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Well, it has been a while. I feel like I have digested Harry Potter a good bit and have done some other reading as well. In a similar genre I am on my second reading of George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire. Like the Potter saga, this one is apparently intended to run to 7 volumes – 5 already written.

On another website – capricious spirits – I’ve done some musing about numbers. In the same way that it seems that Rowling’s writings give clues to many areas of mystical knowledge (the elements, Tarot, numerology), the Martin books seem to have some things to say about numbers. In particular, 2, 3 and 7.

Two: The universal aspect of 2 seems to be most strongly conveyed in the R’hllor myth. The Lord of light embodying fire, life, light, goodness. The un-nameable Other death, darkness and cold. The two eternally struggle for dominion. I can think of a number of real world cases where a philosophy based on this same eternal struggle serves as the context for violent struggles which often seem more about power than religion. I’ll let that sit and try to return to it.

Three: The three headed dragon is harder for me to sort out but threes appear over and over in the Danerys story line. three blood riders, three attendants, three dragons, three slaver cities. Rather than being in opposition, the three notion seems to be bound up with a thing that is one in concept, but in fact consists of three different, but similar manifestations.

Seven: The number seven appears repeatedly but most clearly in the seven gods or seven faces of the god of Westeros. Three are male: Father, Warrior, Smith; three female: Crone, Mother, Maiden; the last, the Stranger, is ambivalent, both, either, neither.

I’ll attempt to return and elaborate after some further consideration.

As I noted in the previous post, while considering a post I had read on the card “the lightning struck tower” which appears in book 6 (Professor Trelawney read the card) it occured to me that this is card number 16 from the major arcana of the Tarot. Turning this over in my mind, I wondered what other tarot cards might have appeared in the series. A post in another blog drew my attention to the appearance of “the hanged man” card number 12. I cannot recall what lead me to connecting Harry’s age with the cards, but once I did, I mapped out cards 11-17 and felt I had found a sort of strong connection between the books and these cards.

Expanding on these thoughts further, I wondered whether there might be some sort of tie-in between the cards whose numbers match the volume number of the series, which also matches Harry’s year in Hogwarts. I’ve been re-reading the series to see how well these connections hold up.

Re-reading and recalling the books, I find that for my own purposes, the strand matching Harry’s age with the cards yields a connection so strong that I feel almost certain that they are a part of the underlying symbolic structure of the work, taken as a whole. Now my reasoning is not exactly objective here – I’ve come up with a theory and I find such compelling evidence that I believe it? Hardly making a great case for anyone else. The connection between cards 1-6 and their respective volumes is also fairly strong, but not nearly as strong, in my mind as the connections with cards 11-16.

Then I wandered farther out on the limb – if part of the basis for the storyline is to be found in the cards, could, perhaps, Ms. Rowling be using the books to teach the Tarot and fundamentals of other branches of “magical” knowledge. In addition to the Tarot, we have, quite possibly, a primer to the elements. I’m only a casual tarot reader, but finding these connections, I see that I have a much better grasp of this subset of cards from the larger deck. If it was her intent to teach this bit of divination, then I owe Ms. Rowling my thanks yet again – after all the thanks I owe her for a highly entertaining and enthralling story – these most recent thanks for expanding my knowledge of cards which I already used from time to time as a tool for meditation.

As in the previous post – here are those cards, with their number and overly brief descriptions of their meanings. Those of you who really do understad the Tarot please forgive my simplistic understanding of them. To see cards you may consider acquiring a deck (I have returned to a deck I used long ago, the Tarot of the Witches and a Polish deck Tarot Magow) or you may find the user submitted designs on aeclectic.net to be useful.

