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Friday, July 13, 2007

My Harry Potter Book Seven Picks

A couple of months ago, HG asked me to post on what I thought would happen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I picked up some questions from Mugglenet, and am going with what interests me. I am looking at my calendar and realizing that the book comes out next week. I don’t have the time to go into a great deal of depth. Besides, most of these are gut reactions to the questions. If there is a question you would like a deeper explanation to, please leave it in the comments. But make sure the question you are curious about has some potential depth to it. I just ask not to have to expand on romantic relationships or little details that may cause me to have to write Book Seven, like Dumbledore’s picture, the two way mirrors, or other things that Rowlings may or may not use.

Will Hogwarts reopen? And, if so, will Harry, Ron, and Hermione attend for their seventh year? Yes, I believe Hogwarts reopens. I somehow think Harry will need access to Dumbledore’s picture.
Is Snape good or evil? Where do his loyalties lie? Snape is neither good nor evil. He’s an independent agent, out for his own best interests, where they may lie. And even if he does end up being more on the good side, I think his motives are more in self preservation and advancement then genuine goodness.
Who is R.A.B.? Regalus Black.
Will the two-way mirror that Sirius gave to Harry come up again? Yes.
Is the relationship between Ginny and Harry really over? Will they get back together in the end? No and yes.
What was the "gleam of triumph" in Dumbledore's eyes at the end of Goblet of Fire? The gleam of triumph is the evidence that the charm worked and probably pride in the discovery of well performed magic, likely that he had a hand in.
Will Ron and Hermione's relationship finally come to be, or will something happen to prevent it? Yes it will happen, but they will put it off until the end.
Will Dumbledore's portrait be of any use to Harry? Yes, I think it will end up being useful, which is also why I believe Hogwarts needs to open.
What will Percy do now that the Ministry has been proven wrong and Dumbledore is dead? Will he return to his family? Percy will still work for the ministry. My guess is he will return to his family, and it will be hard for his brothers and sister to welcome him back.
Where did Fawkes go at the end of Half-Blood Prince? I don’t know, but I think he will come to assist Harry.
Assuming Hogwarts will open in Book 7, who will be the DADA teacher? Well, in most of the books, we did not know the DADA teacher, so my guess is a new character.
Again, if Hogwarts remains open in Book 7, who will teach Transfiguration if Professor McGonagall becomes headmistress? And will Slughorn remain to teach Potions for a second year, even though he said he would only be there for one? Again, new character for Transfiguration, and I don’t think Slughorn will return. My reason is he is interested in safety and protection and no longer feels either at Hogwarts.
Will the terms of the Prophecy be fulfilled? If so, will Harry kill Voldemort, or will Voldemort kill Harry? Yes, and Harry will kill Voldemort.
Will Ron and Harry pass their Apparation tests? I’m assuming yes, but if not, then they’ll likely Apparate anyway. So, in my opinion, it doesn’t really matter.
What happened in the period of time between baby Harry's rescue from the ruins of Godric's Hollow and being left the NEXT DAY at the Dursley's doorstep? Well, first off, my guess is the powers that be were looking for *anyone* but the Dursley’s. Or, secondarily, they needed the time for whatever magic would protect Harry to take affect.
What will become of the Malfoy family? Specifically, will Draco remain loyal to Voldemort, or will he change his mind and fight for the other side? HG is a big fan of Snape. I, on the other hand, think Draco can possibly be redeemed. He’s going to get into big trouble with Voldemort for not completing the mission. As a result, he will probably return to Hogwarts for the protection factor, and he will eventually switch sides and go all the way.
Are we going to see the Ford Anglia in the Forbidden Forest again? Hope so.
In Chamber of Secrets, Lockhart says that he transformed a werewolf back into a man using the "immensely complex Homorphus Charm." Now we know that Lockhart didn't actually do this, but he did steal the story from another wizard. So, is there a way to cure Lupin? Not really sure. This is a story from Lockhart, which means there is a measure of exaggeration.
JKR said that someone will manage magic very late in life in Book 7: who will it be? Filch, perhaps? My vote is on either Petunia or Dudley. And that wouldn’t make either a Squib.
Did Dumbledore have a will or anything equivalent to a will? Probably so.
When Snape is about to kill Dumbledore, Dumbledore says, "Severus... Please..." Was Dumbledore asking Snape to kill him or was he asking for mercy? Asking for mercy.
If Hogwarts is opened again in the seventh book, who will be Head Boy and Head Girl? Draco and Hermiony
Is there a connection between Godric's Hollow and Godric Gryffindor? Yes.
Do we know the full reason that Voldemort decided to try to kill Harry instead of Neville? I don’t really think we ever will. Voldemort and Snape have similar opinions of Harry’s abilities, that it is luck and the assistance of talented friends. However, both are very prideful of their own abilities. And their extreme sense of pride will lead to both of their down falls. But, as it has been pointed out, Harry comes from a Muggle born mom and a Wizard dad, so Voldemort feels a sense of extra, not fear, but wariness towards Harry.
Now that Dumbledore is dead, who is the secret-keeper of the Order of the Phoenix? Is the spell broken? Not sure who the secret-keeper is, however I would imagine that the secrets died with Dumbledore, so, no the spell is not broken.
Is there more to the curtain that Sirius fell through in Order of the Phoenix? Yes.
Where did the Potter family's wealth come from? My guess is, much like the Black family, the Potters were a prominent family that went good. So, I guess it is inherited.
Why did Dumbledore give Snape the DADA job if Dumbledore suspected there was a jinx on the position? Probably no vicious reason, rather to prepare his students for the coming war.
Will Voldemort be angry that Snape killed Dumbledore rather than allowing Draco to do it himself? Yes, but not at Snape

