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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 an early interview, jk says her fave book is A Tale of Two Cities. following this, i conclude she may take inspiration from the storyline...snape instead of harry. Dumbledore asked snape to him: the circumstances meaning harry was unable to intervene are too absurd to be coincidental. Therefore, Snape agreeing to dumbledore (on his wish) is a final settlement of Snape's loyalty to Dumbledore.

ALSO even if snape is getting close to Voldy for his own personal benefit, i.e., to be the new big cheese, he instead of harry, possibly unintentionally sacrificing himself.

Ron and hermione must get together and carry on a huge redhead family. It's love.

Posted by Bob W. from London on July 14, 2007 2:04 PM

Snape is definetly good. He's saved Harry's life in nearly every book, somehow. In HBP, when the blonde Eater was using Crucio on Harry, Snape stopped him and said to "save Potter for the Dark Lord." Many people say that's why Snape is evil, but he's not, it was just a coverup to save Harry. Snape saved Harry from Quirell in the Sorcerer's Stone. Snape knew Quirell was evil and that's why he told him to think about where his "loyalties lie." Snape thought Voldemort was gone for good (as it was mentioned in HBP) so why would he save Harry's life from Quirell, who was Voldemort's host? Snape may hold a childhood grudge against the Potters, but not a grudge powerful enough to make him become a Eater again.

Posted by Charles Pirro from Gray's Creek, North Carolina on July 14, 2007 2:11 PM

I actually do not think that Harry is going to in book 7, because the prophecy says that "neither can live while the other survives" then Dumbledore says that Neville Longbottom could also be a part of the prophecy so i think that because Harry has already survived that Neville be the one to along with Lord Volodemort, that they are the "neither" in the prophecy.

Posted by Megan on July 14, 2007 2:35 PM

Change my mind everyday, but not about Harry. He must live! If for no other reason than that his makes no real literary sense. Heroes do sometimes , of course, but main characters, rarely in fairytales or children's books (think about it, and I'm happy to be corrected if I'm wrong.) Thinking about what would surprise me most--supposing instead of , as many have suggested, Hagrid gets his wand restored and becomes able to do more magic. One thing re Hagrid--he definitely loves. He's the one who even loves the dangerous critters, and it's not just emotional, he finds out what their needs are, cares for their needs, shelters them, feeds them, etc. If love is surely the saving grace, then Hagrid has it all! But his fault--he can never see the bad in the ones he loves, so this makes him vulnerable. He might still , come to think of it, but I predict something magnificent from the Big Guy.
I still think it might be Molly, because the irony of her picturing all her family , but they survive and not her, is very rich and poignant.
I like this train of discussion re Snape's life- to James/Harry. And I do think him being under the invisibilty cloak at Godric's Hollow makes a lot of sense. I mean Dumbledore got it SOMEHOW. Sometimes wonder if the cloak isn't a horcrux itself.

Posted by JK from California on July 14, 2007 2:37 PM

I think Snape is good. He saved Harry's life too many times to think he's bad, so guess what, Snape live! Also, I think Dumbledore's portret be important to Harry. Oh, and I think Dumbledore left all his possesions to Harry, in the same way that Sirius had, only to give him an advantage in the last battle. I also think Ginny must live in the case that Harry lives, or some people might be really dissapointed. After all this darkness,there must be some light... I also think Kreatcher has one of the horcruxes and he might be ed because he help Harry by giving him the horocrux.

Posted by Liana from Bucharest, Romania on July 14, 2007 2:54 PM


Sorry it wasn't me who said JKR didn't care about her characters. I think she cares very much, but I do think if she s off Harry and/or one of the other trio for reasons such as keeping the character for herself then she is selfish to the bone. If they have to , I want it to be believeable to the plot.

Posted by PKJ from Middle Tennessee, USA on July 14, 2007 4:03 PM

I have just a very bad feeling inside that says harry in the 7th book....I dont want it to happen but just think it ....Voldemort obviously is meat, and I think many important characters like Bellatrix and Lupin and Snape....

Posted by nas from philomath,oregon on July 14, 2007 4:08 PM

I want my prediction in writing and dated before the release.

Harry but somehow conquer . In the process he meet everyone who he has lost, from his parents to Cedric to Sirius to Dumbledore.

Remember, Rowling said it herself that she won't reveal her religious beliefs because that would reveal the ending of her series. Resurrection and conquering and evil, sound familiar?

Hagrid, sadly, be the other one to fall in the battle. There is also a very, very small chance that Ron s, the reasons for him to provide the ultimate sacrifice are legit but he is not the hero of the story, Harry is.

Also, enough with this 'Hermione s' stuff. She has absolutely NO CHANCE of in this series, NONE. I be ing to wager everything I own on that fact.

Posted by Mark from Detroit, MI on July 14, 2007 4:45 PM

I don't think there be revenge. I think there be the end of revenge, i.e. redemption, instead. Better ending all around, dontcha think?

Posted by JK from California on July 14, 2007 4:47 PM


Very good point, it's sketchy when you put that together. There's still a chance that the reaction to him trying to Harry somehow made a Horcrux, but slim.

Can't remember the other name:

True, there's a chance that she's preping us for some major devistation...I just don't think she'll make it too heavy. I don't know. I just can't wait for the book! Tissues with the book would be a good idea!

Posted by Matthew from Peoria, Arizona on July 14, 2007 5:05 PM

i agree with andrew. Sirius black was my favorite character and i was devastated when ho was ed. I cant help butto think he'll come back, seeing as he fell into the veil instead od a regular . i can only hope. and when she ed dumbledore also, everyone loved him. Ihonestly do not think that she gives a crud what the rest of her fans think. I know that sounds mean, but i cant help it after sirius d. I dont know who she decide to in this next book but i doubt she regret it.

Posted by shiela from san diego, ca on July 14, 2007 5:37 PM

Nick, you said "I also think that Harry's scar is not a horcrux. Seriously, it's not possible. Would Voldemort honestly make Harry a horcrux, and him? Voldemort wouldn't make a horcrux and try to destroy it... and when would Voldemort get another chance to make the scar or Harry a horcrux? There's something to think about!"

We're saying that Voldemort put some of himself in Harry without knowing. Voldemort made him into a horcrux without knowing.

Posted by Curtis from LA on July 14, 2007 6:07 PM

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