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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 read somewhere that Victoire was French for Victoria, and Victoire was Bill and Fleur's daughter. This makes sense, because either Hugo or James came up to the adults with the news saying that Victoire and Teddy were caught snogging, and he mentions that Victoire is their cousin. Well, Bill is the only one of Ron's brothers that married a French girl that we know of so... yeah. Not any uninvented characters there, Supercat.
If they were really heroes, then they would not have been uninvented.
I am sorry that you feel cheated, but quite frankly I see no basis for your claim.
Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on July 24, 2007 9:55 PM
What a great read. I still have some unanswered questions, mainly about the wand power, but I'm sure they'll be answered with a few more re-readings.
A few things touched me, that I don't think have been mentioned yet. I loved how Luna had decorated her bedroom with the pictures of her friends, and taken the effort to write a chain of friends linking the images.(she probably used magic, but it was still an effort)
At first I was annoyed with Ron and Hermoines coupling. I felt that she could have done a lot better for herself, and then as I thought about it I realised that Ron (like most of us) is very ordinary, with failings and is lovable for who he is, not what he can do.
The message of the power of love through the series is, I feel its great attraction and strength. Thank you JK
Posted by Joyce from Melbourne, Australia on July 24, 2007 10:00 PM
to supercat -
Teddy was named after Tonks' father Ted Tonks. Because Victoire is mentioned in epilogue by Harry's son James as being his cousin (he says that Teddy is kissing Victoire our cousin and Lily says ooh wouldn't it be great if they got married then Teddy would really be part of the family) and the name appears to be french I would think it's Bill & Fleurs daughter but apparently not named after anyone in particular unless it means victory. Unless it's another child of Ron and Hermione's that they had shortly after defeating Voldemort named after Viktor Krum but that's doubtful Ron would agree to naming his child after Krum.
I also would've liked to have found out what kind of jobs everyone had. The only one we're told about is Neville.
Thanks to whoever pointed out the relevance of Lily's eyes in the end when Snape d and asked Harry to look at him so he could see Lily's eyes. I didn't pick up on that and really was feeling a little cheated as to why Rowling kept telling us how relevant Harry's eyes were. All through the book I just kept thinking when are his eyes gonna mean something and felt let down that Snape just saw Lily's eyes I hadn't picked up on Snape looking at the eyes as he d. So now I feel better about that.
Posted by sm on July 24, 2007 10:02 PM
thanks alot ashley and vinny for the great answers.
Posted by dvin from glendale, CA on July 24, 2007 10:05 PM
I agree with just about everyone else, this was an awesome ending to a great series. but thats just it, i dont want it to END. no, no, no!
Posted by Seth from Oklahoma on July 24, 2007 10:14 PM
Finished reading the book at 7:00 a.m. Saturday. Was glad to read someone else note that Toadface was a Selwyn and therefore probably at least a supporter of Voldemort even if not an outright Eater. I wanted so badly to have some harm befall her and for Fenrir to bite the dust. In my opinion he was as bad as Voldemort. At first, when I finished reading the book I was unsettled and not sure how I felt about it. Now, as I begin to reread it, I'm more accepting of it. I just hated that so many of the 'good guys' d and so few of the 'bad guys' d.
Posted by Kathy from Mechanicsville, VA on July 24, 2007 10:23 PM
Oh my god! DH was simply mindblowing! The way JKR tied everything together.. I think she alone is capable of pulling this off. Hats off to her. Long Live J. K. Rowling!
I have nothing to complain about the book. Posting this late cos I read it twice! Initially, I was a bit let down by the epilogue. But that gave me hope about another book that would be a compendium of all characters and have all the background stories. And I was right! JKR confirmed she'd write a Harry Potter encyclopaedia though not immediately. Another book to wait for! Hope she covers all characters there. Only thing, I wanted a bit more action in the final Harry-Voldemort showdown. But I'm not complaining.
I thought the book was the best written book yet. Especially the scene describing Dobby's burial, Harry's walk to the forest, Snape's memories and at Kings Cross. Each one's a gem. I would've like to see Harry talk to the portrait of Snape too, when he went to meet DD in the end. And I'd have liked to see Fawkes again.
The only question that I thot I couldn't find the answer to: who's the person who does magic late in life. It can't be Merope, Ariana or Hagrid cos all of them have performed magic (Merope wasn't very good at it cos of her intimidating family, Ariana could do magic though uncontrolled and Hagrid definitely has a wand which he still uses). Ted Tonks too is a muggle BORN wizard, not just a muggle, so it can't be him.
There were some other questions that ppl said were not answered or didn't make sense. I'll give my explanations to those. Dunno whether others have already done so..
