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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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I just wanted to take this moment to say that I've been telling people since the end of book 6 that Harry was the last Horcrux and a week before 7 came out PKJ convinced me that I was wrong. DANGIT! Curse you PKJ! I was right all along, oh well. I loved this book, best out of all of them.

Posted by Matthew from Peoria, Arizona on July 28, 2007 1:56 PM

I was absolutely gutted with the demise of Tonks! She rapidly became my favourite character and was really happy when she seemed to settle with Lupin. I was also really glad when Harry was rude to Lupin making him see the error of his ways (although I could see Lupin's point of view).

As I read through the battle, I had in the back of my mind that Tonks was safe at home with her mum and Teddy. The next thing I knew she was climbing through the portrait and that made me nervous. The line where you find out she is and laying next to Lupin completely fooled me although some people said they read the part where Tonks gets ed!? I cannot find it can anyone help?

Just saw the OotP movie and really enjoyed it, although there wasn't enough Tonks for me!

Great site by the way!

Posted by TonksLives from London on July 28, 2007 2:47 PM

Im so sad its over. im only 12 but ive read all the books at least twice and theyre amazing. My mum read the ly Hallows to me and my dad in 6 days. The ly Hallows was the best by far i almost cried when Harry walked to his apparent . At the Kings Cross chapter i think the creature in the box is Voldermorts tortured soul. that became clear to me when Harry told Voldermort to feel remorse. I think that Dobbys is really pointless he was class. Even though J.K has said its very unlikely that she write Harry Potter again, theres always the ressurection stone in the forest which leaves the door open for another if J.K feels the urge to do another.

Posted by Mark Campbell from N.Ireland on July 28, 2007 2:58 PM

For the past week, I have been trying to figure out how some the characters that d didn't really . Remus and Dora were "apparently asleep" so maybe they actually were - Harry simply assumed they were ; the same goes for Colin - might have just been knocked out. Fred's a bit tougher. Maybe his soul found a way to sort of share a body with George so they'd always be together... George would pretty much be himself but Fred's thoughts, where they differed from George's, would occasionally pop up. (I would like to think George, if he does survive his grief, would continue the joke shop in homage to Fred. That's sort of a way to keep him alive in a sense, without being so creepy.) I see no way to save Severus short of some convenient miracle (all that potion making made him immune to snake venom...), and I don't think he would want to - he d looking into "Lily's" eyes and I think that's the way he would want it to be.

No, I'm not in denial... What? I'm not. Really.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 28, 2007 4:51 PM

Hey Matthew:

I was only partially wrong. Yes, he was a horcrux, but Voldemort did not intend that to happen. I always thought how could he make him a horcrux and still want to him. Well, the answer is that it was a total accident and miscalculation on Voldemort's part. Even in the end, Voldemort was not aware of the piece of soul attached to HP. It was also another one of JKR's misleading clues as well. She implied that there could only be 6 horcruxes with remaining 7th piece staying with Voldemort.

Sorry I convinced you to change your mind so thoroughly. I've never had that kind of power before. Oh, and by the way, I don't think I was the only one arguing against the horcrux theory.

On another note, I liked the book even with the long period of looking for the locket and the sword. It was truly an adventure from standing in line at the bookstore at 11 pm with everyone, to actually being handed the book, reading the first 2 chapters at the IHOP eating chocolate chip pancakes, to making it last for several days. I enjoyed it so much. And Matthew, when I read that chapter where HP finds out about being the 7th horcrux, I remember my exact word reaction--Well, shoot. JKR managed to keep my on the edge of my seat all the way through to the end.

What a Ride!

Posted by PKJ from Middle Tennessee, USA on July 28, 2007 5:50 PM

This article brought up the point that the cover wasn't exactly explained in the book. I was thinking about that and I think the american edition cover is supposed to represent Harry accepting and Voldemort pushing it away and the people behind them are others who have passed on.

Posted by Mary from Arnold, MD on July 28, 2007 7:53 PM

No matter what, Jo has let us on a journey none forget and she did an absolutely brillant J.O.B. with the last book. She did things I did not see or expect; things that like someone else said, made it so simple you felt like a fool for not suspecting it. I beleive we all hoped and knew in the deepest dwellings that Snape was in love with Lily and/or was on the "good side" - I just didn't see the adolescence of them coming. Sure we all can think of things that were left out, still have questions (like what happened to the Dursleys, did Aunt Petunia really love Harry and Lily, and why the hell couldn't the deluminator just take them to the Horcruxes if it could bring Ron back to Harry & Hermoine?), and want more, but for a childrens series that pulled in adults - it's remarkable. We are all sad to see it end, but SO GLAD it ended the way it did! Thank you Jo - you are one brillant writer! Long live Harry!

