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Final Deathly Hallows Debates: Who Lives and Who Dies?

We know for sure that some characters are going to die in Deathly Hallows. Last year in an interview, J.K. Rowling said that two characters die who she had not originally thought would die in the end of the story. That means at least two characters die, but probably more. And that's probably not counting Harry and/or Voldemort. So who lives and who dies? Tell us who you think will die, and more importantly, why you think so.

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I long ago heard the theory that the chess scene in Philosopher's Stone was a metaphor for the war that is now taking place. "Their first real shock came when their other knight was taken. The white Queen smashed him to the floor and dragged him off the board where he lay quite still face down." If Bellatrix was the Queen (the lead female Eater) and Sirius was the other knight, this could be seen as a metaphor for Bellatrix's duel with Sirius at the Ministry of Magic. This in mind, divining who in ly Hallows based on this scene may not be to hard - at least divining who was planned to from the beginning.

- A white pawn (Peter) moves first - forward 2 spaces.
- The knight (Sirius) is sacrificed to allow -
- The rook (Hermione) to take out a bishop (maybe Lucius? or TBD)
- The white peices ( Eaters) are ruthless in their attacks and a pile of black players (Order Members) quickly builds.
- The bishop (Harry) and the rook (Hermione) narrowly escape "" twice (say, maybe the MoM battle and the battle at Hogwarts.)
- The remaining knight (Ron) takes out almost as many white pieces as they took out black. (Perhaps Ron dazzle us all with a display hitherto unsuspected magical ss) before -
- The knight (Ron) sacrifices himself to the white Queen (Bellatrix) so the Bishop (Harry) can checkmate (defeat) the King (Voldemort).

- Hermione survives.
- Harry seems to survive, too, but then he needed to get past the chessboard to the Stone, so it may have been story specific.
- Bellatrix also survives. I would like to think she s, but if she does, I don't think it was planned.
- As far as anyone else - all we really can see is that as many Eaters as Order/DA members .

I'm still on the fence, and be until the book is released, about whether or not Harry . I see reasons for both, both from a story perspective as well as a writer's.

I also agree with those that say if one Weasley twin s, they both . Yes, Fred "gets all the best lines", that's because he's quicker to tease than George, and George is the more "considerate" one, the first to offer help or praise. But they are both equally sed, and they complete each other (as Dave said in the Arithmancy article). Yin cannot exist without Yang. Fred and George not be able to go on without each other, so if one s, the other be recklessly "brave" and in the revenge.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on June 26, 2007 08:03 AM

I think Voldermort .
But, I think Harry too. In an interview, JKR mentioned that she doesn't want anyone writing a sequel to the series. And what better way then to the most important person?
I suppose that Voldermort knows that Harry loves the following people dearly:
1.Ron and Hermione
3.Weasly Clan

and probably plan on Harry's emotions to try and conquer him. And I do not think that Harry is a horcrux, and neither is his scar.

Harry is too pure, too full of love. Dumbledore has mentioned, many a time that Harry has the upper hand, because he has the ability to love.

Voldermort is a sadistic person and is so full of hatred taht I don't think that someone so emotionless could reside in Harry.

I hope Percy s though.

Posted by greenonthecurb from Singapore on June 26, 2007 08:03 AM

I think, as stated in the beginning of this thread, that there would be more than two significant s:
Snape: Is quite obvious, as he probably would take part of Harry at the very end ing Voldemort. However, I hesitate saying so because JR likes to put flase clues in her books..
Hagrid: As stated for many in this thread, each Harry�s related d, and Hagrid is so close to him. JR "enjoys" making Harry suffers, because she likes so much writing abot and pain..
Ginny: speaking of Harry�s pain, Harry survive for sure, but I don�t think JR would let pass the opportunity of drama. Also, in this "war" of 7th book, there are no possibilities that all 9 Weasley�s survive!
Voldemort: That�s for sure, such an evilness has to finish someway.
There is no more space in this book for other s, there is so many things going to happen:
Ron: No way he ! JR have said several times he is her favourite, and part of the trio who make it, after all is a child�s story!
Hermione: She won�t , she has a big secret inside and be revealed at the end of the book.
Harry: after so much suffering through his whole life, he destroy the 3 horcrux and make Voldemort mortal and live for many years as an auror.
The trio survive, Ron and Hermione live together and Harry, well, he be always lonely, although without that awful scar...

Posted by Go Snape go from Buenos Aires on June 26, 2007 08:31 AM

harry himself thinking he is the last horcrux. Neville turn out to be the boy who lived. snape voldemort and take his rightful place as king of the wizarding world.

Posted by Danile Raddiclif from UK on June 26, 2007 08:35 AM

i think the dark lord and i also think harry go beyond the veil. i also think snape too.

Posted by adam from newcastle on June 26, 2007 09:21 AM

Hopefully not, but i predict that Ron or Hermione sacrafise themselves to save Harry. Harry have to (I know its horrible to think about) but i don't see how harry be able to destroy all 4 horcrux's and then destroy Voldermort (the 5th Horcrux) without getting himself ed seeing that he could not even fend off some inferi during the pursuit of the Locket.

Posted by Pottermaniac from South London on June 26, 2007 09:42 AM

i think all the people saying that harry destory voldemort and then have to himself as he is a horcrux are wrong, because dumbledore told harry that only after all six horcruxes were destroyed would he be able to the seventh part of voldemorts soul (the one inside his be body). for this reason alone harry could not voldemort if he is the final horcrux as all horcruxes have to be destroyed for him to be ed.

Posted by carl from birmingham, england on June 26, 2007 09:47 AM

i don't think any of the main characters should - jk's being slightly selfish in spoiling it for the rest of us by ing someone we've grown-up with and love. Ruthless!

Posted by jasmine from wigan, england on June 26, 2007 10:21 AM

I can not understand why people think HP's scar is a horcrux. Do you actually think Voldemort would not have been aware of placing a piece of his soul in HP? As well if it was true, why is Voldemort so anxious to him if HP had a piece of his soul? You see how well he treats his snake Nagini, & Dumbledore thought she had a piece of Voldemort's soul.
Sorry, I may eat my words in less than a month, but I can't see HP because of the horcrux theory. I can see him but not because of that reason.

Posted by PKJ from M'boro, TN on June 26, 2007 12:47 PM

I think Harry, Ron, and Hermione all survive. Dumbledore asked Snape (who is good) to help him fake his to fool Voldemort. So, Dumbledore is alive and Voldemort thinks Dumbledore (his only fear) is . He is alive because Snape may have said Avada Kedavra, but he thought Levicorpus, (remember, Snape is excellent at nonverbal spells) which is why Dumbledore was suspended up in the air. I think if Harry s, Voldemort too. (Harry is one of Voldemort's Horcruxes). Voldemort dosen't know Harry is a Horcrux though, so they both say Avada Kedavra, to the other, their wands connect and they both get hit by tthe ing Curse (this is just a possibility though, I'm not sure that'll happen). Hagrid might , just because it would make the story tragic and he is a main character. If the Weasly twins , it be a heroic sacrifice. Sirius could be alive, because it just said he fell behind the curtain.

Posted by Charles Pirro from Gray's Creek, North Carolina on June 26, 2007 4:51 PM

I think that Wormtail when (if) Voldemort trys to Harry. Because he still has a life to settle with Harry as Rowling (through Dumbledore) hinted in the fourth book

Posted by therese from australia on June 26, 2007 9:42 PM

I believe that When Harry finally realizes that the last horcrux is in fact his scar he sacrifice himself to allow Voldemort to be ed thus Neville doing the honors.

Posted by Hogfan from Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 26, 2007 10:59 PM

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