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Since everyone else is doing it, and for once, I have something to say about it, I'm going to post the conclusion I had about what I've read so far (namely, through the end of chapter 12). I've turned off comments, at least until I finish reading the book, and it obviously goes behind a cut. It's a pretty painfully obvious conclusion, I think, and I don't think that's just the result of having read the previous books and noticed patterns.

Obviously, the cursed opal necklace wasn't meant to be delivered by Katie Bell... it was meant to be intercepted and handed to a teacher to be brought onto school grounds past Filch and his sensors. I presume Snape is responsible, since he's the one it ended up being delivered to. I still don't think he's loyal to Voldemort, though. Despite Dumbledore having been a moron for five books with respect to keeping secrets from Harry, I don't think he'd trust someone who wasn't trustworthy. Barty Crouch in Alastor Moody's guise notwithstanding, I suppose... but I'm giving him and Snape the benefit of the doubt here. I still think Snape will probably die in this book, though, as much as I hate speculating about stuff I technically don't know will happen. I also think even more that Voldemort is the Half-Blood Prince, which is what I've been suspecting since people started suspecting stuff (well, actually, since I reread the fourth book and was reminded that Voldemort was a half-blood). Didn't it say somewhere, way back in book 2 or so, that Tom Riddle's best subject was Potions?

Anyway, having turned my computer back on this late at night to record that probably mostly correct but ultimately meaningless conclusion, I'll go to sleep and read more tomorrow. Enjoy the book, those of you who are reading it or will in the future.


Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")


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