Release Date: 21st July 2007 00:01 British Summer Time
Original Publishers: BLOOMSBURY (Worldwide*)
SCHOLASTIC (United States of America)
Allen and Unwin (Australia and New Zealand)
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Chapters 36 chapters and an epilogue
Pages 607(Bloomsbury, Raincoast, A&U)
Illustrators Jason Cockcroft,
Deathly Hallows carries a dedication, written in the shape of Harry's
scar, to Neil, Jessica, David, Kenzie, Di, Anne, and the reader, and two
The Libation Bearers and
William Penn's More Fruits of Solitude, on the themes of death and
friendship. Deathly Hallows is the only book in the Harry Potter series
to have an epigraph.
As Harry Potter's protection at the Dursleys' home will expire when he turns 17,
the Order of the Phoenix decides to separately escort Harry and the Dursleys to
safety. Despite using Harry impostors as decoys, the real Harry is identified
and attacked by Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Harry and the others narrowly
escape to The Burrow, but Hedwig and Mad-Eye Moody are killed.
A few days later, the Minister for Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, arrives to give
Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger bequests from Albus Dumbledore's will:
Ron is given Dumbledore's Deluminator, with the power to capture lights;
Hermione receives a book of children's stories written in Ancient Runes; Harry
inherits Godric Gryffindor's sword and the Snitch he caught in his first ever
Quidditch match. The Ministry withholds the sword, claiming it was never
Search for the Horcruxes
During the wedding reception for Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour, Kingsley
Shacklebolt's Patronus arrives announcing, "The Ministry has fallen. Scrimgeour
is dead. They are coming." Death Eaters arrive at the wedding and Harry, Ron,
and Hermione Apparate to a Muggle street and hide out in a cafe. Moments later,
Death Eaters arrive and the trio narrowly escapes, wondering how they were found
so quickly. They take refuge at the deserted Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place.
While there, they discover that Black's brother, Regulus is the "R.A.B." who
removed the locket Horcrux from the lake in the cave.[HP6] Learning that Dolores
Umbridge now possesses it, they infiltrate the Ministry of Magic using Polyjuice
Potion and recover the Horcrux. Unable to get rid of the locket and wanting to
keep it safe, they take in turns wearing it and Harry notices each time the
wearer has it, they become bitter, angry and unstable. No one is more affected
than Ron, who later says that whenever he wore it, it made him "think stuff...it
made everything worse."
After several months on the run, the trio overhears a conversation revealing
that the Ministry secured the confiscated Gryffindor sword in Bellatrix
Lestrange's Gringotts' vault. It was moved from Hogwarts after Ginny, along with
several members of the D.A. broke into Snape's office to steal it. She, Neville
and Luna were "punished, and cruelly." But the Ministry is unaware that this
sword is a fake; the real sword's location is unknown. When Harry learns that
Dumbledore eliminated a Horcrux with the real sword, he wants to search for it
to destroy the remaining Horcruxes. Ron, who is wearing the locket at the time,
loses his temper that his sister has been punished for helping Harry and his
family continues to suffer tragedy. He becomes angry that Harry has no real plan
for finding either and leaves. Harry and Hermione go to Godric's Hollow, hoping
that Dumbledore hid the sword there. However, they are ambushed by Voldemort and
his snake Nagini. During their escape, Hermione accidentally breaks Harry's
One night, an unknown doe Patronus appears near their camp and leads Harry to
Gryffindor's real sword. As Harry tries to retrieve the sword from an icy pond,
the locket Horcrux tightens around his neck, strangling him. Ron, who suddenly
returns, rescues Harry and destroys the Horcrux with the sword. Ron tells his
friends that he sought refuge with Bill and Fleur because he could not bear the
looks of disappointment from his family, namely Ginny. During his time in the
Wizarding world, he learns that saying aloud Voldemort's name is jinxed; a
"Taboo" has been created that will break magical enhancements and summon Death
Eaters (or "Snatchers") immediately to the person who said the name.
