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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 cried and a cried! What a great book. How clever of JK Rowling to write this book this way. I cried a lot when Dobby pased away. My most favorite part and i sobbed like 5 minutes afther reading the last words of snape before he was : look me in the eyes! Is harry an auror now?

Posted by Tashita from Holland on July 22, 2007 2:25 PM

I'm just so relieved certain people didn't .. The ones that did was awful - but it could have been a LOT worse!

I read the first Harry Potter book after not reading a book for 1½ years; quite a long time, going from 50+ books a year to nothing! The reason was depression. I simply could not muster the energy to fish a book - which is also why I so deeply understand the Dementors. I read the books in five days, and was so happt and proud, and my mom actually bought the second one just because she was happy I was reading again. I read that one in three days and then had to wait 'til christmas to have the next two.
I'm still not well, but I can read. I never stopped after that first Harry Potter book, just this christmas-holiday I read over 12 books in a month. Now, I could at least the first 2-3 Harry Potter books in a day, but back then five days was a feat worth celebration.

These books helped me come back from a dark place in my life, and has given me something to hold on to through the years of illness I've had since then, and sadly still have. With five reading of the books behind and, probably, more to come, they always hold a dear and special place in my heart. I only wish I could say this to J.K. Rowling in person and thank her and tell her, how much her writing has meant to me.

Thank you!

Posted by Maria Brejner from Naestved, Denmark on July 22, 2007 2:31 PM

I loved the book and thought JK did an amazing job at ending the whole saga. Very epic. I keep them for my children to read when they get old enough.

Posted by Sarah from Eugene, OR on July 22, 2007 2:33 PM

Well, i am sad because all these years to wait how would it all end have come to an end!

I am also happy to announce that the constructions of a Harry Potter theme park begin in the end of this year or the beggining of the next!

And this book has joined so many people throughout this world all joined by the love of Harry Potter!

Cheers to this!

Posted by Fabio Moreira from Guarda, Portugal on July 22, 2007 2:35 PM

This has been a GREAT ending to a GREAT series. My husband kept threatening to call 911 and force me into a Potters Anonymous 12 step program. While not a Harry fanatic like me, “Is Harry ?” was his response to each moan, sniffle, laugh, gasp, sob, and wail to came from the reading corner on the couch. I’m the first of my friends to finish DH, as I truly went into “lock-down” after picking up the book at midnight from the local Wal-Mart. And David, you were right – Dumbledore was not , not “really” , just moved on to a different level of the chessboard. He did checkmate Riddle in the end!

Posted by Donna King from Leesburg, Georgia on July 22, 2007 2:40 PM

Great book. Slow to start but laid the groundwork for the finale well. I may be slow, but how did Neville get the sword from the goblin to slay Nagini? Was it just to prove he was a true Gryfindor?

Posted by ANGELA from Louisiana on July 22, 2007 2:42 PM

I just finished the book and while I cried horribly about Dobby and Hedwig, I was so happy that Harry lived. I knew that Neville was going to play a major part. Its sad that its over but I am happy how it ends. Do you think that she added the last part to keep people from pestering her about what happened to everyone?

Posted by Rachel from Houston, Texas on July 22, 2007 2:48 PM

I cried so hard when the others d. But they d trying and I am very proud of them
A beutiful ending to a beutiful series.
Well done, Mrs. Rowling

Posted by Colton Pellerin from Yellowknife, NWT on July 22, 2007 2:50 PM

Loved the book - this is the quickest I've ever read one. One major question for me, how did Neville get the sword? Did I miss something?

Posted by Cindy from Atlanta, Ga on July 22, 2007 2:52 PM

I finished the book and the first day, and re-read it again on sunday, as there were somethings I did not really get.

This is the book that I have cried the most for, in the last 2 books, I only cried at the end, however, this book was so dramatic, and the story was so "dark" already from the beginning..

But, I found the most touching in this series, is how JK teaches us constantly HOW important family is. It was amusing as well as really touching, when Dudley told Harry he never found him a waste of space. There was always deep down, a family bond, and this is such an important part of the series.

Having Kreacher come round, proves that being nice to people pay off. And when he marched in at the end with all the other Hogwarts house elfs was just funny, yet so cool.

I did some calculating, and if 19 years later Harry's 2nd son goes to Hogwarts, he and Ginny would have married really early in life...around 21/22, depending on when James went to Hogwarts.

Posted by tenshi from Auckland, New Zealand on July 22, 2007 2:53 PM

I am a big fan of Harry Potter from nearly the beginning. I discovered your site about a month ago... well it's not true, a friend of mine gave me the address of your site when The Half Blood Prince came out and I came back to it only a month ago out of curiosity to remind me of what you had said about Dumbledore's .
I wanted to tell you that I was really impressed about the number of things that you got right: Harry being a horcrux, Snape's on Dumbledore's order and other things I can't remember now... so thank you for all your interesting articles!
I simply loved the book, my favorite of all the seven. Merci Jo!

Posted by Mélanie from Morlaix, France on July 22, 2007 2:56 PM

I am so sad that Dobby d! He was one awesome house elf! *tears* and Fred. What was up with George's ear? Poor George, losing half of every pair near and dear to him: His ears and his twins! And Mad Eye Moody, Tonks, Lupin, and Snape all d too... and those characters were awesome!

But I was deeply disappointed in the ending. What a pointless, boring epiolouge. Snoozefest all the way around. Explained a lot, but wasn't exactly exciting to sit through. And I would NEVER name my son Albus Severus Potter. EEW! Or Scorpius Malfoy... *gags* they were really badly named. And I couldn't figure out whose kids were whose.

And about Snape's Patronus: somewhere in the book it said that Snape's Patronus was a doe because Lily's Patronus was a doe and he loved her. I thought that your Patronus was as unique as your fingerprint and no one could ever imitate your Patronus. That's why the Order of the Phoenix communicated with their Patronuses: the Eaters couldn't pretend to be them, because they couldn't conjure the same Patronus. Or am I missing something?

Oh and I promised my friend Ariana (I swear that's her real name, and how you spell it and everything) that I would slip this message in for her:
She agrees that she disliked the ending. She doesn't think it was fair that Harry d and then came back to life. She also expected Neville to play a bigger role. She thinks the epilogue was boring and a pointless ending, and she too agrees that Albus Severus Potter is a stupid name. She recognizes the irony, and would like for me to point out to you, that Harry is the godfather of Teddy Lupin, and that his parents and Teddy's parents were both ed by Voldemort when they were very young children, to be raised by relatives.

One more thing, I had placed a bet with my friend Tonks (Harry Potter nickname). We had bet ten dollars, here is the exact wording, that Harry was the sixth Horcrux. I said he wasn't, and she said he was. Who won the bet? The tiara was the sixth Horcrux, but Harry was a Horcrux too! But he was the seventh, unintentional Horcrux that Voldemort was unaware of. Did I win? Because the diadem was the final Horcrux that Voldemort made. Or did she win? Because Harry was a Horcrux in the end.
Ariana thought she was being clever, and told us to each give the other person 5 dollars. Well... no that's not going to happen!

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on July 22, 2007 2:57 PM

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