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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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Mad Conner
JK has certainly shown us that is not something we should fear - but at the same time she has shown us that life is something wonderful and something we should grasp onto with both hands. 'It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.'

Sinny from Singapore - nice post!

SM - shared sentiments about Dave Haber and this brilliant site (my favourite of all sites).

Is it unfair that Snape d? Well, as a hard Snape lover I want to say YES, yes it is unfair that he d - because now my heart is broken beyond repair. But, in reality Snape was always going to meet his in ly Hallows - it was inevitable. If he had turned out to be evil (never never never) he would have been ed in battle. As it was he lost his life due to a snake bite (oh where was a bezoar!) which I found unfair and undignified - but then I read that JK was shocked we think him a hero, so maybe in her eyes he d the he deserved - I however disagree. I would be happier of before he d Voldemort knew that Snape was never his ally - and I also wish that Bellatrix knew that her suspicions had been correct. I hope Lily became best mates with 'Sev' again once he had crossed over.

I also want to add an RIP for Dobby, I didn't realise how much I loved Dobby until he d.
'Dobby, no, don't , don't -' Some of the most heart rendering words in the book.

Posted by Orlando from England on July 30, 2007 3:28 PM

george: i dont think voldemort told her it was a horcrux because jkr said that he never told anyone just dropped hints when asked how regulus knew about the locket.

Posted by britt from texas on July 30, 2007 4:06 PM

"I guess what I'm trying to ask is why do some spells such as the one Dumbledore used to freeze Harry when he was ed, why do they break when the person who cast the spell d and others don't?"

SM - I'm guessing a bit here, because I don't have time right now to check all the books, but could it be to do with what or whom the spell affects? A spell that has physical effect on another human or living creature might break on the of the caster, but spells cast on an object don't? We know the Imperius Curse lifts if the caster is ed, because that spell requires an ongoing act of . What do other people think? I'm sure both Dumbledore and would have realised the danger of being ed and that the spells placed on Grimmauld Place would have been ones that did not with the caster.

On the other hand apparently Memory Charms have to be lifted. Hmm. I'm sure Hermione did go and find her parents and lift the spell altering their memories. This is different by the way to the Obliviate spell she uses on the eaters in Tottenham Court Road. Usually that wipes a memory of a particular occurrence. The one Barty Crouch Senior used on Bertha was obviously so strong that it messed up her working memory as well. When Ron's wand backfired in COS Lockhart lost ALL his memories. I think what Hermione did to her parents was probably closer to the false memories planted in Hepzibah's house elf and Morfin by Tom Riddle. Sort of like Witness Protection really. She gave them a different identity and life using magical means and I don't need to be told by Rowling that she went and found them. Also, I'm sure if the Durselys weren't perfectly safe and happy that we'd know about it. No news there is good news.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on July 30, 2007 4:07 PM

I found it odd that Ron was able to enter the Chamber of Secrets with Hermione by repeating "open" in Parseltongue. I realize that he was simply copying the sound Harry made when he opened the locket, but wouldn't this mean anyone could learn Parseltongue? just like we learn any other language? by learning to make a sound that in turn has another meaning?

Posted by AndrewJack from NY on July 30, 2007 4:52 PM

AndrewJack from NY-This pinpoint how old I am, but as a child in the 1970's people were singing along with "Lady Marmalade" belting out the line in French not understanding what they were saying. This did not make the meaning any less...erm...suggestive. Dumbledore called the ability to speak Parsletonge rare, but did state it was not unheard of in decent wizards; therefore, one should be able to learn it if one could be taught it. I believe it was the ability to speak it without having to learn it that singled Harry's ability with the language out.

Mackenzie--I absolutely love the idea that Crookshanks was the cat from Harry's childhood. What a fantastic thought!

Elizabeth-really interesting idea that a spell cast on an object would behave differently than one cast on a person. I'll have to ponder that one.

George-Bellatrix had the cup for much the same reason Lucius had the diary. They were Voldemort's most trusted eater pals. He thought they would take care of these items simply because their dark lord had asked them to. Perhaps this was the final bit of humanity left in Voldemort. The ability to trust anyone. Remember he rants about trusting people toward the end there. Nobody can be trusted.

I would feel confident that the cup was safe in Gringotts. Who would have thought 3 just come of age kids would be able to thwart security? Once again they all underestimate Harry and his mates!

