J.K. Rowling didn’t just give clues about the good that was going to happen down the line in the Harry Potter Books. She also gave clues to the bad.
When it comes to death in the Harry Potter series, J.K Rowling really gave us some good clues as to who wasn’t going to survive. It doesn’t mean we had to like it though.
Most readers had a feeling that Cedric Diggory wasn’t going to make it. As Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire got closer to the end, readers became more anxious. We knew there were going to be more books, so it wasn’t possible that Harry was going to be the one dying at the end of this book. It was said over and over that there could only be one champion. Hogwarts was the only school that ended up with two competitors. This gave us the hint that only one of them was going to make it.
That doesn’t mean it broke our hearts any less. Cedric Diggory hadn’t been around long, but he had somehow wormed his way into our hearts. As difficult as it is, I will admit that his death had me bawling my eyes out. But when it came down to Cedric or Harry, as difficult as a choice it was to make, we knew Harry would be the victor.
This death was even more heartbreaking than Cedric’s. But there were clues to let us know it was going to be happening. If you’re like me, you chose to ignore all of these clues and signs and insist that it wasn’t going to end that way. You want to believe that Sirius is going to live and he will be able to take care of Harry. This would give Harry a member of actual family that cares about him. But it was not to be.
One of our first clues comes from remembering a snipped from Professor Trelawney in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. She had stated that if thirteen people eat together, the first one to get up from the table will be the first of the group to die. Well, we certainly all remember who got up from the table first.
So the clues for this one get a little technical. You probably wouldn’t discover it unless you were reading through the series for the second run through. Or you were a theorist for the series. This is another clue from the third book and it also comes from Trelawney again. During the Christmas dinner, there are twelve people at the table and they ask Professor Trelawney to join them. She freaks out and explains the rule about thirteen people at a table and leaves.
But there were technically already thirteen people sitting at the table. Ron had his pet rat Scabbers in his pocket, who we know now was actually Peter Pettigrew. So if Trelawney had joined their table, they would have had fourteen. Dumbledore stood up when he offered for Trelawney to join them. Which means that Dumbledore was he one that stood from the table of thirteen first.
I’m sure these aren’t the only clues provided for all the deaths that began after the fourth novel. But they are the only ones we can handle reading about at a time. Did you catch other clues that let us know there was impending doom for some of our beloved characters? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to check us out here for all things Harry Potter!