07-23-2007, 04:53 PM
Leaving the DursleysReply
The book begins with a Death Eater meeting taking place at the home of Lucius Malfoy. Severus Snape and a Ministry official inform Lord Voldemort of the date Harry Potter will permanently leave the Dursleys' house. As Harry's safety at the Dursleys' house expires when he turns 17, he must be moved to a new location before that time; Voldemort plans to kill Harry in transit.
After the Dursleys have been escorted to safety by a pair of wizards (and Dudley has, surprisingly, expressed respect for Harry), the Order of the Phoenix arrive to sneak Harry out of his house. Despite an attempted decoy, the real Harry is identified and attacked by Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Hedwig, Harry's owl, is killed by a stray Killing Curse. After a narrow escape from Voldemort, Harry and the rest of his companions arrive at The Burrow, where they discover that George Weasley has lost an ear to Snape, and Mad-Eye Moody has been killed by Voldemort.
A few days later, the Minister for Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, arrives at The Burrow 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 part with Ancient Runes; and Harry inherits Godric Gryffindor's sword and the Snitch that Harry caught in his first ever Quidditch match. The Ministry withholds the sword after investigating all the items, claiming that the sword was not Dumbledore's in the first place. Harry finds a magical inscription on the Snitch that the ministry missed: "I open at the close."
Search for the Horcruxes
Near the end of Bill and Fleur's wedding reception, news comes that Voldemort has taken over the Ministry of Magic. As Death Eaters attack, Harry, Ron and Hermione flee the wedding, first to a Muggle café, and then to 12 Grimmauld Place. The trio realise that Regulus Arcturus Black was the "R.A.B." who removed the locket Horcrux from the lake, dying in the attempt. However, Kreacher informs them that Mundungus Fletcher stole the locket from the house. Fletcher unwillingly reveals that Dolores Umbridge took it from him. After a month of spying on the Ministry of Magic, the trio infiltrate it using Polyjuice Potion. They eventually find Umbridge as she is interrogating Muggleborns. They take the Horcrux and knock her out in the process, freeing a number of Muggle-born wizards and witches. However, the trio's hiding place at 12 Grimmauld Place is compromised and they are forced to flee to the countryside.
After several months on the run, they overhear a conversation revealing that the Ministry has only a replica of Gryffindor's sword; the location of the real sword is unknown. Harry questions the portrait of Phineas Nigellus and discovers that Dumbledore had used the real sword to destroy a Horcrux. Having been unable thus far to destroy the locket, Harry suggests attempting to locate the real sword. Ron feels that this is yet another pointless quest, and leaves the group. Harry and Hermione decide to go to Godric's Hollow on the chance that Dumbledore left the sword for them there. At the village, the two visit the graveyard where Harry's and Dumbledore's families are buried. They encounter Bathilda Bagshot, an old family friend of Dumbledore and famous historian. Thinking she may have been entrusted with the sword, they follow her to her house. However, it is a trap: Bagshot's body is inhabited by Voldemort's snake Nagini. Harry and Hermione narrowly escape Voldemort and Nagini, but Hermione accidentally breaks Harry's wand as they flee, leaving him vulnerable to attack.
Eventually a Patronus in the form of a doe appears on the edge of their camp and leads Harry to Gryffindor's real sword, hidden in a frozen forest pool. Harry dives after the sword, but the locket Horcrux that Harry is carrying tries to strangle him. Ron returns and saves Harry from drowning. Having retrieved the sword from the pool, Ron uses it to destroy the Horcrux. Back at camp, Ron informs Harry and Hermione that the Deluminator showed him the way back to them. Hermione is less than pleased with Ron, but has discovered their next step: to speak to Xenophilius Lovegood, the father of their friend Luna, and ask him about Grindelwald's mark, a symbol that has shown up in the book Dumbledore bequeathed to her and at several other times during their journey, including on clothing Mr Lovegood wore at the wedding.
The Deathly Hallows
The trio reach Lovegood's house, and are told that the symbol is that of the Deathly Hallows, a trio of magical artifacts given long ago to three brothers by Death, as told in a children's tale: the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone, and Invisibility Cloak. Unfortunately, before any more can be told, Xenophilius betrays them to the Ministry in the hope that Luna, who is being held captive, will be released. They manage to escape the Death Eaters with the help of Harry's Invisibility Cloak, which he now believes to be a Deathly Hallow.
