We are Harry Potter-aholics. Big ones.
I know, I know. But Faulkner and Proust ain’t got nuthin’ on Rowling, who has taken children’s literature to new (and lucrative!) heights. She’s the Beatles of genre fiction, which is to say she proves a writer can deliver a story that neatly fits on big-box store shelves and still pushes the craft to new levels.
In a recent interview she revealed that she killed off two characters in the penultimate Book Seven, and had plans to kill off another but issued a reprieve. Therese and I got into a big IM discussion (because we don’t waste enough time blogging) about who she chose to kill, using our knowledge of storytelling to support our arguments. We’ve reprinted and amplified our discussion below.
All the cool anime-style fanart is by Ayne Greensleeves and can be found on her website . Used with her kind permission.
KB: So who do you think she offed? My sense at this point is that she hasn’t gotten to the part where Voldemort suffers his just desserts. I’m going to guess Molly and Arthur Weasley, and the one she reprieved, Ginny. From a storytelling point, their deaths will give the maximum impact to Harry (they were his surrogate parents), and shock the reader. What do you think? [Read more…]