Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The UK cover of the book. This cover was also used in Australia and Canada.
Release dateJuly 21, 2007
IllustratorsJason Cockcroft
Mary GrandPré
Pages607 (UK)
759 (US)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final book of the seven-book Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This book was split into two films, with the second part setting the box office record for its opening weekend, and becoming the fourth highest grossing film of all time. The book itself broke records, becoming the fastest-selling book of all time, selling 15 million copies within 24 hours of being released.

[edit] Plot

The book starts out with Yaxley and Severus Snape walking to Malfoy Manor together. There, they meet up with the other Death Eaters, and Voldemort, who has captured the Muggle Studies teacher at Hogwarts. After being told newly aquired information from Yaxley and Snape, he kills the prisoner and feeds her to Nagini.

Harry, on the other hand, is sitting quietly in his room at the time, looking through old news articles and belongings. Members of the Order of the Phoenix arrive, and he says goodbye to the Dursleys for the last time as they are taken to a safe house. Half of the new visitors induce Polyjuice potion to become exact copies of Harry, and they escape from the house. Their plan is to take everyone to the Burrow unhurt. However, they are ambushed by Death Eaters, and the real Harry, who is with Hagrid, loses his owl, Hedwig, to a killing curse. They barely manage to escape using their motorbike's special features to zoom away. However, they crash, and are Ted Tonks take them into his house. They are further transported to the Burrow, where they find out that George Weasley lost an ear in the escape attempt, and Mad-Eye Moody ended up dead.

While at the Burrow, they all celebrate Harry's birthday. They are interrupted by Rufus Scrimgeour, who comes to deliver Albus Dumbledore's items of which he wanted Harry, Ron and Hermione to have. Ron is given Dumbledore's self-invented Deluminator, Hermione receives a book with fairytales from the wizarding world, while Harry is given the Golden Snitch he caught in his very first Quidditch game. He was also supposed to have Godric Gryffindor's sword, but the Ministry refused to give it to him and decided to say that it was not Dumbledore's to give.

The next day is the day of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's wedding. Harry is disguised as a cousin of Ron's named Barny. The trio has to escape as the wedding is attacked by Death Eaters, and they arrive in London. Here, they go to a café to relax, and discuss what happened, but somehow, two Death Eaters managed to find them, and they have to stun the Death Eaters. They run to Number Twelve Grimauld Place, a house which Harry owns and that is safe from Death Eaters and Voldemort.

The adult UK cover, featuring Slytherin's locket on the front.

Here, they plan on what to do next. They have no idea where any of the Horcruxes are when Kreacher informs them that Mundunges Fletcher stole one of them - the locket - and sold it on the street. They learn that the buyer was Dolores Umbridge, so they make a plan to break into the Ministry of Magic. They disguise themselves as Ministry employees and go to Umbridge's office, but Ron is stopped and has to go and help another employee with water flowing in his office in order to keep his cover. Harry discovers that Umbridge has hung Moody's eye on her door and decides to take it. He also grabs the locket before he gets busted, and the trio brings with them a group of Muggle-borns who were to be arrested or even executed. Making sure they manage to escape, they realize that Number Twelve Grimauld Place is no longer safe, and starts roaming the countryside instead.

On their journey, they eavesdrop as they see Dirk Cresswell, Griphook, Gornuk, Dean Thomas and Ted Tonks talking. They discuss the fact that a replica of Godric Gryffindor's sword was placed in Bellatrix Lestrange's Gringotts vault. The real one had been taken by someone else, and after asking a portrait Harry had taken with him, he learns that Dumbledore used the sword to destroy a Horcrux, answering the trio's wonders on how to destroy a Horcrux.

Ron feels that their quest is hopeless as they have no idea where the sword is, and disapperates from their camp. He wanted to go back immediately, but their camp is under the influence heavy protection spells, making it impossible to teleport back. Harry and Hermione go to Godric's Hollow hoping that Dumbledore might had left the sword there for them to find, maybe trusting it to Bathilda Bagshot. Once there, they meet Bagshot, who doesn't say a word at all. Suddenly, Voldemort's snake Nagini jumps out of the body and attacks Harry and Hermione, who barely escape. In the process, Hermione accidentally destroyed Harry's beloved wand, making him quite grumpy for a little while.

However, his mood suddenly gets an upswing as he spots a silver doe (apparently a Patronus) in the woods. He follows it, and the doe takes him to a frozen lake. Harry spots the sword on the bottom of the lake, and dives down to it with the Horcrux locket around his neck - however, the locket magically keeps him from ascending, and he almost drowns. He is saved by another person and returned to consciousness shortly after.

The person reveals himself to be Ron, and he proceeds to destroy the Horcrux. The Horcrux defends itself by torturing his mind. Ron finally manages to stab it with the sword, and they both return to the camp where Ron tells about everything that happened while he was away, and how he wanted to return the moment he left. He says that he found them using the Deluminator, which had more powers than turning lights on and off. He also has some useful information, that Voldemort's name was Taboo - by saying it, you could be tracked down by the Ministry, so they would better not speak his name.

