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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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About the title for book seven, ly Hallows, does anyone have any logic? ly means that someone and hallows mean sacred or holy, or honor. This means that harry a worthy and honorable , which would obviously mean defeating vodemort (oh sorry, you know who) but for it to be ly someone , but i think that both , someone finish harry's job for him (personaly i think it be neville or ginny).

Posted by Andrea on April 15, 2007 11:59 AM

i think the title ly hallows, has nothing to with place but with the horcruxes harry has to destroy.
hallows, can mean that it's made holy, sanctified, consecrated, you can use those words to refer to the hocruxes, remember that voldemort wanted important things which he can put pieces of his souls, and ly just means that they are needed to be destroyed.

Posted by lazlo kuik from kootstertille, Holland on April 15, 2007 2:12 PM

Monkeeshrines & Herv�,

As allways, your recollection is extraordinary, I stand corrected on the Gaunt Ring.


Sorry to correct you, DEADLY means that "it can " but DEATHLY means " like" (i.e. "ly quiet"), so the title does NOT necesarily mean that someone is going to , although it is mentioned elsware on this site that two main characters are going to.

As Hallows can refer to either spirits, places or objects, it is imposible at this point to be CERTAIN of the meaning of the title. If you read back in these same comments, you find very interesting theories on the three posibilities I just mentioned, and some more... It realy makes for interesting reading.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 16, 2007 09:31 AM

I personally think that in this book the final conflict be resolved between Harry and Voldemort. I predict that somehow the veil in the chamber of mysteries is somehow involved, and that someone might come back from the . I believe that snape is purely a good character, and in the end i believe he plays a role in voldemorts downfall. Reguarding the horcruxes i believe that Harry is a horcrux. Note the prophesy: "One cannot live while the other survives" Also another prediction of mine is that the character Neville might be the one to end voldemorts life. Although at the beginning Neville was portrayed as a clumsy foolish character, he has been growing increasingly talented and more of a main character.

I believe that Hallows refers to the period of the year when it is said the veil between the living and the becomes thinner. AKA the day of the . I believe it refers the veil in the department of mysteries.

Posted by Adam from Lewistown, Pa on April 16, 2007 5:36 PM

yes, i think harry become most honourable by , but to be positive, maybe he finds honour by pushing voldy into .

Posted by Pooja from Bangalore,India on April 17, 2007 11:01 PM

adam from lewistown

even i think this has got something to do with the secret chamber in department of mysteries..
however JKR herself said that Neville has got nothing to do with the prophesy. he MIGHT have been the chosen one but Voldemort chose Harry...
so its very unlikely that Neville would Voldemort

Posted by deepika from india on April 20, 2007 06:20 AM

deepika from india,

I agree with you, Harry, not Neville, is the chosen one, but I do think that Neville still be important in the story.

We have seen Neville grow both in power and self esteem throughout the books, he is now more focused and has found what he is good for (herbology and DADA) and has proven fearless confronting the eaters.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 23, 2007 10:47 AM

I belive hallows refers to where it all began Godrics Hallow and J K has clearly foreshadowed it in the sixth book there also be a wedding.

Posted by Maggie and Nuevelle from Auburn, Washington on May 1, 2007 8:38 PM

On note to the Gaunt's ring...

Isn't it obvious that it's a Slytherin ring? If it'd been passed down through the Gaunt bloodline, and Voldemort is Slytherin's heir, then the Gaunt's must also be of the the Slytherin bloodline, since Voldemort's father was a muggle..

So unless it was some important ring Slytherin's great-great-grandchild or something collected, isn't it plausible to think that it was indeed Slyterin's?

Posted by Andrea from Syracuse, NY on May 5, 2007 8:05 PM

Andrea - You're right; surely it could be one and the same, but it does not necessarily have to be. Like I said, we don't know when exactly Gaunt and Slytherin became one line. For example, out of 8 great-grandparents, his father's father's father could have been Gaunt (with Perevell peppered in there somewhere), his mother's father's mother could have been Slytherin, and the two might not even have been joined until Marvolo's generation. Or, as you say, it could have been joined long before him.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on May 7, 2007 07:20 AM

i think in this book harry visit the chamber of secrets again in search of a horcrux.

Posted by huzaifah from london on May 7, 2007 07:58 AM

huzaifah from london,

I think Harry visit the Room of Requirement for the Horcrux, not the Chamber of Secrets.

I think that the Horcrux in the Room of Requirement is the Tiara on the wig that is on the bust of the warlock that marks the place where Harry hid his potions book.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 8, 2007 4:00 PM

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