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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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For some reason I have the feeling that Voldemort Bellatrix. She has to , she is too painfully evil not to. But it is kind of like the only way for her to completely pay for all the terrible thing she has done would be for the one person she admires to her.

It really is the only way she can learn the lesson that first and foremost voldemort is evil.

Posted by danielle from milwaukee, wisconsin on July 16, 2007 11:05 AM

What about Harry's reuniting him with his parents, sirius and dumbledore. In the goblet of fire they were obviously able to interact with one another even if they cannot come back to life.

Posted by Derek from Lexington, KY on July 16, 2007 11:26 AM

A couple of things which crossed my mind when looking for the clues that JK referred to happened in the fight scene, with the veil. I think that Neville and Ron . Neville, because he was reflected in the veil when the eater (can't remember which one) had him round the throat and it was quite and eerie and possibly omenous scene, and we see it at least twice and...well thats just what I thought! And Ron (I'm probably clutching at straws here) because when the eater threatened Harry again and said he would one of this friends, the scene was focused on Ron. Aside from those too, I think Hagrid may go also.

Posted by Anon from Tatooine on July 16, 2007 12:06 PM

i think this idea is relly clever

priory incantatem all the way back until the spell that made harry a horcrux (possibly) is reversed so that part of the soul is removed, thus making it possible to voldemort.

Posted by poonam from london on July 16, 2007 1:07 PM

I think the only thing that is 100% certain right now is that a lot of people are going to be very very disappointed. About half the people who commented think Harry live, the other half think he . And we all have our favorite characters, and someone's favorite .

Posted by Lydia Wolcott from Lubbock, TX on July 16, 2007 2:02 PM

Those who Die Eaters: Voldy, Belaxtrice, All the Malfoys - Definately Wormtail as I agree with everyone the Life Debt comes into play. Snape - because you don't Dumbeldore even if it was planned and get away with it. I think Snape is good and he sacrafice himself.

Those who Good Guys: Neville - I think Dumbeldore tells us it could have been either Neville or Harry for a reason.

Hermy - I hate this but there is so much mention of Mudbloods and the fact that they were really attacked the last time Voldy was in power. Also that she is the greatest witch of her age. I also think Ancient Runes and Arithmantcy may come in to play. Also Ron could as of the main three he is the least talented Wizard.

Moody - He is already pretty battered and would love to go out in a good fight! I have this vision of the beginning of book 7 starting with Moody sitting on the Dursley's couch and him being stationed there until Harry goes to the burrow - High Comedy!

I want both Ginny and Harry to live - I think after all he's been through he deserves a little happiness. I agree with everyone that she is emerging as a powerful Witch and be a great fighter!

I think the Gleam in Dumbeldore's eye at the end of GOF is crucial to the final battle. I Agree about the portrait in The headmasters office. I would like Sirius to come back too.

Posted by HP Fan from 98 from Gryffindor on July 16, 2007 3:53 PM

Harry . JKR is not a sentimentalist and the saga up to this point has focused on the price that must be paid by the good in order to triumph over evil. Everything about Harry's personality, his experiences, prior to and whilst at Hogwarts have been preparing him for the decision he'll make during his moment of truth. It's destined that he destroys Voldemort and during that split second, when he has his chance, he won't hesitate but act without forethought for his own sacrifice. That is when his "greatness" truly be revealed. When it is needed most.
Ron and Hermione survive. I'm utterly convinced of this. Their blossoming romance and eventual love for one another act as an anchor to all the characters, especially Harry as an eternal gloom pervades events and the last knockings foreshadow nightmarish scenes during the pivotal closing chapters. This live to tell Harry's story, as teachers to the next generation, having lived through it and having learnt from Harry, to ensure vigilence as Dumbledore ensured. Hermione is destined for greatness, as a great witch, teacher, Auror who knows. She is being groomed for survival by JKR...Ron less so but as Harry's trusted confidant he be feted. Their love, having weathered the storm be the light at the end of the tunnel. It has to be as for most it be a long night...
Lupin , last of the Marauders (assuming Pettigrew repays his life to Harry) as there is nobility in all 4 Marauders perishing, the last vestiges and links to James passing away. Tonks lives, alas it's too much to hope for 2 romances. Snape a hero...
To me the end is clear; the great irony, Harry & Snape, of all that's come to pass are united in destroying Voldemort at the end of it all. Bent on his destruction and both ing to perish in the act, almost out of defiance of one another but also for love; Snape for Lilly and Harry for his friends. It's often the way of it that you don't choose who to spend your final moments with, but entirely fitting in terms of story and circumstance that they face the mighty Voldemort, begrudging allies in a bittersweet ending.

It be a great ending, a fitting finale to Harry's and our long journey...yes it be sad, I'll shed a tear inspite of my age, but end we must.

Posted by Mangalf from England on July 16, 2007 4:10 PM

For all those who think Neville be the one:

You are forgetting the prophecy. Dark Lord mark him as equal. When Dumbledore was telling Harry about the prophecy, Harry leaped at the chance that it may have meant Neville. Dumbledore said it had to mean Harry because of the choice Voldemort made between the two boys and the scar marking Harry's forehead.

Also, on another playing field: a lot is being read into the prophecy. Dumbledore said..."the prophecy does not mean you have to do anything! But the prophecy caused Lord Voldemort to mark you as his (Harry) are free to choose your way, quite free to turn your back on the prophecy! But Voldemort continues to set store by the prophecy. He continue to hunt you..."

Remember Voldemort doesn't know the full prophecy, and Dumbledore told Harry only 2 people really know it (that being him and Harry). Dumbledore told Harry..."Of course you've got to [try and Voldemort]...not because of the prophecy...because you, yourself, never rest until you've tried." Harry doesn't want to Voldemort because of the prophecy but because of the memory of his mother, father, Sirius, Cedric, and all of the terrible deeds Voldemort has done.

Posted by PKJ from Middle Tennessee, USA on July 16, 2007 6:19 PM

i rekon hagrid , because everyone that has been a father figure to harry (james potter, sirius, dumbledore) have all d and hagrid is the closest thing to a father harry has left. i also think that one or more of the weasleys , perhaps percy or fred/george. i also think lupin , possibly saving tonks.

Posted by claire from queensland, australia on July 16, 2007 7:19 PM

If i got to choose who has to it would be Snape (from protecting Harry) and Wormtail (Life Debt). But I think it probably be one of the trio (please no!) and Snape OR Hagrid OR Lupin..i REALLY hope none of the trio s tho!

Posted by Soph from NSW on July 16, 2007 9:47 PM

I hope and for the most part believe harry survives. he who has powers the Dark lord does not, is harry and the one who can vanquish the Dark Lord is at hand is Harry. I believe neville , but make a cure for his parents. I think Lupin, snape (who is good and saves harry) Snape mentions he can teach them to put a stopper in , I don't believe this comment was an accident. harry may be close to , but snape save harry. Pettigrew s, draco s. the twins probably in style. Hermiones cat protect her somehow and Ron live also. I believe sirius' brother is hermiones cat, because if you remember sirius said that james often encouraged him to make his change as a dog permenant,so sirius could have given the idea to his brother. hagrid s. Voldemort s.

Posted by michelle from oklahoma on July 16, 2007 9:54 PM

I have heard that jk rowling has told both alan rickman and robbie coltrane details about their character's futures and in coltrane's case hagrid's fate. this leads me to believe that hagrid and snape be the 2 who jk didn't intend to originally

Posted by ryan from riverhead, new york on July 16, 2007 10:36 PM

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