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.: Reality in Harry Potter :.


OK, here's how I think "reality" might be playing a role in Harry Potter

Royalty:

Were Muggle royals really Wizards? Is it possible that "Wizard" royalty were really the ones ruling over the Muggle World through means such as the Witenagemot, which, as you've probably noticed, has a strong resemblance to the word, Wizengamot, and which was a political council of powerful and important people who advised and appointed Kings in Anglo-Saxon England between the 7th-11th centuries? Is it possible that the Wizengamot and the Ministry of Magic were set up to govern the Wizarding World because the royals only ruled over the muggle world? "There are no Wizarding princes," said Lupin, now smiling. (HBP US ed., pg. 336/HBP UK ed., p. 315). And also Hermione's: "Well, why not? Harry, there aren't any real princes in the Wizarding World!" (HBP US ed., pg. 538/HBP UK ed., pg. 502). If this is true, then it would be something indeed that one of the reasons why King Henry VIII's wife, Anne Boleyn, was killed was for practicing witchcraft. All King Henry had to do then was announce the truth about her, that she was a witch. It's an interesting aside that a portrait of Anne Boleyn can be seen by the moving staircase in Hogwarts in the first Harry Potter film. Is it possible that to prevent Muggles from knowing the "magical" truth about the royals ruling over them and possibly overthrow and kill them, Muggles were told to feel afraid of magic and to believe that it is evil and not at all what the royalty believed in or practiced, and also, contradictingly and simply, that magic does not even exist, which would also help wizards not to be inundated with requests for help all of the time? When Harry asks Hagrid: "But what does a Ministry of Magic do?" Hagrid replies: "Well, their main job is to keep it from the Muggles that there's still witches an' wizards up an' down the country." "Why?" "Why? Blimey, Harry, everyone'd be wantin' magic solutions to their problems. Nah, we're best left alone." (TSS US ed., pg. 65/TPS UK ed., pg. 51).

Was Godric Gryffindor then one of the first "Muggle" Kings of Scotland? What does this mean if Harry really is a descendent-not "heir"-of Godric Gryffindor? Is the name "James" being so frequently used in both Scottish royalty and in Harry's family just a coincidence? Could Harry also be related to Slytherin House's ghost, The Bloody Baron, who might actually be Scotland's King Macbeth? Macbeth was a Thane of Glamis, and a 'thane' in Scotland does mean Baron. And Macbeth's robes, just as the Bloody Baron's, are stained in blood because of his murder of King Duncan, who is said to haunt the banks of the River Ness in Inverness, Scotland. This would mean that Macbeth, though a descendent of Gryffindor, was most likely in Slytherin House, which is entirely possible given that Sirius Black was in Gryffindor House while the rest of his family were in Slytherin. This would also mean that King Duncan is another ancestor of Harry's, another "royal" ancestor. Harry would certainly be getting quite a large family tree then, wouldn't he, which is nicely fitting for someone who so desires a family as Harry appears to when he looks in the Mirror of Erised in the first book. Some interesting quotes from JKR via her official website: "So where does this leave Neville, the boy who was so nearly King?" And: "If neither boy was 'pre-ordained' before Voldemort's attack to become his possible vanquisher, then the prophecy (like the one the witches make to Macbeth, if anyone has read the play of the same name) becomes the catalyst for a situation that would never have occurred if it had not been made." Also: "It's the 'Macbeth' idea. I absolutely adore 'Macbeth.' It is possibly my favorite Shakespeare play. And that's the question isn't it? If Macbeth hadn't met the witches, would he have killed Duncan? Would any of it have happened? Is it fated or did he make it happen? I believe he made it happen."

