Scholastic, in a press release today, announced the public release date of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and last book in the Harry Potter series, will be released on July 21st of this year (2007). The press release can be viewed at:

http://www.scholastic.com/aboutscholastic/news/press_02012007_CP.htm

The regular hardcover will be priced at $34.99 and a “deluxe” edition will sell for $65. The price causes mugglenet.com to speculate the book may be longer than any of the previous volumes. All I can say is YAY!

Darn if they haven’t started adopting muggle technology. What will they think of next?

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The Horcrux Citizen begs to inform that work has been very busy and in spite of running into several interesting tidbits he hasn’t made time to relay the information.

Here is the first of that relaying. Heather on mysapce pointed out this interesting article on Unplottable suggesting McGonnagal might be a DeathEater.

 The theory is long and well written. It suggests that McGonnagal is a sort of anti-Snape. Where he “acts bad but is in fact good” she acts like she is on the right team when she really isn’t.

 I don’t think it is going that way, but resist the impulse to write off any possibility. I put it in the range of 10:1-20:1. It would certainly be up to JKs standards to surprise us that way, after all this time. I think the moment in the books that seals it for me is during the astrology owl in book 5 when she wades into a hail of stunners (some coming from people we know to be Death Eaters) to help Hagrid. It is an interesting read.

In other posts, the elemental associations of the houses, and the colors JKR associates with the houses and elements have been outlined – I believe we will see a parallel association with the 4 remaining Horcruxes. Harry and Dumbledore named two of the items: Slytherin’s Locket and Hufflepuff’s Cup, and additionally the snake Nagini has been named as a likely horcrux. I don’t mind being led by the nose by the author. =)

I see a sort of association grid:

Earth Hufflepuff Yellow/Black Cup
Air Ravenclaw Blue/Canary ??Ravenclaw’s something??
Fire Gryffendor Red/Gold Snake?
Water Slytherin Green/Silver Locket Underground Lake

You see that I assume the water association with Slytherin and the locket was reflected in the location – a lake, in a cave, at the ocean. What do I think this means for the final volume of the series? I’m going to let my guesses take over here.

The locket: I gues I buy the “locket is at Grimmauld Place” thinking and believe Harry will realize this and return to the house he inherited form Sirius. I expect this to happen sometime after school has resumed at Hogwarts because of the following plot elements I expect to play into it. RAB, as many many before me have speculated, is Regulus Black, and, to paraphrase what I’ve read – I can’t remember where now – that he penetrated the lakes protection similarly to Dumbledore with Harry as a helper – he took Kreacher as his helper – Kreacher who didn’t register as a wizard in the boat the same way Harry didn’t register. Regulus then compelled Kreacher to drink the noxious potion so he could retrieve the locket. Someone – Ron, Harry or Hermione, will think of RAB being Regulus and Harry will summon Kreacher and learn this story (or perhaps he will learn legilimancy and use it as DD did in his search). Learning what happened, he will want to know about the locket, which Kreacher will have squirreled away. Unless mundungus stole it. hehehe

I don’t think this is the first one we will see however, I believe that will either be the air or earth horcrux.

The air horcrux, the something of Ravenclaw’s whatever it is (for some reason, lots of folk seem to gravitate towards it being a tiara). Just as the water horcrux was hidden in the middle of a body of water – I expect the air horcrux will be hidden in – the air, either at a remote mountain peak (I think this is the more likely possibility) or in an enchanted floating place (how fun would that be?). In either case, Harry will need to use his broom flying/quidditch skills to make it through this trial. I also expect that this horcrux will turn out to be guarded by (a) dragon(s). Not the baby, we saw in book one, which prefigures bth the one in book 4 and the one I postulate in book 7, not the mother dragon, powerful and dangerous though she is, but an ancient, uber powerful grand stallion of a dragon (what are boy dragons anyway?). Will Harry have help? I think he will – from not only Ron and Hermione, but also from Charlie Weasley, Viktor Krum (flyer extraordinaire) and perhaps from some others.

