Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Summary

Summary (Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Following another deeply troubled year at Hogwarts, described in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, at the end of which Dumbledore is killed by the ever-deceptive Severus Snape, Harry begins the final volume of the series in hiding. When the spell that has kept him safe until his seventeenth birthday expires, he and his helpers are immediately attacked by Voldemort, suffering casualties.

Unable to return to Hogwarts, Harry is forced to go on the run with Ron and Hermione, hunting desperately for the “horcruxes” that contain fragments of Voldemort’s soul and thus maintain his invulnerability. The search for the horcruxes is complicated when Harry learns of the existence of another set of magical objects—the “deathly hallows”—which might also be vital to the settlement of the final battle. Voldemort is unable to give his complete attention to the quest to kill Harry because he is searching for one of the hallows: an undefeatable wand.

Uncertain as to whether to give priority to the remaining horcruxes or the hallows, Harry continues to evade death, albeit narrowly, until he is forced to return to Hogwarts in order to complete his search. The castle housing Hogwarts Academy then becomes the last fortress holding out against Voldemort’s rise to power, subject to intensive siege and violent bombardment.

The remnants of Dumbledore’s Army and the Order of the Phoenix mount a heroic defense of Hogwarts in the attempt to win Harry enough time to finish his quest, suffering heavy casualties in the process. The conflict reaches the limit of desperation when it becomes evident that Harry harbors one of the fragments of Voldemort’s soul in his own flesh. It appears that Harry cannot kill his enemy without sacrificing himself in the process, but that sacrifice might also make Voldemort invincible.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Chapter Summaries

Chapter 1 Summary

The Dark Lord Ascending

Severus Snape and Yaxley, both Death Eaters, meet in an alley. The two men are anxious because they are late to meet the Dark Lord—Lord Voldemort—as well as the other Death Eaters. They enter an eerie manor that belongs to the Malfoy family and almost immediately encounter Voldemort himself, who requests some important information.

Severus Snape offers the information that Lord Voldemort has been waiting for: “The Order of the Phoenix intends to move Harry Potter from his current place of safety on Saturday next, at nightfall.” Some of the other Death Eaters argue with Severus Snape about the validity of this information, but Snape insists that the information is correct. 

Lord Voldemort and his followers are sitting around a large table where a woman is suspended above them. At first, the woman (bound by some kind of dark magic) seems unconscious, but then she awakens and begins bellowing. It is Wormtail, one of the Death Eaters, who silences the woman.

As the woman remains suspended, the group discusses two important plots. First, they discuss how to continually attack the members of the Order of the Phoenix as they move Harry Potter from one protected place to another. Second, they discuss how they can continue to control the Ministry of Magic through the use of an illegal spell: the Imperious Curse.

Voldemort suddenly informs them that he plans to kill Harry Potter himself. To do so, he will need a proper wand. He must borrow one, however, and the Malfoys begrudgingly volunteer.  The Malfoys look less than pleased that Voldemort is their houseguest. Bellatrix Lestrange, however, is thrilled.

Next, Lord Voldemort tells his followers about a wedding that has just taken place in the wizarding world. Professor Remus Lupin (a werewolf) has just married Tonks (the niece of the Malfoy family). Everyone but the Malfoys finds this extremely funny.

After reminding everyone that bad blood still inhabits the wizarding world, Lord Voldemort focuses his followers’ attention on the prisoner suspended above the table. Her name is Charity Burbage, and she used to be professor of “Muggle Studies” at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Charity Burbage begins to beg Severus Snape for mercy, but she is quickly silenced by Lord Voldemort who, with a simple flick of his wand, murders her with the most severe of illegal spells: “Avada Kedavra.” Lord Voldemort then offers the victim as dinner to his snake, Nagini.

Chapter 2 Summary

In Memoriam

Harry, still trapped with the Dursleys at Privet Drive, rushes to the sink to wash some blood off of his finger. He cut it on something while cleaning out his trunk, which contains all his school things for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After washing off his finger, Harry returns to his trunk to do more cleaning. 

