Summary (Magill's Survey of World Literature, Revised 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...
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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...
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Chapter 2 Summary
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...
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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...
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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...
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Chapter 5 Summary
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 arrived so far. Almost immediately, another pair arrives: Remus Lupin and George Weasley. George has a severely injured ear. He is tended by his mother while Remus Lupin corners Harry and asks him a very important question: “What creature sat in the corner the first time that Harry Potter visited my office at Hogwarts?” Hearing Harry give the correct answer of “a grindylow,” Lupin relaxes a bit.
After finding out that George will survive (even after Severus Snape cursed off George’s ear), Harry is upset that Voldemort and the other Death Eaters somehow knew that he was being moved tonight. Harry is sure that none of the members of the Order of the Phoenix would betray him like that. Of course, Harry’s father was also sure no one would betray him either, but that was exactly what happened when Peter Pettigrew betrayed James Potter and alerted Voldemort.
Hermione arrives next with Kingsley Shaklebolt. Kinglsey is livid that they have been betrayed. When Kingsley learns that Harry had a run-in with both Voldemort and Stan Shunpike, Kingsley explains that there has been a large prison break at Azkaban. This is the reason why so many Death Eaters are at large.
Soon Tonks and Ron arrive, followed by Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley. With them comes some horrible news: Mad-Eye Moody did not survive the fight. Just as the Order of the Phoenix begins to mourn this loss, Harry is filled again with anger and frustration. He tries to explain the golden sparks emitting from his wand, but no one seems to believe him. Even Arthur Weasley and Hermione try to explain the gold sparks through some other means.
Soon, Harry’s scar hurts him so much that he feels like he needs to...
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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, any of you! It is utter nonsense!” In an effort to prevent them from leaving, Mrs. Weasley gives them interminable chores to prepare for the upcoming wedding.
At one point, Ginny and Harry find themselves alone and Harry admits the plan to Ginny. The two aren’t alone for long, however. The Burrow is the new headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix because Grimmauld Place is no longer safe, and the members of the Order are always milling around. As everyone gathers for dinner, the members of the Order admit how powerful Voldemort has become. Unfortunately, the new Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, is not willing to admit this.
Eventually, Ron and Hermione and Harry steal a moment alone to plan their departure. Harry feels guilty including his two best friends, but they insist: “We’re coming with you. That was decided months ago—years, really.” Hermione does shed some tears, though, with Ron comforting her. Hermione even alters her parents' memories so that they will be safe in their move to Australia. Ron bewitches the ghoul in the attic to look like a sick Ron in case anyone comes looking for him. With Hermione in charge of packing, the three are “ready to leave at a moment’s notice.”
The basic plan is to begin in Godric’s Hollow, where Harry lived until he lost his parents to Voldemort. The three admit they do not have any idea where to find the Horcruxes or how to destroy them, but they have to start somewhere. Through Hermione’s research, she does know that to destroy a Horcrux, “it has to be something so destructive that the Horcrux cannot repair itself,” such as the use of Basilisk fang venom.
Mrs. Weasley interrupts the conversation and...
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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 has a quiet birthday dinner with the Weasleys and a few members of the Order of the Phoenix until the Minister of Magic arrives. It is Arthur Weasley’s patronus (a weasel) that warns the group of Rufus Scrimgeour’s impending arrival. He desires a meeting with Harry, Ron, and Hermione to give them the items bequeathed to them in Albus Dumbledore’s will. Ron receives Dumbledore’s Deluminator (which allows Ron to remove light, only to put it right back again). Hermione receives an old book of wizard stories told to children, The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Harry receives the golden snitch he caught in his very first Quidditch match. All of them, including Scrimgeour, are confused by the gifts.
After Hermione informs them that “snitches have flesh memories” and this one should remember Harry, everyone is expecting something to happen when the snitch is dropped into Harry’s hand. Nothing happens. Scrimgeour then moves on to the last thing passed down to Harry from Dumbledore: the sword of Godric Griffindor. Scrimgeour, however, does not give Harry the sword because he claims that it was not Dumbledore’s sword to give. This angers Harry, and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley have to break up a verbal fight before the Minister of Magic leaves.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione meet in secret to try to figure out the meaning behind the gifts. They are still confused by them, but they do figure out that Harry caught the snitch in his mouth (instead of his hand), so Harry tries touching the snitch to his lips. Writing appears: “I open at the close.” Then, thinking of the sword of Griffindor, Harry wonders why Dumbledore did not just give Harry the sword, which was always right in Dumbledore’s...
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Chapter 8 Summary
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 shocked that Luna Lovegood can see through Harry’s “Cousin Barney” disguise.
Hermione comes in, looking beautiful. She is followed by the famous Quidditch player Viktor Krum, Ron’s rival both at Quidditch and with Hermione. Still, there is not much time for pleasantries because the wedding ceremony begins. After Fleur Delacour stuns everyone with her beauty and her love for Bill Weasley, the reception begins.
Ron asks Hermione to dance to show Viktor Krum that the two are a couple. Viktor, however, is much more concerned with what Xenophilius Lovegood has around his neck: a charm of a “strange triangular eye” that is the symbol of the evil wizard Grindlewald (the very one that Dumbledore defeated so long ago). Harry is confused because he knows the Lovegoods would have nothing to do with dark wizards. While talking with Krum, Harry realizes that the “Gregorovitch” from his dream is actually a wand maker and that this proves that Voldemort is truly trying to figure out where those gold sparks came from.
Harry begins to enjoy comparing wizard wedding traditions with Muggle wedding traditions, but then he meets the wizard, Elphias Doge, who wrote the complimentary article about Albus Dumbledore. Harry begins talking to Doge about Dumbledore. Elphias Doge completely refutes everything Rita Skeeter wrote in the most recent, scandalous article. Even though a small argument ensues between Doge and Ron’s “Auntie Muriel” (who is a Skeeter fan) in reference to Dumbledore’s sister being a Squib, nothing shakes Harry’s Admiration for his mentor. However, Harry does learn that Rita Skeeter’s main source of information does live in Godric’s Hollow: Bathilda Bagshot....
