In the final installment in the series Harry Potter, with his friends Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, continue the seemingly impossible, quest and burden to hunt and destroy the remaining Horcruxes to thwart Lord Voldemort and his dark plans. Along the way, Harry tackles many hurdles such... read more
For the first time in the series, Rowling placed two epigraphs at the beginning of the book. The first is a passage from the play The Libation-Bearers by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. The second is a passage from More Fruits of Solitude by the Quaker leader William... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
For the first time in the series, Rowling placed two epigraphs at the beginning of the book. The first is a passage from the play The Libation-Bearers by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. The second is a passage from More Fruits of Solitude by the Quaker leader William Penn.
Throughout the six previous novels in the Harry Potter series, the main character, Harry Potter, has struggled with the inherent difficulties of adolescence along with being a famous wizard. When Harry was a baby, Lord Voldemort, a powerful evil wizard, murdered Harry's parents but mysteriously vanished after attempting to kill Harry. This results in Harry's immediate fame, and his being placed in the care of his muggle, or non-magical, relatives Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon.
Harry re-enters the wizarding world at age 11, enrolling in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, and is soon confronted by Lord Voldemort, who is trying to regain power (and a body). Returning to school after summer break, there are several attacks on students after the legendary "Chamber of Secrets" is thought to be opened. Harry ends the attacks by killing a Basilisk and defeating Lord Voldemort's "memory" stored in an enchanted diary. The following year, Harry hears that he has been targeted by escaped murderer Sirius Black. Despite stringent security measures at Hogwarts, Harry is confronted by Sirius Black at the end of his third year of schooling and Harry learns that Black was framed and is his godfather. Harry's fourth year of school sees him entered in a dangerous magical competition called the Triwizard Tournament. At the conclusion of the Tournament, Harry witnesses the return of Lord Voldemort to full strength. When the next school year begins, the Ministry of Magic appoints Dolores Umbridge as the new High Inquisitor of Hogwarts. After forming an underground student group in opposition to Umbridge, Harry and several of his friends face off against Voldemort's Death Eaters, a group of Dark witches and wizards, and narrowly defeat them. In Harry's sixth year of school, he learns that Voldemort has been using Horcruxes to become immortal. Horcruxes are fragments of the soul that are placed within an object so that when the body dies, a part of the soul remains and the person can be regenerated or resurrected.<8> However, the destruction of the creator's body leaves the wizard or witch in a state of half-life, without corporeal form.<9> When returning from a mission to discover a Horcrux, Professor Dumbledore, the Headmaster of the school and Harry's mentor, is murdered by Severus Snape, a teacher at the school with whom Harry is consistently at odds and who Harry has suspected of being a Death Eater. At the conclusion of the book, Harry pledges not to return to school the following year and to search for Horcruxes instead.
Following Dumbledore's death, Voldemort has completed his ascension to power and gains control of the Ministry of Magic. Harry, Ron, and Hermione drop out of school so that they can find and destroy Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes. They isolate themselves to ensure the safety of their family and friends. They do not have much knowledge about the remaining Horcruxes except the possibility that two of them are objects that belonged to Hogwarts founders Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff, and that the third is Nagini, Voldemort's snake familiar. The locations of the two founders' objects are unknown, and Nagini is presumed to be with Voldemort himself. As they search for the Horcruxes, the trio learn details about Dumbledore's past, as well as Snape's true motives.
The trio recovers the first of Voldemort's Horcruxes, Salazar Slytherin's locket, by infiltrating the Ministry of Magic. They recover the Sword of Godric Gryffindor; it is one of a few objects that can be used to destroy Horcruxes, and they use it to destroy the locket. In their travels the trio come across a strange symbol, which an eccentric wizard named Xenophilius Lovegood tells them represents the mythical Deathly Hallows. The Hallows are revealed to be three sacred objects: the Resurrection Stone, a stone with the power to bring others back to life; the Elder Wand, an unbeatable wand; and an infallible Invisibility Cloak. Harry learns that Voldemort is after the Elder Wand, but the trio decides that discovering Voldemort's Horcruxes is more important than procuring the wand for themselves. They break into Bellatrix Lestrange's vault at the Wizarding Bank Gringotts to recover another Horcrux, the cup of Helga Hufflepuff. Harry learns that another Horcrux is hidden in Hogwarts, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione enter the school. They find this Horcrux, the Diadem of Ravenclaw, and successfully destroy both.
