Mugglenet.com’s What Will Happen In Harry Potter 7: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Falls In Love And How Will The Adventure Finally End? by Ben Schoen, Emerson Spartz, Andy Gordon, Gretchen Stull & Jamie Lawrence
The biggest (and for some, the sole) reason to read this book after the object of its speculation has come is to test how good the authors were at predicting some of the events and trends of the book in question. This book, judged by that standard, has a lot of shrewd guesses about the events of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, and therefore retains some value (it is fortunately a very speedy read at 200 pages) even after the Harry Potter series is finished. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing how the guesses of this astute crew fared in light of the actual series.
The book is organized into fifteen short chapters with a short epilogue. The first examines the basics of the seventh novel (including its title and some incorrect guesses as to the identity of the Deathly Hallows), then a brief recap of the six previous novels, the scanty information provided by J.K. Rowling, comments about the fate of Dumbledore, Neville, and Draco, some thoughts about love and lifedebts, some astute comments on the identity of R.A.B. and the missing locket, some thoughts about Snape, the Horcruxes, a chapter on Harry as a Horcrux, some comments on the ultimate battle between Harry and Voldemort, some speculations on the fate of everyone else, loose ends, and the short epilogue on what is next. All in all, the book is a quick read and well-reached and thought out.
There are some things this book gets very wrong. The book totally errs on the question of the identity of the hallows, for example. Peter Pettigrew pays his lifedebt, and it is significant, but doing so doesn’t help out the nature of the Horcrux problem at all. The aspect of wands is extremely important but the book really errs on the final confrontation or how Snape shows his ultimate loyalty to the good (it is he whose memories provide the key to understanding Petunia’s deep knowledge of the magical world as well as Snape’s loyalties and Harry’s identity as a horcrux). Neville and Luna don’t end up together, but the book gets the rest of the main couples right (Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermoine, Remus and Nymphadora). In addition, there are quite a few characters that the book thinks were safe that ended up dying–both Remus and Nymphadora died, as did Dobby, and only Remus was seen as at risk. Even more so, the death of both Remus and Nymphadora was significant in that it made Harry Potter the godfather of an orphaned outcast and put him in Sirius’ spot. Fred was seen as a safe business, and this was incorrect. J.K. Rowling behaved far more like a comic book creator looking for large amounts of deaths–even the deaths of Lavender Brown and Colin Creevey are fairly significant.
Nonetheless, despite some mistakes the book is, on the whole, on the mark. Draco’s love of his family proves significant, and R.A.B. is exactly who they thought he was–and Kreacher’s role is also important. The book gives two possible hypotheses on what happened to the locket as well as to Kreacher, and to a certain extent both of them are found to be true. Umbridge is connected in an elegant way as well, which was a loose thread not foreseen that got tied up nicely. Percy ended up redeemed, and most of the Weasley family survived, contrary to thought. In addition, Dumbledore’s family history became extremely important, as Rowling herself hinted would be the case.
So, a book like this was designed for sale mainly for those years of anticipation as Potterheads waited for the end of the Harry Potter series. The book retains its value in a curious and ironic sense, as a way of telling whether the authors were false prophets or had some genuinely accurate guesses. And on the whole the book proves that J.K. Rowling had a lot of twists up her sleeve and that the people writing this book were reasonably good guessers themselves. As a result, the book retains its value even after one knows all the answers. And that is a rare feat for a book of its kind, a testament to the skill and dedication of a group of people to a vivid and magical imaginary world, whatever one may think of the worthiness of that world.