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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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Since I don't know where to put it AND it wasn't on J. K. Rowling's website, Happy Birthday, Tom M. Riddle aka Lord Voldemort. You're a great villian.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on December 31, 2006 11:40 AM

Ok harry cannot ! NO. I hope it end in almost a "happily ever after" way, but i doubt it. All i know is that it is definitely going to be a good book!

Posted by lia from Pittsburgh, PA on December 31, 2006 5:07 PM

I love all the comments everyone has made... the speculation is at a fever pitch and we're all in a lather trying to figure-out the meaning of "y Hallows"... I love it! I think it may have something to do with Godric's Hollow and the burial grounds but that begs the question: If Harry knew, where his mother and father are buried, why hasn't he been there before? Seems to me, someone who longs to see their family (as much as he), would surely have been there many times before now. Then again, perhaps his Aunt Petunia never told him where they were... I'm anxious to discover her role in all of this... she isn't as innocent as she seems... the woman's hiding something!

Posted by Dee from Somewhere south of NY on January 1, 2007 05:08 AM

Janis your comments have really made me think! I still can't decide what I think is most many different possibilities have been posted. I can't stand waiting for this book!

Posted by Taryn from Warwick.NY on January 1, 2007 2:19 PM

If you do not want to know the meaning of this title...DO NOT READ. It's not a place at all. It's a time. See... for those of us who are American, Halloween is also known as All Hallows' Eve (the night before All Hallows' Day, also called All Saints' Day). Harry's parents were ed on Halloween. The title being plural probably just means that Voldemort and possibly Harry on that day and complete the cycle. Thus ly Hallows equals ly Halloweens. Plural. Credit to my sister Castallia for remembering when they were ed. We both knew the non-American name for Halloween "All Hallow's Eve." I then remembered All Saints', and realized that one foreign translation of the title is ly Saints. So really, she figured it out. I just confirmed. For the record, she figured out who RAB was the first time she read the book. Go, Castallia! This title isn't really much of a giveaway as to how it all occur, just when, and may hint that more than one person during the final battle itself, just as two people d during the first battle. If both Harry and Voldemort perish, that would off the last of the original 4 who were at the first Halloween. I hope it doesn't happen...but it looks likely from the standpoint of closure.

Posted by Kat on January 2, 2007 5:41 PM

Yes, Godric's Hollow is both a Hollow and a Hallow since Lily santified it when she cast the protection that saved Harry. The title probably refers to many Hallows of many types. Certainly Halloween is too early in the year for Harry to face Voltemort.

What a great title! It can be person, place, thing, or a window of time for an event to happen. It can be good or ill for our hero. So far I have crossed off all of my plotlines that involve smurfs, butterflys, and prancing ponies. The rest remain possible.

Here is how I see book seven shaping up:

Harry goes to Godric's Hollow and finds a Horcrux in the sewer cracked by Peter Petigrew on November the First.

Harry attends the Weasly - Delacour nuptuals where he be offered the teaching post of Defence Against the Dark Arts by first Headmistress McGonagall and then the current Minister of Magic. Harry accepts for the good of Wizardkind. Viktor Krum touches base and offers his school's help as does the now-head-turning Gabrielle!

The school year starts with Harry leaving fellow Dumbledore's Army inner circle types using Polyjuice Potions to mask Harry's movements.

Harry tracks down the remaining Horcruxes using Mr. Borgin's memories and Dumbledore's pensieve. A trip to the Ministry is used for a side trip into Dumbledore's old office using the golden head in the atrium. remember it IS a Portkey!

The girls that Harry has been connected to come under eater threat. Cho, Hermyone (thanks Rita), Luna, and Ginny have attempts taken on their lives during the school year by fellow students. Fortunately, they were ALL in Dumbledore's Army and can well defend themselves.

The combined forces of the Dark Lord attack Hogwarts and are faced by Harry's resources. Snapes is good so is Petigrew who uses his silver hand to slay the bad werewolf, Fenrir Greyback in order to save someone he believes to be Harry (It Isn't)!

Harry and Voldemort have their showdown more or less one-on-one! Mental attacks

Our : Tonks (for posing as Harry) and Hagrid with Harry appearing but coming to as Harry James Potter, muggle. It was the scar that gave him his magical abilities. Harry and Ginny are reunited, so are Ron and Hermyone. Neville stones himself as a defense to the Mandrake's cry and he becomes the new Herbology teacher in the last chapter.

I went as an Herbologist at Halloween -- an expert on people named Herb, that is!

