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Finished Harry Potter! Reviewing my predictions. [Aug. 7th, 2005|08:20 pm]

I finally finished reading the latest Harry Potter book. That was a good one! Possibly my favorite of the series so far.

Now, before reading it, I had some guesses about what would happen. I'm happy to say, I saw NO spoilers! Thanks, everyone, for talking discreetly and using cut tags. And, in case you're wondering, I don't read any HP fan sites, so this was just my own wild speculation.

Guess: Dumbledore will die. Harry will either be imprisoned at the time or inadvertently the agent. Harry will witness the event.

This was the one that I got pretty much right. I know, predicting Dumbledore's death was no great feat of prestidigitation; this falls right in line with what we'd expect for this classical story mold. But I was guessing pretty close to the mark on character circumstances (Harry was imprisoned and a witness), so I'll take some points for that.

Guess: Voldemort will kill Dumbledore. Dumbledore will allow himself to be killed in order to reveal a weakness of Voldemort's to Harry. Harry will use this vulnerability in book seven.

Whiffed this one. Whether Dumbledore allowed himself to be killed is debatable given the long chain of events leading up to it; he certainly was aware he was placing himself in mortal peril, though. But that we gained insight into Draco's and Snape's characters was a surprise. I didn't expect that.

Guess: We'll learn more about Snape's other side (i.e. his role with Voldemort).

Yup. Again, an easy prediction. We learned even more than I expected!

Guess: Dudley Dursley will be the titular half-blood prince. Petunia Dursley actually has magical powers that she repressed because she so hated her sister. Dudley will join the world of wizards.

Nope. Interesting theory, though, isn't it? :)

I thought this was actually a pretty good guess. It explains why Dudley has been mentioned in so many of the books; he's obviously an antagonist with flaws that needs to be reconciled with Harry. Petunia revealed that she knows a bit about the magical world (e.g. dementors); it would also explain why Dumbledore would have leverage with her and could get her to vow to guard Harry. One possible tack would be that Dudley would align with Harry against Draco, bringing some bullying experience to Harry's aid.

Well... there's always book seven, right?

[User Picture]From: polrbear
2005-08-08 05:45 am (UTC)
That last guess and thought chain is pretty interesting.

Given what Dumbldore said to Drako while they were still 'alone' on the tower, plus some odd events afterward, leads me to believe he is far from actually dead.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-08-08 05:58 am (UTC)
I just updated my new predictions post on that. (Forgot that one in the first draft! Whoops!)

I can see the "Dumbledore isn't dead" argument but I don't quite buy it. I think that he is dead but will return in some other way. We've already seen some ways that the dead wizards can still be influential...
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[User Picture]From: ashkitty
2005-08-08 06:02 am (UTC)
Someone else pointed out that Petunia can't have repressed magical powers, because of the part in HBP that explains that the Ministry can tell when magic is being done at a place, but not who did it, which is why Harry gets blamed for Dobby's cake-conjuring in CoS...if there was another witch there, like Petunia, they would have assumed it was her. (She backed this up better than I did, but that was the gist of it.)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-08-08 06:11 am (UTC)
Ah, a good point! If she's never used her powers, does the Ministry even know she's a witch, though? Could she be unknown to them? (We know, for example, that there are undocumented animagi. Bureaucratic oversight?)

I must admit, this theory is certainly a longshot. I've just taken a fancy to it. :)
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[User Picture]From: wolfstoy
2005-08-09 03:09 am (UTC)
I find that hard to believe really... same with Dudley. It looks like the Ministry of Magic, while unable to detect who performed magic in a house (this seems pretty gritty as like at the Weasley place Fred and George could have been doing magic all the time undetected) they seem to know when a wizard is born. If not, there would be no "mud bloods" (yeah, dirty word, but the idea fits) around because how would the Ministry know?
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2005-08-08 07:39 am (UTC)
Maybe Petunia made "The unbreakable bow" with Dumbledore?
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