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“Harry Potter” Reflections

“Harry Potter” Reflections
The release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is two weeks away. Fans have been speculating about Harry’s probable fate since the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Anonymous persons have attempted to spoil the release of the latest book by posting “exclusive evidence” that Harry buys it in the last book. I have restricted myself to reading blogs from established websites such as bn.com (Barnes and Noble). I have signed in and added my own thoughts to the various topics surrounding Harry, Hermione, Ron, Professor Snape, Ginny, The Order of the Phoenix members and, yes, Lord Voldy Thingy.

The clues are hidden in J.K. Rowling’s prose, but if you read the books often enough and pay attention to what she is writing, you can catch a clue here and there.

For instance: Harry’s parents died at Godric’s Hollow. James Potter was a pureblood wizard, while Lily Evans Potter was a Muggle-born witch. What was Gryffindor’s first name? Godric. Where did James, Lily and Harry hide out before Voldy Thingy found them, killed James and Lily, attempted to kill Harry, and was blown away into insubstantial vapor after his killing curse backfired? I believe Rowling will reveal James and Harry Potter to be direct descendants of Godric Gryffindor.

First, Harry, who is rumored to be one of Voldy Thingy’s horcruxes (not) has been able, through the first six books, to maintain his beliefs and practices in all things good and honorable. Even though he struggles with a “rescue complex”, his actions come from good intentions. Harry, who rescued Ginny after she had been possessed by Voldy Thingy, was able to kill the basilisk (Chamber of Secrets) using Gryffindor’s sword. (Since he is potentially a direct descendant of Gryffindor, it might be easier for him, even as a twelve-year old child, to use the sword to kill something that is threatening him and one of his friends.)

Even though Harry’s curse scar gives him tremedous abilities in connecting with Voldy Thingy, and even though Harry felt very foreign impulses to harm Professor Dumbledore in OOTP, he did not do so. He resisted.

Second, even with the presence of that scar, Harry suffers tremendous pain at the point when Voldy Thingy tries to possess him during the final chapters of OOTP. He (Harry) wants to die because of the pain. Only when he remembers Sirius (with love and grief) does Voldy Thingy leave his body.

Third, again from OOTP, when Harry ventured so far into Voldy Thingy’s mind on the night that V-T/Nagini attacked Arthur Weasley, Harry’s intrusion made him physically ill.

Finally, all through the time before the beginning of Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry stayed good, honorable and, for the most part, honest, even after all of the neglect and ill feeling he endured from the Dursley family. And, remember, when the Sorting Hat was deciding which House to place Harry in, it placed Harry into Gryffindor. Harry was whispering, “not Slytherin, not Slytherin.” The Hat heard and paid attention to Harry’s Gryffindor heritage. I believe the Hat detected Voldy Thingy’s powers in Harry via the scar, but knew Harry was a true Gryffindor, not only by temperament, but by blood.

We shall know in two weeks who was right and who was wrong. Good predicting, and don’t spoil things for those of us who want to find out the old fashioned way!


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