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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 47)

People keep remarking on the fact that Snape would not have told Harry the truth and didn't know he was there, and it was pure chance that he gave Harry his memories. But if we recall, he asked the Dark Lord many, many times to allow him to go looking for the boy, so I assumed from this that Snape knew this was the right time to tell Harry the truth and Dumbledore's plan, but Snape did not realise that Voldy intended to him...I also have my doubts that Snape knew anything about the Elder Wand so didn't know he would be a target because of it. I think in order to make Snapes redemption and story believable, Harry had to hate him up until the end, and to see the truth in Snape's memories rather than hear Snape say it - as we know Harry is quite a hothead and I doubt he would have given Snape the chance to explain.

Posted by Andi from England on July 25, 2007 05:41 AM

I just finished the book. BEST book ever! I really thought Harry was gone when Voldemort did the AK. But I was happy Harry Potter and the ly Hallows ended in a happy way. Theres so many things to say, but I think im still in shock as I just finished the book.

I actually found this website by stumbling across it by accident. I had been looking for stuff about Harry Potter and clicked the link to this website from Google by accident, at the time it had been called, to my amazement it was exactly what i needed and since then i have been visiting this wesite daily. Now i only hope this website stays running and more articles keep appearing, thank you for making it, it helped me alot. However, now that we know everything, I just have the slightest hunch that everything to talk about be talked about and this great website slowly come to an end. I hope that never happen and this website stay busy for ever.
Once again, Thank you.

Posted by Huzaifah from London on July 25, 2007 05:41 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind words about the site. In answer to Huzaifah, we plan on staying around! It's possible at some point we might run out of stuff to discuss and debate, but we don't imagine that would be any time soon...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 25, 2007 05:42 AM

There are stranger things in the book to call your child than Albus Severus, I mean Scorpius?!

Posted by Andi from England on July 25, 2007 05:43 AM

I finished the book on Monday morning because I had to work Sat & Sun from 10am to 10.30pm...However, I spent Sat and Sun night reading it very slow and careful. Just wanted to soak everything.

I've been reading comments about the book. There are positive and negative plus lots and lots of question.

I have no complaint about the book, even I have some questions but it's still JKR's novel..NOT mine. I respect her and think that she did a very very good job.

I was crying so much until woke my husband up! He was very surprised because he never see me cried while reading any books before.

I can said that this is one of the best novel I've read.

Thank you JKR..

I too have lots of question but just going to leave it like that and be happy with what I got.

Posted by Manie from Gold Coast, Australia on July 25, 2007 05:57 AM

What an amazing book! I finished it on Sunday afternoon and was completely blown away by it. I was gutted when so many of the good characters like Fred, Lupin and Tonks d but it had to be like that to make it in any way believable. There are lots of questions but unless JKR makes any more books in the series which I personally think is unlikely, then I think it is down to us to decide what happened afterwards.
What an amazing end to an amazing series! I can't imagine the last 10 years without Harry Potter!

Posted by Will from Southport, UK on July 25, 2007 06:06 AM

particularly loved the chapter, 19 years ended where it supposed to end, like a children's book of course! happy fairy tale ending!

actually, almost all of the chapters were very thrilling and full of suspense....particularly on the Malfoy Manor chapter! oh gosh....that was really close! especially Hermoine...I swear she could have been a fatal casualty because of Harry's mentioning of Vol.....I mean you know who! Glad they managed to escape...quite frustrated that Dobby d...

I wish they make the movie version very detailed....all of the chapters were never talky and boring...

Posted by Brian from Philippines on July 25, 2007 06:08 AM

Thanks to Dave for such a thoughtful, analytic, fun website! My hope is that, instead of writing more about Harry, JK Rowling write a whole new series, bringing her unique story-telling ability with its sense of fun, adventure, and mystery alive with a new hero/heroine.

Posted by Alice from Milton, DE on July 25, 2007 06:27 AM

Know what? J.K.Rowling made a mistake: Why does Teddy, Lupin and Tonks's son, still go to Hogwarts nineteen years later? students leave the Hogwarts-School by the time they're seventeen or eightteen, don't they? hmm.. maybe teddy is that bad at school...?! Or did I get that wrong?

Posted by Floreana from D�sseldorf, Germany on July 25, 2007 06:39 AM

This isn't a query about the the book really, more my own misunderstanding of the text. I was just wondering why did Harry urge Voldemort to feel remorse for his crimes in the Great Hall at the Final Battle? Since all the Horcruxes are destroyed and Voldemort is now mortal, what can he gain? Unless it's only Harry's ethics requiring his opponent to come to terms with his own life before slaying him?

Posted by Lucy from Ireland on July 25, 2007 06:44 AM

But there is one thing I do not understand concerning that Elder Wand:
Harry became master of the wand just by disarming Draco Malfoy, and the latter got master of it the same way. Whereas Dumbledore had to duel for achieving it. If it can be so simple, someone wanting that wand and knowing Harry's got it can just say "expelliarmus" when he doesn't pay attention and there be a new master!

Posted by Guus from Netherlands on July 25, 2007 06:52 AM

Someone said, that Harry became the true master of the Elder Wand in the moment, when he disarmed Malfoy.

OK, i agree with you.

But then you have to agree with me, that Wand actually really kind of live.

When Voldemort casted the first AK on Harry, it didnt rebound although Harry was already then the master of the EW. But later, when the Horcrux was destroyed the AK rebounded on Voldemort.

Was it

a) because of the protection which he had because of the fact, that he had wanted to sacrifice himself and which protected him from the pain he should have felt when the Cruciatus-Curse was used on him?

b) because the EW just knew this time, that it shouldnt attack its Master and so the spell rebounded?

Posted by Sebastian from Germany on July 25, 2007 07:00 AM

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