The Half-Blood Prince : My speculations.


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!

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12 Responses to The Half-Blood Prince : My speculations.

  1. Somehow I’m not surprised there were no comments before this. 🙂 It’s quite a daunting task getting through so many conjectures.

    But yes, I’m looking forward to the new Harry Potter. Like the rest of the world.

    Btw, I still maintain – Tolkien kicks Rowling’s ass any day.

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  3. Hey Pri! Guess I’ll take your advice and buy a pirated one. But I assert: it’s WAY easier (and a lot less taxing on the pocket) to wheedle someone into lending me a copy 😉
    Oops, deleted the other one by mistake!

  4. Aravind says:

    How can people like fantasy meant for kindergarten-going children at this age?
    I’ve seen two Potter films(by mistake!) – Chamber of secrets & Prisoner of Azkaban – you can see that it’s for children! You can say that the film’s not as good as the book, etc, but, I’d say “Nice try!” – It’s the english version of Chandamama
    PS: Dan Brown’s in a different league altogether. You just can’t compare him with either Tolkien or Rowling.
    PS: PS: Looks like Mr. Anonymous isn’t interested in Harry Potter. For a change, I back you Mr. Anonymous!

  5. PAPARAZZI says:

    aww Hp and the half blood prince….still waiting for it…this saturday…

    @arvind

    u have to appreciate how well they are trying to potray the book..nothing can be like LOTR to have exact story kinda work…

    Hp and chandamama why the comparison…hmph!!!

  6. Priya says:

    @ aravind:
    HP is fantasy on a new level. it is a whole world all by itself with its own pros and cons.and if you are judging the books by their movies, you are making a big big mistake.
    chandamama??? how can you even compare it with harry potter? you may not be a fan of JKR, but this comparison makes me think you dont know nothin about the series.

  7. Priya says:

    @ arvind:
    dan brown??? i hope you are not a fan of his slipshod ill-researched hype-backed writing.

  8. Aravind says:

    Priya

    I clearly see that you are a HP fanatic. I was actually amazed that someone would still like all the flying on a broomstick, talking trees, etc. Children, understandable. But, …
    Actually “HP – The prisoner of Azkaban” should have been “Hermione – The prisoner of Azkaban”, for she was more authoritative and was the one who did things. Seriously, I don’t find it remotely interesting. Now, since the films are based on the book, the outline of the story must be the same. And I found it like just any other Chandamama story.
    Now, we have different tastes. I don’t say people shouldn’t like HP. What bearing does me saying something on such matters hold? I’m surprised that people are awakening to the fantasized world with the advent of HP when they had shunned similar Indian stories.
    Coming to Dan Brown, ofcourse I’m a fan! But, this is the worst thing I’ve heard about his writing. First of all, it’s not slipshod or ill-researched! C’mon, a work of fiction’s taken seriously by a few insane people with a single remark from the author –

    FACT:
    The Priory of Sion—a European secret society founded in 1099—is a real organization. In 1975, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris discovered parchments known as Les Dossiers Secrets, identifying numerous members of the Priory of Sion, including Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Leonardo da Vinci. The Vatican prelature known as Opus Dei is a deeply devout Catholic group that has been the topic of recent controversy due to reports of brain-washing, coercion, and a practice known as “corporal mortification.” Opus Dei has just completed construction of a $47 million National Headquarters at 243 Lexington Avenue in New York City.

    All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.

    Now, I find nothing that can be called ill-researched here / anywhere else in the book(s).
    I agree that he picks up sensational issues, but the way he works around the details gathered in his research to spawn a story that comes so close to reality, and thrills the reader is just amazing. C’mon you know that writing a story based on a few facts, maintaining a storyline that parallels the real world is far more difficult than writing something imaginary, portraying the surreal world. When you are writing a fantasy, you’ve got that extra bit of space to stretch. Anything can be explained satisfactorily because the whole universe is your own. I’m not saying that you don’t need to be talented to write fantasies, but that it’s easier.

    I’m not picking holes here. Just holding my own…

  9. Priya says:

    hey, you seem to be on orkut.
    why dont you visit the I Hate the Da Vinci code community for further information on how ill-researched and ill-written his work was.

  10. Abhilash says:

    Hey, if you are on Orkut, then you must be checking out the I hate Harry Potter Community too, lady.

  11. PAPARAZZI says:

    hey read the book???any opinion on snape???

  12. Priya says:

    @paparazzi:
    no i havent, it is bloody overpriced. waiting to borrow it off someone.
    @abhilash:
    didnt you read my posts on that community?–>

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