Will “The Boy Who Lived” choose to be “the Chosen One” ?

23 Jul

“I liked the D.A.! I learned loads with you!”
“I enjoyed the meetings too,” said Luna serenely. “It was like having friends.”

         Remember the days before Return of the King came out? Before the Matrix sequels? Before Revenge of the Sith? Those were the stories people talked about. Now all of those stories are over, and they’re not talked about as much anymore. It’s not necessarily because they’re bad stories, it’s merely because they’re now complete stories.
Once a story ends, it’s not as exciting as it was when it was happening.
Once Harry Potter Book Seven comes out, and people read it, people will stop talking about Harry Potter as they have stopped talking about Lord of the Rings and Star Wars and The Matrix. Which means, now is the time to read into every detail, and speculate wildly about Harry Potter. It won’t be fun once we know the whole story.

         Harry Potter Book 1 has that thrill of finding out that there is magic in the world. It has at its center the fascinating hook of a character who is a wizard but doesn’t know it. The appeal, really, is obvious. We all have magic powers that we don’t know about (at least, we all wish that were so.) How wonderful to read about someone who discovers it’s true. How even more wonderful to read about somebody using this power to free themselves from their formerly dismal world. It’s a great children’s book. It’s a fun story. It’s exciting to go to wizards school. But Five books later, we are well acquainted with the magic in the world of Harry Potter.
         The interesting thing about the Harry Potter books is that they describe a magical world in which magic is commonplace. In other words, there isn’t anything magical, about magic. Students learn magic like we learn algebra, talk about spells like we talk about music. It’s interesting, it’s part of life, but it isn’t magical, it just is. Once we learn this fact, the books become less a fantasy children’s story, and more a complicated tale about Harry’s traumatic childhood and difficult development in a troubled world. It’s an epic tale about evil. That said, I still love it, at least until it ends. Then we’ll see. But for now, having finished Book Six and had time to think about it, it’s time to speculate wildly. Do not read further if you have not finished Half-Blood Prince yet. Don’t add or read the comments, don’t read under the cut. The book will be spoiled for you if you do. You’ve been warned.

“To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
~ Dumbledore, Book 1

         Ginny is smart enough to go with Harry no matter what he says. I hope. And I hope he realizes that love is his strength, and that he should love her to the fullest, regardless of Voldemort. And I hope she doesn’t die. I really hope she doesn’t die. Ron and Hermione are obviously going to go with Harry, wherever he goes (and hopefully they now both realize they love each other. Took them long enough.) and I really doubt either of them will be killed. Unless Harry’s death is the end of book seven (he and Voldemort die together or something) I doubt Harry will die. Which means, if there are to be deaths in the last book, deaths of characters on the good side (not counting Snape) Ginny is the character that is most expendable. I hope she doesn’t die. I’m really scared that she’s going to. Assuming Snape is good of course. Which may be a wrong assumption.
         Now that we have that out of the way… the title of this book means “Harry Potter and Dumbledore’s Murderer.” In other words, the book is all about Snape. Really, it’s all about the death of Dumbledore. It’s really quite amazing how good J.K. Rowling is at making people unsure about Snape. Is he still on the good side??? Is he not? Was he ever?? He killed the only person who trusted him completely, and we never found out why Dumbledore trusted him completely. Was Dumbledore just being too trustworthy, as “fools who love” are wont to do? I always assumed there was more to it, some sort of enchantment that forced Snape to be completely honest with Dumbledore. But if Snape truly was on the good side, would he have taken an Unbreakable Vow to ensure that Draco killed Dumbledore, or that he would do it himself? Did he really not have a choice? I don’t know, I just can’t believe that Snape killed Dumbledore. I mean, I’m not too surprised that Dumbledore dies, I figured it would have to happen before the end so Harry isn’t protected, but I never really believed that Snape was evil, or would be the one to kill him. I still don’t really believe that Snape is evil. Perhaps I’m just too trustworthy. On the other hand, I sort of like the idea of not ever finding out why Dumbledore trusted Snape. We know he did, and that should be enough for us, if we trust Dumbledore. Right? We’ll see. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.
         R.A.B. ??? The only character I can think of with even two of those initials is Regalius (or however it’s spelled) Black, Sirius’s brother. Whom we never meet, and is dead already. And we don’t know his middle name. So that’s not very helpful.
         Is Harry Potter himself a Horcrux? What if he is? That would mean that Voldemort could never be killed until Harry is dead. It would also mean that if all the other Horcruxes are destroyed, including Voldemort, that killing Harry would destroy Voldemort completely. I think. But I don’t think the story will go there. I think Voldemort will be killed, and Harry, Ron and Hermione will live. They’ll probably go on to teach at Hogwarts, which will go on to teach future wizards and witches the magical ways of the mundane world. The end. And now nobody cares.

“And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue the flighty temptress, adventure.”
~ Dumbledore Book 6


2 Responses to “Will “The Boy Who Lived” choose to be “the Chosen One” ?”

  1. tinycaredance July 23, 2005 at 12:47 pm #

    you are amazingly fascinating
    i love reading your musings about harry potter (as well as star wars… wasn’t ever a LOTR fan so … i can’t say i enjoyed those…)
    you think up the most interesting things – you seem to have a knack for details. i hate to think that in a matter of a few years harry potter will no longer be the topic on everyones tongue. these books just become more intricate as they come out, i heard that some guy committed suicide because someone spoiled the ending of book six. how tragically drastic.
    ginny is my favorite character too, i think becauase she has been in all the books, but has just sort of been an outsider not really a main character- yet you know all about her through ron and the rest of the weasley brothers.
    i really want this story to end happily ever after – harry will move in with the weasleys? another magic family will adopt him? he’ll get out of privet drive and live a happy life? is it possible to end happily ever after with so much tragidy?

    • junorhane July 23, 2005 at 6:46 pm #

      Re: you are amazingly fascinating
      But now he won’t ever get to read book seven! I hope that’s not true, that’d just be silly and tragic.
      I’m sure he’ll get out of Privet drive, after he’s 17 and the protection magic stops working, there’s no reason for him to go there at all. Assuming he lives and kills Voldemort, he’ll probably move in with the Weasleys, hopefully marry Ginny, and I don’t know if she’s going to give us a “happily ever after” or if it’s just going to end a bit more open ended then that.

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