Posted by: bridget | 17 July 2007

HP7 Speculation

Since everyone else is doing it… the pachyderm will include her predictions, theories, and questions about Deathly Hallows.

I. Myths and Theories Gone Awry

Harry (or his scar) is a Horcrux: We know that Voldemort intended to create a Horcrux on the night he visited Godric’s Hollow and killed Lily and James Potter. The creation of a Horcrux involves a deliberate killing (James’ death satisfies this requirement), and then the spell (whatever it may be) which places the soul inside the body.

“‘A Horcrux is a word used for an object in which a person has concealed part of their [sic] soul.’
‘I don’t quite understand how it works, though, sir,’ said Riddle.
His voice was carefully controlled, but Harry could sense his excitement.
‘Well, you split your soul, you see,’ said Slughorn, ‘and hide part of it an an object outside the body….'”
(Half-Blood Prince, pg. 497)

Now, let’s think about this. Step 1: Voldemort kills James, which provides the fuel for the making of a Horcrux. Step 2: Voldemort could place his soul into Harry’s body. Fine. 3. Voldemort tries to kill Harry. That doesn’t make sense, because he would be killing 1/7th of his own soul. So let’s try another step 2.

Voldemort, being entirely gruesome, considers killing Harry and placing his soul inside of his inanimate, dead body. Grisly, but effectual. Step 2: Voldemort kills Harry. 3. Spell inadvertently rebounds, thus crippling Voldemort.

Neither one makes sense.

The prophecy is really about Neville: On pg. 829 of Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore states, “Only the people to whom [the prophecies] refer can lift them from the shelves without suffering madness.” On pg. 780, we see that Harry, not Neville, lifted the prophecy.

Dumbledore isn’t really dead: This isn’t The Princess Bride, folks. He isn’t mostly dead, sort of dead, faking dead, or the like. He may guide Harry in some ways (through his portrait or some memo left behind), but J.K. isn’t about being touchy-feely. When you’re dead, you’re dead.

II. Open Speculation

Pettigrew will somehow save Harry: Dumbledore once said to Harry that he would not regret saving Pettigrew’s life. This would seem to foreshadow Pettigrew’s importance in defeating Voldemort (although this might not save HP).

Voldemort’s potion for his renewal will fail him: it contains “the blood of an enemy,” (presumably Harry, but this may not be correct), and Pettigrew’s hand; Pettigrew owes his life to Harry. That’s some weird blood you have there, Voldemort!

Snape and Dumbledore were in on Dumbledore’s death: At the end of Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone, Dumbledore said that, to the well-ordered mind, death is the next step. It would make a lot of sense if Dumbledore were to have a planned death. Furthermore…

Both Dumbledore and Snape are Skilled Legilimens: It is entirely possible that Snape and Dumbledore, while gazing into each other’s eyes at the end of Book 6, were reading each other’s minds. Snape would have then known about Dumbledore’s wishes for his own death (whether or not he wanted it) and Harry’s presence in the room.

The sorting hat is a Horcrux: because it would be cool. Nothing here but gut instinct.

Horcruxes are linked to the Tarot for each House: saw this theory in a few places. Gryffindor correspondds to fire; Ravenclaw, air; Hufflepuff, earth; and Slytherin, water. We have a stolen Hufflepuff cup (Cups); locket (coins/pentacles – something precious); possibly, then, Godric’s sword (swords); and a wand (wands). Ollivander the wand-maker, went missing in Book 6.

Harry’s wand and Voldemort’s wand – and the phoenix that donated a feather to each – will become important. See above. Also, note that Dumbledore has a connection with the phoenix (Fawkes).

Counting horcruxes: Voldemort intended to make seven horcruxes. There are either six (seven never accomplished, when he killed Harry), or there are seven. So far, we have a ring, a locket, a diary, and a cup. The first two are presumably Slytherin, as the locket was from that family. We have two houses left (swords and wands). That leaves one more Horcrux. Nagini is mortal, so she would be a bad one. Symmetrically, there is one horcrux from each House; one thing of Riddle’s; the six and the intended seventh ought to have some special meaning.

III. Random Questions

Protection when someone dies for you: did Dumbledore, by sacrificing himself for Harry, give him some protection against evil? At the end of Phoenix, we learn that Lily’s blood is the charm against Voldemort’s evil. Does Dumbledore have any relatives that would provide Harry with additional protection beyond 31 July?

At the beginning of Half-Blood Prince, someone mentions that Amelia Bones has gone missing. Will she turn up in 7? Is she, perhaps, R. Amelia Bones and therefore R.A.B?

Why did Lily marry James? She clearly disliked him. J.K. writes very strong female characters; she probably did not write in a submissive-to-the-bad-boy girl character, especially not for one as noble as Lily.

Will the Queen of Swords completely kick this elephant’s butt if she dresses up as Ginny Weasley on Friday night? QoS does not spare any words of contempt for Miss Weasley. This elephant is more of a Hermione, but who would look at a redhead and think anything but “Ginny?”

What did Voldemort intend to use as a Horcrux the night he killed the Potters? Harry himself would not work – why kill your own Horcrux? Possibly some relic in the Potter household? We know very little about James’ ancestry. They also lived in Godric’s Hollow – presumably, a place sacred to the founder of Gryffindor.

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Responses

  1. I’m sending this post to a friend of mine that is strongly believes Harry is a horcrux containing part of Voldemort’s soul and will therefore have to kill himself at the end to fully destroy the Dark Lord once and for all.

    Ummm… the main protagonist commits suicide? Rowling hasn’t shied away from darkness before, but man, this IS still a kids book.

    I have been told that Rowling did say one of the main characters would be killed. I have a pretty hard time seeing any of the main three going down.

    And Snape is definitely a good guy. The killing of Dumbledore was totally an Obi Wan Kinobe type of thing, where Dumbledore will become more powerful beyond the grave. Except Snape knew that, unlike Darth Vader.

  2. Umm…you really need to find more to do with your time. lol.

  3. Ummm… the main protagonist commits suicide? Rowling hasn’t shied away from darkness before, but man, this IS still a kids book.

    Yeah, we can agree on that. I’m sure it will be a blood bath, but it’s not supposed to encourage kids to off themselves.

    I have been told that Rowling did say one of the main characters would be killed. I have a pretty hard time seeing any of the main three going down.

    Smart money is Ron, Ginny, or Harry (in that order). There’s no real point to killing Hermione; she’s brilliant and talented, but offing her doesn’t do much.

    I could also see either or both of the Weasley parents dying; JK has consistently made sure that Harry is without parents (James & Lilly; then Sirius; then Dumbledore). It’s all part of the traditional hero cycle. (Again, losing Hermione wouldn’t be part of that.)

    And Snape is definitely a good guy. The killing of Dumbledore was totally an Obi Wan Kinobe type of thing, where Dumbledore will become more powerful beyond the grave. Except Snape knew that, unlike Darth Vader.

    I’m not sure that he’ll become more powerful from beyond the grave, but am sure that he will communicate with Harry and lend advice. Perhaps he left a note behind? the Pensieve?

    JK hasn’t shied away from pointing out that, once you’re dead, you are really dead.


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