My Final Speculations....Sort Of

As we're almost down to the 48 hour mark, I really feel like I need to get some final speculations in about what's going to happen in Deathly Hallows.  The problem is--after waiting with baited breath for over 2 years now--I find that I'm ready to stop speculating and guessing and hoping, and just wait patiently and with an open mind for my little count down ticker to hit zero so I can hear the real version (which I'm sure will be something different and better than most of us have guessed).

I also see that a lot of people are making the same predictions I would make, were I in the mood to make predictions, so here's who I agree with, at any rate....

I agree with Emerson of Mugglenet, who says:

"Who will die? NOT HARRY NOT HARRY NOT HARRY NOT HARRY NOT HARRY NOT HARRY... and also not Ron or Hermione. Bad guys: Wormtail (after repaying his life debt to Harry), Bellatrix, lots of Death Eaters... I'm not sure whether Voldemort will die, or suffer some fate worse than death. Good guys: This is much more difficult, because there isn't a whole lot of evidence to suggest any of them individually. Except Snape. YES, Snape. I think Snape will sacrifice himself to save Harry. I would say Hagrid and Lupin both have higher-than-average odds of dying... and I think the laws of probability indicate that a Weasley will die. Think about it, there are a lot of them, and they're all on the front lines of the war. But it won't be Ginny, because she has babies to make with Harry....[He goes on to say he thinks Arthur or Molly Weasley will die, but I disagree with him there--I think it's got to be Charlie or one of the twins.]

"Will Harry return to Hogwarts? Yes - Jo has been clear about this: 7 books, 7 years at Hogwarts. Hogwarts will re-open, and Harry will graduate on time, with the rest of his classmates. Hogwarts is his home.

"How will the various relationships unfold/begin? Harry and Ginny will get married and make sweet love every day until they die, and so will Ron and Hermione.  [Amen!]

"To what does "Deathly Hallows" refer? Deathly means relating to death. To hallow something means to make it holy, or sacred. Horcruxes are created by committing murder and splitting one's soul. I see a connection there.

"Is Snape good/bad/neither? Well... he's batting for the right team, but he's still a stupid jerk who needs a good smacking from Hermione."

I also agree with Lady Lupin, author of Spinner's End, who says:

"Harry will not die. While I don’t think JKR is a sentimental woman, I see in her writing a woman filled with hope. I don’t think that woman would kill off her young hero just as he attains the object of his quest. I believe that Harry will defeat Voldemort and survive, though he will experience a great deal more loss before the end....

"If the scar is not a Horcrux, then it is something very like a Horcrux, as it seems to be the seat of Harry’s connection to Voldemort. Even Dumbledore tells Harry that Voldemort put something of himself in Harry, though not intentionally. The scar is an essential plot point, Horcrux or not, and will most certainly come into play as the connection that must be somehow broken or overcome in order to destroy Voldemort....

"I am most worried for Hagrid, Fred and/or George....I think Dobby may sacrifice himself for Harry."

So there you go--anyone else want to weigh in?