Harry Potter, the aging Headmaster of Hogwarts? Baby Voldemort frozen in time? Ginny as a … bird? That's not the ending most of the world has been seeing in theaters, as millions upon millions have flocked to theaters to witness the ultimate showdown between good and evil wand-wielders in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

With the Harry Potter saga finally over, British journalist Greg Palast has decided to share an alternative ending that he has been sitting on for four years. After befriending Potter author J.K. Rowling when both he and she were on the bestsellers list, Palast claimed on his blog that after he begged her to divulge alternative endings to her popular book series, she relented. Palast scribbled down some notes and kept them secret—until now. "Sorry [J.K.], that’s the danger of befriending an investigative reporter," he wrote.

Palast actually attempted to rewrite the ending, the entirety of which can be found on his blog. The very end, though, is the most shocking, as it suggests Harry's great-great-grandson "Tom" is showing signs of becoming the next dark lord. The final sentences in Palast's words: "Then suddenly, in inexplicable anger, little Tom crushed the candy animal. Harry watched this, and knew the whole world would soon darken again for generations to come." (Spoiler alert: That's definitely not the final chord that The Deathly Hallows Part 2 strikes.)


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  • Sydney Ramsden
    Sydney Ramsden on

    Wow. That ending would have ruined the entire series. The story is about good overcoming evil, and that just would have been against everything the books stand for.

  • Victoria
    Victoria on

    Well I think that there's a constant fight between good and evil, so although Harry defeated Voldemort, and good triumphed over evil, that doesn't mean that everything will stay good forever. Eventually, another evildoer may come into play. I think it would have been an interesting ending. Any ending would have been interesting, but I really liked the one that was actually in the book. But I'm just biased.

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