Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final book of Harry Potter novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The book was released on July 21, 2007, ending the series that began in 1997 with the publication of Harry Potter 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 between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort.Deathly Hallows is published in the UK by Bloomsbury Publishing, in the USA by Scholastic Press, in Canada by Raincoast Books and in Australia and New Zealand by Allen & Unwin. Released globally in ninety-three countries, Deathly Hallows broke sales records as the fastest-selling book ever, selling more than eleven million copies in the first twenty-four hours following its release. The previous record, nine million in its first day, had been held by Half-Blood Prince.The search beginsDuring Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour''s wedding reception, Kingsley Shacklebolt''s Patronus arrives, announcing that Scrimgeour is dead and the Ministry is now under Voldemort''s control. As Death Eaters approach, Harry, Ron and Hermione disapparate, ultimately taking refuge in 12 Grimmauld Place. There, Harry deduces that Sirius Black''s late brother Regulus was the "R.A.B" who removed the locket Horcrux from the sea cave.[HP6] Hermione recalls seeing a locket amongst house-elf Kreacher''s possessions.[HP5] Kreacher reveals that he placed the locket Horcrux in the cave for Voldemort, and Regulus died retrieving it. The Horcrux has since fallen into Dolores Umbridge''s possession, due to Mundungus Fletcher looting the house. The trio infiltrate the Ministry of Magic disguised by Polyjuice Potion and recover the locket, but their hideout at Grimmauld Place is compromised, forcing them to flee.The trio learn that the Sword of Gryffindor confiscated by the Ministry is a replica. Harry wants to find the real one because it can destroy Horcruxes, but a frustrated Ron leaves the group. Harry and Hermione search for the sword in Godric''s Hollow, but they are ambushed by Nagini and Voldemort. During their escape, Hermione accidentally breaks Harry''s wand.In the Forest of Dean, a doe-shaped Patronus leads Harry to an icy pond containing the Gryffindor sword. As Harry attempts to retrieve it, the locket Horcrux around his neck begins strangling him. He is saved by Ron, who returns using the Deluminator and destroys the locket with the sword. Reunited with his friends, Ron warns them that Voldemort''s name is now a Taboo: uttering it reveals the speaker''s location to bounty hunters, known as Snatchers.The Deathly HallowsThe trio learn from Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna''s father, that the mysterious symbol represents the three Deathly Hallows: the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone, and Invisibility Cloak. When pressed about Luna''s absence, Lovegood admits that Death Eaters abducted her in retaliation for supporting Harry in his paper, The Quibbler. Fearing for Luna''s safety, he has alerted the Ministry that the trio are there, but they escape.Harry is convinced Voldemort is seeking the Elder Wand. When he inadvertently speaks Voldemort''s name, they are immediately captured by Snatchers and imprisoned at Malfoy Manor, along with Luna, Dean, Ollivander and Griphook. Finding Gryffindor''s sword among the trio''s possessions, Bellatrix Lestrange worries they have broken into her Gringotts vault, and tortures Hermione for answers. Dobby apparates into the cellar and rescues Luna, Dean, and Ollivander, prompting Peter Pettigrew to investigate the noise. He throttles Harry, but reminded that he owes a life debt,[HP3] Pettigrew loosens his grip, causing his own silver hand to choke him to death in retribution. Harry and Ron rush upstairs to rescue Hermione. Ron disarms Bellatrix and Harry takes Draco''s wand. Dobby reappears, and they disapparate to Bill and Fleur Wellatrix throws a knife that kills Dobby.At the cottage, Ollivander confirms the Elder Wand''s existence and says that a wand can transfer its allegiance if the previous owner is defeated or disarmed. Bellatrix''s behaviour convinces the trio that another Horcrux is hidden in the Lestrange vault. Aided by Griphook, they infiltrate Gringotts Bank and retrieve Hufflepuff''s Cup Horcrux.Meanwhile, Voldemort opens Dumbledore''s tomb and steals the Elder Wand.
Dumbledore captured it after defeating the dark wizard Grindelwald in a duel. Voldemort believes it is the only wand powerful enough to defeat Harry. Voldemort also realises that his Horcruxes are being destroyed; his mind link with Harry unintentionally reveals that another Horcrux is hidden in Hogwarts.The Battle of HogwartsThe trio travel to Hogsmeade, where Aberforth Dumbledore smuggles them into Hogwarts. Harry alerts the staff to Voldemort''s impending invasion, while Hogwarts allies arrive for assistance. As Harry learns about Rowena Ravenclaw''s Diadem Horcrux, Hermione destroys the Cup Horcrux with a basilisk fang retrieved from the Chamber of Secrets.[HP2] Harry recalls seeing the diadem in the Room of Requirement.[HP6] The trio are attacked there by Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle; Crabbe mishandles the powerful Fiendfyre spell, killing himself and destroying the diadem, although the others escape.Harry glimpses Voldemort''s mind again, leading the trio to the Shrieking Shack. Inside, they witness Voldemort kill Snape with Nagini, believing it will make him the Elder Wand''s master. As Snape dies, he gives Harry memories that prove his loyalty to Dumbledore, motivated by his lifelong love for Harry''s mother Lily. After being cursed by Gaunt''s ring Horcrux, a dying Dumbledore ordered Snape to kill him, if necessary, at a strategic time. It was Snape who sent the doe Patronus in the Forest of Dean. The memories also reveal that Harry himself is a Horcrux.Resigned to death, Harry approaches Voldemort''s camp in the Forbidden Forest. Along the way, he finds the Resurrection Stone inside the Snitch and uses it to summon the spirits of his parents, Sirius Black and the recently killed Remus Lupin, who comfort him and provide safe passage through hundreds of Dementors. Voldemort then strikes him with Avada Kedavra. Awakening in an ethereal place, Harry is uncertain whether he is alive or dead. Dumbledore appears and explains that Voldemort''s Horcrux within Harry has been destroyed. He says that just as Voldemort cannot die while his soul fragments remain, Harry is also protected from death because his blood was used in Voldemort''s resurrection.Harry revives, but feigns death. Narcissa Malfoy, motivated to protect her son, helps Harry. Voldemort has Hagrid carry Harry''s body to Hogwarts as a trophy. When Neville Longbottom defies Voldemort, the Sorting Hat is placed aflame on his head; pulling it off, he withdraws Gryffindor''s sword from it and beheads Nagini, destroying the final Horcrux. As the fighting resumes, many magical folk join the battle against the Death Eaters. No one is affected by Voldemort''s spells, as they are protected by Harry''s willing sacrifice. Harry challenges Voldemort, aware of the Elder Wand''s true allegiance. When Draco Malfoy disarmed Dumbledore on the Astronomy Tower,[HP6] he unknowingly became the Elder Wand''s master; Harry usurped him when he captured Draco''s own wand. Voldemort casts a Killing Curse as Harry conjures a Disarming Spell, but the Elder Wand backfires Voldemort''s curse, killing him.Among the battle''s casualties are Fred Weasley, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Colin Creevey, and Bellatrix Lestrange. Harry tells Dumbledore''s portrait he is keeping the Invisibility Cloak, but the Resurrection Stone will remain lost in the forest, while the Elder Wand is to be returned to Dumbledore''s tomb, where its power will be extinquished if Harry dies undefeated. Dumbledore approves. Befor