The belief that King Duncan haunts the banks of the River Ness in Inverness, Scotland leads to the idea that Hogwarts Castle is really Urquhart Castle, which is situated in Inverness, Scotland and is approximately eight hours from London's King's Cross train station, which matches the time-frame of Harry's train journeys to school on the Hogwarts Express from London's King's Cross train station to the Hogsmeade Train Station. Urquhart Castle is also easily a castle that could appear to be in ruins to the Muggle eye, so as to cover up what's really there, which is Hogwarts. "But Hogwarts is hidden," said Hermione, in surprise. "Everyone knows that...well, everyone who's read Hogwarts, A History, anyway." "Just you, then," said Ron. "So go on-how d'you hide a place like Hogwarts?" "It's bewitched," said Hermione. "If a Muggle looks at it, all they see is a moldering old ruin with a sign over the entrance saying DANGER, DO NOT ENTER, UNSAFE." (GOF US ed., pg. 166/GOF UK ed., pg.148). Could this mean, then, that if Hogwarts Castle really is Urquhart Castle, which rests on the banks of Loch Ness, that the "Giant Squid" is really the Loch Ness Monster? It's interesting to note that in the third Harry Potter film, the film that JKR has said contains clues to the outcome of the series, Hermione says, "Dufftown? That's not far from here (Hogwarts)." Dufftown, Scotland is not far from Inverness, Scotland.

And maybe Harry isn't the only one of royal blood. What if Voldemort has a royal ancestor in Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and possibly a descendent of Salazar Slytherin, who might have been one of the first Kings of England? There is the belief that Queen Elizabeth I had an intimate relationship with Lord Admiral, Thomas Seymour, who was Katherine Parr's husband after Katherine's husband and Elizabeth's father, King Henry VIII, passed away. When she was aged fifteen, Elizabeth left the Court for Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, England; some believe she did so to have a baby in secret. Could it be that this is true, and that this baby grew up in Hatfield Peverell, Essex, England?-hence the ring with the Peverell coat of arms from Book 6? And even though Queen Elizabeth I might have had a child she did not grant that child the throne, for on her deathbed she gave the crown of England to King James VI of Scotland, her cousin, who then became King James I of England, who would go on to commission the writing of one of the versions of the Bible and who could also be another royal ancestor of Harry's. It is interesting to note that some people view the King James version of the Bible to be rigid in regards to women, which would go hand-in-hand with a statement Hermione makes in Book 6 when she accuses Harry of thinking that girls are not clever. "The truth is that you don't think a girl would have been clever enough," said Hermione angrily. "How can I have hung around you for five years and not think girls are clever?" said Harry, stung by this. (HBP US ed., pg. 538/HBP UK ed., pg. 503). This statement seems out-of-place in the books, and even Harry thinks as much when he asks Hermione how he could have been friends with her for five years and not think girls are clever. But Hermione's comment doesn't seem so out-of-place if you view Harry as being a descendent of that particular King James, does it? And Harry's ancestry is probably something Hermione would know all about, giving her penchant for reading, especially books with the word "History" in them, as in Hogwarts: A History. Not to mention when Hermione says the following to Harry after he and Ron introduce themselves to her in the first book: "I'm Ron Weasley," Ron muttered. "Harry Potter," said Harry. "Are you really?" said Hermione. "I know all about you, of course-I got a few extra books for background reading, and you're in Modern Magical History and The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts and Great Wizarding Events of the Twentieth Century." "Am I?" said Harry, feeling dazed. (TSS US ed., pg. 106/TPS UK ed., pg. 79).

Another thing of note that might link Voldemort to English royalty is that Sir John Fortescue (1394-1476), who was of an ancient Devon family, was an English lawyer who eventually became the Chief Justice of King Henry VI's bench, to whom he was always loyal. In Book 6 we're told that the owner of the ice cream parlor in Diagon Alley, Florean Fortescue, who is very knowledgeable about medieval witch burnings, is taken, forcibly, by the Death Eaters. Could Florean Fortescue be a descendent of Sir John Fortescue? Was Florean wanted by Voldemort because of this and possibly must swear loyalty to Voldemort as a result?

