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AP article about possible deaths in last book - Arcadia - July 5th, 2007

This is all over the Net. I found one copy of it here:

http://www.9news.com/life/entertainment/article.aspx?storyid=73005

Quote:NEW YORK (AP) - ...

J.K. Rowling has never shied from darkness in her phenomenally successful series - it started with the murder of Harry's parents, continued through his discovery that an evil wizard was trying to destroy him, and has included pain and torture and the deaths of major characters.

She's already promised two deaths in the seventh and final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," coming out July 21...

"If you look at the tradition of the epic hero ... there is this sort of pattern that the hero delivers people to the promised land but does not see it himself," said Lana Whited, professor of English at Ferrum College in Ferrum , Va., pointing out examples from King Arthur to Moses to Frodo.
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"There's no long promise of happiness," she said. "You may have brief moments of glory and then the darkness comes."
And don't be fooled into thinking a happy ending is automatic just because the main characters are young, said Anne Collins Smith, assistant professor of philosophy and classical studies at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

"Just because it's children's literature doesn't mean it can't have very dark events in it," she said.

Others aren't convinced, saying that Rowling's story about Harry and his adventures is less influenced by classical mythology than it is by other storytelling traditions.

Philip Ray, an associate professor of English at Connecticut College, said Rowling was part of a tradition of British writers like Edith Nesbit, writing stories where children are the focus and have grand adventures.

Since Harry is about to finish his years at Hogwarts, Ray said, "I think it would be very unusual for a book like this to kill off the main character at a time when he's about to graduate from school."

The books are about Harry's development into a young man, Ray said.

"For Rowling to have put Harry Potter through all seven volumes just to kill him off, the point of all development would be wasted," Ray said. "Death strikes me as being the strangest ending of all."

Even though the series has a dark aspect to it, Rowling hasn't set it up in such a way that Harry paying the ultimate price would make sense, said Tim Morris, who teaches English at the University of Texas at Arlington.

"I don't get the sense that J.K. Rowling has set us up for that kind of sacrifice," he said. "The first six books haven't given a sense of that tragedy to me. It's generally hopeful."

Whited acknowledges that reader outrage would be high if Harry died, and that it might seem cruel to younger readers, who aren't familiar with classic literary story arcs.

"I'm sure J.K. Rowling would get some howlers if Harry Potter did not survive," she said.

Even if he lives, don't be surprised if it's a hard-fought victory, she said. Another aspect of the classic hero myth is that even if he wins, it's not without some loss.

"There are always sacrifices, compromises along the way," she said. "If Harry doesn't die, one of his friends will."




(Copyright Associated Press 2007)



AP article about possible deaths in last book - assilem brandywine - July 7th, 2007

I recently read that JKR has changed her mind about "scar" being the last word.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070706/en_nm/britain_rowling_dc
For some reason, I have a mental image of something like this being in the final pages:
An 11 year old boy with curly red hair named Harry Weasley is on the Hogwarts Express, ready for his first day at school. He opens a chocolate frog and finds a trading card featuring Harry Potter. Since he already has one (perhaps autographed) he gives it to his seat mate and makes a new friend.


AP article about possible deaths in last book - Irene - July 9th, 2007

That would be a lovely, and twisty ending.

I believe that JK Rawlings has had the final chapter in locked away in a safe for many years.

Things changed, from her original vision, as she wrote the 7 books, but that final chapter hasn't.

I have a bad feeling about the likelyhood of an "autographed card" but the rest would be very neat.


AP article about possible deaths in last book - Darq Ali - July 9th, 2007

I don't think HP will be autographing any cards, either,

But, if the Wizarding World itself survives, Harry will surely be on a frog collecting card .........


AP article about possible deaths in last book - AJ786 - July 9th, 2007

I agree with the woman in the article. Harry dying would be a pretty good ending.


AP article about possible deaths in last book - RobRoy - July 9th, 2007

AJ786 Wrote:I agree with the woman in the article. Harry dying would be a pretty good ending.

Dang good. It would stand along side other major series in fantasy, science fiction and reality.

I'm not rooting for Harry's demise, but I'm not opposed to it by any means.


AP article about possible deaths in last book - AJ786 - July 10th, 2007

I beleive that Hagrid will die. I don't know why but i get the feeling that he's a goner.


AP article about possible deaths in last book - Darq Ali - July 10th, 2007

AJ786 Wrote:I beleive that Hagrid will die. I don't know why but i get the feeling that he's a goner.

Hagrid has been top on my list, too; to die, not to be a traitor.


AP article about possible deaths in last book - AJ786 - July 13th, 2007

Yeah i see him dying alongside The good guys. i was sure DD was going to die on the sixth one..this time i think it'll be hagrid. Though i'm pretty sure Everyone knew DD was a goner...the mentor usually dies. Star Wars, LOTR etc


AP article about possible deaths in last book - Darq Ali - July 13th, 2007

Yes, it is a standard,

"the old wizard with the white beard always dies".

Heck, even the old mentor in The Dark Crystal died.