1: The Magician – Skill, Magic
2: The High Priestess: Wisdom, Learning
3: The Empress: Feminine Progress, Action
4: The Emperor: Accomplishment, Leadership
5: The Hierophant: Mercy, Humility, Kindness
6: The Lovers: Love, Beauty
7: The Chariot: Turmoil, Vengeance, Trouble and Adversity

11: Strength: Strength, Courage
12: The Hanged Man: Life in Suspension
13: Death: Transformation, Unexpected Change
14: Temperance: Moderation, Compromise, Patience
15: The Devil: Ravage, Bondage, Malevolence
16: The Lighning Struck Tower: Sudden, complete change, Calamity
17: The Star: Hope, Bright Prospects

Volume 1

If my theory holds, then I should be able to demonstrate strong connections. Let’s begin with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone for UK readers). Since, as you may already have figured out from my previous rambling essays, I am already convinced (self deluded?) that writing according to her own interpretation of a classic formula, JKR lays down the foundation and predictor of each book in its opening section. In book 1 she begins before the beginning. On this latest re-reading, I wondered if that gave me some clue to look at card 0 – the Fool. As I read I found plenty of evidence to let me connect several characters to this card, and not wanting to hold anything back I linked Vernon and Dudley Dursley, and as I continued to read, Peeves and (in the next book) Cornelius Fudge. The link between Vernon and Cornelius Fudge seems particularly strong. But I did not dwell on what OTHER cards she may have plugged into the books, I was looking for the Magician an for Strength. Soon enough, in the first section we are exposed to Dumbledore (the Magician) and Hagrid (Strength). It seems to me that the lower number cards are first shown to us as a force which begins outside of Harry, something to which he is exposed, and which, in the course of the book he must become – or grow into. Thus, we are given to understand what magic and skill are through Dumbledore’s demonstration, and over the course of the volume, we see Harry grow into. Thus, while identifying the Magician with Dumbledore, the themes of magic and skill aren’t strictly confined to him.

If Dumbledore illustrates magic and skill, Hagrid embodies strength. He even looks sort of like the strong man on the Strength card in my Tarot of the Witches deck. Where – with the lower numbered card I see the characters that Harry needs to grow into through the volume, with the higher numbered card matching his age, I see the major theme of the book. While we see him exhibiting some athletic strength as he becomes a quidditch player, we see more a theme of courage and bravery – even to the point of recklessness – fairly permeating the challenge/duel meeting with Draco, the facing of the troll, the detention in the Forbidden Forest, and the facing of the 7 challenges culminating in facing Quirrel/Voldemort. I link these challenges to the 7 tasks of Hercules – is that JKR’s intent – probably a stretch but it fits into my interpretation that this volume is themed Strength.

Still, one could argue convincingly that courage is what we see from Harry throughout the series and it would be hard for me to argue against that notion with much conviction.

As for the elemental connection of volume one I see as being associated wsith fire. If it were, we would expect to see fire reflected in the work and indeed we see it in Hermione’s portable fire, a lot of fiery themes associated with Hagrid’s dragon, both its incubatin and after hatching, in the black and purple flame in the final trials (potion test). But the case for the first volume being a “fire” theme is not terribly strong. Fire’s association is power – so we might expect to see the “power” part of the story and indeed we see Harry’s allies demonstrate power (Firenze drives away voldemort at the unicorn’s corpse, Ron strikes down the troll) and Harry shows power strong enough to defeat Voldemort again.

Volume 2

Here I begin to look for cards 2 (the High Priestess) and card 12 (the Hanged Man). The element I associate with volume 2 is Water. Now clearly my thinking on the lower series of cards is in trouble. If the high priestess is associated with a character – it seems like it ought to be McGonnegal. But she doesn’t figure in the first part of the book as I would have expected. If it is someone who figures in the first part of the book – it seems like it almost has to be Gilderoy – but that doesn’t seem right at all. I’ll hold onto the McGonnegal thought – she is the one who appears at crucial moments. Rescuing Ron and Harry from Snape, one of the first to turn up when Mrs Norris is found and again when Justing and Nick are found petrified. Now it may be that this number relates to a different character that I haven’t divined. O Professor Trelawney where are you when I need you?

The Hanged Man is, however, so strongly related that I think I really am on to something with this card. I use Dobby as my emblem – his life is suspended by the slavery that binds him – but could anything be more emblematic of life in suspension than the petrified students, cats and ghosts? Doesn’t life in suspsension say just about everything there is to say about the existence of the piece of Voldemort’s soul hidden in the diary?

