Friday, July 13, 2007

A Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Contest

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsLast fall when J.K. Rowling announced the title of the last Harry Potter novel I did a list of my predictions for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and wouldn't you know it, I'm still getting comments and visits on that post with people adding their two cents on what's going to happen.

Well we're down to the final week people and to sweeten the wait I'm hosting a small contest.

I want you to guess the last word of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. That's right, the very last word. We've tossed this around our dinner table a bit and have come up with our own thoughts but I'd like to see what you have to say.

To play along, leave a comment below with your prediction, putting the one word in quotation marks so there's no confusion as to which word you mean. I will accept entries until Friday morning July 20th at 1 am Alaska time and you can enter as many times as you'd like (each in a separate comment please) but it's first-come-first-serve. Whoever claims a word first gets it so check the comments to see if the one you fancy has been taken. There are nearly 900,000 words in the language so there's plenty to go around.

Your word must match exactly--spelled exactly the way it is in the last sentence of the last paragraph of the last page just before the last period. I'm going to have to be picky so make sure you are a good speller. And it must be the last word of the main text, a "The End" or an epilogue doesn't count.

Why all these rules? Because I'm offering a prize, that's why! The first commenter to correctly guess the last word will get to choose between a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or two tickets to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix via Fandango (now playing in theaters). If no one is able to guess it then I'll do a random drawing from all the entries.

I will announce the winner on Saturday night so check back to see if it was you. You'll need to then email me to claim your prize. I'm sorry but only U.S. residents are eligible for the prize--though don't let that stop you from adding your comment.

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Stacey@Look, Mom, Look! said...

My guess is "Potter"

Scribbit said...

We joked that it would be "Rosebud!"

sophiepa said...

I guess
"end"

Grace said...

"After" is my guess.

Bradley said...

"night"

Bradley said...

"ends"

Bradley said...

Although Rowling has said that it's not the last word, "scar" is worthy of a guess.

Bradley said...

"gone"

Bradley said...

"over"

Bradley said...

"forever"

(okay, I think this'll be my last guess :) )

Scribbit said...

You scared me Bradley! I'm not a HUGE Harry Potter trivia master and when you mentioned the last word being scar it scared me. "Did I miss something?" Because I then remembered hearing that the last word was announced as being "scar."

I did a quick Google and found evidence saying that Rowling changed the word at "the eleventh hour."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070706/en_nm/britain_rowling_dc

Whew! That would have shot this post all to nothing.

Jordan (MamaBlogga) said...

smiled

Jordan (MamaBlogga) said...

wept (covering some emotional bases)

Jordan (MamaBlogga) said...

again

Jordan (MamaBlogga) said...

Anything as long as it's not a preposition ;)

Jordan (MamaBlogga) said...

dream

Jordan (MamaBlogga) said...

marshmallow.

Nicholas said...

wizard

millerjk said...

"home"

millerjk said...

"beginning"

millerjk said...

"burning"

millerjk said...

"snitch"

millerjk said...

"weasley"

millerjk said...

"granger"

millerjk said...

"remember"

millerjk said...

"forget"

millerjk said...

"do"

millerjk said...

"dursley's"

millerjk said...

"voldemort"

Victoria Ross said...

last

~Kristie said...

What a fun contest! There are so many great guesses already, but mine is ... "together"

An Ordinary Mom said...

"farewell"

An Ordinary Mom said...

"Hermione"

An Ordinary Mom said...

"well"

An Ordinary Mom said...

"earwax" ... as in Every Flavor Bertie Bott's Beans

An Ordinary Mom said...

"sleep"

sandyy456 said...

Although I have a feeling she might not have really changed it from "scar", I'm going to guess that it's now "wizard".

An Ordinary Mom said...

"lightning"

An Ordinary Mom said...

"Dumbledore"

An Ordinary Mom said...

"Phoenix"

An Ordinary Mom said...

"James"

An Ordinary Mom said...

"Lily"

OK, I really should go to bed now :)!!

millerjk said...

"love"

last one...promise!

5gr8kdz said...

My guess is "lived" as in the boy who lived.

EnnaVic said...

I'm not eligible but my guess is "knot" (or possibly "not" - I'm not eligible anyway so cansqueeze that in *chuckle*)

millerjk said...

"Harry"

Anonymous said...

"Maybe" from Lynn

maggie said...

my guess is , "see"

Aisling said...

I'd better guess quick since someone already used my first pick. I think the last word will be "you".

Kim said...

scar

bearhugs said...

"never"

bearhugs said...

"parents"

bearhugs said...

"scared"

bearhugs said...

"mother"

bearhugs said...

"father"

bearhugs said...

"loved"

bearhugs said...

"adventure"

bearhugs said...

"eternity"

bearhugs said...

"always"

bearhugs said...

"forever"

bearhugs said...

"love"

bearhugs said...

"place"

bearhugs said...

"dream"

bearhugs said...

"awake"

bearhugs said...

"awaken"

bearhugs said...

"awakened"

bearhugs said...

"unforgettable"

Christopher said...

You

Christopher said...

forever

Leslie said...

"disappear."

Leslie said...

"straight."

Leslie said...

"continue."

Leslie said...

"time."

Makita said...

cicatrice or cicatrix

Melanie said...

I am sad that this series is ending. I feel that I am losing old friends! The last word in the last novel is, "SCAR".

Makita said...

thankful

Makita said...

dawn

Makita said...

blimey

Amy The Black said...

I saw Order of the Phoenix last night. I was delighted and disappointed at the same time. Can't wait for Hallows!

My guess is: "distance."

Jane said...

"family"

Amy The Black said...

Another guess: "memory."

Peggy said...

scar

Robin said...

"quidditch"

Why not? After vanquishing evil, there ought to be time for a game or two ;-).

