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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 63)

Someone was asking about why the Elder Wand belonged to Harry and here's what I think I got from that part (I agree it was a little confusing). It seems to me that the wand just recognizes that the owner has been disarmed, not necessarily disarmed of that particular wand. Harry disarmed Draco, and took his original wand, and because of that the Elder Wand's allegiance switched to Harry. That's why the Elder Wand was Draco's before, and not Snape's because Snape just ed Dumbledore, and Draco disarmed him first. It's really quite brilliant because Harry's signature move was always Expelliarmus, and Voldemort's Avada Kedavra, but this great powerful object did not recognize the act of ing but the simple act of disarming as the more powerful. Proves that once again Voldemort underestimated some of Harry's greatest he underestimated love not just on Harry's part, but on Narcissa Malfoy's part. All she cared about was her son in the end.

Also, I know some people think Harry coming back to life was a cop-out, but I have to say I think it was brilliant. Every fantasy author brings a character back to life at some point in time, so yes that was overdone, but it was how and why that I thought were so unique. Harry didn't want to live, he was ready to . He wanted to get on a train at Kings Cross and go on to be with his family, and to give up the pain and suffering. So his self-sacrifice wasn't his life, it was his and I was so impressed with that. I also loved the use of Platform 9 3/4 as a liminal space between life and , like it was between the muggle world and the wizarding world, and it was really where it all started for Harry. She's such a brilliant author, and I predict that she'll be stud as much, if not more, than Shakespeare someday. I feel sorry for people who don't read it, and don't love it as much as we all do. I'm glad there are other people who understand it though. The only question is what do we do now that it's over?

Posted by Eilan from London on July 27, 2007 8:22 PM

Back again with more on Colin. I just found an interesting article in which the Colin question is asked of J.K. The answer in the article is, "He didn't. Colin likely returned for the battle along with other members of Dumbledore's Army (alerted by their enchanted Galleons)."
AH HA! Yet another idea that intrigues me.

Posted by Laurie from Durham, NC on July 27, 2007 8:42 PM

R.I.P. Snape, Moody, Fred, Tonks, Lupin, Collin and Dobby

and R.I.P. for all the other wizards that d while trying to take out voldemort. i also think it was about time somebody took out beatrix lestrange. and i was so glad that Mrs.Weasley took her down but although the trio of Ron, Harry, and Hermione lived, the quartet of James, Lupin, Sirious, and Peter Pettigrew all d in the end of it all. i also have to say that i am disapointed that Pettigrew did not take more of a role in ing voldemort or at least ing a few eaters before he d, but instead of doing something heroic. he d because he choked himself to , that was not at all what i expected.

Posted by somebody from somewhere on July 27, 2007 9:28 PM

Rebel Phoenix: Any master of the Elder Wand be unbeatable as long as they remain ready to use it. Maintaining such a state of readiness all the time, however, is impossible; people may be beaten either when they are unready or, as in the case of Dumbledore, ing to be taken.

As for the Harry /not- thing, I think it's pretty simple. If someone who isn't the master tries to use the Wand on the master himself, the Wand isn't going to go along with it, but would have no aversion ing any part of the wielder within the master. Since the master seemed ing to , the Wand was somewhat ing to go along with it, but it still wasn't going to force the issue.

Posted by supercat from Naperville IL on July 27, 2007 9:41 PM

What happens to the Dursleys, George, Luna, Neville, Hagrid and all the other characters? Why did Dobby have to ? Who on earth are the new teachers at hogwarts?
i don't htink she should have ed Snape the way she did i mean it was like she just disposed of him on a whim. Also all the memories that Snape gives to harry don't show him doing anything too bad. Its all a little too convenient.

Posted by andromeda on July 27, 2007 10:15 PM

I might have missed a post on it, but did anyone notice that Harry and Voldy were related, and it was never really brought up?

Posted by Boosnake from Rayne,LA on July 27, 2007 11:04 PM

I think Voldemort is quite stupid in assuming that he alone plumbed the depths of Hogwarts' secrets. He should've looked around the room of requirement when he hid Ravenclaw's diadem there. Mountains and tons of hidden artefacts in there. Quite obvious that a lot more people beat him to it, and a lot more kids in the future with a secret to hide stumble upon it. Dumb, isn't he?

