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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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Thanks J.K. for the best series and never be forgotten-or the characters that d. It is sad that there be no more books to look forward to. i am glad that harry lived and the children are so cute. this artice was really good. harry never be forgotten.

Posted by meghal from Mighigan on July 25, 2007 4:06 PM

PS to entry I wrote to Gavin & Sebastian about Voldemort's attempt to Harry and meaning of the wands when they dueled: The other factor was that when Voldmort tried to Harry with the Elder Wand (which Harry owned), he wasn't able to for a second reason--because Voldemort's body now contained some of Lily's protection of Harry due to Voldemort's taking in Harry's blood in GOF. So, two things protected Harry from , but his ingness to enabled the of the horcrux within him (and Voldemort's ingness to remove the protection from Nagini).

Posted by Alice from Milton, DE on July 25, 2007 4:19 PM

Hey... anyone else notice that each of the Horcurxes was destroyed by a different person?

Riddles Diary: Harry
Gaunts Ring: Dumbledore
Slytherins Locket: Ron
Hufflepuffs Cup: Hermione
Ravenclaws Diadem: Crabbe
Nagini: Neville
Harry: Voldemort

Posted by kevin from st george, utah on July 25, 2007 5:10 PM

aww, this book is awesome! but yeah I dont think J.R provided us enough information about our characters' afterward life. I wonder if Harry becomes an Auror? Is Mcgongall headmistress now? How come the Malfoy keep on living without some kinda severe punishment? How do they get rid of those Eaters remained and what do they do with those under the Imperius curse? Who raises Ted Lupin?
about the resurrection stone, i believe its nothing than the slytherin's ring. Like Gaunt said, he is descended from the Peverells, who are the first owners of the ly Hallows. so, i think the Gaunts are descendants of the second brother, and the ring had been passed in their family generation after generation. Voldemort took the ring without knowing that is a Hallow (like Harry's reasoning), made it into a Horcrux and sealed it in his grandfather's house.

Posted by Amy from texas on July 25, 2007 5:19 PM

Huzaifa, the uses of dragon blood are mention in the book, as Rita's book tries to deny he invented them. Dumbledore had read someon's papers on it I think and she infers its not his idea.

One thing. I think the backstory of Dumbledore is a surprise to Harry the way most people who are mums and dads are actually different people to someone else i.e. their friends, work mates etc., Dumbledore has a full life and Made Mistakes, mistakes that cost him dear; he may/may not have ed his sister, was good friends with someone who went on to do great evil and was for a brief period fooled into thinking himself of a like mind. These mistakes show him to be human and falible and as Dumbledore himself so memorably admits show that 'his mistakes are 'correspondingly larger' as a result.

We finally see Dumbledore as a complete wizard, one who made mistakes, learned, and as a result grew up to be wise, kind and a loving person. How many people have not at some point in their lives made a mistake that lives with them still (be it a small shame or a huge miscalculation). His wish to protect Harry at every turn led to the outburst at the end of OotP, when he admitted mistakes. Maybe is did not tell Harry about Godric's Hollow as he knew that at some point Voldemort would revisit the place.

Oh, and can I say, finally, there have been some admirable posts here, beautifuly written and well argued. They are all much appreciated.

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 25, 2007 5:33 PM

yeah the book was really good but my grandma was getting a bit edgy because i kept shouting "No!" when someone d. the epilogue could have been better, i bet i could write a book called 101 unanswered questions about harry potter! ted tonks was NOT a muggle, he was muggle born. who was the muggle that did magic? did the trio ever go finish their last year at hogwarts? what jobs did they have? so many questions and no more books to get them answered in!

Posted by jeanette from almond wisconsin, usa on July 25, 2007 6:17 PM

Like everyone else, I am terribly sad that the Harry Potter series is over. I wish that I had just a fraction of J. K. Rowling's talent. She invented a world and people with such detail that it seems real. I wish it was real!

The most ironic part of The ly Hallows was when Lupin told Harry in Chapter 5 that "the time for Disarming is past! These people are tying to capture and you! At least Stun if you aren't prepared to !" A disarming spell, "Expelliarmus!", is exactly the spell that Harry used against Voldemort in the end.