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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, however; as soon as they duck into a coffee shop to plan their next move, a pair of Death Eaters appears. Right in the middle of the Muggle world, the Death Eaters exchange dangerous spells with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The fight does not last long when Harry, wearing his cloak that turns him invisible, stuns one Death Eater while Hermione petrifies the other one. Seeing the chaos this brawl has inspired, Harry, Ron, and Hermione have to wipe the memories of everyone in the café to escape.
As Hermione panics about how the Death Eaters possibly could have followed them to that random café, Harry and Ron decide that they should hide at Grimmauld Place. Even though it is dangerous, the other members of the Order of the Phoenix have supposedly put jinxes on the house to keep Severus Snape and the other Death Eaters out.
When they arrive at Grimmauld Place, the three encounter a Tongue Tying Curse as well as a horrible, gray, female ghost that rises out of the carpet to attack them. These are all jinxes to help repel Severus Snape. Finally, Hermione casts a spell to tell them if any other humans are in the house. Just when they find out that they are alone, Harry’s scar burns in pain. Voldemort is angry again, but Harry does not know why.
Hermione becomes angry at Harry for being unable to close his mind to Voldemort’s thoughts, but she is soon interrupted by the arrival of Arthur Weasley’s weasel Patronus, which declares the safety of the Weasley family even though the Death Eaters ruined the end of the wedding. Mr. Weasley’s Patronus also instructs Harry, Ron and Hermione not to reply because the Weasley family is being watched closely.
As the pain in Harry’s scar...
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Chapter 10 Summary
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 very important and wants to go to Godric’s Hollow to find out as soon as possible.
On the way back downstairs, Harry notices the room of "Regulus Arcturus Black." Harry, Ron, and Hermione wonder if this is the R.A.B. who wrote the note inside the fake Horcrux locket. Sirius had a Death Eater brother named Regulus; however, something must have happened to turn Regulus against Voldemort. Trying to find the real Horcrux locket that R.A.B took, Hermione remembers seeing one when they were cleaning out Grimmauld Place long ago. Even though she remembers throwing it away, Hermione also knows that Kreacher, the house elf, often took many things out of the trash. The three look through Kreacher’s things but cannot find the locket.
Harry finally calls Kreacher. Kreacher has to appear because Sirius left Harry Grimmauld Place, including the house elf that goes with the home, in his will. Harry demands that Kreacher tell them all about the locket. It turns out that Kreacher does have the locket, but it was stolen by Mundungus Fletcher.
Kreacher then tells the three of them the entire story. Regulus, while he was still a Death Eater, ordered Kreacher to do everything Voldemort said to do and then go home to the House of Black. Voldemort took Kreacher to an island and made him drink poison from a basin so that Voldemort could drop his Horcrux inside the basin and then refill it with poison. Kreacher was left on the island to die, but because he is a house elf and was ordered to go home after helping Voldemort, Kreacher is able to apparate home. After Regulus becomes disenchanted with Voldemort, he has Kreacher return them both to the island. Regulus drinks the poison this time so that Kreacher...
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Chapter 11 Summary
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.
Lupin is convinced that the two Death Eaters outside have no idea Harry is in there; however, Lupin is also shocked that Harry, Ron, and Hermione were attacked in a Muggle café. Lupin brings worse news as well: the Daily Prophet newspaper has been infiltrated. The newest paper reveals Harry as a suspect in Dumbledore’s death. Further, the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are now totally against anyone but pure-blooded wizards. “Attendance is now compulsory” for every witch and wizard at Hogwarts. In other words, Muggle-born wizards are no longer allowed in either institution.
Remus Lupin then offers to help the three friends on the mission given to them by Dumbledore, even though he does not really know what the mission is. Lupin almost pleads for the three friends to accept his offer. He confides that Tonks is pregnant, but Lupin is afraid that the child might be a werewolf or be ashamed that his father is a werewolf; therefore, Lupin would rather risk his life helping Harry. Harry is disgusted by Lupin’s disregard of obligation, especially in light of the fact that Harry’s own parents died to save Harry. After a big argument where Harry becomes angry enough to call Lupin a coward, Lupin casts a spell that throws Harry against the wall and then storms out of Grimmauld Place in anger.
After reading another Daily Prophet article that cites Bathilda Bagshot, Harry renews his desire to go immediately to Godric’s Hollow. However, it is at this moment that Kreacher arrives with Mundungus Fletcher, who finally tells Harry that the real Horcrux locket was taken from him while he was trying to sell it. The person who stole the locket was none...
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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 right about her “Elfish Welfare” idea. All Kreacher needed was a little bit of kindness.
Unfortunately, the news from the outside world isn’t as sunny. The Daily Prophet reports that none other than Severus Snape is now headmaster of Hogwarts. There is further depressing news as well: Snape has hired two Death Eaters to teach two very important classes to Hogwarts students (Defense Against the Dark Arts and Muggle Studies).
It isn’t long before Harry reports his observations from the Ministry of Magic. The three have been trying to figure out how to infiltrate the Ministry to steal the real Horcrux back from Dolores Umbridge. They decide that the next day is the best option to break into the Ministry of Magic at last.
Their discussion is cut short by a sharp burn in Harry’s scar on his forehead. Harry runs to the bathroom to escape the glares of his two friends. In the bathroom, Harry has another vision of Voldemort. In the vision, Voldemort is looking for yet another wandmaker and killing any innocents in the way.
When Ron and Hermione finally find Harry and question him, Hermione lectures Harry yet again about using his skill of Occlumency: it is the only way to close his mind to Voldemort’s evil. Harry rebukes Hermione, telling her that he intends to use these visions to figure out exactly what Voldemort’s plans are. With their discussion at an end, the three begin planning their entrance into the Ministry of Magic.
The next morning holds an interesting display of the friends choosing and then “becoming” three different Ministry of Magic witches and wizards by using Polyjuice Potion. As the three enter the Ministry, they...
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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 decorated with meowing cats.
Regaining his composure, Harry notes that Dolores Umbridge’s office contents reveal how far she has moved up within the Ministry of Magic. Umbridge is now the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister and head of the aforementioned Muggle-Born Registration Commission. Harry can not find the Horcrux locket, but he does find Arthur Weasley’s private file. The file reveals that the ministry is following Arthur Weasley and considers him suspect in consorting with Harry. After almost being caught inside Umbridge’s office by the Minister of Magic himself, Harry escapes.
