Who kills Harry?

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evil Lord Volde­mort and Harry Pot­ter him­self are lead­ing the field in bet­ting on who will kill the school­boy wizard in the last of the pop­u­lar book se­ries, Bri­tish book­maker William Hill said. Au­thor Joanne ‘JK’ Rowl­ing said last week that the fi­nal in­stal­ment of the ad­ven­tures was to be called Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows, spark­ing spec­u­la­tion that the hero will meet his end. ‘‘The gen­eral con­sen­sus seems to be that to en­sure Volde­mort dies (Harry) will be sac­ri­ficed,’’ said William Hill spokesman Ru­pert Adams. ‘‘Most of the early money has been for Harry, who has been cut from 10-1 to 6-1 and Volde­mort re­mains the odds-on favourite (at 4-5).’’ The first time William Hill opened a book on a ‘whodunnit?’ was for the US se­ries Dal­las, with bet­ting on who shot Texas oil baron JR Ewing. Wa­gers on the pos­si­ble cul­prit out­stripped money placed on horse rac­ing in the last days of bet­ting. Also at 6-1 to pot Harry were his neme­sis Draco Mal­foy and his best friend Ron Weasley. The book­maker has pledged that stakes will be re­turned if Harry sur­vives. Money has also been placed on Ron Weasley and school swot Hermione Grainger get­ting mar­ried with Harry as best man; Ron and Hermione to have a child called Harry; and Ron to kill Draco Mal­foy in a duel.

Daniel Rad­cliffe and Ru­pert Grint

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