At Malfoy Manor, Snape informs Voldemort of the day on which Harry’s friends plan to take him from Privet Drive to a new safe place, allowing Voldemort to catch Harry en route.
As Harry prepares to leave Privet Drive, he sees two Dumbledore obituaries, both of which lead him to believe that he didn’t know him as well as he should have. Downstairs, he bids the Dursleys farewell for the last time, as the danger of Voldemort drives them to flee the house.
The Order of the Phoenix, led by Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody, arrives at the Weasleys’ home, the Burrow, to transport Harry to his new home. Six of Harry’s pals use Polyjuice Potion to impersonate Harry and serve as decoys, and they scatter in separate directions. The Death Eaters assault Harry and his companions after Snape alerts them to their departure. Voldemort pursues Harry, but Harry’s wand fends him off, ostensibly without Harry’s assistance.
When Harry and his friends arrive at the Burrow, he discovers that Moody has been dead and George Weasley has been injured in the chase. Harry begins to have visions in which he sees Voldemort’s actions through Voldemort’s eyes, and witnesses Voldemort questioning a wand maker in order to figure out how to defeat Harry.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione gather the books and instruments they’ll need to complete Dumbledore’s mission: to locate and destroy the Horcruxes, which contain bits of Voldemort’s soul, granting him immortality as long as the artefacts remain. The items Dumbledore left them in his will are delivered to them by Rufus Scrimgeour, Minister of Magic. Scrimgeour refuses to give Harry the Snitch he caught in his first Quidditch match, as well as the Sword of Gryffindor, claiming it did not belong to Dumbledore. Ron is given a Deluminator, which turns off lights, while Hermione is given a collection of wizard fairy tales. They don’t have a clue what the products mean.
The wedding of their son Bill to Fleur Delacour is hosted by the Weasleys. At the reception, Harry overhears Ron’s Aunt Muriel spreading tales about Dumbledore, including that his sister was a Squib (a non-magical person born to wizard parents) who was held captive by her family, and that Dumbledore had dabbled in the Dark Arts as a young man. Voldemort has taken over the Ministry of Magic and is now in charge of the wizarding world, therefore the wedding is disrupted by Death Eaters.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione Disappear (teleport) to a busy London street, where they are ambushed by Death Eaters right away. They seek refuge in Harry’s enchanted house, Number Twelve Grimmauld Place, which was left to him by Sirius Black. They learn the meaning of the letters R.A.B. there. Harry and Dumbledore had gone through trials in the previous book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, to uncover a locket that Voldemort had turned into a Horcrux, but they eventually discovered that the necklace had been taken, with a phoney locket and note signed R.A.B. left behind. They now recognise the initials as those of Sirius’s deceased younger brother, Regulus Arcturus Black, a Voldemort supporter. They recall seeing a locket in the house, which is now missing.
Kreacher, the house-elf who came with the home, is summoned by Harry and his pals. Voldemort had borrowed him from Regulus and used him to test the magical barriers defending the locket, according to Kreacher. Regulus later changed his mind about serving Voldemort, and Kreacher assisted him in stealing the locket and replacing it with a fake. Mundungus Fletcher recently stole the real locket, which had been in Kreacher’s possession for many years. Harry instructs Kreacher to track down Mundungus and return him to Harry.
Later, Kreacher returns with Mundungus, who says that Dolores Umbridge, a senior officer at the Ministry of Magic, had the locket taken from him. While observing the Ministry’s efforts to persecute wizards who do not originate from pureblood wizard families, Ron, Harry, and Hermione disguise themselves as Ministry employees and sneak into the Ministry, taking the locket from Umbridge.
They are forced to quit the house and continue on the run, going from place to place and camping in the woods, after Hermione mistakenly leads one of the Death Eaters within the protective enchantments as they Disapparate back to the house on Grimmauld Place. They have no idea where to hunt for the next Horcrux or how to destroy the locket, which is guarded by tremendous magic. Harry sees a vision of Voldemort pursuing another well-known wand manufacturer and a young guy who has stolen a wand.
Harry and his companions overhear a goblin suggesting that the Sword of Gryffindor in the headmaster’s office at Hogwarts is a fake one night in the forest. Harry realises that the true Sword of Gryffindor has the ability to destroy Horcruxes and that they must locate it. Ron is irritated up with their lack of progress and abandons Harry and Hermione.
Harry and Hermione travel to Godric’s Hollow, where they pay respects to Harry’s parents’ graves and see the house where he lived before Voldemort murdered them. They pursue an elderly woman named Bathilda Bagshot into her home, believing she knows Dumbledore and can give them the sword, but she is found dead, her body occupied by Voldemort’s serpent, Nagini. They barely make it out alive, and Harry’s wand is shattered in the process.