The earth horcrux – Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, is associated, by virtue of its earth element, with wealth, a clue that leads me to think this one is hidden – well not qutie in plain sight, but perhaps somewhere we have heard of so often and haven’t given too much consideration – Gringott’s Wizarding Bank. As Hagrid says, “nowhere better to keep something saf than Gringott’s, except for perhaps Hogwarts, because you’d have to be crazy to try to steal something from it. We know from book 1 that Voldemort somehow has access to the Gringott’s underworld – I don’t begin to speculate – but I think this is where the goblin I mentioned believing will come into the story (in the Magical Friends post) makes his appearance. Besides Ron and Hermione, who else might help Harry – I’m drawn to the goblin, Bill Weasley (Gringott’s insider), and – yes – I think he makes a return – Ludo Bagman (his yellow and black striped Wasps uniform is too obviously Hufflepuffy for me to ignore).

Assuming these three are plausible, that leaves the Snake Nagini – Snake/Slytherin should be tied to water but I think Harry is likely to encounter Nagini and voldemort at the same time, in the final battle near the end of the book. Fire will appear as a set piece or an environment for the last of all battles we will see in the series. I’m not sure I beleive it will happen at Hogwarts, as lots of folks sugest, but I do think it will be a battle royale with ust about every good guy we’ve ever met and lots of fair to middlin ones as well in a rolling 3-5 chapter festival of spellwork winnowing down from a big crowd to a select few, which will include besides Harry, Ron and Hermione, the other 3 scrappy fighters – Luna, Ginny and Neville, an assortment of Order of the Phoenix members and – at the last – Fawkes who will replace Hedwig (after Voldemort has killed her) as Harry’s pet and emblem, symbol of his new role as rightful leader of the Order of the Phoenix.

Some further notes on people in their archetype – the colors and elements I’ve named above lead me to assign archetypes to a lot of characters – after re-readeing the books too many times. I’ll include that as an annex here. I want to emphasize that I believe a lot of people are sorted into houses which are different from their archetypes, but their archetype shows through. (I don’t mean for this to be exhaustive but it focuses on the characters I’ve been thinking appear in the horcrux battles)

Gryffendor, Red/Gold, Fire: Ron Weasley, Viktor Krum, Ginny Weasley, Hagrid, Fawkes
Ravenclaw, Blue/Canary, Air: Hermione Granger, Fleur DeLaCouer, Firenze, Fred and George Weasley, Madeye Moody
Hufflepuff, Yellow/Black, Earth: Neville Longbottom, Ludo Bagman, Molly Weasley
Slytherin, Green/Silver, Water: Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, Dobby

How’s that for some crazy thinking?

  1. Alexandra Says:
    Mmm… I’ve already stated numerous times how I don’t think Nagini could be an Horcrux. Moreover, I see snakes tied to either earth or water (which would bring us back to Slytherin), certaintly not fire.I do love how you imagined the locket story to evolve, though: Kreacher would indeed be the optimal helper of RAB in his Horcrux-stealing expedition. And do we know if the house elf was that weird at the time of RAB? Sirius seems to treat him as if he always was a weirdo, but he could simply hate Kreacher for what he represents: the last remaining living testimony if how much he despised his family. Kreacher’s mind might very well have been fumbled by the awful potion DD drank in the cave: Dumbledore was seriously under after drinking it and he’s the greatest wizard of his time, the potion might have been fatal to other beings…

    I also like the Gingotts possibility.