Well, if Voldemort really is royalty, then it would also make sense that his royal blood is one of the reasons why he covets the Hogwarts founders' artifacts to use as Horcruxes. In fact, he might not just "covet" them but think that he has an actual right to such things as artifacts that once belonged to Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Godric Gryffindor, and not just Slytherin. And in a way, if he really is of royal blood, then he does have a right to them, considering that the royal families were all somewhat related, if only loosely, just like Pureblood Wizards, and control of lands was always being transferred through war and marriage. Suppose Helga was a princess of Muggle Wales and Rowena a princess of Muggle Ireland, and so when James VI of Muggle Scotland became James I of Muggle England by his cousin's command, Queen Elizabeth I, he also became the King of Muggle Wales and Muggle Ireland. Interestingly, he was also King of Muggle France through his mother, Mary Queen of Scots, who would then be one of Harry's great grandmothers. And when the Scottish Prince Charles Edward Stuart and his Jacobites were defeated by the Hanoverians in 1745 at the Battle of Culloden and lost the crown, the Hanoverians laid claim to the Scottish crown, and also to the crowns of Ireland, Wales, and France and, of course, to the English crown. The first Hanoverian King, George I, was a great-grandson of King James VI of Scotland/King James I of England. The Hanoverians have changed names over the years and are now the House of Windsor. Is JKR hinting that not only the past but the current British and European monarchies are really wizards? Or perhaps through marriages and such they are too distantly related to their wizard ancestors to be considered wizards now? Either way, is JKR saying that Harry's family also includes not only the past but the current British and European royal families? However different, magically-speaking, and distantly related Harry and the current royal families might be these days? Could this be a reason why JKR insisted that the cast of the Harry Potter films be British?

And on the topic of entitlement, we hear Snape describe Harry's father in the following way: "How extraordinarily like your father you are, Potter," Snape said suddenly, his eyes glinting. "He too was exceedingly arrogant. A small amount of talent on the Quidditch field made him think he was a cut above the rest of us too. Strutting around the place with his friends and admirers...The resemblance between you is uncanny." (POA US ed., pg. 284/POA UK ed., pg. 209). And Sirius's account of the way things were: "Look, Harry," said Sirius placatingly, "James and Snape hated each other from the moment they set eyes on each other, it was just one of those things, you can understand that, can't you? I think James was everything Snape wanted to be-he was popular, he was good at Quidditch, good at pretty much everything. And Snape was just this little oddball who was up to his eyes in the Dark Arts and James-whatever else he may have appeared to you, Harry-always hated the Dark Arts." (OOTP US ed., pg. 670/OOTP UK ed., pg. 590). Was one of the reasons for James' arrogance and strutting the fact that he was royalty, and that he probably owned Hogwarts Castle, if, seeing as Hogwarts Castle is in Scotland, it was given by Godric Gryffindor, a King of Scotland, to use as a school?

Religion:

Interestingly, although Rowling is a member of the Church of Scotland, the books are free of references to God. On this point, Rowling is cagey. "Um. I don't think they're that secular," she says, choosing her words slowly. "But, obviously, Dumbledore is not Jesus." JKR, Time Magazine, 17 July, 2005.

Well, we know from JKR that Dumbledore is not Jesus, but what if Harry is? And if Parvati does indeed wind up being Harry's final love interest, would that make her Mary Magdalene, working in accordance with the belief held by some that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were linked romantically? The idea of Jesus and Mary Magdalene having been married is not only held within the pages of Dan Brown's novel, The DaVinci Code, but it is a belief held by several schools of Gnostic Christianity, and it is also something one would learn when studying French History and the Merovingian Kings, who were called "The Sorcerer Kings" because of their great magic abilities, which it is believed they possessed because they were the descendents of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. JKR, as I'm sure you know, studied French when she was in university.

Also, long hair is a signature feature of Mary Magdalene, and it is also of Parvati and of other girls whom Harry finds attractive and is drawn to, such as Cho Chang and Ginny Weasley. Possibly there is a connection being made between Jesus being fond of Mary Magdalene's long hair and Harry being fond of long hair?

