Will author J. K. Rowling whack Harry Potter in the final book in the series?
"I wrote the final chapter in something like 1990, so I've known exactly how the series is going to end," she told a chat show on Channel 4 television.
"The final chapter is hidden away although it's now changed very slightly. One character got a reprieve. But I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die," Rowling said.
"A price has to be paid, we are dealing with pure evil here. They don't target extras, do they? They go for the main characters — well, I do."
Asked whether one of the casualties would be Potter himself, Rowling said she had never been tempted to kill off the magician before the finale.
At the same time, she added: "I can completely understand, however, the mentality of an author who thinks, 'Well I'm gonna kill them off because that means there can be no non-author written sequels. So it will end with me and after I'm dead and gone they won't be able to bring back the character'."
The author said she did not want to commit herself either way on Potter's fate, telling interviewers Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan: "I don't want the hate mail, apart from anything else."
One has to wonder which group would send the most hate mail? Those that want Potter to live or those who wish he was dead already!
UPDATE: Exclusive to Blue Crab Boulevard! Our operative from the Magic 8-Ball Photography and Driveway Sealing, Inc. managed to get a day pass from the ward and secured this un-retouched photograph of author J. K. Rowling. I think we can all see where this is leading, can't we?