Grazhir :: Harry Potter :: Biology :: Post Mortem

Post Mortem

The following are questions or issues about the story, some of which are collected from the review process (though some aren’t).

1. Regarding “the book”

Yes, this is a massive plot device. It’s only purpose is to give Harry his superhero powers. As I recall, the idea for it came from Susan Cooper’s “The Dark is Rising” work. In that sense, all it does is force a shitload of knowledge into Harry’s head (just like it would for any child of that direct line), plus give him a few special talents (such as being able to ignore the dementors, and even use the kiss a single time).

2. Regarding “the voice”

The voice is just a plot device, and was intended to introduce some humour into the story. I like the way it’s rather sarcastic. The only purpose is to remind Harry of certain things he can do, at which point, when it feels its job is complete, it more or less disappears.

3. Regarding Tom as Harry’s father, and Dumbledore

I believe I said this in a response as well. Albus speculated that Tom transferred some of his power to Harry the night he tried to kill him. I took that one step further and exaggerated the situation. As Tom supposedly transferred his ability at parseltongue over, why not DNA? It seems to me that the one would be, in actuality, a very, very complicated thing.

I guess it depends on how you view the term power. Is being a parselmouth a power? Not in my mind. It’s a genetic ability, therefore, it’s extendible to the point of being somewhat silly and saying that Tom transferred quite a bit, and could be considered a second father.

Moving on from there, it is, of course, the entire reason for the story. Albus had his suspicions (or was just simply insanely curious as to the effect the reflected AK had on Harry), and tested them, then decided how to take care of it. Without that, he would not have been so careful around Harry, what with him always thinking that at any moment the child could do a 180 and say, “Dad! I’ve come to join you, and can we go split Bumblefuck up the middle after lunch?”

Naturally, when he thinks he’s losing control of his pawn, he washes his hands of the whole thing, and then turns around and actively (though he’s subtle-ish) encourages people to go against Harry as well.

4. Regarding the kiss

By all accounts, I could have done this in the exact manner that Harry described to his friends—the potion plus the dementors. I just didn’t feel like it. I found it more interesting to have Harry actually be the one to perform the kiss, though it does raise an interesting question as to how Voldemort’s soul affected Harry personally.

After all, do dementors store those souls? Eat them, literally? Suck them out of a person and release them to ether? Is Harry in any danger?

5. Regarding the dementors

One has to wonder, if Tom could control them, can Harry?

6. Regarding the varying POVs

When I planned this out, I was very particular in wanting certain chapters to be more or less entirely in one person’s POV. I did that for two reasons—you see Remus for so much time, and really have no clue what the hell Harry is doing with his time, but you see hints of it. And even then, as Harry, you may or may not be confused at some points as to whether or not the man, Salazar, is him early on.

On the other hand, there are some things that Harry is doing that would be excessively boring to keep repeating—all those captures. It can be much more interesting, and fun, to see how Remus views Salazar’s behavior, and by extension, Blaise.

The other amusing thing is that Harry drops several clues to Remus during visits as to his alter ego, and Remus can never quite bring himself to believe in it, despite how suspicious he is.

7. Regarding Hermione

As she writes in her letter, “If you can’t trust Albus Dumbledore, who can you trust?” I can easily see her falling for the party line, especially when it’s Albus saying it, and with her tendency to blindly trust authority.

8. Regarding the OWS

Yes, a blatent slam at Bush and the Office of Homeland Security.

9. Regarding the mob scene

Absolutely a sarcastic look at the wizarding world’s perception of Harry and their own refusal to see their hypocrisy. While it’s amusing to see them lay into Ron and Hermione, they are being self-serving, cowardly, and hypocritical, not to mention displaying the tendency of humans to find someone to lay the blame on. At that, they didn’t even really listen to what Harry wrote for the Prophet. All they saw was, “You won’t see me anymore.”