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Potter And the Half-Blood Prince...
Which Characters Died In Book 6?
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In the land
of magic, death is a relative phenomenon. While there are characters
who die in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, they may very
well still be around for the final action in the next Harry Potter
Please do not
continue on here if you have not read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince. This article will tell you who the dies in this book
- and it will spoil the suspense and the drama of the revelation
as you read the book. As in all of the Harry Potter books, there
are many currents flowing together to this spot and knowing the
answer to which characters and creatures die misses much of the
importance of the deaths in the full story.
If you have
no intention of reading the book [we suggest that you change your
mind - you're missing some fantastically creative writing and brilliant
reading], if you are an "open the book and turn to the last
page" sort of reader and don't want to have to wait until nearly
the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to have
the secret revealed, or if you have already read the book and need
someone else's ideas as to why Jo Rowling would create this situation...
SPOILER WARNING -
DO NOT READ PAST HERE IF YOU ARE NOT UP TO CHAPTER 22
There are some
losses that are easier to understand than others. Many loyal Harry
Potter fans expected one of the Weasleys to die and they were very
close. Some of the Weasleys were hurt badly and Bill will probably
never fully recover from his wounds, but he will live. Remus Lupin
not only survives, he finds love! There were those who thought that
Hagrid would not survive the sixth book, but the friendly giant
does make it through the battles. Professor McGonagall was a possible
victim, but she not only survives, she manages to put her wand to
good use in fighting the Death Eaters and assumes new responsibilities
at the end of the Half-Blood Prince. Draco Malfoy comes close to
facing death, but the bad boy favorite of many fans does manage
to both survive and gain some insight. It is doubtful that the knowledge
he gathers about himself will make him a better person, but there
is always hope...
So who does
die in this book?
The giant spider
that Hagrid raised, Aragog, is one creature who will not be seen
again. In Chapter 22, Harry, Ron and Hermione receive a tear stained
note from Hagrid announcing that the acromantula has died. In all
honesty, it seems that few besides Hagrid are sorry to see Aragog
dead. However, this leaves the giant spider colony without the leader
who was friendly to Hagrid and creates a place in the forest where
it is not safe for the giant to wander. How the lethal spiders and
their precious venom will be used in the last book is a secret only
Jo Rowling can answer, but the death did provide Harry and Dumbledore
with some much needed information about Voldemort.
loss should be Albus Dumbledore...the odds on favorite to be killed
in this book. He does get murdered. Draco Malfoy is set up by the
Dark Lord to try to kill Dumbledore. While Voldemort thinks the
boy will be killed in the attempt and He-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named will
gain even more revenge against the older Malfoy who is still in
Azkaban, it doesn't work out that way. In Chapter two, Draco's mother
gets Snape to promise - with an unbreakable vow - that he will protect
Draco and complete the task if it looks like Malfoy will fail. Why
Snape agrees to the unbreakable vow is going to be a matter for
much discussion until the next book comes out. The fact that he
does means the end of Dumbledore's corporeal existence.
any of you thought that losing Dumbledore was permanent...remember
that the headmasters reside in the pictures in the office at Hogwarts.
Dumbledore has taken up residence, and with Professor McGonagall
as the new head at Hogwarts, it seems likely that the wise mentor
will continue to take part in the fight against Voldemort and his