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The Death of Harry Potter

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Arthellion, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. Andrela

    Andrela Plot Bunny DLP Supporter

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    This. It's more original.
     
  2. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter

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    Keeping this simple even though I have more complex thoughts... at it's heart? I wanted things to happen exactly as they did in canon, only without Harry coming back to life. Have the epilogues from the POVs of Ron, Hermione, and maybe Teddy.
     
  3. Gaius

    Gaius Second Year

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    I like this idea and would like to see how you resolve the fight with Voldemort at the end. Have you written anything for it?
     
  4. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter

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    I have not written anything for it, nor is it the resolution to my own fic (which is a full AU).

    As regards canon though, it would make Voldemort mortal. Which means that defeating him could lead to his genuine demise. This could occur as either a concerted assault (not-ideal) or because of some more esoteric means. Perhaps Harry lingers just long enough to distract him at a critical point, or perhaps he's weakened. Perhaps something more clever.

    But regardless I remember standing in line (after sneaking into the Mugglenet Party in London without a ticket in 2007!) to buy DH hoping that Harry would actually be dead at the end of it, as that seemed to me to be the best ending of an epic series.

    I suppose if I were to pick the way I'd have wanted to read it (NOT how I'd write it, which fuck if I know) would be along these lines:
    • Harry goes out to die as he did in canon.
    • Scene with Dumbledore at King's Cross.
    • Scene from Ginny (?) narrating the actual end of the fight with Voldemort, wherein she realizes what's happened (Harry died). Perhaps Harry had coordinated with someone beforehand to arrange for a concerted attack at this point (and Voldemort was vulnerable), which ultimately left the "win" as attributed to Harry. Alternately anything else happens to get rid of his 'primary' body once the Horcruxes are gone. This can include an end-game plan from Dumbledore to some hand-wavy bullshit to a badass combat scene where Rufus gets lucky.
    • Scene from Hermione becoming MoM with flashbacks and thoughts of Harry, but with more focus on the present than the past.
    • Scene from Ron thinking about Harry and Ginny, providing a "family" contrast to Hermione's epilogue of a professional focus that is influenced by Harry.
    • Epilogue from canon from Teddy's POV, where he's the one reassuring some kid instead of Harry, providing a solid arc to the entire series as the orphan whose parents died and Godfather was unavailable.
    ...Disclaimer - I haven't thought that through, and upon being pushed I'm likely to retract and/or revise some of it.

    I have no real desire to rewrite the ending of canon. I am more interested in both reading and writing AU stories. However I am now tempted to write the above scenes. This temptation will likely pass once I am sober. Cheers.
     
  5. Republic

    Republic The Snow Queen ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    This is a flawed question, as my ideal Harry Potter becomes immortal and witnesses the end of the universe.


    If he has to die for the sake of argument, fuck that heroic sacrifice shit. He lives to a ripe old age of 200+ and dies among friends and family in a world he helped secure and advance.
     
  6. wordhammer

    wordhammer Supreme Mugwump DLP Supporter

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    I'm for a 'Dark knight Rises' sort of end, wherein Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived is 'killed', but a stealthy wizard with green eyes gets to live a decent but anonymous life.
     
  7. Averis

    Averis Don of Delivery ~ Prestige ~

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    The reality is Rowling set up Harry's death throughout the series and couldn't pull the trigger when it came down to it. As suggested by Ched, this would have been a poignant way to do it, but I think millions upon millions of fans would prefer to see Harry live. Personally feel wordhammer is right with this one -- the chosen one dies at the end but Harry gets his chance to get away from the fame, despite the Weasleys' feelings on the matter. It would have also given Rowling (and us fanfic heroes) an opportunity to give Harry an authentic new adventure without Ron and Hermione.
     
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