And if Harry and Parvati do turn out the be Jesus and Mary Magdalene and have the twelve children that in Book 5 Professor Trelawney predicted that Harry would have, will those twelve children be Christ's twelve disciples? Or is all of this, including the number twelve in regards to how many children Harry might have, simply a coincidence?

But if we go ahead and follow the idea that Harry is, in fact, Jesus, then what would that make his arch-enemy, Voldemort? It would make Voldemort Lucifer/Satan, right?

Sarah Wallace for the Irish Independent-How did you think of the bond between Harry and Lord Voldemort? JK Rowling: That is another one of those questions that goes right to the heart of the series. I can't answer. It touches way too closely on Book 7. Sorry. Good question. (Press Conference, July 2005, transcript available via CBBC).

But would JKR introduce religion into her Harry Potter books and in this particular way?

E: You do believe in God. JK: Yeah. Yeah. E: In magic and... JK: Magic in the sense in which it happens in my books, no, I don't believe. I don't believe in that. No. No. This is so frustrating. Again, there is so much I would like to say, and come back when I've written book seven. But then maybe you won't need to even say it 'cause you'll have found it out anyway. You'll have read it. E: But in your own life, I mean, are you a churchgoer? JK: (Nods) Mmm hmm. Well I go more than to weddings and christenings. Yes, I do. E: And in your own life, would the church and that kind of spirituality help you deal with the loss of your mum? JK: No, actually it didn't at the time. No. (Shakes her head) E: So you've come back to it. JK: Yeah, I would say so. I have some problems with conventional organized religion. Some problems. (Long pause) But...but, yes, it's a place I would go to in a time of trouble. It probably is a place I would go to in a time of trouble. I wouldn't expect it to provide all the answers, 'cause I would expect to find some of those within me. E: Right, but the institutional side of it, you know, the rules... JK: I have certain problems with some aspects of that. Yes I do. (CBCNewsWorld: Hot Type, July 13, 2000). And: "There are a series of Christian computer games coming out which exaggerate the biblical concept of spiritual war," Marty said. "It seems funny that you would gravitate to the biblical equivalent of witches, then attack the mild wizards in Harry Potter." Rowling, aware of the protest, said she couldn't answer the questions about the book's religious content until the conclusion of book seven. Chicago Sun-Times, October 22, 1999. Also: "Yes, I am (a Christian)," she says. "Which seems to offend the religious right far worse than if I said I thought there was no God. Every time I've been asked if I believe in God, I've said yes, because I do, but no one ever really has gone any more deeply into it than that, and I have to say that does suit me, because if I talk too freely about that I think the intelligent reader, whether 10 or 60, will be able to guess what's coming in the books." October 26, 2000.

Hmm..maybe...Well, in any case, the Wizarding World does appear to have some form of religion as they celebrate holidays such as Christmas and Easter, so it looks like there is religion in the Wizarding World, but only one, and that is Christianity. Maybe it is a widely-held Wizarding belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God?

Rulers:

I've always thought Grindelwald would come back to "haunt" us, and in 2005 JKR confirmed that he would:

ES: Our other "Ask Jo" question (the one about James and Lily's sacrifices), was from Maria Vlasiou, who is 25, of the Netherlands. And then the third is from Helen Poole, 18, from Thirsk, Yorkshire - also one of the Plot Thickens fan book authors. It's the one about Grindelwald, which I'm sure you've been gearing up for us to ask. JKR: Uh-huh. ES: Clearly - JKR: Come on then, remind me. Is he dead? ES: Yeah, is he dead? JKR: Yeah, he is. ES: Is he important? JKR: (regretful) Ohhh... ES: You don't have to answer but can you give us some backstory on him? JKR: I'm going to tell you as much as I told someone earlier who asked me. You know Owen who won the (UK television) competition to interview me? He asked about Grindelwald (pronounced "Grindelvald" HMM...). He said, "Is it coincidence that he died in 1945," and I said no. It amuses me to make allusions to things that were happening in the Muggle world, so my feeling would be that while there's a global Muggle war going on, there's also a global wizarding war going on. ES: Does he have any connection to - JKR: I have no comment to make on that subject. (Laughter) MA: Do they feed each other, the Muggle and wizarding wars? JKR: Yeah, I think so. Yeah. Mmm. MA: You've gone very quiet. (All laugh; JKR maniacally) MA: We like when you get very quiet, it means - ES: You're clearly hiding something. (JKR interview, July 2005).

