HogPro’s Deathly Hallows 20 Discussion Points: An Introduction

If you haven’t read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, get outta here! The next twenty questions and the posts here forever more will assume you have read the book — and there will be no spoiler warnings.

I will be at Barnes and Noble.com today to discuss these points and their threads but will be checking back in here regularly to put up your comments. Have at it, friends! This is what we’ve been waiting two years to discuss! Tell your friends to join us here for the best forum-look at Deathly Hallows anywhere (Well, you gotta love the all-comers smorgasbord at Sword of Gryffindor today, too!).

The Twenty Deathly Hallows Discussion Points are:

1. The Covers
2. The Opening Quotations from Aeschylus and Penn
3. The Christian Ending
4. Stoppered Death
5. Narrative Misdirection
6. The Hero’s Journey
7. The Rubedo
8. Postmodern Themes
9. Traditional Symbolism
10. Beheadings
11. Unrequited Love
12. Horcrux Hunting
13. Ron’s Departure and Return
14. Transformations
15. Nazi Echoes
16. The Name Taboo
17. Phallic Phantasy?
18. Fairy Tales
19. The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore
20. Disappointed?

Point, click, wax loquacious!


  1. guynameddave says

    Yes! Christine, it sounds crazy to say so, but I think those two quotes pivotal to understanding HP. My feeling is that HP is a narrative exposition of Matt 6:19-24.

  2. I was unsure where to add this comment. Did anyone else note that the quotations on the graves in Godric’s Hollow were directly from scripture? The quotation “Where your treasure lies, there also will your heart be.” is from Matthew 6:21 and the quotation “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” is 1 Corinthians 15:26.

  3. esoterica1693 says

    The whole series is, in a way. It all comes down to just how Dumbledore put the Philosopher’s Stone in the Mirror. Only the one who wanted it for the right reasons, and not for treasure, could retrieve it. I posted on the Dumbledore thread
    how this theme runs throughout the series from beginning to the very end.

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