Isn’t there enough evil in the world without you killing off Harry Potter? In my opinion, if Harry dies, evil wins(even if Voldemort dies too). Too many children have read these books and watched these movies. They don’t need to see any more death. You have made your billions off of this. If you don’t want to write about it ever again, you don’t have to. But don’t kill him just to eliminate the possibility of a sequel.
When I first heard the suggestion of Harry Potter dying, I was stunned. And I’m very angry. Damn you for even thinking of it.
I can neither confirm nor deny the rumours, but I do know that JK Rowling conceived the entire story (minus the details, I’m guessing) in one go on a train from London to Edinburgh many years ago. The arc was decided a long while back. If you invest in fiction, you have to follow the author’s imagination wherever goes.
“They don’t need to see any more death.”
Piffle. Death happens, bad luck. Kids’ literature used to be full of it. If you want real tragedy read The Happy Prince, or for the grotesque, the Brothers Grimm, Roald Dahl, or Edward Gorey.
What’s so special about the precious little ones now that they have to be protected from its inevitability? You may not have noticed, but death has been quite common for a long time.
I’m not religious, but the Buddhists have it right, IMO: all is impermanent - even fictional characters.
And God knows, there hasn’t been any violence whatsoever in Harry Potter up to this point.
Because that’s not the story Rowlings wants to write? Because she’s trying to achieve a specific dramatic effect, and that might require that her protagonist die? Or, at the very least, that people not assume that her protagonist is bulletproof, and sure to survive the series? Because tragedy is often more dramatically satisfying than a happy ending? Because sacrifice itself is a “positive thing,” even when it comes with a high price tag? Maybe, especially when it has a high price tag?
There are a thousand reasons Rowling might want to kill Harry Potter off at the end of her last book, which, it cannot be overstressed, hasn’t even been written yet. If you can’t stand the thought of that, maybe you should avoid the wild emotional rollercoaster that is middle-brow children’s literature.
Harry Potter MUST die, to show kids what you get when you mess around with the occult. And he’ll die in the first chapter, so the rest of the book will just be hundreds of pages describing Satan sodomizing Harry with a flaming porcupine.
I don’t know. I agree with many of your points, but I also understand that this book represents something special to a lot of people. It is a chance to make people feel better, happier, for that brief moment of literary bliss.
Did Gandalf die, Frodo, Bilbo? They are magical characters that have lived on in many ways, far beyond that which their author expected.
I can see certain possibilities, a death with ultimate sacrifice, that would embody many virtues that humans hold dear.
But, nonetheless, I am simply saying this: Literature is, and always will be, a road map of our culture. It DOES have an impact, it can change lives and it can make something real that before was just a fantasy. The United States was born in the philosphy of others. Prior to the realization of a nation, they were just words, books and thoughts. Wanting something good, decent, and just to result from a mass-popularized piece of fiction is not something to be criticized. Just because it is massively popular, does not indicate it has not value.
One does not have to grow up when they express this hope. Maybe the poster just wants a piece of happiness, a ray of hope in an otherwise dim world. Will there be a ‘Bill and Ted’s’ world of the future based on Harry Potter: of course not. But, to want something special, that is full of positive messages, to remain that, is not immature or childish. It is the hope that keeps us all going in this horrifying world.
I am cynical anymore, so is my husband. We have all seen what is the horrific side of humanity. We have wept and become sollen when we gaze upon the very negativity that only solidifies our notions of an evil world. But, where there is hope, there is greatness and for a person to ask that this pariticular piece of literature not lose that hope for millions of people is hardly immature, childish, stupid or cynical.
Does Voledemort count? Obviously he’s either going to die or be rendered powerless forever. Assuming he’s not one of the two, I’d guess Snape will die in a way that finally shows which side (if any) he was really on. The other…
In keeping with the constant series theme of “Harry’s hard-knock life”, he’ll live but in somewhat less than happily ever after circumstances. My guess would be Hermione dies- is either killed or sacrifices herself- and Ron blames Harry for it and never speaks to him again. So one of his best friends is dead and the other hates him for the rest of his life.
And the Longbottoms stay incurably insane. Bad things happen, the tooth fairy doesn’t make it all better in the end, and sometimes all you can do is make bitter sacrifices in order to keep even worse things from happening.