Astroworld, Houston's local amusement park, which has been open since 1968, will close forever as of October 30. *sob!* I haven't gone there in years because I've grown less willing to stand in long lines just to ride amusement park rides. But still, this is a part of my childhood disappearing. They plan to sell the land and have condominiums built on it. Bleah.
Harry Potter: I was thinking yesterday that Severus Snape is the most alive of J. K. Rowling's characters, to me, and I think that is because his actions have been the most costly to him on a personal level. What he does in Book #6 costs him his friends and all of those who held respect for him, and it may even have cost him his hope. I don't think Snape regards Harry Potter as Our Only Hope of defeating Voldemort. I believe he regarded Dumbledore as that. With Dumbledore dead, it is quite possible that Snape will decide the responsibility for defeating Voldemort lies with himself. I will be interested to see whether this prediction comes true. It certainly seems to me to be in keeping with Snape's personality, which is not given to beliefs in prophecies, as far as I can tell. Snape dislikes Harry intensely, so why should he have any faith in him? Also, Harry is a child, as Draco is. I'm not sure that Severus would regard Harry as having anything more than Gryffindor bravado, which, in his eyes, would probably count for even less than Slytherin bravado. If Draco couldn't bring himself to kill Dumbledore, I can't see Snape believing Harry capable of killing or somehow defeating Voldemort.