The Right Coast

May 24, 2005
 
Harry Potter
By Mike Rappaport

Apparently, J. K. Rowling has said that one of the major characters will be killed in the next book. Chris Lynch has reported the betting odds, which I copy here:

Professor Dumbledore - 1/5
Neville Longbottom - 4/1
Hagrid - 4/1
Cho Chang - 11/2
Ron Weasley - 6/1
Fred and/or George - 6/1
Molly Weasley - 6/1
Arthur Weasley - 6/1
Severus Snape - 7/1
Professor McGonagall - 7/1
Ginny Weasley - 8/1
Hermione Granger - 10/1
Dobby - 10/1
Oliver Wood - 14/1
Harry Potter - 16/1
Draco - 22/1

Dumbledore at 1-5. Hmm. My son, a Harry Potter expert, has been predicting that Dumbledore would die in this book for a while. I am not so sure -- still he either needs to die (but perhaps in the seventh book) or be incapacitated for Harry to show his greatness. (Perhaps Harry will rescue Dumbledore.)