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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 52)

hey I dont understand or I read too fast, but can someone explain the ressurection stone? I thought it was slytherin's ring. how could that be if voldemort stole the ring from his uncle, and the ring has been passed down the gaunt family line, and was protected by voldemorts protection on the house?

Posted by Danny from middle of, nowhere on July 25, 2007 2:46 PM

Seriously, how can this be the end? The end of Harry's Hogwart's career, of course. (I kept wondering, did any Hogwart's students return to "make up" the missed year? And what about the dreaded proficiency exams?) But as I read the final sentence, I got shivers down my spine... that last line reads like the opening sentence of a whole other story, yet to be revealed! Any other readers had the same impression?

Posted by Sephira from Boston, MA on July 25, 2007 2:55 PM

This is the greatest series of books ever written, written by one of the greatest authors ever (and this site is the greatest about it). I never would have expected you guys here to get so much right. I never expected Harry to be a Horcrux! you all got me to stick my snape is loyal sticker right on my door, were everyone can see it (still can't get it off!) The worst part though was the night after I finished it. It hit me like a bullet that it was over (for the time being). Just hope there is more, but it would be extremely hard for J.K. to top the story.

Posted by jake from missouri on July 25, 2007 3:02 PM

In a previous comment I said that JK made a mistake, and I was partially in error.

In response to an earlier comment, I said the Playstation 2 mentioned in Goblet of Fire was first released in Japan on March 4, 2000, in North America on October 26, 2000, and that Book 4 took place in 1994 and was released in July, 2001.

That is all true, but I did not have my book in front of me at the time, and I now do, and can tell you that it was only mentioned in the book as "Playstation", not "Playstation 2".

According to Wikipedia, the PlayStation was launched in Japan on December 3, 1994, the United States on September 9, 1995. Seeing as how the Book 4 starts in the summer of 1994, if the Playstation wasn't out yet during the period of that book, it was very soon to be.

So, if J.K. made a timing error on this, it was much closer (like 6 months, not years) than my previous comment suggested...

Sorry, Jo!

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 25, 2007 3:08 PM

For the Elder Wand ing Harry, then refusing to Harry controversy - who said Harry got it right? According to Mr. Ollivander, wandlore is a very complex branch of magic that takes years, possibly decades to understand. I doubt that in the two or three crash courses Harry got over the one year makes him any sort of expert on any wand, much less the Elder Wand, which is why it sounds so awkward for the Albus to Draco to Harry passing of the wand. The way Harry tells it, like it has been said here earlier, it sounds like anyone who get disarmed in a battle gets rights to the wand used in that battle - does that mean the wand stop working for that witch/wizard? Of course not. Otherwise Harry's holly and phoenix feather wand belongs to Remus or Draco or anyone else that has disarmed him or won over him in a duel throughout the series.

I think he got it right that the wand never recognized Voldemort as its true master because he didn't defeat Albus. But I think he got it wrong that it ever was Draco's. Draco didn't win the duel - it was a draw, finished by someone else who didn't go against the Wand and also had planned the outcome with the opponent. The wand, therefore, still belonged to Albus even after he d - or rather, it didn't belong to anyone for a year. The wand recognized Harry after Voldemort ed him and Harry overcame . "The Ultimate Unforgivable didn't work on this kid; he must be a strong wizard and therefore I choose him." The wand didn't recognize Harry until after Voldemort used it to him, and that's why it ed him the first time, but a simple disarming spell blocked it the second time. That's my take on it, anyway.

Yay! Thanks, Jo, for leaving some things to debate!

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 25, 2007 3:09 PM

Does anyone else think it would be spectacular if J.K. Rowling included, in her encyclopedia, something about Lily forgiving Snape in the afterlife, or am I hoping for too much? I dunno; I'd love to see Lily beaming at him, letting him know how proud she is and how she's forgiven him. We've already had Harry enter a Limbo and run into Dumbledore... so why not?!

