Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Potterific Ponderings

Jay posted today about who he thinks will live and who will die in the last Harry Potter novel. I haven’t really thought about it too much, but reading his post made me want to wax potteric for a while.

Through the first few books, I spent way too much of my adult life trying to figure out where the HP books will go. Who will die, who will get together, who will be the next Dark Arts teacher . . . But I haven’t really thought about that too much in the last two books. Oh, I figured Harry and Ginny would get together, that seemed pretty obvious at the end of book 5, but really, I haven’t done much more thinking on it. I’ve decided I just want to enjoy them. Let them suck me into that world, then unfold.

This is a new thing for me, by the way. I’ve always been one of those readers who figures out where a book is going before I get halfway through it. It’s the curse of the English major! You know plot structure so well that not much surprises you. But I’ve learned how to turn that off, thank goodness. I don’t even watch the extras on DVDs I rent any more because I don’t want to take away from the magic. Well, ok, I watched some of the extras for Underworld Evolution, but that’s because it’s a vampire movie, and well, I like vampire movies, so I wanted to know everything about it.

Anyway, I digress. I don’t want Harry to die. As I commented on Jay’s blog, I think that Neville might be the one who saves Harry and defeats Voldemort (there will be no mamsy-pansy he-who-shall-not-be-named on this blog!). But for it to truly be Harry’s story, Harry will have to help Neville defeat the old baddie. Then, Neville will die.
And we will be sad.

Rowling said two characters will die, and I’m assuming she means besides Voldemort. She also said she expects it to really upset people, so at least one of them is going to be someone we all really like. Ron (please no!), Hermione (no, someone has to write the history and legacy of Harry Potter), Lupin, Hagrid, and yes, even Draco. I don’t think Draco is going to turn colors and be noble, but I think he is a victim of Voldemort.

Of course, my thoughts are minimal and sparse compared to the website forums out there. Good Lord these people know a lot about these books! Have you been to the Harry Potter Lexicon? If Rowling ever needs to refresh her memory about anything in her books, all she has to do is go to that site. It makes me feel like I’m not a fan at all. Which gives me an idea for another post for another day. Hmmmmmm.

Anyway, I can wait for the 7th book. Yes, you read that right--I can wait. I need to re-read a couple of them to remind myself about some of the characters and events. But, I really hope that Lucius escapes from Azkaban because I want to see Jason Isaacs in the last movie since he won’t be in the 6th.


Jay said...

You may be right about Neville. Seems like there should be a purpose to his being around since day one.

F&W said...

I'm starting to warm to the idea of Neville being the big guy on campus. Time will tell, I guess.

And you're right about waiting. We (my Brent and I) need time to read them aloud to each other one more time!