So I will, too. Will JKR kill off Harry?
Me: Nope. I'm all for a good tragedy and deaths, but I like my endings to have hope. Frankly, I cannot imagine how JKR could kill Harry and have the ending be hopeful. Rather, that would be a "welcome to the real world, kiddies. Life sucks and then you die" ending. I think most kids can figure that out on their own; and I see no reason to rub anyone's nose in how hopeless life can be, if that is how we want to look at it. Me, I'm all for what Oscar Wilde said: We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Killing Harry would take the stars out of the sky.
I'm also wondering, why the fuss about the announcement? The books have said Voldemort is evil and is amassing an army of followers. There will have to be deaths, or there is no reason to fear Voldemort and to fear evil and to fear his followers. Without the threat to life, Voldemort and co. are just snobbish bullies who are best ignored. JKR is just confirming the obvious to adults and giving a heads up to those kids who are too young too realize that yes, people will die, including people you care about.
Many HP fans are young, younger than would normally read the last book. Because they are old enough for Book 1 but not Book 5, or know HP only thru the movies, it seems fair to let these younger kids in on the fact that when someone is the Big Bad, deaths follow.