"author jk rowling has said two characters will die in the seventh and final harry potter book... one character got a reprieve, but I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die."
god. i hate knowing crap like that. [!!kate and anyone who hasn't read all the harry potter books, stop now!!] i spent the entirety of the third book whispering, 'pleasenotsirius, pleasenotsirius,' and we saw how well that worked out. i mean, sure, fine, she's going to kill off characters. the bbc article goes on:
Rowling said she could understand why authors might want to finish off their main characters in order to ensure they could never be resurrected.totally cool. i'm not saying 'goddamnit' because i don't want rowling to kill the characters off. it's totally her right. rock on. but don't tell me about it! because now all i'll have going through my head is 'twoofthemaregonnadie, twoofthemaregonnadie.' which one of ron & hermione will it be, right? it's these damn clues. and even when it's not about who's-gonna-die, we're sitting here trying to be the first ones to figure out who the half-blood prince is or whatever. it's one thing for that speculation, pre-publication, to get you through the day at your crap-ass talent agency job (for example), where harry potter is the one thing you have in common with your co-worker, but when it comes to reading, i'd really rather not know.
She would not say if this would be the case with Harry.
However, she admitted she had "never been tempted to kill him off before the final because I've always planned seven books, and I want to finish on seven books".
i don't read the backs of books any more. i've even learned to not flip ahead to see how many pages there are because who knows what i might see. (cloud atlas and extremely loud and incredibly close learned me that lesson but good.) i just want to be suprised. is that too much to ask?