January Discussion: Book Seven Characterization
It is very hard to predict how every character will react in Deathly Hallows.
I think from the very beginning it will be emotionally intense for everyone. From the start, we’ll see Harry visiting his parents’ graves. I think this will really make Harry see what he missed all those years and what could have been. But also, I think this could help him, maybe by giving him strength and determination to go on and defeat Voldemort. He would realize how much Voldemort has actually taken from him, and how much he could take from everyone else.
Another emotional event will be Bill and Fleur’s wedding. I think this will mainly affect Molly. She is very protective and attached to all of her children. I think seeing Bill hurt really brought this out in her. Watching Bill at his wedding will really make her see that she is, in a sense, losing her children. They are not only growing up, but they are moving on to helping with very dangerous tasks. It is very unlikely every Weasley will survive the outcome of the war. When Molly comes to realize this, it will be very hard on her.
As the book progresses, the younger characters will grow up a lot. They’ll be pushed to take everything they’ve learned further, while learning about themselves along the way. I think we will see them grow into young adults. They will have to rely on each other a lot, which could really bring them closer. They’ll have to stay strong together and really rely on each other for the support they need to get through the war. But at the same time, they will end up having to start their own lives by the end of the book, and they most likely won’t be quite as close as they get older. I do see them all remaining friends, though.
As for the characters on the darker side, I think they will also be affected in some of the same ways as the ‘light side’ characters and different ways as well. They will have to face up to the choices they have made in the past. I do think their fate is worse than the ‘good’ characters’ in lots of ways. I know Ron x Hermione mentioned suicide, and I could see a character like Draco Malfoy resorting to that, as sad as it is. To me it always seemed like Draco was sort of fascinated by the lives of Death Eaters and wanted to be like them, but it turned out to be a lot more pressuring than he expected.
Moving on from the war is going to be very hard and depressing, of course. Any character will have a tough time coping with the loss of a loved one. However, I think they are all strong enough to overcome it, especially Harry. He seems much more knowledgeable since the end of HBP, and I think he knows he will see his friends (not necessarily Hermione and Ron) dying at some point. He’ll build up mental strength as he completes his quest for the Horcruxes and hopefully goes on to defeat Voldemort.