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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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to kk from delhi - "Isnt that "aweful boy" Snape and not James?"

he most certainly is:)

Posted by Arthur Itis from East London on April 25, 2008 12:07 PM


I think most of the junk came after Voldemort hid the Horcrux in the Room of Requirement, and the stuff Voldemort saw might have seemed to him belongings of perhaps the founders - if he was dumb enough to think that only he could get into the Room of Requirement, then such a foolish fantasy wouldn't be entirely inconceivable.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on April 26, 2008 8:13 PM

What I don't understand is why there weren't 8 Horcruxes. We know Voldemort wanted to make seven because that's the most magically powerful number but he didn't know Harry was a Horcrux, he wasn't intended which brings the 'legitimate' Horcrux count to six.
Maybe he hadn't had time to do it yet? 'Though you'd think that'd be pretty high on Riddle's 'to do' list.

I'm glad Harry d then came back. I made a bet with my friend that he'd and she bet that he'd live. So we were both right! I agree, the perfect solution. So finely crafted.

Posted by Shannon Fanthorpe from Surrey, England on April 27, 2008 12:42 PM

He didn't want to make seven horcruxes because it was the most powerfully magical number. He wanted to split his soul seven ways, because it was the most powerfully magical number. Splitting your soul seven ways means six horcruxes and the final piece of your soul stays in you, as it must for you to be alive.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on April 28, 2008 9:08 PM

I think that the book was a bit complicated sometimes she just went straight to voldermorts mind and you had to re read it to make sense. She should of slowed done a bit and i think tell us more about what happend to everyone else like luna and dean

Posted by Anonymous on May 19, 2008 11:14 AM

About the ly hallows symbol.. does anyone know was it a coincidence that it also meant dumbledore and phoenix or did J.K Rowling know it meant that and used it as like and extra thing to figure out aside from the book?

Posted by Anonymous on June 2, 2008 1:24 PM

Well, If you come to think of it, Voldemort didn't use his horcruxes at all, they were all destroyed by harry or dumbledore. when voldy used Avada kedavra on harry (according to the book) he didn't he was just too weak and he was just a wandering soul. in all the other parts he became to weak or harry escaped him but he never s. So why the heck did he even make horcruxes? he didn't use them that means like before voldy can come back as he did before that means there is going to be an eighth book 'cause voldy is not is he?

Posted by Apoorva from India on June 17, 2008 11:39 PM

The books don't say this, but I believe, and I think it is the fan consensus, that horcruxes are never "used up". The mere presence of one simply prevents you from . So, why would anyone need or want more than one horcrux? Insurance, in case one of them is destroyed, as long as you still have at least one around, you're protected.

Voldemort is definitely and gone.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on June 17, 2008 11:40 PM

Making a horcrux is not that bad as it says in the book.Harry had a horcrux in voldemort, and nothing bad happpened to him as they say in the book. Anyway even if you have ed someone, you're soul get's divided into half. so better to make a horcrux than let your soul just go!

Posted by Apoorva from Dehradun, India on June 18, 2008 12:11 AM

Making a horcrux is the worse thing any human being could do. There is no justification for making one. Intentionally splitting your soul and forcing a piece to stay around is against the laws of God and nature.

The books make it clear, to split your soul, you have to for gain. Accidentally ing someone, for example, would not split your soul.

Harry didn't exactly have a horcrux in Voldemort, that was something LIKE a horcrux. But it wasn't part of Harry's soul, Harry's soul was not split in any way. The thing inside Voldemort protecting Harry was his mother's love in his blood.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on June 18, 2008 11:11 AM

Why wasn't there Snape's Potrait in the Headmaster's Office? He was the headmaster after all...

There are a lot of unanswered questions still left...Do you think there's going to be an 8th book?

Posted by Apoorva from DEhradun , INdia on June 20, 2008 9:45 PM

Just have to say, that I don't believe there ever should have been any doubt in where Snape's loyalty resided.

First and foremost, J.K. Rowlings entire ideology would fall apart at it's seams, had this not been true. One of the most prescient themes of the septology was that "There are things far worse than ." Dumbledore saw as "the next big adventure" stated when Harry asks about the alchemist, in book 1.

So for Dumbledore to be begging Snape "NOT" to him, completely contradicts EVERYTHING. It's only logical that Dumbledore is imploring him to him; [ Euthanize even ]; He needs for his plan to continue.

Subtler hints were, why allow Snape to be DADA professor after all this time, knowing full well the post was Jinxed.
A hint that Dumbldore's fate was already sealed, happens in the beginning of the HBP; Why did he find it necessary to go to the Dursleys so that Harry could return to the home when he was 17. For one, Harry wouldn't be 17 for a full month, even if they did "chuck" him out, he only seems to ever need to stay a fortnight for the magic to sustain. He's left on his birthday, many times. This was an unneccessary conversation on many levels, because we've already witnessed that DD has ways of ensuring Harry's admittance to 4 Privet Drive, as long as he's around.
And if his plan was set in motion from the start of summer, logic prevails that Snape was in on it from day one.
During Book 7, there are a few hints, the most telling is that the HeadMaster chammbers allowed him entrance to the chambers; as If to say, he was the logical successor. Book 5 never allowed Umbridge in!

Posted by Scout on June 30, 2008 2:03 PM

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