June 26, 2006

Place Your Bets

Okay, so two characters will bite the big one in the final Potter book.

Seems like at least one Weasley will have to perish--there are too many of them and they're all involved in the war...

Posted by Big Arm Woman at June 26, 2006 04:33 PM

From the article: "I can completely understand, however, the mentality of an author who thinks 'Well, I'm going to kill them off because that means there can be no non-author-written sequels ... so it will end with me, and after I'm dead and gone they won't be able to bring back the character'."

Just like what Cervantes did with Don Quixote.

This has been your "marc actually read a book once" moment of the day. I promise it'll never happen again.

Posted by: marc at June 26, 2006 05:03 PM

I'm hoping Harry and Voldemort actually do each other in. And Ron and Hermione get together finally like they're supposed to.

Posted by: Frankie at June 26, 2006 07:02 PM

Not really a HP fan, so I don't know how I feel aboout the concept of that, but I always loathed it how, with other "series" books I liked (often mystery series) the author would occasionally kill off a sympathetic minor character, mainly for shock value.

I suspect if she does kill off Harry there will be howls of protest heard 'round the world. I kind of doubt it would be Harry. (Actually - an interesting follow up book? That she could write years in the future? What happened to Harry after he graduated. See, time it so that the "first wave" of HP fans are about 30 or 35 when the book comes out, and looking to recapture some of their lost innocence...)

maybe Ron and Hermione will enter some kind of ill-starred lover's suicide pact?

Posted by: ricki at June 27, 2006 01:22 PM

Arthur Conan Doyle tried to do that. Sherlock Holmes was supposed to be good and dead in the Reichenbach Falls. But there was such a hue and cry from fans of the series that he had to revive his character and write several more stories.

J.K. Rowling is just having a bit of fun. She must know that the only way to really guarantee that you'll never have to write any more sequels is to leave your main character alive and successful in his struggle against whatever. Or at least, I hope she realizes that. Or else she could find herself writing "Harry Resurrectus/Obi Wan Potter" plots for the rest of her life.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 30, 2006 07:20 AM