Alright, Phil - you've done this twice, and it's starting to annoy me. It's spelled Phoenix
, okay? Sorry - I'm really anal about spelling, and besides, ya'd think one would know how to spell the title since it's been pasted all over media for the past few weeks.
Just make it a priority - if you know how to spell Maleficent, then you can spell phoenix and McGonagall easily. LOL
Anywho, I myself don't know exactly what
happened to Sirius. I'd really like to find out what that archway is at the DoM. Maybe it's as simple as a "Realm of the Dead" kinda thing, but I dunno. In any case, I don't believe anyone still breathing could walk through it without harm, so it's off-limits to physical exploration, probably.
But that also makes me wonder if Harry will
die by the end of the series. Three major clues point to this - 1) Even with the "killer or victim" end that the prophesy stated for Harry, there are still 2 potential boys - Neville and Harry. As Phil said, maybe Harry will die in a final showdown with Voldemort, and then Neville
, the real Chosen One, will (truly) kill the Dark Lord.
2) Now that Sirius has been killed (supposedly), those that Harry cares about the most will be "on the other side". His parents being dead is one thing, but now his godfather, too. And since the thing Harry desires most is family, if he died and met up with them, it would be more of a bittersweet ending that way.
3) We also know that Rowling has said time and time again in interviews, when asked about writing more beyond book 7, that we should wait and see whether Harry even lives
beyond the seventh book. That, and she has already written the last chapter of book 7, which has been described as an epilogue - a summary of all the characters and plots and whatnot. So... this is a postscript to what, I wonder?
Now, I know that Rowling has the HP storyline set in stone, but I wonder what the backlash would be like if Harry died. I've heard or read a fair amount of negative reaction so far for the fifth book alone - many think it's a great read, but a good chunk of people were disappointed by it in one way or another - most finding the darker tone distasteful. If Rowling killed her star, would that - not be dramatic - but would that, perhaps, kill her series? Will people think of HP as "great for the first few books", or will their acceptance of the darker ones even out with time?
So many questions remain, obivously. Only two books to go, now. Get that computer fired up, Rowling!!