They next travel to Xenophilius Lovegood to ask him about Grindelwald's Mark, which he was seen wearing during the wedding of Bill and Fleur. He tells them about it, and the fact that the mark represents the Deathly Hallows: The Elder Wand, The Resurrection Stone and The Cloak of Invisibility. Harry is surprised that they are actually in possesion of one of the Hallows. Lovegood continues, telling them that each Hallow is represented as a part of the mark. While the trio goes to see the rest of his house, he contacts the Death Eaters, as they promised to release his daughter from prisonship if he got them the trio. The Death Eaters arrive just as the trio escapes.

The trio is soon captured, seeing as how Harry forgot about the Taboo laid over Voldemort's name, allowing Snatchers to find them and take them to the Malfoy Manor. They are placed in the prison cellar, but with the help of Dobby, they manage to escape with the other prisoners to the Shell Cottage, however, Dobby died in the process of getting them out. The prisoners he saved paid their last respects by burying him and having a funeral.

The US cover of the book, showing Harry in a duel.

Harry has a vision of Voldemort aquiring the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's tomb, and he realizes they have to take action immediately. Griphook, one of the prisoners, agrees to help the trio break into Gringotts. They so do, but as they reach their desired vault, Griphook loses trust in them, takes the sword and flees. The trio manages to get what they were after, a cup which belonged to Hufflepuff, proved to be a Horcrux. They escaped Gringotts on a dragon, and during another vision, he learns that the next Horcrux is at Hogwarts.

They fly to Hogsmeade, where they are almost captured by Death Eaters. They are helped by the barkeeper of an unpopular pub named Hog's Head, and it is revealed that the barkeeper is actually Albus Dumbledore's brother Aberforth. He shows them a secret road to Hogwarts, and they are escorted there by Neville Longbottom. Once at Hogwarts, they are greeted by Dumbledore's Army, which Neville, Luna and Ginny have worked all year to keep up. Luna tells Harry of Ravenclaw's diadem, the only known relic of Ravenclaw. She takes him to the Ravenclaw common room to show him a replica of the diadem, and they are spotted by Alecto Carrow, who they manage to stun and escape from.

Voldemort arrives, and every being under his command attends the Battle of Hogwarts, which starts at midnight. He doesn't join the battle himself. Harry realizes where the diadem is, while Ron and Hermione go to the Chamber of Secrets to retrieve a couple of extremely venomous Basilisk fangs, which are poisonous enough to destroy Horcruxes. They use the fangs to destroy the cup, and plan to also destroy the diadem with one. However, they are found "caught in action" by Draco Malfoy and his gang, consisting of himself, Crabbe and Goyle. Crabbe fires off a Fiendfyre spell, which accidentally kills himself while it also destroys the diadem.

Harry and his two best friends proceed down to the Shrieking Shack, where Voldemort is talking to Snape. He thinks that Snape is the true owner of the Elder Wand, and therefore sees no other solution than to kill him. Nagini bites him severely, and as they exit, Harry rushes over to him. Snape gives Harry a few vital memories before finally dying.

As Harry runs up to the Headmaster Office to see the memories, he sees the dead bodies of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks lying in the Great Hall along with many other who had fallen. He continues up to the office, and learns from the memories that Snape was loyal to Dumbledore in the end, that he was endlessly in love with Harry's own mother, and that Snape had killed Dumbledore under Dumbledore's own orders.

Voldemort orders Harry to meet him in the Forbidden Forest, and Harry goes down to the forest to meet him. When he arrives, Voldemort kills him off. Harry reappears in a dream-like consciousness, where he meets Dumbledore, who explains what had happened. By killing Harry, Voldemort had just destroyed a Horcrux - Harry. The Horcrux part of Harry was the reason why Harry could sometimes see what Voldemort could see, and why he could talk in Parseltongue. Harry returns to the real world, and as Narcissa Malfoy is asked to confirm Harry's death, Harry whispers to her that Draco is safe within the castle. Knowing this, she tells the Death Eaters that Harry is dead.

Voldemort goes up to the castle and gives the defenders of it the chance to surrender. However, Neville stands up to him, wearing the Sorting Hat. After being tortured by Voldemort, Neville retrieves the Godric Gryffindor's sword from the hat, slashing Nagini's head off. Harry escapes under the cloak, and sees Voldemort challenging Minerva McGonagall, Kingsley Shacklebolt and Horace Slughorn all at once. Bellatrix Lestrange is killed by Molly Weasley, and Harry reveals himself in front of Voldemort.

Trying to convince Voldemort to believe the fact that he cannot beat Harry, which Voldemort ignores. Instead, Voldemort sends a killing curse at Harry, which is parried and sent back at Voldemort. Voldemort dies at the instant, and an enromous cheer erupts throughout the castle.

[edit] Epilogue

The epilogue occurs nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry and Ron now work as Aurors (Harry is head of the office). Hermione has started working with Law Enforcement at the Ministry. Harry married Ginny and had three children; James Sirius, Albus Severus and Lily Luna. Ron and Hermione also married, got two children, named Rose and Hugo. Draco Malfoy married Astoria Greengrass, and they had one child, Scorpius. They all meet at the King's Cross Station in 2017 when they are about to let their children board the train to Hogwarts.

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