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 48)
The book was fantastic... only a few things trouble me
1- nevilles parents?
2- the US cover illustration
3- who are ted remus lupin's parents now?
4- the new hogwarts headmaster?-minerva McGonagall
Posted by Henry from MN on July 25, 2007 07:33 AM
I was pretty happy to find out why Snape always protected Harry but it was unbelivable that he was in love with Lily. I think he was awful to the students beacause he loved Lily and couldn't be with her.I was so upest Dobby and Hedwig d but I thought Ron/Ginny/Hermione would saving Harry. I never thought he was the last Horcrux either and never dreamed that Neville would be the one to Nagini.I really liked seeing Snapes memories and it could be my favourite chapter bur it was all so good I don't know.I couldn't think whose the silver doe was and was shocked when it was Snape.I would also like JK to write a Harry Potter enciclopedia.It wouls be great to read. HP RULES!
Posted by Pearl from Newcastle on July 25, 2007 07:48 AM
Thanks Jo - I loved it!
A question regarding the Hallows:
When telling the story of the stone, the brother had brought back the woman he loved for I think they said 6 months. So was he constantly turning the stone that whole time, or was he just holding it. He eventually joined her in because she was not "herself." Did his release her to return to her place in ?
Question because - Harry turned the stone and brought back his parents, Sirus and Lupin, but they disappeared when he dropped the stone. If someone brought back is only released when the person who brought them back s, Harry's body must have "d" when Voldemort ed him, but his soul was still alive allowing him to return.
Does that make sense?
BTW - I love this site!
Posted by Alex from Cincy, Ohio on July 25, 2007 07:55 AM
Sebastian, I had exactly the same thought. Why would the Elder Wand not rebound the first time Voldemort used AK on Harry but did the second. I think it did rebound the first time, that is why Voldemort was knocked off his feet. However, he did not because he still had the protection of his final Horcrux - Nagini. Once the snake was slain the spell could rebound and Voldemort. That is my very sketchy take on it at least.
Posted by Gavin from South Africa on July 25, 2007 07:58 AM
I was hoping that a few cliche events would be in the book. I wanted Neville to take care of Bellatrix, I wanted Nagini to join Harry when she finds out Harry was the one to release her from the zoo (remember, Dumbledores said it was foolish to place a piece of your soul in something that could think for itself). I wanted to find that the bubblegum wrappers that Nevilles mother gave to him meant something (that there sanity was still there, just hiding). I wanted the Malfoys to actively defend Harry. I wanted Snape and Harry to find out about each other before he d.
I guess maybe I should write my own ending!
On a note....I did feel that JK Rowling seemed to rush everything to the end. revelations were quick, s were unseen. conversations were short. Endings were contrived for convenience. I mean suddenly Ron can speak parseltongue....where did That come from? It just seemed like it wasn't completely thought out or it was edited badly.
Posted by Sharon from Michigan on July 25, 2007 08:06 AM
A truly incredible way to wrap up the series, JK Rowling has most certainly earned herself a spot in the Hall of Fame for fantasy writers, along with JR Tolkein, Roald Dahl, Frank L Baum, CS Lewis, and countless others.
Posted by abraham on July 25, 2007 08:25 AM
To Kim from Randers:
I agree with you that the book was disappointing. And I think you are right about the Hallows - they were unnecessary and messed up a lot of the book. And I agree 100% that for a long time, Harry and his friends just blunder about. I suppose that Jo wanted to give a feeling of how hard it was to find the Horcruxes; but it did not work that way for me.
What upsets me most is that Harry just followed Dumbledore's master plan: like Voldemort says, he was just a puppet and Dumbledore was pulling all the strings, right to the end. And Dumbledore's past, while making him feel more human, was just another thing that was out of place. I would have liked it much more if Dumbledore would reappear in the beginning for a short time, leaving Harry some instructions and then being gone for good.
Also, I regret that Snape is almost left out of the action and that he receives so little attention. I agree that his story is dramatic; but it gets lost in the mass of unneccessary complications. It even seems sort of "added" into the book. At one moment we have Snape chased out of Hogwarths to nobody's regret, and then we suddenly have all of his memories listed in one chapter. It would have made much more sense for Harry to discover parts of the story on his own, and to show how Snape protected the students at Hogwarts.
Overall, I think that Jo might have done a better job with this book. It seems to me that she changed her mind after book six about a couple of things (including Dumbledore's resurrection -- wonder if this site had anything to do with that?;), and decided to go for another twist with the Hallows, changing the story line and confusing some readers.
Posted by Adam from Warsaw on July 25, 2007 08:37 AM
On the contrary, the Hallows were very important! They are what drove Dumbledore, it's what he was all about. Just in the same way it was important to understand his relationsip with Lily to understand Snape, it is crcucial to understand the Hallows to understand Dumbledore. Its why Dumbledore was never Minister for Magic, he didn't trust himself with the power, and it completely affected how Dumbledore treated Harry and guided him through the difficult task of destroying Voldemort.
Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 25, 2007 08:37 AM
I absolutely loved the book. I love this site just as much.
I have so many unanswered questions still and would love another book about any of the characters. Pick one any one JKR and I read it!
I think if she ever does write another book it would be a great idea to make it for the better good. As I read all the statistics about selling I was amazed that 8.3 million books were sold so fast. Then I started thinking about all the children in the world who never got the chance to read Harry Potter because they weren't able to purchase it. That makes me sad. So I think if she ever does write another one, Us fans need to ban together and let it be for a good cause.
Anyone deduce who it was that did magic late in life? I can find tons of posts with people asking and none with answers. I found someone on another site that said it was Merope, but wasn't that in book 5? And was she really a squib or just under the stress of her surroundings? So many thoughts.
Posted by Ashley from Irwin, PA on July 25, 2007 08:38 AM
1) i imagine Nevilles parents are still in st Mungos as i doubt a cure has been found.
3) Teddy wont have new parents, (Remus and tonks always be his parents, or alive) he most likely live with Tonks mum and visit Harry etc
4) They new headmaster/headmistress can be who ever we want it to be...thats the great thing about imagination and leaving some unanswered questions. The Harry Potter series never end if we can imagine what they are doing now and create new stories.
And someone a page back said about Teddy being too old for school and JKR making a mistake...he was there to see off Victoire, not actually going to school.
Also, remember the 3 kids are exactly that - kids...they would argue, they wouldnt know what to do, they would make mistakes...my god no one is perfect at 17!
Lastly, this is JKR's book and her story to tell so she has not made mistakes - just because we dont know every last detail (i.e does it matter what lily and James jobs were - really?) or there are things we dont understand doesnt mean its wrong. This is her book her story and we should just be grateful she shared it with us.
Posted by tonks from london on July 25, 2007 08:42 AM
I took this into some consideration after I finished the book and I think that Harry Potter didn't I think he was put into a coma and snapped out of it. I also think that he did see Dumbeldore and that he saw Voldemort as the "creature" that was writhing and Dumbeldore said that he could'nt help him. Dumbeldore was right (As usual) Voldermort couldn't be helped he was a horrible soul that needed to be destroyed! Long LIVE HARRY POTTER! Hermione still lives! I mourn for Fred Weasley.
Posted by Hermione from Detroit, MI on July 25, 2007 08:53 AM
Sebastian - I would have said that the first AK curse Voldy directed at Harry didn't work because they were both tethered to life to each other, so neither could at that point, while the other was alive. So the wand in this scenario was redundant!
Posted by Mark from Bahamas on July 25, 2007 09:29 AM
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