Well I finally got around to reading the Half-Blood Prince! (still haven't seen Goblet of Fire - it's on our netflix list...)
I smacked myself on the head when Snape said he was the Half-Blood Prince. Don't know how I missed that one. So happy when Harry and Ginny got together - she took the break-up pretty well - I think she knows that he'll need her eventually and she'll get a second chance. Glad Ron and Hermionie stopped hating each other - hoping for a dramatic scene in which they first kiss in book 7 - like one is almost killed and the other goes to the rescue.... I was almost surprised it didn't happen in this book, but I guess JKR has to save something for the finale.
So, will Fleur change her last name to Weasley? or Delacour-Weasley?
At first I figured that since JKR had us suspecting the worst of Snape in every other book, then he turned out not to be the bad guy that she was letting him finally be the bad guy. But now, I agree with the theory of Dumby putting him up to killing him to keep him an insider in LV's circle. Don't know if Dumby is really dead - but what a shock!
1-Neville will make a big difference at some point - getting Bellatrix or solving some problem the others can't figure out. Love how he's gone from the butt of jokes to a serious kid just trying to help out however he can.
2 - Draco will also figure in helping Harry get Voldemort - he'll think he's helping himself, but it will help Harry.
3- the gang will go back to Hogwarts, at least for a time - I'd guess the final showdown will be there.
Well, I've enjoyed finally being able to read this thread!!