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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 6)

I´ve really enjoyed the book, but the epilogue was very disappointing. And why isn´t Snape´s between the portraits of the Headmasters and Headmistresses of Hogwarts in the last scene?

Posted by Alonso from Andorra on July 22, 2007 4:23 PM

Yes, i agree with whoever said JK should write a book about dumbledore.

Posted by Graeson from ktown, GA on July 22, 2007 4:23 PM

Okay just a few things;

Go, Neville! how awesome was he? Not to mention his Gran kicking some serious butt.

I must say I enjoyed the book very much and cried and held my breath through alot of it. Not being a crier it was wierd.

I had hoped at the end JKR would write a name of a character and give us three or four lines of info on them concerning where they are now.That disappointed me.

JKR, now go and write us back stories I want to know more about Mad Eye, and Gran as well as so many other Characters. Just a few hundred pages work.


Posted by Sue from Boston,ma on July 22, 2007 4:26 PM

Emily from Chicago:

You're not the only one that was upset about how little mention was given to Lupin/Tonks. I was reading the chapter after that one, and Harry mentioned his fallen friends (Fred, Lupin, Tonks etc) and I honestly had to go back and look again to see where they'd d - I had missed it the first time.

Minor gripe though, thanks for everything JK.

Posted by Brandon from Raleigh, North Carolina on July 22, 2007 4:29 PM

first i would like to congratulate the owner of the site, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your theories and you were right about many.

The book was awesome in my opinion, however the last chapter was pointless. I didn’t find any of it of interest, it didn’t tell me anything! I wanted to know what happens to the world, about elf rights, the four houses clearly do not come together as the sorting hat wished, as harry’s sons are making fun of the slytherin house. What jobs did they all have, did harry become an auror or a international seeker? Who knows? All it did was point out the obvious…really disappointing.

Also they rushed the sixth horcrux, Ravenclaw’s Diadem... it was too easy, too fast.

The rest of the book was really amazing though, Thanks Jo.

Posted by Gav from Liverpool, UK on July 22, 2007 4:33 PM

If the end of the book really is 19 years later, Teddy would be 19 and out of Hogwarts. Right?

Posted by questions from Minnesota on July 22, 2007 4:39 PM

Loved the references to the previous books, like Neville and the sword (Harry in the Chamber of Secrets) and Hermionie telling Ron "Are you a wizard, or what" when getting past the Whomping Willow (just like Ron shouting at Hermionie when they were trapped by Devils Snare all those years before). Not sure what happened to Crookshanks though?

Posted by Simon from Leicester, England on July 22, 2007 4:51 PM

Emily from Chicago, IL said:
"Does it not seem strange, then, that this diadem was just, you know, chillin' in the Room of Requirement, with no protective spells to keep others from finding it?"

No actually it doesnt because Voldermont was such an ego maniac that he thought he was the only one who ever found the room. So thus it wasn't out of place.

Posted by Sue from Boston,Ma on July 22, 2007 4:52 PM

I loved the book! My favorite part was when Lupin, Sirius, James and Lily walked into the forest with Harry and Lily told him they wouldn't leave him. I thought Ron finally became worthy of Hermoine in this book.

I hope, even though JKR says she won't write more books about Harry, that she write one more about what happens to all the characters in the 19 years. What jobs did they all take? What happened to Luna and what did Hermoine do? Who became Minister of Magic and what did Harry become-an Auror?

Posted by JO from missouri on July 22, 2007 4:56 PM

I think it was a good book. and i have several comments. I ddin't realize lupin was until harry used the resurrection stone. i missed where tonks had d. How did they destroy ravenclaws diadem? after i read the book i had to go to wikipedia to get answers i didnt understand. And about how did neville get the sword of gryffindor, it appears out of the sorting hat which riddle was using to torture neville and the sword appears to the true gryffindor so there u have it. Also the molly part where she screams not my daughter was hilarious.

Posted by Michael from wichita, KAnsas on July 22, 2007 5:22 PM

David Haber, 10,000 bezillion points to Gryffindor for you creating and maintaining this site! Hats off to you (sorting and otherwise). And many, many thanks. In those last months of dread and desire for the ending, you kept a lot of us sane! Like you, I didn't believe for a minute that HP was a horcrux--well, I suppose I thought it was too obvious (that's me trying to save face...). Unlike some here, I just adored the camping segments--to me (and maybe because I'm an adult) they were a bit of breathing space, in which I could think and plot, just like the characters.

Oh, my beloved Dobby, how wonderful you were! And I was so glad that Kreachur reacted to kindness, just as Hermione always swore would happen! But, I hasten to add, it was more than kindness (all supervisors of the world, take note), it was Recognition--of what he'd done, who he was, what he could contribute. And Hagrid survived! Now, THERE'S a sequel if you want one. I do congratulate everyone here who really got so very much right, and based on sound textual evidence, too--you're all literary scholars of the first rank! To wit, harry was a horcrux, (which to my shame I denied, and already said that), that RAB was Regulus Black, that Neville would be Herbology Professor, that Snape was good, of course, that Snape loved Lily (though I don't think anyone got that they were childhood friends), that the house elves would defend Hogwarts, that the wedding of Fleur and Bill would be disrupted by eaters, oh, I could just go on and on. You know who you are, you brilliant people!

I find I'm left wanting to know about the baby in agony when when Dumbledore and Harry have their little chat. (A Near- experience was a good move, JK Rowling, I like it a lot!). did I miss something?

And I guess the bit with the sword means that Neville is the true heir of Griffindor?

Oh, and how about that grandma of Neville's! THAT was a marvelous touch!

I'm happy and sad. Kudos again, David. you did good!

Posted by JK from California on July 22, 2007 5:26 PM

I was shocked, seriously shocked, when I saw the mother of the trio was Kendra Dumbledore. I mean like, wow. My real name afterall.

Posted by Kendra from Spain, Alicante on July 22, 2007 5:27 PM

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