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Into the Deathly Hallows

by David Haber

J.K. Rowling finally announced on that the title of Book 7 will be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The definition of "Hallow" is something that has been "made holy, sanctified, consecrated". What consecrated place in the Harry Potter stories could this refer to? Could it be the Hallowed Halls of Hogwarts? Or perhaps, does this refer to Godric's Hollow, the place where it all started?

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well thats a name i wasnt expecting. i thought the name would be about the final meeting between harry and voldemort. well, maybe it is.

Posted by huzaifah from london on December 21, 2006 08:43 AM

This title could also mean that Harry needs to find the Horcruxes, because I think Voldemort looks at them like there somthing holy. But it could also mean they would return to the place were Voldemort was reborn, as it says in the article. I don't think it be the Hallowed Halls of Hogwarts, cause Rowling said Hogwarts wouldn't play a big role in the 7th book. My conclusion is that the final battle be at the place of Voldemorts rebirth: The graveyard in the 4th book.

Posted by Thijs from The Netherlands on December 21, 2006 08:47 AM

Oh how interesting - that is a great title for the last book. Dark, mysterious, full of action and hopefully reaching some startling conclusions about the whole of Harry's life so far.
I personally think the plot centre on Godric's Hollow and Volemort's place of rebirth. Godric's Hollow play a very important role somehow; perhaps we find out exactly what happened that night.
Whatever happens, I cannot wait!

Posted by Charlotte from Cambridge on December 21, 2006 09:04 AM

It is an interesting title. I think it pretty much gives it away that Harry in this book (Sorry, if I am being a partypooper...), but I have envisioned it ever since the Chamber of Secrets. I could still be wrong, but I think JK has more than hinted it. By the way, JK has something about the letter H. Nearly all the important factors in the plot start with H - Hogwarts, Harry, Hermione, Hagrid, Half-Blood Prince, Hallows, Halloween, Hollow (of Godric), etc. - Does anyone think it is siginificant?

Posted by Hadar from London, UK on December 21, 2006 09:39 AM

My venture into Google found this defintion for Hallows:

Oct. 31, Greater Sabbat, also called November Eve, the Celtic Samhain ("sow-en"); the beginning of the Celtic winter, and of the Celtic year; the beginning of the Witches' Year, when the Veil Between the Worlds grows thin and the spirits of the may return to Earth; the Descent of the Goddess to the Underworld; the final Harvest festival.

Of course, the word is related to Halloween, and many important events have happened at Halloween in PotterVerse, but I think that Halloween is too obvious for a final event. (Though it could be for the beginning of some sort of prolonged battle.)

In the above definition, I found the part about the "veil between the worlds" to be particularly significant since Sirius passed through the veil and from subsequent events, we know that the Department of Secrets is supposed to have an important role in the final book.

ly? That seems rather obvious. But I think many of us are thinking of ly Hallows as a physical location. Perhaps it refers to time rather than place. The Hallows may well refer to a period of time when the difference between the living and the is confused. It may offer Harry a chance to communicate with Sirius, Dumbledore, or even his parents. The inferi may be all around. Perhaps even the souls of the people who were ed by Voldysnort be there to take revenge upon LV.

As for Godric's Hollow--I'm sure that Harry go there, but I don't think that it has a direct connection to the term ly Hallows.

Posted by Janis from Fayetteville, NC, USA on December 21, 2006 09:53 AM

Hallowed may refer to hallowed halls of Hogwarts. This may be where it all ends.

Posted by Patsy from Trussville, Alabama on December 21, 2006 10:02 AM

well this is darkly significant i think its a shame hogwarts is out of it now... that place is like so cool lol i think malfoy's life may play a big part in this somewhere as he mastered occlumency very quick as snape couldnt see into his mind how ever i think that harry and h is a common letter lol ^ i just hope it isnt a big let down cos its the first book she's released a title so early on

Posted by joe from my house on December 21, 2006 10:09 AM

i think it is an interesting name and i have already perordered my book at boarders.

Posted by john from frialee vt on December 21, 2006 10:15 AM

as soon as i saw what the new title was, i thought of one thing... Godrics Hollow. I think alot of the last book be centered on that place somehow. it was in the end of book 6, Harry said that for him it all started there and i think the story has to end there.

Posted by tonya from cordele, ga on December 21, 2006 10:21 AM

Hadar, add horcrux to the letter H list.
"ly Hallows" sure gives us something to think about. Brings to mind the house were Harry's parents d or the graveyard were Cedric d. Or maybe it's were Dumbledore and Sirius are, some place between life and , the place behind the curtain at the Ministry of Majic.

Posted by Rhonda from Pomona on December 21, 2006 10:37 AM

I would firstly like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and how excited are we all about the title of the last book, but i am saddened as well as ecstatic for surely the coming of the final book signifies the end of this site and i for one have thoroughly enjoyed this site and the worldy ponderings of what may or may not happen in the books, thanks to Dave Haber for giving us this forum for discussing such important matters and lastly i think the title refers to all the people that have been ed and their remaining souls including DD!

Posted by Clair from North West on December 21, 2006 11:30 AM

Thanks for your kind words, but please, everybody! The name of this site is BEYOND Hogwarts. We were here for you to help you through the of Dumbledore, and we be here to help you through whatever happens in ly Hallows, and BEYOND!

Yes, we agree, getting the final book be sad, but we still be here, talking about what happens, what it means to our favorite characters and the Wizarding World in general, for many, many years to come!

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on December 21, 2006 11:34 AM

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