Thursday, July 19, 2007

Predictions for Harry Potter 7

So having recently reread (and not, I confess, for the first time) Book 6, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I will venture to make the following predictions for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final (sniff) volume of J.K. Rowling’s juggernaut of a series:

• Harry will survive. After all, he’s not called “The Boy Who Lived” for nothing!
• The prophecy will turn out to have some trick or catch in it. After all, there’s something kind of dodgy about the phrasing “Neither can live while the other survives.”
• Hermione will also survive. I think Rowling has plans for her to spend the rest of her life doing good in some way, like lobbying for house-elves’ rights or something. And it would be a pity to waste all that brain power!
• Not as sure about Ron, who’s always been more of a follower than a leader, and for that reason is more dispensable. Therefore more likely to be killed off, if Rowling decides to split up our three musketeers. (After all, she’s shown no compunction in killing off those nearest and dearest to Harry.) But he won’t die before...
• Ron and Hermione hook up. Rowling’s as good as given away that this will happen.
• I actually think Ron will probably survive. But the Weasley family is going to take a major hit, if not several.
• Neville will avenge his parents and, perhaps, may even find a cure to heal them. (I mean, he is a great herbologist in the making, after all.)
• Snape will die. The real question: for which side? After rereading book 6, I’m more firmly convinced than ever that Dumbledore’s death at his hands was planned all along by both of them. What I’m not sure of is what Snape’s ulterior motives were in going along with it. It’s a genius of that character that it is absolutely impossible to tell whether he has truly repented or is just diabolically clever at hiding his true nature from everyone. I hope he’s not plotting to help bring down Voldemort just so he can take his place, or something like that.
• Assuming he didn’t completely fool Dumbledore, we will discover some connection between Snape and Lily Potter, previously unknown to everyone except Dumbledore. Personally, I think it will be (or at least appear to be) that Snape loved Lily, and it was remorse for causing her death that caused him to turn to the good. Certainly I think only this could be the “ironclad reason” Dumbledore had for trusting Snape. Dumbledore, remember, believes in the power of love.
• Dumbledore had better be right, or Rowling will turn a generation of readers into cynics. The one thing that gives me pause is some comments by her I’ve read in the past that suggest she doesn’t think of Snape as a particularly positive character and is amazed at how popular he’s become with readers. But on the whole, I think Snape will die for the right side. He will, however, die still hating Harry. Perhaps Harry will kill him.
• Peter Pettigrew will play some key role in saving Harry. Could be intentional, could be inadvertent (like Gollum from “Lord of the Rings”).

I may add to this list if I think of anything else.

Just two more days...


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