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May 24th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Rumor has it that Dumbledore bites it in the next Harry Potter book. That would’ve been my guess for purely plot-based reasons. Thing is, Dumbledore’s a sort of perpetual deus ex machina: They’ve established he can kick Voldemort’s ass, so he’s got to be implausibly called away or unavailable whenever they want actual tension in the finale. For the series to work as a coming of age narrative, Harry’s got to face down his foe without the potential rescue by the father figure—meaning Aldus has to go.

Tags: Language and Literature



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  • 1 Brian Moore // May 25, 2005 at 1:25 pm

    You should put money down on that, although you don’t get good returns.

  • 2 Joanna // May 27, 2005 at 10:09 am

    I agree — it’s started to bother me that Dumbledore comes in and explains everything in a long speech at the end each time, leaving me wanting Harry to exclaim, Adam Sandler-like, “Things that would have been nice to know YESTERDAY.”