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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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finished the book the same day i bought it. have to wait for a couple of hours before 9am on the 21st to get it but its well worth it. it finally ends. jk rowling is the best.anyway, this is to answer, i think the question why voldy dude wasnt aware of harry anymore. dumbledore said somewhere in the book that voldy wouldnt dream of possessing harry again because it only cause him a great deal of pain "something that he's never felt before" or something to that effect. and to be aware of harry, voldy has to possess him. think about the pain harry goes through whenever voldy's being a right pain in the gluteus maximus. voldy doesnt want that.

Posted by rook's wood from melbourne, australia on July 25, 2007 12:48 AM

Ok, the Slughorn being overtaken by the Weasleys thing that keeps cropping up.....maybe I have mis-read it but this is how I see it....

The battle has begun and plenty of people are running to join in, including, him being old and overweight means he isn't the quickest on his feet and the Weasley's simply "overtook" him meaning that they could run faster.......the thought of him actually fighting WITH Voldy and the Eaters (sounds like an 80's pop-group) didn't come into my mind!


Posted by John Hancock from London on July 25, 2007 01:45 AM

Frankly speaking, I thought most of the book was a bit drag and the plot very contrived. All that stuff about Hallows and not using them properly in the end. Plus caveats like the tiara remaining in the open and Neville drawing the sword out of the Sorting Hat. Did he just magically summon it from Gringotts or wherever the goblin kept it. ings were a bit unnecessary- no point in ing Tonks (if for just highlighting Harry-the godfather). In fact the only part that was likeable was the Snape chapter. But then we had the most contrived resurrection/survival after Voldemort curses HP.
A slightly tame ending to a great series. (I maintain book 4 was the best).

Posted by Siddhartha from Mumbai, India on July 25, 2007 01:54 AM

Have I missed an question and answer on who re-filled the basin with the false locket after RAB had drunk the liquid, and d?

Posted by Susannah B from Kent, England on July 25, 2007 02:53 AM

A few people have mentioned about bill/charlie overtaking Slughorn and then Slughorn 'has a change of heart' and fights the bad guys.
Overtaken means sped past, does mean they overtook as in overthre him. So Slughorn was never on the bad side during this bok...

Also someone said why did Harry talk to Luna at the end instead of seeking Ginny - well Ginny had just found out her brother had been ed so thats probably why it wasnt appropriote for them to sneak off for a snog!

Posted by tonks from london on July 25, 2007 02:59 AM

I've been thinking quite a bit about the point many people have been making; that JK promised to reveal more about what lies beyond the veil (where Sirius fell through during the battle in the department of mysteries in OOTP).
I don't know if anyone has already made this point (think I fell asleep reading page 26 of commens!) but part of me thinks maybe the King's Cross chapter explains some of what goes on beyond the veil.
This may be a crazy and completely far fetched idea...
But I was thinking Sirius s before his time, its horribly unfair, just when Harry was getting to know him.
Maybe Sirius also reached a place were someone he admired and looked up to who had passed away came and spoke to him, like Dumbledore does to Harry, and Sirius was also given the option to go back or to move on into .
I know Harry's situation was unique, so maybe (well probably) Sirius wasn't given the same choice but simply greeted by someone important to him who helped him move on.

I don't know if this makes sense to you guys was just trying to think what JK may have said in DH that could give us clues or insights into what happens beyond the veil and for me the king's cross chapter seemed the most likely as in a sense Harry passes beyond the veil but chooses to come back to life.

Thanks Dave for a wonderful site.
I only discovered it after reading DH, it was great reading all your comments as none of my friends had finished it at the time! So I felt I could engage in a discussion about the book here and thus manage to contain my excitement around my friends who were still reading.
Thanks for keeping this magical world alive for me after the series is over!

Posted by Anonymous on July 25, 2007 03:36 AM

I must admit i am deeply disapointed in Jo.

The first part, from start to the wedding was good. And then the part from they visit X-Lovegood to the end. However, in between those parts the book should be rewritten. We got nothing out of the 200 pages where they run around in a tent, hiding, doing nothing, only being angry at each other.

The Horcruxes didnt get nearly enough attention. The locket was protected enough that Dumbledore and Harry got into a very serious fight, and Regulus d in there. The diary caused all the trouble in CoS, and the ring seemed to have taken Dumbledores life slowly. However, the tiara was accidental destroyed, Nagini got 1,5 lines, and the cup was just placed among any other treasures in the bank.

The one to do magic late in life wasnt there, we didnt get any explanation to the veil, and Harrys one big love was mentioned 4-5 times in the book. I dont get how she could try to write a book with only 3 main characters frequently in focus.

Making Voldemorts name Taboo was just plain stupid. Why didnt they make any name Taboo then? they would always know where anyone was.

I think wasting so much of the book, not explaining anything, and then leaving us with SO many questions disappointing.