Harry rummages through some important things from previous years at Hogwarts School: a sneakscope, a memento from the Triwizard Tournament, and so on. Finally, Harry puts his hands on the thing that cut his finger: a broken piece of mirror given to him by his godfather, Sirius Black. Harry continues setting aside the things he does not need (like his schoolbooks and school supplies) and gathers useful things (like the Marauder’s Map that reveals the locations of all people wandering around Hogwarts and “a gold locket inside which a note signed R.A.B. had been hidden”).

Finally, Harry finishes cleaning out his trunk and begins rifling through an old stack of wizard newspapers. Near the bottom of the pile, he finds the Daily Prophet he has been looking for: the one that has an article by Elphias Doge about Albus Dumbledore. 

Harry reads the article, “Albus Dumbledore Remembered,” yet again. Within it, Elphias Doge talks about his own memories of Dumbledore. Although Dumbledore’s own father was put into wizard prison (in Azkaban) for attacking Muggles, Dumbledore himself became a great defender of non-magic folk. Dumbledore was one of three children. He had a brother named Aberforth and a sister named Ariana who was quite unwell. When Dumbledore’s mother died, he took care of his brother and sister. Ariana died from her ailments soon after. After listing Dumbledore's accomplishments again (such as his famous defeat of an evil wizard named Grindelwald), Doge ends with a tribute about Dumbledore’s kindness.

Reading this article again makes Harry nostalgic for Dumbledore and the special times he shared with his mentor. Harry wishes he had known Dumbledore better before he died. Finally, Harry ends his reverie and picks up the newest edition of the Daily Prophet. Unfortunately, this issue is devoted to a preview of a new book by Rita Skeeter, a sly and dishonest reporter. Skeeter promises to reveal the truth about Dumbledore, hinting that she has many secrets about him not yet revealed. Skeeter’s dishonest reporting makes Harry so angry that he throws away the paper.

Sitting back on the bed in fury, Harry begins absentmindedly turning the shard of mirror over and over in his hand. Suddenly, Harry sees “a flash of brightest blue.” However, as he looks closer, he sees only his reflection. Harry convinces himself that his vision of blue is just his imagination, but he cannot shake the thought that the flash of blue reminds him of the “bright blue eyes of Albus Dumbledore.”

Chapter 3 Summary

The Dursleys Departing

Harry’s reverie with the mirror fragment is disturbed by the Dursleys’ arrival home at Privet Drive. Once in the door, Vernon Dursley (Harry’s uncle) immediately calls Harry downstairs to discuss some important business.

The members of the Order of the Phoenix have explained to the Dursleys that they must leave their own home for their safety. Harry is about to turn seventeen and become an adult in the wizarding world. This means that the charm protecting Privet Drive will be broken at that time. Therefore, no one at Privet Drive will be safe, not even the Dursleys. 

The Dursleys have never taken instruction well, and this time is no exception. Vernon Dursley informs Harry that they are not leaving their own home. Vernon has a far-fetched idea that the Order of the Phoenix simply wants possession of the Dursley home at Privet Drive. Harry, who knows the truth, gets angry at his uncle and tries to convince him otherwise.

Vernon demands that, if this is all true, then the Ministry of Magic should protect Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley. Harry insists that this is a moot point because the Ministry of Magic has been corrupted by followers of Voldemort. Vernon Dursley finally agrees to accept the protection of the Order of the Phoenix but complains that he cannot get Kingsley Shaklebolt to do the protecting. Kingsley Shaklebolt, instead, is protecting the Prime Minister of England as well as some other important Muggles. 

When Vernon Dursley begins complaining about how all of this will affect his work and Dudley’s school, Harry gets angry again and screams, “Do not you understand?...They will torture and kill you like they did my parents!” At this point, it is Dudley who immediately agrees to go with the Order of the Phoenix. That settles things.

Suddenly Hestia Jones and Dedalus Diggle arrive at the door. They are the members of the Order of the Phoenix who are supposed to make sure the Dursleys comply with the move from Privet Drive. Hestia and Dedalus instruct Harry to wait for Mad-Eye Moody, who will arrange for Harry to be moved safely. 

