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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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The Room of Requirement is the reason Harry need to return to Hogwarts. When Voldemort was visiting the castle to ask Dumbledore for the DADA position I think he passed by the ROR to place a horcrux there. He would just need to pace back and forth in front of the door thinking "I need a place to hide a horcrux..." I agree the tiara is important here.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico on May 8, 2007 8:51 PM

In Holland, the title of the book is: "Harry Potter en de Fatale Koninkrijken", which can be translated back to English as: "Harry Potter and the Fatal Kingdoms". I don't know if the translators get initial information but I think that they do.

Posted by Freek from Gennep, The Netherlands on May 10, 2007 06:10 AM

The verb hallow means (at least in Greek) purify, make something holy. However it also has another meaning it means embrace. Of course it maybe from another language rather than English and it might have a completely different meaning.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on May 13, 2007 09:16 AM

Actually the Dutch title is:
Harry Potter En Het Fatale Heiligdom, boek 7 (Rowlings Joanne K.) hardcover

which translated into english is: the fatal holy place/ sanctuary (singular)

Posted by Freddie from toronto on May 16, 2007 1:47 PM

Freek from Gennep - Thank you for the translation! It seems to make it evident that "Hallows" would be in reference to a place rather than an object or person.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando Fl on May 16, 2007 5:08 PM

Like everyone else I was determined to figure out what JK meant by "hallows". Just so happens I was doing a bit of research for a story of my own that used "The Fool's Journey" from the Tarot Deck and I learned that the four suits, wands, cups, swords, coins, are called the Four Hallows. Interestingly enough we have a Gryffindor Sword, a Hufflepuff Cup, rumors of a Ravenclaw Wand and might a piece of jewelry like a locket, be considered a coin; something valuable? I believe the hallows of the title are referring to the items of the founders. I dont know that they are all horcruxes in fact we pretty much know the sword isn't a horcrux.

Posted by Bobbye from Seattle, Wa on May 17, 2007 10:19 AM

ly Hallows is complicated enough in English, and has too many possible meanings.

I would not place my faith in the translations (adaptations) of the book titles, as in many cases they do not convey the exact meaning of what the original title was.

HBP was translated in Spanish as "Harry Potter y el Misterio del Pr�ncipe" (Harry Potter and the Mystery of the Prince), while there is the possibility of a much more exact translation of the title.

Have the names of the books in Dutch, German, French, etc. been released by the publishing house? Or are they the translation of a newspaper reporter providing the news?

In Mexico at least, I have not found the "Official" translation, but "Speculation" on the translation of name of the seventh book of the HP Series.

One way to find out the real translation would be to search the web page of the publisher of previous HP Books in the local languages.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 17, 2007 10:38 AM

I think it refers to a graveyard, Like the one Harry's parents are buried in. I think he confront Voldemort there. Graveyards can be ly and holy.

Posted by Justin P from Prattville Alabama on May 20, 2007 8:39 PM

ly hallows..... very strangely for an author (especialy this one), shes never really explained why sirius had d when he fell thru the curtain in the archway. What if THAT is the ly hallows? Even if its not, she still have to explain what it is, i mean you cant major charactrs just for kicks...

Posted by Final blur from Bangalore, karnataka on May 22, 2007 4:27 PM

You're right, JK doesn't explain it in words, but I think, from the context of all the books, we can pretty much know what it is.

Like Narnia, but to a lesser extent, so much of the Harry Potter books is an allegory for Christian beliefs. The epic battle between good and evil. The physical power of Love. The immortal soul, how it's the paramount crime in the Wizarding World to destroy one (by making a horcrux), dementors who suck your immortal soul out, basically leaving you in a living hell. (Ironic that so many Christians want to ban these books, isn't it?)

The curtains in the archway is the veil between this life and the hereafter. Referring to the other world "across the veil" is a common way in religious discussions to refer to the afterlife. JK actually uses the word veil to describe it several times, so there would be no doubt as to her meaning. She also reinforces this by declaring that once you cross over the veil, you cannot come back. As JK has established in other parts of the books, in Harry's world, is , you can't come back.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on May 22, 2007 6:38 PM

Is it possible that Harry has a brother or sister? JK said that Lily's eyes was important in the 7th book. And the first child in the family does usually have their fathers eyes (in this case brown or hazel like James) but Harry doesn't.

Posted by Amanda from Malm�, Sweden on May 25, 2007 09:51 AM

Amanda from Malm�,

Not very likely, unless it was a twin.

For what I have read on this site, Harry's parents had been out of school for about five years when they d, and could not have a kid AFTER Harry was born, because they where .

In case they had had a baby before Harry he would have been four years older, at the most, so would have been in Hogwarts with him, and would have access to the Potter vault in Gringots.

If Harry had a sibling it should have been placed in Petunia�s care, or at least Petunia would have mentioned him/her at some point.

On the other hand, I had never heard of the theory of the firstborn having the fathers eyes, it is certainly not true in my family nor my wife�s.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 25, 2007 12:19 PM

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