Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Harry Potter Book 7 Predictions

Typically, I post a book review today. However, I re-read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in anticipation of this weekend's events. Instead of reviewing the books, I want to share my thoughts on the series finale.

At the end of Book 5, Sirius Black dies. I believe his death serves two purposes, both from a writer's point of view. One, it raises the stakes for Harry. When writing, an author constantly needs to think, "How can I make this worse? What other tragedy can I inflict on my characters?" Taking away a support system like Sirius is monumental to Harry. While the Weasleys are wonderful and love Harry to pieces, they aren't quite family. Sirius is both father and brother to Harry.

Two, it establishes that dead is dead. At the ending of Book 6, when Dumbledore is killed, no one wants to believe it: characters or readers. David Haber went as far as creating a website to document why he believed that Dumbledore lives. However, I believe that Sirius had to die in order for JK Rowling to establish that dead is dead. As a reader, I'm really hoping that Dumbledore finds a way to be in the book.

While the end of Book 6 established that Harry, Ron and Hermione won't be going back to Hogwarts, I predict that Ginny will try to find a way to join them. She's not the sort of girl to sit on the sidelines. If she does stay (or more likely is forced to stay) at Hogwarts, Harry will end up in some sort of adventure there at her request.

I also predict that the two characters that are going to die will be Ron and Hermione. Again, this is a raise the stakes, darkest hour before the dawn, etc. sort of thing. Those are the two most important people to Harry and have been throughout the series. I won't like it if it happens, but I predict it nonetheless.

Finally, I predict that Harry's defeat of Lord Voldemort will be the result of skill, not luck. In both Books Five and Six, much is made of Harry's luck by other characters. By Book Six, however, Harry's actions are deliberate, requiring advanced magic. I'm sure that this will be part of the Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort's fatal error as they will underestimate Harry's skills.

I have some thoughts on other minor characters, like Neville Longbottom, Kreatcher, Luna Lovegood, but won't go into them here. Already, this post is longer than my typical offering.

What are your thoughts on the finale?


Prahagirl said...

See I thought of Ron and Hermione as well, but then I sat back and saw that the other characters (Dumbledore, Sirius) that were killed has been Harry's "Protectors." I am inclined to think that the two main characters that will die will be those of "protectors" such as Hagrid, Minerva (for the life of me I can't remember how to spell her last name!), the Weasleys, Lupin etc.

I am tending to lean toward Hagrid dying at some point in the book but I'm not 100% on him nor do I have a guess as to the second person. I think this way mainly for what I stated above about Harry's most devout Protectors being picked off. However, there is that place in the pit of my stomach (which I am trying to ignore) that says we will be saying goodbye to Ron and Hermione. As a reader and true Potter fan, I only hope that it is not true.

Anonymous said...

I kind of think Neville will climb out of his shell and kill Beatrix. Does anyone think Harry will bite it? I hope snape turns out good. He's evil and interesting. Edix

Prahagirl said...

If Harry does die, it will have to be done extremely carefully--and Snake-face will have to die also, otherwise, there will be a massive uprising of angry readers. :) Although, knowing Jo, it will be exceptional. I would expect nothing less!