Harry Potter To Die?

William Hill, a famous betting house in England, has stopped taking bets on whether Harry Potter will die in the final book because too many people were betting he would die. It became a sure thing. So, months of speculation seem to have ended with popular opinion deciding it is over for the most popular fictional hero of recent times.

The hero dies at the end of his journey leaving us the lessons on how to better live our lives in his image.

5 Responses to Harry Potter To Die?

  1. kat June 5, 2007 at 6:45 am #

    oh boo hoo. I hope this is not the truth! I wish you put spoiler in there so I didn’t read!

  2. Whitney Johnson June 5, 2007 at 8:17 am #


    Is that what needs to happen in a hero’s journey? Isn’t it instead that we die to be reborn? Somehow this all feels so grim!

    What’s your take Matt?

  3. Matt Langdon June 5, 2007 at 10:43 am #

    Sorry Kat. I’m not confirming it as happening – just saying they’re not taking bets anymore.

    I’ve been hearing this sort of talk for a long time using the hero’s journey as a justification for Harry dying. I don’t tend to agree that the hero must die. It happens in some examples, but isn’t a trend. The hero returns to the mundane world, triumphant and changed. I was impressed with Harry Potter’s story in the first book because of how very literal the hero’s journey was. He started in the mundane (Muggle) world and ended right back there. He had a literal call to adventure in the form of letters formally inviting him to the adventure. His crossing of the threshold was literally stepping across platform nine and three quarters. The book was almost written by the numbers in that regard.

    So, I don’t agree that Harry needs to die. In fact I’d be surprised if he does. Maybe I should place some money on him living.

  4. Chris June 6, 2007 at 1:34 pm #


    when I read, “The hero returns to the mundane world, triumphant and changed” I think about the final scenes in Lord of the Rings when the Hobbits return to the Shire. Even as part of the audience watching a piece of fiction you can still feel how underwhelming everything is to them. This is also like Bruce Wayne/Batman – he certainly avenges the death of his father but he becomes addicted to being a hero. This within itself brings up an interesting questions: do heroes constantly retreat from pain (or their mundane world) or do they move toward pleasure?


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