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Friday, July 20, 2007

It's Potter Time!

Today's the day. What day, you ask? The day dissertations must be officially submitted to the graduate school by those who plan on graduating in August? Well, yes, it is that, but it is also so much more. It is the day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released!

Technically, tomorrow is the day Harry Potter 7 is going to be released. But as we all know, bookstores start handing out the book at midnight. And, for the first time ever, I will be there at the midnight release party. (No, I will not be in costume. Sorry to disappoint my fans.)

Since this is Potter day, I wanted to take the time to share some last Potter predictions. Here goes:

1) Hagrid will probably die.

Years ago, I read an interview in which Rowling talked about how she had the whole series planned out, all the way to book seven. And she mentioned that there some parts that she knew would be hard to write; some parts that she thought she'd cry writing. My immediate thought was: "She's going to kill off Hagrid!" Other people have shared this prediction. Maybe we're wrong. But I predict that Hagrid will die.

2) Harry will suffer great losses.

Here I can only be vague, because I don't have any strong feelings about what form this loss will take. I can only predict that the ending of the book may be bittersweet, with unexpected and perhaps unnecessary losses.

At various times, I have speculated that his not-quite-girlfriend might die, or that Harry might lose his two best friends, Ron and Hermione. Others have suggested that Mr. and Mrs. Weasley may be among the deceased, and I'm sorry to say that I think this is a good guess.

Personally, I think Harry himself will live. I can, however, see a number of reasons why he might die. The most obvious one is that killing Harry would prevent anyone else from writing sequels. But there are other ways of preventing this.

My pet plan (which I doubt Rowling will use) would be for Harry to somehow lose his magic. In other fantasy fiction, it is possible for a magician to temporarily or permanently have his/her magic taken away. Rowling has never really suggested that this is the case in her Wizarding World, which is why I think she won't go with anything like this direction. But think: if Harry had to give up his magic in order to defeat Voldemort, that would certainly constitute a great sacrifice on his part. (We know, after all, that he is like his mother. What did his mother do? She sacrificed herself for him.) Such an ending would also be a twist: most people wouldn't be expecting it. And it would prevent anyone from writing further adventures of the Boy Who Lived.

3) Goodies and badies will be hard to tell apart.

I've already shared that I think Snape is going to end up being on the side of good. I suggest, though, that we can expect surprises from some other characters as well. People we thought were trustworthy may turn out to be working for the Dark Lord. Other people who seemed staunchly evil-or at least disreputable-will turn out to be fighting on the right side.

4) Goats will be important.

Didja notice the goat in the Hog's Head in The Order of the Phoenix movie? And do you remember that Dumbledore's brother was prosecuted for "practicing improper charms on a goat"? I don't like to think about what constitutes improper charms, but I think the goat is significant. And even if I'm wrong, I think we can expect to see something of Aberforth Dumbledore in the final book.

5) Petunia Dursley may have a moment of redemption.

I don't have any real reason for thinking this. I'd just like to see some good come of the Dursleys. What I'd like even better would be for Harry to save all their lives, and them to actually be grateful. Admittedly, it would also be satisfying to see them all die horribly BECAUSE they don't listen to Harry, but I'd like to think that Rowling will have a better (more charitable) fate for them.

6) However the final volume ends, there will be redemption.

Rowling has indicated in past interviews that her faith (she is a member of the Church of Scotland, IIRC) and the ending of the series are connected. In the past, I thought this would manifest itself in Dumbledore's resurrection. Now I'm not so sure. But I predict that however sad this book may be, it will have a good ending. It's not just that Voldemort will be defeated. Virtue is going to triumph. And (per #3 and #5) we may see redemption in unexpected places.

7) Finally, to look at it cynically, I predict that however the book ends, it HAS to be better than this conclusion!

I'm still waiting to find out what was in the sugar bowl. Lemony/Daniel, how could you do this to us? Curse ye and your postmodernism! You call that an "end"?


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