11 January, 2006

Harry Potter Book 7 Predictions (Spoilers, Obviously)

Well. JKR has just given a lovely interview to The Tatler. Even though it starts off, as Connie Lane has noted like a Rita Skeeter piece, it's still pretty interesting. It makes me like her more and also increases my envy of her. The part that's got everyone riled is this little nugget:
"In the seventh book there will be deaths of both, goodies and
baddies. She was talking to her husband, Neil, the other day, after
she has just writing the death of one particular character. He
shuddered. "Oh don't do that", he said to me, but of course, I did."

So who's gonna die? Well, you can read what the Alchemests are saying at John Granger's place or at Harry Potter for Seekers. But that requires you wading through long and increasingly arcane descriptions of The Alchemical Wedding of Kristian Reusenkrantz. Yeah. I didn't think so. You can join in the lengthy discussion at Harry Potter for Grownups, but I'm already 4000 messages behind. And that's just the last two weeks. So, I've looked at the whole thing solely from a writer's persepctive. In short, how would I write it? And how do I presume she will write it, given how she has written before? So here goes nothing.

Her pattern in creating conflict seems to be:

1 major shocking death. For this I vote Hagrid; book 6 was DD. Hagrid is still a major character but one who has lost his narrative neccessity. Why is he still hanging around? So she can drop some Glaswegian dialect from time to time? No, because she knew she needed him to die in Seven.

1 Personally-affecting Harry loss. For this I vote Hedwig; we haven't had such a thing since the Nimbus was decimated. Instead we've had major fights with either Ron or Hermione. Now that the fighting with Ron and/or Hermione is done to death, we're back to Hedwig. She can't structurally give him another broomstick loss without looking tired. So bye-bye Hedwig.

1 Total screwup at Hogwarts. We've had DADA teachers who were crazy, Divination teachers who were useless or obscure, Hagrid's many absences and the death of DD. So now we've got to muck about with the school a bit. Flitwick is the charms teacher. I predict Harry's growing closer to Flitwick as he learns more about his mother's prowess in Charms--only to have Flitwick bite it in the end.

1 Rocking of the Weasley boat. The Weasleys are Harry's surrogate family. There needs to be some conflict there. First it was "they're broke." Then it was "Percy is an Ass." Then it was "Percy is An Ass on the Wrong Side." Then it was "Bill's been bitten by Greyback." This time someone's gonna die. Could be anyone--how sadistic is Rowling? If she were smart she'd axe Charlie--he's outlived his purpose, since I doubt we'll need any more dragons disposed of or dealt with. If she were middling cruel she'd send one (or both) twins to their mortal end. But that kills her biggest tool for comic relief, so I can't see her doing that. Besides, the joke shop is a dead-useful source of material. It'll also give the gang a place to serve as their Diagon Alley Safe Haven now that the Leaky Cauldron is compromised. If she wants to be really mean as a snake (ha!) she'll kill Arthur. Harry already has one Patron--James. Arthur is secondary in his psychological needs. But, I'm betting she'll get her big bang from Hagrid, so Charlie is her Weasley Sacrifice.

You'll note that much of this is me whistling in the dark about the much-rumoured Death of Ron. I don't think I could handle that.


At 2:11 PM, January 11, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

So, one of your cable choices is not SciFi?!? How would you live without Battlestar?!?

At 2:19 PM, January 11, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...



At 2:52 PM, January 11, 2006, Blogger P. K. Nail said...

She's made jokes in interviews about all of the Trio dying, so I think they're all safe. Now, as long as we don't lose Ginny...

Besides, she can't kill Ron. She just ... can't. I won't contemplate it. Any of Harry's peers dying - even Draco - will absolutely kill me. But Ron ... I know it's just a book, but I would be inconsolable.

At 3:35 PM, January 11, 2006, Anonymous Lu said...

You're forgetting he's quit Hogwarts... so I doubt a big death would come from there.

I don't think Hagrid would be as shocking as DD (but what could??). Does he really mean that much to Harry anymore?

I think a shocking death of the "oh don't do that" sort of level would have to be Ron, Ginny or Hermione. The only "adult" I can think of that he would be attached to at this point might be Prof McGonagal (sp??). Of course, this comes from a mind that hasn't re-read the latest book in a few months, so I'm a little rusty on the latest 6-degrees-of-Harry-Potter-ville.

At 3:50 PM, January 11, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...

I wasn't forgettin'. Honest. I think he'll end up back at Hogwarts.

He's got to. There's information that he needs to get from Dumbledore's portrait in the Headmaster's office. Granted, he may not be there the whole year, but I'm betting he will put in an appearance at least.

At 5:11 PM, January 11, 2006, Blogger melusina said...

I think in true Hamlet style everyone will die, except Fred and George, who will take over the world.

At 2:03 PM, January 12, 2006, Blogger Steve B said...

I can't see them killing off Ron or Hermoine. They just started "dating".

At 4:34 PM, January 12, 2006, Anonymous Lu said...

Fred and George, the new Pinky and the Brain...! I like it. :)

I hadn't thought about Harry going back to talk to the portrait. That's good.

As for Ron & Hermione not dying because they just started dating, DD's death took me by complete surprise because of the crucial stuff he was doing at the time (perhaps I'm just not one to think ahead of the story...). So at this point, I wouldn't put anything past JKR.

At 7:20 PM, January 14, 2006, Blogger Lara said...


Well this is a good blog. You have some good ideas.

I absolutely LOVE the Harry Potter books. I really dont want Hagrid, Pr. McGonagall, Harry, Ron, Hermione, any of the Weasleys, Lupin, Tonks, or any of the order for that matter to die. Howevery, I know that someone is going to die but I just dont want it to be too sad like HP 5 and 6.

Check out my blog on my theories.

Its www.larisasblogpage.blogspot.com

This is a good blog, keep up the good work.

At 7:27 PM, January 14, 2006, Blogger Nadia said...

This is a great blog. I agree with some of your ideas.

It would be so sad if she kills off somebody else. It was bad enough that she killed Dumbledore.

So far all the people that have died have died protecting Harry. So, in this next book the person who dies will probably be protecting Harry. Even though I don't want to beleive it, she might kill Lupin because he is the only one still alive that knew his father. Lupin might replace Sirius position and care alot about Harry, but then she will probably kill him off too.

She also might kill Ron or Hermione because they said they would help Harry detsroy the Horcruxes. Then, if one of them die, Harry will feel responsible AGAIN for the death of a friend.

I don't know what will happen, but these seem like the kind of things she would do.

At 4:50 PM, July 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hermoione dies...sorry kids


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