I love the Harry Potter series. I, too, didn't want to read them because of the hype but a cousin of mine told me how great they were. Now I'm drooling, literally, over the next (and final) book.
I think Harry's going to perish, unless she wants to keep writing the HP storyline, she'll have to kill off her hero.
I don't know though. Guess we'll all have to wait and see!
For some time I thought Harry would die at the end of the book as a sort of symbol of the sacrifice of one for the good of many but thinking about it, the first chapter of Book 1 is called "The Boy Who Lived". I am feeling a kind of foreshadowing to the end of the book and am starting to think he will be "the boy who lived."
I do wonder who will die and how those deaths will be reported to the reader. Will there just be a reference to the dead character or will the death be part of the action? Sometimes I wonder if Voldemort won't die but suffer something worse. A recurring theme in this series is that death is not the worse thing that can happen to a person. I see Voldemort as a recipient of a Dementor's Kiss or tortured into insanity with the cruciatus curse like the Longbottoms but with one or two horcruxes left intact. He would have eternal life but is that a kind of life worth living?
I also wonder about how Voldemort rewards the Death Eaters. A couple of times it was mentioned by DE that succeeding at tasks set by Voldemort would make the rewarded beyond all others. I wonder if eternal life by the creation of horcrux is given to them. Did Voldemort create a horcrux for Bellatrix when she killed Sirius? Did Wormtail get one when he killed Cedric? The final battle looks like it's going to be long and ugly. I wonder what the final time spent with the Dursley's will be like for Harry.
But before that fun starts we get to see Bill and Fleur's wedding!!
I wonder what wizard weddings are like. Do they make the Unbreakable Vow with each other?
I can do this all night so I will stop now. Really beginning to look forward to July 21.