Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Is it just me, or is there a certain doth-protest-too-much quality to all of J.K. Rowling's veiled hints that she's going to whack her bespectacled protagonist in the seventh and final book of the "Harry Potter" series? It smells a bit to me like a way to throw her readers off the trail. Unless she thinks that because it's a children's book series, she needs to cushion the blow.

And yes, in case you are wondering, I am one of those adults who reads "Harry Potter." Rowling is a damn fine storyteller, a quality that many modern critics fail to appreciate. I touched on this idea in this post on my other blog.


so if King is protesting the way that Rowling wants to finish her magnum opus, can I protest the way he ended "The Dark Tower"?
You know, I almost mentioned the "Dark Tower" series. I liked the ending itself--what Roland found when he entered the room at the top of the tower. I do think the final volume overall was a bit self-indulgent, even though, as usual, I couldn't put it down.
This has come up a number of times. Here is an MSNBC article about if HP dies from 2004.

From the text version of Rowling's web site, this FAQ:

Section: F.A.Q.
The prophecy Harry hears in Dumbledore's office suggests to me that both he and Voldemort will have to die, is that true?

Both Madam Trelawney and I worded the prophecy extremely carefully and that is all I have to say on the subject!

Don't worry, I'm one of those Harry reading adults as well. In fact, my wife bought two copies of the last book so that neither one of us would have to wait for the other to finish.
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