Later, when they are camping, Harry accidentally says the word "Voldemort"—the term has been jinxed so that anyone saying it can be traced—and a group of Snatchers suddenly appear around their camp, trapping them. The trio are taken to Malfoy Manor—the new Death Eater headquarters. Harry and Ron are imprisoned in the cellar, while Hermione is taken and tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange. After seeing the sword of Gryffindor, Bellatrix is afraid that they have broken into her vault in Gringotts. Also in the cellar are Luna, Dean Thomas, Griphook the goblin, and Ollivander the wand maker. Dobby apparates into the cell and frees the prisoners, but the sound of his Apparating alerts the Death Eaters above and they send Pettigrew to investigate. Pettigrew hesitates while killing Harry (he is in debt to Harry for saving his life at the end of the third book), and is strangled by his own silver hand as Voldemort's revenge for betrayal. Harry and Ron take Pettigrew's wand and rush upstairs. In the ensuing chaos, Harry disarms Bellatrix and Draco Malfoy, they free Hermione, and escape with her and Dobby. They all Apparate to Bill and Fleur's home, Shell Cottage, but Dobby has been killed by Bellatrix.
Over the next few weeks, Harry plots with Griphook the goblin to break into the Lestrange's vault at Gringott's, believing that Bellatrix's terror was due to there being a horcrux in there. Griphook agrees on the condition that they give him Gryffindor's sword as payment. Griphook, Harry, Ron, and Hermione break into the Lestrange's vault, and locate Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, which was indeed a horcrux. Griphook betrays them and takes the sword. Harry, Ron and Hermione escape on the back of an abused dragon being used to guard the vaults. Voldemort realises they are destroying his Horcruxes and, while running through a list of them in his head, accidentally reveals through his telepathic link with Harry that a Horcrux is hidden at Hogwarts.
07-23-2007, 04:54 PM
The Battle of HogwartsReply
The trio enter Hogwarts with the help of the Hog's Head bartender, Aberforth Dumbledore, who reveals he sent Dobby to rescue them. He further reveals to them a new secret passage into the Room of Requirement at Hogwarts, where renegade students, led by Neville Longbottom, are hiding from the Death Eaters running their school. Neville alerts Dumbledore's Army and The Order of the Phoenix and they all arrive in The Room of Requirement. Harry believes he must hurry to locate the horcrux, as Voldemort is on his way. Harry believes the horcrux is an artifact of Rowena Ravenclaw's, and learns of a lost diadem from some Ravenclaw students. Luna takes Harry to the Ravenclaw common room to see a replica of the diadem, and they are met there by Alecto Carrow, who reveals that Voldemort warned her Harry might appear in the Ravenclaw common room. This gives away the fact that it must be something of Ravenclaw's. Harry alerts the Heads of House to Voldemort's impending arrival; the younger students are evacuated and the Order of the Phoenix and others arrive to help defend the school. As the Death Eaters attack, Harry realizes that he saw Ravenclaw's Diadem the previous year, in the Room of Requirement. Meanwhile, Ron and Hermione sneak off to the Chamber of Secrets to retrieve basilisk fangs, which they can use to destroy Hufflepuff's Cup and the other horcrux. The trio then go to the Room of Requirement where they are confronted by Draco Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle. Crabbe mishandles a powerful spell and sets fire to the contents of the Room, killing himself. Harry and his friends manage to escape, retrieving the Diadem and rescuing Malfoy and Goyle, and the Diadem is destroyed by the magical fire.
After having another vision of Voldemort, Harry leads his friends to the Shrieking Shack, where they see Voldemort kill Snape. Voldemort has been, until now, unable to do anything extraordinary with the Elder Wand, which he believes is due to Snape being the true master, as he was the one to kill Dumbledore. As he dies, Snape gives up his memories to Harry, who then uses the Pensieve to watch them. He finds out that Snape was indeed on Dumbledore's side all along, motivated by his lifelong love for Lily Evans, Harry's mother. Dumbledore, dying anyway, had instructed Snape to kill him so that Draco would not have to. Snape has been acting to protect Harry all along, and it was he who sent the doe Patronus, which is the same form as that of Lily's, to lead Harry to Gryffindor's sword. However, Harry also discovers that he himself is a Horcrux, and that Voldemort cannot be killed while Harry remains alive. Dumbledore explains to Snape in the pensieve that Harry must willingly allow Voldemort to kill him, for Voldemort to die.