Harry and Ron (both still disguised) run into each other as well as some other interesting members of the Ministry in the elevator: Arthur Weasley and Percy Weasley. When Ron exits the elevator, Arthur Weasley turns on Harry (thinking that he is Runcorn) and accuses him of betrayal. Harry, knowing that Arthur Weasley is being closely monitored by the Ministry, tries to warn his best friend’s dad.
Harry finally makes it down to the the Muggle-Born Registration Commission hearing. Wearing his Invisibility Cloak again and surrounded by dementors, Harry watches as the Registration Commission sentences many to imprisonment. Hermione, who is also there disguised at the record keeper, realizes that Dolores Umbridge actually is wearing the Horcrux locket around her neck (she claims that it is something handed down by her family).
Suddenly, Harry leaps into action and puts his own life at risk. After casting off his Invisibility Cloak, Harry stuns Dolores Umbridge, has Hermione grab the Horcrux locket, duplicates it so that Umbridge won’t notice, uses his Patronus to deflect the dementors,...
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Chapter 14 Summary
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 that the three were headed for Grimmauld Place, they can’t go back there. She directed the trio to the forest near the Quidditch World Cup grounds.
Harry reveals that he stole Mad-Eye Moody’s magical eye from Umbridge’s office. After tending to Ron for a bit, Hermione pitches a magical tent (big enough to hold all of them comfortably) and performs some spells and enchantments to protect them as they decide what to do.
As they discuss the outcome of their infiltration of the Ministry of Magic, Harry reminds them of the Horcrux they stole. Hermione removes the Horcrux from beneath her robes and the three of them gape at it.
All three of them ponder how to destroy it. They decide that they must figure out a way to open it first. This new locket is most definitely the actual Horcrux, for they can feel part of the soul of Voldemort moving eerily inside of it. Because they can’t figure out how to destroy it right away, Harry hangs the Horcrux locket around his own neck to keep it safe until they do figure out how.
As the three of them try to get used to their new hiding place inside the magical tent, Harry has another vision of his dire enemy. Voldemort has finally succeeded in finding the wand-maker named Gregorovitch. Gregorovitch doesn’t seem to have the item that Voldemort wants, claiming that it was stolen a long time ago, and so Voldemort simply kills Gregorovitch. Harry also sees something from Gregorovitch’s own past: a blond man stunning Gregorovitch and leaping out the window.
Harry knows that, with the wand-maker Gregorovitch killed, Voldemort will be searching for this mysterious blond thief.
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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 more grumpy for lack of food.
Harry finally realizes why he couldn’t produce his Patronus: he is still wearing Voldemort’s Horcrux. It must be having a very negative effect on him. Harry, Ron, and Hermione agree to take turns wearing the locket to protect the trio from any bad psychological effects the Horcrux might have.
After finding a neighboring farm and procuring some eggs and some bread, the three begin to discuss where and how they will find the items containing parts of Voldemort’s soul. “Dumbledore had told Harry that he believed Voldemort had hidden the Horcruxes in places important to him.” Listing the places Voldemort considered dear causes Harry, Ron and Hermione to get into another fight. Exasperated, the three decide to start in London at the orphanage where Voldemort grew up.
Under the invisibility cloak, the three search for Voldemort’s orphanage, but they find that it has been destroyed and replaced with a set of office buildings. Meanwhile, Harry’s scar keeps prickling on his forehead and he keeps seeing the face of the blond man escaping with the object Voldemort wants.
As summer seeps into fall, the relationship between Harry, Ron and Hermione becomes more tense, with Harry worrying about the other two doubting his leadership. Soon, the three hear some noise outside their tent and discover a group of wizards and Goblins who are escaping the Ministry of Magic’s new crackdown on magic fold who aren’t pureblooded.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione listen in on the conversation undetected. They find out that some Hogwarts students (Ginny included) attempted to steal the sword of Godric Gryffindor, one of the things they know will destroy...
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Chapter 16 Summary
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 children’s book full of magical tales, Hermione notices an interesting symbol sketched in one of the margins: a triangular symbol that looks a bit like an eye. This is the same symbol they saw Luna’s father wearing at the Weasley wedding. Hermione is amazed that Scrimgeour (who checked the book thoroughly for dark magic) would have missed this symbol and is confused about what it could mean.
Harry finally tells Hermione that the next place they should look for Horcruxes and for the Sword of Gryffindor is Godric’s Hollow. It is the place where Godric Gryffindor was born, where Harry lived, where Voldemort killed Harry’s parents, and where Bathilda Bagshot, the person who wrote A History of Magic and knows more about Gryffindor than anyone else, lives.
Even though Harry can’t wait to visit his old home, Hermione takes every possible precaution with regard to disguise and makes preparations for a full week. Turned into Muggles via the use of Polyjuice Potion and with the Invisibility Cloak in tow, the two set off.
They arrive on Christmas Eve (a little bit sad for both of them because they’ve lost track of time) and Hermione immediately begins erasing their tracks in the snow. Harry is amazed at how much he remembers about this place, even though he couldn’t have been more than a year old when he left here.
They visit the graveyard in Godric’s Hollow first. They find the graves of Dumbledore’s mother and sister. Harry feels a deep connection to Dumbledore at this realization. Hermione finds a gravestone for an “Ignotus” that has the same triangular symbol, while Harry desperately searches for his parents’ graves. Finally, they find the graves of...
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Chapter 17 Summary
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. Old, haggard, and decrepit, Bathilda leads them to her abode, which is thick with filth and stinks horribly of rotting flesh. When Harry sees a photo of the mysterious blond wizard who stole what Voldemort most desperately wants, Harry asks Bathilda who it is, but Bathilda doesn’t answer.
Bathilda Bagshot keeps beckoning Harry upstairs and Harry, wanting the sword of Godric Gryffindor, keeps following her. Harry feels the Horcrux around his neck acting strangely, but he mistakenly interprets the feeling as fear that it is going to be destroyed.