PS I'm not putting my name in the hat for this one. I'll be buying the book immediately anyway, and it would be a bit far for me to go to the movies.

Daisy said...

love

Daisy said...

Ginny

Erica said...

"Hogwarts"

or

"Edinburgh"

bethany said...

"last"

Jenn in Holland said...

finished.

Jenn in Holland said...

final.

Jenn in Holland said...

done.

Jenn in Holland said...

Did someone already say: dream. ?

Jenn in Holland said...

word.

Jenn in Holland said...

Okay, Michelle, the next thing you have to do is assemble all of these guesses and write a poem! You know like refrigerator poetry?

Jenn in Holland said...

Bwahahahahaha! Look what I just found at this site. And no, I wasn't trying to cheat, I just googled it to find out who else was talking about this. It's such a big deal! Anyway, I found this post and nearly wet my pants. Check it.

Last Word In Harry Potter Book Revealed
After much speculation, the last word of the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has been revealed by author J.K. Rowling.

"It's not 'scar' like a lot of people have been saying," said Rowling.

So what is the last word then?

"Cha-ching!"

Anonymous said...

JK Rowling had written an epilogue to the book long ago so that she would always have something to be writing to. The original last word of the last chapter / epilogue was "scar". She has since changed the chapter to fit changes that have been made, but that's beside the point, since it was the last word of the epilogue, which is not (according to the rules of this contest) valid anyways.

I don't have a guess, since I'll already have boughten my copy of the book by the time the contest ends and I've already seen the 5th movie.

Thea said...

ooooh. great contest!

"same"

Thea said...

"wand"

Thea said...

ever

Thea said...

stair

Thea said...

stairs

Thea said...

boy

Thea said...

friends

O.K. I think I'm done...

Lei said...

Girl, you sure do know how to host a give away. Given that I am only jsut beginning tor ead the series with my daughter, I feel sheepish even trying to make a guess here. But I will.

"good"

Lei said...

"muggle"

Lei said...

"Ron"

Lei said...

"fair"

Lei said...

"Harry"

Lei said...

"hello"

Lei said...

"magic"

Coralie said...

quietly

Coralie said...

them

Coralie said...

rain

Coralie said...

mist(s)

Coralie said...

time

(okay that's the last one. Awesome contest idea!)

The Wooden Porch said...

Drive/Dr.

Heffalump said...

You probably should have made it one entry per person. I was surprised that you had so many comments already until I saw that some people are entering multiple times.
"hand"

Mercy's Maid said...

"horcrux" sp? You know what I mean. :)

Mama Luxe said...

rest

my4kids said...

I'm not even going to attempt a guess......

Heather.PNR said...

"be"

RandomGirl said...

"scar"

RandomGirl said...

"forever"

RandomGirl said...

"home"

RandomGirl said...

"Hogwarts"

RandomGirl said...

"away"

Lauri said...

Darn it - all the good ones are taken. I know I wasn't the first with these, but my best guess would have been Hogwarts, closely followed by "home" and "friends" and "smiled".

Heather said...

"it"

Heather said...

"left"

Heather said...

"go"

Heather said...

"time"

Heather said...

"life"

Heather said...

"hand"

Heather said...

"disappeared"

Heather said...

"vanished"

Heather said...

"ages"

Heather said...
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Heather said...

"permanently"

Heather said...

"finale"

Heather said...

"dreamed"

Heather said...

"loved"

Heather said...

"headmaster"

Heather said...

"days"

Heather said...

"future"

Heather said...

"Hedwig"

Heather said...

"was"

Heather said...

"be"

Valerie said...

"did"

Valerie said...

"said"

Valerie said...

"Snape"

Valerie said...

"kedavra"

Belinda said...

again

Valerie said...

"curse"

dwarzel said...

"wave"

aBookworm said...

My guess "come"

hooli said...

"know"

Mercy's Maid said...

"courage"

Jen said...

"love"
I think Dumbledore was right...

bethany said...

I think the last word will be *last*

Potterfan said...

I guess "darkness".

Potterfan said...

I guess "darkness".

Potterfan said...

I guess "darkness.

chilihead said...

mark

andee506 said...

"soon"

uberstrickenfrau said...

"bright"

sailorxx said...

life

wjwilliams said...

"hollow"

kazul said...

MOM

kazul said...

Soon

Sarah said...

"open"

Sarah said...

"book"

Sarah said...

"tomorrow"

Sarah said...

"Muggles"
I had to add this one because the word verification that came up was "muzgugz"

Sarah said...

"world"

Melissa R. Garrett said...

"friends"

Arpit said...

I know....
its 'scar' :P

Mama Mia said...

Longbottom

SoccerPiano74 said...

"goodbye"

SoccerPiano74 said...

"Hollows"

SoccerPiano74 said...

"veil"

SoccerPiano74 said...

"Hogwarts"

Annie said...

I'm going to guess "Harry".

What the heck.

Vickie said...

What an interesting contest! I am inclined to think that one of the previous posters is correct, but to be original, how about...

"Hogwarts"

Vickie said...

...or how about "again"

as in...

Harry would never be alone again.
or
Valdemort would never return again.
or
Hogwarts would never be the same again.

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Palida said...

"express"

Palida said...

"more"

Palida said...

"new"

Allison said...

"head"

Allison said...

"future"

Allison said...

"gone"

Anonymous said...

The boy who lived....again.

http://my.break.com/media/view.aspx?ContentID=332585

Michael J. Mathias said...

My guess is "friends."

Blockhead said...

Scar

cyph0r said...

home

dannie said...

"magic"

Garrett said...

It's "lifetime". I feel it.

Briannaashleigh said...

My Guess is that the last word is dead.

James rocks said...

My guess is "dead"

James rocks said...

I think it is "just the beginning"

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