  2. Horcrux Citizen Says:
    Thanks for adding your thoughts Alexandra – do you have a notion of what the fire/Gryffendor (or other) horcrux might be?
  3. ch Says:
    2 horcruxes are destroyed
    1 is believed to be nagini that will be killed by harry
    another is the locket taken by regulus and kreacher and residing somewhere in the house of black
    the cup of hufflepuff is hidden some place. some of my ideas include room of requirement or hufflepuff desendants(z.smith? bones?) can sense it somehow.
    this leaves an object from ravenclaw. luna’s mom died in an “accidental” explosion durring her experiments. sounds too much like the the end of Mrs. smith of hafflepuff. my guess is voldemort was behind the death of luna’s mom and luna will tell harry something like. i recall my mom was kinda impartial to such and such object but we couldn’t find it after she died.
  4. Horcrux City » For the Record Says:
    […] First – elements. In an earlier post I’ve already described elements, houses and color associations. To recap: element house color tarot suit prime elemental association (tarot suit meaning) Fire Gryffendor Red/Gold Swords Power Water Slytherin Green/Silver Cups Love Earth Hufflepuff Black/Yellow Coins (pentacles) Fortune/Wealth Air Ravenclaw Blue/brown Wands(clubs/sticks) Wisdom […]
  5. Chris Says:
    Just talking about elements representing each horcrux/house; swords are forged in fire, well at least old ones will have been…
  6. Horcrux Citizen Says:
    It is a good point, and the sword would fit the general “needs all elements” feel for completion in the final book – just as all elements were run through in books 1 and 4, not to mention that it would match the tarot suit (see the tarot post).
  7. Chris Says:
    Sorry, what is that about the elements present in other books? Im new to this site =DAlso, I have heard of theorys saying Harry could be a horcrux… Any thoughts?
  8. Horcrux Citizen Says:
    Sorry, I didn’t mean to be confusing – besides this post, you’ll find more elaboration in these other two:Harry Potter Tarot and Elements Connection

    Horcruxes and Elements

  9. Chris Says:
    Just read the 5th and 6th books again… when they are clearing out 12 Grimauld place, they find an old locket, and throw it away… unless Kreacher stowed it away with the other possessions, or gave it to narcissa or her sister when he left the house in the 5th book…
  10. Horcrux Citizen Says:
    The Grimauld Place locket is often mentioned together with RAB as Regulus Black – based on a JKR quote soon after book 6 was released – something to the effect that one of the horcruxes had been mentioned in the books and careful re-readers would probably find it. I’ll be as excited to learn the answer as you are.
  11. Chris Says:
    Yeah.Im still intrigued by the thought that Gryfindors sword could be one though…

    … but if it was Dumbledore would have known this, and he would have told Harry.

  12. Horcrux Citizen Says:
    I’m not so sure Chris, Dumbledore says something to the effect that Voldemort learned more of Hogwarts secrets than just about any other students – but generally, I’m not inclined to think it will turn out that Gryfendor’s sword is a horcrux, maybe a 1 in 8 chance would be my thinking.On the other hand, the cover art that has been released makes me much more confident that I’m on the right track – the most recent – the box art from the US “deluxe” edition has the trio riding a dragon, and the British edition cover art has been widely interpreted as being a Gringotts vault.

    I’m getting awfully excited about the release. I was planning on pacing myself through the six books one more time – I spent from maybe late March till recently slowly going through the first 4 books, but halfway through five I started acting like it was the first time I read them – hardly wanting to put them down, pushing through very quickly.

  13. Chris Says:
    Haha, yeah. I have just read through the last to, in reverse order.If it is a horcrux though, and has not been destroyed, surely Harry would not have been able to wheild it and destroy the basilisk? I know it is an inanimate object, but I think it still seems strange. I also wonder though, were did Dumbledore actually get the sword? What interest in it could he possibly have?
  14. Horcrux Citizen Says:
    Good question, but first a comment about the notion that Harry wouldn’t be able to wield it – why not? He was able to hold the diary without harm. I think the curse from the ring came not from touching it, but from the “magic” required to destroy the “horcrux essense” of the object and thereby the fragment of Voldemort’s soul contained.But on how Dumbledore came upon the sword and his interest, several thoughts occur. One is that the Potter’s (or Dumbledore) are Gryfendor’s descendents – they did live, after all, in Godric’s Hollow – perhaps that is James’ family home. Perhaps Voldemort knew the sword was there and intended that it be the horcrux vessel the night he killed James and Lilly. Another thought is that perhaps it had been kept in the hogwarts headmaster’s office from ancient times.
  15. Chris Says:
    Yeah, but on the note of the diary, Voldemorts soul possessed Ginny. I know it was because she put her emotions into it etc… but I would expect more from the sword…
  16. Chris Says:
    YES!I knew the sword wasn’t a horcrux ;]

