Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Book 7 Buzz*

For all us impatient Muggles waiting for J. K. Rowling to announce the issue date - or at least the title - of the 7th and final installment of the Harry Potter series... well, we will have to keep waiting a bit longer! But Rowling, in a recent interview, did puncture at least one of the most persistent theories about what is to come, when she confirmed that Professor Dumbledore, who appeared to die at the end of book six, is really, definitely... well, dead. This seemingly self-evident declaration came as an enormous surprise to many who had built up incredibly intricate, ingenious, but ultimately incorrect theories about D.'s death being a ruse.

For the record, I felt from the start that D.'s death was genuine and permanent, although I do think that his apparent murderer, Prof Snape, is still one of the good guys, and his killing of Dumbledore thus indeed part of a grand plan. But I'll go out on a bit of a limb and side with those who feel that Sirius Black, who seemed to leave the world of the living in book 5, is not dead. At least not yet. And while I'm making bold predictions, Harry, Ron, and Hermione will not die in Book 7. But Hagrid, the elder Weasleys, and other beloved characters well might. This is no victory over evil without sacrifice - as those in the besieged West would well remember these days.

*My friend Soccer Dad pointed out to me that "Dumbledore" is a synonym for "bumblebee". Whether this will have any significance in Book 7 is questionable. But it does mean that this post could have well been titled "Book 7 - No Buzz".


At 8/15/06, 2:37 PM, Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Sounds interesting.

At 8/15/06, 5:13 PM, Blogger Lady-Light said...

My youngest daughter, visiting 'home' (she doesn't call it home so much anymore, as Israel has been her home for the past two years...) for the summer and an avid Harry Potter fan, says that Harry has to die in the 7th book; it has something to do with Voldemorte's fragmented souls, or something like that. These are her own words: "it is linked to the Horcruxes mentioned in book six and that that Harry himself is one of the Horcruxes. I have (apparently) figured out what all seven Horcruxes are and that in order for Voldemorte himself to die, Harry must as well, because he is one the Horcruxes. Which is why Harry has so much of Voldemorte's power."
At any rate, thank you for taking my mind off Israel, the world's hatred of Israel, the mistakes Israel made in conducting this war, and all the ills of the world which need tikkun, if only for a few minutes...
Kol Tuv, Elie-may Hashem Bless You from this point onward...

At 8/15/06, 5:19 PM, Blogger Elie said...

SWFM: Thanks.

LL: My 15 year old also "holds from" the "Harry is a Horcrux" theory, which is much discussed on Harry Potter sites. I personally disagree though, and not only because I think Harry will live. I do see how the theory explains some mysteries, such as why Harry lived and why the Sorting Hat tried to put him in Slytherin. But against the H is a H theory, V. certainly tried his best to kill Harry at the end of book 4, and he wouldn't have done so if Harry carried a piece of V.'s soul.

Whatever else, Rowling sure has us guessing!

At 8/15/06, 10:05 PM, Anonymous Tova said...

I thought I saw the "Harry is a Horcrux" theory debunked by an answer to an interview question Rowling gave which was cited on one of the fan sites (Mugglenet.com or Veritaserum.com.) I will check into it. I certainly HOPE he isn't one!


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