Here are five hidden messages within the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and films of the must-have YA series of the early 00s.
Authors are often scrutinised for being too flippant. As the pages turn more questions seemed to be left unanswered. This leads fans to believe that the author doesn’t know which way their story is heading. This was the case for the YA fans who quickly devoured the Harry Potter books as they released.
But J.K. Rowling knew exactly what she was doing. At moments were all seemed lost, she had it all mapped out.
Rowling even left subtle clues. But we were far too engrossed in the storyline to notice them at first.
We’ve delved into the deeper meanings hidden in plain sight in The Philosopher’s Stone. But what about the other books? There are so many messages lurking within Rowling’s writing that it can be hard to keep up.
1. Seven Harry Potters
Up until his 17th birthday Harry Potter was under the protection of a powerful spell. This enabled him to live undetected as long as he remained with blood relatives.
At the end of this spell, he would need to leave Privet Drive undetected. The Order decided that each would take the polyjuice potion. Seven Harry Potters fled from Harry’s family home that night. Seven Potters to resemble the seven pieces of Voldemort’s soul which he split.
The significance becomes more poignant as Harry’s friends took the risk out of their love for him. An act to offset Voldemort’s evil intentions.
2. The three brothers
The story of The Three Brothers was a favourite part for many HP fans. It’s rare for stories within a story to work effectively. But Rowling’s brief yet descriptive count of the brothers fit perfectly.
The story describes three brothers who encounter Death, after avoiding his snare. As a cunning gift, Death gifts each brother with anything they desire. The first brother asks for the most powerful wand. The second asks for something to allow him to bring people back from the dead. The third, something which would make him invisible.
The first brother is killed by thieves who steal the wand. The second, after receiving his deceased lover, kills himself. The third brother remains invisible until he greets Death as an old man.
The motives and ultimate fate of the brothers seem to replicate some of the key characters. Voldemort was hungry for power; he relentlessly hunted the wand. But the wand betrayed him and resulted in his death. Snape spent his whole life devoted to his lost love, Lily. This led to his death. Whereas Harry greeted death like an old friend, paving the way to his victory.
3. The loss of a brother
The Battle of Hogwarts was epic. The descriptions were phenomenal. Even the cinematography of the movie resembled the book. But the film also gave something to the viewer that the book couldn’t. And it was one of the sweetest hidden meanings in the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter caused many reactions when he revealed he was still alive. But the cameras caught the best reaction. One that many may have missed.
As a shot zoomed into the reactions of his loved ones at seeing their beloved Potter alive. George turned to his side to share the moment with his brother, Fred. As they would have done throughout their lives as twins. But the space next to Fred was empty as he had lost his life in battle. It’s a powerful shot, which I urge you to acknowledge on your next binge.
4. A Fading Voldemort
When it comes to the storyline nothing beats the written word. The imagination you conjure when reading often isn’t completely justified on screen.
Though, the final two films show something quite powerful. Each time one of the Horcrux’s demised, the screenshot to Voldemort’s reaction. But if you look closely, each time this happens his cloak appears to fade shorter. Giving the effect of Voldemort fading each time one of the pieces of his soul is destroyed.
5. The Elder Wand
The meaning behind the Elder Wand isn’t hidden. In fact, the wand takes part in a whole different story of its own.
The final scenes of The Deathly Hallows Part 2 show Harry breaking the wand in two and throwing it into the abyss. Though, the book gives a different ending. One where Harry uses the wand to fix his own. He then places the wand back into Dumbledore’s crypt, in the hopes that it will eventually lose its power.
This is quite significant. Firstly, it sums up Potter’s overall nature. He only uses the wand to fix his own as he feels he doesn’t need that much power. It also shows the respect he has for Dumbledore, even after he passed. After all, Dumbledore was one of Harry’s father figures from infancy.
Are there any hidden messages in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows we missed? Let us know in the comments below.
Read about hidden messages in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone HERE
Read IMDB information about the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies HERE.
Harry Potter: The Questions You Keep Asking, Answered
It’s been over 24 years since the first instalment of the Harry Potter series was published. But regardless of the length of time passed, many questions are still left unanswered. Fansites still tear apart page upon page looking for the key to unlock J. K. Rowling’s extraordinary mind. Interviewers have fired question after question at the infamous author. Yet, when one question is answered, it seems to open the flood gates for many more.
J. K. Rowling has now moved onto crime fiction. But she still finds the odd spare moment to grace Potter fans with her virtual presence. Using Twitter to answer some of the endless questions’ fans have conjured.
Let’s take a look at some of the most valid Harry Potter questions asked on Twitter and how J.K. Rowling answered them.
