I've been over and over the "Deathly Hallows" novel, front to back in both the British and American versions, and no where does it definitively state that Lavender Brown died from her injuries caused by Fenrir Greyback. In fact, her fate after Hermione Granger and Professor Trelawney help her is never indicated (she is not mentioned again).
As far as my research can tell, J.K. Rowling has never made an official announcement about her feelings on the matter, either. I've gone through every old interview or published comments she's made that are archived on the internet that I could find on the issue and see no reference to her definitely stating that Lavender died.
Just because the movie screenwriters decided to kill her off in the "Deathly Hallows-Part II" movie doesn't make it canon. After all, no one considers Gregory Goyle dead in the Room of Hidden Things just because the screenwriters had to exchange him for Vincent Crabbe because the actor who played Crabbe's role was in trouble with the law and kicked off the franchise. Goyle survived the Fiendfyre, and your Wiki indicates that. You've set the precedent that the novel trumps the movies in so far as what is/isn't considered canon.
For that reason, perhaps it would be better to indicate where the movies and novels differentiate in story plot, especially when it comes to major changes or issues where there is questionable outcomes. For example: the whole 'dance scene' in 'Deathly Hallows-Part I" between Harry and Hermione was movie only, not novel. We also don't know if Hermione can actually play the piano just because she is shown teaching how to play "Fur Elise" to Ron in "Deathly Hallows-Part I" either'. The kiss between Harry and Ginny in the Room of Hidden things in "Half-Blood Prince" never happens in the novels. And we don't know if Lavender died or not in the Final Battle of Hogwarts.
The Wiki's purpose is to provide information about the whole world of HP. Let it do that. Let it give all of the information, not just some of it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk • contribs).
- No offense meant, but we are not arguing about this again. There's already been a long and complicated argument on Lavender Brown's talk page about this issue, and nothing has changed since the decision was made. The novel leaves her fate ambiguous, the film removes that ambiguity. Unless it is unambiguously stated in a higher canon source that Lavender Brown survived the Battle of Hogwarts, this wiki will continue to list her as deceased.
- You are correct, however, in one point. Lavender's article should indeed note that her fate is ambiguous in the novel in the "Behind the scenes" section, which it does not currently do at the time of writing. -- 1337star (Drop me a line!) 17:28, July 3, 2012 (UTC)