When Harry is finally alone with Bathilda upstairs, he suddenly feels a strange upsurge of joy while his scar prickles. In panic and horror, Harry sees “the old body collapsing and the great snake pouring from the place where [Bathilda’s] neck had been.” The snake strikes Harry on the forearm and then knocks Harry down.
The Horcrux goes crazy, almost leaping off of Harry’s chest, as Harry hears the snake’s instructions to “hold him.” The snake is Voldemort’s own servant, Nagini. As Voldemort himself approaches quickly so that he can claim his victim, Harry has a very detailed vision of his parents’ deaths. Harry and Hermione get away just in time, but Harry is in a strange semi-conscious state and struck with fits of moaning.
Hermione keeps busy in helping Harry while he is so ill. She cleans the snake bite and cures it as best as she is able to with her Essence of Dittany. She is unable to remove the Horcrux locket from around Harry’s neck manually, so she magically forces it off; this leaves an eerie indentation near Harry’s own heart. Unfortunately, Hermione reveals that it was her own magic that most...
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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 Bathilda Bagshot’s house before the chaos erupted. The book, written by the infamous Rita Skeeter, contains some interesting information: the identity of the thief. The person who stole the item that Voldemort wants is Gellert Grindlewald himself, the very dark wizard that Dumbledore himself would become famous for killing. Further, Gellert Grindlewald wasn’t always a dark wizard. In his earlier years, he was simply the nephew of Bathilda Bagshot and was expelled for exploits at Durmstrang, after which he became fast friends with Albus Dumbledore.
Confusing Harry and Hermione more is Skeeter’s report of a fight at Ariana’s funeral where, Skeeter asserts, Ariana may have been a victim of Dumbledore and Grindlewald fighting about Muggle inferiority. In fact, Dumbledore’s brother, Aberforth, breaks Dumbledore’s nose at Ariana’s funeral. Aberforth was convinced that Albus Dumbledore was ultimately responsible for Ariana’s death.
Another interesting fact is that this particular chapter of Rita Skeeter’s book is called “For the Greater Good,” which is precisely the phrase that became Gellert Grindlewald’s motto as he seeped further and futher into hatred for Muggle-kind. Neither Grindlewald nor Dumbledore admit to this brief friendship with each other as they grow to become sworn enemies (ending in Dumbledore taking Grindlewald’s life).
Harry and Hermione are taken aback by all of this information and wonder if they should continue to trust everything that Dumbledore taught them. Hermione tries to convince Harry that Dumbledore really loved Harry. Harry says, "I don’t know who he loved, but it was never me. This isn’t love, the mess he’s left me in.”...
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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 Godric Gryffindor at the bottom.
Harry tries to use a Summoning Charm to get the sword to come to him, to no avail. He finally realizes that he must be brave enough to break the ice, dive into the pond, and retrieve the sword himself. Harry does so, but he is eventually impeded by the Horcrux around his neck. The Horcrux, fighting for its very life, tries to drown Harry in an attempt to keep him from the sword. Suddenly, Harry is pulled from the water and the Horcrux is removed from his neck. It takes a while for Harry to realize who the savior is, but it is Ron, who has returned.
Harry and Ron try to figure out who may have cast the doe Patronus and/or who put the sword of Godric Gryffindor in the pond, but neither of them can determine who it might have been. Since Ron is the one who saved Harry and the sword, Harry feels that Ron should be the one to destroy the Horcrux.
Harry opens the locket with Parseltongue and Ron prepares to strike at the two eyes of Tom Riddle that appear. However, Voldemort knows all of Ron’s doubts and fears and uses them to get to Ron. Voldemort does his best to discourage Ron by showing him a fake reality of Harry and Hermione in love. Voldemort’s trick doesn’t work, however, and Ron finally destroys the locket.
Hermione is both overjoyed and furious at Ron’s return. The feelings between the two are apparent. Ron talks about his experiences apart from the group. He was detained by a group of “Snatchers,” who make it their job to round up wizards of Muggle descent and turn them in to the Ministry of Magic for money. After escaping from the Snatchers and stealing one of their wands, Ron tried to return to their last campsite, but Harry...
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Chapter 20 Summary
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.
Harry brings up the subject of Dumbledore with Ron. Ron admits that the facts in Rita Skeeter’s book are interesting but that Dumbledore was really young when the friendship with Grindlewald began. Ron even presents the idea that it may have been Dumbledore who sent the doe in an attempt to watch over Harry. Harry dismisses this idea quickly and reminds Ron that Dumbledore is most definitely dead.
Harry takes out the Snatcher’s wand and tries it out. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work well for him. Hermione thinks that Harry just needs to practice a bit to gain more confidence, but Harry isn’t so sure.
Hermione shocks both of them with a request to find Xenophilius Lovegood. Because Xenophilius was wearing the mysterious symbol sketched in three places (the side of Hermione’s copy of Tales of Beedle the Bard, the headstone in Godric’s Hollow, and the letter to Grindlewald that Skeeter put in her book), she now thinks it’s imperative to find Xenophilius and find out what it means. They decide to find Luna’s wacky father.
Luckily the Lovegoods live near the Weasleys, so the three friends apparate close to the Weasley “Burrow.” Ron is a bit upset at not being able to visit his home, but he is mortified that he stormed out on his two friends previously and doesn’t want to face the family. In fact, Ron ended up spending Christmas with Bill and Fleur as a result.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione spot the Lovegoods' home, a strange-looking tower. After knocking on the door, they are unnerved to find that Xenophilius Lovegood looks quite deranged. In an attempt to find out why, Harry, Ron, and Hermione begin interrogating Luna’s dad. Xenophilius...
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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 river. Because the three men are wizards, they simply cross by magic.
Death feigns excitement that the brothers are able to remain alive; therefore, Death offers each brother a special gift. One brother asks for the most powerful wand, one that could never lose any duel. Death makes the wand himself from an elder tree and gives it to the first brother: the Elder Wand. The second brother asks for the power to bring other people back from the dead, thereby cheating Death out of other souls. Death hands the second brother a stone that has that power: the Resurrection Stone. The last brother does not trust Death and, therefore, asks for something to hide him from Death as long as he wishes. Death gives the third brother his own Invisibility Cloak.
