Here are some things knows will happen in the final book, that have been confirmed by

Here are some things knows will happen in the final book, that have been confirmed by an official J. K. Rowling source or from interviews:


We will find out something “incredibly important” about Lily Potter. Lily Potter is not alive, nor was she a Death Eater.
R.A.B.’s identity will be revealed.
We will learn with whom Snape’s loyalties lie.
Something will be revealed about Petunia Dursley, although we know she is not a Squib.

Viktor Krum will return.
Dolores Umbridge will reappear.T
We will discover more about Albus Dumbledore’s past.
Dumbledore is dead. He is not in hiding and is not coming back.
Harry is not related to Voldemort, and he is not related to Salazar Slytherin.
Neville Longbottom isn’t Peter Pettigrew’s son.
Remus Lupin does not have a twin brother.
Mrs. Norris/Crookshanks is not an Animagus.


Harry will face Voldemort for the final time.
Harry will be attempting to find and destroy Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes.
Harry will return to the Dursleys’ during the school vacation, but the magical protection Dumbledore arranged will expire when Harry comes of age on his 17th birthday.
Harry will go to Godric’s Hollow.
The fact that Harry “has his mother’s eyes” will prove to be an important plot point.
Harry will not become Minister of Magic.
Two major characters will die.
The two-way mirror will reappear.
Fleur and Bill’s wedding will occur.
Peter Pettigrew’s silver hand won’t kill Lupin.
Lupin will not return as Defense Against the Dark Arts professor.
We will learn why some people become ghosts when they die and others do not.
The final chapter will detail what happens to the surviving characters.


Here’s a rundown of the basic plot and some definitions:

Harry Potter and his two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, are fighting the Dark Lord/Voldemort. The final book will come down to a fight between Harry and Voldemort. There is a prophecy that Albus Dumbledore, who was the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry until one of the other professors killed him in book six, shared with Harry. This prophecy, it is believed, is about Harry and Voldemort, because Voldemort killed Harry’s parents and was unable to kill Harry.

The prophecy: “The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches … born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not … and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives … the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies …”

Quidditch: Players score points by throwing the Quaffel through the goal, hoops high in the air. Bludgers are bewitched iron pieces that try to knock the players off their brooms. The Golden Snitch, a golden ball with silver wings, flies around, and, when caught by the Seeker, the game is over.

Animagus Transformation: Allows a witch or wizard to transform into an animal at will.

Horcrux Creation Spell: After committing the act of murder, the Horcrux Creation Spell is used to encase the torn portion of the killer’s soul into an object or creature.

Godric’s Hollow: The name of the village where James and Lily Potter hid from Voldemort, moving there with their young son Harry in 1981. Voldemort set out to murder the boy while he was too young to fight back. James and Lily sought a sanctuary, a place where no one could possibly find them, hidden by the powerful magic of the Fidelius Charm, which allows someone or something to be hidden away for an indefinite period of time. The location is a secret known only to one person, the Secret-Keeper. But the Secret-Keeper of James and Lily betrayed them to the Dark Lord. Their school friend Peter Pettigrew was their Secret-Keeper and was in alliance with Voldemort. By Peter telling Voldemort the Potters’ whereabouts, he was able to murder James and Lily.

Sorting Ceremony: This ceremony begins the start-of-year feast at Hogwarts. A teacher leads the new students into the Great Hall, where the rest of the school is assembled. The Sorting Hat is an ancient wizard’s hat that could think, speak, sing, read minds and even had its own personality. The first-year students are called up to sit on the stool, where a teacher places the Sorting Hat on the student’s head. The Sorting Hat then announces which house the student will be in to the entire school.

Squib: A person who had no magical powers although born into a wizarding family.

Death Eater: Witches and wizards who support Voldemort. Some of the Death Eaters had children at Hogwarts.

Deathly Hallows: Only J.K. Rowling knows this one. Perhaps it has something to do with Godric’s Hollow.



Harry Potter Book Club

Barnes & Nobel Booksellers, 381 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman. Wednesday, and July 18 at 7 p.m. Book five will be discussed the first Wednesday and book six on the second, led by Delta Zeta from Youngstown State University.

Harry Potter Movie Showings

McKinley Memorial Library, 40 N. Main St., Niles. July 16 to July 19 at 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Each day will be a different movie, starting with the first movie Monday. No registration is required.

On the Trail of ... Harry Potter Family Scavenger Hunt Austintown library branch, 600 S. Raccoon Road. July 18 at 6:30 p.m. For all ages, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up by calling (330) 792-6982.

Midnight Magic Party

Barnes & Nobel Booksellers, 381 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman, 6 p.m. July 20. Wristbands will be distributed first come, first serve beginning at 6 p.m. for those who preordered the book. There will be a sorting hat, face painting, origami, dementors, a costume parade and a Hogwarts School with teachers and students performing from the group Summer at Hogwarts. For all ages.

Grand Hallows Ball

Borders, 2102 Niles-Cortland Road, Niles, 9 p.m. July 20. Activities include making floo powder, a herbology class, tattoos, spell books, coloring, a costume contest, magician and artists. Wristbands will be available beginning at 9 a.m. July 20 for attendees who preordered the book. Contests throughout the night will permit winners to move up in line for the book. For all ages.

Harry Potter’s Midnight Madness

McKinley Memorial Library, 40 N. Main St., Niles, at 10:30 p.m. July 20. Prizes will be awarded, refreshments will be served and an excerpt of the new novel will be read at midnight. A costume contest will be held, so come dressed as your favorite character; you may be the lucky winner of a copy of the new book. Registration is required to attend and is open only to the first 100 people. Visit the children’s room between now and Friday, to register and receive your ticket, which must be presented to be admitted to the party. Ages 8 and up. Call the Children’s Department, (330) 652-1704 ext. 214 for more information.

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