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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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There is one question I have which cannot possibly be answered... the cloak Harry has is not affected by anything then in the 6th book on the astronomy tower how did Dumbledore stupefy Harry when he was inside the cloak? The magic couldnt have worked...

Posted by Meenal Velani from Jamshedpur,India on July 26, 2007 04:24 AM

I was upset with how the characters acted in the last chapter. Like the kids all had cool personalities but the adults it seemed like she had them overplay a little bit they seemed like they were fake. And most of all i wish they would of have had Hugo be sirius instead simply beacause Hugo showed no respect to anyone and all the other kids names did. and i whis they could of have had george there with twin girls or with a son named Fred Also how did Nevill get put out when he was set on fire. lastly of all i wish she would have included George in the last chapter.

and now what shall i do with my time perhaps take up other series. hither to dark tower i go

Posted by louie from new mexico on July 26, 2007 05:08 AM

J.K. Rowling's got some style!

I loved the book--she started it out with a bang and kept it up at a pretty serious clip for the whole book. I do agree that the later horcruxes were pretty quick, but I've often found that the challenge is getting started and that momentum helps.

I am not a fan of the epilogue--not because it leaves gaping holes in the lives of the characters, that's inevitable at the end of a series--but because it's just so pat and saccharine. I agree with whoever said it felt like fan fiction--it was like a carrot to all the people who wanted to ensure that Harry, Ginny, Hermione and Ron all lived happily ever after.

Thanks to David Haber for the superb theories--I never would have guessed, and yet your argument about Snape had me convinced from the get-go!

Posted by Julie from Washington, DC on July 26, 2007 05:51 AM

The cloak was made by a Peverell brother maybe a hundred years or more before Mad-Eye got his magical eye. There is no other mention of who made the eye, but I would assume that Mad-Eye created it himself, making it able to see through everything, just like x-ray vision. The cloak "truly renders the wearer completely invisible, and endures enternally, giving constant and impenetrable concelament, no matter what spells are cast at it..." Nothing is mentioned about the cloak being imprevious to other magically objects, especially eyes with x-ray vision. Peverell brothers came from a time before x-ray vision was even thought of. Peverall probably made the cloak able to withstand any dangers known to him during his time.

Mad-Eye definitely saw Harry when he was stuck on the stairs. Harry waves his hands to Moody to get his attention towards the Maruder's map.

Posted by Joy from Virginia on July 26, 2007 05:54 AM

I was wondering about one thing. When Voldemort tried to Harry in the forest with the Elder wand, why hasn't it backfired then and Vordemort? Then there would be 2 Horcruxes left, Harry himself and Nagini. Why did the Elder wand choose to backfire at the final battle?

Otherwise, the story would go this way: After Voldemort was ed by the backfiring of the wand, the trio managed to Nagini leaving Harry to struggle whether he should himself to prevent Voldemort's return, to save all those he loved.

Posted by Fiona from Hong Kong on July 26, 2007 06:00 AM

There is no doubt that this is the Excellent Book in HP series (only after HBP). but i still stuck with some doubts
1) is it possible to produce hissing sounds which are understandable to snakes by an nonparcelmouth(like RON did)
2) has Snape's photo also added to the pile of photos in the Headmaster office( because it is not mentioned when harry went to the office in the last chapter)
3) from where Neville got the sword
4) what are the the careers of the ron, harry and all the other and what about the other weasleys.

but apart from the above doubts.. i really love the book. the Prince tale is really excellent and heart touching and it proves that unlimited love can do anything..
but the epilogue is incomplete.


Posted by Venkat from Ongole,India on July 26, 2007 06:30 AM

i love this book, too bad I had to rush to finish it because here in italy they kept saying how it ends and who was to (on tv, newspapers,...) but after all i can read it all over again and savour every word in it.
the part i don't like very much is the epilogue but this is a children book and maybe it is jo's way to ensure that there won't be a sequel.
i don't know if i am mistake (english is not my first language so i'm sure i've missed a few things) but i think that ron didn't speak parseltongue but he only pretended to speak it having heard harry speaking it.
thank you dave for this site, it really help us to sort many things out, the posts are really amazing!

Posted by sabri from italy on July 26, 2007 06:47 AM

yeah. there should have been a scene with snapes portrait. i think J.K didnt completely think out all the details in the book. (where are the dursleys, and exactly what do they think of harry?)

J.K rowling should make a follow-on book explaining everything!

poor moody, dobby, tonks, lupin, fred, ted senior, george's ear, severus, and im even gonna miss the evil peoples who d! poor- bellatrix, wormtail, voldemort, ect.

too many s in the book.

Posted by Lily from SA on July 26, 2007 06:54 AM

So many people are talking about how they wanted more from the epilogue but really, if she gave a lot of small comments on what too many people were doing, it would read more like an alumni magazine than a book chapter.

Also, instead of discussing careers, etc... she chose to focus on what was the most important thing to Harry--family. Harry talks a lot about how he wishes he could have a normal family and a normal life. When he gets to Godric's Hollow he imagines how his life would have been with friends coming over, spending the holidays at home, growing up in a loving, wizarding family. The epilogue describes how, as a father, he finally got that very thing.

Posted by Erika from Goldsboro, North Carolina on July 26, 2007 07:11 AM

Loved the series, loved the last book. I too thought the destruction of the diadem was too quick. I had commented after the destruction of the locket that the remaining horcruxes would have to go a lot faster (to my disappointment) I would have loved it if this book were 2000 pages long.

Everyone that is so upset about Hedwig-- I don't get it. Hedwig or Moody? Moody was the real loss.

Posted by Angus from Lincoln, NE on July 26, 2007 07:54 AM

I just wish for a chapter like the one in HBP where they all get together and go over everything, Then it wouldn't have been so abrupt.
I love this website, This is the first time I have ever written to one as Luna would say "It's like having friends."

Posted by Jeannette from Simi Valley. California on July 26, 2007 08:24 AM


Thanks for your comment. I was wondering about why Voldemort was knocked down, too, but I didnt mention it.

BUT: But if the spell rebounded the 1st time, too, why was the Horcrux inside Harry destroyed? When the spell rebounded the second time, Harry wasnt harmed at all by it.

Posted by Sebastian from Germany on July 26, 2007 08:26 AM

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