July 13, 2007


'Some people will absolutely loathe it' (FERGUS SHEPPARD AND CRAIG BROWN, 7/12/07, The Scotsman)

IT IS the clearest sign yet that the last in the Harry Potter series of novels will not end happily. The author JK Rowling is seen in a forthcoming TV documentary looking over the just-finished version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on her laptop. She declares: "Yeah, think I've finished."

As an off-camera film-maker offers his congratulations, Rowling, 41, says: "Thank you...yeah, you don't know, it might be rubbish. Some people will loathe it, they will absolutely loathe it. For some people to love it, other people must loathe it. That's just in the nature of the plot."

She adds, "I'm actually really, really happy with it", before bowing her head on the keyboard to exclaim: "Oh my God!"

The remarkable footage is from ITV's documentary A Year in the Life...JK Rowling which it says has been made with "unprecedented" behind-the-scenes access.

Excerpts released at STV's scheduled launch in Glasgow yesterday might add fuel to the conspiracy theory gripping Potter fans across the globe - that the boy wizard Harry dies at the end of the seventh and final novel. The rumour mill has gone into frenzied overdrive in the run-up to the worldwide release of the last Potter novel on 21 July.

To save Harry would be to ruin the series.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 13, 2007 12:30 PM

Ah, but what about all the "prequels"? As Lucas and the Frank Herbert family have shown, the true-fans will eat them up despite the quality of the stories. Gotta be a good half-a-dozen books there explaining all the loose ends.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 13, 2007 12:53 PM

I read something recently in which Ms. Rowling said (back around book three) that she has generally avoided discussing her religious beliefs because to do so would be to give the ending away.

Harry's a goner.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 13, 2007 12:57 PM

Frodo did not die at the end of LOtR. He left the Shire but went to Valinor to live with the elves.

Posted by: Bob at July 13, 2007 1:03 PM

Sherlock Holmes had died once and resurrected. A dead wizard could definitely return.

Posted by: ic at July 13, 2007 1:12 PM

007 died in the book From Russia w/Love, IIRC.

Posted by: Sandy P at July 13, 2007 1:15 PM

Just so long as "Don't Stop Believing" isn't playing on a jukebox somewhere...

Posted by: Rick T. at July 13, 2007 3:13 PM

In a recent interview Radcliffe, who plays Harry, said something like Harry should die, if he doesn't it will be a weak ending. I doubt he has seen the final book but it makes sense.

Posted by: AWW at July 13, 2007 3:25 PM

Harry's death won't make or break the series. Now if Snape doesn't die...

Posted by: Bartman at July 14, 2007 6:46 AM

Neither Harry nor Voldemort will die. Harry will get as close to it as you can and still come back. Voldemort, of course, has already done so.

Voldemort will be age-regressed back to baby Tom Riddle, and adopted by Hermione and Ron. He will grow up to be the greatest headmaster of Hogwarts since Dumbledore.

The key to the overall plot is that Harry and Voldemort lead anti-parallel lives. Once you notice that, this all becomes obvious. I feel embarrassed for you people that I have to explain it.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at July 14, 2007 3:36 PM

Bob Hawkins:

Obviously they are connected to each other and lead anti-parallel lives. I still don't see how that leads to your preposterous scenario.

If the fates of Harry and Voldemort are intertwined, which I believe they are, then Harry probably has to die to defeat Voldemort.

The point of the parallel lives thing is moral: Harry and Voldemort had similar upbringings under similarly horrid circumstances, but what matters is how they chose to conduct their lives.

As already demonstrated, Harry and his friends are willing to lay down their lives while Voldemort is scared of death. Harry will die but destroy Voldemort's soul. Voldemort's body will survive but, lacking wisdom, he doesn't understand that his soul is what matters and once that is gone, he'll be left with a husk. He'll be a body without a soul -- "worse than dead," just like Barty Crouch Jr.

Or so is my prediction.

From book five:

“You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore?” called Voldemort. . . . “Above such brutality, are you?”

“We both know that there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom,” Dumbledore said calmly . . .. “Merely taking your life would not satisfy me, I admit — “

“There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!” snarled Voldemort.

“You are quite wrong,” said Dumbledore . . . . “Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness.”

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 14, 2007 5:47 PM

James Potter saved Snape's life (from Lupin as werewolf) so Snape will save Harry's. And die in the process (oh, he better).

One other note: The most unlikely of people can do the most extraordinary things. Neville Longbottom will kill Voldemort (or Bella LeStrange).

Posted by: Bartman at July 14, 2007 7:26 PM

Not Voldemort. Harry has to do that as per Trelawnly's prediction.

Posted by: Bartman at July 15, 2007 7:18 PM

Hmmm...I see online that somebody has reportedly posted the ending. It'll be interesting to wait a few days and see if possibly the publishers wrote a phony final chapter to throw everyone off.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 16, 2007 11:45 PM