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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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 HP7 redirect s here. For the UK postal code, see HP postcode area. For the  film, see HarryPotter and the Deathly Hallows (film).
 Harry Potter 
books
 Harry Potter and the DeathlyHallows
Author
J. K. Rowling
Illustrators
Jason Cockcroft, Mary GrandPré
Genre
Fantasy
Publishers
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC,Scholastic Press,Raincoast Books
Released
July 21,2007
Book no.
Seven
Sales
11 million+ first 24 hours
[1]
Storytimeline
July 1997 – May 1998and1September 2017
Chapters
36 chapters and an epilogue
Pages
607759
Precededby
 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
is the seventh and finalbookof 
 HarryPotter
novels written byBritishauthorJ. K. Rowling. The book was released on July 21,2007, ending the series that began in 1997 with the publication of 
 HarryPotter and the Philosopher's Stone
. This book chronicles the events directly
 
following
 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
(2005), and leads to the long-awaited final confrontation betweenHarry PotterandLord Voldemort.
 Deathly Hallows
is published in theUKbyBloomsbury Publishing, in theUSAby Scholastic Press, inCanadabyRaincoast Booksand inAustraliaandNew Zealand byAllen & Unwin. Released globally in ninety-three countries,
 Deathly Hallows
broke sales records as the fastest-selling book ever, selling more than eleven millioncopies in the first twenty-four hours following its release. The previous record, ninemillion in its first day, had been held by
 Half-Blood Prince
.
[1]
Contents
1 Epigraph2 Plot2.1 Leaving the Dursleys2.2 Search for the Horcruxes2.3 The Deathly Hallows2.4 The Battle of Hogwarts2.5 Epilogue3 Rowling's commentary and supplement4 Pre-release history4.1 Choice of title4.2 Marketing campaigns4.3 Rowling on finishing the book4.4 Spoiler embargo4.5 Online leaks and early delivery4.6 Price wars and other controversies5 Sales6 Critical reception7 Translations8 Editions9 References10 External links
Epigraph
All the books in the Harry Potter series have dedications, but
 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
is the only one to include anepigraph. It contains two quotesrelating to death and friendship. The first quotation is an English translation fromAncient Greekof a passage from
The Libation Bearers
, by the 5th century BCplaywrightAeschylus.
[2]
The second quotation is from
 More Fruits of Solitude
(1682) byWilliam Penn, theQuakerauthor and founder of theAmerican Commonwealthof Pennsylvania.
[3]
Plot
Leaving the Dursleys
Acting on information received fromSeverus Snape,Lord Voldemortand his followers plot to ambushHarry Potterwhen he leaves theDursleys'home for the last time. Voldemort also seeks a new wand that can defeat Harry's. Shortly beforeHarry's protection expires on his seventeenth birthday, the Dursleys are sent to an
 
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.
[HP6]
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

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