Fun Friday–Harry Potter: My Predictions
Update July 23: Spoilers are posted in the comments where I have commented on each of the predictions below.
If you don’t have Harry Potter mania by now, I’m sure you’ve gotten good and sick of hearing about it. So I’ll understand if you don’t want to read this post. Please come back on Monday when, I promise, I will not be posting about it.
I’ll be headed down to Barnes & Noble at 7:00 this evening to get my number or get in line or whatever, to get my reserved copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at midnight. I then plan to stay up all night reading. Actually, I’m posting this late on Thursday night because, even though it means painful withdrawal symptoms, I will be trying to stay offline as much as possible tomorrow, as there are people in many other countries who have already received their copies, and I don’t want to know what happens before I read the book.
Here are my predictions for things that will happen in the seventh and final book in the best-selling fiction series of all time:
- The book will open in the summer and feature the wedding of Bill and Fleur. Harry will have one more chance here to be with Ginny. I believe this is also when he will learn that, for some reason, he really needs to return to school. Because I find it really hard to believe this whole book will take place away from Hogwarts.
- Sometime in the book—maybe in the summer before or after the wedding, or perhaps on school holiday over Christmas—Harry will visit Godrick’s Hollow, where his parents lived, and find the horcrux that is made out of something belonging to Godrick Gryffindor.
- Ron and Hermione will be made Head Boy and Head Girl.
- The “major” character who will die: Neville Longbottom, opening the door of opportunity, somehow, for Harry to kill Voldemort. With his death, the prophecy will be fulfilled. Too big a deal has been made at the end of the fifth and with several references in the sixth books to the fact that the prophecy could have meant either Harry or Neville.
- Leading to the next obvious prediction: Harry will live.
- The last horcrux that will be found is the locket. The locket was tossed out of one of the cabinets at the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix at the beginning of book five when they were trying to clean the place up. Kreacher picked it up and has been hiding it—unless he gave it to Bellatrix Lestrange, which means it is back in the custody of Voldemort. Which I doubt. The note inside the fake locket that Harry and Dumbledore retrieved in book six was signed R.A.B., which I’m sure everyone knows by now is Regulus Black, Sirius’s younger brother; and it’s the reason why Voldemort had Regulus killed (and how the locket ended up in the Black home).
- It will be proven that Snape was actually “good”—that he was acting on Dumbledore’s orders all the time. That Dumbledore knew he was dying anyway and the most logical thing was to make it look as if his death was actually a victory for Voldemort, not something that was just going to happen anyway. I believe that Dumbledore’s hand not healing from the curse that was on the ring was what made him decide to cook up the scheme with Snape so that Snape could get in good with Voldemort, while all the time working for Voldemort’s downfall. Does it mean I like him? No. But Dumbledore’s unwavering belief in Snape will be vindicated.
- Snape might actually die protecting Harry. He might even reveal he was in love with Lily Evans. And that he was possibly at Godrick’s Hollow the night the Potters died—had gone to warn them but was too late and had to watch them die.
- Lupin and Tonks will get engaged or married.
- Somehow—perhaps with the broken 2-way mirror Sirius gave Harry—Harry will be able to communicate with Sirius. This is what will lead him to Regulus and the real locket.
- We’re going to find out what it means that Harry has his “mother’s eyes.” So much has been made of this—mentioned in every book. Did she somehow leave an imprint of herself—a good horcrux?—inside of him when she died protecting him? I think we’re going to learn a lot more about Lily Evans and James Potter in this book.
- Will Harry’s scar disappear when Voldemort dies? Is that why the last word of the book is supposed to be scar?
- Draco Malfoy will come to Harry for help—to protect his parents from Voldemort or to help Draco get out of the Death Eaters or something. Harry will have to figure out if Draco is being honest and, if he is, if Harry can possibly forgive him.
- Ron and Hermione will become engaged if not go ahead and get married.
- Viktor Krum will make another appearance.
- Lupin will kill Grayback.
- Slughorn will continue on as Potions Master and head of Slytherin house.
- But who will be the Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher????
- In book five, when they were trying all of the doors in the Department of Mysteries, there was one door that was locked. This may become important.
- We’ll find out exactly how much Aunt Petunia knows about the wizarding world. Maybe the reason she hates Harry so much is that she was secretly in love with James Potter who wouldn’t give her the time of day because she wasn’t a witch?
- I’ve heard that someone who’s never had a magical ability will suddenly be able to do magic in this book. I originally thought it was going to be Aunt Petunia—but I read somewhere (maybe on Mugglenet.com or JKRowling.com) that it is not Aunt Petunia. Maybe Filch? or Mrs. Figg? or Mrs. Norris the cat?
- Quiddich—if shown at all—will play a very small part in the book. But Gryffindor will win the house cup thanks to Ron’s goalkeeping, fulfilling the vision of himself Ron saw in the Mirror in book one.
- Dumbledore is really dead. But through his portrait in the Headmistress’s office (after all, Professor McGonagall is the deputy and next in line), and possibly through his Chocolate Frog Cards (after all, in book five, he makes a point of saying that after the ministry stripped him of many of his responsibilities, the only thing he requested was that they didn’t take him off the Chocolate Frog Cards), he will continue to act as a guide to Harry.
This reminds me a lot of how four little words in a movie “changed the world” twenty-seven years ago, when Darth Vader said “I am your father.” It’s so much fun to live in a time when something like this can happen and remind us that, deep down, we’re all “just folk” (as Mal Reynolds from Firefly would say)—that we’re more alike than we give ourselves credit for. This is a pretty major pop culture event, though, more than just the largest first-run book printing in history (with more than 12 million copies already sold before the book comes out!). It’s a turning point in the collective consciousness of our culture that no other piece of fiction—not even Star Wars—has had on our society.
Just goes to show the power of good storytelling.
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