The book culminates in the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione, in conjunction with students and members of the wizarding world opposed to the rise of Voldemort, defend Hogwarts from Voldemort, his Death Eaters, and various magical creatures. Several major characters are killed in the first wave of the battle. Harry discovers that Voldemort inadvertently made Harry a Horcrux when he attacked him as a baby, and that he would have to die to destroy Voldemort. Harry surrenders himself to Voldemort, who attacks Harry with the Killing Curse, sending Harry to a sort of Limbo between life and death. There, Harry meets Dumbledore who explains that because Voldemort used Harry's blood to regain his full strength, Harry is protected from any harm that Voldemort could commit, meaning that the Horcrux inside of Harry is destroyed but that he can return to his body despite being hit by the Killing Curse. Harry then returns to his body, the battle resumes, and after the last remaining Horcrux is destroyed, Harry is able to defeat Voldemort.
Nineteen years later, Harry and Ginny Weasley are married and have three children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna. Ron married Hermione and has two children, Rose and Hugo. The families meet at King's Cross station, where a nervous Albus is departing for his first year at Hogwarts. Harry's godson, Teddy Lupin, is found kissing Victoire Weasley (Bill and Fleur's daughter) in a train carriage. Harry sees Draco Malfoy and his wife Astoria Greengrass (revealed on Rowling's website behind the door) with their son, Scorpius. Neville Longbottom is now a Hogwarts Herbology professor and remains friends with the two families. Harry comforts Albus, who is worried he will be sorted into Slytherin, and tells his son that one of his two namesakes, Severus Snape, was a Slytherin and the bravest man he had ever met. He adds that the Sorting Hat takes one's choice into account, like it did for Harry. The book ends with these final words: "The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well."
Information Rowling hasn't shared in the book:
Rowling stated that Harry became an Auror for the Ministry of Magic, and was later appointed head of the department. He also kept Sirius Black's motorcycle, which Arthur Weasley repaired for him, but he can no longer speak Parseltongue after the destruction of Voldemort's soul fragment within him. She revealed that Ginny Weasley played for the Holyhead Harpies Quidditch team for a time, leaving to establish a family with Harry. She later became the lead Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet. Ron Weasley worked at George's store for a time, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, then joined Harry as an Auror. Hermione found her parents in Australia, and removed the memory modification charm she had put on them for safety. Initially, she worked for the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, greatly improving life for house elves. She later moved to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and assisted in eradicating oppressive, pro-pureblood laws. She was also the only member of the trio to go back and complete her seventh year at Hogwarts. Rowling also said that Dumbledore's relationship with Gellert Grindelwald extended beyond mere friendship, that "Dumbledore is gay, actually",<14> and harboured romantic feelings for Grindelwald.<15> Voldemort, she said, was forced to exist in the stunted form Harry witnessed in the King's Cross limbo after his death, as his crimes were too severe for him to become a ghost.
Rowling also explained the fates of several secondary characters. George Weasley continued his successful joke shop and married fellow Quidditch player Angelina Johnson. The couple had two children: a son named Fred, in memory of his late twin brother, and a daughter, Roxanne. Luna Lovegood searched the world for odd and unique creatures, eventually marrying Rolf, a grandson of the famed naturalist Newt Scamander,<13> writer of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The couple had twins called Lorcan and Lysander. Her father's publication, The Quibbler, returned to its usual condition of "advanced lunacy" and is "appreciated for its unintentional humour."
Other character histories revealed by Rowling included that of Draco Malfoy, who married Astoria Greengrass and had a son named Scorpius. Percy Weasley married a woman named Audrey and had two daughters, named Molly and Lucy. Firenze was welcomed back into his herd, who finally acknowledged the virtue of his pro-human leanings. Dolores Umbridge was arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned for crimes against Muggle-borns. Cho Chang went on to marry a Muggle.<16> Neville Longbottom became professor of Herbology at Hogwarts and married Hannah Abbott, who became the landlady of the Leaky Cauldron.<17> Bill and Fleur Weasley had a total of three children, a younger son named Louis, and two daughters, named Dominique and Victoire.