The Deathly Hallows
The trio go to Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna Lovegood's father, and ask him about a
symbol they have encountered several times. He tells them it represents the
Deathly Hallows, three legendary objects that conquer death: the Elder Wand,
Resurrection Stone, and Invisibility Cloak. Harry is convinced that his
Invisibility Cloak is one of the hallows. Xenophilius betrays them to the
Ministry in hopes of securing the release of Luna, whom the Death Eaters have
taken hostage, but they escape.
"Snatchers" capture the trio after Harry accidentally utters Voldemort's name
and activates the Taboo enchantment. They are imprisoned at Malfoy Manor, the
new Death Eater headquarters. Finding the sword among the trio's possessions,
Bellatrix Lestrange fears they have broken into her vault at Gringrotts. Dobby
arrives to free the prisoners, but they are discovered by Peter Pettigrew.
Pettigrew repays his life debt to Harry, and is murdered by his own silver hand.
In the escape, Harry captures the wands of Bellatrix and Draco Malfoy, but
Bellatrix kills Dobby. The trio break into Gringotts, with help from the goblin,
Griphook, and retrieve the Cup Horcrux, but lose the sword. They escape on a
dragon. Voldemort realises that the Horcruxes are being destroyed, and Harry's
mental link to the Dark Lord reveals that one is hidden at Hogwarts.
The Battle of Hogwarts
Dumbledore's brother, Aberforth, helps the trio to enter Hogwarts. They alert
the staff to Voldemort's impending arrival. Members of the Order of the Phoenix
members arrive as Voldemort's forces attack Hogwarts; Fred Weasley is an early
casualty. Harry learns that Ravenclaw's Diadem is a Horcrux and realises it is
in the Room of Requirement. Meanwhile, Ron and Hermione enter the Chamber of
Secrets and retrieve basilisk fangs, with which Hermione destroys Hufflepuff's
Cup. In the Room of Requirement, the three are confronted by Draco, Crabbe, and
Goyle. Crabbe mishandles a powerful spell, killing himself and inadvertently
destroying the Diadem.
Harry has another vision and goes to the Shrieking Shack. He witnesses Voldemort
ordering Nagini to kill Snape. Voldemort believes that Snape became the Elder
Wand's master when he killed its former owner, Dumbledore, and that with Snape's
death, the wand's allegiance becomes his. Before dying, Snape gives Harry his
memories. Using the Pensieve, Harry sees that Snape was always loyal to
Dumbledore, motivated by his lifelong love of Lily Evans, Harry's mother.
Dumbledore, doomed to die after being cursed by Gaunt's ring, had instructed
Snape to kill him, if necessary, to spare Draco the task. Snape sent the doe
Patronus to lead Harry to Gryffindor's sword. Harry discovers that he himself is
a Horcrux; Voldemort cannot be killed while Harry lives.
Accepting his fate, Harry goes alone to the Forbidden Forest where Voldemort
awaits. Harry opens the snitch he received from Dumbledore and finds the
Resurrection Stone within. He summons the spirits of James and Lily Potter,
Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin (recently killed in battle along with his wife,
Tonks) who comfort him. He willingly allows Voldemort to strike him with the
Avada Kedavra curse. Harry wakes up to a place that reminds him of King's Cross
Station, in which Albus Dumbledore appears and explains that, just as Voldemort
cannot die while his soul fragment remains in Harry, Harry cannot die while his
blood lives in Voldemort's body. Dumbledore also explains that the soul fragment
within Harry has been destroyed by the curse. When Harry asks if it's real or in
his head, Dumbledore replies that it is in his head, but there's no reason it
couldn't still be real.
Harry revives back in the Forbidden Forest, but pretends to be dead. He is
carried to Hogwarts as a trophy. As reinforcements charge in, Harry covers
himself with the Invisibility Cloak while Neville pulls Gryffindor's sword from
the Sorting Hat and beheads Nagini, destroying the final Horcrux. Molly Weasley
confronts Bellatrix Lestrange. Harry confronts Voldemort, realising that when
Draco Malfoy disarmed Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly became the Elder Wand's
master. When Harry later took Draco's own wand, the Elder Wand's allegiance
passed to Harry. Voldemort casts Avada Kedavra, but the Elder Wand protects its
master and the spell rebounds, killing Voldemort.
