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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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Ok well after reading all this I think that it DOES have something to do with Godrics Hollow and that even though Half-Blood Prince wasen't the MAIN thing in the book to me that really doesn't mean that The ly Hollows be the same. I know JKR likes being Mysterious and all but maybe the ly Hollows DO play a BIG part in the Book.

As for Snape I do too have a feeling that hes good after all but then again there is stuff leading up to that hes not. For example Harry has been known the only one to survive the Avada Kedavra curse and Snape used it on Dumbledore. I know that Dumbledore is very powerful and all but I think even HE could not have survived that. And I know that JKR likes to throw curve balls and all, but I mean he got buried and everything so I really don't think he could get out of that.

So maybe he told Snape to him so that Harry could communicate with him in some other way, or help him in some other way than physically standing beside him which might be another reason for the title Hollows...

Anyways Im SOO excited to figure it out and hopefully some of our theories be right!

Posted by Mandy from At my house on January 9, 2007 2:17 PM

I still think the ly hallows refers to a person not a place because of the word hallow meaning saint or holy person. What if the hallow is someone we believe to be hence "ly", what if Sirius came back or perhaps it's Albus Dumbledore although jk rowling said dumbledore is but which one? As I recall there are two Dumbledore's. Anyway that's my theory.

Posted by JUSTIN on January 12, 2007 05:05 AM

ly Hallows, I have to admit my Harry Potter knowledge has come only from the books. I've just arrived into the modern Internet world kicking and screaming, so I have not read interview given by J.K. Rowling's. But, what popped into my mind with the name Hallows, was Hallowed Halls; As used when referring to a place of learning. I do believe that Hogwarts still be the center of focus in the final book. Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort had such an need for this place; his only real home. This mirrors Harry's own experience. Harry found something else in Hogwarts, that Voldemort did not a family. Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, Dumbledore, the wizard and witches in the Order etc, Hogwarts provided all of this for Harry. Where as Voldemort found only power there. But, this is Tom's own doing for we see him in the CoS and HBP, as the evil person he already is; even prior to coming to Hogwarts. There is something inherently evil about Tom Riddle, we see this when Dumbledore meets him. He sees his abilities in a arrogant light and likes already torturing people. Therefore, Hogwarts hallowed halls would not have the same effect as they had on Harry.
We do have a few clues as to The Remaining ly Hallows.
First, Hogwarts has never just been a place, it is used almost as a character in the books. It is relevant to both Harry and Voldemort. They have already had two confrontations there. Second, I surmise that the Founders of Hogwarts, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, and Hufflepuff are buried somewhere below Hogwarts. If there could be a Chamber of Secrets, then there could be plenty of room for crypts. Can't really imagine the Founders in an everyday graveyard. Thirdly, the burial place of Slytherin could be a ly Hallow. Maybe or not be in Hogwarts, because of Slytherins break with the other Founders, we really don't know. This would be a Great place to hide a horcrux and have the final battle. My Fourth idea for a Hallow has already been talked about Godric's Hollow. The graves or James and Lily Potter maybe here. Of coarse the Godric Hollow / Godric Gryffindor is too obvious for the masterful author Rowlings. This could be a red herring to keep us guessing. But, it's so fun to guess and ponder on the wonderful literature she has given us. I love reading all the great ideas about what the ly Hallows could mean. This is a great site.

Posted by Hermione from Hogwarts on January 12, 2007 2:46 PM

I think that whatever we are sure to come true in the book, is not going to happen. Keep in mind that Jo here is full of surprises. I have a feeling that she is going to do the opposite of whatever we are thinking. One thing that I know is that it is going to be a GREAT book.

Posted by Tara from Hogesmade on January 13, 2007 2:02 PM

I like the idea of the final fighting between Harry and Voldemort being in Hogwarts. As we saw in OotP, you cannot defeat Voldemort if you are in a place where he can Apparate: he can get away, and it would be awkward to see him in front of you, and a second later having him in your back.

The advantage of Hogwarts, as Hermione usually says is that you cannot Apparate. And she also asked Harry when he would learn Hogwart's history. There may be interesting things in it in book seven.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on January 15, 2007 08:14 AM

I don't think "Hallows" has anything to do with Voldemort. How can anything evil be hallowed? I believe the ly hallows refers to the "good guys" who have been ed by Voldemort. I don't think Harry, Ron and Hermione can defeat Voldemort by themselves. I think these "ly Hallows" make the difference for the threesome between living and . I'm very anxious to find out what is in the locked room at the Ministry of Magic. And of course, the story behind the "veil". Somehow, I think Lily understood the power in the locked room, and that's how she managed to protect Harry, even after her . Who knows...maybe James, Lily, Sirius and Dumbledore are the ly Hallows?

Posted by cew44 from Pittsburgh, PA on January 15, 2007 3:01 PM

This is a theory I immediately support. If Voldemort's has an army like the INFERI, why shouldn't the "right side" have one too? The "ly Hallows", together with the Hogwarts founders, would fit perfectly into this Scenario.

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on January 15, 2007 4:03 PM

We can't play by thier rules.. What would be great is some spell or ritual that breaks the enchantment the animates the inferi. Let them return to their eternal rest.
Hallows could mean ritual. A ritual that effected inferi could be defined as "ly Hallows"
just a thought

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 16, 2007 07:19 AM

That must be the place where Sirius fell. Too much or too little is made of it for it to remain at that.

Posted by Leo Paris from Herblay, France on January 16, 2007 07:44 AM

Hello! This is my first post. Wow, what a great site!
Two questions/observations:
1)This might have been mentioned before, but Maybe ly Hallows refers to the "place" beyond the Veil in the Ministry of Magic...
2)Has it been explained in the books how Harry can see the Invisibility Cloak? Would he not need to see it in order to pick it up and use it?

Just my $0.02

Posted by Thomas Connell from Jeffersonville, IN, USA on January 19, 2007 08:53 AM

To Thomas
I believe that everyone can see an Invisibility Cloak. Remember when Harry on Christmas Eve opened his present:

Something fluid and silvery-grey went slythering to the floor where it lay in gleaming folds.

Ron saw it too and said to Harry: "If that's what I think it is - they're really rare, and really valuable. Its an Invisibility Cloak".

So you see, only when the owner puts the Cloak on, he gets invisible. Wish I had one at times;-)

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on January 19, 2007 09:42 AM

In answer to cew44's question about an Inferi army for the forces of good and the Order of the Phoenix being possible!

Well, my version of the final battle pits the armies of the eaters against Harry's inner circle. The cast an Inferi spell on the corpse of Aragog buried in Hagrid's Pumpkin Patch and use it as a mount to address the family of Acromantulae living on the Hogwart's grounds. Sadly, only Ron and Harry have ever heard and Harry was busy with Voldemort, Ron had to saddle up and address several thousand giant spiders and tell them of the incoming meals marching onto the forest. Should make for several very nice scenes.

Re-animating a NON-human should NOT be illegal, or would it?

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 20, 2007 12:39 PM

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