Possible Things to be Revealed
by Robbie Fischer
Here are some ideas that I've entertained, about how the characters in
the next two Harry Potter books may entertain us. If they're not exactly
original, then say I've put my dittos on existing rumors and
Neville Longbottom: His magic will improve once he has a proper wand of
his own ("The wand chooses the wizard..."). But as McGonagall pointed
out when she was preparing Harry's year for OWLs, all Neville really
wants is some confidence. He has gotten a lot of that through working
with the D.A. and it showed in the Department of Mysteries, when of all
people he was the last school friend standing by Harry. Going out on a
limb: maybe the fact that the prophecy could have been about Harry or
Neville, will become more important. At least I think Neville will play
a pivotal role in the downfall of the Dark Lord.
Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew: Don't forget he owes Harry a life debt. This
will prove very inconvenient for Voldemort. In fact, it may even be the
very thing that tips the scales in the final reckoning. Fans of LotR
will remember how Bilbo's, and later Frodo's pity toward Gollum made it
possible for Gollum to play his key part in the Cracks of Doom. I think
in a similar way, Harry's pity toward Wormtail may be the final
clincher, or turn the tide when all seems lost.
Cornelius Fudge: His consuming passion is holding onto power. To him the
definition of evil is anything that threatens the status quo. Even now
that he has been forced to face the truth, I don't think Fudge is to be
trusted. He will lead a camp in the anti-Voldemort forces that wants to
"fight fire with fire"-that is, use dark magic to fight dark magic, use
deception and skullduggery to combat even greater evil. But I think this
approach will make people like Fudge more of a prey to dark forces, and
will leave them helpless to face the powers that will be brought against
them. In short, I think Fudge is going down, and a whole way of looking
at things in the magical world will go down with him. And I also ditto
the speculation that Arthur Weasley will be the next Minister, because
it does look as if Ron has more talent in divination than anyone in the
The Dursleys. Sooner or later Voldemort has to realize that if he
eliminates Petunia Dursley, his path is clear to come and get Harry.
Petunia had better look out for diving broomsticks, curses, and letters
filled with nasty substances. I think by the end of the 7 books, after
being forced to treat Harry nicely for a while and to depend on him to
protect her from magical attacks (which also concern him nearly),
Petunia will be a little warmer toward the boy. I also think she and
Vernon have set themselves up for a big disappointment with Dudley, and
that will also be a factor in creating a new relationship between Harry
and his Muggle relatives.
Firenze/Trelawney: I hardly think Firenze was brought into the story
merely to serve the tiny role he served in OotP. Therefore I think that
somehow, Harry and Ron will continue to study Divination at a NEWT
level. And it may come out that they both have considerable gifts in
this area, and the fact that they picked the subject for their OWL
studies was very providential. I think Trelawney's incompetence and
"blinkered, fettered" human perspective has been holding them back, and
Firenze will really open them up. However, I think Trelawney has more to
contribute too. There is a good reason Dumbledore considered it so
important to keep her at Hogwarts, probably in addition to keeping her
from falling into the hands of the Death Eaters and probed for her
memories of her first prophecy. That's part of it, but I think
Dumbledore expects Trelawney's on-again, off-again Sight to prove
important at least one more time.
Katie Bell: She will be in her last year at Hogwarts in Book 6, and I
think she will be the new Quidditch captain. The Gryffindors will need
two new chasers (one of them will be Ginny Weasley), Harry will be
seeker again, Ron will stay on goal, and if they don't do something
about Sloper and Kirke there will be a good deal of comic relief from
those bumbling batsmen.
