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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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Dee: I think that if the dementor's kiss is used, it has to be very clever surgery, to avoid swallowing Harry's soul as well (just like making brain surgery - it has to be extremely precise). Harry have to be very strong to accept this risk. And then the scar is useful: if the scar was no more visible, how could the dementor know where to kiss?

Posted by herve from strasbourg on February 20, 2007 12:55 AM

Herve, I didn't mean the Dementor would try to suck Harry's scar off his head. I meant, IF the Dementor's "kissed" Voldemort and Harry, both would lose their lives, as well as their souls. I don't think Dementors have precision "kisses". Don't they suck out your soul through you mouth...hence the name "kiss"? Or did I miss something?

Posted by Dee from Somewhere south of NY on February 20, 2007 12:14 PM

okay...i pretty much think that hallow is reffering to the veil through which Sirius fell.
i agree with Janis when she said ''but in choosing ly i belive, she [JK] is describing hallows as being filled with or having appearance of .''
We can say, that this particular object or person that is 'filled with or having apperance of ' is referring to Sirius.
Some more in depth meaning of hallow supports that the title is reffering to Sirius[who we can say is 'ly' after Janis' definition of the word] and the way harry might be able to communicate with him [which ofcourse can be through the two way mirror sirius gave to harry and also JK said it would come in to play in the last book];

from the oxford dictionary i have, hallow has two meanings;
1] hallow= holy person or saint, make holy or honour as holy.[this is the one we are discussing about most of the time... but i think the latter carries more meaning of the title]

2] hallow = halloo [halloo means call inciting dogs to the chase, calling attention or expressing surprise [n] the cry halloo [v] cry halloo [esp to dogs]; urge on dogs etc with shouts; shout to attract attention]

so the title may hold a dual meaning. and this somehow hints that one of it means that harry 'call sirius [an animagus of a dog, aka padfoot]' by the means of the mirror. this also brings the second meaning of 'thinning of the veil between the and the living as in halloween' in to play.

Posted by reader on February 25, 2007 10:00 AM

Something from the first chapter of PS that I think is interesting but may or may not have any relevance: When McGonagall is trying to persuade Dumbledore not to leave Harry with the Dursleys, she says "I wouldn't be surprised if today is known as Harry Potter Day in future." Voldemort went to Godric's Hollow on Halloween, which would make the day she is referring to November 1st - All Saints Day (also known as All Hallows Day) - maybe a reference to Harry's goodness and virtue, and interesting as far as the title of the final book (well at least to my very tired mind!)
I wasn't sure about the title initially; I thought it sounded quite ominous, but I quite like it now. I liked the idea that 3 of the founders may be buried in Hogwarts somewhere. I definitely think there be some big scenes there, but I'm not entirely sure that that's what the title is referring to.

Posted by Helen from Newcastle, UK on February 25, 2007 9:23 PM

Maybe the is Pettigrew's. Because he owes harry a life , maybe he jump in front of harry when voldemort tries to harry and pettergrew be ed instead.

then with that extra second harry can get out a spell he needs to voldemort.

Posted by Megan on February 26, 2007 09:19 AM

Megan: All evidence we have seen so far shows Pettigrew as wimpy, cowardly, and he only does things to benefit himself. He would never sacrifice himself for Harry.

Posted by Lucinda from Alabama on February 26, 2007 1:51 PM

Actually, if Pettigrew thought that Harry were going to defeat Voldemort, then he might actually do something like that. Remember, Pettigrew supports the "biggest bully on the playground" and no one else. So if Harry were winning, he may switch sides.
and Pettigrew is terrified of Voldemort; he regrets returning to him.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on February 26, 2007 6:28 PM

First off, Hallows as I take it means sacred grounds, grounds where people have d. JKR has said that the graveyard at Hogwards be significant hasn't she? And then there are Harry's Parents graves, which are said to be somewhere in Godric's Hollow, the village, right? So I think definately these two places be visited in the final book. And I think probably the Chamber of Secrets as well.

Interesting that Wormtail has come up in this conversation, because I have a theory that Harry not be able to find the site where his parents d unless Wormtail tells him the location, because Wormtail was the secret keeper, only he can tell, no one that he told can tell Harry exactly where the house sat etc, in the Village, and I think the secret still stands, with the Fidelius charm, so that only Wormtail can direct Harry there.

Also, Wormtail owes Harry a life Debt. Of this Dumbledore said that he owes Harry his life now, that the time may come when Harry be very glad that he spared the life of Wormtail. That Harry has sent Voldermort a deputy that is in his , So I think in the event that Harry is fighting Voldermort, and Wormtail is there present, Wormtail has to aleast trying to save Harry.

Posted by karen from texas on February 26, 2007 9:43 PM

Karen: Hagrid picked up baby Harry from the wreckage of Godric's Hollow and delivered him to Dumbledore at the Dursleys. Doesn't Hagrid know where Godric's Hollow is?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on February 27, 2007 06:45 AM

Im sort of thinking along the same lines as Dave. If Hagrid could pick Harry up from the ruins, perhaps the Fidelus Charm is broken. Maybe not. I don't know.. But it seems to me that since Lily and James d maybe someone lifted the charm.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on February 27, 2007 1:50 PM

Dave Haber,

Yes Hagrid knows, the exact location IN Godrics Hollow, the Village, where the house sat and the Potters d, and where I figure they are burried, but I THINK he cannot tell anyone, as he is not the secret keeper. Not even Harry. If James or Lily were alive somehow and came back, they could not tell Harry even, Only Wormtail can tell Harry where the site of the s is, because the location protected by the Fidelius Charm. Unless there is some loophole because Harry is one of the people protected there, and it was spoken in front of him when he was a baby or something, BUT even in that event, he not be able to bring Ron or Hermonie to the site.

I think it is interesting that Dumbledore sent Hagrid there to get Harry, this means that Hagrid had to have been told the location by Wormtail, and Dumbledore had to have known that Hagrid was given the location by Wormtail, otherwise, Hagrid would have never found Harry there. Harry would have been invisible there to anyone who Wormtail had not given the location to personally. Because JKR said that had Wormtail not given the location to Voldermort, Voldermort could have pressed his nose to the sitting room window and never found the Potters.

Posted by karen from Texas on February 27, 2007 1:52 PM

Remember also that before Pettigrew was Secret Keeper Padfoot was. Padfoot is on our side- perhaps Hagrid heard from him when the charm was first placed.
Also, Im still wondering whether the charm would stay in place since the house was destroyed and two of the people being protected were .

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on February 28, 2007 2:46 PM

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