Well, here's a theory for you. Grindelwald is Hitler. Hitler, in line with the belief that he practiced magic, was a wizard. Obviously, he was a bad one, like Voldemort, but still a wizard. One of the forms of magic it is believed that Hitler was very involved with was the use of Runes, something that Hermione is shown to be care about herself. On Friday, Harry and Ron had a day off while Hermione sat her Ancient Runes exam..."How were the Runes?" said Ron, yawning and stretching. "I mistranslated 'ehwaz,'" said Hermione furiously. "It means 'partnership,' not 'defense,' I mixed it up with 'eihwaz.'" (OOTP US ed., pg. 715/OOTP UK ed., pg. 630-631). Maybe Grindelwald/Hitler wrote important things in Runes, things that might be in the Malfoy's Manor or in the books in the Room of Requirement, and which Hermione will be able to translate? Interestingly, there are many similarities between Voldemort and Hitler, such as their "half-blood" status, which they were both ashamed of; Voldemort has Muggle blood and Hitler had Jewish blood. Also, they both thought education was important in the shaping of young minds to benefit their causes. Hitler wrote about this is in his book, Mein Kampf. Voldemort applied to be a professor at Hogwarts and put a curse on the DADA position after he had been turned down for the position by Dumbledore. If Voldemort is defeated by Harry at the end of the books, then the curse on the DADA position should be lifted and it will be possible for someone to hold the position for more than one year. And it would be a nice way to wrap things up if Lupin, whom I'm hoping will be cured of being a werewolf in Book 7, can come back as DADA professor after Book 7 since JKR has said the following on her website: "Alas, no. Lupin's exposure as a werewolf did irreparable damage to his prospects for a career in teaching, and with the likes of Fenrir Greyback out there, werewolves are unlikely to receive a good press any time soon." After all, Lupin certainly has a lot of supporters. "You're the best Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher we've ever had!" said Harry. "Don't go!" Lupin shook his head. (POA US ed., pg. 424/POA UK ed., pg. 309). And: He certainly wasn't the only one who was sorry to see Professor Lupin go. The whole Defense Against the Dark Arts class was miserable. (POA US ed., pg. 429/POA UK ed., pg. 312-313).

But what would Hitler be doing in the Harry Potter books, even if he really was a wizard in "real life?" Maybe when Hitler died he chose to become a ghost, a choice that is only given to wizards, so that he could carry on doing what he did by having someone invoke his spirit into their body, which would strengthen that person's body thereby making it harder for them to be killed. And he would only allow someone like the Antichrist to invoke his spirit, possibly through a spell that requires the saying of a name, which might be why everyone is so afraid of saying Voldemort's name? As a wizard believing in Christ, Hitler set out to kill Muggles who didn't believe in Christ-and it would only be Muggles, since all wizards believe in Jesus-and since that isn't exactly in-line with Christ's message of peace he wasn't exactly supporting Christ, was he? It was more like fueling his hatred of those who aren't wizards, of Muggles who don't believe in Christ. Hitler would never have sided with Harry/Jesus, especially not if he was in possession of the Spear of Destiny, which was used to hurt Christ on the cross, which Hitler was known to have had possession of, but he would side in a second with Voldemort/Satan, who would have no problem at all letting-and even helping-Hitler carry out his acts of hatred against Muggles. Could this be why JKR won't talk too much about what would have happened if Ginny Weasley had died in Book 2 during her possession by Tom Riddle? Because saying that Ginny's death would have strengthened diary Tom Riddle so much so that he could escape the diary and reunite with Voldemort? Because doing so would strengthen Voldemort's body and make it harder for him to be killed might lead readers to the idea that Voldemort may have already done something like that to achieve that effect, which is why he wasn't so easily killed that night in Godric's Hollow, because he also had Hitler's soul inside of him, which strengthened him and made it harder for him to be killed?