    But that tiara, really was missleading introducing the new one, when it was in the room of requirment all along….

  17. Horcrux Citizen Says:
    Right on Chris. Overall, I have to say I’m happy with my hit rate here. Definitely wrong on some counts but right enough times to make me happy. =)
  18. Chris Says:
    Haha, yeah. And going with the whole elements thing… Ravenclaws tower was the highest tower, and the Huppelpuff cup was right down in a vault… wonder if that was intentional??
  19. Horcrux Citizen Says:
    I hadn’t thought about ravenclaw tower, but I have to think it was. How would I ever get JKR to answer that question?
  20. Chris Says:
    Hmmmm, well apparently an encyclopedia is coming out with everything in it, including stuff that didnt make it into the books…(I have so many questions, which i THOUGHT would have been answered in the last book)…
  21. John Says:
    I would have sworn that Gryffindor tower was tallest!But, yeah. I was sure that Gryffindor’s sword wasn’t a horcrux.
  22. Chris Says:
    Ravenclaw is the tallest cos int that where they do astronomy??xx
  23. John Says:
    Ravenclaw is the tallest cos int that where they do astronomy??xx

    Uhh no. They do astronomy on the Astronomy Tower, funnily enough…

  24. Horcrux Citizen Says:
    In order to close the comments, I’m going to paste all the comments in the post body, I hate to do it but this post generates some 300+ spam comments daily.

Who will be the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in book 7? It is one of the most popular questions in book 7 speculation, right up there with is Snape good, is Dumbledore really dead, and will Harry ever hook up with Hermione. With regard to the DADA professor, I say:

IT HAS TO BE HARRY

1) The foreshadowing throughout the series suggests it. Some examples: in book 3, when Harry is in Lupin’s office talking to DD after Lupin has left it goes on about: Harry takes the chair Lupin has just left. In book 6 in the pensieve we hear of voldemort being denied the professorship because he is too young, and we see Dumbledore denying him the job (because he knows what LV has become). For the storyline, nothing will make LV angrier than Harry being singled out as being so gifted that he can fill the job at his young age.

2) He has to come back to school. He has said he won’t come back and something extraordinary will have to happen to get him back. The request that he teach DADA would be extraordinary.

3) He already taught DADA in book 5. Some Hogwarts parents will already have learned this, and others will be told by the ones who know who will give testimonials like: He was the best teacher, he taught Neville how to do a shield charm and Neville made it through the fight at the Ministry. Parents and others will be saying, in this new dangerous environment, our children need to learn from the only one who has proven he can fight against LV. Add to that their desire that he be there to protect Hogwarts in the absense of DD.

4) Because I believe DD anticipated the possibility of his death, I think he will have prepared an instruction for McGonnagal or someone indicating tht it needs to be done. The downside to this part of the theory is – why wouldn’t this have already come out in the end of book 6. If he left a note, we should have already heard about it, but maybe I’ll be right on this one too.

5) My farthest out, crazy speculation is that I think we will see some magic at Hogwarts you have to be a teacher to enter into – something that will have been denied LV, but which Harry will be able to take advantage of, because of this “credential”

6) because the job is cursed (no one can stay more than a year)
and Harry is the one who can break the curse.

OK more than 2 cents, that was probably a nickels worth.