This is also Ron’s book – and by that I mean that he is given mor eemphasis than Hermione. Right from his rescuing Harry in the flying car rescuing Harry, then flying it to Hogwarts, being the one to turn into slytherins with the polyjuice potion, the trip to Aragog’s lair and then right through the outer gate of the Chamber of Secrets.

And if water were associated with this book, that should also be reflected – and we find it so with the freqent flooded hallways and Myrtle’s bathroom. We would also expect to see the love part of the story prominently displayed. Taken for its part in the whole series it does so, laying the groundwork for the love story growing between Ginny and Harry, not to mention the “family” that forms around Harry enclosing him in its love (and constrasted with his “real” family).

Volume 3

As book 2 was, in my opinion a Ron book, so book 3 is (again, in my opinion) the Hermione focused book. The long lead up to the disclosure she has the time turner, her pivotal role in the ending through the use of the time turner, and as with Ron in book 2 – she is the one with Harry Potter almost to the end of his “book ending climactic battle.” I peg book 3 as having an elemental association of air. Before I go further – I should say that all the elements play in every book, but they have, a cycle to them – a symetry eminating from the middle of the series with all elements heavily displayed in the 1st and 4th volumes, and resumably in book 7, which I guess, owing to the symmetry I believe I detect, will be a “fire” volume once again. The cards I associate with this volume – number 3: the Empress and Number 13: Death.

If you have not practiced Tarot reading, you probably carry with you the results of long media obsession with the Death card as a death omen. And indeed, Professor Trelawney tells us early on of this horrible death omen – the Grim. However, Tarot readers are aware that you can’t have a big death event as often as card number 13 turns up and its normal meaning has to do with great, unexpected changes. If I wseren’t going to assign Sirius as the character embodying this card at the start of the novel I would consider him for the feminine progress figure, since he stands in for Lily – but I’m probably wrong on this count, especially seeing how well he fits one of the most commonly accepted meanings for the card – and indeed if you were using the novels, as I postulate, as a primer for learning these things – Sirius wonderfully embodies the sudden unexpeted change. Really, I think he stands in for James.

And as a theme for the book – sudden unexpected changes fairly well defines it throughout. The change of scabbers from a non-entity pet to the dangerous Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail, Wormtail’s change from a friend of James to the villain, Harry’s saving the villain instead of taking revenge, Lupin’s exposure as a werewolf, Sirius’ transformatin from villain to persecuted hero. Then there is Professor Trelawney repeatedly pronouncing death and doom, as if to remind what the point of this primer is, with her own sudden change from “a right old fraud” to a real oracle, if only briefly (actually, I think JK uses her to give us accurate predictions – a side note – see how she demonstrates how to read tea leaves, how diviners use a crystal ball – another part of my notion this is a primer in addition to an epic story).

This time, there is a strong candidate for card 3 – the Empress, from early in the book as I expected, although not as early as I originally imagined. In this case I find myself extending the beginning of the book up until the arrival at Hogwarts so that I can confidently (well, nevermind) name Lupin as the embodiment of the card and as the stand in for Lily. The word action is exemplified and displayed by Remus Lupin, although asleep when the trio finds him, he is the one who springs into action when the dementors come aboard the train, takes remedial action immedately (feeding the kids chocolate to the later approval of Madam Pompfrey) and has an active practical lesson as his first defense against the dark arts class for Harry and the 3rd year Gryffendors. Could we say there is something of a feminine style in his teaching Harry the patronus charm? As it plays out in the book, do we see feminine progress represented in the mercy Harry shows to Wormtail? I could try to pitch the notion of “action” coming to a clmination in the end of the book – but that would be true of each volume.

As Chamber of Secrets was (imho) Ron’s book – Prisoner is Hermione’s. From the beginning when she buys Crookshanks, through the book as we see Ron protecting Scabbers (turns out to be the bad choice) and Hermione sticking up for her cat (the right choice in the end isn’t it?) Especially in the end, when Ron is incapacitated and Hermione contiues with Harry almost till the very climax of the whole complex double timed story.

