Eaglie's Aviary

Friday, July 20, 2007

Will the World End?

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends

-- T.S. Elliot, "The Hollow Men"

No, I'm not talking about the world ending in a titanic clash between a snake-man/dark lord and a dweeby little scar-kid. I'm talking about the end of our world as we know it. With the end of Harry Potter, how will we fill the void? How will we keep countries from destroying each other over the inevitable death of Hagrid?

Personally, I'm worried how the fanfic'ers will cope. Will those communities dry up after they find out Draco and Harry never snog and Hermione never gets pregnant? Will there be mass suicides?

Will the world economy collapse because of this?

Maybe all bookstores will go out of business, due to all of their owners and employees retiring. But we can still go on! We have Amazon! Though they'll probably retire, too.

We'll just have to try new things. We should reading. Err, you know, different books. And watching movies. Errrrr, different movies. And playing video games... I'm not worried there, no one played the Harry Potter games.

Perhaps get a little sunshine? Natural light is good. The Lumos Charm doesn't provide Vitamin D.

Thinking about it, for public safety, maybe Rowling should be forced to continue the series. No, it should not be about Lily, James, Remus, Sirius, Peter, and Severus. Ms. Rowling, if you're listening to me, never EVER go down that road. It really does lead to the dark side.

Personally, I'd be fine with seeing the founding of Hogwarts, with the four house namesakes battling and working together. It's a prequel, yes, but not one really related to the first story. A story set where four very powerful wizards, ones who invented plenty of spells for themselves, battle it out -- c'mon! They don’t even have to be careful not to hit a skyscraper with a Blasting Curse!

Rowling swears it is done. I pray. Maybe there won't be a Hogwarts Revisited novel in eight years, featuring the Dobby and his family celebrating House Elf Life Day, Minister of Magic Ron and United Wizard Nations Ambassador Hermione having twins, and the ghost of Dumbledore singing scat.

But I am cynical, so I won't be holding my breath with any Bubble-Head Charms. See you at the end of the world.