The Dursleys prepare to go, and Hestia and Dedalus are a bit upset that the Dursleys do not seem to care about leaving Harry. Vernon and Petunia Dursley try to usher Dudley into the car as quickly as possible. Dudley does not move. At first, Dudley wonders why Harry is not coming with them. Then, Dudley thanks Harry for saving his life. Harry is shocked when Dudley offers to shake Harry’s hand. Even Petunia looks as if she wants to say something to Harry, but she decides otherwise and walks quickly away.

Chapter 4 Summary

The Seven Potters

Harry Potter prepares to leave the Dursleys’ house for the last time. He thinks back on all of the memories (most of them negative) that he has had in this house for as long as he can remember. Suddenly, a large group from the Order of the Phoenix arrives. Mad-Eye Moody, Tonks, Lupin, Hermione, Hagrid, and lots of members of the Weasley family greet Harry and prepare to protect him.

It is Mad-Eye Moody who tells Harry Potter of the plan. Half of the wizards in attendance will turn themselves into look-alikes of Harry through the use of Polyjuice Potion. Even though Harry vehemently protests (because he does not want anyone, especially not his friends, to sacrifice himself/herself for him), the group plans to carry out the plan anyway.

After Lupin and Tonks casually mention their marriage to Harry and they have a moment of happy celebration together, half of the wizards in attendance (most of them Harry’s friends) sip the Polyjuice Potion. After their faces bubble for a minute or two, all of the wizards look exactly like Harry. Everyone jokes for a moment about the experience of being Harry. For example, Hermione mentions how horrid Harry’s eyesight has become and the twins joke that Harry does not have the tattoo that Ginny insists Harry has.

Soon, the group sets out for Tonks’ parents’ house using different methods of transportation. Some of them are on brooms and some are on thestrals (skeleton-like, winged, dark horses), etc. Hagrid is in charge of the “real” Harry. Hagrid, therefore, rides the flying motorcycle with Harry in its sidecar. They are planning to catch a Portkey to the Burrow (the Weasley home) from there.

Unfortunately, as soon as the group exits Privet Drive, they are immediately attacked by Death Eaters. Sadly, Harry’s pet owl and good friend Hedwig is the first casualty of the fight. Harry notices that Stan Shunpike, the driver of the Knight Bus, is a Death Eater and that Voldemort himself is among the assailants.

Harry keeps using his wand to try to stun his attackers. Unfortunately, Harry’s sidecar is dislodged from Hagrid’s motorcycle. Hagrid rescues Harry just in time for Voldemort to begin the killing curse. Suddenly, with Harry’s scar burning in pain, Harry’s “wand acted of its own accord . . . like some great magnet, . . . a spurt of golden fire” erupts from Harry’s wand and foils Voldemort’s plan. Voldemort vanishes in defeat as Hagrid and Harry crash the motorbike into a pond full of dirty water.

Chapter 5 Summary

Fallen Warrior

Harry Potter is concerned about Hagrid after they crash into a pond. Unfortunately, Harry is badly off himself and fades into unconsciousness. When he comes to, Harry finds out that he is being taken care of by Ted and Dromeda Tonks (Nymphadora Tonks’ dad and mom). Harry is glad that Hagrid is okay but feels a bit upset by the appearance of Mrs. Tonks because she looks so much like her sister, the evil Bellatrix Lestrange. Soon both Hagrid and Harry are off to the Burrow via an important Portkey: a hairbrush.

Mrs. Weasley and her daughter, Ginny, meet Harry and Hagrid at the Burrow. They are both beside themselves with worry because Harry and Hagrid are the only two to have...

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Chapter 6 Summary

The Ghoul in Pajamas

The death of Mad-Eye Moody shocks Harry to the core. Harry feels “that he ought to set out on his mission to find and destroy Horcruxes as soon as possible.” Destroying all of the Horcruxes is the only way to destroy Voldemort. Unfortunately, Harry is unable to leave for a few more days because he is not yet seventeen. The Ministry of Magic tracks every underage wizard until that time. In addition, Harry, Ron, and Hermione feel obligated to stay for the wedding of Bill and Fleur.

