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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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Wow, I really feel kind of sad that its all over... but it was a really spectacular book, the best of all I should say. But as someone above wrote there was a lot of stuff which could have made 7th and 8th books respectively. Like more than halfway through suddenly everything seems accelerating at breakneck speed because JKR had to finish everything in the 7th book. I had to reread many portions again because when I read someplace I just notice as if something as happened without me noticing it. Again when I reread the passage I find a small mention, that I understand what really happened.. So I guess still some things do need explanation. The main thing being for me...

How Neville got hold of the sword of Gryffindor, when the goblin had actually snatched it from harry and therefore taken it back with the Goblins as their possession.

The story of Snape was the most touching of all, I really felt very sad for his plight, despised by all yet strong in what he purposed. That was very touching. Wish he had a more honorable , like maybe fighting the Dark Lord and not just being slain as another victim.

The twists in the story about the life of Dumbledore were very good. Its makes us realise that many people who have good character learn from their own mistakes, but also that those who learn from their mistakes turn out to be well admired. In a way it makes me respect him more knowing that there were things about his past which were somewhat despicable.

But overall the books answers most questions which were unanswered from previous books and the plot is woven quite well, though many of the things turned out as expected, like about Snape, always knew that he was on the right side though I was quite sure that he indeed had ed dumbledore, how and why I did not know, but the answer provided by JKR was good enough to make me like Snape even more.

So HP over. I would not like to see more books on Harry Potter, not because I like them less, but after such a finish, i feel it would be bad to continue writing more stories.. but it would really be nice if JKR started writing another series of novels which were as interesting and magical as the HP books. Or maybe even a book about the life of Dumbledore and the like.

Posted by Paul from Pune, India on July 23, 2007 06:53 AM

And I forgot to add that even with Dumbledore , he still plays as important a role in the novel as any other, even more than OOTP, and in the end we have a chapter which is full of explanations from him as in any other book except HBP, that was wonderful stuff, and yeah, I also did feel sorry about the dursleys and Dudley when they left Harry, I guess it always feels a bit sad when someone leaves, esp my friend left my city for good when the book was released, so I guess I mixed these two up.

Posted by Paul from Pune, India on July 23, 2007 07:07 AM

well, in response to a question of why did dumbledore give harry the invisibility cloak (which was a ly hallow) at the age of 11, Dumbledore gave harry the cloak to get rid of the lust for the hallows. Dumbledore himself even said that the reason he did not take the Minister of Magic job was because he could not be trusted with too much power.

Posted by Michael from Wichita,Kansas on July 23, 2007 07:09 AM

Thanks for clearing that up. I was confused about the baby part in King's Cross as well.

Posted by Kari from Madison, Wisconsin on July 23, 2007 07:10 AM

I loved every minute of it. However, I had the hunger to get to the end. I believe the moment on the US cover is when Harry is reaching for his rightfull wand and Voldemort has just lost the wand.

She finished it perfectly. Of course although everyone had different ideas of what was to come we all knew she'd do it perfectly.

Posted by Kelley from Lansing, MI on July 23, 2007 07:20 AM

i thought the book was amazing! the bit with molly and bellatrix was so funny! i was glad snape was good in the end. What happened to Luna? RIP Hedwig, Dobby Fred Lupin Tonks and Snape!

Posted by hannah from uk on July 23, 2007 07:22 AM

Someone on this site was convinced that Voldemort would be related to Harry. And whomever it was, was right. They were both related to the three brothers. Because the Gaunt line was traced to the brother with the stone and the Potters were traced to the brother with the cloak. So that person was absolutely right. I didn't believe it could happen for a minute, but it did.

Posted by Kelley from Lansing, MI on July 23, 2007 07:35 AM

I thought this was the best book, but the epilogue was horrible, going into the epilogue I had about 12 or so burning questions. I feel the epilouge answered 2 of them and raised about 3,598,765,378 more! She should have stoped at The Flaw In The Plan!

Posted by cameron from That One Place,Tx on July 23, 2007 07:39 AM

I loved the ending, but nearly cried after all those people d. I loved Dobby, and Fred was really funny. I wish that nobody but Voldemort had to , but then the book wouldn't have been interesting.

Posted by Yolanda from Canada on July 23, 2007 07:52 AM

There were far too many holes in this story.

J.K. wasted so much time with them sitting around hiding in a tent doing nothing. She should have been developing important stuff that she hadn't before or finishing up telling us about stuff that seemed very important in earlier books that turned out to be of no consequence.

I thought it the height of cheesiness for Harry to give Voldemort a lecture on morality and remorse in the final battle.

J.K. did a great disservice to her fans and to the characters them selves of Tonks and Lupin by just saying "oh, by the way, they're ". I'm sorry, but Lupin at the very least was an EXTREEMLY IMPORTANT character...he taught Harry to do the Patronus which turned out to be the most used spell by everyone everywhere.

Also -- Why spend the entire book trying to get us to hate Dumbledore by painting him shadily only to have the ending with Harry make you love him as much as ever again...

The part about Draco being master of the Elder wand was ridiculous, as well as Dumbledore not ing Grendelwald yet still gaining possession of the wand.

There was no information about the veil/ room as well as the other door in the department of mysteries that I felt sure Harry would venture into before the end.

For all my criticisms above (and the others I can't think of off hand) I did like the book. I liked that it had a happy ending and that none of the trio d (although I was prepared for Ron to and was absolutely sure it was going to happen -- I'm almost disappointed I was wrong there) but the Epilogue was totally unnecessary.

I'll need to read it again and do so sleuthing to see if I missed some subtleties.

Posted by Tim from Flagstaff, AZ on July 23, 2007 07:53 AM

Why didn't Harry personally destroy any Horcruxes after the diary?

Posted by Padfoot from Alex, VA on July 23, 2007 07:55 AM

I beg that someone answers the only question that I have about the book - who was the person who used magic at a late age or who had not used magic before?
I am to know as I just couldn't pick it. Does anyone have a detailed and rationalised answer to this question?

Posted by amdc from Melbourne on July 23, 2007 07:59 AM

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