Posted by Laurie from Durham, NC on July 30, 2007 6:21 PM

Go Snape Go from argentina � While it is true that Voldy & Harry are both descendent from the 3 Perevell brothers, it is not true they �obviously both are descendants from Salazar Slytherin.� They are descended from different brothers (#2 and #3), and ginny from London in an earlier post laid out the connection well. Basically, Slytherin comes in the line between the 2nd brother and the Gaunts. And Harry is from the 3rd brother. Remember, Dumbledore say�s Riddle is the last of the Slytherin line. Therefore, Harry cannot be a descendent of Slytherin.

Posted by Lonney from CA on July 30, 2007 6:21 PM

Having started reading Harry Potter at the age of 8, when there were only two books published, I belong to the generation who grew up with Harry Potter. I have always looked forward to the next book, and, needless to say, I am going to miss that expectation I felt before a new HP book came out.

I loved the way everything made sense in the end. Although I had already guessed that RAB was Regulus and that Snape had feelings for Lily and was on Dumbledore's side, some aspects came as a surprise- for instance, I did not expect Fred or Hedwig to .

Several parts of the book were not a surprise- it was only too logical since book 3 that Ron and Hermione would end up together, and I would have been surprised if Tonks and Lupin did not have a baby.

I actually cried when Hedwig and Mad-Eye d, it came as a shock, and cried like a kid when my favourite characters (Lupin, Tonks, Fred and Dobby) got ed. It was a very emotional book, since the of many characters, including that of Colin Creevey, and the apparition of characters from previous books, such as Oliver Wood or the great Sirius Black, brought tears to my eyes.

I did like the epilogue, since it showed what happened to the trio in the end. I even dare to guess that James' middle name is probably Sirius and that Lily's is either Ginevra or Nymphadora (if it is Lily Ginevra, then Rose must be Rose Nymphadora), while Hugo probably is Hugo Frederick. I also think that Fred and George Weasley were Frederick Gideon and George Fabian (or the other way round).

However, many questions remain unresolved. I had expected the epilogue to be longer and to include more information about characters such as Luna, the remaining Weasleys, Lucius or Hagrid. I also expected a more detailed description of what happened after Hogwarts - did the trio finish school? - where does everyone work? - who is the Head of Hogwarts? - what happened to the Hogwarts professors?, as well as information about the relationship between the characters (examples - Draco's relationship with the trio is not fully explained).

On the whole, Harry Potter and the ly Hallows is definetely one of my favourite books, and even if the questions remain unresolved, they leave more spaces for my imagination. Thank you, J.K.Rowling.

P.S. I love Snape and Sirius Black. Long live Severus Snape.

Posted by Robyn from Moscow, Russia on July 30, 2007 6:57 PM

Mackenzie: and also Laurie from Durham, NC:
Crookshanks isn't a cat, you know. He's part cat part Kneazle. I believe Jo said that somewhere on her site once.

Posted by vinay from bangalore on July 30, 2007 7:56 PM

i think why the cloak was and is indestructable is because it was s own cloak.

page 408: and most uning handed over his own cloak of invisibility.

now it was barty crouch who saw harry through the cloak. mad-eye made the eye to see dark magic it being s cloak maybe is preceived has dark magic.

the room of requirements had a bunch of kids hiding in it maybe collin cheevey was one of them and it didn't mention it in the book.

harry had accepted and was not afraid of it maybe that is why allowed him to be master of all his hallows.on james and lilly's tombstone it said---the last enemy that shall be destroyed is . harry was wise enough that he didn't think of as a enemy. we know of all the ings that night that was there at hogwarts. when harry excepted he made is own and mastered it.

Posted by Pamela sue from ark on July 30, 2007 10:42 PM

There is one thing we never got to hear. What happened to the Dursleys? Did Harry ever meet them again? I thought JK would let Dudley help Harry at some point, maybe even for him. But they just disappeared...

Posted by Sophie from Finland on July 31, 2007 01:53 AM

the 7th book is a great book. but i still dont get it about a few points. like the invisibility cloak should be a invincible cloak and there should be only 1 in the world and owned by Harry Potter but mad eye moody has 1 too... also how come if harry potter is ing to , voldemort's soul inside him disappear. it doesnt make sense at all.

Posted by Randy from Singapore on July 31, 2007 05:03 AM

Regarding Colin Creevy, qccording to JK, Colin Creevy was NOT attending Hogwarts during the war as he was not a 'pureblood'. Colin also received word of Harry's return and the fight via his coin. He apparated into the pub - entered the Room of Requirement and managed to fight along with the rest of 'em.

Poor brave sweet thing! But he was strong and valiant to the end!

Posted by Crookshanks73 from Brulington ,VT on July 31, 2007 05:46 AM

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