Seems odd to think that after Saturday there will no longer be a world in which people didn’t know how the Harry Potter story would end.
When I first started working at the library, the staff decorated their table at the yearly city-employee potluck with a Harry Potter theme.Â Being a bunch of librarians, they had already read the books.Â But nobody else (including me) had read them at that time, so the clever details of the table setup and staff costumes flew right by everyone else.
It did inspire me, however, to read the books for myself, and for that I’m very thankful, because I was able to snag the first two books without difficulty from the chidren’s room and then buy them without having to wait, and I’ve bought all the subsequent books promptly upon release.
The only other series I’ve been so caught up in has been Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, and the final installment of that series is due sometime in the next year or so and I’m champing at the bit to read that, too.
F’zer’s company picnic is on Saturday, and we’re going, and I hope he appreciates what a monster sacrifice I’m going to be making to do that when my Harry Potter book is due to arrive from Amazon that day!
My predictions and speculations on the final book:
- Regulus Black took the horcrux.Â It’s the locket they found in the glass cabinet.
- Dumbledore was not dead.Â Snape agreed to make it appear that he was.
- Dumbledore trusted Snape because they are related somehow.
- Snape was in love with Lily Evans.
- Harry, Ron, Ginny and Hermione all survive.
- Draco and his mother survive but Lucius and Bellatrix get what’s coming to them.Â Draco ends up fighting on Harry’s side.
- Dolores Umbridge meets some kind of grossly appropriate comeuppance.
- Fred and George Weasley play an important part in the final battle.
- We learn something important about the relationship between McGonagall and Dumbledore when they first came to Hogwarts.Â The amount of time the two of them have been there figures into the plot somehow.
- McGonagall, Hagrid and Flitwick get killed.
- The fact that Bill Weasley was bitten by an un-transformed werewolf will play an important part in the final battle.
- Cornelius Fudge turns out to be braver and less of an ass-kissing weenie than he has appeared up till now.
- Dudley and Petunia Dursley turn out to be a lot better than we’ve been led to believe.
- Percy Weasley was only pretending to be a twit in order to gather information inside the Ministry of Magic.
- There has to be some reason Grawp was introduced into the story, beyond getting Harry and Hermione away from the centaurs.
- Neville does something absolutely spectacular and his parents recover enough to be released from St. Mungo’s.
- Goes without saying that Voldemort is toast.
Just a couple more days and I’ll be able to tell how much, if any, of this came close to the mark.