‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows‘ by J. K. Rowling resolves every cliffhanger, conflict, and confusion any reader might possess regarding the plot of the book series. However, it creates enough suspense and mystery through its quotes which allows readers to still keep some room for doubt as to why things happen the way they do in this book.
Despite already being dead at the time of events in this book, Albus Dumbledore doesn’t cease to quote his wisdom as he appears in Harry’s dream after Harry sacrifices himself and has a very satisfying and wholesome discussion with him about affairs at hand. Furthermore, several other quotes that are of greater significance to both ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows‘ as well as the series as a whole, make the reading of this book more worthwhile.
We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.Kingsley Shacklebolt
These lines are spoken by Kingsley Shacklebolt. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in the forest searching for Horcruxes, they end up finding a strange symbol, and then after they talk to Xenophilius Lovegood about it, they realize that these are the Deathly Hallows.
After a narrow escape from his house after the Death eaters arrive, they return to their campsite, where they eventually start listening to a radio program called ‘Potterwatch’ hosted by their friends Lee Jordan, Remus Lupin, and Kingsley Shacklebolt. When asked by Lee about how some wizards are claiming that instead of trying to protect muggles, they should focus on ‘Wizards first,’ Kingsley replies with the aforementioned lines and further claims that ‘Wizards first’ is just a step away from ‘Purebloods first’ and then ‘Death Eaters’ first. He says that every human life is of equal importance and, therefore, should be valued without discrimination.
These lines are very significant as they apply to our real world as well. At the time of crisis, although obvious that we would look unto ourselves and our kin, there is no reason to discriminate between different groups of people to protect or save. As humans, we already have a common ground and that should be enough to save each other without a doubt. Humanity is supposed to also incorporate empathy towards other beings without discrimination of any sort.
The Nature of Reality
Of course, it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?Albus Dumbledore
These lines are spoken by Albus Dumbledore in the dream reality of Harry after he sacrifices himself in the Forbidden Forest. After Harry surrenders himself to Voldemort, Voldemort aims the killing curse at Harry and but instead of gloriously relishing victory, Voldemort is thrown by the immense blast of the curse, and he ends up falling on the ground. This is because Harry is a Horcrux himself, unknowingly created by Voldemort when he killed Harry’s mother. However, Harry doesn’t die from this curse.
Instead, he is transported into a dream in his head where he meets Albus Dumbledore and has a long discussion about everything that led to this moment. They discuss how there is only one Horcrux left to destroy, after which Voldemort will be powerless, and also how Snape helped the cause and how he loved Harry’s mother, Lily. Towards the end, when Harry decides to go back and fight Voldemort till the end instead of dying, he asks Dumbledore if all this is real or if it is just happening inside his head. To this, Dumbledore responds with the above lines and illustrates how just because something is happening inside our mind, it doesn’t mean it isn’t meaningful or real.
Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.Albus Dumbledore
These lines are spoken by Albus Dumbledore to Harry in his dream after he sacrifices himself in the Forbidden Forest. After Voldemort’s killing curse knocks Harry down, he is suddenly transported into a very peaceful ‘dream world’ instead of just dying. This ‘dream world’ looks a lot like the King’s Cross Train Station in London but is bright white all over, and there are no trains in sight. Here, he sees Albus Dumbledore, whom he is very excited to see.
They discuss the circumstances he is stuck in, how he got rid of all the Horcruxes except one, and what his options for the future were. However, he seemed a little dejected about the deaths of his close friends, including Fred, Lupin, and Tonks. He was concerned that Lupin and Tonks’s son will grow up without a father. He was also worried about all the people who died protecting him. To this, Dumbledore responds with the aforementioned statement and consoles Harry by claiming that there is no point in pitying the dead. It is, in fact, the living one must pity, and more than anyone else, the people who live without love because they have very little to live for.
The people who are dead are not the ones struggling through life, and therefore, they are at peace with existence. However, the people who are alive have a lot of struggles to face, and the ones who do not live with love especially have a very difficult life to live as it is literally very little they live for.
Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.
This dialogue happens between Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape, although, in the story of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,‘ it happens when Harry collects Snape’s memories and accesses them in the Pensieve. There, Harry encounters a detailed plethora of memories beginning from the time Snape has a crush on Harry’s mother, Lily, and ends up seeing that, eventually, Lily ended up liking Harry’s father, James, and they both got married. However, Snape could never let go of the idea of his love for Lily and forever kept it buried in his mind.
Eventually, when Snape and Dumbledore are discussing the necessity of Harry Potter eventually sacrificing himself to kill the Horcrux inside him, Snape realizes the magnitude of the situation. He is taken aback when he hears that Harry must die for the Horcrux to be destroyed and that Voldemort himself must be the one to do it. This is when Snape decides to send a Patronus, which takes the form of a Doe, which is a symbol of Lily Potter, to which Dumbledore says the aforementioned lines. To which Snape responds positively and says, perhaps, his most famous line in the book series, “Always.”
This is a testament to how love can sometimes withstand the wounds that time inflicts upon us and can still be as pure and as endless despite it being unrequited. Snape was all alone as Lily had chosen to be with James, but it made no difference to Snape because he was still deeply in love with Lily, and instead of looking for love somewhere else, he devoted a major part of his life to upholding the cause Lily died for.
He can run faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo.
These lines are spoken by either Fred or George Weasley, as the book itself doesn’t explicitly solve this confusion regarding the similar voices of the two twins. While Ron, Hermione, and Harry are listening to ‘Potterwatch,’ the radio talk show meant to discuss the safety of people and family and plot against Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
After Lee Jordan, Kingsley Shacklebolt, and Remus Lupin discuss some details and safety measures to implement in their surroundings, they call upon another familiar voice under the codename Rodent, to which he firmly claims that he wants to be called ‘Rapier’ instead. He then begins to speak about how people shouldn’t spread rumors about You-Know-Who being spotted in several spots, especially when it’s already causing enough panic everywhere.
Then, when confronted with the question as to where Voldemort is, the voice responds by claiming that he is traveling out of the country and that it is a well-deserved holiday after all the things Voldemort has done so far. However, he claims that one shouldn’t do anything risky with the hopes that Voldemort is not around because he travels really fast, almost like if Snape was confronted with shampoo. This is a clever dig at how Severus Snape, who is considered to have betrayed the Order of the Phoenix, has very greasy long hair and doesn’t seem to use shampoo.
It is this brand of humor that makes Fred and George Weasley very memorable characters in the Harry Potter series.
We did it, we bashed them wee Potter’s the one, and Voldy’s gone moldy, so now let’s have fun!
A significant contender in the Harry Potter series for being funny and mischievous is also Peeves the Poltergeist. He says the aforementioned lines after the Battle of Hogwarts and the final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort take place.
Throughout the Harry Potter book series, Peeves has made appearances in some very strange circumstances and has caused a lot of trouble in the corridors and the castle as a whole.
Mr. Filch is perhaps the one who hates him the most, and several times, harry has just been vigilant enough not to alert Peeves when under his Invisibility Cloak lest Peeves out him and the whole castle wakes up. It is also significant that when the Weasley twins leave the school in style after ransacking and unloading all their pranks and crackers in Hogwarts, upsetting Dolores Umbridge, in ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,‘ it is Peeves they look up to, for their tradition to be continued by and specifically say, “Give her hell from us, Peeves.”
This speaks volumes about how refreshing mischief and humor can be in the right situation. Peeves, despite being a menace that everybody runs away from, makes a valid and funny point that only makes everybody in the castle and the readers themselves come out of the ordeal and the monstrosity that the war turned out to be.
