Darren Rowse at Problogger has another group writing project calling for year-end reviews or 2007 predictions. It may give you an idea of how classy our household is to say this is the hottest topic of conversation today. Here's the consensus:
2. But having said that, he's going to do what worked for Ben Kenobi and Gandalf and find a way to transcend the mortal-immortal road blocks and communicate with Harry. This could be by the holographic image, the dream sequence, or something more tangible like leaving Harry a letter, a book, a will, or--as my daughter Grace suggests--the pensieve.
3. Harry is coming back to Hogwarts. Whatever he might have sneakily led you to believe, he's going back and will be there bright and early for year number seven as will his friends.
4. However, I expect he'll not be attending as your typical student. I expect he'll be the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. It's literarily complete and satisfying.
5. The house elves will be called on to help in the fight against Voldemort and will play a role--perhaps not pivotal, but most likely critical. Maybe Hermione will have some satisfaction at that point.
6. The Weasley twins will get filthy rich, if not during this book, eventually and Percy Weasley will continue to be a thorn in the Weasley side.
7. Inevitably, a character will die. I'm a little less certain on who it will be, but Ron and Hermione are safe for sure. It'll be someone like Nevil--though I hope not. One of the Weasleys is a likely target too. I feel bad to put it in writing, but Mr. Weasley gets my vote as Most Likely To Die In The Next Harry Potter Novel.
8. Nevil Longbottom, my personal favorite, will have his chance to shine. I don't mean to imply that Voldemort will be conquered by a vicious herbal remedy but The Boy Who Was Almost Somebody will have his day in the sun. I used to think he'd hook up with Luna but I'm beginning to think he'll eventually be Minister of Magic. He will help Harry find the horcruxes or help destroy them or something along those vague lines.
9. And of course, Hermione will eventually (though probably not during the course of the novel) be Headmistress of Hogwarts. Ron will be an Auror. Harry might pull a Frodo and retire without renown, his future is hazier to me.
10. Tonks and Lupin will tie the wizard's knot. About time Lupin had something go his way.
11. Peter Petrigrew, the resident Gollum character, will justify Harry's mercy by helping the boy wizard out before the end. "There is some good left in him, I can feel it!" No, wait, that's Luke Skywalker's line. But it works nonetheless.
12. Snape is good and will prove himself before the end. To believe that Snape is with Voldemort is to believe Dumbledore to be an idiot and that doesn't work for me. I have to stick with Albus on this one and say Snape's good and true and will show it before the end.
13. And most importantly, Harry will live. Voldemort won't. Wouldn't be marketable as a tragedy, so it's a literary must.
Questions I have for you: What are the remaining horcruxes? Godric Griffindor's sword? That's too obvious perhaps.
Will the origins of Harry's mysterious fortune be revealed? How on earth did a ding-a-ling like James Potter amass such a horde?
Who are Harry's grandparents? I'd be surprised if this was discussed but it ought to be, where are those people? What happened to them? Why weren't they ever an issue in Harry's upbringing?
And finally, what is it that will be revealed about Petunia Dursley? There's something there. Is she just a squib? Or just an extremely vicious squib. Maybe Vernon will die and she'll remarry Filch and settle down at the castle.
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