I've been looking forward to midnight tonight for so long, and now it's almost here. Harry Potter. At last. I don't remember anything media related that I've dreaded and anticipated in such equal measure. Anticipated because I am head over heels in love with this series and have been for years. Because I want these characters to have a happy, well deserved ending. Some of them anyway. Dreaded because...well, lots of reasons. First is that it's the end. This is the last time we'll have this to look forward to. Also because I'm afraid of what's going to happen. I think J.K. Rowling is perfectly capable of killing off any of these characters I have come to feel I know so well and I don't want her to. For better or worse, we'll find out in less than 24 hours.
It's going to be something else.
During my recent re-reading of the series I thought a lot about what might happen in this last book. And because I want to give you all the chance to say "What were you thinking??" after you read the book, I humbly submit ( very abbreviated and underpontificated)
My Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Predictions
I believe that...
Dumbledore and Sirius really are dead and not faking it. I do think that in their own way they will each help Harry along this journey. I believe that somehow that two way mirror will survive being shattered by a foul tempered teen.
Snape is a good guy and will prove it by dying to save Harry. Or at least try. You don't have to be nice to be good. I think he killed Dumbledore because that was the deal the two of them made, not because he wanted to. Now that he will be Voldemort's go-to guy, he can help the cause a lot. I've also heard theories about him being in love with Lily Potter, which would explain a lot.
The R.A.B. in the fake Horcrux is Regulus Black, brother of Sirius, and that the real locket is somewhere in 12 Grimmauld Place. Maybe hidden in a filthy cupboard by Kreatcher. Speaking of Kreacher, I think that he could be an enormous source of information if Harry would just ask him.
The fact that Voldemort has even a drop of Harry's blood in him will be his downfall.
Aunt Petunia knows more than she's letting on. Her fear isn't just of looking odd to the neighbors.
The seventh Horcrux isn't Harry. Wouldn't it be bizarre if it had been Dumbledore? Or Snape?
Somehow, some way, Ginny is going to save the day with a bat bogey hex. And Neville and Luna will be very valuable players. I think Neville is going to be a major revelation here.
Who of the good guys will die? Ah yes, the nausea inducing question. Alright, let's hit hard first. Arthur and Molly Weasely are pretty vulnerable in my opinion. (And I will cry buckets). Hagrid. Lupin. (gulp) Every parental figure Harry has ever had. Maybe Draco? I'm not entirely convinced that Draco is going to follow in his father's footsteps.
And who will live? Well, I believe that The Boy Who Lived will live up to his name. With his best friends Ron and Hermione together (finally) and at his side. That he'll get the bat bogey hex girl in the end. And that after a showdown of epic proportions Lord Voldemort will get his wizard ass kicked and finally die a human death. Because this is a moral tale and good is supposed to beat evil. And live happily ever after. And because if Harry dies four people in my house will need therapy. Inpatient.
Just once could I be right?
Anyone else care to look the fool the morning after? Step on up.