I’ve had my own thoughts about Snape and Lily but I think Duckula on myspace goes farthest in explaining the Snape/Lily connection. I posted this:

We saw, in the pensieve Lily and Snape in their 5th year. Harry hears from Sirius and Lupin that Lily and James didn’t get together till their 7th year, although James already had a crush on her. I bet that the two best potions students – Snape and Lily were friends in their 6th year and Snape fell in love with her, and his abiding hatred of James is due, more than anything else, to his secret love of Lily.

and Duckula went much further (and it is better thought out too) with this:

I TOTALLY think Snape had a crush on Lily secretly, and that Snape considered her a good friend. I think he often confided in her and talked to her, and she had a way of helping his low self-esteem and making him feel better about himself. We know she was very kind and had a way of making somebody see somebody’s inner beauty, even if they didn’t see it themselves. He really admired her and appreciated her. This is what makes “Snape’s Worst Memory” so important- Snape was used to being bullied by James and Sirius, so why would this particular day be his worst memory? But notice that Lily suddenly came into play, and also that Snape had never once mentioned Harry’s mother! It wasn’t so much that Snape was humiliated in front of Lily nearly as much as the single important fact that he blatently insulted and degraded her- his stubborn Slytherin pride, which had just flared up, maybe even against his will. And notice how she reacted, angry, shocked even. Snape knew that he just had lost the best friend he ever had, and he always hated himself for that… and he also blamed it on James, which would explain why he hates Harry so much. When he looks at him, he sees the woman he lost- both in friendship and in death- and James, who he feels forced him to blurt out such a horrible thing to her, thus causing her to turn away from him, AND who married Lily… who stole him away from her like everything else, his ultimate victory over Snape, and thus deprived him of any chance he would have of redeeming himself in her eyes.I think it was when Snape found out that the two were engaged (I think they got engaged while in their 7th year, probably towards the end, so it was MAJOR talk around the school, seeing as how they were both popular), and it was that which ultimately inspired Snape to turn over to the Dark Side. He know he had a shitty home-life, a shitty school-life (save for Lily), and so this was the straw that just broke the camel’s back. With Lily out of his life, he felt had nothing else to live for, nothing to lose… so he joined the Dark Lord mainly to gain a feeling of belonging, a feeling of acceptance, which would become the other second biggest mistake of his life… because it was on his information as well as Peter’s) that caused the Potters to die. He not only blamed Lily’s death on himself, but on James (because, like I said, it was ultimately his anger and hatred for James taking Lily away from him that caused him to turn to Voldemort, which he ultimately took out on Harry. AND FURTHERMORE, I think another HUGE reason he hates Harry so much is because he knew that Lily could have died if it hadn’t of been for Harry. (I think Snape had a direct role, somehow, in the fact that Voldemort was willing to spare her). Snape probably thought “It should have been her who lived, why couldn’t it have been you who died? She could have lived if it hadn’t have been for you!”But why wasn’t Snape’s worst memory the moment he found out that James are Lily were getting married, or more significantly, when he found oit that Lily was dead? Because that fateful day by the lake was how it all started. It was the day when Lily lost every bit of respect she ever had for Snape. If it hadn’t have been for Snape (and James), he and Lily would never have had a falling-out. They might have had a chance together, seriously, and it might have been them who got married, and Voldemort would never have came hunting her. 

  

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?

OK, this is a bit far out and freaky and I haven’t tried to state it succinctly before, but here goes.

First, I dont’ think JK has spent countless hours developing a children’s story about the clash of good and evil to have good done in in the end by evil, I see several possibilities but they revolve around tried and true literary themes.

If the story represents one go round in a Cycle Of Clashes Between Good and Evil, then Dumbledore previously had a mentor, just as he is mentor to Harry. His triumph over “the dark wizard Grendelwald” or whatever it is that it says on his chocolate frogs card was his life turning point, changing him from hero to Merlin-like figure. Likewise the former dark lord’s defeat cleared the way for Voldemort to become the current dark lord with Snape as his protege in waiting. Because Dumbledore understood this cycle, he recruited Snape to secretly defeat Voldemort so that Snape can become the new Dark Lord for the next cycle. The conflict which results in the defeat of th Dark Lord will transform Harry into the next mentor for good, who will have to find the hero who can defeat Snape when his powers are fully realized. (how slytherin-y this would be, Snape going to any length, even the doing of good, to attain his evil ends).