Posted by Kim from Randers, Fyn on July 25, 2007 03:42 AM

I liked the book a lot.

But there is one thing that is bothering me.

JKR could have made the ending much better by revising the epilouge a little. I think she shouldnt have jumped nineteen years.
Maybe (Its just an idea) she is waiting to release the real epilouge some time later?

Posted by Parav from Ahmedabad, India on July 25, 2007 03:45 AM

Having discovering this site (one of the best I have ever come across) only 3 weeks before DH came out, I still have a lot of catching up to do. So please bear with me if some of my questions/comments are repetitious.

So, here we are at the end of the Harry Potter story. I'm not sure how I'd feel about a new generation of books with everyone's kids, but I do hope that JKR gets around to writing that encyclopedia so we can find out in detail about characters/events not resolved in DH.

Like many others, I felt that the middle part of DH (where Harry, Ron and Hermione were camping) lost the plot a bit. Instead, I wish JKR had devoted more time to describing Mad Eye, Tonks and Lupin's s. It would have also been good to know who else d - there *must* have been at least a few familiar characters amongst the 50 or so who d.

I wonder if Snape became a ghost or decided to stay beyond the veil. Considering how much Harry hated him to start with, to go from that to naming one of his sons Severus (how come Sirius didn't get that same honour?) seemed like a pretty big deal. I wish there had been some kind of Snape-Harry resolution.

Similarly, Draco's "barely there" acknowledgement of Harry and the others in the epilogue didn't do anything for me. Come on Draco, the guy saved your life, twice, show a little more remorse!

I know people have discussed the baby-like creature at King's Cross and how it was probably the part of Voldemort's soul that had been inside Harry, but how about this: on page 594 (Australian version), Harry says to Voldemort "it's all you've got left...I've seen what you'll be a man..." etc, etc. Is it possible that the baby-like thing is what Voldemort/Riddle *becomes* when he s, given that all his horcruxes have been destroyed and he's barely alive at the time of his ? What do others think? Although if that is the case, why would Riddle be in the same place as the Harry and Dumbledore?

Was Crabbe the one who performed magic, with his ly fiendfyre? I know people have mentioned Dudley but somehow him thanking Harry for saving his life didn't seem to have any magical elements in it (for me at least).

Someone asked why Hagrid didn't seem to be upset over Harry's . This is what I found: on page 582 Australian version) it says that "great tears splashed upon him as Hagrid carried cradled Harry in his arms."

One last question: did we ever find out what Lily and James did for a living? Must have been very lucrative, to have left that galleon-filled vault in Gringotts' for Harry.

Posted by Fehmin from Sydney Australia on July 25, 2007 05:07 AM

Here is a question regarding Snape/Dumbledore/Voldemort: in book 6 Snape s Dumbledore and though Snape was ordered by Dumbledore to him, no one else knows about the deal, not even the Order. After Snape s Dumbledore, he flees with the rest of the Eaters. In book 7, in the chapter "the Prince's tale," we see that Dumbledore suggests to Snape that he give Voldemort the correct date of Harry's removal from Privet Drive because otherwise it would look suspicious to Voldemort. Snape then tells Voldemort about the correct date in the beginning of the book and the Eaters attack during the flight and Hedwig, Moody and it cost George his ear. Why would Voldemort be suspicious if Snape did not tell him the correct date? How can he possibly still expect Snape to be a spy with the Order if he had just ed its master in front of Eater witnesses? Surely Voldemort must know that Snape is no longer a member of the Order so how could he know about the details of the plan? In the first chapter Snape tells Voldemort about the date and time and refers to "a source we discussed." Who is this source? It can't be anyone from the Order and Snape can't admit that he is talking to Dumbledore's portrait in the headmaster's office, even if he was.

Posted by iroas from Tokyo, Japan on July 25, 2007 05:08 AM

ly Hallows was just...phenomenal. I loved it. It was beyond fantastic. And now the whole series is done and over. I'll have to read the books again.

@ Krishna: 1) It had to be Harry, and he knew it.

2) You're right.
As Ollivander said, anyone who defeats the owner of a wand and takes it, effectively becomes the owner of it.

3, 5) Agreed.

6) Probably correct, seeing as they are somewhat insignificant names.

7) Harry and Voldemort were connected by the 7th horcrux that was Harry himself, and therefore Harry knew and could feel what Voldemort was doing.
I suspect that Voldemort was controlling the snake, as Nagini was also a horcrux, and Harry was seeing into his mind.

8) Yep.

Posted by Michael from Victoria, Australia on July 25, 2007 05:09 AM

To answer a couple of people - I don't think Jo said '2 major characters are going to ' - I think she said that 2 major characters who were originally going to survive ended up instead.

Posted by Anita from Northants, England on July 25, 2007 05:14 AM

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