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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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Now, everyone is talking about the cloak and whether it Moody saw Harry through it in GoF or merely saw his foot that was stuck in the stair. What you have to remember is that before the first task in GoF, Harry is in the Three Broomsticks with Ron and Hermione, and Hagrid and Moody come in. They see Moody whisper something to Hagrid, and Hagrid comes over to tell Harry that he should meet him at 1 o'clock, to see the dragons. This is proof that Moody can see through the cloak! Please go and check GoF!
Unless, as people have suggested, Moody's magical eye is a rare and wondrous thing, which is possibly unique, and a mystery in itself.

Also, I have wondered, who was the person to do magic late in life under desperate circumstances? After reading the book twice, I think it may have been Ron when he spoke in Parseltongue to open the Chamber of Secrets. That was unexpected wasn't it? What does everybody else think?

Posted by Rashida from Northants, England on July 26, 2007 4:40 PM

One unexpected consequence of finishing the series is I've lost the desire to reread the earlier books. I, like I guess most of you, had read each of the books a few times and was going to read the whole series over. But now I feel so bad for Snape when the characters mock him now that you know why he is the way he is. Such a great tragic character and antagonist all in one.

Posted by Magicrat2413 from Hudsonville, Mi on July 26, 2007 4:45 PM

Ginny from London, you reversed the three brothers. Harry is descended from the 3rd brother, who is the one who received the cloak. The 1st brother received the wand. Otherwise, you layed out the connection well.

To all those wishing a different ending for Snape: At the point he s, Harry still detests him and believes Snape is working for Voldemort. Only after seeing Snapes memories does he begin to change his mind... Hating Snape for 7 years doesn't change overnight. It took him about 8 years - Albus is now 11. As for Harry explicitly having a conversation with Snape's portrait. He wouldn't have been ready yet. But I'm sure there IS a portrait since he was head of Hogwarts. JKR left this to our imaginations...

Posted by Looney from ca on July 26, 2007 5:49 PM

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

Why did Voldemort collapse in the forest?�

To Katy and Nolan:

Is it possible that Voldemort had no piece of his soul left in his body? After all, being �soulless� doesn�t seem to �� you�as we are led to believe from descriptions of the Dementor�s kiss.

When a piece of Voldy�s soul entered Harry by accident he apparently didn�t realize it had happened. That would explain the fact that although there seem to be eight horcruxes, there are really only the seven we have been told are possible. Perhaps that explains Voldy�s collapse in the forest. The only �living� piece of his soul at that point was in Nagini. Just a thought.

My thanks also to Dave for this terrific site.

Posted by rickie from Illinois on July 26, 2007 6:33 PM

am a huge fan of harry potter.
its ing me that this is the last one and i really wish i could spend my whole life with such a character growing up reading his stories and his kids adventure or to find a place full of magic and adventure like Hogwarts.

Posted by yasmine Enan from Cairo, Egypt on July 26, 2007 7:01 PM

I wasn't planning to comment. I have become more and more annoyed with the inability of people to understand how Neville got the sword.

Remember when Bill explains the goblin idea of ownership to Harry? Obviously, the sword doesn't truly belong to anyone except a true member of the House of Gryffindor, despite what the irksome little goblin might think. Neville proved by leaps and bounds what he is and what he is made of. He needed the sword and the sword came. Please have some faith here people.

As for the epilogue, why do we need to know every detail folks. Imagination is key folks. We can give Harry any job we think suits him. What happened is amazing because we can make up our own minds. Perhaps, one day far off in the future we be treated to some new details. That be fun, but the obsessing is simply too much.

Don't think me a snob. I would have liked a bit more of the Durselys thrown in myself. I keep imagining Vernon was confunded by Hestia within 24 hours due to his whining. As the epilogue began I honestly expected to find Diddykins and his wife dropping off their child at the train. Wouldn't it be a neat thing to find out that Dudley became a regular at Sunday dinner and had opened his heart and mind to all that life has to offer? I quite think Petunia would have been keen on her grandchild showing some magical talent after all. I am always amazed by those who release their jealousy and embrace what they have feared. Petunia would no doubt brag constantly about her "super special grandchild" in my mind's eye.

The ing of Fred tore at me terribly. I have always enjoyed him just a smidge more than George. On my first reading I felt sick and so angry and lamented out loud, "Why couldn't it have been Percy?"

Amazingly, I felt terrible for wishing anyone . Even Percy for all of his smarmy ways found remorse for his actions. Wasn't that the message here? If we are truly sorry for those bad things we have done we can find something to help repair the damage done to us as well as others.

