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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 Lupin and Pettigrew . Lupin, while fighting for the Order, and Pettigrew because he sacrificed himself to save Harry (his paid back). All the mauraders be together behind the veil--this help Harry if he does fight Voldemort at some point behind the veil.

The one Weasley that I think be Arthur, unfortunately. I think that this was the one that was particularly difficult for JKR. Arthur, being Harry's "father" in Harry's "wizard family unit".

Hagrid live--who could physically him anyway?

The trio survive, as Ginny. It would just be too cruel to any one of them. Besides, in one of JKRs early interviews JKR said of Ron being ed--"as if I'd his best mate". I think that statement carry over to Hermione and Ginny. I'm hoping this goes for Neville too, but I'm not certain about him.

Snape likely . His sacrifice at the final battle FINALLY prove to Harry and gang that his loyalties were always w/ dumbledore. (Yes, he IS good--nasty and cruel, but ultimately GOOD.)

Voldemort . He has too.

And Harry? Well I can't even bear to think of his . Harry must survive.

Posted by heather from NJ on June 22, 2007 6:13 PM

I hate to admit it, but I honestly think that Harry might in ly Hallows.

My reasoning for this is very clear: J.K. Rowling actually considered ing Harry so that the story couldn't be continued by anyone else, at least not with Harry as a part of it.

My other reason for saying so is the fate of Neville. I've re-read every single story at least 10 times in the past few weeks (to get ready for ly Hallows, of course) and I took down a few notes that I found were consistent. Plus, I watched the movies (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling's hint about PoA's movie having spoilers).

What I found was this:

1. Neville seems to be pulling out of his memory snaps
2. Harry's eyes have a big thing to do with book 7
3. Aberforth WAS in the Hog's Head in book 6 (in my opinion)
4. Dumbledore's ominous message to Draco in book 6 makes me suspect that he isn't
5. If Voldemort was *destroyed* the night he tried to Harry, doesn't that mean that 1 part of his soul is already gone? This means Harry might not be a Horcrux.
6. Quirrel's meeting with Harry under the school where he explains how Snape never wanted Harry DEAD (possibly meaning that Dumbledore's isn't real)
7. Animagus abilities seem to be very potent. Perhaps the transfiguring of Sirius to a dog and possible Dumbledore into a dragon could be a clue about the seventh book.

Now, all I've done above is prove that Harry might NOT . Honestly, I don't know. Voldemort's definitely , no doubts there. I still have BIG doubts, though, of how Neville would be able to Voldemort, especially per the fact that if Neville IS the Chosen One, maybe he s at Voldemort's hands and Harry s Voldemort.

Just an idea... nothing more.

Posted by Kevin from Vestal, New York on June 22, 2007 6:23 PM

There is one thing that keeps getting focused on that I'd like to comment on: The A.K. Curse. Yes, it is a curse that has the purpose of ing, but it is not the only curse/spell that could somone. Many keep implying that this is the only way in which 'a good guy' could Voldy. Sectumsempra could easily a person (although it is dark magic, we've seen Harry use it). There are plenty of defensive spells that could by accident or by cause/effect....say harry fires a reductor curse at Voldy, misses and a colum of rocks falls down and crushes him...unlikely to be the thing that takes voldy down, but possible. My point being that there is more than one way to a person (good or evil) using magic.

Posted by Tim from Flagstaff,AZ on June 22, 2007 8:47 PM

The hero (Harry) must go on to do his work alone so no one who can support and advise him can be available to him (Hagrid?).

Harry must trust someone with a knowledge of what he must do (find and destroy the Horcruxes) and who can help him survive should he be injured in the process as Dumbledore was (Snape?).

In the end, the hero (Harry) can quite possibly enter the world beyond if the one person he needs to help him survive has already been sacrificed.

Voldemort is a given as evil cannot be victorious.

However, I do not think these are the characters JKR referred to as the two who now whom she hadn't planned on . I agree with whoever said there are too many Weasleys to all make it through. Statistically, at least one of them . And, Mrs. Weasley foreshadowed this in OotP when she saw so many of her family lying on the floor. I just think it might be one of the members she did not see. I can't recall them for sure right now but I don't think she saw Ginny or herself.

The entire series has remained true to its genre so far. If, in the end, the hero, or someone else we have grown to love has to , it be for the greater good of the wizarding world and because that is how it must be. I don't believe JKR would do it for any other reason and it won't be gratuitous. JKR usually has a few tricks up her sleeve, but, I just can't imagine how she's going to end her story of Harry's seven years at Hogwarts.

