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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 10)

i liked the book was it was such a difference from the other ones. there were no parts where the trio was at ease and just hanging around. all parts of the book were very tense and i wish there were more parts about harrys parents. i think sirius shouldve made more of an appearance, i dont know how but it wouldve been really cool. it was kind of sick that jk had to hedwig, an innocent owl. i wish that snape couldve told harry everything harry saw in the pensieve face to face. the epilouge was way too short and gave hardly any info on the characters. im really sad that poor lupin and tonks had to . on the upside, draco now owes harry a life , so that could come in handy eh? well done, jk, ill miss reading about harry.

Posted by ce.ce from california on July 22, 2007 7:29 PM

note: There is only one special wand that goes from master to master! and that is the one from .
I wish Sirius had a painting that we (and Harry!) could talk to.
Seriosly, what is behind the curtain in the room - I thought there would be more about that.
What about the room of love in the dept of mysteries?
What happened to that horrible woman -- Dolores Umbridge, and was she really pure blood, because she was lying about the locket! (i think she was lying)
Also I was wondering about how madeye could "see" under the invisibility cloak but I wonder if he couldn't really and just said he could.
I think they were good. Obviously I wish there would be more because I too would like the past and future stories (how did mr and mrs weasley meet?)! but as she has said no more ...

Posted by robbie from dallas, tx on July 22, 2007 7:29 PM

I could type an essay on my thoughts and feelings on this book, but all of you have done an excellent job and have said everything I can think of.

One thing, to expand from Phoebe from Philippines' post, on this idea of love:

When Harry is essentially trapped in "limbo" between life and , he can see Voldermort's soul that was in him, in the form of a helpless being. Assuming Harry knew what it was, I think it speaks of his true character that despite his anger at Voldemore, despite the s he has endured because of Voldemort, and despite the tasks and life that Harry has had because of Voldemort, Harry was still ing and wanting to help him, to comfort and console, to care about him, to "love his enemy"

And that's what Dumbledore explains to Harry in the 6th book, that the power he has is love, the power to care for others unselfishly.

All in all, an excellnt book by JK Rowling. Hopefully in interviews or (hopefully) future books (series or non), she explains some of the questions that were left unanswered, such as jobs, state of the school, who married Draco, etc.

Posted by KB from North Carolina on July 22, 2007 7:41 PM

Oh, that's so good to eventually being able to read reactions and questions... In France (where I am from) they won't have the book translated before months, so I can't talk about it to my friends!

THe book is GREAT but there are a few questions that linger, and I hope JKR want to fill some void. I would have loved to see how the Minister of Magic get back on its feet with Shackebolt (What happens to pervert Umbridge?) life at Hogwarts after this battle, and the careers and life of all the survivors.

When Hedwig got ed, I wondered why taking her in her cage, for a risky trip, instead of just letting her fly, she always knows where Harry is anyway (cf. POA where she knew he was in Diagon Alley after he stormed out from the Dursley's).

I thought Teddy would be raised by Harry and Ginny, but he was probably raised by his grandmother (like Neville) Tonk's mum, who by the way lost her husband, daughter and son-in-law. Harry says something about Teddy coming for dinner 4 times a week at their home - a little like Sirius being a another son for the Potters, for others reasons.

I was wondering about Victoire, but since this is a French name, the suggestion that she is Bill and Fleur's daughter is certainly right. And this is an appropriate name as she was certainly conceived and born shortly after the victory over Voldemort.

Another question: How Voldemort could think that he was the only one that knew about the Room of Requirement when so many items had been left behind in it - obviously by others students and teachers and even elves? Or did the Room opened for him as an empty room, ready to welcome his Horcrux, since that's what he needed?

Another question: So Snape was on the "good" side. But how did he really help the Order of the Phoenix? To cover up his role, he gave informations to Voldemort about the whereabouts of Harry and the others. Voldemort thanks him at the end for his services, and indeed, even though he was loyal to Dumbledore, he ended helping Voldemort a lot, and Mad-Eye (not to mention Hedwig) d for it.
I think JKR write again about Harry Potter (she is less adamant now about it than she was)- maybe not a novel though.

