Disclaimer: These are simply our thoughts on the new book with no supposed basis on reality. They are in no way meant as spoilers.
So, Rowling has stated that two main characters will die in the new book. This begs the question of whom is considered a main character. Does Voldemort count? We are working on the assumption that he doesn’t. Therefore, Erik’s thought is that Snape will die defending Harry and Hagrid will be the other character killed. (Arthur Levine of Scholastic said he cried when one of the characters died, so someone people like must die.) I like the Snape idea, but am not sure about Hagrid — I’m inclined to think it’ll be Neville (but is he a main character? and will he even be in it much or will it all be Harry, Ron and Hermione?)
Horcruxes — Obviously the locket in the Black home is one of them. I think one of them is at Hogwarts — possibly the sword. I think Voldemort hid it when he applied for the DADA job from Dumbledore. Given the cover of the British edition we are thinking one might be in Gringotts.
Speaking on the British cover — there is a house elf on Harry’s back brandishing a sword. Dobby? Kreacher? An elf to be named later? I’m think Kreacher because there has been so much emphasis on the power of love, friendship and kindness. (Rowling said that she was pleased with the scene added to the third movie where Lupin talks about Lily’s kindness to him as a creature no one else would show kindness to. We think Harry will bring Kreacher around.) Another interesting point I read about the cover is that none of the kids are holding wands. And they definitely are going to fly on a dragon at some point.
Other thoughts: I think something is going to happen to disrupt Fleur and Bill’s wedding. I do kinda wish Rowling would kill Harry and Voldemort — I mean really — what is Harry going to do with the rest of his life after killing off the greatest dark wizard in history. Talk about peaking early! Anyways, I don’t think she will, but it would be a bold move. Dumbledore will find some way to help Harry from beyond the grave — probably not as a blue ghost, but something similiar. Alas, a few more days to wait!
Last Thursday was Erik and my fifth anniversary. Initially it looked as though it was going to be the usual drab Thursday with me working at Tufts from 8:30 to 1:30 and Erik working at Borders from 2:30 to 11:30. But he surprised me by calling in and we spent the evening seeing Order of the Phoenix at the Mendon drive-in. My viewing experience was hampered a bit by the fact that I’ve just reread all the books in anticipation of Deathly Hallows, so I ended up a little disappointed by a few things that weren’t included. Overall, however, it is obvious that the movies are stressing love and friendship which should play heavily as themes for the seventh book. Next week maybe I’ll post our predictions for number seven . . .
Thomas continues to thrive in preschool. Despite one difficult circle time he really seems to be enjoying it. And it’s been wonderful having him bring home little art projects and worksheets. He did a great job tracing the alphabet independently and he painted an excellent rainbow with assistance. His teacher is also very happy with his progress towards potty training. I think once we get back from our trip we’ll be able to really make the switch from diapers to pull-ups at home as well as at school.
Well, I got the thumbnail pictures connected to larger files. Still working on the line of code and the placement issues (thanks to Michael for his suggestions — I’ll probably try getting back into Flickr later this week). In other news, Thomas is still enjoying school although he did get a little upset during circle time yesterday — he is often fussy about being made to listen to songs he doesn’t want to hear. And speaking of songs, Erik has decided to reboot his tape collection before our trip to Wisconsin. He is making about 35 tapes — 1 of which I’m supposed to make. I’m closing in on the 90 minute mark — I’m at 4 1/2 hours, down from the almost 3 days worth of music he gave me to choose from. Thank God for I-tunes!
Last spring I attended my first New England Archivist convention and I volunteered to write up a summary of one of the sessions I attended for the newsletter. The newsletter just came out and my article is the first one listed! It was really exciting to see it. Unfortunately the current issue isn’t up on the website — and really, I doubt you all want to read about the challenges of audio-visual materials in archival collections. :-)