If this is the Story of the Self Sacrificing Hero (think Christ themes), then Harry must die for the defeat of the Dark Lord but he and/or Dumbledore will somehow defeat death through the power of love. His “spell” to kill Voldemort entails his own death, but somehow, he emerges beyond death showing us that the “power the dark lord knows not” is the ultimate magic.

The Last Missing Piece theme – here we have been told time and again the four houses must unite to save Hogwarts (read defeat the Dark Lord), but where is the help from Slytherin? My answer is that Slughorn finally turns the tide. Here is where comes to play the importance of Harry having “lilly’s eyes,” when Slughorn overcomes his own natural incinations, nurtures harry through the last hurdles, and brings along the reluctant Slytherin students at Hogwarts into a “unity” that makes the forces of good which defeat Voldemort in the end a ‘whole, greater than the sume of their parts.”

OK, clearly I’ve been giving this way to much thought. =P

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

Book 2, the Chamber of Secrets, introduced us to the Horcrux (although we were not aware of the notion of a Horcrux until Book 6). Tom Riddle’s Diary was central to the story, and is a good place to start if we are to understand how JK Rowling has developed and delivered her excrutiatingly delicious story.

To summarize some of the most important disclosures to which we are made privy in Chamber of secrets:

  • The Item is placed in the safekeeping of Lucius Malfoy
  • The Item and the purpose to which Lucius wants to use it is known to his servant, Dobby
  • The part of Tom Riddle’s consciousness (later we learn, his soul) contained within the item is capable of acting independently and of resuscitating itself
  • Riddle’s consciousness in the diary knows his enemies, both those he knows in his youth (Hagrid, Dumbledore), and those he encounters as a somewhat more limited, Horcrux sustained consciousness (Harry, Fawkes)

How do these disclosures fit with where the story may be going? It is a widely circulated speculation that the RAB who wrote a note to the Dark Lord, found in the fake Slytherin locket, is another death eater – Regulus Black, Sirius’ brother. Having his own underlings, who fear their master, subvert and wreck Voldemort’s plans for immortality, would create a sharp contrast between their own unreliability and the simple devotion of Harry Potter’s allies. Another sharp contrast is that Voldemort selects his underlings, while Harry not only doesn’t select hsi allies, but often finds them frustrating, as well as underestimating their abilities (ex. Book 5 – Order of the Phoenix “If he could have chosen any members of the D.A. in addition to himself, Ron and Hermione to join him in the attempt to rescue Sirius, he would not have picked Ginny, Neville, or Luna.”), to say nothing of their strong devotion to him.

The Horcrux’s destruction: we, like Harry, do not receive an account of the destruction of the Horcrux aspect of Marvelo’s ring, but do see, with both, that it is not necessary to destroy the object in order to destroy the enchantment, and the part of voldemort’s soul preserved thereby. We do see, that Voldemort unwittingly provides the magical tools necessary to accomplish the destruction of the enchantment in his attempts to kill Harry Potter. Here again, I will be surprised if we do not see the parallel feature in book 7. He is too evil to not sow the seeds of his own destruction. And anyway, it would not make for such good reading if he failed to satisfy us that way.

Further contrasts we may expect to see, based on the spurious assumptions growing out of my reading of Book 2 in its significance as foreshadowing the climactic conclusion of the series. Just as Voldemort’s underlings let him down (fail to meet his impossibly high expectations?), one of them (Bellatrix perhaps?) will be undermined by his/her servant. The independent action of the bit of soul in one/more horcrux(es) may have the unintended consequence of its destruction. More? You tell Me!

 

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