Monday, November 21, 2005
Ashley Yingling, 19, of Seven Valleys, Pa., dressed as Harry at a midnight show. (Kate Lattanzio / York Dispatch)
Shedding Light on Harry Potter Mysteries
Anyone who's read all the books (including pop-culture geeks/fathers like me) had to be left wondering about all sorts of questions after the latest, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Off-hand, you might think you'd have to wait for the final book to find out.
Not necessarily. If you venture into Potter-related forums and references online, you'll find speculations so rich and logical, well, you might be sorry. Fans have found all sorts of compelling clues that author J.K. Rowling has clearly been sprinkling since the beginning. And while following this detective work is fun, there is an ultimate price: You could find out, more or less, a lot of what will ultimately occur.
Sure you want to know, for example, who might betray the evil Voldemort or how close Harry has been to horcruxes, those repositories of parcels of the Dark Lord's soul?
If you can't contain your curiosity, though, here are some of the best sites to explore:
The Leaky Cauldron and its forum area, The Leaky Lounge.
The Harry Potter Lexicon, which has files of facts about potions, places and people you can search.
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. A good place to start is the article R.A.B., which tells who best fits those mysterious initials and where a magical locket was mentioned before.
By the way, Wikipedia's R.A.B. item also says that tomorrow, Nov. 19, could bring proof of the identity of R.A.B., when the Dutch version of Half-Blood Prince is released. Because of how a certain name was translated, that person's initials would also have to change.