undisclosed location, andOrder of the Phoenixmembers arrive to escort Harry to asafe house. Six Harry-lookalike decoys are used, but the real Harry is identified enroute and attacked by Voldemort and hisDeath Eaters. Harry narrowly escapes toThe Burrow, butHedwigandMad-Eye Moodyare killed.
A few days later,Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeourarrives to give Harry,Ron
Weasley, andHermione Grangertheir bequests fromAlbus Dumbledore's will. Ron
receives Dumbledore'sDeluminator, and Hermione has been left abook of fairy
tales. Harry inheritsGodric Gryffindor'sswordand theSnitchhe caught in his first-
everQuidditchmatch, although Scrimgeour withholds the sword, claiming it neverbelonged to Dumbledore. Later, the Snitch reveals a cryptic inscription inDumbledore's handwriting: "I open at the close."
Search for the Horcruxes
DuringBill WeasleyandFleur Delacour's wedding reception,Kingsley
Shacklebolt'sPatronusappears with a warning that theMinistryhas fallen and that
Death Eatersare coming. Harry, Ron and Hermione escape byDisapparating,
eventually taking refuge in the deserted Order of the Phoenix headquarters atnumber twelve, Grimmauld Place. While there, Harry discovers thatSirius's late
brother,Regulus Black, shares the same initials with "R.A.B", the person whoremoved thelocket Horcruxfrom the hidden sea cave.
Hermione recalls seeinga locket amongst house elf Kreacher's possessions. Kreacher fetchesMundungusFletcher, who admits he stole the locket from the house elf and used it to bribeDolores Umbridge. Convinced it is the Horcrux, the trio infiltrate the Ministry of Magic disguised byPolyjuice Potion. They recover the locket, but their hiding placeat Grimmauld Place is uncovered.The trio are forced to go on the run. Unable to open or destroy the locket, they taketurns wearing it to keep it safe. They learn that the sword confiscated by theMinistry is actually a replica; the real Gryffindor sword can destroy Horcruxes.Harry wants to search for it, but Ron, fearing for his family's safety and frustratedthat Harry has no real plan, leaves the group. Harry and Hermione go toGodric'sHollowto look for the sword. They are ambushed byNaginiand Voldemort. As
they escape, Hermione accidentally breaks Harry's wand.In theForest of Dean, Harry is led by adoe-shapedPatronusto an icy pond
containing Gryffindor's sword. As Harry attempts to retrieve it, the locket Horcruxtightens around his neck. Meanwhile, Ron uses the Deluminator to locate Harry andHermione. He returns in time to rescue Harry, then destroys the locket with thesword. Ron warns that Voldemort's name is now Tabooed - anyone uttering itreveals their location.
The Deathly Hallows
The trio go toXenophilius Lovegood,Luna'sfather, to ask about a symbol they saw
him wearing that matches the hand-drawn one in Hermione's book of fairy tales.Lovegood says it represents theDeathly Hallows, three legendary objects thatconquer death: theElder Wand,Resurrection Stone, andInvisibility Cloak. When
pressed about Luna's absence, Lovegood admits that Death Eaters abducted her; hetells them he has alerted the Death Eater-controlled Ministry that they are there, butthey escape.Bounty hunters capture the trio at their camp after Harry inadvertently speaksVoldemort's name. They are imprisoned at Malfoy Manor, along with LunaLovegood,Dean Thomas,Ollivanderthe wandmaker, andGriphookthe goblin.
Finding Gryffindor's sword among the trio's possessions,Bellatrix Lestrange