Posted by elizzymarie from West Sacramento, CA on July 28, 2007 8:06 PM

Regarding whether the crying "thing" at King's Cross is the Voldemort Horcrux or Voldemort himself: Harry tells Riddle to show some remorse or else because "I've seen what you become." The "thing" IS Voldemort/Riddle, not his horcrux.

Regarding the elder wand: Draco defeats Dumbledore because Dumbledore is jinxing Harry--so he beat the owner of the wand, not the wand itself. He wins the wand without defeating the wand. Something similar must have happened between Dumbledore and Grindewald. The theory that Grindewald wasn't the true master because he stole the wand doesn't work, or Dumbledore couldn't be its master--Gregorovitch would still be.

As for Harry being related to Slytherin, no way. Just because they share one ancestor doesn't mean they share all of them. Plus, Dumbledore stated definitively in COS that Riddle was the LAST descendant of Slytherin.

I'm choosing to believe that Dudley and Harry become, if not friends, friendly. Rowling's theme of choosing who we are...Sirius, Dobby, Snape, etc and of course Harry...would be perfectly completed with Dudley rejecting his parents' view of Harry.

If Dudley can be redeemed, anyone can!

Posted by YoFitz from Long Beach, CA on July 28, 2007 8:34 PM

Thank you, Ms Rowling for a phenominal series! The 10+ years the world has spent reading and enjoying doesn't compare to the 17 years you lived with! Truly wonderful! Thank you.

I think Snape was so cruel to Harry because he was James' son, but everytime he looked at Harry, he saw Lily because of the eyes.

I don't ever recalling JK saying it was a muggle to do magic late in life - I think it was Nevelle. I really believe he showed what he was really made of when he told Harry about continuing the DA - and when he ed Nagini! WOW! I have to admit I didn't see that coming!

The Mirror of Erised was supposed to be back but I missed it. Was it the "gilded mirror" refferred to hanging in the Malfoy mansion?

It's a toss up to me about the wizard who was redeemed. Was it Percy by coming to help in the battle at Hogwarts or was it Snape giving his memories to Harry to help Harry make the decision he needed to? Or was it really a witch (Narcissa when she lied and proclaimed Harry )?

The Elder Wand - Harry said he was placing it back where it was taken from. That should be back in Dumbledore's tomb. Even he was disarmed by anyone, they would have to know about the wand and where it was in order to retrieve it to be it's master. I don't think any of the trio would be too forthcoming with the information of where it's located.

The aftermath of the Malfoy's are truly something to imagine, though. Did Draco marry Pansy Parkinson? Did he find a muggle who knew nothing of the Malfoy family history? Even though the Malfoy's were in the Great Hall, no one spoke or paid any attention to them?

Still many questions, but I agree that something has to be left to each and everyone's own imagination. I think that is the best gift to receive from any author. To get his/her readers to fill in some of the blanks on their own.

I definately keep an eye out in the future for any further publishings from Ms Rowling or about Harry!

Posted by Lorie Brown from Necedah, WI on July 28, 2007 9:43 PM

hey...... a thing that quizzed me is the ownership of the Elder Wand. at the end harry was like the wand really belongs to Draco Malfoy, but now it is his, because harry forcefully took dracos wand. and according to what i know you had to some one to take over the elder wand (voldemort's idea of how the wand ownership changes).. or you had to earn the wand by defeating the opponent.. so yeah Draco disarmed dumbledore in book 6, so he becomes the owner. but my question is, harry grabbed Draco's own wand.. and not the elder wand from Draco.. so how come did harry become the rightful owner of the elder wand?

Posted by potterhead from colombo on July 28, 2007 11:26 PM

How about Jo telling us what dudley saw when confronted by the dementors. She didn't do that, did she?

Great book by the way, Im just sooo sad it's over.

Posted by Isabelle from sweden on July 29, 2007 09:38 AM

what i love about the 2 last films is that harry was right all along and no one believed him. also i think jk should of spilt the s up in the last 2 movies, as there was 2 battles at hogwarts... and could you image if snape never called lily a mudblood, and lost her for ever, snape could of been harrys dad.

Posted by draco malfoy on July 29, 2007 10:31 AM

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