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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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In the back of my mind I'm starting to have an awuful feeling about HP7. After spending the last few months joining in on sites like this, I've convinced myself Snape is good and was acting on orders, there's a very small chance Dumbledore is not , or if he is, he'll still play a part, and finally, that the trio survive.

Earlier I saw a small report from the OotP premiere, said JRK was saddened and BEREFT. I then started to think of past comments/interviews I've recently read, alot of them feature JKR feeling sad, and using words as though a loved one has d.

Perhaps this is just pre-book nerves/doubts on my part, but if Harry were to , maybe this is JKR's way of hinting and preparing readers...

Posted by mmc from sa, australia on July 4, 2007 5:19 PM

mmc: What you say is possible. But it is also possible that what she is sad about, what she is bereft over, is not having Harry Potter books to write anymore. That was a big part of her life, and I'm sure she'll miss it, and she'll be sad she won't be doing it anymore...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 4, 2007 5:20 PM

Harry deserves a happily ever after since the entire of his life has been wrought with loss and despair. That said, I believe the following perish in book 7: Hagrid (hate to say it because I love this guy, but his presence has slowly been reduced over the last 3 books), Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy, Lupin (saving Tonks), Percy (I believe he is currently under the Imperius Curse anyway), McGonagall, Pettigrew, Grenrir, Voldemort, Bellatrix (at Neville's hand), either Dean or Seamus, Mad Eye, Umbridge and Scrimgouer, and Luna (I hate to say that because I love her!), Bill or Charlie (but not both).

Harry live and go on to become the Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher. Hermione and Ron survive. Ginny also survive. Neville survive and become the Herbology teacher.

I am on the fence about Snape...I have always believed he is good (strong redemptive quality about it), but sometimes I think he helping Harry destroy Voldemort, and sometimes I think he survive and go on to return to Hogwarts years believe it or not, Headmaster. I think Dumbledore left a very detailed memory in the Pensieve that relates to Snape, why Dumbledore believed in him, and why his performance of the Avada Kedavra curse was not , but mercy and part of the plan.

I also think Petunia may as well. She knows so much more than she lets on, and I believe she fears something that has yet to be discovered. Wouldn't it be ironic if she d trying to save Harry against Voldemort? Perhaps too obvious and cheesy, though.

Posted by emma on July 4, 2007 5:50 PM

I think that one of the trio (harry, ron or hermione) for sure. I am not sure which, but i think it is to much to hope for that they all live. I also know that voldemort . Even if harry does vol . Everyone knows that. As to lupin or hagrid, I am not sure. Maybe, but not very clear on that outcome... I also think that Snape somehow redeem himself to harry and all the readers. Snape is good even though all evidence shows him to be evil. Look how he promised to help malfoy even though it would mean his life if he didnt do what he promised. I think snape and dumbledore set up the ing scene but i dont think it was supposed to end up that way. But it ultimately help harry. He now knows he is the only one that can defeat voldemort...But dumbledore be back. He still has a portrait doesn't he?

Posted by Jenna from Palm Springs, CA on July 4, 2007 6:44 PM

Please correct if I'm wrong, but many people are still under the impression that Snape still owes James/Harry a life -- didn't he pay that back when he saved Harry from the attack by Professor Quirrell/Voldemort in PS/SS during the Quidditch match? I believe that Snape has still been tasked by Dumbledore with watching over Harry, but I don't think he still owes the life .

Wormtail, on the other hand, does still owe Harry the life ; which I think he repay by ing Greyback -- or maybe that's too obvious, so perhaps it be repaid by some other means.

Posted by Patti from Mill Creek, WA on July 4, 2007 9:42 PM

"Dumbledore told Harry, Voldemort chose him because of the prophecy he heard halfway, not because Harry is a great wizard. So far, he has shown no great powers, only normal powers for a wizard, and a lot of the things he has been able to perform, have been because he has gotten a lot of help from others." -mcm from Germantown, MD

I don't agree! harry has shown no great powers? Harry is a parselmouth. Harry could conjure a corporeal patronus when he was 13 years old. Harry has stood up to and prevailed against Voldemort five times!