Even though Harry was given this mission by Dumbledore, Mrs. Weasley seems to be in denial about the efforts of Harry, Ron, and Hermione to help destroy Voldemort. “You’re barely of age,...

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Chapter 7 Summary

The Will of Albus Dumbledore

Harry is dreaming and talking in his sleep. In his dream, Harry is looking for “the man who held the answer, the answer to his problem . . . Gregorovitch.” Neither Harry nor Ron knows who that is. Harry assumes he is having visions from Voldemort’s own mind.

Today is Harry’s seventeenth birthday. Harry Potter is no longer under age in the wizarding world, which means he can no longer be tracked by his superiors. Harry opens some nice gifts and is the most excited by a kiss from Ginny that sends him into “blissful oblivion.” Unfortunately, Ron gets mad at Harry for this kiss. Ron does not want his sister’s hopes dashed in the end.

Harry...

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Chapter 8 Summary

The Wedding

In the afternoon, Harry and his friends await the arrival of the various wedding guests. For Harry’s own safety, he has been asked to take some Polyjuice Potion to take on the appearance of the Weasley’s “Cousin Barney.”

The wedding guests start arriving, including some beautiful vela (relatives of the bride). Fred and George wander off to flirt with them. Lupin and Tonks appear with apologies for not attending Harry’s birthday party; the Ministry of Magic is not fond of werewolves. Harry notices a look of misery on Lupin’s face.

Harry then meets Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna Lovegood’s father, an astoundingly eccentric wizard. Harry, however, is mostly...

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Chapter 9 Summary

A Place to Hide

The wedding reception erupts into the chaos of fear and panic. Already prepared not to go back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry, Ron, and Hermione apparate far away from the wedding to a random street in London, Tottenham Court Road, to hide in the Muggle world.

Hermione has a huge number of things in her small beaded handbag, on which she has performed an Undetectable Extension Charm. Hermione, therefore, immediately produces extra clothes for Ron and Harry as well as Harry’s Invisibility Cloak. Hermione had them come to this place because she feels that the Muggle world is the safest place for three wizards to hide.

Hermione is wrong,...

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Chapter 10 Summary

Kreacher’s Tale

Harry awakens in a sleeping bag on the floor. He is filled with distressed thoughts about Dumbledore and wonders if the worst rumors the Rita Skeeter revealed in her article are true. Harry “could not stand lying there with nothing but bitter thoughts for company,” so he begins exploring Grimmauld Place.

Harry enters Sirius’ room and sees some sentimental items that belonged to Harry’s godfather before his death. Most importantly, Harry finds a letter from Harry’s mother to Sirius about Harry’s first birthday. Only half of the letter remains, however.  Because Bathilda Bagshot is mentioned in the letter, Harry thinks that the second half of the letter must be...

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Chapter 11 Summary

The Bribe

Kreacher does not return immediately. Harry, Ron, and Hermione get restless at Grimmauld Place, which is being cased by Death Eaters. Adding to their nervousness is the fact that they had not heard anything about what happened to the wedding guests since Mr. Weasley’s Patronus gave its short message.

Luckily, Remus Lupin shows up and, after Harry tests him for being the “real” Remus Lupin, tells the three friends more of the story. Kingsley Shaklebolt helped all of the wedding guests escape after Harry disappeared. The Order of the Phoenix found out that the Death Eaters weren’t sure where Harry went, so they were ordered to case every house the Order had ever used.

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Chapter 12 Summary

Magic Is Might

It is late in the summer now, and the hideout of Grimmauld Place remains a secret. The enemies still prowl outside wondering who is within. Meanwhile, Harry gets a little bit too comfortable in apparating onto the front steps and almost loses his invisibility cloak.

Inside Grimmauld Place, the entire visage is transformed. It seems that it meant a lot to Kreacher to be given the remains of the fake Horcrux locket; therefore, he has spent his summer cleaning the place from top to bottom. For once, both Kreacher and Grimmauld Place look clean and healthy. He even serves delicious soup to the trio (Hermione, Ron, and Harry). They marvel at the fact that Hermione actually was...

