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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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Thanks for this web site, and thanks to JK for all her ideas and efforts.

Posted by Steve Sells from Fort Wayne IN on July 22, 2007 5:32 PM

John in Santa Fe, allow me to explain.

In the Wizard World - after - Dumbledore (and all headmasters it seems) can interact, give advice, share victories or defeats with the living, as well as shed tears. Dumbledore strategically positioned his pieces on this metaphoric chessboard, so even after being helped into the great beyond by “Professor” Snape, Dumbledore’s victory was realized. Thus a checkmate from beyond, the next level, if you . That doesn’t sound like the definition of , does it? JK is brilliant!

Posted by Donna King from Leesburg, Georgia on July 22, 2007 5:41 PM

What a book. The best, by a long, long way.

Firstly, to the first comment in this thread. I think Harry did . An equivalent might be the times people have 'out of body experiences' although I am not saying this is precisely and exactly what happened - just an analogy. Harry is given the chance to either join his family and friends who have d, or to go back and finish Voldemort with chance he might live and love. I can see how tempting it might have been to find himself with those who loved and protected him who have already gone - the choice is another measure of his character.

Second, Michael, Ravenclaws diadem was destroyed by the Firefiend that Crabbe conjured up in the Room of Requirement where Harry realised he had seen the diadem. He, I guess is the person we would not expect to do magic but who did (he's not exactly been strong on the spell casting from so far has he?). I think Hermione tells us that the Firefiend is one of the things that CAN destroy a Horcrux. (and I have a sneaking suspicion all these set pieces are meant to challenge film makers too!)

One things that still stuns me, and it happened early in the book is Hedwig's . It's almost thrown away as it happens in the middle of a seriously dangerous battle. I knew people were going to but Hedwig, then Dobby - they hit doubly hard as I was not expecting them.

Like Sue, I think Molly rocks, really, her wand work in defeating Bellatrix must have been pretty terrific. It took a while to sink in after Fred.

The one thing I am still getting to grips with is how Voldemort's curse backfired on to him again. I know she explained it really well but I just lost the plot. Anyone got a 'potted version' of how it happened? maybe I'm being a bit dim or I just missed one crucial element.

I am particularly thrilled that Severus Snape is finally confirmed as one of the good guys.

And, I am really pleased, I dearly and most sincerely hope that this shut up the "Snape is bad" brigade no matter how hard they try to grumble and explain and reason their arguments and...

One more thing. Why are some people bothered by the Epilogue.? No, really, why?

Now I'm sorry but I think that is her masterstroke. I was wondering how on earth she would ensure that no one would be clamouring for MORE BOOKS about Harry. This would be exactly what happened as people would want to know and she wants closure, a definite finish. This is her finish - her full stop on the Septology.

Sure it's not perfect, I agree 100% it's not hugely satisfactory. Both myself and my partner want to know what jobs everyone did (Hermione the brainbox, Ron, Harry, Ginny) Not for a cast iron reason but "just to know". Maybe, and I'm hoping it's true, that this information, along with much else, appear on the encyclopedia in a few years time.

I have been happier with this book than any of the others, and I can't wait to get my audio version by Stephen Fry so I can enjoy it as I work!

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 22, 2007 5:41 PM

i am going to take a guess and say that kingsley shacklebolt became the new minister of magic. he was immediately appointed the minister after the battle was over and it seemed like the wizard community both respected and admired shacklebolt.

i also felt like i needed more closure once i had finished the book. i wanted to know what happened to all of the main characters we love. (the rest of the weasley family, the teachers at hogwarts, hell even the durleys.) i wanted to know what harry, hermione, and ron were doing for work. seeing as how none of them went to their seventh year of school and didn't take the N.E.W.T.'s harry couldnt exactly become an auror and the rest of their options were limited. did hermione ever lift the memory charm from her parents? did the dursleys come out of hiding? if they did what was their attitude toward harry? (now that dudley had somewhat befriended i cant imagine they would be as terrible to him as they were before AND that harry now knows his aunt sent a letter to dumbledore BEGGING him to take her into the school she claimed to despise.

the book was amazing but i feel like she kind of rushed everything during the epilogue.

