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Potter predictions, 'cause that's what the cool kids are doing today ;)
To aid the search for predictions:

I did this meme last July 15 (though that seems to be more the series in general than specifically HBP), and this post based on the initial cover release in March.

There's a thread for predictions at SQ. This is what I put in it:

We will have occasion to see a wizarding wedding. It almost doesn't matter who the couple is, because the point will be the milieu. I'd wager Bill/Fleur.

Draco will have spent the summer with a fairly reptilian mentor, and come back wearing long sleeves all the time.

This will take Harry by surprise--possibly letting Draco do some damage--because Harry has long since written off Malfoy as a serious enemy.

However, Lucius's arrest may change the tone in Slytherin house, and we'll see some non-Malfoy-esque Slytherins do something for Harry.

We'll learn more about the Founders, who are connected to the HBP. Godric Gryffindor may be the HBP.

Ron and Hermione will continue their steady march toward shipdom, but Harry's interest in Ginny will take a sudden and precipitous leap forward.

Lupin will do his best to be there for Harry, but Harry won't think of him often.

We'll see where Lily and James are buried/marked/whatever.

We'll see Buckbeak again.

It will open with a flashback to the night James and Lily died.

Percy may try to reconcile with his family.

The twins' shop will figure in the plot.

And, to really go out on a limb....

Early in the book, Harry will recap the main events of the last five books.

There will be a new DADA teacher.

Toward the end of the book, a mentor and/or villain will have a long chat with Harry, filling him in on everything he might have missed.


Guess that's it. Trelawney out.

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tunxeh From: tunxeh Date: June 19th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
The annoying part of the SQ thread is that there's no venue for discussing anyone's predictions. So:

Draco will have spent the summer with a fairly reptilian mentor, and come back wearing long sleeves all the time.

Plausible, but you think they'd take that step before he reaches his majority in another year?

This will take Harry by surprise--possibly letting Draco do some damage--because Harry has long since written off Malfoy as a serious enemy.

I definitely agree with this part.

Lupin will do his best to be there for Harry, but Harry won't think of him often.

His best so far hasn't been very good, has it?

We'll see Buckbeak again.

We've been saving up a lot of people and creatures to meet again — Aragog, Buckbeak, the Ford Anglia, Grawp, Karkaroff, Krum, Nagini, the Zoo Python... Do you think we'll see some of them in boox six? My impression was more that they were all being saved for the finale.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 19th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Plausible, but you think they'd take that step before he reaches his majority in another year?

Yeah, I do. I don't think Voldie cares all that much about anyone's precious childhood years, and Draco ended OotP all fired up for wreaking some major vengeance. I think Voldie would be most likely to think, "Hey! He's inside Hogwarts with tons of access to Potter... he's a keeper. Er, well, a seeker, but I know what I mean..."
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 19th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
As to Buckbeak, unlike the others, he's in a kind of bad place--he's a wanted fugitive, and his caretaker has died. In all likelihood, he'd have to go to either Lupin or Hagrid to care for in secret, and since Harry's probably in touch with both, we're likely to see Buckbeak. I doubt he'll have any major importance, though.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: June 20th, 2005 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Ohhhh, I wouldn't know about that...

(Of course, maybe it's the time of year talking.)

But anyway, didn't JKR say that Grawp would have a significant role in HBP? Yeah, I'm cringing too.
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: June 19th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm cool. At last. *prances stagfully*

We will have occasion to see a wizarding wedding. It almost doesn't matter who the couple is, because the point will be the milieu. I'd wager Bill/Fleur.
That sounds really great, and I hope we do, but why did you think of it?

Ron and Hermione will continue their steady march toward shipdom, but Harry's interest in Ginny will take a sudden and precipitous leap forward.
Definitely.

Toward the end of the book, a mentor and/or villain will have a long chat with Harry, filling him in on everything he might have missed.
I dunno about this one... It seems a bit farfetched. ;)
From: sleepingfingers Date: June 19th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I must say yay for all of your predictions, especially the last three. ;)

However, Lucius's arrest may change the tone in Slytherin house, and we'll see some non-Malfoy-esque Slytherins do something for Harry.

