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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 think that Harry live, look in your deepest darkest hearts. Do you really think he ? He's the boy who lived! But i do think that Hagrid and poor Neville . Stupid little Bal- Vol and the eaters .

Posted by Maddie from Tennessee on July 18, 2007 2:45 PM

Harry live. I don't think his development over 7 books and so many years end with his . As much as I'd like the trio to survive, I think Hermione . Harry broke it off with Ginny to protect her, but Ron and Hermione promise to stick with him. Harry and Hermione have always been mistaken for a couple (GoF). Hermione is the closest lady to him, and if they are going to knock someone off to get to him, it be her. She might get out of it, and I'd like her to live, but her seems pretty consisstent with Rowling's pattern. I think the only think that would prevent her is the fact that it would be pretty cruel to of any of the three many of us have grown up with, as Harry Potter technically is children's literature.

Posted by Alice on July 18, 2007 2:50 PM

Calicorey from San Jose:

Wow, I don't know if there is enough space to reply to your speculations, but here goes: No way is Voldemort HP's father! Remember, the comments are "you look just like James." Dumbledore showed HP the memories of Voldemort's early life. Those memories are clear that the early Voldemort didn't care for anyone. You could say that he was a victim as well, but you can't deny that he was a sociopath from the get-go. Why did Voldemort give Lily the chance to walk away? Who knows. Maybe he was just in awe that a mom would make that sacrifice. Remember in HBP the young Tom asked Dumbledore if his father was a wizard. He didn't think his mom could be because she was weak. Maybe in the face of that bravery, Voldemort was shock, or more likely, he was just lying and planned on ing her no matter what.

But in no way is Voldemort related to Harry Potter!

Posted by PKJ from Middle Tennessee, USA on July 18, 2007 3:34 PM

I believe that Harry and Voldemort both while fighting a one on one battle. I also believe that it be because off Snape that Harry has the opportunity to the Dark Lord. I think that Ginny either helping Harry or while she is being used against him. I also think that Mrs. Weasley may because she is like a mother figure to Harry. She while trying to defend one of her children or Harry.

Posted by B from Pennsylvanis on July 18, 2007 4:05 PM

Spider--no big deal. I should have written, "Harry's soul was "being sucked out" or whatnot...

Anyways, I still have trouble with the premise that, if Voldemort is going to , then someone is going to have to him. I don't think any of the kids could harness the AK spell. If Love is the only thing to which Voldemort is susceptible, and there is a secret room in the Ministry where Lily perhaps worked on "old magic"--namely love--perhaps Harry learns a new spell or potion that is similar to the Avada Kedavra but based on love not curse.

I think Fawkes comes back and helps Harry block the AK curse like he did for Dumbledore in OotP.

Almost there...

Posted by Michael C. from Pasadena, CA on July 18, 2007 4:13 PM

Alright here goes! Firstly this is still a childrens book format plus JKR herself has now admitted that she has never said she wouldn't ever write another Harry Potter story. Well that would be hard if he were also the announced Theme Park wouldn't be exactly a major draw if children all over the world are traumatized by the of any of their beloved heroes! Therefore taking what JKR has said I think it'll come out this way.
There are fourteen major characters in the books, Harry, Ron, Hermoine, Snape, Hagrid, Molly, Arthur, Ginny, Malfoy, Neville, Lupin, Mcgonnall, Dumbledore who is , and Voldemort.
Remembering no villan has d as yet I believe the ones who fall be: Molly Weasley protecting one of her children.
Hagrid protecting Harry
Percy protecting his father
Snape ing Voldemort
Wormtail protecting Harry
Lucious Malfoy by his own SON
and Voldemort at Harrys hand as was foretold.

Posted by Eddy Guttierrez from Chalmette,Louisiana on July 18, 2007 4:44 PM

Have to say i love the books, was a later reader started reading them when OOTF book came out, now i cant stop reading them. i know i'll cry when its finished it'll be like "friends" all over again... but have to ask this, dont you think its funny that a 50/60 year old man is been trying to a baby then a child now of course a man, teenagers fighting 40 year old people (eaters)... something like a kid would dream up...

i want harry to live, think some of the weasleys as they do owe harry their lives but then i think shouldnt it be some of the bad guys turn to , like wormtail, of course Voldemort, dracos dad but not draco, no he cant...

Posted by dracolover from England on July 18, 2007 4:52 PM

Hey PKJ from Middle Tennessee, USA,

First of all, Thanks for commenting on my posting. I agree with you on one thing; the chance of Tom Riddle being Harry's father is remote at best. But what about bloodlines? Nothing is known about the Evans family (Harry Potters mother's side) except for his aunt and uncle. But very little is also known of the Riddle family. Who says the Evans and Riddles are not related? Look at how Harry Potters Uncle and Aunt treated him? The cruelty he experienced. Look at how Tom describes his upbrining? Being abandoned at birth by his parents and then later upon learning that his father was still alive and had abandoned his mother, ed him as well as his father's Muggle parents. Maybe that is why Dumbledore sent Harry to his Aunt and Uncles house instead of an orphanage. No matter how bad it was in his Uncles and Aunts home, Harry would not be completely abandoned. This way, Dumbledore knew Harry would not develope into another Voldemort.