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Chapter 13 Summary

The Muggle-Born Registration Commission

Dolores Umbridge is on her way to a hearing of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission and insists that the disguised Hermione come along. Harry (also still disguised) begins chatting with the new Minister of Magic, Pius Thicknesse, who is under Voldemort's control.

Finally, Harry is left alone to search for Dolores Umbridge’s office. After finding it, Harry is repulsed by Mad-Eye Moody’s magical eye staring at Harry from the door. Upon entering, Harry is even further repulsed by the décor of the office, which echoes the décor of her office when she infiltrated Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: it’s full of commemorative plates...

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Chapter 14 Summary

The Thief

Instead of arriving safely at Grimmauld Place, Harry, Ron, and Hermione wind up in a forest. Hermione led them there for their own safety. Ron is gravely injured, having been “Splinched” during the journey. When he apparated, Ron left part of his upper arm behind, leaving a gaping, bleeding hole. Hermione tends to Ron’s injuries as best as she can with the limited supplies that she has brought. Harry helps her retrieve her special “Essence of Dittany” to help cure Ron. Harry watches as the drops magically create new skin to stretch over Ron’s severe wound.

Finally, Ron is healed enough for Hermione to explain what happened in their escape. Because the Ministry now knows...

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Chapter 15 Summary

The Goblin’s Revenge

Harry wakes up early the next morning to give Mad-Eye Moody’s eye a proper burial in private. When Ron and Hermione awaken, the three decide to move on so they can keep their whereabouts a secret.

When they get to their new spot to pitch their tent, the three of them are so starving that Harry ventures into the nearest town to find food. Unfortunately, “he had barely entered the town when an unnatural chill, a descending mist, and a sudden darkening of the skies” told him that dementors were present.

Harry runs back to Ron and Hermione and tells them that his Patronus stag would not appear. This worries Ron and Hermione. Meanwhile, Ron gets more and...

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Chapter 16 Summary

Godric’s Hollow

Both Harry and Hermione are upset by Ron’s decision to leave the group. After recovering a bit from that devastation, they take out the headmaster’s portrait and question Phineas Nigellus one more time. Another thing the former headmaster has learned is that some of their more faithful Hogwarts students (such as Luna, Ginny, and Neville) have tried to continue with the D.A. (Dumbledore’s Army) that was begun a couple of years ago and through which Harry taught the group Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Hermione also notices something curious about the book, Tales of Beedle the Bard, that Dumbledore left her in his will. Even though it seems to be a simple...

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Chapter 17 Summary

Bathilda’s Secret

As Harry and Hermione leave the graveyard, Hermione realizes that they are being watched by someone. They speed up their departure and wander through the village of Godric’s Hollow wondering how they are going to find the ethereal Bathilda Bagshot.

In their wanderings, the two come upon Harry’s old house or, more precisely, its ruins. The entire visage remains as a memorial to the Potter family and what took place here. Harry and Hermione are moved at the encouraging messages left there by many wizarding folk.

Even though Harry and Hermione are hidden under the Invisibility Cloak, Bathilda Bagshot appears and beckons both Harry and Hermione to follow her....

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Chapter 18 Summary

The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore

Feeling sad and full of despair at the loss of his wand (especially because he has now lost the protection of the “twin cores” that his wand shared with Voldemort’s own wand), Harry tenderly saves the broken pieces in his moleskin pouch from Hagrid. His sadness turns to anger against Dumbledore who, Harry thinks, should have told him everything. Harry is also dealing with some hidden anger toward Hermione for accidentally and fatally damaging his most precious possession, even though it was in an attempt to save Harry himself.

Hermione hands Harry a book called The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, which Hermione managed to take from...

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Chapter 19 Summary

The Silver Doe

Harry is bothered by dreams and Hermione feels like she hears intruders near their tent, so the two decide to move to a different hiding location. Hermione suggests they move to the Forest of Dean, where Hermione and her family sometimes vacation. They make the necessary preparations and then move to the Forest.