Remus Lupin, his wife Nymphadora Tonks, Fred Weasley, and Colin Creevey are killed in battle. Resigned to his fate, Harry makes his way to the Forbidden Forest, where Voldemort is waiting for him. As he leaves, he informs Neville Longbottom that the snake Nagini must be destroyed at all costs. Realising that his final meeting with Voldemort is "the close" referred to in the riddle on the Snitch, Harry says to it "I am about to die". The Snitch opens up to reveal the Resurrection Stone. Harry uses the Stone to summon the spirits of James Potter, Lily Evans, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin, who comfort him during his final walk to death. When he reaches Voldemort, Harry drops the Stone, removes his invisibility cloak, and reveals himself. Prepared for death, he allows Voldemort to hit him with the Avada Kedavra curse. However, Harry awakens in an enormous room akin to King's Cross railway station. A wounded and dying baby-like creature lies on the floor, representing Voldemort's damaged soul. He meets the deceased Albus Dumbledore, who explains that Harry cannot die while the blood carrying Lily's protection resides in Voldemort's body. He further explains that the part of Voldemort's soul within Harry has been destroyed by the Avada Kedavra curse. Harry is given the choice of "going on", or continuing with life and stopping Voldemort; he chooses the latter. It is stated (but by Dumbledore, which, if the statement is true, is only being imagined by Harry) that the scene is happening inside Harry's head and not in a true place, although the Dumbledore that Harry imagines he is talking to also states that it is not less real for that.
Back in the forest, Harry wakes. Voldemort asks Narcissa Malfoy to determine whether or not Harry is alive. Narcissa sees he is, and whispers to him the question of whether her son Draco is alive. On hearing in the affirmative, Narcissa lies and tells Voldemort that Harry is dead, because that means the battle can be ended and she can see her son again. On Voldemort's orders, a captured Hagrid carries Harry (feigning death) back to Hogwarts as a trophy. He jeers that Harry was killed while trying to flee, and Neville Longbottom steps forward and defends Harry's honor. Voldemort tries to get Neville, a "pureblood," to join him, but Neville refuses; as punishment, Voldemort puts the Sorting Hat upon his head, and sets it ablaze. At that moment, reinforcements charge in and the battle resumes. Amidst the confusion, Harry covers himself with the Invisibility Cloak while Neville pulls Godric Gryffindor's sword from the Sorting Hat and beheads Nagini, destroying the final Horcrux. Molly Weasley kills Bellatrix Lestrange. Harry confronts Voldemort. Harry realises that Draco Malfoy was the true master of the Elder Wand, for it was Draco who had disarmed Dumbledore and thus beaten him in battle, while Snape was acting according to a wandless Dumbledore's wishes when he killed him. Harry subsequently disarmed Draco, and thus, mastery of the Elder Wand has passed to Harry, not to Voldemort. Voldemort fires Avada Kedavra at Harry, and at the same time Harry fires Expelliarmus at Voldemort. The Elder Wand refuses to kill its master and the spell rebounds, killing Voldemort. Celebrations erupt, and Harry seeks solitude with Ron and Hermione in Dumbledore's office. Harry uses the immense power of the Elder Wand to repair his own wand, and elects to return the Elder Wand to Dumbledore's grave instead of keeping it for himself. If he dies a natural death and is not disarmed in battle, the ownership of the Elder Wand will die with him, and it will become an ordinary wand. He also confirms to Dumbledore's portrait that, despite proving himself the only worthy possessor of all the Deathly Hallows, he will not seek out the Stone in the forest. He decides, though, to keep the Invisibility Cloak; in the children's story, the cloak was the wisest choice.
In the story's epilogue, set nineteen years later, Ginny Weasley and Harry have three children named James, Albus Severus, and Lily. Ron and Hermione have two children named Rose and Hugo. The two families meet at King's Cross Station when they are taking their children to Platform Nine and Three Quarters for their departure to Hogwarts. Lily is too young to attend Hogwarts just yet, Albus is entering his first year at the school, and James is already an experienced Gryffindor. James finds Harry's godson Teddy, the son of Lupin and Tonks, kissing a girl named Victoire, James's cousin and assumed daughter of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour. Harry tells Albus Severus that Severus Snape, whom he is named after, was possibly the bravest man Harry ever met. Neville is now the Herbology professor at the school and is close friends with Harry. At the station, Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione spot Draco across the platform with his unnamed wife and their son Scorpius; Draco sees Harry and turns away. The book ends with the line: "The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well."
i've jus finishd reading the book, so this thread didnt giv away much,Reply
jus to let u know, the previous threads on harry potter were closed by mods, they're unnecessary, and cause others to discuss trivial things, this thread will probably be closed as well!!!]
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