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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Chapter Fifteen:
The Goblin's Revenge

"I saw no reason to trouble them with the information."

Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 284 - 310
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 234 - 254
Timeframe: 3 September - ?, 1997

In which HRH spend weeks moving from place to place, failing either to destroy the locket Horcrux or to think of a lead to find the others and squabbling with one another in frustration, aggravated by the Horcrux's poisonous influence. Eventually they stumble across other fugitives - a party of Muggle-born wizards and goblins on the run - and learn that a fake has been substituted for Gryffindor's sword. They then question the portrait of Phineas Nigellus (which Hermione hid in her bag) and learn that the sword should be able to destroy Horcruxes. Ron, his self-control sapped by the Horcrux, then loses his temper and leaves.

illustration by Mary Grandpré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

purple moors
Could be either northern England or Scotland, to name two possibilities.

gorse-covered mountainsides
We might be able to narrow this down a little, though.

a sheltered and pebbly cove
The fact that it's empty of people (albeit late in the year) coupled with the description might let us narrow down the location a little, at least by elimination.

As the days stretched into weeks
So this would be at least 14 days.

Autumn rolled over the countryside
Autumn officially begins at the equinox, which would put this at 21 September.

Might be Confunded. If so, I'd like to shake the hand of the witch or wizard who did it, probably saved my life.
Ironic, because it was probably a Death Eater, judging from what was said in DH1.

Did you think you'd be back to Mummy by Christmas?
"Home by Christmas" is not a good phrase when associated with any kind of a war.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • Cresswell, Dirk
  • Gornuk

Characters returning in this chapter:

  • Black, Phineas Nigellus (portrait)
  • Granger, Hermione
  • Griphook
  • Potter, Harry
  • Thomas, Dean
  • Tonks, Ted
  • Weasley, Ron

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

  • Borgin
  • Burke
  • Dumbledore, Albus
  • Dumbledore, Albus (portrait)
  • Dursley, Dudley
  • Dursley, Petunia
  • Dursley, Vernon
  • Grindelwald, Gellert (not named)
  • Gryffindor, Godric (as one of the founders)
  • Hagrid, Rubeus
  • Hufflepuff, Helga (as one of the founders)
  • Longbottom, Neville
  • Lovegood, Luna
  • Lovegood, Xenophilius ("Xeno")
  • Moody, Alastor ("Mad-Eye"
  • Nagini
  • Perkins
  • Ravenclaw, Rowena (as one of the founders)
  • Riddle, Tom (as Voldemort, You-Know-Who)
  • Slytherin, Salazar (as one of the founders)
  • Snape, Severus
  • Potter, James
  • Potter, Lily Evans
  • Thomas (Dean's father)
  • Thomas (Dean's mother)
  • Tonks, Andromeda Black
  • Umbridge, Dolores
  • Weasley, Bill
  • Weasley, George
  • Weasley, Ginny
  • Weasley, Molly (as Ron's mother)

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

  • Quidditch World Cup campgrounds - woods
  • riverbank in Wales, a
  • (unnamed) small market town
  • (unnamed) lonely farm
  • (unnamed) woods
  • (unnamed) cliffs, shadowy crevices of
  • (unnamed) moors, purple
  • (unnamed) mountainsides, gorse-covered

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

  • Albania
  • Azkaban
  • Hogsmeade (Shrieking Shack)
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • London
    • Borgin and Burkes
    • Gringotts
    • Ministry of Magic
    • Muggle orphanage
    • tower block of offices
  • number four, Privet Drive (as the Dursleys')

Exceptional character moments:

  • The goblins, who are not taking sides in a wizards' war but are on the run for their own reasons.
  • Phineas Nigellus, referring to his own portrait as "a great work of art".
  • Ron's quarrel with his friends, although it has to be taken together with DH19 for anything like a complete picture.


  • Accio
  • Apparition
  • Confundus Charm (as verb Confunded)
  • Crucio (as the Cruciatus Curse)
  • Disapparition
  • Disillusionment Charms
  • Expecto Patronum (Patronus)
  • Muffliato
  • Muggle-Repelling Charms
  • Obscuro
  • Protego
  • possession (mentioned)
  • Stupefy (as verb Stunned)

Links and Resources:

  • Bestiary (Crumple-Horned Snorkacks, dementors, house-elves, salmon)
  • Daily Prophet
  • Dark Magic
  • Death Eaters
  • food
  • Hogwarts Express
  • items and devices

    • armor, goblin-made
    • Cloak, Invisibility
    • Dark objects
    • eye, magical
    • handbag, Hermione's
    • Horcruxes (Slytherin's locket)
    • Sneakoscope
    • sword of Gryffindor
    • tent
    • Weasley's Wizard Wheezes (Extendable Ears)

  • languages (Gobbledegook)
  • medical magic (spattergroit)
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • The Quibbler
  • Transfiguration (Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration, also its Five Principal Exceptions)

Memorable lines:

  • (none yet)

Strictly British:

  • aerial
  • biscuits
  • gorse (possibly just point strictly British entry to plants)
  • moor
  • mum
  • pass-the-parcel
  • tower block


Begins the day after the episode at the Ministry, which puts the beginning of the chapter at 3 September. The action then stretches over "weeks". Subsequent chapters let us put an upper limit on how long this could have been (the chapter ends before Christmas, for instance) but at the moment we can't be more sure of the timeframe.


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