Draco Malfoy: I think he'll have to be cut down to size, a bit, in the
aftermath of his father's arrest and the discrediting of Umbridge, of
whom Draco and his friends were known toadies. Perhaps Draco will get a
taste of what Harry has felt like, being shunned and picked on. His
character is either heading for a cleansing catharsis or for some kind
of nuclear explosion (in terms of personality). I don't think his
rivalry with Harry is on the same level as the Snape-James grudge. But
if Draco keeps going in the direction he has been, we'll be seeing the
awkward situation of having Junior Death Eaters operating freely at
Hogwarts. I just don't think that can happen. Some kind of restraint has
to be put on Draco, but I think he'll end up being offered the
opportunity to do something really Dark and he'll blow it. Maybe his
conscience will make him hesitate. Maybe Harry will take pity on him...?
Lupin: From the scene in which he visited with the werewolf at St.
Mungo's, I gathered that Lupin's mission for the Order may be to recruit
werewolves to fight against the Death Eaters, just as Hagrid was sent to
recruit the giants. Maybe success will surprise both of them, and maybe
Charlie Weasley will come through with some dragons, and maybe the
creatures of the forest will get into the act and when the all-out war
opens up, maybe a lot of things Wizards have tended to fear and avoid
will come out as allies against the Dark Lord.
The D. A.: The fact that representatives of Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and
Gryffindor came together for this, in spite of their Quidditch-related
differences, is an encouraging sign. The Sorting Hat should be pleased,
in view of its song at the start of Harry's fifth year. This trend of
uniting the different houses may continue to be a key element in
Hogwarts' defense against Dark Forces-and I think the defense of
Hogwarts will be a key element in this war. Will the DA continue as
such? Will some Slytherins join up? That'll be the day!
Ginny Weasley: Someone has to carry on the Fred and George tradition,
and Ginny has already shown signs of having it in her. Look to Ginny for
daring exploits and wild, wacky schemes. I also think that her ability
to talk openly with Harry will help the two of them to grow together.
Ron wants that to happen, obviously...
Snape: What is going to happen when he finds Harry in his NEWT class? We
already know Snape is a double agent. He practically admitted as much to
Harry. The funny thing about double agents is that both sides know, to
some degree, that they are working both sides. At least their
controllers on both sides (in this case, Dumbledore and Voldemort). But
as the Good Book says, "No one can serve two masters. Either he will
hate the one and love the other, or he will be loyal to the one and
despise the other." Which master does Snape really serve? Could the
answer to that question change over time? How far will he go?
Hermione's activism for house-elves may lead her into a career in the
Ministry of Magic, making sure that the rights of elves, goblins,
centaurs, and so on, are preserved, their conditions improved, peace and
cooperation fostered, etc. Harry will have to get surprisingly good OWLs
to continue in his ambition to be an Auror. Everything Ron saw in the
Mirror of Erised will come true: he will end up as Quidditch Captain,
Head Boy, and the hero of more House Cup and Quidditch Cup victories. I
expect that he'll start to get a bit stuck-up and there will be another
rift, temporarily, between him and Harry.
Viktor Krum will show his surly face again, and a more mature romance
will flare up between him and Hermione. I can't believe JKR would pass
up an opportunity to put Ron through a torturous conflict between hero
worship and insane jealousy. It would be so much fun to write!
Fred and George will make so much money that they will either redecorate
the Burrow beyond recognition, or do something even fancier. Mrs.
Weasley will ultimately make up her mind to be grateful that they went
into the Joke Shop line. Maybe their funding will become important for
Order of the Phoenix activities.
The next DADA teacher will be a totally new character.
The next major character to die will be a member of the Hogwarts staff.
Aaaaand..."open" or not, the coming war will involve a lot of covert
activity. These stories are, after all, a lot closer to being mysteries
than war novels. I don't think that "open war" is going to change the
format that much. The burden of the story will still be some covert
mystery that Harry and friends are trying to figure out before it rises
up and bites them. And for open war to come to the Hogwarts campus would
be ridiculously disruptive. School could not go on under those
conditions; it would ruin the setting. So my main prediction for Harry
is that he will spend his next year or two at Hogwarts, anxiously
keeping tabs on events outside the school, and getting into danger by
leaving the campus to take part in those events. He's not going to sit
on his tuckus while the people who took Sirius from him are out there...