I have greatly enjoyed all of the books and movies, but The ly Hallows is my favorite because Harry, Ron, and Hermione get to spend so much time together and strengthen their bonds of friendship. I believe that is the most important lesson in these books. Good triumph over evil and love conquers all!

Posted by Becky from Houston, TX on July 25, 2007 6:22 PM

I couldn't believe that the Snape/Lily shippers were right. That was one of the theories that I laughed at.
Something I want to know...according to Marvolo Gaunt, they're related to the Peverell's. right? But Harry is related to them. So, is Harry related to the Gaunts? And yes, I think the cover on the US edition is Harry reaching for the Elder Wand, though why he isn't holding Draco's wand, I don't know.

Posted by Lauren from Georgia on July 25, 2007 6:24 PM

why did she show them 19 years later, why not 20. It just seems like a funny number, theres something more to it, maybe...

Posted by Carson from canada on July 25, 2007 6:54 PM

Two questions:
In the first chapter, what was Wormtail's pet? JK said something about a silvery streak after he left the room. Was it Wormtail's patronus (my dad's idea) or maybe it was his "new" hand disconnected from his arm(mine)?
Next question:
What was the huddled mass beneath the seat at King's Cross? We haven't a clue to that one.


Posted by Lara from East Greenville, Pa on July 25, 2007 6:55 PM

I hated the epilogue. Number one, it read like a fan fiction rather than a book, number two, it didn't feel like the end. It felt like the beginning of something new.
My mom has come up with her first theory! Although, it was just a one-book thing: She believes (remember, she hasn't read the whole book yet) that I Will Open At The Close has to do with, not the Snitch, but the locket that Harry is supposed to destroy.
Now I think on it, was she right? What did "I open at the close" actually mean?

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on July 25, 2007 7:06 PM

Well, that was something, wasn't it?

From Bill and Fleur's wedding to the Horcrux Hunt to the final face-off between Harry and Voldemort, the ly Hallows, in my opinion, was the most masterfully crafted book in the series. Jo answered all the unanswered, solved all the unsolved, and left nothing out worth leaving.

The s! Personally, I was most surprised and saddened at the of Fred Weasley. I always pictured it as either both of the twins or both surviving: I would have NEVER guessed that only one would have made it through. I almost broke down when Dobby d: he truly went a hero. The s of Lupin and Tonks were completely shocking and unexpected for me: I had thought it might have been Molly and Arthur instead. I really didn't know what to feel at Crabbe's , as he had not mattered to me much throughout the series, nor had I paid much attention to him and his fellow cronie, Goyle. However, nothing pleased me more when than when Mrs. Weasley finished off the horrible, infamous Bellatrix Lestrange. Good for her! I had personally believed the Neville-s-Bella theory, but, as usual, Jo surprises us all. And finally, Harry and Voldemort. I pictured it exactly how it occurred: Harry sacrificing himself, yet not ing: the final face-off: the AK/Expelliarmus, and Harry's triumph.

The ly Hallows! Well, none of us could have predicted what those turned out to be: of the three, I was most intrigued by the Resurrection Stone, because it contradicted what Dumbledore had been saying throughout the series about how it was impossible to bring back the : he was half-right, however, since they were not completely like the living when they returned. The Elder Wand was the key to Harry's triumph, alongside the fact that Voldemort used Harry's blood to return to his body. And finally, I strongly suspected the Invisibilty Cloak was one of the Hallows, as Jo had pointed out that it had something very significant to do with Seven. The cloak had also played a key role in almost, if not every, book in the series.

The epilogue! Everyone says the epilogue was too Disney, but you know what? I think that was the way to end it. Jo didn't end the series with the new, cliff hanger, modern endings: she ended it with classical style, just the way I, and I am sure almost all other HP fans, wanted it to end.

I have mixed feelings now that 7 is out and I have finished it. I do, of course, feel sad that the books are over, but there is more to come. Two more movies, a Potter encyclopedia, and a HP-Land in Disney World are all in the works. But more than anything, I feel immense relief that the series has concluded just the way I wanted and pictured it. I never forget Harry, nor any of the other memorable characters or worlds Jo created for me and millions of other fans alike. They stay engraved in my heart until the day I . Thank you Jo! Long live Harry Potter!

Posted by abraham on July 25, 2007 7:22 PM

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