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1 [caption]: The Philosopher's Stone:
1 Dumbledore: A young wizard named Voldemort, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, betrayed and murdered your parents.
2 [caption]: The Prisoner of Azkaban:
2 Dumbledore: And these hex points, too accurate for goblins. Only Death Eaters are so precise.
3 [caption]: The Order of the Phoenix:
3 Dumbledore: The Ministry of Magic. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.
4 [caption]: The Deathly Hallows:
4 Harry: You told me Voldemort killed my father!
4 Dumbledore's ghost: It was true, from a certain point of view.

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Welcome to Harry Potter Global Madness month! July sees the release of both the next movie in the series, plus of course the long-awaited and much-anticipated final book. If you don't like Harry Potter, prepare to go hide under a rock or something for the next month or so.

You want my prediction for what happens in the last book? Here you go, then.

(Oh, and by Harry Potter Global Madness month I merely mean that the news coverage and hype will approach record intensities over the next few weeks, not that I'll be running a Harry Potter comic every day. So breathe easy.)

2017-09-13 Rerun commentary: The "next movie" referred to at the time was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, released on 11 July 2007[1], just ten days before the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

And as it turned out, one aspect of my prediction for Deathly Hallows in this strip was kind of correct.

It's nice seeing Harry Potter still going so strong so many years after the book publications and movie releases. Last week (as I write this) when I visited the school where I teach Primary Ethics, it was a dress-up day for Book Week, where the kids (kindergarten to Year 6) were encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters from books. I can tell you I saw an awful lot of Harry Potters and Hermione Grangers running around that school. (One kid told me there was someone dressed as Voldemort, but I didn't see that.)

[1] There were some limited "sneak preview" early releases from 28 June in Japan.

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