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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (7)

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Cried through this whole book. She ended everything nicely.

Update: 1/30/2018- I read this for the 6th time. I have to say that Snape's part at the end still completely gets to me. I think even more now that Alan Rickman is gone. Today though as I read the talk between Harry and Aberforth just before going into Hogwarts before the battle I was really moved. Aberforth truly loved his sister, Ariana. I think what Harry told Aberforth about Albus and his feelings about Ariana and Aberforth really was something that Aberforth didn't know. I thought it was a wonderful turning point for Aberforth. ( )
  LVStrongPuff | Nov 29, 2018 |
An utterly perfect day to finish this book. I cried and I was emotional as can be over this damn thing. I hate having it end. I guess now I have a script to look forward to reading. ( )
  rabidgummibear | Nov 28, 2018 |
It's been over ten years since the Deathly Hallows was first published, and that was the last time I read it all the way through - in one giant gulp. I had forgotten just how much happens - unlike the (two!) movies, it's consistently action-packed all the way through, culminating in the great battle at Hogwarts.

Right at the beginning, as Harry is moved from Privet Drive, Harry and friends and members of the Order confront the Death Eaters, who were ready for them, and Hedwig and Mad-Eye Moody are both killed (and George has an ear cursed off by Snape).

Harry, Hermione, and Ron don't return to Hogwarts for their seventh year, but instead go hunting for Horcruxes, though they don't know where (or what) all of them are, or how to destroy them, and progress is a bit slow. They are mostly isolated from the outside world, except for chance occurrences like overhearing a few wizards and goblins on the run, and - once Ron returns - tuning into Potterwatch, the radio program.

Harry and Hermione visit Godric's Hollow, disastrously (Bathilda Bagshot turns out to be Nagini, and Harry's wand is broken), and see the Deathly Hallows sign on the Peverell gravestone.

Ron returns just in time to rescue Harry from drowning, as he follows a doe Patronus (Snape's, though they don't know that) to a pool in the winter woods; at the bottom of the pool is the sword of Gryffindor, but when Harry dives in for it, the Horcrux in the locket around his neck tries to strangle him. Ron destroys the Horcrux with the sword.

They visit Xenophilius Lovegood, who tries to turn them in in exchange for Luna, who was taken from the Hogwarts Express and is being kept in the Malfoys' basement prison. They escape him too, barely.

Captured at last by a gang of Snatchers, they are brought to the Malfoys', where Bellatrix tortures Hermione but they are ultimately able to escape (with Luna, Dean, and Ollivander in tow), with Dobby's help - but Dobby is killed by Bellatrix. Harry buries him at Bill and Fleur's Shell Cottage.

Harry makes a deal with Griphook, the goblin, who will help them break into the Lestrange vault at Gringotts in exchange for the sword of Godric Gryffindor. In the vault, they find Helga Hufflepuff's cup, but lose the sword with which they were hoping to destroy the Horcrux cup; they escape on a dragon.

At last, they must return to Hogwarts to find the final Horcrux, Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem. They are able to enter though the Hog's Head pub, which - surprise! - is run by Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus' brother. It is also an entrance to Hogwarts, though not on the Marauder's Map, and it leads into the Room of Requirement, which has become a kind of hideout for the remnants of Dumbledore's Army, led by Luna, Ginny, and Neville.

The DA greets Harry joyfully, and is crestfallen when he says he has not returned to lead them in battle but only to find the diadem - but Ron and Hermione convince him to let them help. Harry asks Nearly Headless Nick, and then the Gray Lady (who reveals that she is Rowena's daughter and stole the diadem from her) if they know where the diadem is.

Ultimately, they find the diadem in the Room of Requirement; Tom Riddle hid it there, thinking he was the only one who could get in. But Draco, Crabbe, and Goyle are lying in wait, and it's another close call as Crabbe conjures Fiendfyre, which, fortunately, destroys the Horcrux (but also nearly kills the others, and does kill Crabbe).

The final Horcrux is Nagini, and then Harry will be able to kill Voldemort; but there is a twist, which Harry only understands after diving into a series of Snape's memories in the Pensieve, after Voldemort kills Snape. Snape was on their side after all, for Lily Potter's sake; he killed Dumbledore on his own orders, to spare Draco from doing so, and because he was dying anyway from trying on the cursed ring Horcrux (the resurrection stone). Harry realizes that because he is Voldemort's unintentional seventh Horcrux, he must die too, and he goes into the Forbidden Forest to hand himself over. Yet again, Voldemort's killing curse doesn't work, but sends Harry to an in-between place where he has a long, illuminating talk with Dumbledore.

Harry returns to his body, though Voldemort thinks he is dead, and forces Hagrid to carry him back to the castle. (Narcissa announced Harry's death, after he had whispered to her that Draco was still alive.) There, the battle continues, and Neville kills Nagini, so Harry can kill Voldemort at last.

The death toll is high, however, and includes both Lupin and Tonks (leaving baby Teddy an orphan; Harry is his godfather), as well as Fred Weasley (Molly killed Bellatrix).

