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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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Hi I think that this is a brilliant name for this book. It makes perfect sense as does all other book names
Philosphers Stone/Sorcers Stone - well Harry has to try to save it
Chamber of Secrets - Harry is tied in with this and end up in the chamber at the end yet again
Prisoner of Azkaban - harry is "apparently" being chased by the Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire - Harry has his name put in the Goblet of fire, which then puts him into the triwizard Tournament
Order of the Phoenix - Harry is surrounded by members of the Order and he is almost a part of it too
Half Blood Prince - Well Harry uses his book all year, learns more from him than he did in the past five books and even this one and then findsout who he is and what the HBP is.
ly Hallows - Harry Is Searching for Voldemorts Horcruxes. this is both ly (thus ly) and is/in Hallowed places to Voldemort (both the soul and the places hiding that piece of soul)

It makes perfect sense

Posted by Sonya from Australia on January 7, 2007 03:12 AM

Whatever the title means...I still dont think that it is the last book in the series. And (God forbid) if it is, i sure am going to bet on it crossing a 1000 pages in fineprint. There are a lot of things that need to be explained atleast briefly. So back to the topic here. ly Hallows. ly is certainly not ly(forget it). JKR is not that fussy about each and every word of the title. ly has to do with and hence also life. The name brings us to the very essence of HP. The oldest form of magix are supposed to be dealt with the very core of humans i.e. i think the setup of life and (hence ly) and LOVE(maybe hence Hallows). one more thing frnds: HP doesnt have to Vol, the prophecy never says so. Both of them cant survive simultaneously. Its just that HP as we know him is not a er(reference-HPaPoA-He refused to let wormtail to be ed by sirius and lupin). So JKR have to make HP do that convincingly. Maybe HP deflect one more curse in the end to defeat the LV. Anyways lets wait and see.

Posted by Lord TanZ from Doha,Qatar on January 7, 2007 09:32 AM

ly Hallows. ly is certainly not ly (forget it). JKR is not that fussy about each and every word of the title. ly has to do with and hence also life. The name brings us to the very essence of HP. The oldest form of magix are supposed to be dealt with the very core of humans i.e. i think the setup of life and (hence ly) and LOVE (maybe hence Hallows). Maybe there is a book in the restricted section of the hogwarts library that explains the genesis of magic. Darwin had to have a wizard equal. Anyways ly Hallows has more to do with life and and ofcourse love.

Posted by Lord TanZ from Doha,Qatar on January 7, 2007 09:58 AM

maybe the name is reffering to voldemorts hide out. maybe harry has to go there to defeat voldy

Posted by Anonymous on January 7, 2007 11:55 AM

While I don't have any special insights into the title, ly Hallows, or even any well-formed theories, I do have to disagree with the comment that JKR "is not that fussy about each and every word of the title." From her background and all that we have learned about her, much of it from JKR herself, this author is indeed very careful about her choice of words to the point of choosing derivatives extremely carefully. She, no doubt, had good reason to choose "ly" as opposed to "ly". The root is the same but the connotations are quite different. JKR is as fussy as a linguist. Consider the prophecy and her choice of words that make it very difficult to nail the meaning even though we think it is clear.

Posted by Hannah on January 7, 2007 4:58 PM

All six titles, up to now, have referred to things, persons or organization that already existed, that had not been named before in HP books, that appeared somehow in the novel and were capital during the novel's climax (getting the philosopher's stone, being in the Chamber of Secrets, knowing who really is the prisoner of Azkaban, using the Goblet of Fire to escape Voldemort, having the Order of Phoenix fight against the Eaters, seeing the Half-Blood Prince operate). If book 7 has the same pattern, then the "ly Hallows" already exists, we hear about it somewhere in the novel, understand what it really means near the end of the novel, and it be capital. It could be a place, a group of persons or a collection of objects, or something else.

However, I would pick-up a decisive event in the past. We know that James and Lily were ed on Halloween's day, and wizards were informed about Voldemort's defeat the next day ("Hallows day"). How and when? We are never told. But from this time on, Voldemort has never recovered his full power, and also, as soon as he gets his body back, Harry has to cope with the presence of Voldemort in his mind. If Harry was attacked in early morning of the 1st of november, it was then during Hallows day, a ly Hallows day.

How could the "ly Hallows" expression already exist? It would make sense to me if it was in a second part of the prophecy, a part that was concealed by Dumbledore for some reason and would explain his behaviour towards Trelawney.

We know more when foreign translations are released (is that true it has officially been translated into Dutch?). I cannot think of a french word that would have all the meanings of "Hallows" that are suggested on this forum.

Posted by herve from strasbourg, france on January 8, 2007 04:43 AM

I think the titel refers to the birth place of HP, btw the dutch (working) title of the book is "Harry Potter en het fatale heiligdom" which means Harry potter and the fatal sanctuary/relic so I really don't know if it be either a thing or a place because heiligdom can be explaned in two ways as you see up there. I like this site very much and I really really really hope that Harry won't at the end.

Posted by Job Starreveld from the netherlands on January 8, 2007 07:48 AM

Can't "ly Hallows" mean something like ly reverence? Because doesn't Hallows mean to make revered?

Posted by Shravan from Vizag, AP, India on January 8, 2007 08:53 AM

I like the comment posted by Job Starreveld. "Harry Potter and the Fatal Sanctuary/Relic"...think about makes sense! Harry is going "somewhere" to destroy
"relics" (horcruxes)...why not the place where the founders of Hogwarts are buried? Or is parents? Let's face it, Harry's mad...he's determined and he's going to kick some serious butt! Voldemort...beware!

Posted by Dee from Somewhere south of NY on January 8, 2007 7:59 PM

All titles connect Harry and Voldemort. Voldemort needs the Philosopher's Stone to get to Harry. Although planted by Lucius Malfoy for other reasons, Riddle's diary is used by Voldemort to lure Harry to the Chamber of Secrets. Prizoner of Azkzban is Sirius Black who Voldemort knows is important to Harry. Sirius is also used against Harry in Kreacher saying that Sirius went to the Ministry of Magic. Goblet of Fire; Voldemort uses this to transport Harry to grave yard. Order of Phoenix is opposite to Eaters, maybe other connections in new book. Half Blood Prince is to do with the Potions book that Harry conveniently gets by pure chance, and also is Snape's personal nickname, obviously Snape has a big role in new bk, and whole series. ly Hallows, from wikipedia meaning, it could be the shrine of a saint of saint like object. As others have sugested it probably has more than 1 meaning, though surely must tie in with Sirius.

Posted by Morgan McLeod from Sth Australia on January 9, 2007 03:25 AM

"shrine of a saint"? Dumbledore's tomb?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 9, 2007 09:32 AM

oh wow.. now im REALLY excited about this book! And yet and i don't want to read it knowing that it be the last one..

Posted by Christina from Greece on January 9, 2007 09:43 AM

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