Posted by Taylor from Colorado on July 22, 2007 5:42 PM

i read on this site that it was possible the us cover showed harry and voldemort fighting in an arena with people, most likely eaters, were watching the epic duel. half true. in this article the author claims he doesnt know wha the cover is showing but it actually is harry and voldemort just after the ing curse was fired and the elder wand was thrown up into the air. harry was trying to receive the wand and voldemort's hand was still in the position of holding it. it looked like an arena on the cover because of the mass destruction that had been caused by the eaters invading the school and destroyng parts of it and the people that were fighting against voldemort were all watching as he and harry were, kind of, dueling.

by the way, who is the new headmaster/headmistress at hogwarts? i expected the position to be filled by harry but since he was not waiting at school for his children i am going to guess he isn't and that the position was filled by mcgonagall.

Posted by Harry Potter from the bubble, colorado on July 22, 2007 5:49 PM

OK, one little thing I thought was not quite right: If Hagrid was carrying the "" Harry back to Hogwarts, how come Harry didn't arrive there all wet from tears and snot, Hagrid sized? Don't tell me the big guy wasn't blubberin' all over the place!

Posted by JK from California on July 22, 2007 5:54 PM

Hey, Kendra, please don't name your first child "Albus," or "Aberforth." "Ariana" is kinda pretty, though. Just kidding!

Posted by JK from California on July 22, 2007 5:57 PM

Loved the book. But one thing that has been nagging me through the entire book is, that Harry's cloak which is apparently one of the 3 hallows should be "completely unbreachable" (or something like that, can't find the right place anymore). However we know from Book 4 that Harry's cloak is not, since Mad-Eye can see through it. I was wondering if anyone has come up with a solution to this?

Posted by Alyflex on July 22, 2007 5:58 PM

I also was dissapointed to find that the person who would discover magic late in life was not revealed (or were they?)
However, I enjoyed the story a lot, though I admit it got a little scary at times. I found the chapter 'Godric's Hollow' a little confusing, also, was there a specific reason Ron wasnt there?
The back-stories of Dumbledore and Snape were really good, it was a suprise when Grindelwald's name came up again, I don't remember anyone theorising that.
But, although the story on the whole was really sad, I found that the bit that affected me most was in the epilogue, where Harry says to his son, "Albus Severus, you where named for two headmasters of hogwarts. One of them was a slytherin and he was probably the bravest man i ever knew"

Like someone said before, the books were written for a generation and the style and the contents of the books have all grown up just like the young eyes that were reading the first book 10 years ago. All the books were really well written, we would be ungrateful to ask for more, wouldn't we?

Posted by Nick from Camden, London on July 22, 2007 6:00 PM

First i liked the ending but also found it a bit confusing. JK however did leave a lot unanswered like how one becomes a ghost and who was the person that did magiv that we least expected. I also thought it was interesting that Harry still remains pure in a way by not using the AK curse. Voldermort sort of ed himself. As for the epilogue, I thought it was cheesy but I dont mind that she didnt explain all their professions and what not. I think she left that for our imagination.

Posted by Ben from Baltimore, Maryland on July 22, 2007 6:00 PM

It seems apparent to me that the cover of the American version of ly Hallows is taking place inside the Great Hall of Hogwarts. It appears to be outside because the ceiling mirrors the outside conditions.

Posted by Spencer from Leesburg, Florida on July 22, 2007 6:01 PM

I loved Harry Potter and the ly Hallows. I thought the ending of the book was perfect until the last chapter. I wish she had gone more in detail about what happened to the remaining characters. I wanted to know what happened to George Weasley since he had lost his twin. Also what about Luna Lovegood? Who became the new headmaster of Hogwarts? What did Harry, Hermione, and Ron do as a living. Did Harry become an Auror. Lastly, I would like to say that i was right about R.A.B. and Snape. I was so excited about the way things turned out.

Posted by Allison from Colorado on July 22, 2007 6:02 PM

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