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Does Harry have to die? Part II - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Jul. 15th, 2004 04:49 pm
Does Harry have to die? Part II

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wahlee_98
wahlee_98
A studier of character
Thu, Jul. 15th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC)

Very, very nice. You've said just about everything I've ever said in my arguments that Harry would survive. The Christ symbolism is very kewl, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if it turned out that way.

But really, the biggest thing to me is the eucatastrophe ending. Have the books been dark? Yes. Have they gotten darker? Yes. Are they still hilariously funny? Oh, yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

And, to me, another big thing is that if Harry dies, Voldemort wins. Yes, even if Voldemort dies in the process as well. Because, at the very start of PS/SS, we learn that Voldemort wanted to kill Harry. Tried and failed. It's the first thing we learn about Voldemort-- he killed Harry's parents, and tried to kill Harry. Everything else we know about him, all his other motivations, comes later. So the first and primary conflict of the books is between Harry and Voldemort, and Voldemort's desire to kill Harry. If he succeeds in that desire-- or if Harry dies in the process, or for another reason, then for all intents and purposes, and in the eyes of most readers, Voldemort wins. It would be a great victory in the context of the wizarding world, and Harry would be a great hero for giving his life. But it would be empty and hollow for the reader. JKR just isn't writing that kind of book.

I think it's the hollowness of the end of LotR that always leaves me vaguely dissatisfied when I finish it. Frodo survives, but isn't happy. The world is saved, but the Fellowship is forever broken up. I don't want that kind of ending to HP. I want Harry to be whole, and happy, and find joy in his friends and his family.

And I think that's the kind of ending JKR wants, too.


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