ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

"All Was Well" : Why I, Unlike So Many Others, Liked the Harry Potter Epilogue

Updated on October 11, 2008

I am an avid Harry Potter fan. And I'm not using the word "avid" lightly. I've been to midnight book releases, I've seen the band Harry and the Potters six times, I've dressed up as Crookshanks more times than I'd care to mention, I've lost count of how many times I've read the books, I have a lightning bolt's scary how much I love Harry. (And, just for the record, I didn't mean for that to rhyme, it just kind of worked out that way.)

When the seventh and final book came out last year, I was...god. So many emotions. Anyway, I cried more reading that book than any other book I've ever read before. Jo Rowling is a genius. Ah! Such a good book!

Anyway, the point of writing this isn't to prove how much of a fan I am; I could go on for days and I don't want to bore you. But I wanted to address something more specific...something that is the cause of much discussion and sometimes even debate among the Harry Potter community: the epilogue.

The few of my friends who are diehard Harry fans like myself both disliked the epilogue for different reasons:

1) It was cheesy.

2) The writing wasn't nearly as good as the rest of the series.

3) It was unecessary.

As for me, I liked the epilogue. I didn't LOVE it, but I did like it. And I feel compelled to defend why I liked it, since so many don't.

Yes, I guess it was cheesy. Harry and Ginny are married and have kids, all named after other significant characters in the series, Ron and Hermione are married and have kids, Neville is the Herbology professor, Teddy Tonks is living a happy, normal life, dot dot dot. Everything's just peachy. I'm here to argue that cheesiness is not always a bad thing. Sometimes you can't avoid it. One of my English professors told me that writing about happiness is a lot harder than writing about pain. This is true. It's very hard to write about happiness because writing about happiness always teeters on the edge of being cheesy and/or cliché and and/or dull. I think Jo wrote about happiness successfully, and even if you didn't think so, you have to at least give her credit for trying. I don't see how she could have written it differently; furthermore, no matter how she wrote it -- if she "revised" the epilogue or whatever -- it would still be criticized for being cheesy. People are harsh critics. It's been said that it's easy to be a critic because you're tearing apart other peoples' creations rather than creating something yourself. All I'm saying is to try to be open-minded when critiquing anything, specifically this epilogue, and put yourself in the shoes of the person writing it. Could YOU write it better than the person who created this world and these characters and knows more about them than anybody else?? No. Which brings me to my second point:

This series is Jo's, entirely. She's the mastermind behind it all. She created this colorful and exciting world, she created the many vivid and complex characters in it (which gives her the right to kill said characters if she wants to, so don't go bitching about that either), and she can end the series however the hell she wants to. It's her right. She gave Harry a happy ending, and really, doesn't Harry DESERVE a happy ending? I hate that people whine about the epilogue being cheesy because all the big loose ends were tied up nice and neat; what, would you rather Harry be miserable for the rest of his fictional life?

Furthermore, besides Jo wanting to end the series the way she wanted to end it, one of the reasons she included the epilogue was to ensure that nobody would try to continue the series later on. She was worried that after she died, someone might try to write about Harry after Hogwarts; she didn't want that to happen, and understandably so. It is possible that, after she dies, hopefully a long long time from now, somebody still could try to continue the series and simply include and/or write around what Jo wrote about what happens the characters. But at least, if that does happen, Jo was the one to choose the major things that happened to her characters, (marriages, children, names, etc). However I would HOPE that, if anybody ever tried to continue the series, Harry fans would speak up and not allow for that.

Also, fyi, Jo wrote the epilogue years before she even started writing the seventh book. How long before? I'm not positive. It was at least two or three years, possibly much longer. This explains why the writing in the epilogue wasn't as "good" or as developed as the writing in the books, (or, the later books, at least). Because she definitely develops as a writer throughout the series; the writing in the first book isn't as complex or developed as the later books, at least in my opinion. And I believe she must've edited the already-written epilogue for the publication of Book Seven at least a little bit, because the last word was supposed to be "scar," but she changed her mind and wanted to end on a happier note, ultimately deciding on "All was well."

These are all the technical reasons for why I liked the epilogue, but now let's get into the more personal reasons. My one friend's main issue with the epilogue is that she thinks it is unecessary. Pertaining to the plot of the series, that's definitely a reasonable opinion. But you still have to realize the importance of the epilogue and why it IS necessary (the reasons I already discussed). As long as you realize that, I don't have a problem with you not wanting to read it. (My friend just reads the seventh book to the last chapter and doesn't read the epilogue.)

In respect to the plot, I liked the epilogue in that 1) Harry got the happy ending he deserved, 2) We learn that Teddy Tonks, even without ever knowing his parents, still grew up to live a happy life and that Harry is greatly involved in his life, and 3) Snape is vindicated. I know Albus Severus isn't the best name a kid could have, but I thought it very, very important that Harry had forgiven Snape for being cruel to him and that, by naming his son after him, he had finally given Snape credit for everything he did. Also the "he was probably the bravest man I ever knew," line really choked me up. I, personally, thought the epilogue was necessary, if only for these reasons.

I'm not saying you have to like the epilogue, but at least appreciate it, and don't insult Jo for what she wrote or the way she wrote it; after all, it is her series and her own creation, and god knows all us Harry fans owe her a lot for all the happiness she's brought to us through these amazing books.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      9 years ago

      I found the epilogue dissapointing. So everyone just lives happily ever after!? It all seemed rush & desperate and it would have been better, in my opinion, if harry had died or lost a leg and was a bachelor so that it would give him the aura of a noble martyr i.e Job. Instead, rowling raps up the series as if it were a long fairytale.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      She wrote the final book before the rest of the series... Just a side note. And I LOVED the epilogue. It was just what she needed to end the story perfectly. All was well.

    • AnneRako profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Chicago

      You're right -- I didn't even take into consideration the fact that they ARE children's books. I guess I just never think of them that way....but that's a really good point.

      Harry and Ginny...yeah, I wanted to know they made it, as well as Ron and Hermione. And I really wanted some verification that Harry reconciled with his hatred for Snape after he realized the huge sacrifice (his entire life!!) he made for Harry (and Lily). I mean, after he went into Snape's memories, he didn't really have time to react to Snape's story because he was too focused on knowing he had to die -- which is understandable, haha. But I just wanted to see what Harry did once he had time to actually think about and appreciate everything Snape did for him.

    • wltrallen2 profile image


      12 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I'm in total agreement with you on this one. The epilogue is well-deserved. Cheesy, yes, but after all, this started out as (and still is, mostly) a children's story. Let's let the children believe that happy endings do come true, why don't we? :) Besides that, I'm a sucker for the whole Harry-Ginny romantic storyline. I would have been sad if I didn't know for sure that they made it in the end. :)

    • AnneRako profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you!

    • Aya Katz profile image

      Aya Katz 

      12 years ago from The Ozarks

      AnneRako, a very well reasoned apologia!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)