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Harry Potter Final Book - Prediction and Expectations

J.K. Rowling's seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series will hit bookstores this month and there is no shortage of anticipation among Harry Potter fans. Kansas State University's Philip Nel and Karin Westman are no exceptions.

Nel, associate professor of English, is the author of "J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide"; and Westman, an associate professor and head of the department of English, is completing her book, "J.K. Rowling's Library: Harry Potter in Context.

" Both teach a course on Harry Potter at K-State and have some predictions for Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," to be released July 21.Westman and Nel both have concerns about Harry's fate, as well as the fates of other key characters in the final book.

"I'm a little concerned about Harry. One of the features that is emphasized about Harry is his willingness to sacrifice himself for others," Westman said.

"We've seen a character sacrifice himself before when Dumbledore sacrificed himself in the sixth book, so I don't know who will be the character who puts their life on the line in this book.

"I'm also concerned about Ron. He has shown himself to be willing to sacrifice himself in a previous book and that may be a parallel that Rowling draws on in this book," she said.

"One reason I think you might see Ron be the character who sacrifices himself in the new book is because he is the best friend, and we all know that that is the role of the best friend -- to be the sacrifice," Nel said.

"I don't think Rowling is going to kill Harry. I think Harry will survive, but I definitely don't think it will be an easy or uncomplicated survival.

"I think there will be a lack of resolution on some of the questions that have come out of the novel. For instance, I don't think there will be an answer to the question over which side Snape is on," Nel sa
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