An epilogue shows Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione dropping off their children at the Hogwarts Express 19 years later. ( )
  JennyArch | Nov 27, 2018 |
SO.MANY.FEELS. How is it that I never get sick of these books? As soon as I finish the series I want to start it again ( )
  EliseLaForge | Nov 20, 2018 |
En este final, la séptima entrega de la serie Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling revela de manera espectacular las respuestas a las muchas preguntas que se han estado esperando con tanta impaciencia. Su rica prosa y su narrativa, llena de giros inesperados, han hecho que estos libros sean libro para leer y releer una y otra vez. ( )
  guaguas | Nov 18, 2018 |
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The shallowness of Rowling’s enterprise is revealed in the vapid little epilogue that seems inspired less by great fiction than B-list Hollywood scripts. Where the cataclysmic showdown in The Lord of the Rings leaves the Hobbits and Middle-earth irrevocably altered even in victory, the wizarding world merely returns to business as usual, restoring its most famous citizens to a life of middle-class comfort. At the end of this overly long saga, the reader leaves with the impression that what Harry was fighting for all along was his right–and now that of his children–to play Quidditch, cast cool spells and shop for the right wand. Or what George Bush would call “our way of life.”
 
All great writers are wizards. Considering the mass Harrysteria of the last few days, who would have been surprised if they had logged on to YouTube at 12.01 a.m. Saturday and seen J.K. Rowling pronounce a curse -- "Mutatio libri!" -- that would magically change the final pages of her book and foil the overeager reviewers and Web spoilsports who revealed its surprise ending?
 
Potter fans, relax—this review packs no spoilers. Instead, we’re taking advantage of our public platform to praise Rowling for the excellence of her plotting. We can’t think of anyone else who has sustained such an intricate, endlessly inventive plot over seven thick volumes and so constantly surprised us with twists, well-laid traps and Purloined Letter–style tricks. Hallows continues the tradition, both with sly feats of legerdemain and with several altogether new, unexpected elements. Perhaps some of the surprises in Hallows don’t have quite the punch as those of earlier books, but that may be because of the thoroughness and consistency with which Rowling has created her magical universe, and because we’ve so raptly absorbed its rules.
 
Everyone knows that the Harry Potter books have been getting darker. With an introductory epigraph from Aeschylus's The Libation Bearers ("Oh, the torment bred in the race/the grinding scream of death") there is no doubt that the seventh and last volume in the sequence will face us with darkness visible.
added by stephmo | editThe Guardian, John Mullan (Jul 21, 2007)
 
We all know what's going to happen in this book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, supposedly the final episode in the Harry Potter series. This is the long-awaited final showdown between Harry Potter and his arch-enemy, the Dark Lord, You-Know-Who, Voldemort.
 

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Epigraph
Oh the torment bred in the race,
the grinding scream of death,
and the stroke that hits the vein,
the hemorrhage none can staunch, the grief,
the curse no man can bear.
But there is a cure in the house,
and not outside it, no,
not from others but from them,
their bloody strife. We sing to you,
dark gods beneath the earth.
Now hear, you blissful powers underground —
answer the call, send help.
Bless the children, give them triumph now.

--Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers
Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in what is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present because immortal.

--William Penn, More Fruits of Solitude
Dedication
The dedication of this book is split seven ways: To Neil, to Jessica, to David, to Kenzie, to Di, to Anne, and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end.
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The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.
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Harry Potter cannot escape his fate. He and the Dark Lord Voldemort are destined to face each other in a duel – a duel that only one of them will survive. To even stand a chance, Harry must seek out and destroy Voldemort’s four remaining Horcruxes: the fragments of his soul that bind him to the mortal world. Professor Dumbledore, however, is gone, and in his place lies a myriad of rumours and unanswered questions. Unable to rely on anyone but Ron and Hermione, Harry embarks upon a journey that will push his courage, trust and magic skills to their limits in hopes of winning the duel.

AR Level 6.9, 34 pts.
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Does it still count as

a British School Story if

they camp the whole time?

(CathWhitney)
Just broke into a

bank vault and stole a dragon.

Pretty normal day.

(CathWhitney)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0545010225, Hardcover)

Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling's spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart--such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review--to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling's fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry--bring plenty of tissues.

The heart of Book 7 is a hero's mission--not just in Harry's quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man--and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore's warning about making the choice between "what is right and what is easy," and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling's skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.

A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix's flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience. --Daphne Durham

