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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 54)

ah, the cape keeps coming up....

the cape is not a shield. It's invisibility is impenentrable, but no mention is ever made of it being able to repel curses cast against the wearer. It can resist spells cast against itself (it could not be summoned in hogsmeade by the -eater)

Moody did not see through the cape. he saw harry's leg protruding through the steps, below the cape.

It was never said that dumbledore could see through the cape in hagrid's cabin; harry just has the impression that dumbledore is looking at him. There are many other ways he may have guessed or known that Harry and ron were in hagrid's cabin.

Posted by tony from manchester, NH on July 25, 2007 7:27 PM

I was also confused by the Elder wand ownership thing. In book six (I re-read it to be sure) Draco DOES take the wand from Dumbledore when he first comes on him at the top of thr tower. So Draco DID have it but no explanation is given as to how it was taken back from Draco and placed with Dumbledore in his tomb. It would have made more sense if JKR had written it that Draco got the wand in the Tower scene in book 6 but had no idea what it was and then later, in book 7, Harry gets it from Draco in the Malfoy home scene. That would have made way more sense. Instead we are to believe that Draco took Dumbledore's wand, then gave it back for him to be buried with it. Then Harry took Draco's lesser wand which means that EVERY wand Draco ever used now sees Harry as their master. That's a bit of a stretch if you ask me!

I also wondered why her epilogue left out Luna, what Harry and the rest did for a living, and why no scene between Harry and Snape's headmaster portrait? That would have been a really good scene, wouldn't it?

I also got tired of the wandering around part. To me she dragged that on and on but skipped too fast over the wand issue and other important parts.

Even so, it is one of my favorite books of her series.

Posted by Carrie Harrington from Flagstaff, AZ on July 25, 2007 7:45 PM


Teddy shares a name with Nymphadora's father, but whose name was written first?

My complaint with the epilogue is that since it seems to have been written before most of the characters, plot, and other ideas appearing in the later books, ending the series with the earlier-written epilogue effectively regards all of Ms. Rowling's later inventions as throwaways. It doesn't matter what sort of person Ms. Rowling developed Luna, Ms. Umbridge, or anyone else into--as far as the epilogue is concerned, they don't exist.

Perhaps Ms. Rowling felt it would be 'cheating' to adapt the wonderful epilogue she wrote early on to take advantage of her later work. But that would be far less of a cheat (especially had she offered the original as an appendix or released it on her web site) than simply ignoring the developments from her later books.

To my mind, she should at least have penned the kids' names as James __ Potter; Lilly __ Potter; Rose __ Weasley, etc., to allow the names to be filled in with characters appearing later (FYI, my taste would be James Sirius Potter; Lily Tonks Potter; Rose Grainger Weasley; Hugo Remus Weasley. But that's just me).

Posted by supercat from Naperville IL on July 25, 2007 7:47 PM

I haven't had the time to read all the comments left, but wa a little suprised with some. Everyone i've talked to has agreed that while the book was good, and well written that it was very disappointing.
I was very disappointed with the book as a whole (maybe i built myself up too much) and especially the ending, which seemed like a bit of a cop out. maybe she should have just wrote 'and they all lived happily ever after' I also understanad that people d and that they all didn't live happily ever after, but i am adamant that one of the 3 main characters should have d. Having Harry would have produced a far more powerful and emotional ending, whereas it seemed really flat.

Congratulations to all who were able to predict what would happen in the book. I wonder if she write any spin off books, like one focusing on the events at Hogwarts in that last year. There is a few gaps and would be great to have them filled in.

Posted by Stryfe from Victoria, Australia on July 25, 2007 7:56 PM

I think this was best book yet! i was surprised there wasnt more to petunia dursley on page one someone said time to find a new series the eragons are good harry potter is and always be my favourite though

Posted by keenan from oshawa ontario on July 25, 2007 8:09 PM

wow. i always said it couldn't happen, there's no way i could do it, but i cried. i did. several times. when i read "the hilt of the blade sticking out of dobby" or whatever it was i got misty. then, during the burial, i started sobbing. the worst for me was when harry says snape was one of the bravest men i knew. so sad. i actually had to push the book away because i didn't want to get tears on it!

Posted by sad from cal on July 25, 2007 8:21 PM

some of the people here were right. harry never could have d. NEVER. even though somebody said that in book 4 it says harry had nobody to for him this time, so he was going to , in other parts jk makes it seem like lily's protection always keep harry safe. great book, but it's a little lame if harry never could have d from voldy. like in the graveyard, or the ministry. if harry was hit with an ak, what would have happened? even in the forest, so what? voldy had lily's blood.