Posted by Cecil from Tacoma, WA on July 22, 2007 7:50 PM

I loved the book, I think it was the perfect way to end the saga.

To respond to a question asked on page 1 (I think), Harry WAS the Master of . He had the Cloak and the Stone with him, and he was the true owner of the Wand. In my eyes, he survived, because he was the true Master of , but not for power or prolonging his life. He was the Master of because he accepted it, and ingly embraced , knowing it would help rid the world of Voldemort.

Posted by William from Ottawa, ON on July 22, 2007 7:50 PM

whew. I was waiting for when you guys would put back comments back on.
This book was the best in the series. No flaws. no boring scenes.
The Battle of Hogwarts Rocked!
hmm I was right. ly Hallows were objects. I didnt want to think they were Horcruxes and voila they aren't.
And Severus..... SEVERUS!
Man I wish there had been a portrait of him when Harry went to see Albus for the last time. It would've been awesome to see how Severus would have whole-heartedly spoken to Harry. Now that Harry knows the truth.
Should've expected that Albus was from the inside coz of that Ring.

BTW I wonder if anyone saw it. The side cover for the British edition of HBP shows the Ring right? Well look closely, you can see the ly Hallows symbol behind the crack.

RAB IS Regulus! Aah. And the Kreacher helping bit was right as well.
Even though a lot of it had been guessed, it rocked! Worth every penny. I'm reading it the third time now.
Haha the last chapter brought tears in my eyes. Albus Severus Potter. Long Live JKR!

Posted by vinay from Bangalore India on July 22, 2007 7:56 PM

awesome book. epilouge left me wanting more, though. maybe she pick up with their kids at the school.

Posted by steve the pirate from caribbean on July 22, 2007 8:06 PM

To KB from North Carolina, Harry did give Voldemort that chance at redemption before Voldemort cast his last AK. Right after he called him Riddle. He called on him to try for some remorse. Remember what Hermione said about remorse being the only way to restore a ripped soul? Also, it's significant that his response to the AK curse was to disarm, not . Evil was once again brought down by its own hand.

To CE.CE from California, I think that having Hedwig was Ms. Rowling's way to reinforce the idea that Harry was stripped of every physical thing that he valued, he lost the firebolt in the same instant as he lost Hedwig, and even his holly-phoenix feather wand. The only things he was allowed to keep were things he could keep WITHIN himself: love, bravery, support, friendship and loyalty. I think Ms. Rowling explained this through Ginny's birthday gift to Harry; nothing too big because he wouldn't be able to carry it around, remember?

Posted by Phoebe on July 22, 2007 8:11 PM

ly Hallows is an amazing book. I read it once, and then decided to read it again and again. I can't get enough of it.
I was disappointed that so many of our favorite characters had to though.
I loved the part about Harry being the last horcrux, and when Harry visits Snape's memories in the pensieve.
Great job JK!

Posted by Kari from Madison, Wisconsin on July 22, 2007 8:23 PM

I wish there had been more in the epilouge, but other than that I just loved the book. I always said Harry was a horcrux and was thrilled when I found I was right. I'm just upset that she ed off so many wonderful characters. I was also glad to see Snape redeem himself and Kreacher become plesant. It was a great way to end this amazing saga.
am i the only one who was a little teary eyed about Dudley and the tea cup?

Posted by Tristan Allen from Southern Ohio on July 22, 2007 8:53 PM

Author, you forgot that Dobby d too. The one person that I was most shocked to see was Fred. I figured that most of the Order would but not Fred. Also, I was wondering how Harry could be the last horcrux when slughorn said that there was an incantation to create a horcrux.

Posted by Ryan from Howell MI on July 22, 2007 8:54 PM

OK, reading all these comments, and I might add I LOVED this book, there is one more thing I want to know about, and that is how Kreachur reacted when the trio didn't return to the grim old place, and how he then figured out to go to Hogwarts. Also, I was a bit disappointed that that dragon didn't turn out to be a grown up Norbert. Oh well.

Posted by JK from California on July 22, 2007 8:57 PM

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