed so quickly into the book (floored that she was ed at all actually) and Dobby...that was unbearably emotional(hmmm always thought he should've been left in movies 4 and 5 cause he is relevant in the end).

I would've liked to see Luna in the epilogue and although we're not told what Harry's son James' middle name is I wondered why none of the kids was named Sirius, maybe it's James' middle name. Where do Hermione and Ron's kids names come from? The only thing I could think of was Rose was from Rosemerta (Ron always had a crush on her) and Hugo was like "huge" for Hagrid, even though those weren't characters who d. And who was Victoire? I assume that was Bill and Fleur's child?

Anyway a few things I thought went unanswered was where was Charlie Weasley the whole time? He didn't show up till the end of the Hogwarts Battle. Why wasn't the veil mentioned and explained? Why wasn't it explained when Dumbledore and Snape had their talks why Snape was never given the DADA position? We can assume it was because Snape was needed and all the teachers who took the post d or went off the deep end but still it should've been explained. JK Rowling told us more than once that Harry was NOT a horcrux...naughty, naughty but like she was gonna tell us anyway right.

In my eyes, 7 major characters d, not 2. If you're in 3 or more books and mean something to Harry you're a major character. Another I would've like to have seen explained in more detail was Harry's ancestry since we found out he was basically a descendant of Voldemort since Voldemort was a descendant of Perevell and Harry realized so was he. And due to all the closeness between Harry and Hermione, all the hugs and knowing what each others thinking, I really could've enjoyed a scenario where they turned out to be brother and sister. Technically it wouldn't have been pulling a Star Wars because they could've been 10 1/2 months apart not twins.

But oh well, I loved this book and can't wait for it's movie if Dan Radcliffe keeps getting better acting in emotional scenes the movie for this book could earn him an Oscar. He was terrific in OOTP movie and this book was alot like that book in a lot of ways with Harry seeing into Voldy's mind and feeling what he was feeling. They could skip doing a movie for book 6 and go straight to 7 and I wouldn't complain. I know we needed to learn about horcruxes but it was kinda a dull book. Finally, I would like to see JK Rowling write some kind of guide or encyclopedia type book to help with some of everyone's unanswered questions or just give more info on certain subjects but most of all I wish she'd write more in the Potter series.

Posted by sm on July 24, 2007 7:26 PM

to dvin from glendal,ca: Lily's eyes had to do with snape, the last thing he did for was ask Harry to look at him. Snape d looking into Lily's eyes.

Now my comments. I just finished and it took me a little longer to read the book than I thought because I had to keep removing my glasses to wipe the tears away.
1. Dudly and Harry saying good bye. It seemed that they finally made a small connection.
2. The of Doby, I did not expect this one at all. So sad.
3. The return of Ron.
4. The return of Percy. Thank you so much JK for this.
5. The of Fred, Colen Creavy, Lupin and Tonks.
6. The confirmation of Snape loving Lily. The sadness of their relationship ending, but Snape not stopping his love for her.
7. When Dumbledore tells Snape that Harry must . I had to stop for several minutes, because I could not believe this. But I was so proud of him for excepting his fate the way he did.
8. Harry seeing his mother, father, lupin and sirus before he faces Voldemort.
9. When Neville finally took his place as a true hero and good man has I have known from the first book, when he stood up to Harry.

Thank you so much for this wonderful book. I am so sorry to see it all end. But I treasure Harry's story for many years to come.

Posted by linda from kentucky on July 24, 2007 7:39 PM

There was supposed to be an epic werewolf battle between Remus and Fenrir. He could have d later, but I wanted my epic werewolf battle where Remus triumphs!

I had this image run through my head about an hour ago. A few years down the line, George goes to visit his family at the Burrow, maybe it's Christmas or something. At some point, Molly asks something of him, addressing him "George, dear" and he grins and says, "I'm Fred." silence for 5 maybe 10 seconds and then Molly bursts out crying and George says as he gets up to comfort her, "Aw, Mum, don't cry! You know he would've loved that!"

