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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 58)

the house cup idea really d didn't it? i know they didn't go to school in DH, but every year it became less important. i couldn't really see 17 year olds caring about points anyway. just shows how jo made the books grow with a generation!

Posted by dawlish from kingsbridge on July 26, 2007 11:46 AM

I know realize that what the huddled mass was after re-reading the book, but thanks for the heads up.

Posted by Lara from East Greenville, Pa on July 26, 2007 11:47 AM

The Gryffindor Sword as described by Dumbledore would come to any true Gryffindor who really needed it. Neville's bravery in the face of danger proved that statement.

Posted by Lou from Columbus, OH on July 26, 2007 11:48 AM

why the elder wand attacked harry in the woods:

it didn't. it ed volemort's bit in harry. now granted, if this was completely true, harry probably wouldn't have gone to king's cross and hung out with dumbledore, but the fact is, the elder wand didn't attack harry either time. it ripped voldemort's soul out of harry and ed it, which knocked them both out and sort of "ed" them for a time. if harry was in fact the elder wand's master at the end (which he seems to be), then he would have been such since he took draco's wand.

now, i don't have the book in front of me, but last i checked, all harry did was grab draco's wand out of his hand. is that all it takes now to beat someone? well, i guess the point remains that jk told us a million times that no one ever really understands wands.

Posted by katy from columbia, md on July 26, 2007 12:01 PM

"it ripped voldemort's soul out of harry and ed it, which knocked them both out and sort of "ed" them for a time."

But Voldemort still had Nagini as a horcrux. Also, Voldemort did not react atll to the destruction of the other pieces of his soul.

Why did voldemort collapse in the forest?

Posted by Nolan from Oakville on July 26, 2007 12:32 PM

You know, Dumbledore did mention something about how he could possess the wand because he could 'tame' it, and he wasn't going to use it for anything evil. I wondered this when I read it but I wasn't sure, but I think his point in saying that was that the wand, somehow, 'knew' Dumbledore's intentions, which is why Dumbledore could possess it. Not sure, though, but if anyone could elaborate, that would be swell.

Posted by Katie T from California on July 26, 2007 12:50 PM


no, that's true, voldemort had no reaction at all when any of his other horcruxes (horcruci?) were destroyed. i guess i wasn't 100% sure why voldemort collapsed either-- i guess i figured it had something to do with that unique bond that he had with harry, or some kind of weird replay of the situation in godric's hollow... you know, i really have no idea. anyone?

Posted by katy from columbia, md on July 26, 2007 1:19 PM

i am so glad Snape was good, but i don't think his should have been different and he certainly should not have told Harry everything face to face because i am not sure that Harry would have believed him

Posted by carl from birmingham, england on July 26, 2007 1:23 PM

what im wondering is what kind of sandwich did kreacher give harry when he returns to gryffindor tower!?

Posted by due from meyerland on July 26, 2007 1:26 PM

I have read the book and am now listening to the book on tape during my work day. Because of this a question has arisen...

Why was Dumbledore the elder wands master? Grindelwald was never the wands master. He had stolen the wand, not won it.

With how the book ended (the wand twist that was just wonderful in regards to the plot line), I don't understand how Dumbledore could have "won" the wand from Grindelwald since he was never the true master of the wand.

Posted by chris from Walla Walla, WA on July 26, 2007 1:31 PM

Two things:

1 - I KNEW that Dumbledore was not mistaken in trusting Snape and therefore he must've been good! I figured that Dumbledore's by Snape must've been prearranged between the two of them for whatever reason. I just knew it!

2 - I thought it was hilarious when, after Ron pulled Harry from the lake when Harry went in after the sword, Harry thanked him for saving his life and Ron said something about it sounding cooler than it was. Harry replied something along the lines of, "that sort of thing always does. I've been trying to tell you that for years!". I laughed.

Overall there may be one or two loopholes, and some people might not be satisfied with the ending/epilogue, but I think the book and the series were about as perfect as they could reasonably be. I'm thoroughly satisfied!

Posted by Gene from Ohio on July 26, 2007 1:44 PM

i agree with carl -- i think snape's denouement was perfect, and it was fitting that harry got to relive it through his eyes rather than hearing it from his mouth. that last bit about "" was chilling and heartbreaking all at the same time.

i think it was VERY astute of JKR to make dumbledore very human, having failings and things he'd done that he was ashamed of. it doesn't make him any less admirable, imho, but it does lend a reality to the character. as someone who refused to believe that dumbledore d up until the last chapter of this book, i also wanted to say THANK YOU for this site. it's fantastic.

as for the character s, i'm probably most saddened by the of lupin. speaking as a man, i thought his character was brilliant, subtle subtext for all people who have experienced discrimination in their day-to-day lives. i was saddened that he was paired up with tonks in the first place, i must say -- even though i have nothing really against tonks. it just seemed so out of the blue to me. to have him continue to be the "lonely bachelor" archetype until the end of the story would have been more fitting, i think, and more in line with how he was initially sketched out in azkaban. BUT ANYWAY... his was a very sad thing to me, especially hot on the heels of the birth of their son.

Posted by frank from muggleville, USA on July 26, 2007 1:54 PM

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