After two years the final book in the Harry Potter series is just two days away. It took me a few books to really start getting into it, but by the end of the sixth one I was in deep. Now as the day where all sorts of remaining questions will be answered gets closer I’m definitely obsessing a little bit.
Rumour has it some pages, including the epilogue, of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have been circulating on the internet and spoilers have been popping up everywhere. I haven’t read any of these (unsubstantiating and, reportedly, contradictory) stories about what happens, but I do have some ideas of my own—predictions, if you will, and nothing but predictions. I’m putting them down in writing in case some of them are right so I can say “I knew it!”.
1. Harry will not die
There’s nothing in the prophecy that says that both Voldemort and Harry need to die, as some people have said—it merely says not both can live. So, the flip side of this is that Voldemort will be killed, by Harry one would assume. It will be a happy ending, technically, but I’m sure it will not be all sunshine and lollipops.
2. Harry is not a Horcrux
We know Voldemort made Horcruxes, and Dumbledore suggested he was going to made his last one with Harry’s murder. The theory I heard is that Voldemort somehow realised his killing curse on Harry was backfiring and quickly cast the spell to make a Horcrux (using the murder of Harry’s parents). It would explain the strong connection between the two, but I dont see why Voldemort would have deserpately wanted to make a Horcrux when he already had five under his belt. Besides, it would be pointless—Voldemort would destroy his own Horcrux by killing Harry (which he would still need to do, because of the prophecy).
Even if Harry does turn out to be a Horcrux, the first prediction still stands, we’ll go a ways through the book under the impression that he will have to die to kill Voldemort, but I’m sure they’ll be able to find a way to extract that piece of Voldemort’s soul and destroy it without killing him.
3. Dumbledore will remain dead
There has been plenty of suggestion that Dumbledore’s death was a fake, and I’m not going to make any bets that it wasn’t. Rowling has said, however, that he will not do a “Gandalf” in the seventh book and come back to life. Frankly I still have my doubts about what happened in the Half-Blood Prince, but I guess the Avada Kedavra curse was just what it seemed. I do think Dumbledore will play a significant role, though, through memories, instructions, or clues left behind. We still need an answer to why Dumbledore had James’s Invisibility Cloak, after all.
4. Fred and George Weasley will get what’s coming to them
I have no basis for this other than sheer conjecture, but I don’t think these guys can get away with their hijinks forever. They make fun of everything (I loved “U-NO-POO”), are connected to the Order of the Pheonix, and some of their products support the Ministry (clothes with built in sheild charms). The Death Eaters aren’t going to let them slide forever. If the man with the ice cream booth in front of the bookstore can disappear misteriously, so can these guys.
5. Snape will redeem himself
[14:39:24] Greg says:
But I’m undecided on Snape.
[14:39:29] Meg says:
[14:39:33] Meg says:
I feel good about him though
[14:39:50] Meg says:
But I think that’s because he’s delicious
[14:40:13] Greg says:
Delicious like poison.
[14:41:27] Meg says:
Wonderful gloomy, sadistic, chocolate-covered poison
There are two possibilities: The first is that Snape is not really a Death Eater, and his killing Dumbledore was part of some great plan of Dumby’s. If these were the case, the death was probably fake anyway. Snape turns out to be a good guy afterall. Unfortunately I don’t think this is the most likely. The second is that he really is a Death Eater. If this is the case—or even if we are never clear on what his motivations were for the last few books—I think he will see him repent and come back to the good side. Of course to convince anyone, he’ll have to do something pretty fantastic, which brings us to my final prediction:
6. Snape will die
A tragic death of a misunderstood hero. Probably the one thing he’ll be able to do in the end is to sacrifice himself by fighting Voldemort, to destroy a cursed Horcrux, or to directly saving Harry’s life. Too many people love Snape to really let him end up as a bad guy, but I think this is the only way to convince us he’s not.
We’ll know if I’m right on any of these by the time the weekend is out.