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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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my bet is that it has somethig to do with the veiled altar in OoTP. im writing this when i should be working in school so i dont have any books to quote, which i usually do, but it always struck me as a very sacred place. when i first read that section the worl literally fell away behind me and i didn't hear anything because i just got this vibe frm it like its beautiful and terrible and holy. At this point im just speculating, but maybe the horcruxes be destroyed by throwing them through the one way veil. perhaps this is the very method in which HP come to defeat Voldemort.

Posted by tyler bray from denver, co on January 24, 2007 1:31 PM

Remember Bill and Fleur are getting married. In a Church. Church is a holy place, they are in the OotP... Eaters come and ...Catch my drift?

Posted by Isabel from New York on January 24, 2007 3:56 PM

Tyler Bray,
Just throw the Horcruxes through the Veil. Brilliant! The last time, Harry heard whispers from beyond the veil. How about if Volemort himself gets pushed through the veil. I wonder what would be heard then? The ly hallows.

Posted by Mikey from New Jersey on January 24, 2007 8:18 PM

Wow, first I thought it was Harry Potter and the ly "Hollows", not "Hallows". You all know Godric's Hollow, don't you? I thought it was going to be either Harry's or Voldemort's grave...

Posted by Supritha from Chennai on January 25, 2007 02:23 AM

I assumed that the whispery veil was the equivilant to the Wizengamot court area where the naughty ghosts were dealt with. Moaning Myrtle had to be dealt with in some fashion.

Does anyone else feel that Myrtle is the "long lost" relative that may return in book 7? She and James and Harry are the only three with round glasses in a world where magic may be able to cure missing bones, too large teeth, and maybe even poor vision.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 25, 2007 5:53 PM

I've been wondering about Dumbledore's full name, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. We don't see any other character with a name like this. Surely there must be something here.
Now I found out that "Percival" means "pierce the veil". That raised an eyebrow of mine.
Does Brian have any meaning?
I wonder if anyone has come up with an anagram for his name.
I admit I'm not as clever as most of you and if an anagram is to be found, I would find it within these postings. Thanks for any help.

Posted by mikey from New Jersey on January 27, 2007 7:32 PM

In response to "Mistral from Switzerland" and "Ken from la ca usa". My reference to the ly Hallows has absolutely nothing to do with Inferi. I wasn't suggesting that anyone would be animating the bos of James, Lily, etc. That type of thing is truly evil. I was suggesting that some kind of "spirits" would possibly appear to help Harry and friends.

Posted by cew44 from Pittsburgh, PA on January 28, 2007 05:23 AM

Nice one, Mikey. I'm afraid this may deal a blow to anyone hoping that Dumbledore is still alive! I found a website Here is what it says about the name Brian: "The meaning of this name is not known for certain but it is possibly related to the Old Celtic element bre meaning "hill", or by extension "high, noble". Brian Boru was an Irish king who thwarted Viking attempts to conquer Ireland in the 11th century. He was victorious in the Battle of Clontarf, but he himself was slain."

The name Brian never seemed quite to fit with his other names, it always sounded a little pedestrian, but there you go. The name was begging for attention and the clue was there in front of us all the time. Anagrams... that might take a little longer.
By the way, the same site gives Percival as "pierce the valley" so obviously there is some margin for discussion here. Valley of ?

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on January 28, 2007 05:33 AM

There is also Percy (Percival) working at the Ministry and astranged from his family ~ wonder if he "pierce the veil"

Posted by tracy on January 28, 2007 10:23 AM

Elizabeth and Tracy,
Thanks for your postings. Just for the record, I got meaning of Percival [pierce the veil] from wikipedia.

Posted by Mikey from New Jersey on January 28, 2007 10:52 AM

cew44, I think we are talking at-cross-purposes. As I said before English is not my native language...

I had not understood that you were suggesting "animating bos". I would never support a theory like that (never liked the Frankenstein's movies and if - I felt sorry for the monster)

I think my grown up kids would be shocked if their Mother showed signs of such abnormal and evil thinking!

I was theorizing that if the "ly Hallows" were Ghost's, they would come to Harry's aid in the final battle against Voldemort.

I hope.

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on January 28, 2007 2:26 PM

Mistral from Switzerland....your English is just fine! And I see that we have the same hopes...My grown children think their mother is a little nutty for being so much into Harry Potter. It's a great change from the "real world".

Posted by cew44 from Pittsburgh, Pa on January 28, 2007 3:47 PM

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