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 2, 2007 6:52 PM

Thanks, Taryn! I'm glad you're still thinking, too. I love the title of the book because it has so many possibilities. I really think that we are living in a special time. Once this book is released, no others have the same experience of waiting for each book, speculating on what the title means, and debating how all of the intricacies of the plot be woven together in the tapestry that is the writing of JKR.

Ken, thanks for a post that made me smile. Your tongue-in-cheek approach was great! If you were on my discussion forum, I'd surely award you karma!

I haven't decided what the "ly Hallows" actually are/is. Linguistically (and that's my field at the University) "Hallows" can only be a noun, but it could be the plural form of the noun "Hallow" or it could be the noun "Hallows," which ends in "s," but is not plural. If you think about the word "pants," you know that the word is not plural because you can have one pair of pants or two pairs of pants. If it's the plural form of "Hallow," then it most likely refers to relics--but not necessarily horcruxes. If the word isn't a plural, then I believe it refers to that convergence of time/space/dimension when the veil between the world of the living and the is thinnest.

Of course, it could refer to both. We've seen prophecies in the series and there might be another. Or, we might see some sort of legend that states that the Hallows are the means to the removal of the bits of soul from the items that became horcruxes. I suspect that aspects of the story be rather metaphysical.

Halloween? Certainly there is a relationship of sorts, but as Ken pointed out, Halloween is too early for the book to end. Perhaps Dumbledore's portrait speak on Halloween. Or that might be the time when the veil is at its thinnest.

Remember the "ancient magic" in the Department of Mysteries? There may yet be a connection between the Hallows and that Department, especially as the Department seems to have a connection to Lily Potter and the power that Voldemort knows not.

Posted by Janis from Fayetteville, NC, USA on January 2, 2007 8:39 PM

Hey HP fans.
i think the name for the new book is very interesting and has sparked many thoughts, theorys and rumours here in Oz.

As people have pointed out, "Hallows" can have various meanings. Personally, i think it refers to either a place or time.
Places: Godrics Hollow, the Graveyard, the town Voldemort's father lived etc.
Times: between life and .

If the title refers to a time, then harry could possibly see sirius, dumbledore and his parents again.
but in the Half Blood Prince, harry says "i thought i mite go back to Godric Hollow. For me, it started there, all of it. i've just got a feeling i need to go there. and i can visit my parents' graves, i'd like that"
On the same page, ron and hermione tell harry that they'll be with him whatever happens.
So "Hallows" could be a plural, and mean more than just one place or time.

As for the "ly" part of the title, this doesn't necessarily have to mean harry or voldemort. In the early days of writing the 7th book, JK anounced that 2 of the main characters . whether this is harry AND voldemort, one of them, neither, or 2 other characters.

I think, that one of the DA are going to , and one of the professors, because i refuse to think that harry coz i love his character, and daniel radcliffe isn't unfortunate looking either. so if harry does , it be a very sad moment (and i hope no-one spills to the media untill everyone has had a chance to read it, @ least a few days). so, i think either ron or hermione get ed by a eater when they go to godric's hollow with harry, and at the end of the book, in the graveyard, snape, lupin, mcgonagall, wormtail or voldemort because of a mis-aimed curse harry fired @ voldemort.

Other events that definatly have to be in the book:

1. Fleur and Bill's wedding
2. A confrontation between harry and voldemort
3. Harry returns to the Dursleys

Events i think are going to be in the book.

1. Harry doesn't return to hogwarts for his final year.
2. Ron and Hermione don't go back to hogwarts either, though the school mite possibly allow Hermione to study by correspondance.
3. Fred and George's joke shop closes due to lack of customers.
4. Dumbledore has a horcrux, fawkes, and he comes back at the end to help harry fight voldemort.
5. Harry communicates with sirius with the mirror and sirius helps harry find his parents graves and gives him courage.
6. Harry finds 3 of voldemorts horcruxes with help from fawkes, the pensieve, and Burke/Borgins memories and destroyes them. the forth horcrux had already been destroyed, or ed.
7. Harry goes to godrics hollow with ron and hermione, finds out exactly what happened on that night, see's his parents graves. either ron or hermione is ed by a eater.
8. harry goes back to hogwarts with ron/hermione for a month to help the teachers by teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts.
8. After the 2 leave hogwarts, ginny decides to go with them against harrys wishes.
9. they go to the department of mysteries. harry puts his head through the veil, see's his parents, sirius, ron/hermione and dumbledore.
10. Harry alone goes to Little/Big Hangliton (sorry bout spelling) and faces off with voldemort, but gets away and so does voldemort.
11. Final face off, Harry vs. Voldemort.
12. Dumbledore comes back from the with help from professor mcgonagall.
13. Harry wins, voldemort s and harry is finally happy he has ed him, except 2 people who were close to him d so now he has to deal with that.
14. In department of mysteries, find a prophecy bout dumbledore and mcgonagall, ron and hermione, neville and luna.
15. oh yeah, and petunia has got magical contacts and powers, she also helps harry on his journey.