As for elements, if this was an air focused segment, what would we expect to see? Flying on hippogrifs? The pre-eminence of wisdom? Flying on and saving Buckbeak seem to combine these two notions although there are plenty of pointers to other elements in the work. Still, between floating dementors, exceedingly great attention to quidditch, the gift of a Firebolt, the “flight” of the fat lady, repeated flying on Buckbeak and the outro on the astronomy tower – it does satisfy me that I may have hit upon the elemental symmetry of the series.

Volume 4

Now we have set a pattern, when we consider the Emperor (card 4), Temperance (card 14) and earth influences my case will fit what we’ve seen before with one rather glaring exception. Major Arcana card 4 – the Emperor – signifies accomplishment and leadership, card 14 – Temperance – moderation, compromise and patience. Earth is associated with wealth. See if these associations make sense to you.

The Emperor, card 4 – according to the way I’ve built my understanding of the lower series card’s place in organizing the work, will have serving as an emblem a character we meet early – and here I find myself drawn to the notion that it is Moody, although I might also have guessed it to be Viktor Krum. In either case, it is a quality(qualities) that I expect to see Harry internalize, as indeed I see accomplishment and leadership abounding. Moody is the highly accomplished Auror and all the people whose judgement we are led to trust in the series acknowledge his high level of accomplishment. Viktor Krum shows the same type of accomplishment as do the other champions – Fleur and Cedric.

Temperance – card 14 – I read the given meanings, patience, (self-)moderation but what keeps coming to mind is the tempering of steel. It is repeatedly put to the heat and then cooled again, and in the process becomes stronger and stronger – and this appears to my mind to be exactly what Harry is going through in the Goblet of Fire, while the trials “test” him he becomes stronger, becomes a better wizard. Patience? It doesn’t seem like Harry does it? The interesting thing is that in my deck, the card features two goblets, calling to mind the Goblet of Fire.

Speaking of which – you might reasonably ask how I can possibly identify a book with Fire in its title as being the earth focused book and you would be on to something because I beleive that while it shows signs of earthiness, this volume at the very middle of the series features not only earth, but all the elements in a series of element focused “waves of themes.” But first, the simple earth focus. If the work is earth focused, we might expect to see coin, pentacle, money and wealth themes. These themes come into play early and stay with us right till the end. Insinuation of great wealth required for Quidditch World Cup tickets, The Weasley twins’ wagers, the leprauchans showering gold on the world cup audience, the thousand galleon prize for the Tri-Wizard tournament. Ludo Bagman seems especially emblematic of the earth focus, wearing what we are told is the Wasps’ colors but which elsewhere we associate with Hufflepuff (yellow and black – and of course Hufflepuff, with its badger symbol, is the earth house at Hogwarts), his wagering – shall we call it an obsession? – and frequent appearances with goblins – who we’ve been trained to associate with wealth – the wealth of Gringotts. If it weren’t for the four Tri-Wizard tournament trials with their changing elemental focus I’d feel on very solid ground but as it is, even here – we conclude with earth.

The tournament leads off with the “impartial” selector – the Goblet of Fire – so here we do see the element properly associated. Next task: dragons and Harry turns it into a feat of flying (air). Next, Harry has to take the egg into a tub of water (where he encounters Monaing Myrtle – who as we know lives in a u bend under a toilet – a very watery ghost she is) in order to be able to enter the lake for the rescue from the merpeople – how watery can you get? Finally, we end up in the maze – so earthy with its plants sinking their roots into the ground, so much earthier with a prize (the trophy) and winnings (wealth) waiting at the center for the winner. So I emphasize again that the four elemental trials – the trials tempering Harry’s elemental strengths – end with earth. The coming together of the elements in volume four seem to me to presage a similar series to be seen in the last volume – since we are led to believe there are four horcruxes left to be found and they seem likely to fit nicely into an elemental profile. I’ve already made elemental predictions in earlier posts and won’t revisit them here – check them out through the categories selections.