Posted by Hannah from Los Angeles on June 22, 2007 10:16 PM

I think that these characters are going to be ed
1- Harry Potter ( due to his injuries)
2- Lord Voldemort ( be ed by Harry Potter)
3- Goerge Weasley (I hope not because it a tragedy for Fred and the Weaslys)
4- Severus Snape(he and Wormtail have a dept to be paied)
5- Wormtail
6- Lucuis Malfoy (in order to save his son Draco)
7- Amos Diggory (in order to avenge the of his beloved and only son Cedric)

Posted by Bothayna from Doha - Qatar on June 22, 2007 11:46 PM

O.K. I have another theory maybe Voldemort doesnt get ed maybe after all the fear and Harry has seen Voldemort cause...what if the worst thing that could happen to Voldemort is to be stripped of all his magical abilities, and sent to Azkaban and with the dementors not under his influence. he finally understands, he finally learns to feel as he is tormented by all that he has done for the rest of his Voldemort being able to feel would surely be worse than .

Posted by lucifer from central,alabama on June 23, 2007 12:03 AM

I don't know who the second one be but I think one definitely be either Ron or Hermione, and not both. I have a theory about the books mirroring each other and though this isn't proven I still use it for predicting book 7. In Book 1 Ron sacrifices himself so Harry can fulfil his quest (so to speak) so that indicates it might be him.
But my theory is that the books mirror each other and Ron's opposite character is Hermione so I think she sacrifice herself so Harry can get to the last Horcrux. Not that I want it to be her; the strongest female character.
I also think that whatever happens, the final action scene be at Privet Drive as that is where the series started. Maybe the final horcrux is there?
I also wanted to point out to those people who say that she can't anybody because it's a children's book, I want to remind them what happened at the end of the Chronicles of Narnia...

Posted by Cassandra from New Zealand on June 23, 2007 12:54 AM

I think as 7 is the most powerful magical number JKR 7 people in the 7th book. Dumbledore's Fawkes certainly has an important role to play in saving Harry. As seen in book 6 Snape is an expert in creating new spells he must have created a spell which would only parlty injure Dumbledore, and i strongly think that Dumbledore is an unregistered animagus. He would probably like to transform himself into Phoenix helping harry. I think Neville join the trio in destroying the horcruxes which would be of great help to harry. Snape would saving Harry and in the end Harry and neville would toghter Voldmort and then one of them would be the last horcrux whom the other has to . Hagrid and Grwawp not as per my opinion, they both would only some of the eaters.

Posted by Ajinkya from India on June 23, 2007 01:58 AM

well i love eveybody's therories--i have a few new ones though...

firstly, dumbledore said "there are many ways to a man tom", " is the next great adventure" and " is not the worst thing that can happen", so i think that voldemort not , well at least not properly, so i think that harry overcome his fears of dementors and summon one to suck out voldermorts soul, however, i fear this might not be a evil enough ending for JKR.

my second therery revolves around dumbledore's glint in his eye after he found out that voldemort now had harrys blood in him. so both harry and voldemort have a piece of each other inside them, so this may mean that harry wouldnt have to himself for voldemort to be ed.

my other idea revolves around that also--what if they got into a duel and their wands connected again, but this time the connection didnt break and it exploded, ing both of them, or alternatively ridding them of the pieces of each other. then neville s tom.

i also have a feeling that the prophecy involved three people, neville harry and voldemort, and the part where it says "neither can live while the other survives" actually means either one could voldermort and until one does the other person cannot "live" or enjoy life.

Posted by kayleigh from newcastle on June 23, 2007 02:13 AM

1. ron and hermione fight voldemort.
2. voldemort s hermione
3. harry comes and s voldemort.

this is true for sure. my friend who guesed right that snape would dumbledore before book six came out told me this.

Posted by jeff from torrance, ca on June 23, 2007 02:43 AM

ron and hermione are on the deluxe cover, but not on the uk cover, where harry is alone with voldermort. if ron or hermione were present there, they would have definately helped harry. but where are they?
i certainly think that those two characters are ron & hermione. ronald means a warrior and a warrior s at last.

Posted by mubeen from pune,maharashtra.india on June 23, 2007 08:16 AM

Well personally I think Ron be the only surviver of the trio. For Hermione I think it is because of the second book and the fact she is a mudblood. Probably Harry too.

Posted by Matt King from Idaho on June 23, 2007 08:29 AM

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