Harry Potter and the Final Chapter

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

EDITOR'S WARNING: This page assumes that you've read "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." If you haven't read it but are planning to, STOP READING THIS STORY NOW! Go to the comics, go to Sports. Just this one day, don't read KidsPost. (We can't believe we just wrote that.) Now on to the business at hand.

J .K. Rowling is officially back at work, writing the seventh (and final) Harry Potter book. That's the good news. The bad news is that it will be at least 2007 (eek!) before "Harry Potter and the Whatever, Whatever, Whatever" is published.

In the meantime, are you re-reading the first six books, notebook at the ready, searching for clues about what might happen in Book 7? Have you figured out who RAB is? Does your family get into shouting matches over whether Snape ( Professor Snape, please) is good or evil?

You're not alone. At any given time, thousands of Muggles are scouringhttp://mugglenet.comfor clues, joining message boards athttp://the-leaky-cauldron.comor finding hope amid their grief athttp://dumbledoreisnotdead.com. (Don't say we didn't warn you!)

Part of what made "Half-Blood Prince" so riveting is that it answered so many questions and raised so many others. KidsPost's Tracy Grant looks at some of the most interesting issues left for Book 7.

Is Snape an agent for Voldemort or Dumbledore?

It comes down to whether you believe Dumbledore was begging for his life when he said, "Severus . . . please" or whether he was urging Snape to go ahead with an agreed-upon plan.

Rowling says those who think Dumbledore and Snape had a pact "cling to some desperate hope." Still, in "Sorcerer's Stone," Dumbledore tells Harry that "to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." Would a man who thinks that really beg for his life?

Who is RAB?

Could it be Sirius Black's dead brother, Regulus? Rowling has called that "a fine guess."

There are other hints pointing to a Black family member having gotten the locket/horcrux from the cave. During the frantic cleaning of 12 Grimmauld Place in "Order of the Phoenix," members of the order come across "a heavy locket that none of them could open."

Will the secret of Harry's scar be revealed?

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