So, while I see Goblet of Fire as being an earth focused “primer” its place in the middle of the series force all the elements through its “center” – the center of the whole series as it were, echoing similar “all element” series in book one and presumably to come in book 7. Let’s ust leave it there and proceed.

Volume 5

Continuing a theme I’ve already overworked we find outselves facing as theoretical suppliers of theme elements for the Order of the Phoenix – major arcana card 5, the Hierophant (mercy, humility, kindness), card 15, the Devil (ravage, bondage, malevolence) and a return to air element – in my imagining of the series elemental themes I’ve laid them out in symmetry from the middle.

We meet a few new characters early in book 5 who might, according to the principles of my search, be candidates to serve as the early emblem of card 5 – the Hierophant. I’m inclined towards Tonks, but Luna Lovegood may be a better choice. Continuing on my fanatical focus on symmetry, her own kindness is revisited upon her in the end by Harry who may show he has learned this character strength – the part of what is necessary for his learnign to face Voldemort. As with book 2, however, it seems a lot less clear. this may be owing to my abysmally poor understanding of the cards, or perhaps because I’m completely on the wrong track. Harry does have to exercise patience, learn humility as he becomes teacher to his fellows in DA- and his lack of patience leads him and his friends into danger. However, as all the other emblems thus far have been teachers, I’m inclined to think that this time around it may be Firenze. He makes his appearance late, but lacks pride (as Ronan and Bane pointed out in Sorcerer’s Stone). Perhaps, if it must be a teacher, it is Dumbledore himself – modestly leaving Hogwarts rather than showing his full power.

Card 15 however, continues the strain of cards 11-14 – in being very strongly related to the overall theme of the book and finding an emblem early on. Dolores Umbridge is the very devil to Harry and to everyone who is concerned with fighting against Voldemort – of standing up to evil. She appears to enjoy nothing more than tormenting Harry – of tormenting anyone within her power. And as the volume progresses, voldemort is building a trap of malevolence into which he draws Harry. Sirius faces his ow devils in the isolation at Grimmauld Place and the restrictions dumbledore puts him under and as always there is Snape’s malevolence towards Harry (and Sirius).

Air? Again we find many airy themes throughout – the flight to London from Privet Drive, the thestrals, quidditch, the locking away of Harry’s broom, the second flight to London on the thestrals. Another aspect of air is wisdom – which Harry alternately exhibits the possession and the lack of. Sometimes this wisdom is alternately described as “skill” and certainly Harry demonstrates skill and imparts it to his friends in DA.

What to make of the love interest storyline and Cho Chang. She is a Ravenclaw – to be sure the air element house but otherwise I haven’t yet sorted out ust how she might fit in all this unless it is that the elements are the basis of the minor arcana of the tarot and I may have missed a whole assortment of minor arcana lessons as I focus on the “big picture” of the major arana cards and the main elemental focus of the books.

Volume 6

The card for the first series – 6 – the Lovers (Love, Beauty), is easier to hang a hook on at this juncture. The Lightning Struck Tower (card 16 – sudden, complete change, calamity) is so obvious – it is postively introduced by Professor Trelawney, defined for us – that it is what put me on to the second series of cards in the first place. I started from that point, realized it was also Harry’s age and worked my way out, only connecting the lower numbered series with the volume number later. I perceive many watery connections as well.

Which lovers could I narrow my search down to for my emblem? Harry and Ginny? Ron and Hermione? Lupin and Tonks? Bill and Fleur? Perhpas the thematic display of lovers is simply that and I should focus on a teacher – in which case my atention turns to Horace Slughorn. His own love of Lily (not romantic, but real) is key the advancing the plot. I’m more inclined to think he is part and parcel of the water focus of the book as I’ll go on about below – so let Harry/Ginny be my abiding emblem for the lovers.

The Tower – card 16 sums up the outcome of the book – Dumbledore dies. What greater calamity could befall all the characters we have been led to love, that the loss of their best true protector? His early calamity – the wounding and shriveling of his hand foreshadows the ultimate calamity of his death. The place where he is killed – the tower really makes it even more obvious. I sort of feel like th dog who has to have his nose rubbed in the scent before he comprenhends he is supposed to follow it.

