Maclean's: should Harry Potter Die?



    Experts forecast the final chapter of the worldwide publishing
    phenomenon. Also featured in the double issue hitting newsstands today:
    fallen soldier - Sgt. Christos Karigiannis: a life worthy of recognition
    long before it ended; the Maclean's poll - are Canadians happy?; and is
    Alberta drying up?

    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - In the world of Potter, J.K. Rowling suggests
that evil doesn't target extras - evil targets the main characters. As H-Day
approaches, the July 21 publication date for Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows, the final volume in the most popular literary series of all time,
it's the memory of author J.K. Rowling's ruthlessness with Dumbledore, the
beloved and kindly father figure of father figures, that most troubles the
Potter Nation. Across the world millions of children, and just about as many
adults, are obsessing over the ultimate question: what will happen to the Boy
Who Lived (until now, anyway)? Maclean's senior writer, Brian Bethune asks,
"Will Harry die?"

    Fallen Soldier

    Sgt. Karigiannis's untimely death has resonated with the public in a way
that few of the other fatalities have. For once, Canadians had the opportunity
to meet a soldier before he died. People read his letter to Maclean's. They
followed his story in the newspapers. And since last Wednesday night, when DND
released his name, countless readers have contacted the magazine to mourn the
loss of a man they felt they knew. "It broke my heart," wrote one woman.
    All because of a spontaneous letter - penned on a scorching afternoon in
late April, just to pass the time. Karigiannis had no way of knowing it, but
his words will be remembered as so much more than a gushing tribute to a
beautiful woman. He reminded us all, if only for a moment, who our soldiers
really are: exceptional human beings with passion and tact and a genuine sense
of purpose. We got to know him because of the letter. But like every Canadian
soldier killed in Afghanistan, Sgt. Karigiannis was worthy of recognition long
before that.

    Maclean's Poll: Canadians are happy

    How happy are you? To find out, Maclean's asked 3,000-plus people how
they feel about family, jobs, sex, money, and what gives them the most
pleasure. Turns out Canadians are a pretty happy bunch. But just which
Canadians are happier than others?
    89% of French Canadians polled considered themselves happy, versus 82% of
English Canadians. Stay-at-home women out-happy working women by 5%. 86% of
Canadians with children are happy, while 84% of those without are happy too.
Canada's happiest demographic? 65-year-olds register at 93% happy, while
younger 35-44 year-old Canadians only hit the 77% mark.
    Read more about the status of Canadian happiness in this week's
Maclean's.

    Alberta Dries Up

    Housing sales have slowed, rig activity is sluggish. Alberta worries over
signs that the bloom is coming off the wild rose. Maclean's Nicholas Kohler
asks, "have things gotten quieter on the western front?"

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.9 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca.





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