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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 always thought Harry would survive. I wasn't sure of Hermoine and Ron but fortunately they survive too.

Posted by xvy on January 6, 2008 10:24 AM

About Harry using the Cruciatus Curse - I was surprised when he used it too. Not to mention the Imperius Curses he used when they broke into Gringotts. But I guess when you think about Gringott's, it was a life and situation and he wasn't breaking in there for personal gain. The absolute imperative was to get the Horcrux. They needed to control Travers and the goblin and using the Imperius Curse was better than torture or ing them.

Thinking further about Harry's use of the Cruciatus Curse on Amycus Carrow; Camille, you put your finger on it when you say Harry used it as if it were no big deal. It wasn't to him. He didn't get the sort of sick pleasure out of it that say Crabbe and Goyle were probably getting. Or Bellatrix for another example. He wasn't using it for his own personal pleasure, or to force Amycus into doing anything. It was a weapon like any other curse. I think this means that he could actually use it with no moral harm to himself just as he could withstand the temptation posed by the ly Hallows and in particular the Elder Wand. Just my thoughts. To be honest I really liked Harry's reaction to Amycus spitting at McGonnagall. Straight from the gut!

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on January 11, 2008 07:24 AM

That's a good way to look at it Elizabeth. I never thought about that before!

Posted by Camille from Manchester on January 14, 2008 06:22 AM

I am so glad that Harry, Ron, Ginny and Hermione survive. However, it was very obvious that Hermione and Ron would fall in love - from, like, the second book. And, after the fifth one, very obvious that Harry and Ginny would marry.
I am so happy that all of my favourite characters survived.

Posted by Helene Harrison on January 19, 2008 09:34 AM

The front cover of the US version depicts the final battle scene of Voldemort and Harry! Although, there should be other people visible, shouldn't there?

Whoever asked why one child wasn't named Fred, I agree. Fred was a lot cooler than George, in my opinion, and a better name than Albus Severus, although it was nice to honor them. But maybe james' middle name was Fred. As far as I can remember, they didn't mention his middle name!

Posted by coolness from London, UK on January 19, 2008 12:20 PM

Regarding the whole Harry using the Cruciatus Curse on Amycus Carrow, keep in mind this is the first time that Harry has seen Amycus since Neville had told Harry that the Carrows have been torturing students all year for showing or supporting any resistance against Voldemort, and Amycus had just let out a long tirade that included threatening to "Cruciate the lot of 'em," ending with telling Minerva that he was going to toss them to the wrath of Voldemort. It was simply the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back when he insulted the honor of someone he holds dear. That's what I understood anyway.

As far as Charlie... Well, I still think he got married and had at least one kid. Just because Jo didn't say he did, it doesn't mean that he didn't.;-) The paper shop girl's available now that we know George married Angelina!

Posted by monkeeshrines from orlando fl on January 19, 2008 10:12 PM

"But maybe james' middle name was Fred. As far as I can remember, they didn't mention his middle name!"

According to the family tree that Rowling has released, James's middle name is Sirius.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on January 20, 2008 8:52 PM

Middle name of James is Sirius and i think that is most appropriate. also George named his son 'Fred' which is again most obvious.

Posted by swati from India on January 20, 2008 8:59 PM

James middle names is Sirius. George married Angilina and had a child named Fred. JKR made a family tree of the Weasley's

Posted by Pamela Sue from Ark on January 21, 2008 10:36 AM

I think that JK should have explained more in the 'Nineteen Years Later' paragraph.

Posted by Pearl from London on March 21, 2008 12:31 AM

I don't know whether anyone has corrected this yet, but on pg 21 of the comments, Flavius from Delft, Netherlands, says:

First of all, it was Ted Tonks that did magic late in life! (It never said he did, but as Andromeda was chucked out of the Black Tapestry for marrying a muggle and as Ted healed Harry after arriving at there house with Hagrid, he must be the one). Was I really the only one to notice?

Ted Tonks was not a muggle. He was a muggle-born wizard.
Tonks or Sirius may have mentioned it in OotP. Also, later he went into hiding because the Ministry of Magic was persecuting muggle-borns (because they thought they stole magic or something), not muggles.

Posted by Rushtail on April 6, 2008 06:11 AM

hey, i gotta ask a couple of questions:

1) voldemort hid the horcrux in the RoR thinking that no-one else knew about the room. As JK clearly mentions, it was his vanity that he thought he was the only one who had penetrated the deepest secrets of Hogwarts.But when voldemort must have gone into the RoR, he must have seen all the stuff which had been hid by the "generations of hogwarts students". So, how on earth could he ever presume that he was the only one who knew about the room.I understand that he was vain and presumed his knowledge of things to be supreme,but this seems stupidity on his part. And no matter however arrogant he was, he was not stupid. I cant digest this.

2) In the 5th part(OoTP), in the 2nd or 3rd chapter, when Uncle Vernon is questioning Harry about the dementors and asks him what they(the dementors) do, Petunia surprises everyone by saying "They guard the wizard prison, Azkaban".On further asking she says that she "...once heard that aweful boy talking about them to her...", at which Harry says "...if you mean my mum and dad, then you can use their names...". Isnt that "aweful boy" Snape and not James?

Posted by kk from delhi on April 24, 2008 06:34 AM

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