Protection and Motherhood
Not my daughter, you bitch!Molly Weasley
These lines are spoken by Molly Weasley to Bellatrix Lestrange in the heat of battle. When the battle takes place right after Voldemort finds out that Harry is still alive despite Voldemort explicitly killing him, a lot of duels occur amidst the Death Eaters, and the members of the Order of the Phoenix merged with the students of Hogwarts. Suddenly, Bellatrix Lestrange appears in front of Ginny Weasley and shoots a curse at her, which Ginny blocks. Immediately Molly Weasley, Ginny’s mother, stands in front of her daughter, protecting her, and says the aforementioned lines. After this, they engage in a feisty battle, and eventually, Molly Weasley triumphs with victory and Bellatrix Lestrange finally gets killed.
This is a very significant point in the book and an even more significant quote because despite sometimes being curt and strict, especially with the mischievous Weasley twins, Molly Weasley has never ever remotely looked as scary as she does here. She was always very kind and nice to anyone she met and would never get in trouble or fights unnecessarily. However, in this case, her protective motherly instincts act up enough for her to even scare Bellatrix Lestrange, one of the most fearful Death Eaters. Here, Molly is fiercely fighting for her daughter and will not rest until the peril her daughter faces is destroyed, and that is exactly what happens.
“He must have known I’d want to leave you.”
“No, he must have known you would always want to come back.”
This dialogue happens between Harry and Ron. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in the forest trying to hunt down the Horcruxes, Ron has a tussle with Harry and Hermione and impulsively decides to leave to his house because he is concerned about his family. However, one day, when Harry is about to drown in a pond that had the Sword of Gryffindor, Ron makes an appearance, saves Harry from drowning, and eventually destroys the Horcrux after retrieving the Sword of Gryffindor from the pond below.
When they reconcile and have a discussion about how Ron made it back and tracked down where Hermione and Harry were, Ron says that it was due to the deluminator that Dumbledore gave him. Furthermore, Ron speculates that Dumbledore must have known that Ron would leave them in between. To which Harry responds with a very wise retort that instead of Dumbledore knowing that Ron would leave, he must’ve known that Ron would return.
This is a very significant quote because the deluminator actually helped Ron return and played no part in Ron’s leaving. It simply justifies the metaphor of the deluminator being a device that controls the light. When Ron left, he was mired by darkness and fear about the uncertainty of their journey and the well-being of his family. However, once he reached there, he realized his mistake. He came into the light, realized where he was wrong, and wanted a way to correct what he had done wrongly. Therefore, the deluminator showed him the way. It is alright to sometimes commit mistakes without knowing better, but correcting ourselves is what counts.
What is the last line of Harry Potter?
The last line of Harry Potter reads, “The scar had not pained Harry for 19 years. All was well.” This line comes in the epilogue of the book ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ after Harry and Ginny, now married, accompany their children to the King’s Cross station to board the Hogwarts Express along with Ron and Hermione, married to each other, who are also there to see their kids off. However, since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released much later, these are not technically the last lines of the entire Harry Potter canon as this play picks up from this scene in the epilogue, except that Harry’s scar does hurt.
What does Dobby say before he dies?
Dobby dies on a beach near Bill Weasley’s cabin after a knife thrown by Bellatrix Lestrange hits him in the chest when he apparates from the Malfoy Manor to this beach. His last lines are told when he lies down on Harry’s lap breathing his last. He says, “Such a beautiful place, to be with friends. Dobby is happy to be with his friend, Harry Potter.” This is one of the most heartwrenching scenes in the book. After his death, harry, devastated, decides to bury him in a grave that is dug naturally and without magic as a sign of respect for Dobby.
Was the Resurrection Stone a Horcrux?
The Resurrection Stone is one of the Deathly Hallows given to Marvolo Gaunt by his father and has been passed on through the generations all the way from the second Peverell brother, who actually got it from Death himself. It was forged into a ring by Salazar Slytherin when he probably got it. However, when Tom Riddle was looking for artifacts of significance to be converted into Horcruxes, he turned the ring into a Horcrux as well, with no knowledge of it being a Deathly Hallow or a Ressurection Stone.