As Harry takes watch that night, he feels strange and then notices a bright silver light moving toward him. Suddenly, he notices that the light is coming from a silver doe. The ethereal doe regards Harry and seems to want him to come with her. Harry follows her. After she disappears and he is left in darkness once again, Harry notices a frozen pool with the sword of...

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Chapter 20 Summary

Xenophilius Lovegood

Hermione doesn’t give up her grudge against Ron leaving that easily, but Ron is in a good mood when he speaks with Harry: “Someone helped us. Someone sent that doe. Someone’s on our side. One Horcrux down, mate!”

As Harry talks more with Ron, Ron asks him why both he and Hermione have stopped saying Voldemort’s name. Harry admits that there really isn’t a reason why, but as Harry attempts to say Voldemort’s name aloud again, Ron vehemently stops Harry. Ron explains to Harry that the name of Voldemort has been jinxed. That is the way Voldemort is tracking people. In fact, it’s the way Harry, Ron, and Hermione were discovered previously in London.

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Chapter 21 Summary

The Tale of the Three Brothers

Xenophilius Lovegood readily admits that “there is nothing Dark about the Hallows. . . . One simply uses the symbol to reveal oneself to other believers, in the hope that they might help one with the Quest” in finding them.

Most wizards do not believe in the Deathly Hallows, it seems. Still confused, Xenophilius Lovegood tells Harry, Ron, and Hermione “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” which happens to be one of the tales in Hermione’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

Hermione begins to read the story, which tells of three brothers who cheat Death. Death plans to obtain at least one of the brothers when they cross a dangerous, raging...

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Chapter 22 Summary

The Deathly Hallows

While Ron and Harry praise Hermione for getting them out of the situation with Xenophilius, Hermione casts new enchantments to protect the three and hopes that Xenophilius wasn’t killed. Hermione purposefully hid Ron from the Death Eaters because, according to the Weasleys, Ron is supposed to be sick in bed with skattergroit. If the Death Eaters did see Ron, they could take it out on Xenophilius, Luna, or the Weasley family.

Harry and Ron argue with Hermione about the truth behind the Deathly Hallows. Ron and Harry are convinced the Deathly Hallows are real. In fact, the ring that was one of Voldemort’s first Horcruxes was passed down from the Peverell family and has...

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Chapter 23 Summary

Malfoy Manor

Harry, Ron, and Hermione are unable to escape, so Hermione jinxes Harry so he does not look like himself. The three don’t reveal their true names and are thus lumped in with Dean Thomas, Griphook, and some other prisoners. Unfortunately, the Snatchers raid the magical tent and discover incriminating items such as the Sword of Gryffindor and pictures of Hermione. They figure out they have Harry Potter; therefore, they take the prisoners to Malfoy Manor, Voldemort’s main place of operation.

As the group disapparates to Malfoy Manor, Harry’s scar begins hurting and he has a vision of a smiling figure who taunts Voldemort and says that he never had the item. As the vision...

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Chapter 24 Summary

The Wandmaker

Devastated over Dobby’s death, Harry insists on digging the grave himself, without the use of magic. Digging Dobby’s grave gives Harry ample time to think and he goes over all of the events of the past day in detail. Harry also figures out that he is now able to block Voldemort’s mind the way that Dumbledore always wanted him to do.

When Harry is finished, everyone comes out to give Dobby a fitting goodbye and burial. Harry ornaments the grave with a beautiful white stone into which Harry engraves, “Here Lies Dobby, A Free Elf.”

Back at Shell Cottage, Bill reveals that the Weasleys are all targets now because the Death Eaters know Ron is traveling with...

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Chapter 25 Summary

Shell Cottage

At Shell Cottage, Harry worries about his decision not to race Voldemort to the Elder Wand. Full of doubts, he can’t even figure out why he decided not to act. He knows he should take comfort in the fact that Lupin told him over the radio program to trust his instincts. In reality, Harry still wonders whether Dumbledore is actually dead. Harry remembers the blue eye in his shard of mirror, the silver doe Patronus, and the appearance of the Sword of Gryffindor in the pool.