Harry reads a new (and spiteful) biography of Dumbledore, which alleges that as a young man, Dumbledore assisted the Dark wizard Grindelwald and may have been responsible for the death of his own sister. Harry identifies the young guy Voldemort is looking for in a photograph in the book, and it is Grindelwald.
A silver doe Patronus appears one night when Harry is keeping watch and takes him to the Sword of Gryffindor, which is buried beneath the ice in a pond. The locket Horcrux around Harry’s neck tries to strangle him as he dives in. Ron saves Harry, recovers the sword, and burns the locket after he returns.
Because Hermione has discovered a peculiar symbol in the book Dumbledore left her, Harry, Ron, and Hermione go to see Xenophilius Lovegood, and they have seen Xenophilius wearing it, Harry, Ron, and Hermione go to see Xenophilius Lovegood. The Deathly Hallows are three things created by Death—the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone, and Invisibility Cloak—that grant the owner of the three objects control over death, according to Xenophilius.
They nearly escape from Xenophilius’ residence after he betrays them to the Death Eaters in order to liberate his daughter Luna, who has been imprisoned by the Ministry. Harry is tempted to forsake his search for the Horcruxes in order to pursue the Hallows. When Harry mistakenly mentions Voldemort’s name, a tracking spell is cast on them, and they are apprehended by Voldemort’s followers and hauled to Malfoy Manor.
Bellatrix Lestrange, who thought the sword they were carrying was in her vault at Gringotts bank, tortures Hermione at Malfoy Manor for information about where they acquired it. She is quite anxious about any more items they may have taken. Dobby, the Malfoys’ former house-elf, together with Ollivander the wand maker, Luna Lovegood, and Griphook the goblin, aid Harry and his pals in their escape. They are all taken to Ron’s brother Bill’s cottage by Harry.
Harry deduces that Voldemort has a Horcrux in Bellatrix’s vault based on her concern, and he convinces Griphook the goblin to assist him in breaking into the vault. Harry, Ron, and Hermione break into the vault and take the Hufflepuff Cup with the help of Griphook, then flee on the back of a dragon.
Because Harry learns from Voldemort’s vision that the ultimate Horcrux is at Hogwarts, they journey to Hogsmeade, a nearby village. They meet Aberforth, Dumbledore’s younger brother, who helps them sneak into Hogwarts by calling Neville Longbottom, who has been arranging Dumbledore’s Army meetings in the hidden Room of Requirement, through a painting. Harry asks the D.A. members, who are all his supporters, whether they can think of a significant item associated with the school, in the hopes that such an item will be the ultimate Horcrux. Ravenclaw students inform him of the Ravenclaw diadem’s disappearance.
The professors and students of Hogwarts rally to Harry’s defence while he searches for the diadem, having been told that Voldemort is on his way. In a massive battle, Voldemort and his followers attack the school, and Harry discovers and destroys the diadem Horcrux.
Voldemort murders Snape in order to obtain Dumbledore’s strong wand (because Snape killed Dumbledore, Snape is likely the rightful master of the wand until someone kills him). Snape offers Harry his memories, which are taken and stored in the Pensieve, before he dies.
Harry visits the Pensieve in the headmaster’s office and watches Snape’s most important moments. He discovers that he was utterly wrong about Snape, who had spent his entire life devoted to Harry’s mother, Lily Potter. Snape had spent his entire adult life working for Dumbledore and spying on Voldemort in order to safeguard Harry.
Harry learns during one of Snape’s chats with Dumbledore that he contains a bit of Voldemort’s soul (Harry is the ultimate Horcrux), and that he must let Voldemort kill him before Voldemort can die. He goes into the forest and lets Voldemort kill him, then wakes up in a dreamlike version of King’s Cross train station, where Dumbledore greets him and tells him that he hasn’t died, and that the protective charm Lily Potter placed on Harry is kept alive inside Voldemort because Voldemort reconstituted himself using Harry’s blood. As a result, Voldemort was unable to murder Harry, and Harry can now return to finish the job.
Voldemort returns to Hogwarts to demand the surrender of Harry, whom he believes is dead. The students and instructors stand up to Voldemort, and Neville uses the Gryffindor Sword to kill Nagini, the last Horcrux that made Voldemort invulnerable. After a final fight, Harry reveals that he is still alive and kills Voldemort in a duel.
Harry is married to Ginny and is bringing their children to Hogwarts in an epilogue set nineteen years later. Ron and Hermione are happily married, with happy families.
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