MyLeaky Login

Join the largest Harry Potter Social Network on the Web! | FAQ

In the News

Grieving over "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Posted by: sue
July 12, 2007, 01:06 PM

With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows almost a week away, the USA Today has a feature on grief as fans await the last installment in the Harry Potter series. Faced with the possibility of the death of a most beloved figure and others, as well as the knowledge that this is the final chapter of the saga, the newspaper has two articles regarding death and the finality found in “Deathly Hallows.”

The first article addresses the process we are taking as talking about who may die in DH turns ” to mourning as Potterians process the news and adjust, or not, to a glum future absent the exquisite anticipation of another book. Some fans, maybe most, will take it in stride. “She’s kind of prepared us,” says Trysh Thompson, 26, a technical writer in Georgetown, Ky. “It’s not going to be a total shock.”

Also important is the loss we will feel as this is the final installment in the series.

“It makes sense to grieve the end of a fictional character in the fictionality of Internet space,” says pop-culture historian Robert Thompson of Syracuse University. “Even if nobody was going to die, the really significant grief is that they’re not going to be able to look forward to another book. When something cultural is with you for that long and that regularly, it becomes part of your life, and when it goes away, it’s sad.”

The second piece continues more about which characters may not survive the outcome of book seven, and offers thoughts from the Harry Potter actors and film makers on who they think may die in “Deathly Hallows.”

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter): “A heroic death for me has always been the most fitting way to conclude the series. I think it’s a very conclusive way to end it.”

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger): “I have a nasty feeling Harry might die. I think he might have to go with Voldemort.”

Michael Goldenberg (screenwriter): “I can imagine an ending where Harry lives and it’s still quite bittersweet. I just don’t know if (J.K. Rowling)can kill off Harry.”

Previous Article | Next Article Browse all Recent Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows News

55 Comments

Jen
Posted by Jen on July 12, 2007, 05:48 PM report to moderator
Arshdeep
Posted by Arshdeep on July 12, 2007, 05:55 PM report to moderator
Megan
Posted by Megan on July 12, 2007, 06:00 PM report to moderator
Catherine Williams
Posted by Catherine Williams on July 12, 2007, 06:10 PM report to moderator
Cindy
Posted by Cindy on July 12, 2007, 06:16 PM report to moderator
Rick
Posted by Rick on July 12, 2007, 06:18 PM report to moderator
Rick
Posted by Rick on July 12, 2007, 06:19 PM report to moderator
ellabellatrix
Posted by ellabellatrix on July 12, 2007, 06:26 PM report to moderator
Lome
Posted by Lome on July 12, 2007, 07:01 PM report to moderator
ellabellatrix
Posted by ellabellatrix on July 12, 2007, 07:22 PM report to moderator
Marisa
Posted by Marisa on July 12, 2007, 07:41 PM report to moderator
meeeeeeeee
Posted by meeeeeeeee on July 12, 2007, 08:41 PM report to moderator
johanna
Posted by johanna on July 12, 2007, 08:48 PM report to moderator
zoetree
Posted by zoetree on July 12, 2007, 09:28 PM report to moderator
zoetree
Posted by zoetree on July 12, 2007, 09:33 PM report to moderator
You must be logged in to MyLeaky to comment. Please click here to log in.

Finding Hogwarts
PotterCast Interviews Jo Rowling! Click here to Listen! The Books Everything...Half-Blood Prince...and the rest of the HP Films Leaky Apps

Scribbulus Essay Project

Issue 28 - Jul. 2014

Scribbulus is THE place for Leaky Cauldron readers to submit their essays and opinion pieces!
See more over at Scribbulus!
Learn to knit your own 'Weasley Sweater'. Learn to brew your own 'Butterbeer'. Find out how at Leaky Crafts!

Guess That Book

"And as for Potter... My father says it's a matter of time before the Ministry has him carted off to St. Mungo's... apparently they've got a special ward for people whose brains have been addled by magic..."[br]Malfoy made a grotesque face, his mouth sagg