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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Theories, Hypotheses, & Wishful Thinking for Book 7

Note: This blog is what I think could/may happen in Book 7 &, as such, contains spoilers for previous books through Book 6. Please do not read this if you think my theories, hypotheses, & wishful thinking may ruin Book 7 for you, as I am 99.9% positive on my theories. Also, to keep other readers from accidentally reading this blog during scrolling, I have purposely changed the font color to fade into the background. In order to read the blog, simply highlight the text.

Because some guesswork may seem "obvious" to most people & others will vary from "improbable" to "what-is-she-crazy?", I'm spending less text on the ones that I think everyone suspects will be in the last book.

Theory #1. Wormtail will play a central role in protecting Harry from Voldemort. In Book 3, Dumbledore is pleased that Harry saved Wormtail from dying & says, "Pettigrew owes his life to you. You have sent Voldemort a deputy who is in your debt. . . . When one wizard saves another wizard's life, it creates a certain bond between them. . . and I'm much misstaken if Voldemort wants his servant in the debt of Harry Potter." I think this will come into play while Harry is trying to find and destroy the Horcuxes (rather than at the end while Harry will be battling Voldemort, particulary bc of Theory #3).

Theory #2. Voldemort's use of Harry's blood in Book 4 will be one of the reasons for his death. When Harry tells Dumbledore and Sirius of Voldemort's use of his blood, Rowling notes this text, "For a fleeting moment, Harry thought he saw of gleam of something like triumph in Dumbledore's eyes." While it is possible that the reason for Dumbledore's "triumphant" gleam may have something to do with one of the Horcruxes left, since Dumbledore apparently suspected by the end of Book 2 that Voldemort had created a number of Horcruxes (Book 6 by Dumbledore, "Four years ago, I received what I considered certain proof that Voldemort had split his soul. . .The diary had been a Horcrux."), for Dumbledore to know at that point in Book 4 that one of the Horcruxes would involve the use of his blood is highly unlikely. It is more likely that it will have something to do with a curse/countercurse that will be used at the final meeting.

Theory #3. Dumbledore had another reason for believing in Snape, Snape never betrayed Dumbledore, and Dumbledore's death was planned by Dumbledore. (What?) In Book 6, Snape makes the Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa Black to complete the mission if Draco fails ("And, should it prove necessary. . . if it seems Draco will fail. . . " whispered Narcissa (Snape's hand twitched within hers, but he did not draw away), "wil you carry out the deed that the Dark Lord has ordered Draco to perform?". . . "I will," said Snape.), which meant that Snape would die if it fell to him to finish the mission & he chooses not to (After Harry has overheard Draco's and Snape's conversation about Draco's mission, Harry talks to Ron about it over Christmas at the Burrow. Harry says, "What happens if you break it, then?" "You die," said Ron simply.). Once Harry gets back to Hogwarts, Harry relays the conversation with Dumbledore (Harry says, "Yes, sir. I overheard them during Professor Slughorn's party. . . " Dumbledore listened to Harry's story with an impassive face.) In his reply, Dumbledore ends with, ". . .let me reassure you that you have not told me anything that causes me disquiet." This is particulary important bc at the end of the book, when Dumbledore is facing Draco on the rooftop, he has known about Draco's plan to kill him for some time (Draco says about the necklace and mead, "Yeah, well, you still didn't realize who was behind that stuff, did you?". . . "As a matter of fact, I did. . . I was sure it was you.") Since Dumbledore was sure that it was Draco & the fact that Harry's "revelation" did not surprise or upset him, it is necessary that Dumbledore already knew about Draco's mission from Voldemort and Snape's Unbreakable Curse. Who else would have told him but Snape? From this point on, Dumbledore has 3 choices, 1. Draco could kill him, 2. Snape could choose not to kill Dumbledore if Draco's fails and choose to die himself, 3. Snape could kill Dumbledore. Option #1. Dumbledore didn't want Draco to kill him and he didn't want Draco harmed either. He says, "Killing is not nearly as easy as the innocent believe. . ." and he tried to get Draco to "[c]ome over to the right side." Option #2. This would have been a good plan if Dumbledore was the kind of wizard to think of himself first. But he wasn't. He has always wanted whatever was best for Harry (From Book 5, he says, "I cared about you too much. . .I cared. . . more for your life than the lives that might be lost. . ."). Dumbledore would easily choose whatever option held the best chance for Harry. Therefore, option #3. By allowing, actually I believe ordering/begging Snape to kill him ("Severus. . . please. . ."), Dumbledore achieves his greatest advantage. He tricks Voldemort, and every Death Eater, into truly believing Snape has chosen evil. He allows Voldemort to think that Snape will commit any act, even going up against the only wizard Voldemort has ever truly feared, for the Dark Lord. Dumbledore gives the good side an inside man,someone who can undermine the Dark Lord at every turn, even though they don't know it yet. For those of you still not convinced, consider these 4 points about Snape's behavior. Point #1. At the time that Snape kills Dumbledore, Rowling uses this description, "there was revulsion and hatred etched in the harsh lines of his face." I think the revulsion and hatred is for the act he is about to do. What is also important is that Snape does not say anything back to Dumbledore. He does not gloat about fooling Dumbledore for the last 17 years. Yet, he does gloat to Harry that he is the Half-Blood Prince & Harry did not realize it for less than the year Harry has known about the nickname. Point #2. Snape does not harm Harry and does not allow another Death Eater to harm Harry. Snape chooses to use deflecting spells when he can. Another Death Eater used the Cruciatus curse on Harry and Snape stopped him (. . . excrutiating pain hit Harry. . . he would surely die of this agony. . . "No!" roared Snape's voice. . . "Have you forgotten our orders? Potter belongs to the Dark Lord- we are to leave him!. . .") The Dark Lord's orders are that they are not to kill Harry; Voldemort will deal with him later. I am positive Voldemort did not say, "& be sure not to cause him any pain, either." Point #3. He only gets angry at Harry enough to somewhat hurt him when Harry calls him a coward. (". . .you coward-" "DON'T-" screamed Sanpe, and his face was suddenly demented, inhuman, as though he was in as much pain as the yelping, howling dog stuck in the burning house behind them- "CALL ME COWARD!") "Pain" not anger, not hatred, not defiance, "pain". Point #4. He did not kill Professor Flitwick, Hermione, or Luna when he had the chance & no one could've stopped him. He only stunned Professor Flitwick and asked Hermione & Luna to check on it to keep them out of the way. None of them were expecting an attack from him &, in any case, he could have probably killed all 3 of them even if they had.

