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Two to die in next HARRY POTTER book

By Karl Schneider     June 27, 2006
Source: Associated Press


J. K. Rowling, creator of the HARRY POTTER books, in a 1999 CNN appearance
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"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling said two characters will die in the seventh and last book in the popular franchise during a live interview on Channel 4's Richard & Judy in the UK.

"The final chapter is hidden away, although it's now changed very slightly. One character got a reprieve. But I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die," she said. "A price has to be paid. We are dealing with pure evil here. They don't target extras do they? They go for the main characters. Well, I do."

While she wouldn't reveal if one of the two characters is Harry himself, Rowling added that she has never been tempted to kill him off before the final book because she had always planned seven.

"I can completely understand, however, the mentality of an author who thinks, 'Well, I'm gonna kill them off because that means there can be no non-author written sequels. So it will end with me, and after I'm dead and gone they won't be able to bring back the character'."

Giving an update on the book's status, Rowling said, "The last book is not finished. But I'm well into it now. I wrote the final chapter in something like 1990, so I've known exactly how the series is going to end."

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almostunbiased 6/27/2006 7:47:42 AM
There wizards, the characters can always be brought back somehow. That time thing they used in the 3rd movie for instance. I hope they don't kill off Harry. Ron could die. That would be dramatic enough. I can't spell Hermione or what ever, but I'd like to see her make it too. Kill off snape or the giant dude. No I've never read the books, can you tell?
lracors 6/27/2006 8:24:56 AM
What really sucks is that a day or two after the book release news will spread like wildfire as to who dies. That is one downfall of the Internet, it's one thing to get a glipse at what may be coming, but another to have the ending blurted out.
almostunbiased 6/27/2006 9:44:46 AM
Suaw1211, you're a jackass.
kyllswich 6/27/2006 9:57:28 AM
there are tons of characters rowling could kill off...it may even be one she introduces in the last book itself...people (myself included) may be thinking ron and hermione (now that would be a kick in the teeth to harry who has already lost his parents, godfather, and mentor) but i hope rowling would not be so cruel...keep in mind two that prophecy that says loosley that either voldemort and harry must bite the dust, so that could be one of the characters (what if voldemort wins?)...rowling is a smart cookie...this is a great stunt to rekindle those flames of desire for the final book and generate interest in the previous six...
fft5305 6/27/2006 10:54:11 AM
I would really really be surprised if she kills off Harry. I think she's just trying to make it sound like she will so that she will get a bunch of publicity as people panic.
swol 6/27/2006 11:53:04 AM
My guesses...Voldemort Dies. Snape Dies. Possible deaths...Draco & (I'm drawing a blank on his name..the groundskeeper). Predictions: Harry becomes youngest Defense Against The Dark Arts professor. Hermione becomes a professor at Hogwarts (replacing McGonigal?) and eventually marries Ron.
swol 6/27/2006 11:58:24 AM
Ok...remembered his name...Hagrid
hcflink 6/27/2006 12:50:56 PM
I think Lupin is gonna bite it, so will Snape. I am of the opinion that Harry and Voldemort will both die. The prophecy says that only Harry can kill Voldemort, and only Voldemort can kill Harry. They are basically the same person. They are equal, cause when Voldemort tried to kill Harry when he was a baby, all of his power went into Harry. So it really makes sense that both of them will die. Besides, I really don't see this series having a happy ending. And that is great because the emotional impact will be that much better. Would everyone have liked Titanic so much if Jack made it out of the water? Would Revenge of the Sith have been so dark and forbodeing if Padme lived? Just my thoughts.
hcflink 6/27/2006 12:52:51 PM
Also, I think the climax of the story will be Harry attempting to rescue the Dursleys from Voldemort. That would be great. Just because I hate the Dursleys and I want them to feel regret and remorse.
almostunbiased 6/27/2006 9:03:21 PM
No you're just reading between the lines. My bet Harry buys it.
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