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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 88)

Something really strange striked me in the book, and perhaps, it`s a big mistake... I guess everyone remembers when Ron opened the entrace of the Chamber of the Secrets. What was striking to me was the fact that he COULD do it... He could speak in parseltounge. I think it was really emphasized in the HP books that there are only a few people who have the ability to do it.

page 501:
'But how did you get there?' he asked, staring from the fangs to Ron. 'You need to speak Parseltounge'
'He did!'whispered Hermione.'Show him Ron.'
Ron made a horrible,strangled hissing noise.
'It`s what you did to open the locket' he told Harry apologetically. 'I had to have a few goes to get it right,but,' he shrugged modestly,'we got there in the end.'

But Ron did it... Without before showing any sign of having the ability to do it. The first thing that occurred to me was the locket... Neither Harry nor Hermione were effected in such a strange/strong way by this horcrux. Maybe a few features of Voldemort`s ripped soul contaminated Ron?

Posted by suba from Budapest,Hungary on October 26, 2007 12:44 PM

No, Dumbledore learned Parseltongue (of course he was a genius), so you don't really have to be born with Parseltongue. It's probably something you are usually born with, but can learn if you aren't.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on October 26, 2007 10:40 PM

Another thing has come to my mind

1. How did eaters know where to reach when Voldemort summoned them (which was known by burning of the dark mark) for example how did they reach to the graveyard where tomb of Tom Riddle Sr. was? Did they just have to disapparate and the dark mark take them wherever they were to report! In that sense it�ll be a similar to �The Deluminator�

2. How different messages were conveyed through dark mark. In DH when snape confronts Mcgonagall he says that carrow (I think brother carrow) has informed him of a intruder through dark mark, How? Does snake in the mark convey them the message? Then it�ll be similar to OOP�s patronus method of communication.

Posted by swati from india on October 28, 2007 11:59 PM

Or it could be like D.A.'s method of communication (magic coins). Probably had words engraved on the serpent or something.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on October 29, 2007 2:23 PM

Swati, i don't know the dark mark, but Snape Knew about it because The Dark Lord Commanded them to ONLY summon him for Potter.

Posted by George from Roosendaal (Netherlands) on October 30, 2007 08:14 AM

i just started reading DH again (british version) and i cant believe that i missed what i think is a massive clue as to waht happens surrounding harry and the horcruxes. this "clue" is the dedication. i don't know if it is the same in the other versions of the book but in the british version the dedication begins with "the dedication of this book is SPLIT in 7 ways," just like voldemorts soul (he has 6 horcruxes, but 7 parts of soul) however we find out that he inadvertantly has 7 horcruxes with harry'r scar being the 7th. the "clue" that i beleive i missed was that the dedication (i beleive) is formatted to look like a lightning bolt the same as harry's scar. could this be a reference to the horcruxes and harrys scar being one of them. i wondered if anybody else had spotted this or is it just a coinsidence?

Posted by carl from england on October 30, 2007 2:59 PM

It says that in the US version too. I don't think it's a coincidence, it's just J.K. being cute.

And, it's not really a clue of any significance, because as of the end of book 6 Harry (and us) already know that's what Voldy wanted to do with his soul. As a matter of fact, turns out it wasn't 7 at all, but 8, which was Voldy's undoing...

But I had never noticed the "split seven ways" in the dedication, very cool catch Carl!

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 30, 2007 8:55 PM

So if i got it straight harry and voldemort are related thru the pervells and slytherin?

Posted by lakegem from cleveland, Ohio on October 31, 2007 5:39 PM

lakegem: i think it is only through the peverells that they are distantly related.

Posted by carl from england on November 1, 2007 04:05 AM

didn't it say in the sorcerers stone that after voldemort drank the unicorn blood he would live a cursed life? is that one of the reasons the series turned out the way it did?

Posted by joel from new york on November 11, 2007 9:00 PM

You know, Joel may be right. Voldemort's life was kind of cursed, but I think the fact that Quirrel drank the blood for him is a bit of a loophole; Quirrel got most of the curse.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on November 12, 2007 12:08 PM

Among the topics I would have liked to read a little more about is when Ginny (among others) tried to steal the Gryffindor�s sword from the Headmasters office they were caught, and Snape sent the sword to the Gringotts, to Bellatrix�s vault. Snape must have known it was a fake sword because he later provides Harry with the real one in Forest of Dean. So why send the fake one to Gringotts to keep it safe? The only sensible reason I can think of, is that he knew that it could be a catastrophy to Harry, Ron and Hermione if they were provided with a false sword. But, does that means he knew about the horcruxes? It�s difficult to find another reason. Bellatrix�s obviously thought Snape had sent the real one to her vault. And why would Snape sent the sword to her vault. I would have liked to have a chapter regarding this.

Also, when Harry is almost , and are sitting with Dumbledore at King�s Cross, there is no mentioning of the ly Hallows. Harry was the master of the three hallows. The Resurrection Stone fell out of his hand just before he was �ed�, but he could have picked it up, so I think he should be counted as the master of it. And the invisibility cloak and the elders wand was with him. � I am also a little puzzled about Snape not confiding in McGonagall when he is the headmaster. They have been in the Order together for a long time, and suddently he either don�t dear to confide in her, or there is another reason, also here we are left to be guessing.

Arthur Weasley must have had a strange day at work that day Harry, Ron and Hermione made a meyhem there, trying to retrieve the locket from Umbridge. Would have liked to read a few lines from The Burrow that day, everybody trying to add the happenings together and maybe realizing that the kids had been in The Ministry. They were after all using their real names quite a few times.

There have been so many details and explanations earlier, but regarding this last book, I can't help feeling that the end came too abrupt.

Posted by Lala from Oslo, Norway on November 12, 2007 1:25 PM

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