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Monday, July 16, 2007

Really wacky prediction for HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

I don't know if anyone has suggested this yet, but here goes...

We know that the body count is going to peg the needle in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, due out this coming Saturday. J.K. Rowling showed that she was playing for keeps in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire but the past two books especially have made it clear: nobody is safe.

The biggest question of all: Will Harry Potter be one of those who perish?

Theories abound. I've thought for awhile now about what might happen: Harry discovers that he himself is one of the Horcruxes, during the final battle he turns his own wand toward his chest and does the Avada Kedavera spell, killing himself and destroying the Horcrux... and then Ron and Hermione and everyone else attacks the now-mortal Voldemort. Now, for some reason, I'm not so sure if that's what will happen. I'll be surprised if it does.

No, I think Rowling has something even crazier in mind for how to wrap up this story.

What if... in the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort, Voldemort commits suicide?

I'm thinking it could go like this: Voldemort is made to confront not only all of the evil that he has done with his life, but also how tortured and diminished his own soul has become. It overwhelms him so much, that it makes him forget his lust for immortality. He realizes that for all the power that he has gained, in the end it is totally meaningless. In despair, Voldemort performs the Avada Kedavera spell on himself. It might be the only noble thing that he will have ever done with his life.

I know: that sounds completely bonkers. But hey, I made an off-the-cuff prediction two years ago for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and I hit the bullseye on that one. So who knows, maybe I'll have extrapolated well again :-)