Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The seventh and final book in the modern witchcraft series Harry Potter tells the story of famous Harry Potter’s final battle against the evil Lord Voldemort. However this doesn’t take place until the final third of the book, a vast amount has to happen before Harry and his friend’s are ready to face the battle of their lives.
At the close of the previous book Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the only man to ever truly concern Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore is struck by a killing curse from a fellow faculty member Professor Severus Snape. He and Harry had just returned from a dangerous journey in search of Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes (inanimate objects which hold a torn piece of Voldemort’s soul) when they are attacked by Snape and his fellow Death Eaters (Supporters of Lord Voldemort). After Dumbledore’s death Harry vows that he will finish the work his Headmaster had begun and he and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger leave Hogwarts in order to track down the remaining lost Horcruxes.
The book begins as Harry sends his Muggle (non-magical) aunt, uncle and cousin out of their own home as the magical protection that has lingered over Harry and his mother’s sister’s house is broken upon Harry’s seventeenth birthday. Harry in turn chooses to also leave the house and a number of decoys are organized so that Harry may fly safely to the Burrow, the home of the all magic Weasley family. The innate theme of tragedy rears it’s head even this early on in the novel when, during his escape from Privet Drive Harry and his companions are attacked, causing several to be wounded and even leading to the loss of a character that has been a central part of the books since their beginning. The softer readers should expect a few tears at this point; these will be the first of many in the grand finale of the Harry Potter saga.
Upon arriving safely at the Burrow Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione decide to isolate themselves in order to keep their family and friends safe, Ron arranges to have his household ghoul act as his stand in, retiring the creature to his own bed with a bad case of Spattergroit, whilst Hermione performs a complex and heart wrenching charm that removes all memory of her from her parent’s minds. This done the three intend to set off in search of the lost Horcruxes when suddenly, in the midst of a family wedding at the Burrow, Death Eaters attack and the three companions are forced to make a swift exit.