Remember, we can all have Parvati take over from Trewlany upon her retirement. Luna prove that there are such things as the Snorckack. Hermione discover 4 new uses for dragon's blood. Lavender become the first half werewolf assistant to the minister of magic. Cho a first rate healer, who discovers the way to unlock the minds of Mr. and Mrs. Longbottom, thus bringing them back to their son. The forced retirement of Dolores Umbridge who incidentally is further made to live in a drafty cottage that reeks of old cat litter. Last, but never least the success of Weasley, Inc. and the lovely comforts George and his wife Angelina are able to provide for Molly and Arthur in their twilight years.

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts. You all have such open hearts to have taken this journey. Allow it to continue to bring you happiness.

Posted by Laurie from Durham, NC on July 26, 2007 7:07 PM

I think she is planning somethig apart from the encyclopedia.

can someone tell me why the ring was just dropped in the forest?

Posted by Ali Akbar from Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh on July 26, 2007 7:15 PM

Bless this website for consoling me after Dumbledore's and for doing so again now, after the FINAL final chapter.

Perhaps this is just the denial stage talking, but I know how J.K. can keep the Hogwarts adventures going. Rather than doing the obvious and telling the tales of either the new generation of Potters or the adult Howarts gang, she could weave another layer into the series by retelling the story from another's perspective (ala Disney's Lion King 1 1/2). Neville Longbottom has potential. Or maybe some more obscure character like Cho or *gasp* Crookshanks? Hmmmmm.

Also, with everything that happens in ly Hallows, it has to, has to, HAS to be broken into two movies. The first should end after Ron has rejoined Harry and Hermoine & they've successfully destroyed the 3rd Horcrux. The next can start out w/ a scene from the Wizarding world in general, followed by newspaper headlines or conversation snippets debating what Harry Potter is up to (hiding, or on a mission?) then cut to the three in the tent and the adventure continues.

And finally, to answer an earlier posting regarding the necessity of Hedwig's - it was absolutely necessary. Harry was living as a transient and couldn't possibly have carried that cage around w/ him everywhere he went. At some point Hedwig would have to get left behind and that would be unthinkable for someone of Harry's character. Even if Hermoine would have wedged a living creature into her bag, Hedwig would not have been permitted to fly around at all w/ the fears of being tracked and that would have just been depressing & cruel.

P.S. I'm going to start over w/ book 1 now because I've only ever read any of the books once. For those of you who've already done multiple readings, might I suggest Peter and the Starcatchers series by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry. Not as intricately woven as the Potter series but fantasy-in-reality-based, excellent writing and for something that on the surface looks like a kids' book it's surprisingly graphic & sarcastic.

Posted by BNICKEL from Batavia, IL on July 26, 2007 8:05 PM

I am feeling so sad over the end of the series, I have read and reread the books so many times, the characters are like family. Its funny how all ages of people can relate to the characters, I think it is because we were all children/teens/young adults once and we can all see ourselves in Harry, Ron & Hermoine, they are the epitome of the lives we lived at their age, if not in body then in our minds & souls, the joy and innocence of youth becoming adult.

I miss you, Harry Potter, you sing to my soul, and express the hero in all of us.

You rock, JK, please, please, please continue to write... as adults, we all need that chance to remember the what means to choose what is good, and right, the very end...

God Bless.

Posted by Susan from Ontario, Canada on July 26, 2007 9:02 PM

can someone tell me why the ring was just dropped in the forest?

Posted by Ali Akbar from Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh on July 26, 2007 10:15 PM

Ali Akbar,
From my reading, the stone was no longer set in the ring. Dumbledore must have placed only the stone into the Snitch. After Harry summoned his loved ones' spirits, he knew they would always be with him, even without the stone. It had served its purpose, getting him past the dementors unharmed. Harry knew he didn't need it any more, and afterwards, he knew it was better off lost for good. This was the difference between Harry and Voldemort, and even between Harry and Dumbledore. Harry could walk away from the power of the stone.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on July 26, 2007 10:16 PM

I have to say, I LOVE this series. I hate reading other books now because none of them have the same appeal and mystery as these books do. I be reading them over and over throughout my life, and I'll never get bored of them.
This series go down in history as one of the best worlds ever created. And I'll bet more references be made about it than the Wizard of Oz.

One of my favorite part of the book was when everyone else was crying. I almost did, but then again, it takes a lot for me to cry. It was Harry's walk into the forest and he had all the people he loved there with him: his parents, Sirius and Lupin.

After reading DH, I've decided that Neville is my favorite character. I loved the scene when he s Nagini! I was so happy to see him get that glory.

Also, my sister and I were counting Horcruxes and found out that each one was destroyed by a different person. Do you think JKR meant it that way? Diary - Harry. Ring - Dumbledore. Locket - Ron. Cup - Hermione. Diadem - Crabbe. Harry - Voldemort. Nagini - Neville.

Posted by MacBerjoin from Utah on July 26, 2007 10:21 PM

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