Posted by fred from san diego on July 25, 2007 8:25 PM

i would have liked
a) madame maxime to show up fighting at the end, with hagrid
b) for snape's portrait to have been on the wall of the headmaster's office at the end. i honestly think that was an oversight on jk's part (not that she had many of those, if any). harry didn't need a big scene with the portrait-- just looking at it respectfully and having a moment of silence would have been enough.

i thought it was a bit easy that volemort let harry into his mind throughout the book, conveniently letting hr&h; know where he was at all times-- i understand that he didn't want to possess harry anymore, but not to use his powerful occlumency ss to keep harry out? that doesn't really make sense.

but i. loved. it. totally and completely. as for fred and george, it just shows that unnatural, terrible partings can sometimes be forced by these evil people, and that jk wasn't afraid to off someone we really love (while, thank god, leaving harry, ron, hermione & ginny alone!)

Posted by katy from columbia, md on July 25, 2007 8:32 PM

Tony & Orlando -

I agree with Tony that the cloak was never really referred to as able to deflect spells but after reading that section again it says it's impenetrible against spells meant to reveal the person not spells to harm or stupify, stuff like that. There were so many times Harry was hit by spells while wearing the cloak that I don't think JK Rowling could make that big of a mistake to say it was imepenetreble against spells. Unless she meant harmful spells. It meant it was the cloak that would never fade or fail or reveal itself if another witch or wizard cast a spell at it as other cloaks do due to the fact it was one of the ly hallows and the only cloak like that.

but as to Orlando's question that it should mean no one could see through it as well I don't think Dumbledore saw through it he was just very good at sensing someone there the few times he announced he knew Harry was there or he did it by legillemens or something like that. However the only thing I think could see through the cloak was Nagini or snakes in general and maybe Mrs. Norris so cats too. In book 5 when Harry dreams about Mr. Weasley's attack when he's Nagini he sees Mr. Weasley even though he's wearing an invisibility cloak then in ly Hallows when Harry & Hermione think they're seeing Bathilda Bagshot and wonder why she can see them under the cloak it turns out to be Nagini. Whether Moody could see....I dunno I always thought because of his magical eye maybe he could because I think (again I'd have to read that book to be sure) but I think it said something about Harry seeing Moody looking into Harry's eyes or something to the effect he had actually seen him. But maybe it was just his foot that Moody I'm curious and going to have dig out the Goblet of Fire book.

Posted by sm on July 25, 2007 8:39 PM

lara-- the huddled mass in king's cross was voldemort if he s without remorse-- very similar to the raw, flayed baby he was before he got his body back. harry tells voldemort, "i've seen what you become [if you don't feel remorse]" and dumbledore says something about harry having much less to fear from than voldemort does, and harry glances at the baby at that point.

Posted by katy from columbia, md on July 25, 2007 8:41 PM

I'm still crying. Everyone I have grown fond of such as the free house elf Dooby, Fred Made Eye Lupin, the first of 2 who became like a fatherly figure to Harry, and the fun, full of life Tonks are .
I don't get how Lilly and James thrice defied Voldemort, what was the importance to all the cats in the story, How was Sirius that inportant to the story, and what the heck was up with all the Droobles Bubblegum Wrappers Neville's mom kept giving him. I thought there had to be something special about them.
I couldn't believ Snape was good, but now it all fits.
JKR I can't thank you enough. You have brought something into this world that can never be duplicated. I always used to think my life was miserable. But then I found a palce to escape to, Hogwarts.
I can never thank you enough.
Long Live Harry Potter.
P.S. One of the Parts I thought was the sadest was when Harry took Hedwog on a last tour of number 4 Privet Drive. And Dobby. I'm crushed

Posted by Sirius' #1 fan from Apache Jct. AZ on July 25, 2007 9:59 PM

everyone seems dissapointed about the ending and want to know more, and about others, dont mourn now, JKR said she most likely right an encyclopedia on it all in the near future, so that gives us something to look forward to (although its not 100% she'll write it and it be a long time from now, maybe around the time the 7th movie comes out im guessing) i hope this helps everyone get over it, or at least put off their troubled minds until then

Posted by dvin from glendale, CA on July 25, 2007 10:40 PM

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