Well those are my theorys. sorry there not in very good order. but hope you find them interesting.

Posted by Claire from Townsville, Queensland, Australia on January 2, 2007 11:01 PM

i forgot some things and just remembered more events that could possibly happen in book 7.

- Harry goes to the ministry/hogwarts to pass his apparation test

- Couples: Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, Neville and Luna, Seamus and Parvati/Lavender), Hagrid and Madam Maxime (definitely), Weasley twins fight over an employee.

- Find out more about Dumbledore's life before Hogwarts.

Posted by Claire from Townsville, Queensland, Australia on January 3, 2007 05:39 AM

Everyone is doing their theories now and I felt like reciting mine.

It starts out pretty much as usual. Harry be miserably in the Dursley residence up to the point where a delegation of either Remus Lupin/Nymphadora Tonks or a couple of Weasleys (or both) comes and picks him up. Bill and Fleur then get married and I wouldn't be surprised if Remus and Tonks too.

Harry, being the ignorant prat he is, try to keep his friends out of harms way as much as possible, meaning he'll wanna do most things alone. However, we all know that won't happen because Ron and Hermione, now lovey-dovey, tail him around whenever they aren't snogging around.

Harry follow the R.A.B clue and realize it's Regulus Black (Honestly, about 75% of all clues point towards Regulus). Regulus have left far more clues than that however, and with the help of these clues Harry find and destroy atleast three more cruxes.

Yes, he face Riddle in a duel. Severus help him though. Nagini be present and the Horcrux within her be destroyed shortly before Riddle faces off with Harry. Riddle be pissed.

I do like the theories that Pettigrew Fenrir and that Neville become the Herbology teacher. It would play out as this:

Fenrir have Harry cornered, ready to him, when Peter Pettigrew jumps out of nowhere and plunges his silver hand right down the throat of Fenrir. Unfortunately, Peter s shortly after, from grave wounds.

Sprout be injured in some way, which leads to McGonagall letting Neville teach Herbology.

Draco, Lucius and Narcissa turn good. And as I've already said, so Severus.

Posted by Rane on January 3, 2007 07:27 AM

Ok, my turn...Predictions
I may have already listed some of these, but here they are in no particular order...

*Viktor Crum comes to Bill and Fleur's wedding.
Asks Hermione to go away with him,
Before Ron can respondsomething happends to draw attention away
(dementor attack)
perhaps as many as 3 chapters pass before Hermione makes her choice(Ron)

*one of the twins s

*Snape s saving some one but lasts long enough to make at least one
more snide comment about Harry(or mabey Ron)

*Ginnie refuses to be left behind

*Nevile is the one who "takes down" Beatrix

*Prof. Flitwick officially joins the Order,
starts a REAL deuling club at Hogwarts that adopts the name Dumbledore's
Army in honor of the fallen Headmaster,
and at some point is called upon to defend the school

*DD's is found, read and raises more questions then it answers

*a relationship between Riddle and McGonagal is uncovered

*Harry finds out he has living magical relatives

*Hagrid moves to France(wink-wink)

*Lupin is "made" by Fenrir and has to be rescued

*A younger relative of Dumbledore's(perhaps a niece or nephew) shows up

*The Centaurs join the battle after being attacked by eaters and giants

*Percy never gets to tell both his parents he's sorry

*Crookshanks Nagine

*Dobby and Winky go to work for Harry

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 3, 2007 08:26 AM

What a wonderful Internet sight to stumble upon. I came to be wild about Harry a little late; the same day Goblet of Fire was released. Read them one after another and fell into the Wizarding World. It is grand to have a new bit of the puzzle to ponder; "The ly Hallows", plural not singular. The Hallows would be more than one event or place. I agree with the previous post on this. Ms. Rowling's, would not plural a word by mistake, she is to cunning an author. As we all have found, when reading the Potter series, many events plague Harry and Company. This final written adventure should be a glorious quest to the last page. All the previous post, have been a joy to read. To see a character of literature spark such interest is a testament to Rowling's and Harry. Be ready for All Hallows Eve, Rowling's has always loved this holiday and something special is sure to happen.

Posted by Hermione from Hogwarts on January 3, 2007 4:11 PM

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