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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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Interesting topic, about the numbers 4 and 7... Maybe Voldemort would know that his horcruxes are being destroyed, if one of the 4 horcruxes is finished?

Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on June 17, 2007 04:53 AM

I think the showdown be on October 31st with Voldemort, as this is Halloween and if I am right, this is the night that Voldemort went round to the Potters in the first book and ed them, so it obviously is an important date. In the philosophers stone, Quirrel and Voldemort try to get the stone on Halloween and in the Chamber of secrets the chamber is opened on Halloween. I'm sure October 31st must be relevant.

Posted by Clair from North West England on June 21, 2007 10:26 AM

I'm not sure if its anything to note, but here goes.

Well Consider the names of the previous HP books. They follow a pattern.
1. Philosopher's Stone ( A THING )
2. Chamber of Secrets ( A PLACE )
3. Prisoner of Azkaban (A PERSON )

4. Goblet of Filer ( A THING )
5. Order of the Phoenix ( A PLACE ), Well they were an organisation but maybe if we consider Sirius' house...
6. Half Blood Prince ( A Person )

7. ly Hallows - Could be a THING rather than a place.
Just my two cents though

Posted by vinay from Bangalore India on June 25, 2007 03:05 AM

Vinay, I think most fans now believe the ly Hallows are Voldemorts horcruxes, this is backed up by the fact that the book titles in other languages are titles like "Harry Potter and the Relics of ".

Voldemort's horcruxes are things, so you would be correct, it fits the pattern.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on June 25, 2007 06:52 AM

Just to add to what I wrote earlier about the significance of Halloween, I think the ly hallows refers to the people Voldemort has ed and maybe they rise up again to help Harry on October 31st, as a relic can be part of the body, from the latin reliquiae meaning remains.

Posted by Clair from North West England on June 26, 2007 02:12 AM

Dave: to add to your last post: the french title indeed be "les reliques de la mort", which means relics of . Hallows = relics.

By the way, july wizard of the month is Gryffindor with his sword. Three founders have been shown, each one with a magical object which became a relic. I'm now pretty sure that Gryffindor's sword is a Horcrux, wherever it is now.

And remember: Nagini could be Gryffindor's sword transfigured. There are many strong clues about that.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on July 3, 2007 2:17 PM

This is a most interesting matter. For one thing, we are sure of the title, but we are guessing, maybe correctly, what it means. I think that the ly Hallows are things and that they affect Harry and Voldemort as well.

In Harry's case, they could be the horcruxes he has to track down and destroy. They are hallowed things for Voldemort because there are parts of his soul in them. But the horcruxes are ly to Harry, couse Voldemort has cursed each of them. (Like the ring)

In Voldemort's side, the title could refer to something about Harry, and I think it's got to do with love and feelings. Something Harry conciders sacred or invaluable, like a special thing, place or even person. But this can be ly to Voldemort if, in case it is a person, they help Harry defeat Voldemort.

Posted by Diane from London on July 3, 2007 5:16 PM

If "ly Hallows" is "Relics of ", then it could refer to items that were in Harry's parents' possession at the time of their . These items would be "hallowed" to Harry. One of them could even be the invisibility cloak in Harry's possession.

Posted by Bhoojie Coojie from Herndon, VA on July 5, 2007 09:08 AM

Could be, Bhoojie. Unfortunately, I think the ly Hallows are probably objects that Voldemort sees as Hallowed, not how the good guys see them...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 5, 2007 09:47 AM

If the 'Hallows' are indeed the horcruxes, I could see them being 'ly.' Look at how badly destroying the horcrux damaged Dumbledore, and the effect the fake horcrux's potion brought the wise and graceful man to his knees. The horcruxes are clearly 'ly,' although I don't know why Rowling used the term 'ly.'

Posted by Josh from CT. on July 5, 2007 3:56 PM

A hallow is not just defined as a sacred place, it can also be an object of magical power. Therefore ly Hallows amost definitely refers to the Horcruxes which Harry must seek out and destroy.

Posted by Connor K from Rigby, ID on July 5, 2007 5:04 PM

I agree with everyone who said that Voldemort's horcruxes are the 'ly hallows', in that they really are relics of the s he used to create them.

Also, another connection: harry's birthday is july 31, Voldemort's is december 31 and the day their connection was forged (halloween) is october 31. I too think that halloween/31st date theme be repeated in the next book, probably when their connection is broken, i.e. their final encounter, when the prophecy is fulfilled. Just a thought.

Posted by olivia on July 7, 2007 05:46 AM

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