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 24, 2007 7:41 PM

I loved the whole book..I cried, I laughed. I loved the part where Mrs. Weasely takes out Bela. That was great. Like the others I have a few questions about the last chapter.
1. Weren't we supposed to find out what Dudders saw when the dementors attacked him
2. What happened to everyone else at the end. We really only find out about Hermione, Ron, Harry, Ginny, Neville, and Draco. What about everyone else who survived?
3. What happened to George?

I have a lot of other questions, but I can't think of them all right now.......But still a great read!

Posted by Toni from Ma on July 24, 2007 7:58 PM

People are confusing the house charm, put in place by Dumbledore, and Lily's charm, enacted upon Harry's blood when she d. They are not the same, though perhaps connected in some way.
also, the reason madeye could see harry that night on the steps is that harry's leg had gone into the step, and therefore below his invisibility cloak. Easy for moody to see.

Posted by tony from manchester, NH on July 24, 2007 8:02 PM

As I read these 500+ comments, I have to say, although I was irritated at all the questions I still had, I realize now, that she was brilliant to leave them.

People forever be discussing the theories about the books. She gave us enough answers to get us by, but left so much open and up for speculation, that she made it certain to remain a hot topic of conversation. If she had given us all the answers, all we could have said was "Well Done"

Posted by Amy S. from P. Kentucky on July 24, 2007 8:28 PM

I am a little confused about Harry being the last Horcrux. If Horcrux(es) can be broken only by magical fire or the venom of the basilisk, then wouldn't the soul fragment in Harry have be obliterated when he was skewered by the basilik fang in COS?

Posted by Sharon from Michigan on July 24, 2007 8:35 PM

Given when the epilogue was written, I think Victoire was the daughter of as-yet-uninvented French person(s). Albus Potter got his middle name from Professor Snape; readers could presumably assign many of the other children middle names from heroic, but as-yet-uninvented characters. I doubt Teddy had really been invented, other than the name which was stuck onto a convenient baby.

Perhaps I'm being overly cynical, but I feel somewhat cheated by Ms. Rowling's decision to short-change in the ending all the characters she invented after it was written. Perhaps she wanted to publish her prized ending unaltered, rather than tweak it to accommodate later stories. I can't really fault her for that, except to suggest that I would have rather seen her write an ending to fit the book and then publish the original ending as an appendix to allow readers to see how some aspects of the story had been settled from the beginning.

Posted by supercat from Naperville IL on July 24, 2007 8:42 PM

The epilogue is rather ridiculus and corny.. Who would call their kid Albus Severus? I know it's meant to be in memory dumbledore and snape.. but albus is such an old-fashioned name.. And Albus Severus Potter seems so weird and the combination doesn't really work as we've read about dumbledore, snape and harry.. and they all are very different people..

Posted by Snumbledore from Sydney on July 24, 2007 9:04 PM

I would just like to point out Harry doesn't . Actually Voldemort ed himself both times he used Avada Kedavra on Harry. Sorry To ruin that but its true. Harry doesn't and Trelawney was right in the fifth book after she stoped predicting his . Though harry has yet to have twelve children. We don't actually know if he become Minister of Magic but its highly doubtful.

Posted by Jenni Bellatrix from London on July 24, 2007 9:11 PM

well.i think, this was the best of all seven books, though many of them d in the book.Severus Snape's story was the most shocking one.I didn't expect snape to be on harrys' side.The Harry Potter series is over. I really miss it. Long live Harry Potter!

Posted by vivek from bangalore,india on July 24, 2007 9:34 PM

No Sharon, simply because that was a different Horcrux. Harry, as you say ed thefragment in the diary, but that was different to the one he himself was.

Supercat, I can't really see what you mean. ".....shortchange in the ending all the characters she had written." Who got short changed - us - them? If you mean some characters were badly treated and just ed off, then everyone of us thinks someone was unlucky and d but I really can't see how you think we have been deprived of anyone without good reason.

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 24, 2007 9:44 PM

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