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Jason Kimble and the Half-Sleep Theories
Finally finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which I thoroughly enjoyed. And now, my pretty much guaranteed to be completely wrong predictions concerning book 7. Spoilers for book 6 follow, so if you haven't read it and don't want to know what happens, for heaven's sake stop reading now.

Harry Potter is the sixth Horcrux.

Voldemort split his soul in killing James and Lily Potter. He was prepared to make his final Horcrux as he went to kill Harry. Then everything went kerflooey due to Lily's blessing / sacrifice. And in all that, the unattached piece of Voldemort's soul was infused into Harry, instead.

Thus the parselmouth and the almost going into Slytherin and the wand and the weird mental connection. Dumbledore said Voldemort had transferred a measure of his talents and power; what if he did that by transferring a piece of his soul? This also explains why it has to be Harry to destroy Voldemort, because he himself holds the key to robbing the dark lord of his immortality.

The series has been building a whole bunch of parallels between Harry and Voldemort, such that the final showdown is surely going to involve some version of "I'm not like you" arguing. So, the easy thing is for Harry to say he can love, and that's what makes him different. The other, more messed up thing, is that Voldemort fears death. Harry standing in its face and accepting it? He proves himself not only different, but stronger than Voldemort.

Of course that's not how it's going to happen. While I think Ron and/or Hermione may be at risk in the last book, I don't think Rowling's likely to kill off the protagonist. I did, however, come up with a "Harry doesn't have to die" version: Harry comes to believe he's the final Horcrux, but then he or Ron or Hermione realize it's not him, it's his scar.

More crazed theories may follow. ;)
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sugarcoatedlie From: sugarcoatedlie Date: July 28th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC) (wanna link?)
That one is interesting and seems to be pretty common with the internet gossip. I'm not sure though, since it would then seem to be impossible for Harry to kill Voldemort without killing himself.

I've also heard that they're going to kill Hagrid in the 7th book because of some alchemy process where something turns black then white then red, and they killed Sirius Black then Albus Dumbeldore (albus supposedly means white) and then Hagrid since Reubus means red.

And of course EVERYONE is saying that Snape isn't really evil, and that since he and Dumbledore are both leglimens, in the end when Dumbledore said "please" secretly he was telling Snape to kill him. The idea being that then Snape would still be around to protect Harry because after drinking the potion Dumbledore already knew he was going to die anyway, so by Snape killing him, he completed the Unbreakable Vow and got to live and keep being a spy and stuff. That one is actually pretty involved and interesting. Especially since she wrote Snape as such a complex character in the past. If he was just Bad it would be kind of a cop-out ending for such an interesting guy.

And the common thinking is that R.A.B. is Regulus Black. In book five, when they clean out the house, they find a big locket that no one can open, in the house that used to belong to Regulus before Voldemort killed him. Could be the horcrux.

I've also read some interesting speculation about someone being in love with Lily, possibly Snape or Tom Riddle, which might have something to do with why her death specifically was what protected Harry.

I really have no idea what will happen, but I really do love reading theories. There's a interesting interview with JK Rowling on mugglenet.com where they ask her about a bunch of theories and she kind of gives some insight.

Um, yeah....I'm a little obsessed right now. :)
stotangirl From: stotangirl Date: July 28th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC) (wanna link?)
And of course EVERYONE is saying that Snape isn't really evil, and that since he and Dumbledore are both leglimens, in the end when Dumbledore said "please" secretly he was telling Snape to kill him.

That was my thought--that, and, after the big scene in the cave, I figured Dumbledore was telling Snape to do it so that Draco wouldn't *have* to, and Draco and Snape could both survive.
stotangirl From: stotangirl Date: July 28th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC) (wanna link?)
Okay, my big problem with the end was that Harry--of course--tells Ginny, "We can't be together, blah blah blah." Could we please get rid of this particular cliche? Just in general, but especially in the Harry Potter books? I can see where Rowling wants to balance the end with the beginning, and to do that we have to have Harry, Ron, and Hermione adventuring without Ginny, but couldn't he have said something like, "Look, Gin, I need someone to stay behind that I can trust, because the adults never tell me squat, so can you do that for me?"

I figure, though, that somewhere in Book 7, Ginny, Luna, and Neville show up to help.
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