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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Chapter Fourteen:
The Thief

Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 268 - 283
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 221 - 233
Timeframe: 2 September - 3 September?, 1997 [Y17]

In which HRH have Apparated to the old Quidditch World Cup campgrounds, Ron having been splinched in the process. Hermione treats Ron's injuries and they set up camp, whereupon Harry has a vision of Voldemort interrogating Gregorovitch and realizes that Voldemort is searching for something Gregorovitch once had but which was stolen by a young man long ago.

illustration by Mary Grandpré

Interesting facts andnotes about the text of this chapter:

the charm Hermione had used to open Regulus' bedroom door
Alohomora (DH10).

Why did the young thief look familiar?
Because Harry saw a photograph of him in The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore the previous day (DH13).

it was the merry-faced thief who was in danger now
And Harry is quite right, of course, although not until Harry's subsequent vision of DH23 will we see the result.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • Gregorovitch (in Harry's vision)
  • Grindelwald, Gellert (in Gregorovitch's memory)

Characters returning in this chapter:

  • Granger, Hermione
  • Potter, Harry
  • Riddle, Tom (as Lord Voldemort, You-Know-Who) (in Harry's vision)
  • Weasley, Ron

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

  • Cattermole, Alfred (as one of the Cattermole children)
  • Cattermole, Ellie (as one of the Cattermole children)
  • Cattermole, Maisie (as one of the Cattermole children)
  • Cattermole, Mary Elizabeth
  • Cattermole, Reginald ("Reg")
  • Dumbledore, Albus
  • Flamel, Nicolas
  • Hagrid, Rubeus
  • Hopkirk, Mafalda
  • Kreacher
  • Lupin, Remus
  • Perkins
  • Snape, Severus
  • Weasley, Arthur (as Ron's dad)
  • Weasley, Fred
  • Weasley, George
  • Yaxley

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

  • Gregorovich's old workshop (in Harry's vision)
  • Quidditch World Cup campgrounds - the woods

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

  • Azkaban
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
    • Astronomy Tower
    • Forbidden Forest
    • Hagrid's hut
  • London
    • Grimmauld Place
    • Ministry of Magic

Exceptional character moments:

  • The image of Gellert Grindelwald as a young trickster in the Weasley style.


  • Accio (Summoning Charm)
  • Alohomora
  • Apparition (elfish, Side-Along, splinched)
  • Avada Kedavra (flash of green light)
  • Cave Inimicum
  • Crucio (reference to torture)
  • Disapparition
  • Erecto
  • Fidelius Charm (Secret-Keepers)
  • Muffliato
  • Protego Totalum
  • Repello Muggletum (also Muggle-repelling charm)
  • Revulsion Jinx
  • Salvio Hexia
  • Stunning Spell
  • (unnamed) spells that would put the effects of splinching right

Links and Resources:

  • Bestiary (house-elf)
  • Death Eaters
  • Dittany, Essence of
  • food
  • Harry's dreams
  • items and devices

    • handbag, Hermione's
    • Horcruxes (ring, Slytherin's locket)
    • Sneakoscope
    • tent
    • wands

  • Legilimency
  • Occlumency
  • Polyjuice Potion
  • prophecy

Memorable lines:

  • (none yet)

Strictly British:

  • blimey
  • bloke
  • Father Christmas
  • figure-of-eight
  • jumpers
  • mate
  • rudd
  • steak-and-kidney pie


Continues directly from the previous chapter and on into the night of the same day until well past ten o'clock, so it either ends on that same day or in the small hours of the next morning.


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