An original editorial by Erin Riley
The recent World Book Day online chat with J.K. Rowling could not have surprised
me more. I doubt if our beloved J.K. has ever given so many spoilers, so early
- not a year after the publishing of her latest book - in one sitting. The majority
of the tidbits and clues that are the product of the online chat that took place
on the 4th of March were given very openly or disguised without the usual skill
that we have come to expect from this fabulous author.
Although I appreciate a glimpse into Harry’s future as much as the next
avid fan, this chat did not seem for the most part to be entirely the best move
for J.K. There were some questions that she could not get out of without making
it obvious that the questioned aspects were important in future books. On the
other hand, I have been very concerned for the future of the sixth book –
it does have potential to be an awkward book: the stumbling block before the
finale – and this chat has reassured me that it could very well be as
successful as its predecessors.
To clear things up, let me take an example:
Sussie: Does Harry's eye colour become important in the future books, like
JK Rowling replies -> No comment!
The previous quote is an example of an obvious mistake made by J.K. It was
mentioned before the fifth book was released that Harry’s eye colour would
play a very large part in the fifth book. It didn’t, of course. Obviously,
it will play an important part in book 6 or 7 – perhaps both. I may be
wrong, but I suspect that J.K. intended to include the importance of Harry’s
green eyes in at least one of the last 3 books in the Harry Potter series. She
mentioned it in an interview and it wasn’t given very much attention for
the most part. Perhaps since then J.K. has realized just how important his eye
colour is to the plot, and has been very secretive about the matter. To quote
her: “No comment!” Said quote has proved to do nothing but spark
more curiousity around the subject.
The importance of Harry’s green eyes - this is a very ambiguous clue.
It is difficult to fathom what importance this could have to the final tomes
of Harry Potter. Is it the actual colour – bright green – that is
important? Or is it the connection between Lily and Harry’s eyes? I think
the latter is far more likely – perhaps in addition to Lily’s eyes,
Harry has inherited something else in her character. Her strength in Charms,
or maybe something deeper and more powerful that we’ve never heard of
before. I think that Harry might have inherited the loyal love that saved him
the night his parents died from his mother, and this may prove very useful in
At the moment, we can hardly begin to wonder what sort of role that clue will
play in future books. One that has been pondered tirelessly since the release
of the fifth book is what I really want to talk about today: Sirius’s
death. Now, I am a huge fan of Harry Potter - not to mention Harry’s godfather
- but I did not cry when Sirius Black died. Nope. I tried, because it seemed
the right thing to do – but I couldn’t. I had to read that particular
passage where Sirius meets his end several times before I completely understood
it, to be honest. And even after that, I was perpetually confused: why did Sirius
As much as I love the character of Sirius Black, I have never understood his
overall existence. What purpose has he served to Harry? Harry’s father
had other friends, so the reason for his existence cannot just be a glimpse
into his parent’s past. Harry also has other father figures – Dumbledore,
Hagrid, Arthur, etc. – so that cannot be his reason for existence either.
For I believe that every single detail of the Harry Potter books has a place
in the simplified, basic plot. By the size of the books J.K is producing, it’s
obvious that she cannot afford to add useless characters.
I was dreadfully baffled – one of the main characters had just died without
fulfilling his existence! It went against everything I thought I’d learned
about the Harry Potter books.
The World Book Day interview cleared it all up – Sirius was to become
useful in death, as so many deceased characters are. For example, Lily saved
Harry with her love for him; Voldemort’s father contributed to resurrecting
his son; without the death of Harry’s parents, he would have never have
become the person he is today; and when Cedric died he let Harry get to know
Cho better, and finally get over her (you can see I’m not much of a Cho/Harry
One possibility is that the grief Harry will experience will give him a good
dose of reality, and he will become less angry and more helpful toward the cause
of destroying Voldemort.
Another possibility is that the things Sirius left behind – his elf, his
house, his mirror, his knife, his hippogriff – will be passed on to Harry,
and they will prove very useful. Especially the mirror; whether he will actually
use it to communicate with Sirius and other members of the deceased population
of Harry’s world or whether he will use it to communicate with the living
population is anyone’s guess.
The death of his godfather may also lead Harry to explore more about death.
He may examine the room behind the veil more closely (perhaps with the help
of Mad-Eye Moody – can his eye see beyond the veil?), or discover the
exact circumstances about how either Harry or Voldemort could die.
I for one am glad that Sirius will prove useful, after all the uselessness he
was feeling before he kicked the bucket.