Anyway... I can see how people are thinking of how others can in the last book.. whether they're in or just close to harry. That is why i think all of the following have a possibilaty to :

Harry--if he really is the last horcrux.
Voldemort-- no matter what.
Hagrid--close to harry.
Lupin/Greyback-- show down between the two.
Wormtail-- to pay.
Ron/Hermione--they cant both , but one might.
Bill/Charlie--maybe one, but not both.
Neville--something funky w/ the prophecy.
Snape--he'll be there at the end to save harry, i know it.
Draco--he's good & he's gotta help harry in the end too.
Percy--...or he'll jst be away from the ministry. idk.
Bellatrix-- duh! She'll be ed by neville i think.
Dobby-- he'd do anything for harry... even .
Kreatcher-- I HOPE!
Dudley--i have no evidance, but it's possible.

Posted by Snuffles&Moo; from Glasford, IL on July 4, 2007 10:28 PM

I think it is fascinating that Voldemort's name means "Runs From ". I always wondered what his name meant, since I knew that "Mort", meant . I also believe that Harry could not use The ing Curse. I mean, it's already caused such misery in his life already. I know that Harry used the Cruciatis Curse on Bellatrix and attempted it on Snape, but that was when he was blinded by grief and rage over having loved ones being ed. I'm not sure that Harry could even him by other means. Dumbledore revealed to Harry that committing tore your soul apart in Half-Blood Prince, but maybe he was simply trying to show Harry how twisted makes you. It's a possibility, but if Harry does him, I think he use Godric Gryffindor's ruby sword.

I also think that Remus wouldn't just after he had found love with Tonks.

Posted by brett from Salem,New Jersey on July 4, 2007 10:51 PM

I think that harry may with another person who be fighting against voldy. it may be that harry himself is a horcrux voldy might have made him one and left the lightning scar

Posted by divya from singapore on July 4, 2007 11:39 PM

I don't think Harry . If he d, it give the wrong message to everybody specially the young kids, that if you are a good person you end up !

I still think, it's possible that Ginny and Snape to save Harry... especially Ginny, she may sacrifice her life to save Harry just like Lily did.

As for Snape, I think he may to save Harry or Malfoy from Voldemort.

Another possibily is Neville, who may be Voldemort's last Horcrux...

Harry may be the next principal of Hogwarts?

Posted by Manie from Gold Coast, Australia on July 5, 2007 06:20 AM

Except from Snape and Belatrix, Peter Pettigrew has to too. We must not forget that in book 3 Lupin and Sirius were about to him and Harry stopped them. That means that Pettigrew owes his life to Harry. So, he probably protecting Harry. Draco Malfoy probably change side and at the end, he may help Harry. We may think that he is evil but he could't Dumbledore at the end of book 6. That means that he is not a er. His father may or may not. Hagrid has to live because he has the role of Harry's substitute parent. The Weasleys all survive as there is no reason for any of them to .

Posted by LTJB on July 5, 2007 07:43 AM

I think it would be someone who no one would suspect to . I mean dumbledore was a shock, but I think he's still alive. J.K. is like that! So i am going with Hermione to because she is smart, a good friend and no one would suspect that (except me because i'm saying it).

Posted by Eddie McGonigal from Omaha, NE on July 5, 2007 08:23 AM

As a Harry Potter fan since 1997 I personally don't want to see Harry , but I think Jo is going to him off in the end, I just hope it's one of those endings that basically tells what Harry does until he is an old man kinda thing, kinda like what J.R.R. Tolkien did at the end of The Return of the King... maybe not the exact way by indicating the main character's , but just him of natural causes rather than sacrificing himself for "the greater good", that to me is just a too cheesy/overused way to end ten years worth of plot development, character development, etc.

Posted by Matt from Hornbeak,TN on July 5, 2007 08:30 AM

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