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Thursday, December 21, 2006
The title of the seventh and final Harry Potter book has been announced:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Hm. Hm. A "hallow" is a saint, but there's no particular reason to expect JK to use it that way. How have author British fantasy authors used this word? Any Charles Williams fans out there care to help us out?

At first glance I'd say this title neither indicates nor excludes what some of us have been suggesting is the way-coolest possible ending: that the successful struggle against Voldemort entails the end of the entire magical world. It strengthens marginally my conviction that Harry is going to be the one who pops his clogs (or will be among those who pop theirs).