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Harry Potter and the Final Chapter

Some speculate that Harry's scar is actually a horcrux, created when Lord Voldemort killed James and Lily Potter, although there is much dispute about this on the Internet.

There can be little doubt, however, that the scar that started it all will play a key role as Harry's story wraps up. After all, it's in the first chapter of "Sorcerer's Stone" that Professor Dumbledore says "scars can come in useful." And Rowling has said that the last word of the last book will be "scar."

Is this the end of Hogwarts?

Well, Harry's not returning for his seventh year, and Ron and Hermione are going with him. Also, Rowling described the Luna-commentated match as "the last Quidditch match."

Still, it's hard to believe, as Harry and Voldemort prepare for their final battle, that these two magical, handsome, cursed orphans won't return to the place where each first felt truly at home.

Does Harry die?

That's the only question that really matters, isn't it? Remember in "Goblet of Fire" that Dumbledore gets a "gleam of something like triumph" in his eyes when Harry tells him that Voldemort used a drop of Harry's blood to revive himself. Rowling calls the gleam "extremely significant." Perhaps, like his scar, giving blood to Voldemort somehow protects Harry. Who knows?

Well, J.K. Rowling does. The rest of us will just have to wait and wonder.

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