An exercise in divination

Prompted by lorelai‘s Deathly Hallows predictions board, I am offering my own forecast (items not in particular order).

0. The Veil…?: Dead people remain dead, though we will see them again in some other form.

1. Harry: He will live but be hurt in some way OR he will die taking Voldemort with him. Either way, Voldemort dies.

2. Snape: He’s not a true Death Eater, nor a good person. For some reason he is loyal to Dumbledore (possibly to Dumbledore alone, not the whole Order). Also, for some reason, he feels compelled to preserve Harry’s life (and not just so Voldemort can kill him, as he suggested in his final flight in Book 6).

3. Ron and Hermione: Will both live.

4. Ginny: Will live, and will do some serious ass-kicking. Far-out possibility that I would love to see happen: Ginny saves Harry.

5. Neville: I hope he will live, but I’m not sure. He will have some further face-off with Bellatrix Lestrange but I’m not sure he can manage to kill her single-handedly. If he lives, he may someday become a Hogwarts teacher.

6. Hagrid: I’m afraid he will die in an outrageously heroic blaze of protection and self-sacrifice. If he doesn’t, his sadness after all the deaths will be gut-wrenching, just like in the end of Book 6.

7. McGonagall: I think she will live, because she’s mostly stayed out of the line of danger until now. But if she gets drawn more deeply into the war, then I don’t know.

8. Lupin and Tonks: Tonks, I think, will live (though possibly badly injured), and I think Lupin will live because of Tonks.

9. Moody: I think he’s had it.

10. The rest of the Weasley family: Mr Weasley may die. Mrs Weasley, like McGonagall, has mostly stayed out of direct danger, but you never know. I think Bill and Charlie will be okay. Charlie may play a larger role in this book. If Percy dies, he will have had some sort of face-off with his family first, either a reconciliation or a final break. Fred and George will live (because if they die, so does Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes, and we really can’t have that).

11. Dobby and Kreacher: Kreacher is going to play a larger role in this book. Dobby will find yet another way to help Harry, which may possibly include getting killed trying to protect Harry.

12. The Malfoys: Draco will live and still be a prat, but no longer so unambiguously bad. His parents will not both survive.

13. Bellatrix: Evil witch must die! But she’ll wreak a lot more mischief before she goes, either in the form of killings or by doing something else huge for Voldemort.

Thirteen seems a good number to end on. Leave me your predictions too!

If I remember, I might do thirteen more on each of the TWO MORE DAYS until book release!

[This post was imported on 4/10/14 from my old blog at]


23 responses to “An exercise in divination

  1. I’ve already been told it’s sacrilege, but I’m just about to read my first Potter book now, from book 5 instead from the beginning. I followed an impulse after watching the recent movie to give it a try (which is shocking also since I’ve always been a fantasy fiction nerd).

    • Yay!

      I also held off for a long time after the series came out, thinking anything so popular couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. Then one evening while at home on a visit, I plopped down on the bed with the first of the books (my sisters’ copy) to “read the first chapter, just to see if I like it.” I didn’t budge until I’d finished, and then I started on the second book right away. I hope your reading experience is as wonderful! 🙂

      I don’t think it’s too shocking you haven’t touched one yet — Harry Potter and the fantasy world overlap sometimes, but they’re really not cut from the same cloth, I don’t think.

      • Re: Yay!

        Yeah, my current favourite fantasy fiction remains Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell…I feel a little guilty going backward to Potter. But I’ve thought the movies have been so fun, I couldn’t but help give them a try.

  2. I think Neville will be a good plant master or whatever it is they call it. I want to see him and Luna together.

    I think Snape is going to do something really cool to help Harry.

    …I also think the house elves are going to stage a rebellion, maybe with the help of Hermione’s hats, and do something ala the condemned traitors’ ghosts recruited by Aragorn in the Return of the King.

    I like your prophesy about Mad Eye Moody. =) Love and HUGS Margaret

    • It doesn’t look like we can expect a Luna/Neville pairing anytime soon, though they certainly did look cute together in the movie!

      Snape better help Harry, otherwise why is he still around?!

      I love the house-elf rebellion idea.


        • Aww! Last Saturday we were discussing Harry Potter as the Star Wars of the current generation in terms of fan base and excitement. But as I was never a Star Wars fan (I know, I know), I couldn’t say. ;b

          • No, Harry Potter is an entirely different breed. Star Wars fans don’t actually like Star Wars. Star Wars fans hate everything about Star Wars. They just like the idea of Star Wars.

            Harry Potter fans actually like Harry Potter.

            • See, that’s one of the finer points that I missed by never being a fan. 🙂

              I just turned and read your comment to Erik, and he was greatly amused and said you are right, though he thinks it might be different were there a book series the movies were based on.

  3. I thought everyone had already decided that Snape was like in love with Harry and therefore hates Harry and James.

    I hope Ginny and Harry’s connection to Voldie (both as pawns of Voldemort; Ginny was kind of a mini horocrux wasn’t she?) is uh, more than just mentioned. I hate that they left that part where she tells Harry “stop being emo, I’ve been possessed by him too.” out of the 5th film.

    • Snape and Harry?!

      In my mind I do fondly wish to see Sirius and Lupin together, though, like in so many fanfics (which I do not read, but have heard of secondhand). There’s a fabulous moment of visual couple-ness for those two in the recent movie that made me very happy. I don’t think it’s really in the books, alas.

      Ginny and Hermione are both being written into sort of just “girl power” characters in the movie. A lot of reviewers say Emma Watson is the weak link in the Trio, but I think she’s just playing the part she’s been given. One of the biggest sacrifices the movies have made in their adaptations of the book is shoving aside nearly everyone else’s journey in favor of focusing on Harry’s.

      • While we’re talking gay… my roommate found one of my wish-predictions so funny it’s in her IM comments now:

        “Draco needs to stay alive so he can go gay with Harry and they can live happily ever after YAY!”

        • Hahaha… now that would be a tumultuous relationship!

          “Harry why don’t you love me?”

          “Because you would have killed Dumbledore, you git.”

          Seriously, though, after listening to some of Draco and the Malfoys’ songs, I’ve realized there is a very strong thread of thwarted possible-friendship and subsequent jealousy that goes through the books. Draco never hated Harry from the beginning, but only started to do so after Harry snubbed him and started being better than him (better broom, better at Quidditch, teachers’ favorite, etc).

          • Oh wait, I just remembered that Lily was really good at Potions too. Okay. Now I can picture it. Before that I couldn’t figure out why Snape would be drawn to Lily, even if she was popular.

            So is this why Harry’s having Lily’s eyes is important?? Hmmm…

            • Wait but (you can tell I’ve never given this serious thought before now) I don’t see how they’re going to reconcile this in the seventh movie if this is the case, because they totally cut Young Lily out of the Occlumency scene in the recent movie, so the Snape-Lily possibility is totally not even in the movies up to this point. I mean, JKR told them to leave Kreacher in when they wanted to take him out… ?

    • Yes there’d better be a definite ending and an epilogue! I trust Jo Rowling, though, and things that have cropped up here and there in interviews (with her, with Jim Dale who does the audiobooks, with the illustrator Mary GrandPré) make me think the last book won’t be a disappointment.

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