What happened to Fluffy the three-headed dog?
Poor Fluffy wasn’t mentioned again after being set free in the Forbidden Forest. Never fear! Rowling is here to tell us of Fluffy’s fate.
Back in February 2015, Rowling replied to the question on Twitter. stating that ‘He was repatriated to Greece. Dumbledore liked to put Hagrid’s more foolish acquisitions back where they belong.’
Beyond the happily ever after
A snapshot of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s Happily Ever After is presented at the end of the final book. The three (and Ginny) complete the circle by walking their own children to the Hogwarts train.
But, their lives developed much more than having children. As Rowling revealed back in 2007. Hermione began her career within the Ministry of Magic. She worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Here, she became instrumental in the improvements for the treatment of house-elves. After this, she moved to the Dept. of Magical Law Enforcement, where she ensured the eradication of pro-pureblood laws.
Harry and Ron took different paths. Harry became an aura, a highly trained law enforcement officer. Ron went into the family business, helping his brother run Weasley’s Wizarding Wheels.
Did Harry, Ron and Hermione return to their schooling?
There’s a huge gap at the end of The Deathly Hallows. The pages seem to jump from the defeat of Voldemort to 19 years later. So did the famous trio return to school?
Rowling stated that Hermione returned to Hogwarts to complete her NEWT’s. But Harry and Ron did not, instead, they followed their career paths straight away. Although, I’m pretty sure defeating the source of all evil scores big points on a C.V.
Harry’s scar shape is important, right?
Well, no. Unfortunately, Rowling just thought ‘it looked cool’.
Potter super-fans have other ideas, though. One Tweet back in 2019 revealed that the scar could symbolise much more. @TodayYearsOld Tweeted:
‘Did you know Harry Potter’s scar isn’t a lightning bolt, but the hand motion to cast Avada Kedavra.’
Avada Kedavra is a killing curse used within the Dark Arts. The hand movement looks like a lightning bolt, but much softer. Not surprisingly, the Tweet went viral and caused shock waves through the Potter community.
What does Hufflepuff’s common room look like?
We are taken on a trip to Slytherin and Ravenclaw’s common room, and we spend a lot of time in Gryffindor’s. So, when fans asked Rowling for a description, she was only too happy to oblige.
‘The Hufflepuff common room is accessed through a portrait near the kitchens, as I am sure you have deduced. Sorry – I should say ‘painting’ rather than portrait because it is a still-life. It is a very cosy and welcoming place, as dissimilar as possible from Snape’s dungeon. Lots of yellow hangings, fat armchairs, and underground tunnels leading to the dormitories. All of which have perfectly round doors, like barrel tops.’
Is there more than one Wizarding school?
If you are one of those people who watch the films before the books. You’ll have probably asked ‘Is Hogwarts the only school for wizards?’. In this instance, it’s the books that hold the key, and if you take notes in ‘The Goblet of Fire.’ Students from other schools arrive at Hogwarts to attend the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
The books reveal more about a couple of schools, such as the Palace of Beauxbatons. Beauxbatons is a beautiful chateau situated in the Pyrenees mountains of Southern France. Durmstrang is another, and one of the three largest in Europe. Durmstrang is situated in the northmost regions of Norway or Sweden and is known for its Dark Arts.
Rowling has since revealed more schools, including Castelobruxo, Mahoutokoro, Uagadou and Ilverymorny.
Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood end up together?
It’s a no, which has disappointed fans. But the two remained close friends as Luna followed a career in Wizarding Naturalism. She became famous for tracking rare creatures before marrying Rolf Scamander.
Neville married fellow Hogwarts student Hannah Abbot. Surprisingly, Neville became an aura before returning to Hogwarts as a Herbology Professor.
Did Draco Malfoy get his just desserts?
This is a big one for Potter fans who wished to see Draco pay for everything he subjugated Harry to. But, as The Deathly Hallows hints, it appears he went through a huge transformation.
Draco was a complex character, not only a member of Slytherin, but he was also a bully. But much of his behaviour came from his upbringing.
Draco tried to prove himself to the Dark Lord, only to be rescued by the three he often tormented. This caused him and his mother to neglect Voldemort once it was believed Harry was dead. The two avoided Azkaban, and he went into a very dark place, emotionally. But he emerged a changed man. He had a wife and a son, and a simple nod to the trio 29 years on seemed to solidify that he had changed.
Thanks for reading our article on unanswered Harry Potter questions now answered. Did you already know these? Did we miss any big ones? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out 5 Hidden Messages In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows That You Missed HERE.
Read IMDB information on Harry Potter HERE.
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