Here’s an interesting thought experiment we came up with the other day.
Suppose … just suppose, Harry does die in the last book.
You’re the editor of the local newspaper when a kid in your town gets so despondant over how the books ends, he commits suicide.
How do you report it? A kid committing suicide is not something you could afford to not report. But by reporting the story of the suicide you would almost by necessity have to reveal the ending of the book.
What would you do?