D-Day is just around a week away! I am, of course, talking about the sixth instalment of suspense, thrill, amazement, no-holds-barred imagination presented in amazingly good writing by Joanne Rowling.
The gap has been incredibly long between The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince [more than a year and a half!] causing fan sites and popular childrens’ magazines to working overtime over speculations and conspiracy theories.
For me, it is just counting the days until I can grab my copy from the friendly neighborhood bookstore owner. Here are some of my speculations. And all those reading this, add some more!
As for the title, it is as cryptic for me as is figuring out the truth behind the Holy Grail [Forgive the expression, I am not a fan of Dan Brown]. All I feel is, the Prince will be a totally new character [and not Harry or Voldie as was popularly felt before JK quelled the rumours]. Or maybe, it will be the new Minister for Magic, as the title talks of Prince. Or maybe Godric Gryffindor’s descendant. [leads me to think… wasn’t Harry’s parents’ home called Godric’s Hollow?] Following is an excerpt from HBP describing the titular character:
(He) looked rather like an old lion. There were streaks of grey in his mane of tawny hair and his bushy eyebrows; he had keen yellowish eyes behind a pair of wire-rimmed spectacles and a certain rangy, loping grace even though he walked with a slight limp.
Hmm… Gryffindor is represented by a lion… so will it be Godric Gryffindor’s true heir? Or something to do with the British Royal Family [a bit too farfetched]?
Will Fudge still be Minister? If not, we’ll probably get an insight into the wizards’ election process.
We’ll learn a lot more about Snape, his boggart and his Patronus, too. Methinks Dumbledore used him as a spy as he’s well-versed in Legilimency and Occlumency, and hence could lie straight to Voldie’s face.
Maybe this book will be one set in troubled times with more Muggle disappearances. Who knows, Dudley might vanish [seems a hard bit of magic to perform] and return[!] all slimmed down.
We might see a lot more of Narcissa Malfoy, now that Lucius is going under. Maybe there’ll be a scene on Sirius’s Memorial Service.
Or maybe, Sirius isn’t dead as yet, and just disappeared behind the veil, for a reason, which Dumbledore knows best.
Now that his family is on the “right” side once more, Percy Weasley might want to patch up with them.
Fleur Delacour might make a reappearance. Maybe she’ll marry Bill Weasley.
Who’s the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher? The Ministry’ll want someone strong who’ll be able to teach students to defend themselves against all sorts of creatures [including Dementors, now]. So will Moody make a reappearance?
Or will it be Nymphadora Tonks? And will she show her cousin Draco good and proper? Maybe it’ll be Bill or Charlie Weasley. They were good students in their time, right?
Chances of Lupin coming are still up, as the new Minister might want to break stereotypes. But he dealt with Dark creatures when he taught. We’ll need someone who’ll teach dueling.
For that matter, why not Snape? He’s shown he really Wants the job. Wouldn’t it be easier for Dumbledore to appoint him and get a new Potions teacher? Or is the DADA teacher job really jinxed? Maybe that was Dumbledore’s defence mechanism. [maybe that’s why Dumbledore hasn’t done the ‘easy’ thing yet.]
As for who’ll die, maybe McGonagall. She is already in poor health, what with stunners at her heart. What about Trelawney? Voldie might kill her in quest for the entire prediction. Maybe that’s the reason Dumbledore is keeping her at Hogwarts. Some say Hagrid. Will he try to rip the Dementors limb-for-limb? I don’t think so, as there’s still Grawp to take care of. Madame Maxime? Maybe. And then, Fleur will probably teach at Beauxbatons [or Hogwarts]. Karkaroff? He was supposed to be killed by Voldie. Krum? And then Hermione can do a Cho and cry all over Ron….
I sincerely hope it won’t be Ron or Hermione. It probably won’t…. coz isn’t there one more book left?
Talking of Quidditch, Harry will probably be captain and so will Draco [who’s going to be highly subdued]. And Cho. And maybe there’ll be a murder attempt in the Gryffindor-Slytherin match. [Now, I’m going overboard]
There must be some reason Peeves is allowed at Hogwarts. Maybe he knows Voldie from his boyhood days.
Maybe the house-elves form one component of the Order. Gives Hermione something to do.
Kreacher might finally croak, maybe clawed to death by Buckbeak.
Maybe Aberforth Dumbledore is the ‘familiar looking bartender’ at the Hog’s Head. Note that the pub smelt strongly of goats… and Aberforth was prosecuted for practicing illegal charms on a goat. [Not that there is that much of a very obvious link there]
We’ll probably see more of Kingsley Shacklebolt .
Divination….will classes be split between Trelawney and Firenze? Firenze has got to remain at Hogwarts, his clan won’t accept him in the forest anymore. Or maybe he will be the Centaur representative at the Ministry of Magic.
And for the romances….. Harry and Ginny? Or Harry and Luna? Ron and Luna? Dudley and Hermione? Neville and Ginny? Neville and Hermione? The last one’s highly unlikely, though.
Ron and Hermione? It seems kind of filmi, their constant fights…. and varied interests and backgrounds. This one’s the most talked about pair. Then what happens to Krum? Killed by Karkaroff? Dies in a well-orchestrated broom-broom collision? Or just plain dumped by Hermione?
What about Crookshanks and Mrs. Norris? [in that case, Crookshanks might be her second husband, she’s Mrs., right?] Crookshanks is half Kneazle. Kneazles are highly receptive and intelligent creatures.
What if they have kittens? They’d be nursed by Filch, and they’d be quarter-Kneazle. Which can mean one thing….deep trouble for mischief-makers at Hogwarts!