The water element focus of the book is most obvious n the ocean/lake scene where Harry and Dumbledore overcome the obstacles to getting the (false) horcrux. Other watery associations – the emphasis on potions, and the playing out of love in its primacy. Recall that Water is – as best I can tell – Slytherin’s element – and water’s big association – at least in tarot (cups) is Love. Up till volume 6 we see little of love in slytherins, but with the introduction of Slughorn we see that it can indeed be found there and probably even belongs as central focus. We see love between Narcissa and Bellatrix, Draco for his family.

Where does this leave us for Volume 7 – the Deathly Hallows? I will be looking for card 7 (The Chariot: Turmoil, Vengeance, Trouble and Adversity) as a character and a characteristic which Harry needs to grow into, card 17 (The Star: Hope, Bright Prospects) as the environmental setting for the book with its emblem as a person, and a fire focused book but with trials in all four elements.

The only other thing I can really do at this juncture is to thank JKR for helping me internalize lessons about cards I’ve casually read for years and for an excellent primer in divination and all things (neo)pagan. Was this on purpose – to be a primer for folks like me on the Tarot? Was it more of an organizational tool for building the series? Or am I just wrong? Comment away you readers.

Litch, on Myspace, says:

 

I saw this on MuggleNet once and it really got me thinking…..JKRowling came up with the four Houses with a specific element in mind. (This is true, she really did do this, not a theory)
Gryffindor – Fire
Slytherin – Water
Hufflepuff – Earth
Ravenclaw – Wind

Considering that for the Horcruxes we have the piece in Voldy himself, the diary, the ring, the cup, the locket, nagini, and something of Ravenclaws’ (Yes Ravenclaw! Not something of Gryffindors cause Gryffindor already has a sword and if he gets the Horcurx too than Ravenclaw is left with nothing.)

Alrighty, so we have Slytherin’s Locket, and Sly’s element is water. And the location where the locket was hidden was very watery. In the cave, the blood tribute, the ocean, the lake, the potion.

therefore, it is believable that voldy hid Huffy’s Cup and Raven’s item in locations haveing to do with their respective elements, earth and wind.

Hufflepuff – As we know the Bones family is a long line of Hufflepuffs, and I have to double check my facts on this, but Amelia Bones is dead and I believe the last descendant is Susan Bones at Hogwarts with Harry. And since the Bones’s are such a huge line of Huffy’s it is believable that the cup is buried in the grave/earth of Amelia or another Bones relative. Likely protected by things like living trees and attacking roots, kinda like the maze in GoF. Maybe Susan Bones will hold the key to getting it.
Also, it is clearly stated that Voldy killed Amelia Bones HIMSELF. Now why would he risk coming out of hiding for this particular person? Maybe he knew that one of the last members of such a strong Hufflepuff ancestry would be able to retrieve the Hufflepuff Horcrux or maybe she knew something about it and Voldy had to make sure she was silenced.

Another theory is Zacharius Smith, a Hufflepuff at school with Harry, is theorized to be related to Hepzaba Smith, who is a direct descendant of Helga Hufflepuff. Therefore he could be related to Hufflepuff, so maybe he holds the key to retrieving the cup.

Ravenclaw – Element is wind. therefore it is very likely that her horcrux will be hidden in the sky. Protected by things such as that. Shouldnt be too hard for harry teh great flyer to get it down.
But what exactly is Ravenclaw’s Horcrux. I think it will either be her wand or a tiara. The wand has the attributes of her element, wind, being swished and flicked around. But Im leaning towards the tiara because the Grey Lady, the Raven House Ghost, is described as wearing a tiara. Also, in HBP Mrs. Weasley tells Fleur she can wear her great aunts old tiara for the wedding. and lastly, in HBP when harry is hiding the Potions book in the Room of Requierement, he hids it in a wardrobe and puts a bust on top and a tiara on top of the bust.

Well, these are just my opinions mixed in with MuggleNet.

