MSNBC Commentary on “Harry Potter Dead Pool”
Jul 19, 2006
There is a new article online continuing the media coverage on the possible deaths of characters in Book Seven; this one coming now from MSNBC. Along with a discussion on some precedents for writing off a main character such as Harry, this commentary also mentions the poll we featured here on TLC and notes:
“Nobody seems particularly perturbed at the idea of Voldemort getting the hook â€” after all, heâ€™s the chief villain, and the seriesâ€™ resolution almost requires his destruction. Harry is another story. Many readers are having difficulty accepting that the hero of the story would die â€” and worse, one whoâ€™s still a boy.”
The article continues on with their odds on the demise of certain characters in the books. Some examples:
Albus Dumbledore, Hogwarts headmaster.
Doom factor: Is he really dead? Sadly, I think so â€” but thereâ€™s probably a good reason Harry saw a phoenix over his tomb in the last book. But who returns from the dead just to keel over again 200 pages later? Thatâ€™s just careless. Odds of dying: Forget about it â€” heâ€™s dead already, or heâ€™ll survive us all.
Severus Snape, former Hogwarts professor, longtime Potter antagonist, and murderer of Dumbledore.
Doom factor: Very high. Nobody knows whose side Snape is really on, and double agents tend to get shot at by both sides.
Odds of dying: 3 to 1
Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harryâ€™s best friends.
Doom factor: Extremely unlikely. These guys will be telling their grandchildren stories about Harry and Voldemort in 50 years.
Odds of dying: 100 to 1
Neville Longbottom, Harryâ€™s classmate.
Doom factor: Medium. Neville has a growing heroic streak that should put him in the thick of the fight â€” and in harmâ€™s way.
Odds of dying: 30 to 1
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