1) Why Dumbledore didn't unite the three hallows himself to defeat Voldemort by borrowing the cloak?
DD says that only one in a million could unite them. He had borrowed the cloak from James and must have found out on examining it what he told Harry in Kings Cross - that it'd have never worked for him the way it does for Harry who's the true owner.
2) Grindelwald stole the Elder Wand from Gregorovitch, rather than defeat him or take it by force. Then how did it work for him?
As Ollivander says, wandlore, and the ownership of wands, is something that's not clearly understood. The Elder wand, for example, need not pass on only after the or of its current owner. After Grindelwald stole the Elder Wand, before he took flight, he stupefies Gregorovitch. I think in that sense he defeats the Elder wands master, therby becoming the new master.
3) I think the ugly baby that was crying in Kings Cross is Voldemort. It resembles the creature that Wormtail was carrying in GoF from which Voldemort was reborn.
4) JKR said cats were important. Though there's no really significant role of cats, have you noticed how many ppl had cat patronuses? Umbridge, McGonagal (Tabby cat) and Kingsley (Lynx). I don't know if this is what she meant.
5) Victoire I'm certain is Bill and Fleur's daughter.
6) Rose and Hugo, I'm assuming are the names of Hermione's parents.
7) Harry and Voldemort's connection again resurfaces like in the fifth book. I guess this is because even tho Voldy might be using Occlumency against Harry, he loses control when he feels a very strong emotion. And he doesn't notice Harry's presence like before. That happened only once in OoTP when the snake was attacking Mr. Weasley, and somehow, Harry's mind was transported into the snake when Voldemort was possessing it.
8) Looks like Harry and Voldemort are related afterall, however distant, through the Peverell's. But then again, Sirius said most purebloods (and in many cases halfbloods) are related.
Still in a state of elation... The series might be over but I guess we'll all be reading the seven books again and again for a long time.
Posted by Krishna from Chennai, India on July 24, 2007 10:27 PM
In Order of the Phoenix, Sirius says Andromeda married a muggle-born, Ted Tonks. Not a muggle.
Posted by Ariadna from Mexico on July 24, 2007 10:53 PM
Does anyone else think that Luna and Dean hook up? I mean the entire Shell Cottage bonding and the waiting for her to take his hand in the Room of Requirements...Also, why did the Room of Requirements stay the same for everyone who wanted to keep something hidden? Also I think that maybe Ron speaking Parseltoung at the end to get into the Chamber might've been the bit of unexpected magic.
I think that "The Prince's Tale" was probably one of the best chapters in the entire Septology in that it was so revealing and heart-wrenching yet relieving. Also, I really want to know what everyone does for a living (besides PROFESSOR Longbottom) and how they got there and junk...Even though not every loose end was tied up nicely I still loved this book to .
Posted by Derek from Topeka, Kansas on July 24, 2007 11:00 PM
And Harry having Lily's eyes. It's what makes Snape protect Harry although outwardly he appears like James whom Snape loathes. The eyes remind Snape of Lily whom he loved (the only one whom he ever loved, his patronus proves it) and of his promise to Dumbledore.
Posted by Krishna from Chennai, India on July 24, 2007 11:37 PM
Something I've noticed a lot of is wondering where Snape's portrait was (I'm included in the wondering), but what about Snape's body? I wonder what happened to it.
Y'know, maybe I've forgotten and it's been mentioned, but how exactly do the photographs of people work? Because, in the last book, Dumbledore's portrait... might as well be the living Dumbledore. I suppose the photograph reprsents what the living person was up to the moment they , though, which makes a BIT more sense... I dunno, I can't really grasp the talking pictures concept, especially since, in Harry Potter's world, it seems that an afterlife DOES exist... and the idea that Dumbledore is watching over Harry in some afterlife conflicts with the concept of the talking pictures... meh.
Just bothers me.
Posted by Katie T from California on July 24, 2007 11:49 PM
In Chapter 19, in my opinion, Ron and Hermione's children were named ROSE & HUGO. I think of the fact that the most logical explanation for their names was that they wanted it to resemble like theirs.
Just a far-fetched theory: VICTOR HUGO was a great French writer. If Hermione wants to name one of their children as Hugo, there are 3 reasons why:
1. Hermione has a French connection. She went their on vacation, probably having a French blood for a relative.
2. Hermione likes books. I doubt as Muggle-born, she wouldn't resist reading some of Hugo's greatest writings.
3. Hermione was probably drawn by the possibility that the French writer's name was her ex-boyfriend, VIkTOR KRUM.
Posted by Josh from Cebu, Philippines on July 25, 2007 12:10 AM
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