Hypothesis #1. Droobles Blowing Gum will be some kind of safety net. In Book 5, at St. Mungo's Neville's mother, Alice, gives Neville an empty Droobles Blowing Gum wrapper and his grandmother remarks that ". . . she must have given you enough of them to paper your bedroom by now. . ." They were described as "highly gifted Aurors" by Neville's grandmother, who is prone to exaggerating, I should point out. But I do believe his mother, even in her present state, would probably be trying to give her son as much protection as possible. Another reason to believe this is that Rowling's own site, www.jkrowling.com, has her virtual desk littered with Droobles Blowing Gum wrappers. (This could simply be because she herself has admitted to loving chewing gum.)

Hypothesis #2. Draco will choose good. I think Draco's inabiity to kill Dumbledore is revealing. But I look to his confessions to Moaning Myrtle about being conflicted in his task as the compelling reason that he will, in the end, choose good. I believe this actually may only come about after Voldemort has killed one or both of his parents. Why? I can't tell you. i can't even explain it to myself. Just a hunch.

Wishful Thought #1. I hope Rowling brings Sirius back. In Book 5, Luna says, "And anyway, it's not as though I'll never see Mum again, is it?. . .You heard them, just behind the veil, didn't you?. . .They were just lurking out of sight, that's all." Please bring Sirius back, even if it's just for one conversation with Harry again.

Wishful Thought #2. I hope Neville and Luna play important roles. For me, both Neville and Luna are within the circle of main characters jsut as much as the rest of the Weasley family, Lupin, and Tonks. I love it when the underdogs have their day to shine. Don't we all?

Wishful Thought #3. Harry and Ginny will get married. (Actually, this is a wishful thought I have had since Book 4. She has the kind of pluck and bravery that seems to suit Harry very well.) Of course, this implies another wishful thought, that Harry will survive his final encounter with Voldemort. I absolutely expect Harry to defeat Voldemort in the end, but that's no guarantee that Harry will survive also.


Blogger The Awful Writer said...

I like you Potter posts. I too think Snape is a mole for the good guys. I have a couple of predictions of my own at my site in the comments section of the 'Potter break is done' post, but I can see you've thought about it a lot more than me.

10:57 AM  
Blogger TN_Dreamer said...

oh, hey, thanks for the post! I'll go read it now!

11:32 AM  

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