In the wider wizarding world other changes included: Kingsley Shacklebolt became the permanent Minister of Magic, with Percy Weasley working under him as a high official. Among the reforms introduced by Shacklebolt, was the removal of Dementors from the wizard prison Azkaban. Harry, Ron, and Hermione were also instrumental in reforming the Ministry. At Hogwarts, Slytherin House became more diluted and no longer held the title as the pure-blood bastion it once was, although its dark reputation lingered.Voldemort's jinx on the Defense Against the Dark Arts position was broken with his death, and there was a permanent Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher appointed. Harry also is said to come to the Defense Against the Dark Arts class to lecture several times a year.<10> Lastly, Rowling revealed that a portrait of Severus Snape, who briefly served as Hogwarts Headmaster, had not appeared in the headmaster's office, as he had abandoned his post. Harry later ensured the addition of Snape's portrait, and publicly revealed Snape's true allegiance to Dumbledore.
“"I want to do it properly," were the first words of which Harry was fully conscious of speaking. "Not by magic. Have you got a spade."”Harry Potter
“You could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's ever proved that it doesn't exist!”Hermione Granger
“Wow- we're identical!”Fred and George Weasley
“Not my daughter, you bi***!”Mrs. Weasley
“Oi! There's a war going on here!”Harry Potter
“As our listeners will know, unless they've taken refuge at the bottom of a garden pond or somewhere similar, You-Know-Who's strategy of remaining in the shadows is creating a nice little climate of panic. Mind you, if all the alleged sightings of him are genuine, we must have a good nineteen You-Know-Whos running around the place.""Which suits him of course. The air of mystery is creating more terror than actually showing himself."Agreed. So people, let's try and calm down a bit. Things are bad enough without inventing stuff as well. For instance, this new idea that You-Know-Who can kill with a single glance from his eyes. That's a BASILISK, listeners. One simple test: Check whether the thing that's glaring at you has got legs.If it has, it's safe to look into its eyes, although if it really is You-Know-Who, that's still likely to be the last thing you ever do."”Fred (Rapier) and Lee (River)
“I don't think you're a waste of space. You saved my life.”Dudley Dursley
“Wands are only as powerful as the wizards who use them.”Hermione Granger
“Perhaps just one more, Master Harry, for luck?”Kreacher
“I'm holy, holey Fred, geddit?”George Weasley
“Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure.”Engraved on Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem
“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”Engraved on Ariana and Kendra Dumbledore's grave (Matthew 6:21)
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”Engraved on Harry's parent's gravestone (1 Corinthians 15:26)
“I'd do your fly by hand,though”Ron
“Oh, the torment bred in the race,the grinding scream of deathand the strong that hits the vein,the haemmorrhage 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 the 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, givethem triumph now.”Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers (Epigraph)
“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 that which 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 (Epigraph)
“'The Boy Who Lived' remains a symbol of everything for which we are fighting: the triumph of good, the power of innocence, the need to keep resisting.”Remus Lupin as Romulus
“I won't blow people out of my way just because they're there, that's Voldemort's job”Harry Potter
“Mudblood, and proud of it!”Hermione Granger
“That Potter lives is due more to my errors, than to his triumphs... I have been careless, and so have been thwarted by luck and chance, those wreckers of all but the best laid plans. But I know better now. I understand those things that I did not understand before. I must be the one to kill Harry Potter, and I shall be.”Voldemort
“I open at the close.”Found on the snitch
“Sometimes you've got to think about more than your own safety. Sometimes you've got to think about the greater good.”Hermione Granger
“"Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?""...A circle has no beginning."”Ravenclaw DOrmitory Door and Luna Lovegood
