26 June, 2006

Harry Potter & The Book 7 Deadpool

Rowling admits that two characters in Book 7 will die. Great. I now have to spend a year and 11 days (yep, my money's on 7/7/07) waiting for the fate of Ron. Boo.

She also says that
She would be willing to kill Harry in order to prevent future authors from writing sequels
She was in denial of her fame for the first three books, shocked when the press made slight reference to Potter
Jo mentioned she is indeed wealthy, but many stats are falsely reported
Jessica, her daughter, is often pestered at school for upcoming book titles, plot details, etc.
Jo has written half of another children's book in her spare time
Her boggart would be that of Mrs. Weasley's: her children dead
She made up the rules for quidditch in 30 minutes after a fight with her ex-boyfriend

So, who is it? Who dies?

My money is, as always on Charlie Weasley, Flitwick and Hagrid, with Hedwig also dying--but I don't think Hedwig counts as a 'person', seeing as she's an owl and all.

Although this interview makes it clear that there were two deaths she didn't plan, with one reprieve. So, swimming down to the deep end of the deadpool, I'm betting on:
Aberforth Dumbledore dying, McGonagall dying and Snape getting the reprieve.

I cannot, even in my imagination, conceive of death for Ron, Hermione, the Twins, Harry, Ginny, Neville, Luna, Remus or Tonks.


At 3:54 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger grandefille said...

Do. Not. Touch. Hedwig.

I got over my Do. Not. Touch. Hagrid. thing with the last book.

But she better not hurt our wee owl. Or I'll ... I'll ... have to send her publisher a nasty e-mail!

~ fuming ~

P.S. -- Why is the only thing anybody wants to know about her books now is "who dies? who dies?" Why not "who comes back? who haven't we heard from in a while?" Meh. This obsession with death.

At 4:07 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...

I think the whole reason that everyone is constantly ruminating on the "live-or-die" aspect is because we're anticipatorily living out the grief process.

It's been fun (?) watching the fan community actually go through the five stages of grief on this.


She can't kill Phil Intheblank! She wouldn't dare!


If she offs Phil, I'm throwing out all my books and posters and coffee mugs and black specs and plastic wands and never thinking about Harry Potter again!


I'll let her kill Thro Underthebus and Ex Pendible, as long as she doesn't touch a hair on Phil's precious head!


What does it matter? This is all fiction. Who cares? I mean, life sucks anyway, so why should life in the Harry Potter world suck, too?


Well, Jo's always pulled it off before. Surely by the end of Book 7, I will have made my piece with what happens.


The only bad thing is that every time she does one of these interviews, I find myself going through all 5 stages all over again.

At 4:29 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger Short and Fat said...

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At 4:30 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger Short and Fat said...

No way BOTH of the twins make it through. There's less to feel bad about 'cuz you have a spare.

I think Snape may bite it too in some kind of final redemption.

At 4:31 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger HUCK said...

Just to cheer things up around here:

The worst thing about her killing 2 people off in this next book is that, without a doubt, they won't be coming back in an eighth.

Ah well... Cheerio!

At 4:42 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...

The twins must not die.

The only Weasley I will allow to die is Charlie. He's served his purpose, and is free to go to the great DragonCon in the sky.

There may be twins, but you can't have Gred without Forge.

Ah, Huck. If only there were to be an eighth. Sigh.

At 4:52 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger HUCK said...

I hate Blogger. I just finished my dissertation on how the twins are perfect characters for dangerous plots and how they would be easy kills, and Blogger went and flaked on me.

I'm not writing it again.

At 4:56 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger HUCK said...

Although, my hunch is that the 2 she, without a doubt, will be handing out dirt-naps to are Voldemort and Neville.

At 4:57 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger HUCK said...

my hunch without a doubt

How do ya like them apples?

At 5:02 PM, June 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voldemort and Harry.

Come on, didn't you people read the Thomas Covenant series?


At 5:14 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...

I can live with Neville dying. But HARRY?!?!

Why Harry?

Thomas Covenant was a product of a different time, and while similar in arching themes, has a completely different tone. So I REFUSE to draw the Covenant parallel. I've seen a lot of people try, by assuming that the books will end with Harry back in Muggle world as a Squib. I just can't see her ending the book with such a "death"--for a loss of the WW would be a huge death.

I read Elisabeth Goudge's Little White Horse awhile back (It's one of JKR's favourites) and I imagine that HP will end somewhat similarly.

At 5:16 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...


I can definitely see Voldemort and Neville. In fact, maybe Neville was the one she hadn't planned to kill but she ends up killing.

I know at one point there was speculation that he was the character she alluded to when she said one of them would end up a professor at Hogwarts. All of HPfandom had Neville teaching Herbology.

At 5:59 PM, June 26, 2006, Anonymous tom said...

I was just sitting in the U Bend thinking about death...

Sorry, I'm smack in the middle of COS redux.

My theory is that the two people will be Voldemort and Lucius Malfoy. If you don't count Voldemort, I'm voting for Voldemort, Lucius, and Snape.

1) Voldemort will kill Lucius because Draco didn't kill Dumbledore. Harry kills Voldemort.
2) Harry Kills Voldemort. Someone from the DA or OotP will kill Lucius in the final battle. I would go as far to say that Snape may be forced to kill Lucius as part of the redemption of his character.

My theory on Snape's redemption is that he knew all along about Dumbledore dying and was letting him die with dignity. I wouldn't put it past JKR to politicize that, given the way her mother suffered with MS.

At 9:39 PM, June 26, 2006, Blogger Emmett B said...

I also think Snape is one of the croakers; kind of a Darth Vader thing. Harry, I am your father!

At 11:03 AM, June 27, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

In a rare, crossover event, Voldemort enlists the aid of the Daleks and the Doctor must find a way to stop the combined power of evil.....

Or is that just my fanfic?

At 12:13 PM, June 27, 2006, Blogger grandefille said...

Those who vote for young Mr. Potter, however, would be safetly adhering to the common Arthurian legend.

Which this whole series is. In spades.

Dude. I need to write a book about Prince William being the Once and Future King. Because he is, you know.

At 3:12 PM, June 27, 2006, Blogger melusina said...

I can't even venture a guess. I read someone's post somewhere that said that Peter Pettigrew will kill Voldemort, because Harry saved his life in book 3 and now he owes him one. But I don't really care about evil characters dying.

I can't really accept anyone's death. I'll just have to see what happens, I guess.


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