Origin Of The Hallows
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
- “That is a children’s tale, told to amuse rather than to instruct. Those of us who understand these matters, however, recognise that the ancient story refers to three objects, or Hallows, which, if united, will make the possessor Master of Death.”
- Xenophilius Lovegood‘s overview of the Hallows
In The Tales of Beedle the Bard, the presented his own version of the origin of the Hallows. Hundreds of years ago, the three Peverell brothers were travelling at twilight, and reached a river too dangerous to cross. The three brothers, being trained in the magical arts, simply waved their wands and created a bridge across the river. They were then stopped by Death himself, who felt cheated that they had gotten across the river, as most travellers drowned in it.
The three legendary objects, together made up the Deathly Hallows.
- “I think it more likely that the Peverell brothers were simply gifted, dangerous wizards who succeeded in creating those powerful objects”
- Albus Dumbledore‘s speculation
Instead of being rewards for their cleverness, the Deathly Hallows were actually part of a cunning plan by Death to kill off the Peverells so he could take them for his own. However, Albus Dumbledore felt that it was more likely that the Hallows were actually created by the very talented and powerful brothers, and that the story of their origins as objects fashioned by Death sprang up around them as result of the powers they possessed.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt 2
Movie: Directed by David Yates.
Inciting Event: Harry and the others go to Bellatrixs vault at Gringotts bank to discover the next horcruxthe Hufflepuff cup. They barely escape with their lives.
This isnt, as such, a particularly great Inciting Event. It serves more as a reminder of the main conflict than an initiating of itwhich makes sense, as this is actually the second part of the complete episode begun in Pt. 1.
First Plot Point: Harry and the others return to Hogwarts. Even though this isnt the First Plot Point in the book, it makes a really nice First Plot Point for this final episode in the moviesa final return to the adventure world of Hogwarts .
First Pinch Point: After Harry and the others kick out Snape and take back Hogwarts, they prepare for battleand Voldemort brings it to them.
Midpoint: Harry finds the sixth horcruxLady Raveclaws diademdestroys it, learns the final horcrux is Voldemorts snake, and that Voldemort is waiting for him in the boathouse.
Second Pinch Point: After Snape dies, Harry sees Snapes memories and learns the truth: Snape didnt murder Dumbledore and, in fact, has been protecting Harry all along. Harry himself is a horcrux and must die if Voldemort is to be rendered mortal.
In most stories, this would be more than enough for a Third Plot Point. But between the threat of death and death itself, the latter is always the better choice for the Third Plot Point, as it is here.
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Choice Of Title And Symbolism
Artwork of the American deluxe edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Rowling first announced that she had a particular title in mind in the latter part of 2006. However, she also announced that she had a final choice of three possible titles, before choosing this one. She has declined to explain the meaning of the title, or say what the other two possibilities were, on the grounds that doing so would reveal information about the book. The other titles she had in mind were Harry Potter and the Elder Wand, which became a chapter title, Harry Potter and the Peverell Quest, and Harry Potter and the Hallows of Hogwarts. There were also fan rumours of titles such as “Harry Potter and the Green Flame Torch,” “The New Beginning,” the “Pyramids of Furmat,” “The Forest of Shadows,” the “Fortress of Shadows,” and others.
Hallows is a word which has fallen into disuse in modern English except as part of some names. It is popular to name churches after saints, and there are a number of ‘Church of all Hallows’ in Britain, as well as some schools. Similarly the holiday of Hallowe’en is derived from “All Hallows’ Eve.” This usage of the word refers to saints, relics of saints, or the places where saints have lived or their remains have rested . Part of the mythology of hallows is that the spirit of the saint remains in his relics, and may come to the aid of those who seek it. Thus pilgrims venture to see holy relics or visit shrines hallowed by the saints.
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Chapter : In Memoriam
- “Stripping away the popular image of serene, silver-bearded wisdom, Rita Skeeter reveals the disturbed childhood, the lawless youth, the lifelong feuds and the guilty secrets Dumbledore carried to his grave.”
- â Description of Rita Skeeter’s book about Dumbledore’s life
Harry looking at the shard of the Two-Way Mirror given to him by Sirius Black
Harry, meanwhile, is rummaging through his school trunk, sorting what he will need to take with him from what will be left behind. While taking a break, he reads some articles about Dumbledore. One is sympathetic, the other critical. In those obituaries, it is revealed that Albus’s father Percival supposedly hated Muggles and had attacked three Muggle boys, earning himself imprisonment in Azkaban, where he later died. The other article is an interview by Rita Skeeter, concerning a forthcoming biography of Dumbledore entitled The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, in which she hints that Dumbledore was responsible for the death of his younger sister Ariana, and that he was, at one time, a wizarding supremacist with Gellert Grindelwald.
