I am usually so busy bashing the Harry Potter series for not being The Lord of the Rings that I sometimes forget to say that I have grown to enjoy the series, although I like the later books much better than the first few, and have not read them all.
Nevertheless, with the arrival today of The Deathly Hallows at my doorstep with the notation on it "Do Not Deliver Until July 21, 2007," I suddenly remembered I neglected to make my series ending predictions, which are fourfold -
1. Ron will die. If he doesn't it will be Hermione. Harry is least likely to die of all of them. Rowling may stake us out, by having it appear that one of the others will die or has died, but Ron will sacrifice himself for one or more of the others.
2. Dumbledore lives. He was never dead to begin with. All part of the plan with his co-conspirator and all around good guy --
3. Severus Snape, a double agent, and, in his secret identity, a big Harry fan, pledged to help him since his birth (my most likely guess).
4. Sadly, the loyal but slightly slow Hagrid will fall as well.
Political update coming this week. And now, let's see what happens with Harry --
- I started this blog in September, 2006. Mostly, it is where I can talk about things that interest me, which I otherwise don't get to do all that much, about some remarkable people who should not be forgotten, philosophy and theories (like Don Foster's on who wrote A Visit From St. Nicholas and my own on whether Santa is mostly derived from a Norse god) and analysis of issues that concern me. Often it is about books. I try to quote accurately and to say when I am paraphrasing (more and more). Sometimes I blow the first name of even very famous people, often entertainers. I'm much better at history, but once in a while I see I have written something I later learned was not true. Sometimes I fix them, sometimes not. My worst mistake was writing that Beethoven went blind, when he actually went deaf. Feel free to point out an error. I either leave in the mistake, or, if I clean it up, the comment pointing it out. From time to time I do clean up grammar in old posts as, over time I have become more conventional in my grammar, and I very often write these when I am falling asleep and just make dumb mistakes. It be nice to have an editor, but . . . .