 

To which I replied:

very well thought out and farther than I have gone in the houses-elements line. Fleur and the tiara fits with Jason’s thinking, which links her with Hufflepuff and Krum with Ravenclaw, which also makes a lot of sense with your wind analogy (maybe air is a better word, but I won’t argue).

What trips me up is this – water is the element of – LOVE. It’s main symbol – the moon – Is Luna Lovegood the true slytherin elemental archetype?

by jason on myspace, thread, how will harry get strong enough to defeat voldemort

Well, the three [other] starters of Hogwarts (Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Godric Gryffindor) knew [when he left] that Salazar Slytherin’s heir would return to finish Slytherin’s work. So, to protect the muggle-born students and stop Voldemort they started new schools. Ravenclaw started up Dumstrang. and Hufflepuff started Beaux Batons where they had children. Ravenclaw’s decendent, Viktor Krum. and Hufflepuff’s, Fleur Delacour. If you read the Goblet of Fire, you realize how both Viktor and Fleur fit the description that the sorting hat gives about both houses. Krum- strong, he knows dark magic but unlike Slytherin knows when and when not to use it. Fleur, not the sharpest tool in the shed, good with magic but when it comes to a challenge she comes up shy. Which would have to make Harry the heir of Gryffindor.

Now you have to think,  why did Voldemort go after Harry and not Neville. Because of the info we’re gonna get in the next book. And what secrets about Hogwarts did Voldemort want to figure out so bad that he wanted to become the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Dumbledore specifically said he wanted to come back to find out the rest of the secrets [of Hogwarts] which means Dumbledor knows Voldemort already found some. He found out that Harry was the heir of Gryffindor. And he wanted to find out who the other heirs are. Voldemort knows to be able to rule the world and get rid of all muggles like he wants to he has to be able to get rid of all the other heirs. And the reason Harry has to kill him and not the other heirs is because Slytherin and Gryffindor were the best, the strongest, only diffrence one was good and one was evil. But yes Harry is going to wipe the floor with Voldemort he will be trained by Victor and Fleur and others. Because Dumbledore was a smart man he knew he was gonna die. Any one who was strong enough to prevent the battle between Harry and Voldemort would die. And Dumbledore would had made sure when he went there were others to teach Harry.

The reason Harry is going to win is not because its his book and not because he is stronger. I feel it will be an equal fight from both sides but Harry’s rage will help him win. Voldemort, who has no friends, he makes people think they’re his friends but does’nt give a rats ass about them. Harry cares about each and every one of his friends. And every person in these books has a part in helping Harry thruoughout the years. Hermonie- her book smarts, Hagrid- helped with the basilisc and told them to follow the spiders, Dobby- gillyweed and the D.A. room, Dumbledore- enough said. Lupin- helped with the dementors.

But one person out of all helped the most and will be the one in danger in the next book which puts Harry in his rage and helps him win. Ron- Harry’s best friend, the boy who accepted him not because he was famous but because he liked him and gave Harry a family that Harry always wanted and even though he lives under Harry’s shadow and wants to be well known like Harry and a great wizard like Harry he will always stay in the shadow just because he will always be there for Harry.

So Voldemort’s final mistake will be to hurt the person Harry cares about most for the last time when Harry is powerful enough to kill Voldemort. And Voldemort will rue the day he tried to f*** with Harry’s best friend. Yeah, well i think thats how the next book will be but I love to hear things other people think and things I may have over looked so if you have an idea send me a message. When trying to figure out what’s gonna happen remember, every person J.K. Rowling brings into her books has a purpose. And even if they’re missing from a book and you know they’re not dead, there is a strong possibility that they will be back to help out Harry for his last fight. On a closing note, Malfoy is such a loser.

