I found some awesome commentary on Harry Potter book #6 and speculation about what might happen in book seven. Beware of spoilers – this is for people who have already read the book and are wishing to discuss it! Or maybe masochistic people who enjoy having things spoiled for them. Either way.
My thoughts will be behind the “read more” link just in case anybody hasn’t finished reading it yet.
I talked to JessicaRabbit at length about the possibility of Harry being one of the Horcruxes (her idea, not mine) and at first it made perfect sense. After thinking about it now, I’m not so sure. After our conversation, I remembered a line from Book #6 where Dumbledore tells Harry explicitly that he thinks Voldemort was intending on making Harry a Horcrux but it didn’t work:
“[Voldemort] seems to have reserved the process of making Horcruxes for particularly significant deaths. You certainly would have been that. … I am sure that he was intending to make his final Horcux with your death. As we know, he failed.” (page 506)
What I still like about that theory is that it could be the reason Harry has extraordinary powers similar to Voldemort’s – the ability to speak Parseltongue etc. – the Horcrux thing didn’t work, yet it still transferred some of Voldemort’s powers to Harry.
Also, part of the downfall of the “Harry is a Horcrux” theory is the fact that Harry would have to sacrifice himself in order to fully rid the world of Voldemort – hardly fodder for a children’s book. Committing suicide? Even for a righteous cause? I somehow doubt parents would be overjoyed about letting their kids read that. It’d be a valorous move on Harry’s part, but I just don’t know if Rowling would do it.
Another speculation I like is the possibility that Dumbledore and Snape had a pre-arranged agreement that (if absolutely necessary) Snape would kill Dumbledore to protect Harry and uphold his (faked?) alliance with Voldemort. It makes sense to me, considering the fact that Dumbledore petrified Harry presumably so that he wouldn’t interfere with a pre-arranged agreement. It’s explained more eloquently in the comments on the first link, but I feel that Snape was trying to protect Harry (and Draco, actually) by upholding his double-agent status. Dumbledore and Snape were both very skilled at Legilmency, so they could have been saying anything to each other right before Dumbledore was killed. It’s not like anybody else would have known – Harry is notoriously bad at Occlumency.
I guess a lot of people are upset with the amount of silly romance in book six; I thought it fit. Ron and Lavender were the epitome of obnoxious 16-year-old couples. Harry and Ginny getting together was cute. *shrugs* I didn’t really have a problem with it.
I’m finding I totally love the HP Lexicon site. It explains everything. Very helpful.
Oh, and I think RAB has to be Sirius’ brother, Regulus Black. He just sort of disappeared and was rumored to have been killed by Voldemort. If he was the one that found the Horcrux, and the weird potion stuff is supposed to eventually be lethal, that explains Voldemort “killing” him (he did it with the potion). And since he probably didn’t do it alone, someone suggested he took Kreacher with him. It makes sense to me, since masters of house elves can order them around.
There’s also the fact that in Order of the Phoenix there was “a heavy locket no one could open” at Grimmauld Place. I’m just sure it was the Horcrux. It follows that the locket would still be in the Black family’s possession, which got turned over to Harry after Sirius’ death. This could explain the reappearance of Mundungus Fletcher in book six – he was stealing stuff, remember? What if he stole the Horcrux? I hate to think of where it could be now.
Just my random thoughts on the issue.