Chapter 1: The Life And Lies Of Albus Dumbledore
- “He changed, Harry, he changed! Itâs as simple as that! Maybe he did believe these things when he was seventeen, but the whole of the rest of his life was devoted to fighting the Dark Arts! Dumbledore was the one who stopped Grindelwald, the one who always voted for Muggle protection and Muggle-born rights, who fought You-Know-Who from the start, and who died trying to bring him down!”
- â Hermione, to Harry
Harry looking at his broken wand
Harry was briefly incapacitated following the incident in Godric’s Hollow, and he and Hermione spend Harry’s few days convalescing in the Forest of Dean where Harry sits down to vindictively read Rita’s book The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore. He discovers that the boy he saw in Voldemort’s mind is none other than Gellert and that Dumbledore and he had been good friends as teenagers and had shared the idea that wizards should rule over the Muggles. Making this discovery, Harry reaches a new level of disillusionment with his former mentor.
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Chapter 2: The Wandmaker
- “Wandlore is a complex and mysterious branch of magic.”
- â Ollivander, to Harry
Dobby buried at Shell Cottage
As Harry stares at dead Dobby curled up on the grass, he can’t help but remember staring at Dumbledore’s corpse the same way. Bill suggests that he bury him. Harry believes that for Dobby’s bravery, he deserves a funeral just as grand, and he refuses to use magic. He digs Dobby’s grave by hand as Hermione and Griphook’s injuries are tended to in the house. While digging the grave, Harry does some thinking. He realises that Dumbledore had been right about Dobby, Ron and Pettigrew. He comes to a reaffirmation of faith in his old mentor and loses his burning obsession with the Deathly Hallows. Dean takes the injured Griphook inside as Bill tells Harry that Ron has taken Hermione inside and that she’ll be alright.
Dean and Ron come outside. Ron says to Harry that Hermione is doing better and Fleur is looking after her. Then Dean and Ron join Harry with digging the grave. The group holds a funeral for Dobby. They provide clothes for him Harry wraps him in his jacket, Ron gives him shoes and socks, and Dean gives him a hat. Luna says a few words for him, as Harry is too grief-stricken to speak.
Chapter 1: Bathilda’s Secret
The Potter’s destroyed house
- “Heâs coming! Hermione, heâs coming!”
- â Harry, to Hermione
Harry and Hermione follow her to her old, disgusting home, where they find a picture frame of Gellert, who is Bathilda’s great-nephew and, long ago, was Dumbledore’s childhood friend. However, Harry and Hermione don’t realise that the real Bathilda has been killed and her body has been taken over by Voldemort’s pet and Horcrux Nagini. Only Harry can understand the very little that Bathilda speaks as he can speak Parseltongue, and Nagini is a snake.
Bathilda coaxes Harry up the stairs, ordering Hermione to stay behind, in order to ambush Harry. Hermione seems reluctant, but Harry thinks that by following her perhaps she may present him with the Gryffindor sword.
Once Harry is upstairs, Bathilda’s body crumbles and Nagini flops out, and begins attacking Harry.
Upon leaving, Hermione runs upstairs to help Harry, unfortunately her Blasting Curse rebounds in the chaos and cracks Harry’s wand in two.
As they Apparate, the very second that Voldemort appears, Harry’s mind begins to flash back to the night in which his lightning scar on his forehead became so, and it reveals exactly how Voldemort had killed Harry’s parents.
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Adult Fiction And Robert Galbraith
In mid-2011, Rowling left Christopher Little Literary Agency and followed her agent Neil Blair to the Blair Partnership. He represented her for the publication of , released in September 2012 by . It was Rowling’s first since Harry Potter ended, and her first book for adults. A contemporary take on 19th-century British fiction about village life,Casual Vacancy was promoted as a , while the critic Ian Parker described it as a “rural “. It was adapted to a co-created by the and .
Little, Brown published , the purported début novel of Robert Galbraith, in April 2013. It initially sold 1,500 copies in hardback. After an investigation prompted by discussion on , the journalist Richard Brooks contacted Rowling’s agent, who confirmed Galbraith was Rowling’s pseudonym. Rowling later said she enjoyed working as Robert Galbraith, a name she took from , a personal hero, and Ella Galbraith, a name she invented for herself in childhood. After the revelation, sales of Cuckoo’s Calling escalated.
Continuing the series of detective novels, was released in 2014 in 2015 in 2018 in 2020 and in 2022. Cormoran Strike, a disabled veteran of the with a prosthetic leg, is unfriendly and sometimes oblivious, but acts with a deep moral sensibility. In 2017, aired the first episode of the four-season series , a television adaptation of the Cormoran Strike novels starring . The series was picked up by HBO for distribution in the United States and Canada.
Chapter : The Dursleys Departing
- “I don’t think you’re a waste of space.”