This is what I'm looking forward to the most, and I hope there'll also be more attempts at unifying all the Houses. :)

Lupin will do his best to be there for Harry, but Harry won't think of him often.

I hope it'll be otherwise (aka Harry turns towards Lupin for a mentor figure, even if for only a very small number of times), but yes, that's very much probable considering the state Harry's in.
mincot From: mincot Date: June 19th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Draco will have spent the summer with a fairly reptilian mentor, and come back wearing long sleeves all the time....This will take Harry by surprise--possibly letting Draco do some damage--because Harry has long since written off Malfoy as a serious enemy. Yes--and I think Draco can do damage in a small but serious way, rather like Wormtongue. Harry needs to remember both human compassion and lots of caution when dealing with young Mr Malfoy ... compassion for what Draco could have been, and right wary caution for what he is and what he can and will do.

However, Lucius's arrest may change the tone in Slytherin house, and we'll see some non-Malfoy-esque Slytherins do something for Harry. Let's hope so. As the kids get older and the books get darker, I would like to see the Slytherins get similarly more complex.

We'll learn more about the Founders, who are connected to the HBP. Godric Gryffindor may be the HBP. Which makes sense given what JKR said about this being part of CoS. Of course, the Slytherins will have a fit and a half if the HbP turns out to be Salazar.

Ron and Hermione will continue their steady march toward shipdom, but Harry's interest in Ginny will take a sudden and precipitous leap forward. Ron and Hermione might, but I'm with Ashtur here--I think Hermione is headed for a fall, first, and that her fall is going to hurt Ron rather badly (or have the potential to do so). The pair may THEN move steadily on toward the shipping harbor, but I suspect there will be some detours along the way. As for Harry and Ginny, yeah, alas, I think you're right. Pity; I would have liked for him to get through the whole series without becoming involved with anyone.

Lupin will do his best to be there for Harry, but Harry won't think of him often. I just hope that Remus can open up a little more, but the pair of them are so cautious emotionally! Which is why I like both of them, but still ....

.....

It will open with a flashback to the night James and Lily died. Interesting! Would make sense ... if not fit the pattern.

Percy may try to reconcile with his family. Emphasis on try. What will happen, I wonder--will he be welcomed back? Get killed? Get them killed? Be welcomed back but have lingering hard feelings (which I bet) and from Arthur, of all people?

The twins' shop will figure in the plot. You think? (Big grin!)

And, to really go out on a limb.... ... (snipped, but LOL!!! I'll join you, as I divine from my Inner Eye (and the pattern of all five other books) that there is a possibility that you might beright here!).
From: imation23 Date: June 20th, 2005 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Hermione is headed for a fall, first, and that her fall is going to hurt Ron rather badly (or have the potential to do so).

Ooooh. Now *that* would be really interesting--but I don't know if JKR has the guts to allow Hermione to make a really big mistake.
mincot From: mincot Date: June 20th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know. She has said that Hermione really reminds her of herself, and she may be too invested in the character to let her go as far as she seems to be going. But it seems to me that Hermione has set herself up for issues: intellectual brilliance divorced from human concerns, a certain amount of ruthlessness and willingness to use situations and people (and beings) without much regard for the consequences--think about what she does both to Marietta and to Umbridge. Right now she has been "justified"--but I see her edging closer and closer to an ethical line that she herself does not see.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: June 20th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes--and I think Draco can do damage in a small but serious way, rather like Wormtongue.

That position has already taken, but not by Draco. Also, Gandalf is out of his freakin' mind.

See, Theoden, here is a snake! With safety you cannot take it with you, nor can you leave it behind. To slay it would be just. (But you know how I feel about the death penalty, so let's just take the most suicidal course possible.)
danel4d From: danel4d Date: August 11th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just reread this, and realised that every single one of your jokey predictions at the end is wrong. Bwah! Trelawney indeed!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 11th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, actually, he did get a recap of the things we missed (in the hospital scene), though it was split among several people, and there was a new DADA teacher (Snape). But for once, no--he didn't recap the events for us!
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