Posted by HuggyBertholdi from melbourne, australia on July 28, 2007 12:44 AM

Molly Weasley Rulez! Don't mess with my sons! I just loved it! It's the best book ever!

Posted by Newt from D.F., M�xico on July 28, 2007 01:12 AM

I simply love that book. Reading it was like entering a feverish nightmare, twisting and turning, with Harry meeting ends all along the way - and then tension mounted to an almost unbearable level - and suddenly, Harrys world turned right again and I knew he would make it. Wow.
Btw: reading the last, say, 150 pages took me ages. It felt like they would never end. And even though I finished the book almost a week ago, I still feel shaken by the events. And I already started reading it again.
What a great story. What a perfect ending to a perfect book series... Thank you, JKR!

Posted by Tinka from Krefeld, Germany on July 28, 2007 01:13 AM

Even if Harry was disarmed by some random Dark Wizard without knowing the location of the Elder Wand (and i dont think Harry would go around telling people where it was) being its "true owner" is useless. As for Harry having his motheres eyes? it was meant literally that Harrys green eyes are exactly like his mothers so when Snape d he asked Harry to look at him since the last thing he wanted to do was to look into the eyes of the women he loved.

Posted by Doug on July 28, 2007 03:42 AM

Yes, even in the little (and little-known) island of Singapore, there are Harry Potter fans and theory-spouters. (I was one of them.) I found this website engaging; thanks a lot, David Haber! and would like to say a few words about Book 7.

Firstly, I was a bit slow in delighting that Harry was alive. The reason for this, I believe, was that (I know this sounds weird, but...) I had been planning Harry's ever since there was a possibility he could in the last book. Even though I'd wanted him to live and supported him all the way, I somehow considered him already. Weird...nevertheless, I'm happy the trio got out ok and had a happy future (even if others were less satisfied).

Secondly, many readers had the privilege of reading the book with absolutely no inkling of what would come next, but sad to say, I was not one of them. Even before I'd laid eyes on Half-Blood Prince last year, some Confunded idiot came yelling to me that Dumbledore had been ed by Snape. I was shocked and furious. As if that wasn't enough, I wasn't able to read ly Hallows till the 26th, and just before I did, I saw the front of the newspaper. It read, "Anyone who cares about Harry should already know that he does not ." I kicked myself. (And I DID care about Harry's fate, which infuriated me even more.) So my sympathy goes out to those who had similar brushes with spoilers.

Thirdly, and lastly, Fred, Dobby, Lupin, Tonks and Mad-Eye. I've already erected a war memorial for them in my heart. I hope others too. It reads, "In memory of Fred Weasley, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Alastor Moody, Dobby the Free Elf and the countless others who d in the war against Lord Voldemort. Their s are not in vain and they be remembered fondly." Also, I've set up a smaller one for Severus Snape. That one reads, "In memory of the Half-Blood Prince, his loyalty to Dumbledore, his great love to Lily Evans-Potter and the many sacrifices he made." I never thought I'd be saying this of Snape, but he deserves it.

But, for now, I must leave the past (fictitious though it may be) and move on. That's what Dumbledore would have wanted Harry to do, wouldn't it?

Posted by Clar from Singapore on July 28, 2007 04:14 AM

Overall I thought the finale to this phenomenal series was rather a let down. Hearing more about Dumbledore's past was great and with certainty the escape from Gringotts by Dragon was possibly my favourite part of the book as was that awesome scene in Godrics Hollow, but by the end I was feeling rather flat. I agree with many others here who rekon the final duel with Voldemort was a bit poor.
I also believe that Harry coming back from limbo was crap. He should have just d. Don't get me wrong, I love Harry, but thats what trully imprints on people: the of the hero. His walk to had my heart thumping harder than if I'd just run the London marathon and I really felt as though it was me taking that long, slow walk. I really believe Ron should have finished off Voldemort as he has for so long been overshadowed by Harry.
I rekon that 19 years later bit was rubbish. JK should have left the end open for the readers imagination.
I'm not saying the book was all bad, but it wasn't great either. I know the books had to get darker as they went on and the characters had to become hardened but I felt that by the end of them, it had lost the magic that had held me spellcast all those years ago when my year 4 teacher read us the very first book in the series.

Posted by GJ from UK on July 28, 2007 04:56 AM

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