Posted by Katie T from California on July 25, 2007 3:11 PM

i, and others, were actually really bothered by the epilogue, because it seemed sort of like her just trying to make it so that she couldn't write a sequel, but i would have liked it better if the end were left ambiguous. i think we should have seen more of the aftermath of the battle, i really wanted a conversation between Malfoy and Harry, not necessarily ending up as friend, (although that would have been cool... don't me, it's possible, remember dudley) but at least having a truce or something. but what i wanted doesn't matter... it won't change it.
a friend of mine predicted lupin's , and i said that i doubted it, but that if he d then wormtail would have to go too. and now, it's so sad, all the marauders are gone!

Posted by raven on July 25, 2007 3:22 PM

I just finished the DH and thought it was great � my favorite of the seven by far. I was a little disappointed in the epilogue in that I was hoping for more synopsis on what became of all the characters. Also had a hard time believing Hagrid would return to Hogwarts with Snape in charge. Could see the other Profs doing it for the sake of the kids but not Hagrid � figured he would be hard pressed not to take on Snape for ing Dumbledore. Can�t wait to see the movie version and while I�m looking forward to seeing several scenes on screen, I�m especially looking forward to watching the Bellatrix and Mrs. Weasley battle. I laughed out loud reading that part. Julie Walters and Helena Bonham Carter have been so good at portraying their respective characters it should be fun to see them face off.

Posted by bart from denver, co on July 25, 2007 3:30 PM

Floreana -

you asked why Teddy was still at Hogwarts at age 18-19. There is further schooling after the 7th year (which is why I always wished Rowling would change her mind and continue a few more book....sighs) but particularly if you wanted to be an auror which he might since his mother Tonks was one. One of the books (I think book 5) told us about further schooling especially for aurors. Hope that answers your question somewhat.

Posted by sm on July 25, 2007 3:49 PM

That's true, sm, there is further schooling for aurors, but we've had nothing in the books that indicates this training takes place at Hogwarts. I imagined it happened at the Ministry.

In any event, as others have suggested, it's much more logical that Teddy was NOT going to Hogwarts, he was just there to see off Victoire.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 25, 2007 3:50 PM

To Sebastian & Gavin, After one reading only (which means I may change my thinking later), I think this about Voldemort's trying to use the AK on Harry in the Forbidden Forest: Harry's wand (actually Draco's) was put away so he wouldn't be tempted to use it. Voldemort's wand, the Elder Wand (now actually Harry's) would not carry out the AK curse against its true owner, Harry. But Voldemort's power was such that it almost did, thereby putting Harry beyond the veil (in an in-between state) along with some of Voldemort's soul (the pitiful incubus or baby-like creature), because when the AK curse hit Harry it destroyed the horcrux within him. When Voldemort arose from being knocked out and attempted the Crucio curse, Harry didn't get the expected pain, and that's what began his understanding of the reason. However, 2 things emerged from his almost : 1. the horcrux within him was destroyed and 2. Voldemort thought he no longer needed to protect Nagini. When Voldemort and Harry dueled within Hogwarts, Harry's Expelliarmus was able to deflect the AK which, although a pwwerful curse, couldn't be directed by the Elder Wand to him, but did Voldemort (who had no horcruxes left). Does this sound reasonable?

Posted by Alice from Milton, DE on July 25, 2007 3:55 PM

Amazing - just finished last night (stayed up into the wee hours)...silly work getting in the way of my time with Harry! I think I also wanted to savour every word.

Loved it...was kicking myself for my addiction to this website though, we've all touched on so many theories that apart from the ly Hallows, they were all nailed!

Over the moon Snape is good, devastated Dobby & Hedwig for the others, incredibly sad, yes, but not wholly unexpected, and it could have been a lot worse.

Have to admit that I was cringing during the epilogue, was a bit too "sweet" for me...though I understand why it was in there and it's importance of closure for readers.

Was incredibly proud of Harry when he was walking to the forbidden forest. The Boy Who Lived had grown up and was sacrificing himself for "the greater good"...

My boyfriend is also over the moon that he has his girlfriend back, I've been a bit Harry obsessed of late...

Posted by Meredith from Sydney, Australia on July 25, 2007 4:05 PM

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