Additions by the Horcrux Citizen

I’m quite taken with Jason’s theory of the heirs of the founders. All along I have tried to sort out something like this concept – assigning different people to different characteristics of the founders. For a long time I’ve thought that Hermione represents Ravenclaw (clever), and Ron represents Hufflepuff (enither the bravest nor the smartest but loyal and true. Not to take away from Jason’s theory, because I believe he has unearthed some important pointers to how things need to develop in book 7, but the notion of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff going abroad to found other wizarding schools is fully assumed – there is no evidence I can discover in the books which would indicate this. And in one area I see an imbalance – the founders were two witches and two wizards, but this theory gives us three wizards and one witch in the “end battle of the heirs.” Be that as it may, let’s take the clues that are given us in the books and movies and see if we can make something more of this theory.

Giving additional importance to the Tri-Wizard tournament certainly makes for literary sense, if nothing else. What symbols can be hidden here. The Goblet of Fire itself is a “powerful magical object” and an impartial judge. The Goblet selects four (like the founders) champions.

An aside: when I see sets of four, I tend to want to divide them into the four classic pagan categories or Fire (Tarot swords, strength/martial power), Air (Tarot wands/sticks/batons, wisdom), Water (Tarot Cups, love), and Earth (Tarot pentacles/coins, riches). Each of these is a kind of power, each is associated with certain astrological signs, each could be associated with the four houses, the four tri-wizard entrants – and numbers of other fours in the books.

Fleur Delacour (my French is worse than abysmal, but this looks to me like Flower of the Heart) is from Beaux Batons (Good Wands). She is part Veela – maybe this gives her an extra dose of love, it certanly makes her the kind of “part-human” Dolores Umbridge so hates. She must be the “love” corner of this square.

Viktor Krum was set up from the start to be the one with strength. Viktor is the “victor” – unfortunately I can’t shed any light on what Durmstrang might mean (strang-strength?).

That leaves Cedric and Harry. Since Harry doesn’t really display much wisdom, either in book 4 or anywhere else in the series (ok, flame away you Harry fans), I give Cedric the nod for Wisdom and Harry the riches – as we’ve seen in his vault, and as the winnings flow his way, this makes some sort of sense.

What about the 4 houses? Ravenclaw, whose symbol is a Raven and whose quality is cleverness seems to fit Wisdom although the other aspect of the element of air is rulership – which Slytherin seeks. Hufflepuff’s symbol is a badger – very earthy – but is characterized by love sort of watery considerations. Griffendor is strong (and we find his sword prominent in book 2), but is also smart (his hat figures prominently throughout). Slytherin is cunning (air) and passes great riches to his heirs (earth). All in all it is much harder for me to sort out the founders and the houses.

What could this portend for Book 7. We seem to be certain to see more of Fleur since she is to marry Bill Weasley early in the last volume. Viktor, although he hasn’t re-appeared, has not entirely disappeared from the books since number 4 either, appearing as Hermione’s correspondent. To me, these pairings give the most credence to Jason’s theory, since I associate Hermione with Ravenclaw, and Ron (and the Weasley’s in general) with Hufflepuff (symbolically – you don’t need to tell me they are one and all Griffendors).

I’ve made more of a hash of this than making sense, but am glad to be able to share Jason’s theory more widely.

HC

It occured to me that the fountain in the Ministry of Magic, the “Magical Friends” is not only a decorative element, but is also a symbol. Harry first encounters the fountain in the Order of the Phoenix when Arthur Weasley brings him to the Ministry of Magic for his disciplinary hearing. The fountain has statues of a wizard, a witch, a centaur, a goblin, and a house elf.

Through the series, Harry has managed to find a single ally among various magical creatures, among centaurs, only Firenze will assist Harry. Among house elves, Dobby allies himself with Harry, among giants, ony Grawp returns (and it could be argued he didn’t exctly come willingly).

It would seem impossible that by the end of book 7, whatever it is to be called, that Hermione and Ron would fail to be teh witch and wizard central to the story of how Harry defeats the Dark Lord. If I guess correctly that Firenze and Dobby also play a significant role, then I venture to predict that a new character to be introduced in the last volume will be a goblin. That of all goblins, only one will abandon the neutrality of the rest of goblinkind towards this war among wizards, by doing so will be shown to be regarded as a freak by the rest of his/her clever magical race, and will play a significant role in the downfall of Lord Voldemort.