So then it would be Grindelwald/Hitler who was the other person in Godric's Hollow that night that Voldemort went to the Potter's to murder James and Harry. He was inside Voldemort.

Could this mean that some of Voldemort's inferi are the bodies of some of those killed in the Holocaust?

Could the Koh-I-Noor Diamond be given to Voldemort by the goblins of Gringotts, who aren't very happy with the way the wizards who are currently in power are treating them? The Diamond was coveted by Hitler because of the spell placed upon it that grants its possessor world power. He saw it in Queen Elizabeth II's possession and managed to steal it. The Koh-I-Noor Diamond has been mistaken for the Great Mogul diamond, whose whereabouts are listed as "unknown." Is it really the Great Mogul diamond that is currently with the British Crown Jewels, while the Koh-I-Noor has really been with the wizards, in Gringotts, all this time? Was the Koh-I-Noor Diamond, like the Ford Anglia, seized by the Ministry of Magic when Hitler/Grindelwald was defeated? Mr. Weasley, Bill, and Lupin were having an intense discussion about goblins. "They're not giving anything away yet," said Bill. "I still can't work out whether they believe he's back or not. 'Course, they might prefer not to take sides at all. Keep out of it." "I'm sure they'd never go over to You-Know-Who," said Mr. Weasley, shaking his head. "They've suffered losses too. Remember that goblin family he murdered last time, somewhere near Nottingham?" "I think it depends what they're offered," said Lupin. "And I'm not talking about gold; if they're offered freedoms we've been denying them for centuries they're going to be tempter. Have you still not had any luck with Ragnok, Bill?" "He's feeling pretty anti-wizard at the moment," said Bill. "He hasn't stopped raging about the Bagman business, he reckons the Ministry did a cover-up, those goblins never get their gold from him, you know-" (OOTP US ed., pg. 85-86/OOTP UK ed., pg. 81-82).

The Koh-I-Noor Diamond leads me to the Ford Anglia. Was the car written into the Harry Potter books mainly out of nostalgia and for fun?-JKR's friend owned one and she used to go riding around in it with him. Or was the Ford Anglia really Grindelwald/Hitler's car? Hitler and Henry Ford were great friends, after all. It is known that Ford made annual birthday gifts of 50,000 deutsch marks to Hitler, and that on Ford's 75th birthday in 1938, Hitler awarded Ford the Great Cross of the German Order of the Eagle for Ford's publication of the notorious anti-Semitic pamphlet, The International Jew, a Worldwide Problem (Berlin, 1921).

So, if Hitler really is associated with the Harry Potter books, then could Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's "most faithful servant," something that Barty Crouch jr. was keen on referring to himself as in regards to Voldemort in Book 4, be involved with the Harry Potter books as well? Here's my theory: Barty Crouch jr. was possessed with the soul of Joseph Goebbels, who, when he died with Hitler, chose to become a ghost, just like Hitler. That would mean then that Barty Crouch jr. really was innocent, just like he had always insisted.

If both Hitler and Goebbels chose to become ghosts, then that might explain why the scar that resembles a map of the London Underground on Dumbledore's knee has never vanished. His scar was made from Grindelwald/Hitler, who, if he's been a ghost all these years, has been dead but has never really been gone, and it could be that he needs to be gone completely for Dumbledore's scar to vanish. Maybe he will be gone for good at the end of Book 7 if Harry does away with both Voldemort and Grindelwald/Hitler? And maybe Harry's own scar will vanish then, too?

