Tuesday, June 27, 2006

2 to die in final "Potter" book

More deaths to come to the world of Hogwarts....

Author JK Rowling has said two characters will die in the seventh and final Harry Potter book, but she has been careful not to reveal which ones.

She told the Richard and Judy show that she had long known how the series would end, because she had written the last chapter "in something like 1990".

"One character got a reprieve, but I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die," she said. (BBC News)

Any guesses? It's pretty certain that You-Know-Who will perish in the final book, so I don't believe this is who Rowling is referring to. I would say that Snape (who will be revealed as actually a good guy) and Hagrid will perish, both in a sacrificial manner.

I also believe that we haven't read the last of Dumbledore. You may recall that Dumbledore has a strong association with phoenixes. And what do phoenixes do? When they die, they burn up but are resurrected from their own ashes.

Did you hear that Rowling received an honorary degree from Aberdeen University in recognition of her contributions to the research of multiple sclerosis? Yep, she did. Her mother lost her battle to the disease.

What was the best-selling book of 2005? You don't have to guess... do you? You should know it's this one.


  1. I hope that Snape turns out to be a good guy. But even if he doesn't, I'd bet that he gets offed in the end. Hagrid is also a great guess, and if he dies, I'll cry.

    On a side note, I noticed that the Potter series has brought in over 1 billion dollars for Mrs. Rowling. So far, my blog has generated zero dollars. Perhaps I should spend my creative energy into writing a novel 1/10 as good as hers.

  2. Brad: Have you been to La Shawn Barber's blog? She has a link to a second site that she has called "Fantasy Fiction for Christians." She has some interesting theories on what's in store for the final book.

  3. I have no doubt that Snape is a Death Eater. I fear that the deaths will be Lupin and one of the Weasleys. I love your argument that Dumbledore will prove to have a phoenix-like next act.

  4. Lemming: You seem convinced that Snape is all-bad. I have a hard time thinking that Dumbledore, one of the greatest wizards, would be so easily duped by someone only pretending to be good. I think there's more to Snape than meets the eye.

  5. Matt,

    You seem to have the same trouble with Snape that I do; you want him to be good. This is why you and I should probably never be detectives...of course if it turns out that we're right, then maybe we should!

  6. If Lupin (a good guy) could fool Dumbledore, then Snape (a bad guy) could do the same. As JKR tells us, trust in redemption is Dumbledore's greatest strenth and weakness.