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I found the picture above while browsing Reddit and I thought it was quite an insightful interpretation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It’s amazing to me that J.K. Rowling was able to infuse so much subtext into the novels and create something that has consumed the heart of millions all over the world. That said, I feel that she fumbled it at the end. The question of the week is: Should Harry Potter have died at the end of the saga?
The happy ending… The common fallacy that most storytellers succumb to both in movies and in written fiction. I personally feel that Harry Potter dying at the end would have been the perfect conclusion and pushed the saga into the realm of epic greatness. Sure, it would have been a sobfest and many fans would have been left upset that their favorite character didn’t get his “happily ever after”. But ultimately, it would have been unforgettable.
Harry Potter is a hero and if he dies so that the rest of the world gets to live free from evil, then that’s a worthy ending in my book. The novels and movies perfectly drew toward that inevitable conclusion and I feel Rowling had initially intended Harry Potter to die but changed her mind in the face of the overwhelming popularity of the books.
What do you think? Should Harry Potter have died at the end of the saga? Let it be known in the comments!