While we're on the topic of Dumbledore and Grindelwald, could it be that Dumbledore knew that Tom Riddle might be the one to whom the prophecy about a new Dark Lord/evil wizard rising after Hitler/Grindelwald, the prophecy that broke at the end of Book 5 during the battle at the Ministry and that claimed that "at the solstice will come a new and none will come after, referred? Voldemort was born on December 31st, approximately ten days after the winter solstice, and since, according to JKR, prophecies are open to interpretation, could Voldemort's December 31st birthday be considered to be "at the solstice?" Is that why Dumbledore made it so that Voldemort's wand had one feather from Fawkes and that only one other wand was made that also had a feather from Fawkes, so that what happened at the end of Book 4 when Harry and Voldemort dueled would be able to happen? That it would help whoever might be the one who is able to defeat Voldemort, whoever it was who was destined to have that wand, which would only ever go to the one who was destined to fight Voldemort? But Voldemort, who has probably been wanting a new wand after the end of Book 4, will probably have a new wand in Book 7, won't he, because Olivander, whom Harry has never really liked, will probably tell Voldemort what Dumbledore did with the wands and will make a new wand for Voldemort.

But Hitler might not be the only real life person playing a role in Harry Potter. Could Pharaoh Hatshepsut-who was really a woman and not a man, even though "pharaoh" means king/prince, and who was probably really a witch-make an appearance? During her reign, she led an expedition to Punt and found a Benu Egg-a phoenix's egg. Was she was able to use it to achieve immortality? Her body and that of her lover have never been found, after all...And Hermione's insistence that a woman could be called a "prince" in the sixth book can be seen as foreshadowing of this, couldn't it? "Or herself," said Hermione irritably, overhearing Harry pointing some of these out to Ron in the common room on Saturday evening. "It might have been a girl. I think the handwriting looks more like a girl's than a boy's." "The Half-Blood Prince, he was called," Harry said. "How many girls have been Princes?" Hermione seemed to have no answer to this. She merely scowled and twitched her essay...(HBP US ed., pg. 195/HBP UK ed., pg. 184-185). And: "He, he-who says it's a he?" "We've been through this," said Harry crossly. "Prince, Hermione, Prince!" "Right!" said Hermione, red patches blazing in her cheeks as she pulled a very old piece of newsprint out of her pocket and slammed it down on the table in front of Harry. "Look at that! Look at that picture!" (HBP US ed., pg. 537/HBP UK ed., pg. 502). Also: "Well, it's just that I was sort of right about the Half-Blood Prince business," she said tentatively. (HBP US ed., pg. 637/HBP UK ed., pg. 593).

We know that Voldemort covets immortality and that he watches Fawkes "shrewdly" when the phoenix comes and helps Harry in the chamber sequence at the end of Book 2. Maybe there is only one phoenix in the world, and that it is Fawkes? Possibly Dumbledore knew that Voldemort would want to use Fawkes to achieve immortality like Pharaoh Hatshepsut did, so Dumbledore, whom JKR has said has been the first and only owner of Fawkes, found Fawkes and kept him away from Voldemort all these years for this reason? And now that Dumbledore is gone, maybe we will see Fawkes again in Egypt, if Harry does indeed go there because of a vision that Parvati has that shows that Voldemort has sent Death Eaters to Egypt to find Pharaoh Hatshepsut's Benu Egg, so that he can achieve immortality. Voldemort has always wanted immortality, but maybe he'll go after it full-force now because he knows that Harry is destroying his Horcruxes-the blood connection between Harry and Voldemort from the end of Book 4 might have alerted Voldemort of this fact when it was Harry's blood used to open the cave entrance at the end of Book 6. Parvati, who will probably be needed to come along to Egypt, will have to face her fear of mummies and will by blowing them all to dust with her strong Reductor Curse that Harry taught her how to do in fifth year. Maybe Mundungus Fletcher will help find where the Benu Egg is in Egypt, too, because being a "shady" character maybe he knows thieves/grave robbers all over the world and maybe some of them might be able help in locating where it is so that they can try to get to it before Voldemort. Voldemort and his Death Eaters could know the location of the Benu Egg because Wormtail, as a rat, might be able to find out this information from the rats that run around in the Egyptian pyramids.

