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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 have a question and if anyone has an answer for this please let me know....

In ly Hallows in chapter 6 Mrs. Weasley tells Harry that Mad Eye has put some curses on Grimmauld Place in case Snape shows up. And we know from when Harry, Ron and Hermione show up there that those spells are in still working and in place. My question is why? Why do they still work? In Half Blood Prince Dumbledore freezes Harry on top of the tower but the moment Dumbledore s Harry unfreezes and realizes it's because the person who cast the spell has d. So after Moody s why do his spells on Grimmauld place still work? Anybody have an answer for that one?

Posted by sm on July 29, 2007 9:20 PM

Sm: where does it ever say in any of the books that a spell ALWAYS ends when its caster s? On the contrary, we've seen lots of examples of spells that obviously didn't end when its caster d. All the original security spells on 12 Grimmauld Place put on it by Sirius' father, for example. And all the spells like the moving staircases in Hogwarts that were enchanted ages ago...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 29, 2007 9:21 PM

Am I missing something? I just realized (after rereading the book) that the trio says 'Voldemort' while at no. 12 Grimmauld Place, how come the protective enchantments on it didn't break?

Posted by Anonymous on July 29, 2007 9:52 PM

I was on vacation, and I only finished reading yesterday. It's a great book. But, Diantha, that he says Granddad Weasley doesn't really mean that they know there other grandparents, although I'm sure she lifted the curse becayse the danger's gone.

And let us all have a moment in silence for the ,
Hedwig, Mad-Eye Moody, Georges' ear, Dobby, Fred Weasley, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Severus Snape, the other 50 who d fighting in Hogwarts, and of course, Harry's parents, Cedric Diggory, and last, but certainly not least, Sirius Black. (And the ones I've forgotten)

Posted by Mourner on July 30, 2007 03:11 AM

I just want to thank David and the other people that contributed to this site. On your site I read all the best theories about Dumbledore's and Snape's part in it. You now, you give me hope when I was completely down for Dumby's and Snape's betrayal. On Albus' resurrection, we knew there was no hope, but now we know you were perfectly right on Snape's role. Great! Thank you all one more time!

Posted by Marzio from Trieste, Italy on July 30, 2007 04:23 AM

Voldemorts was as well writen as it could be! Harry Potter and J.K Rowling be remembered for generations to come!

Posted by Mikael 12 years old from Stockholm, Sweden on July 30, 2007 04:25 AM

A friend of mine asked me:"When Harry returns to the headmaster's office, shouldn't there be a portrait of Snape since he was a headmaster as well?"
And i answered that there wasn't a portrait because he was not an "appropriate" headmaster just like Umbridge.
Does anyone have another idea on this?

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on July 30, 2007 05:14 AM

I'm re-reading DH again, I can't believe there would be no more Potter books! Perhaps, after taking a break, Rowling start the series again, but with the Dumbledore's point of view (or Voldemort!)
Some thoughts:
1) In the very end, after the fall of Voldemort, the story seems (to me, of course) quite uncomplete, or something like that. Harry went almost inmediately to the Headquarter's with Ron and Hermione, thanks to Luna's distraction. I expected a different reaction, like staying in the great hall to be with the survivors, congratulating them, and specially Neville, things like that. Perhaps he did that, but it's not in the book. Rowling can write lots of pages describing pain or or sadness, but that moment of glory and joy was too short, and it feels like Harry didn't enjoy that moment.
2) If Hagrid is so important to him, why he almost didn't appear in that part? It was annoying to me, the same to the Weasley's: Molly's great performance, Fred , Arthur, all of them almost Harry's "family", very important characters that had very little participation in that part. I'm not talking about the battle, but the part after Voldemort's fall. I repeat, it's too short.
3) What happened to the Acromantulas? And the Giants?

Posted by Patricio from buenos aires on July 30, 2007 10:12 AM

I have two urgent questions concerning the 7th book:
1. Why did Gryffindor's sword reappear in the Sorting Hat, although Griphook ran away with it? (And why did no person in the book realize that startling fact and comment it?)
2. Why on earth did Voldemort himself summon the Sorting Hat? (Just to put it on Neville's head and set it on fire? That's a little bit too easy, too much coincidence... Why not burning Neville without hat?)

Posted by Monika from Stuttgart, Germany on July 30, 2007 10:25 AM

Regarding why saying "Voldemort" at 12 Grimmauld Place did not cause the protective enchantments to break.

I actually thought about this myself. We all know Hermione is quite smart, but I would hazard a guess that Dumbledore may have endowed it with spells that Hermione had never dreamed of knowing even with her advanced knowledge of magic. Another guess is that the magic could have even been something so very simple that Voldemort would have either had no knowledge of it or he considered it so beneath him that he did not factor it into his spells. I definitely think the trace part worked with the Eaters hanging out in the square, but the enchantments still gave the trio a certain amount of protection.

Why did Moody's spells continue to work? How do we know that if a spell is cast for some long term purpose it would break upon the caster's ? We don't. I think that Mr. Haber has hit the nail on the head in pointing out that spells cast by the Black family on the house were still working in full force.

Glad to know the Colin info helped some of you out. He was such a sweet young man and it was a pity he was ed in battle. I do hope that his parents were able to attend the dedication of the memorial to him and all the other valiant heroes who fell on that fateful day.

Posted by Laurie from Durham, NC on July 30, 2007 11:17 AM

as i understand it the eaters knew they were at grimmauld place as soon as someone first said voldemort, but they couldn't see the house itself which is why they were staking it out. both ron and harry apparating onto the top step alomost gave the game away.

as for the potion refilling after regulus drank it and being there when dumbledore turned up, i think its enchanted to refill when empty and placed back on its resting place.

Posted by ginny from london on July 30, 2007 11:28 AM

Okay am I the only one who notice the major typo in Dumbledores Will? What is Hermiones middle name people?
Hermione JANE Granger not Hermione Jean Granger. This jumped right out at me as soon as I saw it.

Otherwise this has been a brilliant tome and the almost end to a totally brilliant ride. Hedwig and Dobby's desaths hurt me so bad but the of Fred Weasley broke me. Broke something down deep inside that I didnt know that I felt. The extreme visual impact of the whole scene was incredible. God Bless you Jo. You have made my life so much brighter and happier. Merlins Beard! We always love Harry & Company and for that we can all be eternally greatful.

Posted by Edy Threequidd from Waltham Ma USA on July 30, 2007 11:41 AM

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