Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
With a little over a day left before the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I am sure by mid next week everybody is going to have an idea of what happens in what looks to be the franchise's final installment. Since there are a ton of possibilities with Deathly Hallows, including the deaths of major characters, here are some things I'd like to see happen.
Ryan's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
• Ron, Hermione or both die. You can't go on adventures with Harry against Voldemort and Death Eaters for seven years and not expect to bite it. If both walk I will acclaim the event a miracle.
• Somebody on the side of good -- be it Harry, his friends, or the Order -- uses the Avada Kedavra curse. I still can't figure out why this is not the number one spell used when the Order confronts Death Eaters. Why even bother with stunning your enemy if they are deadly? To really make me happy, I would like to see either Hermione or Ginny use it, as they are both powerful and capable.
• Fleur Delacour kills Fenrir Greyback. If this beautiful young wizard -- who is engaged to Bill Weasley -- can qualify for the Triwizard Tournament, she must have some skills. Greyback, a werewolf on the side of Voldemort, attacked Bill in Half-Blood Prince disfiguring his face partially. Luckily the attack wasn't enough to cause Bill to become a werewolf as well. Who better to avenge Bill then his leading lady; an even better way for Fleur to warm up to the Weasley family.
• Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew does something for the Order or at least against Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Though Pettigrew has a look that would suggest he could never be good, the character serves Voldemort more out of fear than loyalty. Snape points out that Peter, who stays as a guest at Snape's home, has a tendency to spy on him. Who is he spying for? We already know that Voldemort has distanced himself from the character, so that leaves only one other option -- the Order. Can Wormtail be a spy? Hard to say, but he is one character who is due some major redemption.
• Ron kills a Death Eater. Ron has been seeking fame and, in the last two novels, shows that he does at least have the ability -- as long as he can get past his confidence problem -- to be great at anything he does; save potions, of course.
• Ron & Hermione and Harry & Ginny sitting in a tree. I can't say whether any of these characters die, but it will nice to see both couples in relationships as the novel opens.
• Neville Longbottom kills Voldemort. Though the film version of Order of the Phoenix fails to properly discuss the prophecy, the book tells us that Longbottom could be the one that has to kill Voldemort. All through Order of the Phoenix we see Neville excel faster than other students at Defense Against the Dark Arts, suggesting he may have something in store for us. The encounter at the Department of Mysteries in OotP also suggests that Longbottom doesn't lack confidence in the face of danger. He has hence run into the Death Eaters another time in Half-Blood Prince and lived to talk about it. When the topic of the "Death of Harry" began to circulate, I had figured that Harry would somehow die and Longbottom would be forced to finish the job by taking down Voldemort. Somebody has to avenge Frank and Alice [Longbottom], and if Neville doesn't kill Voldemort he must be the one responsible for the takedown of Bellatrix Lestrange.
• Dumbledore is alive, in some fashion. Having re-read Half-Blood Prince -- well, I have 80 pages left -- there are tons of clues that Dumbledore expects his fate or at least has an idea. He does not, however, want Harry to inquire with Snape nor Draco Malfoy as he does not want him to interfere with whatever has been set in motion. Even during his final minutes, Dumbledore makes sure to hit Harry with a spell the immobolizes him. Why? Though Hogwarts was under attack, Harry could have easily handled the first assailant, Draco. Dumbledore even admits (to Draco) that he knows it was he who tried to find ways to assassinate Dumbledore earlier in the book. Why know this and continue to let Draco to operate? It is also suspicious that the attack happens while Dumbledore and Harry are away from the grounds. No matter, if Dumbledore really is dead, can we assume he will have a painting up immediately in the headmaster's office with Dumbledore residing in it? From there he can still give advice to Harry. If Dumbledore is somehow alive, can we assume that he made Fawkes a horcrux (after learning that Voldemort did it to his snake) or did Snape really fire a different spell than what he shouted. Remember, spells can be done silently.
• Percy Weasley dies. Why? He was wrong, can't forgive his family for being right, and I just don't like him.
• Fred and George Weasley grow even more important among the Order of the Phoenix. Mrs. Weasley finally has a good reason to be proud of the twins. Though they did not perform that well in school, it turns out that these two are very gifted wizards; even Hermione thinks so. Their joke shop not only makes items that are fun, but those that are being used by the Ministry and Aurors alike. The boys also have extended Dark Arts knowledge thanks to their involvement in Dumbledore's Army -- performing some feats of magic that even Ministry officials can't perform. While there for comedic relief throughout the entire series, I would like to see these two enter into a magical fray or two while using their very own inventions as weapons.
• Severus Snape finally reveals what side his on, and he does so before the final chapter of the book. Though we know that Snape must be playing favorites with a side, it would be way too cliche to have him do something that finally proves what banner he flies under in the last few pages of the book. Even with the events in Half-Blood Prince, I still can't tell if he is good or bad.
• Nobody wants to die a virgin. With so much emphasis on hormones and 'snogging', one has to wonder if JK Rowling will take the final step and have at least one couple bone down. I for one would applause such a ballsy move from the author.
• Dumbledore's Army had a ton of members including Potter, every Weasley at Hogwars, Hermione, Hannah Abbott, Katie Bell -- who was recently cursed by the way -- Cho Chang, Colin and Dennis Creevey, Angelina Johnson, Ernie MacMillan, the Patil sisters, Lavender Brown -- who Ron later dates for a bit -- and many more. How awesome would it be to find out that ALL of this organization held onto their enchanted coins that were created and handed out by Hermione? With their expanded knowledge of the Dark Arts, this group would make a defense nearly as strong as the Order of the Phoenix thanks to the organization's strength in sheer numbers.
• Muggle involvement! Half-Blood Prince showed that the Ministry of Magic and the Prime Minister of England do know of one another and will, at times, work together. Why not get some more muggle involvement? Some battles have to carry onto muggle streets, right?
• Something has to happen to Malfoy. Harry has a temper that can cause him to want to inflict an absurd amount of punishment or even death on Draco Malfoy for his treachery against Hogwarts. The two will meet and duel or Malfoy will redeem himself in some possible manner. Your guess is as good as mine on this one.
That sums up what I'm looking for at the moment, but pay attention to this page, as I will probably add to it over the next day or two.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits shelves on July 21st.
For more info on the film, go to the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Movie Page.
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