I think, though, that if this scenario does indeed play out that it might actually be Voldemort who gets the egg. The thing is, the Shield Charm that I think that Harry will place on Padma, thinking she's Parvati, when he's fighting Voldemort at the end of Book 7 will be strong enough to get through Voldemort's immortality achieved through the Benu Egg and the blessing of world power from the Koh-I-Noor Diamond, because Voldemort has Harry's blood in him, which makes him a bit human and not completely immortal, and thereby able to be killed. Also, the Koh-I-Noor Diamond comes with a catch-although the owner of the Diamond will achieve world power, any man who possesses it will befall misfortune, although the curse does not apply to women. Will we then know that Voldemort has not chosen to become a ghost because Harry's scar will have vanished after Voldemort's Avada Kedavra curse aimed at Padma rebounds onto him from Harry's Shield Charm?

Rowling:

JKR: "Yes, we do now know that it's Ron and Hermione." (JKR Interview, July 2005).

Well, now that we know for sure from JKR that it's going to be a Ron&Hermione pairing in the end, how might "reality" help us see exactly what it is that's going to their fate? Well, JKR has always said that she's most like Hermione, so could it be that Hermione's fate will mirror JKR's? Possibly these books by JKR, the ones that we're all reading, are the books about Harry that "Hermione" is writing, the books about Harry that Professor McGonagall said back in Book 1 would be written? It would be a nice bit of irony if Professor McGonagall, who hates Divination, wound up making a prediction that actually came true, wouldn't it? "A letter?" repeated Professor McGonagall faintly, sitting back down on the wall. "Really, Dumbledore, you think you can explain all this in a letter? These people will never understand him! He'll be famous-a legend-I wouldn't be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in the future-there will be books written about Harry-every child in our world will know his name!" (TSS US ed., pg. 13/TPS UK ed., pg. 15). The idea of Hermione pursuing a writing career has been introduced in the books: "You should write a book," Ron told Hermione as he cut up his potatoes, "translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them." "Yeah," said Harry fervently, looking over at the Ravenclaw table. (OOTP US ed., pg. 573/OOTP UK ed., pg. 505). And: "Who're you writing the novel to, anyway?" Ron asked Hermione...(OOTP US ed., pg. 460/OOTP UK ed., pg. 407). Also, Hermione has said that she doesn't want to be a banker-"I don't much fancy banking," said Hermione vaguely...(OOTP US ed., pg. 657/OOTP UK ed., pg. 579)-so I think that we can safely rule out her becoming a banker and anything else akin to that, and she has always been associated with books, such as Hogwarts, A History and its revised edition, just to name two...And the idea of books about Harry being written is brought up again in Book 6: "Harry Potter, I am simply delighted!" said Worple, peering shortsightedly up into Harry's face. "I was saying to Professor Slughorn only the other day, 'Where is the biography of Harry Potter for which we have all been waiting?'" (HBP US ed., pg. 316/HBP UK ed., pg. 295-296). Harry is adverse to the idea of books being written about him in this passage, but maybe he won't be if it's Hermione writing them, since he did agree "fervently" with Ron in Book 5 that she ought to write.

Will Hermione marry Ron and have three children?-specifically, a girl, a boy, and then a girl, just like JKR? This was said by JKR on her website on 06/04/05, before the sixth book was published and after she had her baby boy in 2003:

I've also heard a whisper about Ron and Hermione's son time-traveling, so I shall go further and tell you that NONE of the characters in the books has returned from the future. As for the idea of Ron and Hermione having a son... (chuckles as the distant roars of a million shippers reach my ears, all cursing me to an eternity of unsatisfied curiosity).

***Raadhika***

raadhika@thesnitch.co.uk



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