Thursday, December 21, 2006


That's what the title of book No. 7 will be, according to her official Web site.

Some uninformed speculations, based on the title: Halloween has its roots in All Hallow's Eve, the day before All Saints' Day. According to, this is the day when souls of those who have died return home. Will "Deathly Hallows" break format by occurring over the fall, and not an entire school year at Hogwarts? Those who read "The Half-Blood Prince" could argue that Harry intends NOT to finish his final year at Hogwarts, going on a hunt for Voldemort (yeah, the Mailbox said "Voldemort"). Does the epic, final battle happen over Halloween? Will Dumbledore return from the dead a la Gandalf the Gr-- er, White? Will All Saints' Day play a pivotal role in the story?

Probably not. "Hallow" is a verb, according to Merriam-Webster. It means "to make something sacred, holy." The Mailbox originally thought "hallows" might refer to a place, but slapped some sense into the Mailbox. So, the Mailbox sees "Deathly Hallows" happening at Hogwarts. Though the evidence in HBP points to Harry going hunting, it's more likely to the Mailbox that we'll learn even more about Hogwarts' history and construction, and that Voldemort will hunt Harry. Besides, Dumbledore isn't dead, remember? Oh, wait. Rowling said he was, and will not be pullin' a Gandalf-type resurrection. Ching-wah tsao duh liao mahng.

ANYWAY... has many more in-depth spoilers and such from fanboy extraordinaire David Haber.

The AP reported that author J.K. Rowling has only recently started dreaming that she is the famous boy wizard. She also said she is "elated and overwrought" about writing the seventh book; which includes scenes she has planned for more than 12 years. Which leads to an interesting writer's conundrum: Everyone knows the "Potter" series was meant to last seven books. But Harry is so beloved that if Rowling broke her promise of seven books, the world would rejoice (except for these goons).

So, should Rowling continue to tell Potter's stories after graduation? Will we read them as voraciously? If she does, will she get so sick of writing about Potter that the moppet will meet Draco Malfoy at Reichenbach Falls for a final problem?

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