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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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Well...what to say. Followded this site for a long time with a keen interest in all of the ideas and thought son Harry's past and future exploits...and to be quite honest, considering the tightness of JK's lips on any of the matter...i'd say theat everyone here did a superb job to get any predictions correct...but so much was well predicted, as i read it I was stunned...well done all.

I have to say, JK's prologue was both annoyingly disappointing and clever at the same time. Annoyingly, it confirmed whole-heartedly that there would be no need to write any more books on the matter of Harry Potter and co. and also showed that all was well...but I think that that spoil it slightly as the ending was..perhaps...slightly dull, although admittedly "quaint" and "nice". However it was very clever as, I realised later, it ensured that no wannabe spin-off writer could use the fantastic writing JK. and continue the story or write a spin-off...JK. confirmed, that this was the end..of Harry Potter.

Well in all here, keep up the iinteresting discussions as we delve deeper into the thoughts of JK. and the things she didnt reveal...those subtle little things that should now become clear as clues...and well in JK. herself...thanks to her, for almost 10 years of good writing to read.

Posted by Josh from Surrey, England on July 25, 2007 09:31 AM

1) Nevilles parent's are still in St. Mungos...
2) The final scene in the Great Hall when the Elder Wand is in the air and is about to be caught by Harry
3) His parents are , and always be. We assume Grandma Tonks brought him up
4) I would agree with this!

Posted by Mark from Bahamas on July 25, 2007 09:33 AM

In the chapter "ninneteen years later" it commented on "Professor Longbottom". It was he that I pitctured the new headmaster.

Ted's parents would most likely be Harry and Ginny

The cover illustration is probably some kind of picture trying to show or give an idea of what happens between Voldemort and Harry. Harry starts to gain power while Voldemort loses it.

And as for Neville's parents, they probably just remain at St. Mungo's until they .

Posted by Anonymous on July 25, 2007 09:35 AM

Does anyone think that Malfoy's boy Scorpius could be a future Dark wizard who Ron and Harry children might to fight in the future? Remember, JKR said that evil never s. Scorpius is a poisonus spider.

Posted by Lou from Columbus, OH on July 25, 2007 09:54 AM

The US cover has to be when Voldemort loses his wand. Voldemort has his hand outstretched like he's losing something, and Harry's catching it. We can also see the crowd behind them.

Posted by Kevin from IL on July 25, 2007 10:05 AM

Kevin: Yes, it must be. But I believe the reason everyone is confused by the cover is that, in the book (which I don't have in front of me) at the moment Harry does Expelliarmus, Voldemort has done Avada Kedavra, and it immediately rebounds on him. There is no moment in the book right then where Voldemort is standing, incredulous that the Elder Wand has just left his hand...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 25, 2007 10:05 AM

in the forest, harry couldn't have d no matter what, since voldermort was using the elder wand, which harry was the master of. it only hit him because harry let it, and he didn't put up a fight. also, i think grindelwald mastered the wand by taking it against gregorovitch's , and then dumbledore mastered it. come on, this is dumbledore we're talking about. i'm sure he found a way to knock the wand out of grindelwald's hand so he could take it.
lily's blood protection, which i never thought was explained correctly, does bother me. so what voldermort had harry's blood? nobody d for harry in the forest, i don't see how he survived. maybe it has something to do with "neither can live while the other survives." did that somehow keep harry alive?

Posted by scorpius from NY on July 25, 2007 10:05 AM

Thanks to people who appreciated my Snape rant, I think, it may take me years to get over his !

But I have 2 questions that are bugging me now (amongst the millions of others)

1. Colin Creevey - it states he is muggleborn, back in CoS. Now if you need 'blood status' to attend Hogwarts now that the Eaters are in command - just what is Colin doing in the school at all?

2. The 'hallow' invisibility cloak is described as having 'impenetrable concealment, no matter what spells are cast at it'. Great stuff - except MadEye Moody could see right through it, as could Dumbledore. You could 'debate' regarding Mrs Norris... Also - Dumbledore freezes Harry whilst he is under the cloak, although granted at the time Dumbledore is using the Elder Wand. However, at the beginning of HBP, Malfoy uses 'petrificus totalus' and freezes Harry whilst he is under that cloak. Is it just me - or was the word 'impenetrable' the wrong choice?

Posted by Orlando from England on July 25, 2007 10:06 AM

I'm surprised at how many people were disappointed with the book. I thought it was great. I didn't feel it got slow because even in the camping parts, it wasn't like camping. They had to worry that their charms were holding up. Like I was terrified that when Harry went after the doe it would end up he couldn't find his way back or he'd be trapped.

I think the reason the first AK hit Harry from the Elder Wand was because of the part of Voldemort that was there. But I also, wasn't entirely sure that the second rebounded. I'll have to re-read, but when I was reading it, I pictured it as the spell was cast but at that moment the wand began to fly toward Harry and the wand was re-directed at Voldemort. Not from re-bounding but from the direction it was pointed in by that point. That's just the way I pictured it. But from all the reading of done on this site for the past few years, I am fully aware that I don't read as deeply as so many others.

As far as us having everything right. I wouldn't have suspected half of what happened in DH, if I hadn't read other peoples thoughts. Very insightful but a lot deeper than I first read.

This is a great site and I have appreciated it so much in the months leading up to DH.

Posted by Kelley from Lansing, MI on July 25, 2007 10:08 AM

DH was an excellent story, but i was really dissapointed with the end. like, what happened to the dursleys? why did harry never use his firebolt? and wasn't using 'severus' as albus's middle name a bit of an over? after all, snape gave voldemort the correct information about when harry was going to leave the dursleys. i think that was a little suspicious. anyone agree with me?

Posted by max from wisconsin on July 25, 2007 10:43 AM

Scorpius a poisonous spider?

Draco was simply following in the Black family tradition of naming children after celestial object. Draco and Scorpius are both constellations, Bellatrix is a star in the constellation Orion, Regulus is a star in the constellation Leo, Arcturus in Bootes. Sirius again is a star in Canis Major and Andromeda can be either the constellation or the galaxy....sorry I'm waffling but he's just keeping it in the family!

Posted by John Hancock from London on July 25, 2007 10:56 AM

I saw an early question about who the "baby" was at King's Cross. Someone else probably figured it out already, but I believe that was Voldermort. Remember "in essence divided"? The AK finally split them apart permanently. So Voldermort's soul is in that limbo as well. Voldemort seemed to have been also knocked out for a while, too, from Harry's point of view after they split.

Posted by J.C from Chicago, IL on July 25, 2007 10:56 AM

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