Monday, July 09, 2007

Muggle blog VI

I interrupt my right wrist injury to try to quiet the unnecessary "Save Harry" chanters who are publicly pleading that J.K. Rowling hasn't killed off the Boy Who Lived. I'm forced to wonder whether they really read The Order of the Phoenix. The big Prophecy clearly states that Harry and Voldemort will fight to the death.

Granted, prophecies needn't come true, especially given that one of the HUGE themes of the books has been choice. Harry choosing Gryffindor despite having many natural Slytherin tendencies and Hermione choosing Gryffindor over Ravenclaw despite being the cleverst witch her age. And of course Snape earning Dumbledore's absolute trust because Dumbledore judged him on his actions, not his House allegiance. So choice has seemed to trump everything else. In fact, the reason I didn't microblog Order of the Phoenix is because there didn't seem to be clues about the future, just bald statements, one being the Prophecy. One will kill the other. Period.

Granted, J.K. has shown no aversion to killing off beloved major characters, but I can't believe she would kill Harry. First off, the prophecy. Secondly, if the prophecy holds and Harry dies then evil wins, which she couldn't do. That's a choice seemingly no author could ultimately make. But if it's a sacrifice for others thing, well, I just can't foresee that. Harry does have a hero complex but I've never seen it as a sacrifice complex. He didn't fly to the Ministry of Magic to die trying to save Sirius. It was to save Sirius. He didn't enter the Chamber of Secrets to die saving Ginny, it was to save her. Harry, like so many in youth, acts as though he believes one can have his cake and eat it, too. There's nothing wrong with that.

In fact, I suspect that none of the big three (Harry, Ron, Hermione) will die, though it's been revealed that two major characters will die in Book 7. In the Buffy series finale it was only Anya who died in the fight against evil. In this case, it could be Ginny, Neville, McGonagall, Snape (in the ultimate proof of his goodness), a Weasley parent, Draco, Hagrid, Lupin, Moody. Granted some of those might not qualify as majors, but my guess is one of McGonagall/Hagrid /Snape will die. And then a Weasley or Neville. :(

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