Death allows the three brothers to go on their way. After winning his first duel with the Elder Wand, the first brother boasts about it; another wizard who wants the wand slits his throat. The second brother calls his deceased love back from the dead with his Resurrection Stone, but she is magically separated from him and remains cold and sad. The second brother kills himself so that he can be with her.
The third and wisest brother evades Death for his entire life until he gives the Invisibility Cloak to his own son. When the third brother dies, he is considered Death’s equal and goes with Death like an old friend. Xenophilius Lovegood admits that the three items in the story are the Deathly Hallows: the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Invisibility Cloak. Any believer in the Deathly Hallows tries to seek all three to cheat Death.
The symbol that Harry, Ron, and Hermione have been wondering about is simply a...
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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 the Resurrection Stone in it. Harry now believes that his Invisibility Cloak is the real one. Suddenly Harry “saw himself, possessor of the Hallows, facing Voldemort, whose Horcruxes were no match . . . Neither can live while the other survives. . . . Was this the answer? Hallows versus Horcruxes?”
Harry feels confident that he is descended from the third brother, that James Potter was in possession of the cloak before Harry, and that Dumbledore borrowed the cloak the night James died to check its authenticity before giving it to Harry. In fact, Harry thinks the snitch left to Harry in Dumbledore’s will contains the Resurrection Stone.
However, at this bit of knowledge Harry has an even worse revelation: the Deathly Hallows are what Voldemort wants, especially the Elder Wand. Even though Harry is in the midst of searching for Horcruxes, he knows that he must find the Elder Wand before Voldemort does, but he has no idea where the Elder Wand is.
As Harry gets further lost in his reverie, Ron figures out the password (“Albus”) and is able to tune in to the only radio show telling the truth about what the Order of the Phoenix is doing: Potterwatch. Among other things, the three learn that a few members of the Order have been killed by Death Eaters, that a few friends from Hogwarts are on the run, and that Lupin wants Harry to “follow his instincts, which are good and nearly always right.”
The three friends get completely absorbed in listening to Potterwatch. They learn that Hagrid got in trouble for hosting a “Support Harry Potter” party at Hogwarts; that Fred, Lee, and George are usual guests on the show; and that Xenophilius has been...
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Chapter 23 Summary
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 concludes, the Malfoys are all trying to figure out if Harry (under Hermione’s jinx) is actually Harry Potter at all. Draco’s parents are beside themselves for Draco to figure out the truth.
Bellatrix Lestrange appears. She and Lucius Malfoy fight about if and when they should touch the dark mark on their Death Eater forearms to summon Voldemort. Bellatrix realizes that Harry should not be harmed because Voldemort wants to kill Harry himself. She orders Harry and Ron down to the cellar, where they meet Luna Lovegood, Ollivander, and Dean Seamus. Above, they can hear Hermione being tortured about where they procured the Sword of Gryffindor.
In the cellar, Ron and Harry are desperate. Harry takes out his magical shard of mirror, sees a blue eye, and screams for help. Suddenly, Dobby appears and offers to rescue Harry Potter. Harry requests that Dobby first take Luna Lovegood, Ollivander, and Dean Seamus to Bill and Fleur’s house, where they will be safe. Dobby agrees, and they disapparate.
The crack from Dobby’s exit alerts the Death Eaters upstairs, and they send Wormtail down to investigate. Ron and Harry ambush Wormtail, who hesitates in killing Harry because he “owes” Harry his life. Wormtail’s hesitation activates something in his metal hand, given to him by Voldemort, and as a result his own hand strangles him to death.
Ron and Harry run upstairs to find Hermione semi-conscious from her torture. Bellatrix also asks Griphook if the Sword of Gryffindor is real. Having been told by Harry to lie, Griphook tells her that the sword is a fake. Bellatrix immediately touches her dark mark to summon Voldemort and Harry’s scar burns horribly.
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Chapter 24 Summary
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 them (and is not suffering from spattergroit). Harry wonders whose eye was staring at him through his shard of mirror. He also wonders how he will get Griphook to help him. As a Goblin, Griphook is subject to the usual prejudice of wizards versus magical folk who do not carry wands. Goblins, therefore, are always suspicious of humans.
Even though it is against the “Goblin’s code” to allow illegal access to Gringott's, Griphook is impressed that Harry and Dobby had such a strong bond. Harry has to break into Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault at Gringott’s Bank because he is convinced that there is a Horcrux inside. Griphook agrees to at least consider the request because of what he considers to be Harry’s proof of allegiance but does not agree completely at this time.
Next, Harry questions Ollivander about his broken wand. It turns out that it cannot be repaired; however, Ollivander also points out that Draco’s wand and Wormtail’s wand have changed “allegiance” because they were taken from their owners. With Ollivander’s help, Harry figures out that the Elder Wand is real, was stolen by Grindlewald, and finally became Dumbledore’s at Grindlewald’s defeat. The Elder Wand is at Hogwarts, buried with Dumbledore.
Unfortunately, Harry has a vision that Voldemort has beat Harry to Hogwarts. With the knowledge that Dumbledore didn’t want Harry to have the Elder Wand but instead wanted Harry to find the Horcruxes, Harry finally gives in to Voldemort’s thoughts and has another vision.
Voldemort is walking through Hogwarts with Snape, and then Voldemort departs to do something on his own. Voldemort approaches Dumbledore’s grave, opens it, and steals the Elder...
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Chapter 25 Summary
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 the First. Griphook says: "It is a lost treasure, a masterpiece of Goblinwork! It belongs with the Goblins! The sword is the price of my hire, take it or leave it!”
Harry, Ron, and Hermione talk the whole thing over apart from Griphook and decide to accept Griphook’s request with the condition that Griphook can’t have the sword until all of the Horcruxes are destroyed. Griphook agrees (even though he isn’t really told precisely when he is allowed to have the sword), and they all begin planning their break-in of Gringotts.
The planning takes several weeks, with the four of them locked inside a small room at Shell Cottage for hours at a time. None of the other guests at Shell Cottage asks why Harry, Ron, and Hermione are consorting with Griphook, but they look at the four of them with apprehension and worry. Over time, the health of the guests at Shell Cottage begins to improve and they begin taking their leave.