Griphook decides to help Harry in return for payment: the Sword of Godric Gryffindor. When Harry doesn’t agree, Griphook angrily asserts that the Sword of Godric Gryffindor was stolen from a Goblin, Ragnuk...

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Chapter 26 Summary

Gringotts

Harry suffers through a sleepless night before he, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook leave for Gringotts Bank to attempt the break-in. Hermione joins the group as the spitting image of Bellatrix Lestrange after using Polyjuice Potion. Hermione is even armed with Bellatrix’s actual wand, so she looks quite convincing despite her lack of confidence. Harry and Griphook use the Invisibility Cloak while Hermione transforms Ron’s appearance so he can venture with them virtually unnoticed. They disapparate to Diagon Alley.

It takes Hermione a while to imitate the coldness and ruthlessness of Bellatrix Lestrange, but she just begins to master Bellatrix’s manner when they meet another Death...

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Chapter 27 Summary

The Final Hiding Place

The dragon flies farther and farther away from Gringotts without stopping. Harry, Ron, and Hermione hang on for dear life. They are battered by both wind and cold as they fly along.  All three of them wonder how long a dragon could possibly fly. Harry worries about Voldemort finding out about their search for Horcruxes.

After what seems like forever, the dragon begins to lose height. Harry, Ron, and Hermione jump off into the water as the dragon flies low over a small lake. The dragon lands on the opposite bank and doesn’t harm the three friends.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione share a nice bout of laughter, serving as some definite stress release, and joke...

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Chapter 28 Summary

The Missing Mirror

As soon as Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrive at Hogsmeade, they realize that they have set off some kind of Death Eater alarm. A large group of Death Eaters appears out of nowhere. Luckily, they try to summon the Invisibility Cloak, which cannot be summoned by magic. The Death Eaters are convinced they are in the presence of Harry Potter; therefore, they keep looking for him.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione try to disapparate but are unable to and, unfortunately, they feel the arrival of Dementors. Harry shouts “Expecto Patronum” and out flies his large stag Patronus, which both protects him from the Dementors and alerts all of the Death Eaters to Harry’s whereabouts.

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Chapter 29 Summary

The Lost Diadem

As Neville Longbottom appears through Ariana’s portrait, he is obviously bruised and beaten. Before he left, Neville told a few more Hogwarts students that Harry is at the Hog’s Head with Aberforth; more students will be arriving through the portrait. Harry is amazed that this secret passageway into Hogwarts wasn’t recorded in the Marauder’s Map.

Harry is anxious to search Hogwarts for the Horcrux, so he stays only for a moment to thank Aberforth for saving his life. Then he follows Neville into the portrait with Ron and Hermione. Neville informs Harry, Ron, and Hermione about the negative happenings at Hogwarts as they approach. The new Death Eaters who teach at...

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Chapter 30 Summary

The Sacking of Severus Snape

Harry knows that Voldemort is approaching the Ravenclaw Common Room very quickly. Luna uses her wand and stuns the Death Eater who summoned Voldemort. Harry and Luna hide under the Invisibility Cloak to avoid any other Death Eater entanglements.

More Death Eaters are trying to enter the Common Room as Professor McGonagall appears and tries to keep them away. With Harry hidden under the Invisibility Cloak, the Death Eaters worry about Voldemort appearing with no Harry Potter to hand over. They decide to lie to Voldemort, telling him that the Ravenclaw students forced the Death Eater to summon Voldemort and then used a spell.

When Professor McGonagall...

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Chapter 31 Summary

The Battle of Hogwarts

Professor McGonagall prepares the students still attending Hogwarts for the great battle before them. She says that those who are seventeen years old may stay and fight if they wish; the younger students must evacuate.

Suddenly everyone hears Voldemort’s voice demanding Harry in return for not harming anyone at Hogwarts. Even though a few Slytherin students agree to turn Harry over, Professor McGonagall and the rest of Hogwarts refuse.

In Harry’s search for the lost diadem, Nearly Headless Nick reminds Harry about the Grey Lady, the ghost of Ravenclaw. The Grey Lady avoids Harry purposefully until he desperately insists on talking with her. Although...