My final predict... Harry will live. And though I hope this isn't the case, I think as a shocker, he will end up non-magic.


  • At 1:00 PM , Blogger HermioneGonzo said...

    My response to the certain questions and your beliefs:

    1. Hogwarts will reopen, but it won't affect us much as Harry, Ron, and Hermione won't be there.

    2. You already know my thoughts on Snape. We also have to keep in mind what Lupin tells Harry in Half-Blood Prince: "Dumbledore trusts Snape. That should be enough for any of us."

    3. I think that Dumbledore's picture will only come to use of Harry towards the very end because he will need time to adjust to the fact that he is dead.

    4. Percy won't reunite with the Weasleys, but will give his life to save Molly, his mother. This will redeem him and allow his to go on without him.

    5. I think that Slughorn WILL remain as the Potions master and Head of Slytherin. By taking the position last year, it was like he told Harry, stating that he sided with Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix. Even though Dumbledore is dead and Hogwarts is not as safe, Slughorn will remain because he sees protection from McGonagall, Hagrid and other members of the Order of the Phoenix and realises that being on his own will not be any safer.

    6. I agree. Harry will kill Voldemort, but suffer some sort of cost. I don't believe that he will lose his magical abilities, but it will leave lasting mental scars, like someone coming home from a horrific war.

    7. I fear for what happens to the Malfoys. Draco, for the nasty, malcious person that he is, is a product of his parents and is to be pitied. Draco can't measure up to what his father thinks he should be, even though he keeps trying. THIS is the reason he took on the job of killing Dumbledore. He couldn't do it however, because he is NOT a killer, like his father. If Draco is not killed for not completing his job, he will come to the good side. As for Lucious and Narcissa, they deserve whatever Voldemort gives them.

    8. Petunia will be able to do magic at the end and thus will be a tool used for helping to keep Harry alive and save her family.

    9. I believe that if Dumbledore has a will anything he has will be given for use by any subsequent Headmaster at Hogwarts, for use to the Order of the Phoenix, and to Harry.

    10. Disagree about Dumbledore asking Snape for mercy. I believe that Dumbledore is asking Snape to kill him. He knows that Draco can't do it and that if Dumbledore is left alive, worse punishment will befall Draco. Dumbledore asks Snape to kill him to save Draco. Also, it is possible that Dumbledore needs Snape to stay under cover. Killing Dumbledore will not blow it.

    11. I agree that Draco and myself (I mean Hermione :) ) will be Head Boy and Girl. However, neither will attend Hogwarts.

    12. There is a connection between Godric's Hollow and Godric Gryffindor. Maybe the Potters are the last descendents of Godric Gryffindor. This would explain why Harry was able to use Godric's sword in Chamber of Secrets, because I doubt that, for example, Hermione or the Weasleys would have pulled it out. Also, this would be the REAL reason why Voldemort chose Harry, not Neville. He fears the one most like himself: a half-muggle born and descendent of a founder of Hogwarts.

    12. I think the spell is broken about the Order of the Phoenix. Just as Harry was able to move once Dumbledore died, the magic bond as secretkeeper also broke. This does not mean however that Voldemort knows everything. It just means that unless a new secretkeeper is made, he will be able to discover the knowledge.

    13. We haven't heard the last of Sirius Black, even if it is just a message from his spirit through the archway.

    14. Voldemort will be happy that Snape did it, because Snape made a comment to Narcissa and Bellatrix that he believed that Voldemort actually intended Snape to do it in the end.

  • At 10:32 PM , Blogger Orycteropus Afer said...

    "We also have to keep in mind what Lupin tells Harry in Half-Blood Prince: 'Dumbledore trusts Snape. That should be enough for any of us.'"

    That echoes my thoughts. Dumbledore is/was right about this. Also, I wonder if Fawkes and Dumbledore will somehow still play more than incidental roles in the conclusion.

  • At 6:49 PM , Blogger Liz said...

    Very good thoughts, both of you. I know, I know, about Dumbledore trusting Snape and that should be "good enough." I guess this is just my lack of seeing redeemable qualities in bad guys, Darth Vader and all. I hope you're both right, but still like my "looks out for his self interest" theory more.


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