full title Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
author J. K. Rowling
type of work Novel
genre Fantasy, quest, bildungsroman
language English (translated into sixty-five languages)
time and place written Scotland, 2005–2007
date of first publication July 21, 2007
publisher Scholastic Inc.
narrator Third person
point of view Subjective, showing Harry Potter’s thoughts and feelings (Chapter One is third-person objective, following Snape)
tone Brooding, emotional, suspenseful
setting (time) Present day
setting (place) Various locations in the UK including London, Diagon Alley, number twelve Grimmauld Place, the Forest of Dean, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
protagonist Harry Potter
major conflict Harry must find and destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes, which are well-hidden and well-defended, but he struggles with the fact that Dumbledore’s instructions are extremely cryptic, and rumors about Dumbledore undermine Harry’s confidence in him.
rising action Harry hears rumors about Dumbledore in the obituaries, from Aunt Muriel, and from Rita Skeeter’s biography. Harry and friends receive the Snitch, Deluminator, and book, which they don’t know what to do with. Harry and friends make progress on the quest, recovering the Sword of Gryffindor, the locket, the Hufflepuff Cup, and the Lost Diadem.
climax Harry sees Dumbledore talking to Snape in the Pensieve and learns that Dumbledore planned Harry’s death.
falling action Harry doesn’t die and learns that Dumbledore really loved him. Harry defeats Voldemort.
themes The difficulty of loving the dead; the importance of second chances; keeping faith with the dead
motifs Rumor and gossip; mastering death; Avada Kedavra
symbols The Resurrection Stone; the Elder Wand; the locket Horcrux
foreshadowing Bill Weasley warning Harry about cheating goblins, the Snitch’s message “I open at the close”