Harry hopes to prevent anyone from uniting all three hallows again. He keeps the
Invisibility Cloak, but he has left the Resurrection Stone in the Forbidden
Forest and he plans to return the Elder Wand to Dumbledore's tomb. As long as
Harry remains undefeated, the Elder Wand's power will die with him.
Nineteen years later, Harry and Ginny have three children: James, Albus Severus,
and Lily. Ron and Hermione have two children named Rose and Hugo. The families
are at King's Cross, where a nervous Albus Severus and Rose are departing for
their first year at Hogwarts. James Potter is the oldest and already familiar
with school. A 19 year-old Teddy Lupin is found kissing Victoire (presumably
Bill and Fleur's daughter) in a train compartment. The children cry in delight
that they hope he will marry their cousin and he will "really be part of the
family!" Harry comments his godson visits the Potter home four times a week for
dinner. They see Draco Malfoy and his unnamed wife with their son Scorpius at
the station; Malfoy acknowledges Harry by giving him a curt nod, then turns
away. Harry tells Albus Severus, who does not want to be sorted into Slytherin,
that Severus Snape, his namesake, was probably the bravest man Harry ever met.
Neville is now the Hogwarts Herbology professor and is close friends with Harry.
Harry's scar has not hurt "in nineteen years. All was well."
Scholastic's Seven Questions answered
Question 1: Who will live? Who will die?
Question 2: Is Snape Good or Evil?
Good and Still a spy for the Order of the Phoenix
Good but too deep will Voldemort
Evil and has always been a spy for Voldemort
Evil but only because Voldemort is back
Question 3: Will Hogwarts reopen?
Yes, but Harry, Ron and Hermione will not go back
Not at all
Question 4: Who winds up with whom?
Harry and Ginny
Ron and Hermione
Harry and Hermione
Lupin and Tonks
Question 5: Where are the Horcruxes?
Only with Death Eaters
Ministry of Magic
Question 6: Will Voldemort be defeated?
Yes and he will die
Yes and he will live
There will be truce
Question 5: What are the Deathly Hallows?
We will find out right away
We will find out in the middle
We will find out in the end
Official Summaries on the Book jackets
Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task:
that of locating and destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry
felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find
within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must
leave the warmth, safety, and companionship of The Burrow and follow without
fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him.
In this final, seventh installment of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been
so eagerly awaited. The spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges,
twists and turns at a breathtaking pace, confirms the author as a mistress of
storytelling, whose books will be read, reread and read again.
Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort
him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing – if they can. But
what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly
impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him with?
The structures around Harry show evident destruction and in the shadows behind
him, we see outlines of other people. On the back cover, spidery hands are
outstretched toward Harry. Only when the book is opened does one see a powerful
image of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, his glowing red eyes peering out from his
ISBN 0747591059 Hardcover
ISBN 1551929767 Hardcover (adult edition)
Raincoast (Canada, etc.)
ISBN 1551929767 Hardcover
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Scholastic (United States and some unofficial places)
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On 21 July 2007, all English language editions, except for the American and
Canadian editions, were released at one minute past midnight (00:01) BST; the
American and Canadian editions were released at one minute past midnight
(00:01), local time.It was released globally in 93 countries. The book reached
the top spot on both the Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble best-seller lists just
a few hours after the date of publication was announced on 1 February 2007.In
July 2007 the U.K. newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported that it had been
bought by more than 10% of the British population in the 5 days since its
Retailers such as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Borders reported that more
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Amazon.com stating that advance orders of the book reached 2.2 million
worldwide, breaking the record set by the sixth book of 1.5 million.Scholastic
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On the book's first day of sales, it sold 11 million copies in the UK and U.S.,
breaking the record of 9 million held by the sixth book. In the U.S., 8.3
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6.9 million set by the sixth book.In addition 400,000 copies were sold in
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Listening Library.On 23 July 2007, the Associated Press reported that worldwide
sales were at 72.1 million copies, though this is still unconfirmed.
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