The Boy Who Shouldn’t Have Lived?

Ahhh, Harry Potter debates. There’s no better way to start world war III in my house, than to bring up controversial Harry Potter topics. And here’s the most recent discussion: Do you think J.K Rowling should have killed her hero off in the final book?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy the ending and I can’t fault Rowling on the way she wanted to write it. But personally, I feel as if the ending would have been more dramatic and efficient to kill Harry off. Hear me out, I have my reasons for thinking this!

Firstly, well I didn’t really like Harry. I loved the books, the plot, the writing and plenty of other characters in the book, but not Harry. I found him kind of annoying and not because he was the wizarding version of Ross from Friends, but because he was kind of stupid and had to have his ass saved the majority of the time. Hermione, Ron, Luna, Ginny and Neville we’re the real OG’s in my opinion and we’re always by his side. They didn’t get the credit they deserved. And due to the fact that Harry was usually saved by these guys, the one time he makes a decision and to skip off into those woods alone, he dies. Should have stayed that way.

Secondly, Neville could have shocked everybody by stepping up and fulfilling the prophecy. Yes, he killed a snake but not really as heroic as killing the real deal, you know? And why couldn’t he have been the one to kill Voldemort.

The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches… Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies… and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not… and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives… the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies…

(OotP pg 841/741)

As Dumbledore kindly pointed out… This could have been Neville or Harry. Harry could have been the one to die at the hand of Voldemort (and defeat him within), while Neville be the one to end him once and for all. Why mention that Neville could have been the boy in the prophecy, if he’s going to play no part in it? Another useless fact presented by Dumbledore, but let’s not get into that. J.K Rowling set the story up with a perfect plot twist by mentioning how Neville could have been who the prophecy was about- yet did absolutely nothing with it. I know plenty of you would argue this. Trust me, I’ve heard it all from my brother and sister.

The book was called the Deathly Hallows. Harry owned the cloak of invisibility, just like the third brother. From The Philosopher Stone to Deathly Hallows, Harry’s life has been a series of near death experiences. He’s escaped death numerous of times, just how the third brother had escaped death using the cloak. And when it was time, the third brother took off his cloak and greeted death like an old friend. Yet, the one time Harry actually does die, he comes back to life? The entire series was building up for Harry to finally die at the hands of Voldemort. He had played his part and it was time for him to greet death. But, instead he says “Hi man, I wanna live again” and is once again alive. After naming the book the Deathly Hallows, wouldn’t it have been incredible to play this tale into the characters lives as a reflection of the haunting, wizarding tale? No? Did what I say even make sense? I don’t know.

And lastly, Harry surviving and killing Voldemort was completely and utterly predictable. We all knew that Voldemort was going to die one way or another. So, Harry living and Voldemort dying wasn’t really a big shock or a grand finale. It just… happened, accompanied with a couple of awful character deaths that I won’t forgive. FRED DESERVED BETTER. What I’m trying to say is, as a writer myself, I know that it’s easy to get attached to your characters. But I also know that to make a great story and a great finale, sometime’s you have to be ruthless.

But that’s my opinion and it’s a cruel opinion. *Insert evil giggle*, what do you think? Leave a comment underneath!

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