OK.. you need to bear with me! Had a fantastic chilled late lunch early evening hang out with long time friend Paula yesterday (Miss Tryb to the rest of you!).. we had salad in Spitalfields and then wandered to the oh so trendy Hoxton Square- and sat under a tree drinking beers! As is entirely fitting of Oxbridge grads we hit all the serious topics in life: fashion, house prices, and of course Harry Potter. we came up witha whole bunch of questions as to where the next book might go: namely-
Who is RAB? (a relative of Sirius, surely we have to return to Grimmauld Place in the next book!)
Did they die whilst getting the horcrux and how did the poition get back in?
What will happen on Harry's final visit to Aunt Petunia?
Will there be a big showdown at Bill and Fleur's wedding? Will Ron and Hermione go with Harry?
Could Griffindor's sword be a horcrux?
Is Snape really a baddie?
Rufus Scrimgeour... good or bad?
Is Voldemort actually already dead?
I'm inclined to think that we'll see a very strong theme of Harry working as a team- its set up for him to try and be all lone ranger but I don't think thats going to last! Expect reapperances from Dumbledore, Harry's parents, Malfoy (maybe as a goodie). And expect a big ole fight at some point!
Anyway- we digressed from real plot action to thinking about how Rowling has reflected the times in her writing- the increased slating of the Ministry seems to allude to a disenchantment with wee Tony (we did think that the first chapter of HBP was blatantly based on TB and maybe was added after watching Love Actually!). We go from benign Ministry in books 1-2, to out and out spin in book 6. The whole Harry poster boy thing made us think of Tony's Britpop friends and maybe even Bono- the popular hero spinning the Government's lines.. Is the change to Scrimgeour (a dour Scot?) an allusion to Gordon Brown..
You will be pleased to know that we regulraly stopped and laughed at how seriously we were discussing a children's book- before carrying on for another 20 minutes. Ach well..