So. Harry Potter book 7's publication date has been announced: July 21, 2007. A mere fortnight after the rumored 7/7/7, but this way it comes out more than a week after movie 5 rather than several days before. I assume the movie side of things is just being inflexible. Oh well.
(But ya see, 21/7/7 = 3x7/7/7, which is equally nifty in its own way. See the 3, and the three sevens? Okay, I'll put the prime factoring subprocess back in de box for now. Don't be scared.)
I don't want to quote J.K. Rowling about what will or won't happen in the book. Go ahead and do that in comments if you like--I just don't follow her interviews closely, nor do I care to. I just read the books. And the fic. And play the RPGs*. ;-)
And I just want to talk about what I want to see, and what I think I'll see.
What I want:
- Harry lives.
- It is shown that Snape was working for Dumbledore all along, not just hedging his bets.
- Something dramatic "on screen" reveals this. (Okay, I think this is a pretty sure thing.)
- Harry goes "oh!" and realizes Snape was working for Dumbledore all along. (Ditto.)
- Snape lives. (oh hush--this is what I want)
- Precious little time devoted to any romances at all.
- Remus is gay! (All right, maybe not really. He's got metaphorical AIDS already--that might be laying it on a bit too thick. I'll settle for some sympathetic character being gay. This is actually not a huge deal for me, because the books are doing so much else more subtly regarding otherness. But as long as I'm making a wishlist.)
- Dumbledore is really dead. (Live with it!)
- Neville comes into his own.
- Draco... hrm. What do I want for Draco? That's a puzzler. I guess I want him redeemed. Not so much for his own sake (I do feel sorry for the boy we saw crying in the bathroom, but that only goes so far) as for Dumbledore's death to have redemptive power, not just strategic worth.
- Luna to play some really startling crucial role.
What I predict:
- Dumbledore is really dead.
- Someone close to Harry dies.
- Snape dies.
* Oh yeah, my RPG is still looking for a Bellatrix and other characters, though I know there are applications pending for some characters. Come play! Personally, I want to see more Death Eaters and more older characters, but the more the merrier! *bats eyes*