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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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i think that the ly hallows could refer to a "hallowed battlefield" as David Haber said. I was thinking that this might be the battleground where the whole story happened, Harry's parents' house. It was a battlefield and it is sort of holy because that is where harry's parents d, Lord Voldemort nearly d, and where harry first got his scar. i don't know if this is a stupid theroy but it seemed to make sense that JKR would bring the entire series right back to where it started.

Posted by Julie from Dayton, OH on March 31, 2007 5:23 PM

Patty from Quincy brings up an interesting point. Could Olivander have sold the wand from his window desplay to Neville just to have it out and about and available during the upcoming tumult?

Emilio from Mexico City: I expect Harry to visit the Dursleys and pack off to Godric's Hollow and find out some important fact and possibly a Horcrux or clue there. He then attend the Delacour-Weasley nuptuals and be approached to return to Hogwarts or it shall be closed. Possibly by Headmistress McGonagall. He return for a year seven at Hogwarts!

Fred from Toronto sparks an interesting thought. It has annoyed me since book 5 that Harry has used one of the Unforgivable Curses on Bellatrix Lestrange at the Minestry of Magic. Unforgivable even if used in self-defense against a Eater who has slain dozens. Perhaps Harry would eventually fall back on casting the Inferius spell on the Hogwarts Graveyard. If he does I hope that it has become a tradition to bury the Headmasters in the ly Hallowed grounds of the Alma Mater they served so well.

One of the problems with a curse being Unforgivable is that a caster no longer has anything to lose.

alina Well, it can be both a Hollow, smallish wooded valley, AND a Hallow, an area consecrated by ceremony or act. The first is geography but the second was definately earned for Godric's Hollow by Lily Evans Potter in her sacrifice to save her son.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on March 31, 2007 8:57 PM

I have heard rumors that this book was going to called Graveyard of Memories so it could be about the hollowed battlefield!

Posted by Hannah Terry from Cedartown,Georgia on April 1, 2007 3:22 PM

I don't think it take place at Hogwarts because it said that Harry was not going to come back next year and that was going to visit the place where his mother and father was buried, and that's why people thought it was going to be called Graveyard of Memories.

Posted by Hannah Terry from Cedartown,Georgia on April 1, 2007 3:28 PM

Emilio: my knowledge about Nuada is very recent and short, and mostly comes from Wikipedia. Nuada was a mythical king (almost a god) in celtic irish tales. He reigned, but had his right hand cut and was forced to resign. Afterwards, he was given a silver hand and could reign again, having recovered his strength. Nuada had a sword, one of the four "Hallows of Ireland", and noone could resist his sword. It was supposed to make wounds that one can't cure.

Nuada was called the silver hand (and sometimes the silver arm) king. Peter Pettigrew's story is so close to Nuada's that I wouldn't believe it's only a coincidence (and Pettigrew means the one who became weak, just like king Nuada). Then Nagini makes wounds that one can't cure (see what happens to Arthur when he gets wounded and tries to use Muggle means). And Nagini also makes wounds that look more like sword wounds than snake wounds.

For those reasons, and a bunch of other reasons, I really believe that Nagini isn't a real snake, and I would bet my two cents that it's Gryffindor's real sword transfigured.

(There is a description of the Sword of Nuada in World Without End, a book written by Caroline Spector and released months before HP/PS-SS, this book is one of the quoted references for a widespread role game, Shadowrun. The Sword of Nuada's description is almost word by word the Gryffindor's sword description in HBP, except that Sword of Nuada is supposed to have rubies and emeralds).

Posted by herve from strasbourg on April 2, 2007 01:36 AM

ken from la ca usa ea(rth),

Yes, Harry has used one of the Unforgivable Curses on Bellatrix Lestrange at the Ministry, but as she said, he needed to truly want to hurt her, to really enjoy the pain it causes, that is why it did not work.

I remember that Dumbledore was going to be the first Headmaster to be buried at Hogwarts and, with the exception of the founders (3?) he was going to be the only one.

The Inferi are like Zombies controlled by the caster of the spell, so they don't think for themselves, they are just reanimated bos, and I believe, incapable to do magic, or even think by themselves. I don't believe Harry would want them on his side, judging by what his first contact with them was.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 2, 2007 10:29 AM

Herv� from Strasbourg, Thanks for summarizing that Nuada bit for me, I am now a little bit less ignorant of this theme because of you. (I'll Try researching a little bit further into it.)

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 2, 2007 11:58 AM

Since Harry seems so much older on one cover, has anyone thought that a time turner has been used to let Harry come back to change something that has occurred? At first, I thought that the older Harry could be James, and they are behind the veil, especially with the brown eyes, but with the scar, how could it be James? Food for more thought?

Posted by Always Thinking from California on April 2, 2007 12:26 PM

I think with the comments here and what I have read and seen in the book covers ly Hallows refer to the objects and places in which Harry have to collect or over come to defeat Voldemort. On the British childrens cover Harry, Herminone, and Ron are surrounded by treasure and objects. Godrics sword, several Goblets, and what I think is Goblin Armour. Goblin Armour has been mentioned more than once throughout the series. On the British adult cover there is a picture of the locket. On the US cover we see a picture of Voldemort and Harry (beyond the veil?) reaching for some thing Harry has a locket around his neck. Re-enforcing the idea that ly Hallow is objects and places of importants in the down fall of Volemort.

Posted by Robin from usa on April 2, 2007 12:41 PM

I think that "Harry Potter and ly Hallow" be the scariest and the most interesting part of all! I can't wait...:)

Posted by Hanna from Gda�sk, Poland on April 3, 2007 08:35 AM

Harry's relationship with his parents has become more interactive as the books progress. In the first book, he merely sees their "reflection" in the Mirror of Erised. In GoF they stand between him and Voldemort during Priori Incantatem. In the last chapter of HBP, Harry lists the people who loved him the most who are now gone, his parents, Sirius, and Dumbledore. JKR has said on different occasions that there was a reason for the s of Sirius and Dumbledore. It could be that the reason is just that the hero has to go on alone, but I think these four characters who had a special bond with Harry return as Hallows to help him in some way. Harry's love for them enable him to use their powers as his own. Voldemort's powers are bracketed by birth and , with no knowledge of powers from beyond . This could be the power the Dark Lord knows not. Harry's bond with the Hallows be feared by Voldemort, who not have a weapon to use against souls whose bos have already d. He has chosen to protect his soul from at all costs. Hallows may be souls who choose (as Lily did) but their connection to a living person allows them further action in the living world.

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on April 4, 2007 07:09 AM

Herve, I read your comment...about Nagini being the "real" Gryffindor sword...didn't Harry use it in Chamber of Secrets? How could a "fake" sword have helped him? Seems to me, if he'd used a fake one, he would have been easily ed by the basilisk, not the other way round. And the last time the Gryffindor sword was mentioned, it was in Dumbledore's office.

Posted by D H from Somewhere south of NY on April 5, 2007 04:43 AM

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