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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 93)

firstly just want to say thanks for making such a great site, i first discovered it back when it was and have been drifting back ever since:)

anyway on to business! really, i just felt the need (after reading a load of folk moaning about the final chapter) to point out that she wrote that FIRST. i thought it was widely known that she wrote the ending at the beginning. this clearly explains the abrupt change in prose. when she first started to write she didnt know how the books would grow, not only in popularity but literally "up with their aunce". i always felt that the books had a tone reflective of the age/circumstance of harry and co.- and as much as anything else, she wouldnt have had a clue back in 1997 when COS came out how wide spread her fanbase would be.

anyhoo thanks for an amazing series Jo, i'm sure we'll always treasure the books- and the memories of how it felt to be waiting for the next installment to the greatest series of our life-time!

Posted by kerri from edinburgh on August 4, 2008 10:53 AM

Something I've noticed while rereading the books... I think JK focused much on writing the ly Hallows plot that she forgot about this.

"What about the Cloak, though?" said Ron slowly. "Don't you realize, he's right? I've got so used to Harry's Cloak and how good it is, I never stopped to think. I've never heard of one like Harry's. It's infallible. We've never been spotted under it--" (DH, page 416)

But there in the Ootp, the invisibility cloak was mentioned twice (if i remember it right) and it was owned by Mad-Eye Moody. I forgot the exact chapter/page, but it was there. And the trio knew this.

Posted by Ashley from Philippines on August 14, 2008 04:30 AM

Well about the cloak, Ron is wrong about never being spotted under it, because as we all know Moody's magical eye could see through it. But it is true the trio had never heard of one like Harry's. It was mentioned that Moody owned an invisibility cloak, but as Ron goes on to say, other cloaks are not as good. Xeno says about five pages earlier that the Hallow is the true cloak of invisibility, not a normal claok carrying a hex or charm or a cloak that later fade to opaque. Moody's cloak probably fit into one of these categories.

Posted by Anonymous from Arizona on August 15, 2008 3:39 PM

well to ashley from arizona

the invisibility that moody owned was not harry's. Harry's cloak is not the only invisibility cloak yet his is surely the best as it stays invisible for evermore and repels jinxes and hexes.

for the end of the book brought a different light on the series. For a lot we were hating snape in HBP and anticipating the next book to see dumbledore be avenged in a savage way. I was pretty shocked with the revelation on snape but pleased all the same because it was a brilliant twist in the storyline.

Dobby . Well that was one that both shocked and saddened me. Also J.K seems to make bellatrix come across as the most ing but savage eater ing three main conjunctions with harrys life (sirius, lupin and Dobby)

overall it feels harry potter is not truly over but the seven books were absolutely outstanding and i for one cant wait for the encyclopedia of harry potter

Posted by Matthew from Norwich on August 21, 2008 03:17 AM

I was so mad when Harry Potter "d" and then came back to life. She should of chosen one or the other. Personally I wanted him to , then when he magically came back to life I was mad. I know it is a fantasy book but that went to far. An I know he was part horocrux, but boo hoo.

Posted by Anonymous on September 14, 2008 4:20 PM

Matthew from Norwich, do we know for sure Bellatrix ed Lupin?

Posted by Perdita from Arlington, MA, USA on September 15, 2008 7:16 PM

I just finished reading D.H. for the third time, and there's one bit that really bugs me: why did Draco act as he did at Malfoy Manor, then completely the opposite in the Room of Requirement?

At Malfoy Manor, he hems and haws when asked to identify Harry and Hermione. He says it could be them, he's not sure, then turns his back and walks away. But he then specifically seeks them out during the middle of the battle at Hogwarts in order to bring Harry to Voldemort himself.

It just doesn't make any sense to me.

Posted by Perdita from Arlington, MA, USA on September 15, 2008 7:19 PM

I think J.K. said Bellatrix ed Tonks and Dolohov ed Lupin.

Posted by Anonymous from Arizona on September 27, 2008 12:20 PM

I don't think Malfoy acted completely the opposite in the Room of Requirement as he did in Malfoy Manor. In the Room of Requirement he was not eager to Harry. It seemed like bringing him to Voldemort was mostly Crabb's plan. Malfoy seemed more interested in the purpose of the diadem. Remember he told Crabbe not to bury it. Crabb was the one who attempted ing Harry and Hermione, even though Malfoy told him not to. He was done taking orders from Malfoy. Had Crabb and Goyle not been with him, I don't think Malfoy would have attempted to stop Harry and bring to Voldemort.

Posted by Anonymous from Arizona on September 28, 2008 9:17 PM

Woah! Hold up. This article says that the people that thought harry would were right, and the people who thought he would live were right. There is no way that we can both be right. I, (a person who thought harry would ) think that he only lived. If he was real enough to Voldemart, then he was never . Sure, all of you non believers can believe that he was because he talked to dumbledore, but he never d. He lived. It is so dumb how Harry d, and then he magically came back alive. I LOVE fantasy books, but that is WAY to fake.

Posted by Nyx on October 25, 2008 3:43 PM

But, Nyx; at Kings Cross Harry has to choose whether or not to go back to face Voldemort, or "on". The way I see it, by embracing ingly as he does, and because of his blood in Voldemort, Harry truly becomes the Master of . I think at Kings Cross he is at a point of stasis where in a way he is both AND alive. His choice controls which state prevails. Choosing to to go back meant that he was, and remained, alive and that choice became retroactive, meaning that he was never truly . But if he had chosen to "go on" then THAT choice would have been retroactive and he would have been truly from the moment Voldemort's ing curse hit him. (In this situation I think Neville would have ended up taking out Voldemort as well as the snake.)
I don't see the resolution as fake; if one is prepared to accept the existence of Voldemort's horcruxes, then Harry's survival makes perfect sense. It's just one more example of Voldemort's corruption and violation of the natural order helping to bring about his own destruction. Voldemort's efforts to avoid and manipulate the prophecy, both create his greatest enemy and also foster that enemy's survival. Morally and artistically it's perfect.
The ultimate irony is that it was seeing his friends ed, like Tonks, Lupin and Fred etc, that gave Harry the courage to do what he did. For Voldemort represented annihilation; for Harry, as for Dumbledore, it was creative. And I think I've had too much coffee - getting metaphysical here!

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on October 26, 2008 06:58 AM

Elizabeth, I think you're right in your analysis of 10/26. One question: How or in what way does Harry's blood in V. enable him to become Master of ? I don't quite see what you mean there. Thanks. Alice

Posted by Alice Edgell from Newark (formerly Milton) on October 27, 2008 06:25 AM

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