The New York Times presents four essays and an artwork addressing how the Harry Potter series might end. In one, the co-creator of Lost opines that Harry Potter should die, but won't.
We come to learn later that Harry has survived an assassination attempt ... both his parents had sacrificed their lives to spare his. The most rewarding ending would be one in which he performs a similar act of self-sacrifice. I would just about giggle with glee were I to get to the last chapter (I never peek ahead) and find it titled “The Boy Who Died.”My speculation is that Harry Potter will die, but in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Baywatch sense of "dying" - he'll die long enough to not be a "horcrux", then be resurrected. I'm prepared to be wrong, but as this alternate ending suggests, you wouldn't want to jeopardize the big "M".
So yes. Sorry, kiddies. I hope Harry buys the farm. Even though I know he won’t.