- â Dudley, to Harry
Dudley thanks his cousin for saving his soul
Harry is beginning to have regrets about not having asked Dumbledore more about his past, but this is soon forgotten as he leaves his home that night. He convinces Petunia, Vernon, and Dudley Dursley that they need to leave as well to avoid being captured by the Death Eaters. Eventually Order of the Phoenix members Dedalus Diggle and Hestia Jones arrive to escort them to an undisclosed location. Before leaving, Dudley admits that he cares about Harry and thanks him for saving his soul during the Dementor attack of 1995, and they shake hands. Petunia burst into tears saying what a gentleman her son was, yet Hestia objected, saying he didn’t really say, “Thank you.” but Harry tells her he was.
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Interesting Facts And Notes
This cover shows the locket Horcrux, gold with Slytherin’s mark on it.
The cover of the UK adult version, by Michael Wildsmith
This cover shows Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook tumbling out of the LeStrange’s vault, with multiplying and burning hot treasure all around them. Griphook is on Harry’s back and clutching the Sword of Gryffindor. Harry should be grasping Hufflepuff’s cup at this point in the story, but that detail is not included.
The cover of the UK kids version, by Jason Cockcroft
Scholastic Edition covers
The US cover shows Harry and Voldemort in their final showdown in the Great Hall of Hogwarts. The enchanged ceiling shows the golden sunrise. Harry is reaching up to catch the Elder wand which is flying through the air because of his Expelliarmus spell. The back shows Voldemort, dying from his own rebounding Avada Kedavra curse. The curtains on either side suggest the veil in the Death Chamber of the Department of Mysteries.
Deluxe Edition jacket art
The trio riding on the back of the Gringott’s dragon from chapter 27.
The covers of the US editions, by Mary GrandPré.
Chapter : The Wedding
- “The Ministry has fallen. Scrimgeour is dead. They are coming.”
- â Kingsley Shacklebolt’s Patronus warning
Shacklebolt’s Patronus, warning the guests that the Ministry has fallen
Harry disguises himself as Ron’s “cousin” Barny Weasley for the wedding to avoid causing an uproar. After the ceremony, while Ron and Hermione are dancing, Harry speaks with Elphias Doge and Ron’s great-aunt Muriel from whom he learns more less than savoury details from Dumbledore’s past: Dumbledore had had a sister, Ariana, whose existence had been hushed up by the family and who Muriel believes was a Squib. Muriel then speculates whether it was Albus or Aberforth who killed Ariana. Elphias is shocked and will not believe Muriel and is brought to tears because of all of the lies. During the wedding celebration, Kingsley’s Patronus arrives to warn the attendants that Voldemort has taken over the Ministry of Magic and Rufus has been killed.
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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
|Cover art of the original UK edition
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling and the seventh and final novel of the main Harry Potter series. It was released on 21 July 2007 in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury Publishing, in the United States by Scholastic, and in Canada by Raincoast Books. The novel chronicles the events directly following Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the final confrontation between the wizards Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort.
Deathly Hallows shattered sales records upon release, surpassing marks set by previous titles of the Harry Potter series. It holds the Guinness World Record for most novels sold within 24 hours of release, with 8.3 million sold in the US and 2.65 million in the UK. Reception to the book was generally positive, and the book won the 2008 Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award, and the American Library Association named it the “Best Book for Young Adults”. A film adaptation of the novel was released in two parts: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in July 2011.
Chapter : The Ghoul In Pyjamas
The Weasley family’s ghoul in pyjamas
- “It’s like being a house-elf. Except without the job satisfaction. The sooner this wedding’s over, the happier I’ll be.”
- â Ron about the wedding preparations
During their time at the Burrow, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are kept busy with preparations for Bill and Fleur’s wedding, which Harry suspects is an attempt by Molly Weasley to stop their planning and delay their departure. Nevertheless, they manage to get together and discuss their plans for completing the quest Dumbledore left them, to find and destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes.
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Chapter 1: The Goblin’s Revenge
- “We take no sides. This is a wizardsâ war.”
- â Goblin in the forest
After several weeks of travelling in which they accomplish nothing, they overhear a conversation between Ted, Dirk Cresswell, Dean Thomas, and GoblinsGriphook and Gornuk, wherein it is revealed that Godric Gryffindor’s sword, which had been in Dumbledore’s possession and was then sent to the Lestrange Vault for protection, is actually a copy. They also mention that the whereabouts of the real sword are unknown. Harry, Hermione, and Ron also overhear that some students attempted to steal the sword from Snape, prior to its removal. Upon hearing that the perpetrators were their friends, the trio worry about the punishment but are relieved to hear that their friends only served detention with Rubeus Hagrid. Harry and Hermione hear all this and are heartened, and after questioning the portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black, they discover that the sword had last been used by Dumbledore on another Horcrux, ‘s ring.
Hermione realises that it must be impregnated with basilisk venom and therefore can destroy Horcruxes. Ron is discouraged, feeling that with the sword now necessary as well and out of reach, their quest is becoming hopeless. He argues with Harry and it becomes apparent that the locket Horcrux has messed with Ron’s mind, making him behave the way he is, and angrily departs claiming that Hermione had chosen Harry over himself when she decides to stay, leaving Harry and Hermione together.
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