Also one other thing that ties them together is that Fawkes gave just one other feather to be used in two wands. One wand chose Voldemort. Coincidentally the other wand "chose" to belong to Harry Potter. Both magic wand are made of yew, a wood associated with and rebirth. Maybe it is possible that Harry does and is somehow reborn in book 7? Anyway, I think Fawkes plays an important part in book 7 because of this. We saw Fawkes bring the Gryffindor sword to Harry in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" when he needed it to defeat to defeat the Basilisk. Remember that Dumbledore did say he always answer a call for help when Harry needs him. So Fawkes is always there to lend a helping hand, like when Harry need him in book 7. One other interesting note is Mr Ollivander (purveyor of magical wands) himself is now missing. His shop, that Ollivanders has been closed and boarded up. It is unknown whether or not he left on his own accord. Does he play a part in the final outcome in book 7?

Also, Dumbledore deals with Harry's fears that he should have been put into Slytherin (when he finds out he is a parcelmouth) rather than into Gryffindor when he tells Harry that it is his choices that define him and not his abilities, and that Harry could not have wielded the sword of Gryffindor if he did not truly belong to that house. So even though Lord Voltemort and Harry are very similar in so many ways, they are also very different because of their choices they have made. And the different choices they have made have saved Harrys life. For instance, Tom Riddle when he was growing up displayed cruelty, a disregard for others, a need for absolute and total control and a lack of moral judgment. He quickly gathered a group of followers, particularly fellow Slytherin students, whom he referred to as "friends", but for whom he is said to have felt little or no compassion. Harry, on the other hand, felt compassion and loyalty to those he cared about and admired. In fact, his ability to love saved him when Lord Voldemort took over his mind in "The Order Of The Phoenix". Lord Voldemort could not stand to be in a place where Love and Loyalty were Harrys main emotions. Since he did not have them he did not understand them. This scared him since he could not control Harry because of this. There is an old saying " A man work for money but for a ribbon". I think that sums up why Harry and his group over come Voldemort. His " eaters" follow him for rewards and riches they have been promised. They also follow him because of the fear of what he can do to them. Harry's group follows him because of a belief of what they are doing is right and the loyalty and love they have for each other. That is why I think Harry and his group win and Harry live on. A good moral lession for all to learn.

Posted by Calicorey from San Jose Ca on July 18, 2007 6:03 PM


Your last 2 paragraphs speak well of your knowledge of all things HP, but I can not and not agree to the possibility that Voldemort is in any way (except with the donated blood from HP in GoF) blood-related to HP. You did hit upon the thing that HP & Voldemort have in common though. They both had awful childhoods. The difference is it never negatively impacted HP the way it did Voldemort. In lot of ways, HP is the real oddity of the story. For someone to have lived (especially the first 11 years of his life) so unloved & come out of the experience with so much ability to love & be loved is amazing. And now I finally can see how Harry survive the final battle whereas before I never could. After reading HBP for the first time, I was convinced that HP would never be able to complete the task set for him. I now see that he has powers that even Dumbledore never had. So I wholeheartedly agree with your last part of your entry. Harry Potter survive!

Thanks Dave for allowing us all the opportunity to work it out.

Posted by PKJ from Middle Tennessee, USA on July 18, 2007 7:08 PM

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this: if Harry s Voldemort, how he do so? I mean, whenever they dueled in Goblet of Fire, their wands (both having the same exact core) didn't have the effect they were meant to have. So, either, Harry, if he s Voldemort, him the Muggle way (dagger, sword), or someone else Voldemort. I hope that the prophecy (especially the part with the "neither can live while the other survives") be clearly explained in the last book.

Posted by Daniel from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2007 7:24 PM

i am sorry i guess i didn't make myself clear. what i was trying to get across was that voldemort knew that lilly was a decendent of godric gryfindore, and thats the reason he told her to said aside. lilly and gryfindore both have green eyes and red hair. that is the secret petunia knows that she and lilly are decendents of a wizard.

Posted by Pamela sue from ark on July 18, 2007 8:14 PM

I am really afraid that Lupin and Tonks . I really like them.

I think Ginny . Harry survive, but on his own.
And Snape.
And Percy.
And Viktor Krum.
And Voldemort.
And Gawrp.
And Draco's mom sacrifice for Draco, like Harry's mom did for him. Bad news for Bellatrix.

Posted by tina from houston tx on July 18, 2007 8:38 PM

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