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Chapter 32 Summary

The Elder Wand

As the Weasley family grieve over Fred, the battle continues. Percy even clings to Fred’s dead body as Harry finally gets the Weasleys to deposit Fred’s body in a safe place during the battle.

Hermione has to remind everyone that Nagini, the last Horcrux, must be killed. Harry uses his own thoughts to find Voldemort, who is talking to Lucius Malfoy in the Shrieking Shack at Hogsmeade. Voldemort reveals that Harry Potter will seek out his nemesis before the battle ends. Voldemort also protects Nagini with a magical enchantment.

The battle is raging. There is an army of spiders that invade and join the fight. Even Hagrid cannot control them. Giants appear as...

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Chapter 33 Summary

The Prince’s Tale

Right after Severus Snape dies, Voldemort’s voice insists that Harry come to him. If Harry does not come or if the others at Hogwarts continue to resist him, everyone will die.

As Harry, Ron, and Hermione reenter the castle, they come upon the Great Hall, which is serving as a sort of hospital. The Weasley family are gathered around Fred’s body. Tonks and Lupin have fallen as well. “Harry reeled backward from the doorway. He could not draw breath. He could not bear to look at any of the other bodies, to see who else had died for him.”

In shock and disbelief, Harry runs to Dumbledore’s old office and pours Snape’s last memory into the Pensieve,...

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Chapter 34 Summary

The Forest Again

Harry knows that the only way to kill Voldemort is for Harry himself to die; he must offer himself willingly to Voldemort. The prospect frightens Harry, and he runs through different ways he could be killed. Harry thinks about how Hedwig was killed in the attack within the Muggle world and about how his parents died, saving their one and only son.

None of these deaths seems similar to his own fate: having to walk to meet Voldemort alone. Further, Harry realizes that Nagini, as another Horcrux, still needs to be killed. With Hermione and Ron in on the plan, they can kill Nagini if Harry is killed first.

Harry hides under the Invisibility Cloak and morosely walks...

(The entire section is 405 words.)

Chapter 35 Summary

King’s Cross

Harry is alone when he awakens in a strange, misty place. Soon it opens up to a “wide-open space, bright and clean, a large hall larger by far than the Great Hall, with that clear, domed glass ceiling.”

Near him, something is making a pitiful, struggling noise: “It had the form of a small, naked child, curled on the ground, its skin raw and rough, flayed-looking, and it lay shuddering under a seat where it had been left, unwanted, stuffed out of sight, struggling for breath.” Harry fears the creature and doesn’t want to go near it.

Dumbledore appears suddenly, looking very much alive, and pays Harry the ultimate compliment: “You wonderful boy. You...

(The entire section is 560 words.)

Chapter 36 Summary

A Flaw in the Plan

Harry finds himself on his stomach, where he landed after Voldemort killed him. He stays very still, listening and learning. Voldemort asks his Death Eaters if Harry is dead. Narcissa responds but shocks Harry by asking him quietly whether Draco is still alive and at Hogwarts. Harry breaths back a barely audible “yes” before Narcissa proclaims that Harry is, indeed, dead.

Voldemort then does the Cruciatus Curse on Harry’s body, but Harry does not feel any pain. Soon, Hagrid is made to pick up Harry’s body and carry him to Hogwarts Castle.

As Voldemort and the Death Eaters, along with Harry and Hagrid, approach the castle, Voldemort lies to everyone by...

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Epilogue Summary

Nineteen Years Later

The fall arrives quickly, and it is time for the students to return to Hogwarts via the Hogwarts Express on the first day of September. Harry comforts his daughter, Lily, who wants to go to Hogwarts now but has to wait another two years before she’s old enough. Harry’s sons, Albus and James, argue about whether Albus will be in Slytherin. Albus is obviously apprehensive about leaving home and asks his mom and dad, Harry and Ginny, to write to him often. James obviously enjoys teasing his younger brother, Albus.

Soon Hermione and Ron, also married, arrive. Ron brags to Harry about parking the car and passing the Muggle driving test. Their son and daughter, Hugo and...

(The entire section is 400 words.)

Ed. Scott Locklear