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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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David Haber says that someone commented Harry would and come back not that long ago. I said that very thing back in February. My speculation about the circumstances was WAY off, but the concept was certainly there.

Just to be clear, I do agree that Harry did not actually but there is nearly an entire chapter where you are lead to believe he has. The point is Harry's horcrux was destroyed because he faced and accepted . But what JK did was as good as ing him off. All she had to do was state that this was all in his head. She could have just as easily said that he is but has the choice to go back. A difference of semantics I think.

Posted by Brad Jere from Germantown, WI on July 31, 2007 9:59 PM

I got the book at midnight, slept, and I read all day and at 2 AM that night, I finished the book. I almost cried, because it's all over. I was amazed at this book. I had guesses about what would happen, but the way JKR made them happen was so unexpected that it was not even close to how I thought it might all play out. I must say: her way's 67 billion times better! i just can't beliee Dobby and all those people are , and I cant believe it's over! I am re-reading the series right now and waiting for JKR's harry potter encyclopedia.

Posted by Jess on July 31, 2007 10:12 PM

Jeanette, I agree. I always wanted Hagrid to live but it would be nice if he actually had a proper realtionship with Madam Maxine, maybe even married her and started a family... hehe, I vaguely remember Ron's joke in GoF, (I think it was GoF!) regarding the size of Giant babies!

Michael C., I also agree with you in regards to Alan Rickman. I don't think that a better actor could have been chosen to portray Severus Snape as well as he does. I personally think he makes Snape likeable, even!

Posted by Rashida from Northants, England on August 1, 2007 05:49 AM

Does anyone else think that on pages 458-459 (American version in the chapter titled Malfoy Manor) that Draco's hesitency at identifying the individual members of the trio might indicate that his allegience to the dark side is slipping?

"I can't - I can't be sure"
"I don't know"
"Yeah, it could be."

Also, what is a kneazle and why would that mean that Crookshanks couldn't have been the Potter's pet?

Posted by BNICKEL from Batavia on August 1, 2007 08:19 AM

R.I.P. Tonks, Lupin, Mad Eye, Snape & everybody else who d at Harry's expense. I just finished the ly Hallows Last week. I love reading and up until last year I despised the books. I hadn't even touched a Harry Potter book. Boy was I wrong these books are pure genius! I love them!

Posted by Whittney from NC on August 1, 2007 09:30 AM

I just can not believe that it is finally over! I just love how JK ended this series! It's unbelievable and not at all how I expected it to play out. I was so impressed and this is easily the best book of the lot.

Posted by Jenna from Winnipeg, MB on August 1, 2007 12:06 PM

I finished the book on the first day, then read it again, but then I felt kind of empty because the series is over. There aren't anymore books to look forward to.

But J.K. Rowling couldn't have possibly ended the series better! It was perfect! As I predicted, she thought of something that surprised us all. Harry was a horcrux, but he didn't . The ending was amazing, and ly Hallows is the best book ever!

Posted by Hibah on August 1, 2007 4:36 PM

I read the book over and over again. I can't belive that the Harry Potter series is over. I was impatiently waiting to read the last book to know about the JKR's creative and philosophical thoughts which describe the great ending to the great series, but now I am sad that there is no more book to wait for. But guys isn't it great that we belong to Harry Potter's era?

ly Hallows vs. Horcruxes! It's so interesting! Harry Potter who was an accidental Horcrux survives, where as the part of Voldemort's soul inside Harry leaving Harry's complete soul of his own. But has the power given by Voldemort also goes with him? Can he speak Parseltongue when Voldemort is ? There are many more things to think about...

Posted by Nibi from India on August 2, 2007 01:56 AM

earlier this discussion, someone said that beacause the elder wand passed from albus to draco, does that mean that anyone who disarms anyone else in a battle have new ownership of that wand? no. I think that it means that draco was the last person to cast a spell on Dumbledore (and his wand) before he d, intentionally meaning to do bad to him (beacause Snape was under albus's orders already). does this make sense?

Posted by Harry Ellison from London, England on August 2, 2007 03:03 AM

Its sad that there arent coming anymore books. But Harry Potter only ends in me when i saw movie 6 and played game 6 when i watched movie 7 and finished game 7. Ive read the english version of the book, now waiting for the translation to dutch which is on 17 november.

Goodbye Harry Potter

Posted by Oktay ( A.K.A Groemp ) from Netherlands on August 2, 2007 06:09 AM

so the Elder Wand truly belonged to Draco because he intended to finish Dumbledore off? HOWEVER Draco never actually won possesion of it: it got burried with Dumbledore. THUS when Voldy does get hold of it, it isnt working right for him because it isnt his? and he s Snape thinking it ought be his because he actually did Dumbley... only the wand didnt recognise this because its owner was already technically 'deafeated'? MEANING that when Harry finally faces Voldemort for the last time... Voldy DOES have the Elder Wand in his hand and the one in Harry's is still the wand Draco has had since his 1st year at school? which doesnt matter anyway, because the Elder Wand wouldnt work to full potential while being weilded by the wrong master? am i correct in thinking all this? ive asked my friends but i just confused them...

anyway, otherwise GREAT book DH! absolutely loved it. the only trouble i really had was i felt there were some loose ends. id like to have read a chapter on tonks, lupin & freds s primarily. also, what happend to the body of Severus Snape? (what a legend!) i hope he was recovered and buried someplace! anyway, i know she couldnt put everything in to satisfy everybody... but alas anyway! here here JK!

Posted by Kerri from Edinburgh, Scotland on August 2, 2007 09:50 AM

I remember someone saying that the cover was when Harry was reaching to catch the Elder wand. It can't be because whenever he caught the wand the book says that he had two wands in his hand, but when you look at the cover harry doesn't have a wand in his right hand. So what is the cover...? I don't know.

Also if you'll notice in picture of James, Sirius, Lupin, and Pettigrew, in the background you can see a full moon

Posted by Alex from Hinton WV on August 2, 2007 1:36 PM

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