Rowling hints Harry Potter might die as title of final book is revealed

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The name of the long-awaited seventh Harry Potter book was revealed yesterday as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

It will be the final instalment of J K Rowling's massively popular series featuring the schoolboy wizard. The eagerly awaited title appears on the website of the publisher Bloomsbury.

A publication date has not yet been set for the book, which will follow Harry and friends during their final year at Hogwarts. Rowling, 41, said on her website yesterday that she was still writing it. She said: "I'm now writing scenes that have been planned, in some cases, for a dozen years or even more. I both want, and don't want, to finish this book."

The writer has hinted that two characters could die in the finale - and Harry himself might not survive. "We are dealing with pure evil here. They don't target extras, do they? They go for the main characters - well, I do."

The title was first disclosed on Rowling's website in the form of a puzzle. Fans must find a key to a locked door. Inside lies a gift and when unwrapped there is a hangman word game. You must guess which letters fill the gaps before the words "Deathly Hallows" are revealed. Waterstone's children's buyer, Sam Harrison, said: "This is a wonderfully intriguing and ominous title, with all the sense of magic and adventure that any true Potter fan has come to love and expect."

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