Suddenly, a very ill Remus Lupin appears and declares that his wife, Nymphadora Tonks, has had a baby boy that they have named Ted (after Nymphadora’s father, who gave his life for the Order of the Phoenix). Lupin asks Harry to be the godfather.
Bill also gives a grave warning to Harry to be aware of any bargain that he may have made with Griphook because “Goblin notions of ownership, payment, and repayment are not the same as human ones.” Goblins believe that the true owner of any treasure is the maker, not the being that buys or takes the treasure. Bill relates that breaking into Gringotts would be a lot less dangerous than going back on a promise to a Goblin regarding important treasure.
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Chapter 26 Summary
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 Eater named Travers. Hermione introduces Ron as a “fictional foreigner” named Dragomir Despard. Travers indicates he is going to Gringotts as well. Hermione has no choice but to accompany Travers.
When they enter Gringotts, Hermione’s visage of Bellatrix demands to enter her vault. She shows them her wand for identification and passes the Goblin test, but only because Harry uses the “Imperio” spell and because everyone thinks she has had a new wand made for her.
They set off with another Goblin named Bogrod towards Bellatrix’s vault. Unfortunately, they go through an enchanted waterfall that removes all spells before being thrown out of the cart. Hermione no longer looks like Bellatrix and Ron looks like Ron. Harry uses the Imperius Curse again on Bogrod so that the group can continue on. When they come upon the dragon, Griphook produces some small instruments that mean “pain” to the dragon. In this way, they are able to pass.
They make it into Bellatrix’s vault, but they find out almost immediately that Bellatrix has added “Gemino and Flagrante Curses” that cause all of the items in the vault to “burn and multiply.” As Bellatrix’s treasure begins multiplying, they search for Horcruxes. With Harry’s instincts heightened, they find a Horcrux: “the cup that had belonged to Helga Hufflepuff.”
After using the Sword of Griffindor to retrieve the cup (which Harry safely stows in his pocket), Griphook betrays them by stealing the sword, declaring them thieves, and calling other Goblins. Meanwhile, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are desperately struggling against mounds of burning and multiplying treasure.
In a fit of desperation, Harry...
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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 that someone might have figured out that they broke into Gringotts Bank. Just when the three friends finally begin to discuss what really has happened, Harry has a Voldemort vision in which Voldemort finds out that Harry has stolen a Horcrux. Voldemort is enraged and kills all of the wizards in the room. Then Voldemort begins to ponder whether Harry could have destroyed any of his Horcruxes. Voldemort can not feel when one is destroyed.
Through Voldemort’s thoughts, Harry learns about all of the different Horcruxes, including revealing thoughts that Nagini the snake is a Horcrux in itself and that yet another Horcrux is hidden inside Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry also learns that Voldemort is going to visit a few of the hidden Horcrux hiding spots himself, specifically the Gaunts’ home and the Inferi-ridden lake in the cave. Voldemort also decides to warn Severus Snape that Harry Potter may have figured everything out and be on his way to Hogwarts.
Luckily, since Voldemort revealed that yet another Horcrux is at Hogwarts, Harry, Ron, and Hermione can begin looking for it. Unfortunately, Voldemort’s thoughts don’t betray him enough to reveal exactly where the Horcrux might be.
When Harry finally finishes his Voldemort reverie, he immediately tells Ron and Hermione what he has seen. Harry tells Ron and Hermione that they must leave for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry immediately. Harry is afraid Voldemort will try to retrieve the Horcrux and find it a new hiding place if the three don’t beat him to it.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione immediately cover themselves with Harry’s Invisibility Cloak and apparate to Hogsmeade so that they can walk...
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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.
Suddenly “a door opened on the left-hand side of the narrow street, and a rough voice said, ‘Potter, in here, quick!’” Invited into the Hog’s Head and ushered upstairs, the three see a large painting of a blonde girl “who gazed out at the room with a kind of vacant sweetness.”
Downstairs in the Hog's Head, the entire place is full of irate Death Eaters demanding to see Harry Potter. The man at the bar convincingly lies that he set off the alarm and that the Patronus that was seen was a goat Patronus (the man’s own) and not Harry’s. The Death Eaters are suspicious but leave nevertheless.
Upstairs, Harry notices a small mirror underneath the picture of the blonde girl. When the barman returns, Harry also notices that he has bright blue eyes, the same eyes Harry has seen in his own shard of mirror. The man is Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus Dumbledore’s brother.
Aberforth immediately begins an explanation. After Albus Dumbledore explained to his brother what these mirrors could do, the mirrors helped Aberforth keep watch over Harry. They even helped Aberforth see that Dobby had to be sent. The group wonders if the doe Patronus belonged to Aberforth and he assures them that his Patronus is a goat, not a doe.
Aberforth gives the three friends some food and then reveals that he doesn’t have sworn allegiance to Dumbledore. Aberforth believes that Harry should give up his mission and save himself. To do this, Aberforth suggests that they hide with Hagrid in the mountains. Aberforth tells a story to prove his reasoning.
Muggle boys bullied Ariana Dumbledore to the point that she was traumatized and driven insane. Dumbledore (the father) attacked...
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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 Hogwarts have been torturing students and teaching them how to do the illegal Cruciatus Curse. The Death Eaters are also the ones who beat Neville as punishment for talking back.
Back when Harry created Dumbledore’s Army (the “D.A.”), Hermione created some fake Galleons that would dictate the changing times of their meetings. Now Neville and the other Hogwarts students in league with Harry are using the coins to communicate with each other. The Death Eaters have been torturing Neville and his grandmother for Neville’s involvement with the D.A. Even though Neville’s grandmother is on the run, she is proud of her grandson at last.
As Neville, Harry, Ron, and Hermione enter the castle, they don’t recognize the room. It is the Room of Requirement: a perfect place for the rebels of the D.A. to hide now that many of them have decided not to return to Hogwarts as students. The members of the D.A. rejoice at the fact that Harry is with them and that the current stories are true: Harry did, in fact, escape from Gringotts on the back of a dragon.
