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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Chapter Seven:
The Will of Albus Dumbledore

"If these things are important enough to pass on right under the nose of the Ministry, you'd think he'd have let us know why..."


Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 111 - 136
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 95 - 114
Timeframe: 31 July, 1997 [Y17]


In which it is Harry's seventeenth birthday, and Rufus Scrimgeour arrives to deliver the bequests of Albus Dumbledore to Harry, Ron, and Hermione in an attempt to pump them for information.

illustration by Mary Grandpré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

He was walking along a mountain road in the cool, blue light of dawn.

Since we learn within two paragraphs that the sun has not yet risen at the Burrow, this might help us narrow down the location of the village that Voldemort is about to enter. It's interesting that he's on foot rather than having Apparated.

a mountainous horizon and the outline of the little village cradled in a deep valley

Again, these details might help us narrow down the location.

'I think,' he said slowly, 'he's got something to do with Quidditch. There's some connection, but I can't - I can't think what it is.'

The connection is Viktor Krum - Gregorovitch made Krum's wand, according to Mr. Ollivander during the Weighing of the Wands almost three years previous to this.

(I remembered this before checking the master index or reading any further. Is that sad?)

it'll be because the thirty-one days are up

But would this be thirty-one days since the death, since the funeral, or since the reading of the will? If it is thirty-one days since the death, that gives us another piece of information in determining the date of the battle of the Tower.

Voldemort chased me across three counties

This would have been from Little Whinging to wherever the Tonks' home is (DH4).

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • none

Characters returning in this chapter:

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

  • Burrow, the

  • a village somewhere in Europe (in Harry's vision)

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

Exceptional character moments:

  • to come...

Spells:

Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • Harry thought that answering questions correctly was such a deeply ingrained habit she could not suppress the urge.

  • "A brutal triple murder by the bridegroom's mother might put a bit of a damper on the wedding."

Strictly British:

Timelines/Calendar:

Harry's birthday is 31 July.

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