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There are plenty of reasons to love Rowling's wildly popular series--no doubt you have several dozen of your own. Our list features favorite moments, characters, and artifacts from the first five books. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive (what we love about Harry could fill ten books!) and does not include any of the spectacular revelatory moments that would spoil the books for those (few) who have not read them. Enjoy.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
* Harry's first trip to the zoo with the Dursleys, when a boa constrictor winks at him.
* When the Dursleys' house is suddenly besieged by letters for Harry from Hogwarts. Readers learn how much the Dursleys have been keeping from Harry. Rowling does a wonderful job in displaying the lengths to which Uncle Vernon will go to deny that magic exists.
* Harry's first visit to Diagon Alley with Hagrid. Full of curiosities and rich with magic and marvel, Harry's first trip includes a trip to Gringotts and Ollivanders, where Harry gets his wand (holly and phoenix feather) and discovers yet another connection to He-Who-Must-No-Be-Named. This moment is the reader's first full introduction to Rowling's world of witchcraft and wizards.
* Harry's experience with the Sorting Hat.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
* The de-gnoming of the Weasleys' garden. Harry discovers that even wizards have chores--gnomes must be grabbed (ignoring angry protests "Gerroff me! Gerroff me!"), swung about (to make them too dizzy to come back), and tossed out of the garden--this delightful scene highlights Rowling's clever and witty genius.
* Harry's first experience with a Howler, sent to Ron by his mother.
* The Dueling Club battle between Harry and Malfoy. Gilderoy Lockhart starts the Dueling Club to help students practice spells on each other, but he is not prepared for the intensity of the animosity between Harry and Draco. Since they are still young, their minibattle is innocent enough, including tickling and dancing charms.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
* Ron's attempt to use a telephone to call Harry at the Dursleys'.
* Harry's first encounter with a Dementor on the train (and just about any other encounter with Dementors). Harry's brush with the Dementors is terrifying and prepares Potter fans for a darker, scarier book.
* Harry, Ron, and Hermione's behavior in Professor Trelawney's Divination class. Some of the best moments in Rowling's books occur when she reminds us that the wizards-in-training at Hogwarts are, after all, just children. Clearly, even at a school of witchcraft and wizardry, classes can be boring and seem pointless to children.
* The Boggart lesson in Professor Lupin's classroom.
* Harry, Ron, and Hermione's knock-down confrontation with Snape.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
* Hermione's disgust at the reception for the veela (Bulgarian National Team Mascots) at the Quidditch World Cup. Rowling's fourth book addresses issues about growing up--the dynamic between the boys and girls at Hogwarts starts to change. Nowhere is this more plain than the hilarious scene in which magical cheerleaders nearly convince Harry and Ron to jump from the stands to impress them.
* Viktor Krum's crush on Hermione--and Ron's objection to it.
* Malfoy's "Potter Stinks" badge.
* Hermione's creation of S.P.E.W., the intolerant bigotry of the Death Eaters, and the danger of the Triwizard Tournament. Add in the changing dynamics between girls and boys at Hogwarts, and suddenly Rowling's fourth book has a weight and seriousness not as present in early books in the series. Candy and tickle spells are left behind as the students tackle darker, more serious issues and take on larger responsibilities, including the knowledge of illegal curses.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

* Harry's outburst to his friends at No. 12 Grimmauld Place. A combination of frustration over being kept in the dark and fear that he will be expelled fuels much of Harry's anger, and it all comes out at once, directly aimed at Ron and Hermione. Rowling perfectly portrays Harry's frustration at being too old to shirk responsibility, but too young to be accepted as part of the fight that he knows is coming.
* Harry's detention with Professor Umbridge. Rowling shows her darker side, leading readers to believe that Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven for young wizards. Dolores represents a bureaucratic tyrant capable of real evil, and Harry is forced to endure their private battle of wills alone.
* Harry and Cho's painfully awkward interactions. Rowling clearly remembers what it was like to be a teenager.
* Harry's Occlumency lessons with Snape.
* Dumbledore's confession to Harry.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

* The introduction of the Horcrux.
* Molly Weasley asking Arthur Weasley about his "dearest ambition." Rowling has always been great at revealing little intriguing bits about her characters at a time, and Arthur’s answer "to find out how airplanes stay up" reminds us about his obsession with Muggles.
* Harry's private lessons with Dumbledore, and more time spent with the fascinating and dangerous pensieve, arguably one of Rowling’s most ingenious inventions.
* Fred and George Weasley’s Joke Shop, and the slogan: "Why Are You Worrying About You-Know-Who? You Should Be Worrying About U-NO-POO--the Constipation Sensation That's Gripping the Nation!"
* Luna's Quidditch commentary. Rowling created scores of Luna Lovegood fans with hilarious and bizarre commentary from the most unlikely Quidditch commentator.
* The effects of Felix Felicis.

Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem: A Conversation with J.K. Rowling

"I am an extraordinarily lucky person, doing what I love best in the world. I’m sure that I will always be a writer. It was wonderful enough just to be published. The greatest reward is the enthusiasm of the readers." --J.K. Rowling

Find out more about Harry's creator in our exclusive interview with J.K. Rowling.



Did You Know? The Little White Horse was J.K. Rowling's favorite book as a child. Jane Austen is Rowling's favorite author. Roddy Doyle is Rowling's favorite living writer.

A Few Words from Mary GrandPré

"When I illustrate a cover or a book, I draw upon what the author tells me; that's how I see my responsibility as an illustrator. J.K. Rowling is very descriptive in her writing--she gives an illustrator a lot to work with. Each story is packed full of rich visual descriptions of the atmosphere, the mood, the setting, and all the different creatures and people. She makes it easy for me. The images just develop as I sketch and retrace until it feels right and matches her vision." Check out more Harry Potter art from illustrator Mary GrandPré.

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