“I'm going to keep going until I succeed — or die. Don't think I don't know how this might end. I've known it for years.”Harry Potter
“You filthy little Mudblood!”Draco Malfoy
“I have seen your heart, and it is mine...”Lord Voldemort
“Oooh, look, a Blibbering Humdinger!”Luna Lovegood
“The wand chooses the wizard.”Mr. Ollivander
“And that’s the second time we’ve saved your life tonight, you two-faced bastard!’”Ron Weasley to Draco Malfoy
“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.”J.K. Rowling
“"you will stay for dinner. Everybody always requests our recipe for freshwater plimpy soup" "probably to show the posioning department at St.Mungo's"”Mr.Lovegood and Ron
“and he <Snape> was, probably, the bravest man I ever knew.”Harry Potter
“I've had enough trouble to last me a life time.”Harry Potter
“Some wizards just like to boast that theirs are bigger and better than other people's.”Hermione Granger
“Out of all the ear-related humor, you go for "holey"? You're pathetic.”Fred Weasley jokingly to his twin, George
“That really captures the scope and tragedy of the thing, doesn't it?”Ron Weasley
“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and above all, those who live without love.”Albus Dumbledore
“The scar had not pained Harry for 19 years. All was well”Closing sentence
“He died as he lived: working always for the greatest good and, to his last hour as willing to stretch out a hand to a small boy with dragon pox as he was on the day that I met him.”Elphinas Doge about Albus Dumbledore
“You want us out of the way and then you're going to do a bit of hocus-pocus and before we know it the deeds will be in your name and-”Vernon Dursley to Harry Potter
“Yeah, thirteen of us against one bloke who's not allowed to use magic; we've got no chance.”Fred Weasley to Harry Potter
“I think that dating opportunities are going to be pretty thin on the ground, to be honest.”Harry Potter to Ginny Weasley
“Are you planning to follow a caree in Magical Law, Miss Granger?" asked Scrimgeour."No I'm not" retorted Hermione. " I'm hoping to do some good in the world!”Rufus Scrimgeour and Hermione Granger
“We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”Royal (Kingsley) on Potterwatch
“Why? You aren’t trying to give him more detentions, Severus?The boy will soon have spent more time in detention than out.”Albus Dumbledore
“Magic is might!”Harry Potter
“Vot... is the point of being an international Quidditch player if all the good-looking girls are taken?”Viktor Krum
“Thats my girl friend you numpties!”Ronald Weasley
“Now I'm going to bed before either of you think of another idea to get us killed or worse expellad.”Hermione Granger
1. The Dark Lord Ascending
2. In Memoriam
3. The Dursleys Departing
4. The Seven Potters
5. Fallen Warrior
6. The Ghoul in Pyjamas
7. The Will of Albus Dumbledore
8. The Wedding
9. A Place to Hide
10. Kreacher's Tale
11. The Bribe
12. Magic is Might
13. The Muggle-Born Registration Commission
14. The Thief
15. The Goblin's Revenge
16. Godric's Hollow
17. Bathilda's Secret
18. The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore
19. The Silver Doe
20. Xenophilius Lovegood
21. The Tale of the Three Brothers
22. The Deathly Hallows
23. Malfoy Manor
24. The Wandmaker
25. Shell Cottage
27. The Final Hiding Place
28. The Missing Mirror
29. The Lost Diadem
30. The Sacking of Severus Snape
31. The Battle of Hogwarts
32. The Elder Wand
33. The Prince's Tale
34. The Forest Again
35. King's Cross
36. The Flaw in the Plan
Epilogue: Nineteen Years Later
On page 5 of the U.S. hardcover first edition, "succeeded" is erroneously spelled "suceeded".
In chapter 15, Dean Thomas says that his mom is a Muggle and he doesn't know his dad. But in chapter 22, The Deathly Hallows, Lee "River" Jordan says over the radio that if Dean is listening, his parentS and sisters are desperate for news. This implies that both his parents are wondering about him.
Preceded by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Although this is a grim and sometimes violent book, with deaths, suspense, misery and pain permeating much of the story, once your child is old enough to understand the plot (9-12) it is a must-read (although the series should be read in order), and contains very strong morals. This book is often mislabeled as a child's book, but it is rather complicated and will be appreciated more by adults, perhaps even more if it is read more than once.
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