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Bookies Snuff Wagers on Harry Potter's Demise

Bookmakers in London ("bumbershoots," I believe they are called) have stopped accepting bets on Harry Potter's mortality as decided by the final book, Deathly Hallows, saying the teen wizard's death appears to be a sure thing. "Every penny [wagered] was on Harry dying, and it became untenable," a rep for the betting house William Hill tells the New York Daily News. Instead, Hill is accepting bets on Potter's killer, with HWMNBN paying 2-to-1, Snape at 5-to-2 and a PMSing Hermione at 10-to-1. (Oh, yes, here come the e-mails.... )POLL: Do you think Harry will die in Deathly Hallows? Vote here (bottom right).

Matt Mitovich

Bookmakers in London ("bumbershoots," I believe they are called) have stopped accepting bets on Harry Potter's mortality as decided by the final book, Deathly Hallows, saying the teen wizard's death appears to be a sure thing. "Every penny [wagered] was on Harry dying, and it became untenable," a rep for the betting house William Hill tells the New York Daily News. Instead, Hill is accepting bets on Potter's killer, with HWMNBN paying 2-to-1, Snape at 5-to-2 and a PMSing Hermione at 10-to-1. (Oh, yes, here come the e-mails.... )
POLL: Do you think Harry will die in Deathly Hallows? Vote here (bottom right).