Harry is interrupted by a serious pain in his scar that alerts him of Voldemort’s doings. Voldemort has realized that one of the Horcruxes (the ring) is gone and knows that Harry is searching them out and destroying them. Harry has no more time to rejoice with his friends. He must find the Horcrux at Hogwarts.
Everyone is ready to help Harry. In fact, they thought they would be going to battle for control of Hogwarts immediately. Instead, Harry tells them that they are looking for something to help them destroy Voldemort and that it has to do with Rowena Ravenclaw. Luna reports that the item is most likely Rowena Ravenclaw’s...
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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 and the Death Eaters face off, Harry is unable to contain his revulsion about McGonagall getting insulted. Harry appears from under the Invisibility Cloak and successfully inflicts the Cruciatus Curse for the first time. Professor McGonagall begs Harry and Luna to escape, but Harry is intent upon finding the lost diadem. The confrontation with Voldemort is unavoidable.
Professor McGonagall vows to help Harry and enlists the help of the other Hogwarts teachers. They join together to defend Hogwarts by casting spells to protect the castle so that Harry can complete his mission. Unfortunately, Snape appears and prepares to duel with McGonagall. Snape cowers, however, when other Hogwarts teachers enthusiastically join Professor McGonagall. Snape escapes out the window.
Harry knows that Voldemort is now at the spot where the locket Horcrux was hidden. As soon as he realizes the Horcrux is gone, he will depart immediately for Hogwarts to find Harry and kill him. With Snape out of the picture, the Hogwarts professors continue their enchantments to protect the castle while Dumbledore’s Army prepares to fight alongside the Order of the Phoenix.
Even Percy Weasley joins the fight. He finally has realized the error of his ways as well as the corruption within the Ministry of Magic. The Weasley family is finally on the same side at last. Although united, the family feels that Ginny Weasley is too young to fight and should stay in the Room of Requirement. Although quite insulted, Ginny agrees to her family’s demands.
Harry is just at the point of wondering where Ron and Hermione are when he feels the presence of Voldemort outside of Hogwarts.
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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 very reluctant to give the details, the Grey Lady finally tells her story.
The Grey Lady was also known as Helena Ravenclaw. In an attempt to become as clever as her mom Rowena, Helena stole the tiara with the diadem and ran away. When Rowena Ravenclaw longed to see her daughter again, she asked the Bloody Baron to bring her back. When Helena refused, the Boody Baron killed Helena and then himself. Meanwhile, the diadem remained hidden among the trees in Albania: that is where Helena escaped and hid it.
Harry guesses the rest of the story. Tom Riddle also got the story out of the Grey Lady. He then found the diadem in Albania, made it a Horcrux, and returned it to Hogwarts. As Harry rushes off to try to find it again, he begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together. He remembers the statue of Ravenclaw at Luna’s dad’s house as well as the statue in the Ravenclaw common room. Suddenly, Harry realizes that there is a similar one in the Room of Requirement: “that of an ugly old warlock, onto whose head Harry himself had placed a wig and a battered old tiara.” Harry has an epiphany that this exact tiara contains the lost diadem.
On his way, Harry runs into Hermione and Ron, who have been gathering basilisk fangs to destroy the remaining Horcruxes. They had destroyed already the Hufflepuff cup they stole from Gringotts. The three friends run quickly to the Room of Requirement to find the diadem. When Ron suggests that they should warn the House Elves, Hermione finally gives in and “running at Ron, flung [her arms] around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth.”
Getting back to their mission, Harry is bombarded by Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle in the Room of...
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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 well, including Hagrid’s half-brother, Grawp. The members of Dumbledore’s Army seem to take each of the invaders in turn.
However, the most serious of the invading elements are the Dementors who swoop in with their cold chill, bereft of happiness. It takes almost all of the Patronuses from Dumbledore’s Army, with Harry's the final one, to get rid of the Dementors.
The battle continues as Harry, Ron, and Hermione run towards the Whomping Willow to access the secret passageway beneath. As they run across the grounds of Hogwarts, they observe loyal student after loyal student fighting against Voldemort’s minions. After being pummeled by the branches of the tree, the three finally access the passageway that leads to the Shrieking Shack.
Hidden under the Invisibility Cloak, the three approach the Shrieking Shack and Harry sees what transpires. Voldemort is questioning Snape about the Elder Wand. The Elder Wand seems to lack power for Voldemort because it is Snape who killed Albus Dumbledore. Voldemort says, “While you live, Severus, the Elder Want cannot be truly mine.” Voldemort ruthlessly summons Nagini to kill Snape.
Harry is confused as to why he feels like he should approach the dying Snape. As Harry approaches, Snape keeps saying “take . . . it . . . take . . . it” to Harry as a horrible gurgling sound comes from his throat. Snape is referring to something “silvery blue” and “something more than bood” leaking from Snape’s mouth, ears, and eyes. It is a memory for Harry to place into Dumbledore’s pensive.
After Harry retrieves the memory in a flask that Hermione conjures for him, Severus Snape asks for Harry to look into his eyes one...
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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, which reveals Snape’s story:
A young Snape watches young Lily (Harry’s mom) and young Petunia (her sister) play. As Snape and Lily realize they are a wizard and a witch, they become friends. Snape, however, is falling in love with Lily. Petunia, of course, begins to hate Lily for her magical qualities.
Some time later, James Potter and Sirius Black make fun of Snape for wanting to be in Slytherin. When the students are sorted into their houses, Lily is sorted into Gryffindor and Snape is sorted into Slytherin. Later again, Snape and Lily (still best friends) argue about Snape’s other friends. Snape responds with his knowledge that Lupin is a werewolf and that James Potter likes Lily. Snape and Lily stop fighting as soon as Lily admits that she doesn’t like Potter.
Later at Hogwarts, James and Sirius continue to torment Snape. Even though Lily stands up for Snape, he calls her a Mudblood, thus ending their friendship. When Snape finally grows up, he tells Voldemort about Trelawney’s prophesy and tells Dumbledore that “that is why—it is the reason—he thinks it means Lily Evans . . . he thinks it means her son!”
Snape still loves Lily and wants to protect her. Even though Harry is also James’ son, Snape vows to protect Harry as well, but he doesn’t want anyone to know. In fact, Snape makes Dumbledore swear and give his word not to tell.
