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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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By the way, both 'ly' and 'hallows' have 7 letters in them, symbolizing the seventh book perhaps?

Posted by Sathish from Chennai, India on December 28, 2006 10:42 PM

Fascinating speculations!

I would like to build on several of the possiblities others have mentioned by incorporating them into one theory/speculation.

Cemeteries are often considered holy or hallowed ground. They are also ly (about ). Tie in the idea of the founders as saints and there is a possiblity that the ly Hallows is the cemetery of the four or even just three founders, the place where their relics (bones) lie. (Perhaps it is the cemetery in Godric's Hollow where James & Lily are buried or it could be a secret site at Hogwarts.) It could also prove a ly place if Harry encounters Voldemort there. And if the founders' relics are there, they could possibly generate power to aid Harry, espcially if they meet at a time when the "veil is thin".

Posted by Beatrice from Abilene, TX on December 28, 2006 10:52 PM

I would like to say that it seems this be another dark book which also increases the possibility of a sad ending and the only books with satifiying endings are the first second and the third. someone has d at the end of every book scince then. I love Harry Potter, I really do, but I can only deal with so much dissapointment. I be increadbly upset if Harry s because then it totally defeats the whole purpose of the story, everything go back to the way it was befor Harry stopped Voldemort. (sorry for me negativity but I REALLY WANT A HAPPY ENDING) the ONLY way I even be close to satisfied with a deth is either Voldemort's deth, or i am also begining to think that Harry might have to or someone else sacrifice themselves to end Voldemort's life.

Posted by Kate from usa on December 29, 2006 10:33 AM

Reading all the comments I just got the thought that maybe the spirits of the people ed by Voldemort would assist Harry in his fight. Otherwise, I can't see how Harry can defeat Voldemort all by himself. The words 'ly hallows' may have something to do with both the horcruxes and this fact simultaneously, just like Mikey suggested the book's title taking on a totally different meaning as the story progresses... I would be quite sad if it turned out that Harry s in the book.

Posted by Sathish from Chennai, India on December 29, 2006 10:47 AM

I may be wrong here (I trust some one tell me if I am), but can't "Hallows" also refer to rites or rituals?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on December 29, 2006 5:59 PM

I've done more research and have to agree with the fan who says it's possibably a hunt for the founders relics, which would make the title "y Hallows" a very apt description. We all know Harry cannot just pick up the items containing horcruxes and destroy them at ...remember Dumbledore's withered hand? He got that by slipping on the ring. I think one of the horcruxes lies in that old locket they found in 12 Grimauld St. It's [seemingly] impossible to open, as it should be. But, if it does contain a piece of Voldemort's soul, I imagine it be "ly" once encountered. Harry have to destroy the remaining relics and then battle Voldemort but I think Wormtail , somehow, help Harry in that final battle. I also think Harry communicate with Sirius, using the mirror, and possibably with Dumbledore and his parents again...but remember what Dumbledore spell can bring back the , so if Harry does contact his parents again it be for the last time...unless he joins them behind the veil. I've often thought perhaps Harry not mind , knowing he can be with his family, whom he's sorely missed all his life. I don't mean he'll commit suicide but I don't think he would find , to rid the world of Voldemort, all that depressing. In the end, it doesn't matter what we think, does it? We're at the mercy of Jo Rowling until the last book hits the shelves. Bless her for the marvelous of the best I've ever had!

Posted by Dee from from NC on December 30, 2006 06:02 AM

Whatever happens, I certainly don't want harry to . And I think there's some connection to Godric's Hollow there.

Posted by spoorthi from bangalore,karnataka on December 30, 2006 06:36 AM

This is one of my more odd ideas: Since the foreign book refers to the ly Saints, maybe it's referring to Neville Longbottom's parents. Perhaps, Neville's mother find a way through the brain damage and play a role in protecting Neville and/or Harry.

When I read Dumbledore's reminder to Voldemort that there were worst things than , I always imagined Voldemort ending up at St. Mungo's as a broken, memory-loss victim (like Lockhart or the Longbottoms). For someone like Voldemort, being a person to be pitied, might be preferable.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on December 30, 2006 12:10 PM

I never imagined that the title of the last book would be 'Harry Potter and the ly Hallows'. I thought that it would be something more... scary, yet exciting. But it still is a great title. I cant wait to read the book!

Posted by Nusrath Khan from England, London on December 30, 2006 2:17 PM

It's definitely where Sirius went. I'd stake Ron's life on it.

Posted by LoganJSmith from Columbia, SC on December 30, 2006 7:56 PM

my guess would be the 'Godric's Hollow', thats what hallows refer to. because that is the only place made holy and sanctified by someone's . it was there that lily d trying to save harry and so as dumbledore said in 'Order of phoenix', invoked that ancient charm. and even at the end of HBP harry talks of returning to the Hollow, saying that since it at all started there so he ought to go back to it to complete the cycle.

Posted by rohit from india on December 30, 2006 10:37 PM

It'll have something to do with the Hall in the department of mysteries, for sure. If it is the place within the execution veil or not, I don't know and I won't be doing any guessing.

I doubt that it even has the slightest to do with Godric's Hollow. Sure, Riddle met his (first) end there and all but.. nah.

Posted by Rane on December 31, 2006 10:30 AM

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