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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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Reader Comments: (Page 11)

Yes, I completley agree the title to this new book seems a little weird-but stands out, unlike the titles before, I think JK wanted this book to be named "The ly Hollows," because of this reason.

Posted by Harini from California on January 3, 2007 5:40 PM

I am constantly amazed at all the great sleuthing I've read on this web-site. I half wish J.K. would write at least a dozen versions of the last book exploring all the possibilities suggested here. Thank you all

There was a posting by Leah on Christmas that stuck in my mind about the ly Hallows having something to do with the graves of the 4 founders of Hogwarts. [I think other people have mentioned it as well.]

I won't be able to put it into words but this feeling that the final showdown be the ultimate manefestation of the conflict between the 4 founders. Harry and L.V. going at it while the souls of the 4 founders look on [like a Bev Dolittle painting.] Perhaps it all end in a reconciliation of the discourse from so many centuries ago.

Wasn't C.O.S. a taste of this? The battle in the end being as much about Griffindor and Slytherin as about Harry and L.V.

Posted by Mikey from New Jersey on January 3, 2007 8:04 PM

hi! i would like to add my predictions too. although some were mentioned already.

Snape is good and in a duel with Voldemort or Voldemort him.

Gwarp play a role in the battle with Voldemort and his followers.

The mirror given by Sirius to Harry be very useful to Harry.

Draco Malfoy become good and help the Order.

More be said about the 4 founders of Hogwarts. Especially Gryffindor and Slytherin.

Crookshanks is an animagus of someone important just like Scabbers(I'm not sure if this is Ron's rat name).

Wormtail save Harry from thereby repaying his .

Dobey and Sirius' elf reveal what and where they have gone through following draco.

The elves finally get their freedom and Hermione be proud of her accomplishment.

Harry wil find one of the horcruxes in Godric Hollow, a Gryffindor relic.

Harry defeat Voldemort and accidentally s him.

Harry not , it be a happy ending since JKR not upset her young readers.

These are just my thoughts.

Posted by nalie from Bellflower, CA on January 4, 2007 10:28 AM

like all the theorys I have read so far. If J.K needs a little help with ideas she need only stop by here.

I tend to agree with Sandra from Nashville.(her comment is on top of page 8). I think ly mans -like, and Hallows means saints.

Im my mind the title gives me hope that our beloved Dumbledore isn't but only in a like state, he being the most saintly person I can think of. I don't think the hallows are the horcruxes because LV is the most unsaintly person I can think of. Now if the title was Harry Potter and the ly Devils or something I'd lean toward it refering to the Horcruxes.
However I do not think Harry's Parents are amont the -like saints because Dumbledore said they were . I suspect other not quite people aid Harry in his mission. Maybe even be returned to life until they a real .

Posted by Sandy from Atlanta, Ga. on January 4, 2007 8:11 PM

Great post Sandy!

Since Jo has said that Dumbledore IS and we want he and Sirius to return (and I think that ALL important scenes in this series take place at Hogwarts) perhaps all of the remaining residue of Headmasters past including Godric and Sirius, the Bloody Baron and so on join Harry in Wizardry's last stand outside the Room of Requirement.

Does anyone else think that Hagrid is going to be the new Head of Gryffindor House once McGonagall becomes Headmistress? I notice from the brilliant HP spelling reference that the name McGuffin, Jim (PS ch. 6) is the only other McSomebody listed. In movie parlance a McGuffin is the hint to the ending of the movie that is hidden in the teaser scenes at the beginning of the movie. I wonder what Jimmy boy did?

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 5, 2007 11:33 AM

I don't know if Hagrid could be head of house seeing as how he never really graduated....though he did become a teacher....Molly has no children at home to take care of at home any more....

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 5, 2007 12:33 PM


I don't think that Hagrid be head of the Gryffindor. In fact I am one of the Snape-fan club, that is, I tend to think he is still a good guy. I am convinced that Snape and Harry be dualling side by side against Voldemort and his grouppies.

At the end I think that Snape be headmaster of Hogwarts and Harry be teacher of DADA and head of Slytherins. McGonnall stays head of Gryffindor.

Far fetched? I don't think so. When you want to achieve a culture change, change Slytherins' attitude with respect to the Muggles, you may better join them and work from within than fight them.

I like the theory of "ly hallows" meaning the four founders of Hogwarts. I think that "ly" (not "ly" as is used in many translations of the title) would mean "-like". The founders could be the voices behind the veil in the department of mysteries.

Posted by Menno from The Netherlands on January 5, 2007 1:28 PM

Ken, your comment about McGuffin is very intriguing. Seeing how Jo knows so much about so many things, is it possible this character holds a clue to the end of the series? What was the reference to him (I don't have my copy of the book with me)? What was the context of his mention?

Posted by Hannah on January 5, 2007 4:36 PM

I doubt this is anything. Jim McGuffin is mentioned on page 6 of Sorcerer's Stone, he is the weatherman that the announcer on the TV mentions.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 5, 2007 4:40 PM

all these comments are very interesting and have lead me to think alot.
i imagine the final scene with snape suddenly turning on voldermort and helping harry to defeat him but i think that jk rowling have a very definate end for harry to prevent people from writing sequels and stuff in years to come - this could mean that she harry.
i asked my wee sistr what she thought of te name deatly hallows and she said she thought of "a spooky place with lots of trees" so there you go. The first thing that popped into my mind was also that it was a place- possibly a graveyard.

Posted by Caroline from Scotland on January 6, 2007 05:30 AM

I have just recently found this site and it is wounderfull.

I do not know if Harry , I am undecided yet. At heart this is a childrens book but it has grown up along the way.

Harry has had nothing but unhappiness in his life. Almost everyone he has ever loved has d. His would reunite him with those he loves and would be a happy ending for him. (perhaps not us) I do believe that the end take place at the Ministry of Magic. Behind the veil are all of Harry's loves. (the ly hallows perhaps) Somehow he enter the veil, probably trying to destroy the horcuxes and be guided out by his family and friends that have passed on. In some way Snape facilitate this in his attempt to save Harry and inadvertently send both harry and Voldemort through the veil. Harry has never won without help, even in the graveyard, and the end not be the exception. Those he loved and loved him (the power Voldemort knows not) help him defeat Voldemort and remove the Horcrux/scar from Harrys head.
Of course this could be totally off. Thanks for such a great site.

Posted by Jeff from San Augustine , TX on January 6, 2007 1:46 PM

The American publisher of JKR's books has now publically explained that "ly Hallows" means, more or less, Saints. Harry sure has a great number of potential worthys to help him. Maybe the passed-on shade of Nicholas Flamel can turn the dross of Tom Riddle's soul into gold. Or a spectral Dumbledore can distract He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Nicknamed long enough for Harry to recover from some momentary disadvantage. I hope that Fawkes shows up again after the final blows are struck. Harry may need some healing afterwards.

Harry has had Ron, Hermione, Cho, and Ginny in his life. All these count for more honest happiness than Tom Riddle ever felt. That is were he would be most vulnerable.

I expect Cho and then Hermione to be threatened. Only his fellow Gryffindors witnessed their kiss. Cho, he kissed in public and Hermione was splashed all over the front page as his current flame during the Tri-Wizard Tourney. this time even recently friends could make a formidible force at the showdown. Book 7 lies ahead!

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 6, 2007 4:21 PM

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