I just found this article by Damon Lindelof from 2007 about the final Harry Potter book. I wish I had read it three years ago! You need to read it so instead of thinking I'm a nut for comparing Lost, Harry Potter, and other nerdly goodies (nerdish goodlies?) you will think, "Wow. She's totally in Lindelof's head."
Moreover, it's kind of fun to read him contemplate the ending of the Harry Potter series since we're all (ok, maybe just me) contemplating the ending of Lost. It is--oh what is it that Simon Cowell is always accusing Aaron Kelley of NOT being? Oh yes, relevant. (Poor Aaron. Simon is right.)
Of course now we know that (spoiler) Harry doesn't die but it was dicey there for a while and I think a lot of us were worried that he might. Lindelof explains, "And that’s because we want to be surprised.
Because if there’s one thing we like more than explosions, it’s surprises. And even though 8 out of 10 of us want him to die, we know in our hearts that he won’t.And that’s because Ms. Rowling wouldn’t dare.
She can’t whack Harry because there are rules that must be followed when it comes to how one ends a grand mythology. Good triumphs over evil. Hope overcomes despair. Paper covers rock. Harry wins. Voldemort loses. The Ewoks sing."
So Lindelof definitely knows the rules. But does he consider himself more daring than JK Rowling? We'll see.
Food for thought: Would the sorting hat put Aaron in Gryffindor or Slytherin?