So, have you been staying up late at night wondering where and what the remaining Horcruxes are? Have you been wondering why Dumbledore had Harry’s dad’s invisibility cloak in the first place? Maybe you’ve been pondering over your oatmeal and toast whether or not Hogwarts would even open? Well, now you can at least scratch the nagging question of when all these questions, and more, would be answered because the release date of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been announced!
Announced yesterday, the seventh and final book of the life of Harry Potter at Hogwarts will be released on July 21, 2007. No doubt there will be many late night release parties scheduled for the 20th, since this will be the last foreseeable hurrah of it’s kind until the next literary sensation starts attracting this kind of attention… if that ever happens.
Since it’s so far away from the release of the book, I thought I’d post my predictions for how the saga ends.
I believe that former Professor Snape’s true allegiance will remain a mystery for almost all of the book.
Most of the book will involve Harry, with the help of Ron and Hermione, finding and destroying most of the Horcruxes, but he will not be able to get to Voldemort’s snake, Nagini—who Professor Dumbledore suspected to be the last Horcrux.
In the climax of the story, Harry will confront Voldemort who will be accompanied by Snape and Nagini. In a moment when Harry will appear to be defeated, Snape will surprise everyone by turning and killing Nagini and will, in turn, be killed by Voldemort. This will leave him vulnerable to Harry though, and the final dual will then take place.
Will Harry survive? I believe so. This is, after all, a story of good versus evil, and I want good to prevail. Of course, self sacrifice is also a victory of sorts an Dumbledore did say that there were worse things than death, but I expect Harry to survive.