When Harry arrives at Hogwarts, Snape constantly feels irritated by Harry. Still, when the Death Eaters begin to gather, Snape informs Dumbledore, who is impressed with Snape because of his bravery. After the Horcrux ring permanently damages Dumbledore’s hand (which Snape tries to mend), Dumbledore asks Snape to...
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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 out to meet his doom. Harry wishes more than anything to see his friends one last time, but the only person he sees is Neville Longbottom. To ensure that the job is done, Harry tells Neville to kill the snake if no one else does. He thanks Neville and continues on to the forest.
As Harry enters the Forbidden Forest, he realizes something about the Golden Snitch that Dumbledore left Harry in the will. “I open at the close” finally becomes clear to Harry. He puts the Snitch to his lips, opens it to find the broken ring with the Resurrection Stone, and turns “the stone over in his hand three times.”
Suddenly, his father, his mother, Sirius, and Lupin all appear: “They were neither ghost nor truly flesh.” They are there to comfort Harry through his fear of death. When Harry asks if death hurts at all, they reply that it will be “quicker and easier than falling asleep.” Their love surrounds Harry, and they promise to stay with him as he faces this task. They do not, however, force Harry to go and meet Voldemort. Lily, James, Lupin, and Sirius all know that the decision to meet death must be Harry’s decision alone.
Harry finds Voldemort in the middle of a forest clearing surrounded by all of those who follow him. With Harry still under the Invisibility Cloak, Voldemort expresses his disgust at Harry for not coming to meet him. Suddenly, Harry appears from under the Invisibility Cloak and drops the Resurrection Stone. Harry stands to face Voldemort but doesn’t bother to retrieve his wand. Harry sees “the mouth move and a flash of green light, and everything was gone.”
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Chapter 35 Summary
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 brave, brave man.” Dumbledore tells Harry that he cannot help the child. The two of them begin to discuss the situation. Dumbledore confirms that he is dead but that Harry is not. Dumbledore says that Harry already knows the reason for this: the part of Voldemort’s soul that resided in Harry is gone forever. It was that part of Voldemort that was killed, not Harry’s actual soul.
Dumbledore then reveals that even Voldemort didn’t know that Harry was a Horcrux. Voldemort made him a Horcrux by mistake when he used some of Harry’s blood in the graveyard scene years ago when Cedric died. This same move secured Harry’s life by keeping a part of Lily’s protection intact.
Harry asks Dumbledore where they are, but Dumbledore turns the tables on Harry and asks him. Harry thinks the place looks like King’s Cross Station. Finally, Harry asks Dumbledore about the Deathly Hallows. Dumbledore admits to seeking them to overcome death. He says he is similar to Voldemort in that regard: trying to beat death with the Deathly Hallows instead of Horcruxes.
Dumbledore also confirms the truth: Harry is the descendant of the third brother, Ignotus Peverell. The Invisibility Cloak is, in fact, the real one. Dumbledore also ashamedly confirms his shady doings with Grindlewald and his part in Ariana’s death.
As they speak to each other, the creature periodically whimpers. Dumbledore admits that he wasn’t fit to be the master over death with the Deathly Hallows (for there was a point at which he possessed all three). He did, however, feel comfortable with the Elder Wand. Harry is the only one to be the master of the Deathly Hallows, possessing all three, and yet not run from death....
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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 saying that Harry was killed while running away. As Voldemort and his cronies approach the crowd of Dumbledore’s Army as well as the other defenders of Hogwarts, Voldemort proclaims Harry a coward who did not care about his friends.
Neville defends Harry, and Voldemort decides to kill Neville as a result. With a wave of his wand, Voldemort retrieves the Sorting Hat from the castle, sets it on fire, and declares that there will be “no more Sorting at Hogwarts School.” All students will be in Slytherin.
Suddenly, all at Hogwarts, as well as many other creatures, attack Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Harry gets up and covers himself with the Invisibility Cloak. Neville’s bravery allows him to pull the Sword of Gryffindor out of the Sorting Hat. Neville promptly takes the sword and kills Nagini. With all of the Horcruxes gone, it is now Voldemort alone who must be killed.
The battle rages on with the Giants, the House Elves, and other Hogwarts alumni joining in the fight. However, no matter who or how many fight Voldemort, no one can kill him. After Bellatrix Lestrange threatens Ginny Weasley, Mrs. Weasley comes to the rescue and kills Bellatrix.
Harry finally pulls off the Invisibility Cloak and faces Voldemort. During their verbal confrontation, Harry reveals the truth to the defenders of Hogwarts: that Snape was intensely loyal and that Harry actually is the rightful master of the Elder Wand. As Harry and Voldemort cast their final spells at each other, Voldemort’s “Avada Kedavra” curse rebounds and kills him completely.
Everyone celebrates. Kingsley Shacklebolt is made Minister of Magic. However, all Harry, Ron, and Hermione want to do is slide...
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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 Rose, wonder about which Hogwarts House they will be sorted into.
Draco Malfoy appears as well with his wife and his son Scorpius. He nods in a short way and turns to his own family. There is obviously still tension between the Malfoys, the Potters, and the Weasleys.
Then the conversation turns to the fact that Teddy Lupin is kissing Victoire (one of Bill and Fleur’s daughters). Ginny hopes that he will become one of the family. As the children get on the train, Ginny asks her son James to give Professor Neville Longbottom their regards.
Albus still worries that he will be put in Slytherin, so Harry leans down to him to give some comfort. Here Harry uses his son’s full name: Albus Severus Potter. Harry tells his son that he is named after two of the best Headmasters that Hogwarts has ever seen. One was in Gryffindor. One was in Slytherin. But Harry tells Albus Severus that if he really wants to be in Gryffindor, the Sorting Hat will take that into account. This amazes Albus because Harry had never told that to any of his children. This seems to give the greatest comfort to Albus, who gets on the train a bit more confidently.
Suddenly it is time for the Hogwarts Express to depart. Everyone looking out of the train stares at Harry Potter, and Ron jokes that they are all staring at him because he is so famous. Ginny comforts Harry that Albus will fit in wonderfully at Hogwarts. Harry agrees as he touches the light scar on his forehead: “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.”
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