Comments: Step right up, folks! It's a contest, well, sorta....

I think Neville or Hagrid will die. Oooh - or maybe even Professor McGonagall! I can't wait to get my hands on this book.

Posted by Kate at July 9, 2007 08:15 PM

I'm thinking Snape and Neville for sure will die. Snape either because he's proving he's good like you posit or because he's unable to do so. I lean slightly on the Snape is bad side of things though - Dumbledore wasn't completely unfoolable. I kind of wonder if she's going to kill off Ginny though - it adds to the tragic hero bit for Harry (everyone who loves him dies - reference his parents, Dumbledore, and now Ginny) plus it has potential to cause a rift between him and Ron, which she seems to delight in doing.

I don't think she'll kill of Harry simply because she's a business woman and knows that doing that really kills off the franchise, no matter how many spinoffs might come from side characters, without Harry she loses a lot of her audience.

Posted by beth at July 10, 2007 04:45 AM

I can buy the Snape dying. I believe that Rowling has tried to make this character as misunderstood and at times, ambivalent as possible to later "reveal" that he was working on the good side afterall. Maybe that's wishful thinking. Along with wishful thinking, I hope Draco has some sort of redemption. Rowling again has set that up by showing him as fearful and hesistant during the sixth book. I hope that leads to him to the good side. But I don't want him to die. But that could be poetic at the end if he dies in an attempt to save Harry. I think a Weasley *MUST* die. I don't hate saying that too much either. I don't want it to be one of the twins but I would not be surprised if it were Ginny or Ron. Better Ron than Ginny, I say. And the foreshadowing of Ron sacrificing for the good of the mission has already occurred as witnessed in the chamber of secrets.

As for Harry dying? No way. Not in a million years. If she kills off Harry, she'll alienate her younger fans who won't understand his death and that could be tragic for the entire "Harry Potter" enterprise (ie. the theme parks, merchandising, movies, tv specials, possible sequals)...As Beth said, it'd be a bad business decision. Although the Christ allegory that some claim that the Harry Potter series references would be better served if he *did* die (...and maybe somehow was revived/resurrected?) -- but Rowling can still keep that allegory strong by making it clear that Harry Potter is WILLING to die, willing to lay down his life for the greater good.

And yes, I'm done. I'm way too involved in this series, as you can tell. :)

Posted by Jody at July 10, 2007 06:20 AM

I'm hoping they kill of Jar-Jar Binks. ;)

Posted by wRitErsbLock at July 10, 2007 06:33 AM

I do not believe that Harry will die. He has scraped by too many times to build up to...his death? no way!

I think that Neville will die. I also suspect Luna could go and maybe even Ron. I expect that Scabbers/Pettigrew will die because of the debt he owes Harry that must be repaid. And, I suspect that Snape will also shuffle off, though I'm still on the fence as to whether he is good or evil, or perhaps just out for himself? I don't know. I can tell you that I am primed and pumped and farookin' ready to get my hands on the book!

Posted by Phoenix at July 10, 2007 06:43 AM

If a Weasley has to die, I hope it's Percy.

Posted by Jenna at July 10, 2007 07:58 AM

I don't think that Percy will die, that's too easy. The readers have no real emotional attachment (other than thinking he's an absolute wanker --hehe-- gotta use the British terms). If he dies, I think another more likable Weasley will die too.
And yes, on the baddie side, Pettigrew will have to die, I think she's set us up for that. (And Voldemort as well)...

Posted by Jody at July 10, 2007 08:05 AM

I've never read any of the books nor seen any of the movies, but the rest of my family are card-carrying Potter-heads. This is what I tell them:

The BIG SECRET in Book VII will be that Harry and Hermione are really brother and sister and that Valdamort is their father. He'll die only after turning good and reconsiling with Harry. In the meantime, a loveable army of House Elves will save Hogwarts from a surprise attack by the armies of darkness.

There are times when my family doesn't like me very much.

Posted by Robbo the Llama Butcher at July 10, 2007 08:20 AM

I'm scared to guess...I know at least two characters will die, maybe more. I'd say Hagrid, Hermione, and maybe Draco.

No matter what, I'll be getting my book at midnight and reading it straight through.

Posted by Mrs. Who at July 10, 2007 08:34 AM