Will Harry Potter die in his final year at Hogwarts? It’s a billion dollar question that’s on everyone’s lips these days, and will hugely profit a certain British lady called Joanne Rowling. But with Ms Rowling going about town throwing hints that she might just break a promise to end the Potter-patter in 2007, might we take the liberty of informing the redoubtable author that what was till now just a seven-year itch is fast developing into a rather nasty-looking rash. Are we getting it wrong, or could she actually be hinting that she will not make Mr Potter a martyr and dust her hands of him forever?
Of course, there will many among the Muggle-born who will be jubilant at the news. But we put that down to the inevitable — for seven long years, they’ve been absorbed by the wizard world, and they are suddenly faced with the probability of a Potter void. Then there are those who feel that bumping off the main character might be too dark an event for young readers. Well, sorry kids, but reality bites sometimes!
In any case, who can deny that the Potter magic has long lost its glitter. In the last seven years that we’ve been forced to be part of his life — may we add, whether we liked it or not — Harry Potter has grown up to become a rather tiresome, self-pitying character. Add to that the patchy movies based on the series, and we must protest that the world will be a better place with the epitaph, ‘Harry Potter, RIP’. Like many enduring legends, those who go early earn immortality.