Harry Potter and the Characters Who Will Die

JK Rowling reveals that two characters will die in the 7th and final novel of her Harry Potter series.  Elsewhere I’ve read her entire quote: “I have to say that two [characters] die that I didn’t intend to die . . . A price has to be paid. We are dealing with pure evil here. They don’t target extras, do they? They go for the main characters.”

We had lots of fun trying to predict who the Half-Blood Prince would be a couple years ago. It was my most popular thread ever. Any thoughts on this final mystery?

Voldemort’s too obvious…JK Rowling has been planning his death since book 1.  In a fantasy battle between good and evil, evil loses at the end.  So we’re talking two main characters, both likely on the ‘side of good.’

So here is my guess:

1) Neville and the individual we thought died at the end of book 6.  (Not saying who that is, but some have speculated appearances were deceiving.)  Neville is likely named after Neville Chamberlain, who died at the beginning of WWII. 

Of course, I was wrong with my prediction for half-blood prince. 

I want to assume that Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny all survive.  All others are expendable, though some would be more painful than others.