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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Chapter Twenty-one:
The Tale of the Three Brothers

"I suppose this is the man who brought us Crumple-Horned Snorkacks."

Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 405 - 423
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 329 - 343
Timeframe: 27 December, 1997

In which Xenophilius Lovegood explains that the symbol is the symbol of the Deathly Hallows, and that the origin of the story is "The Tale of the Three Brothers", which Hermione then reads aloud. Xenophilius then explains the symbolism of the symbol and discusses the Hallows. Harry, wandering around the house, notices that there is no sign of Luna having been present for weeks, then confronts Xenophilius. Xenophilius then reveals that the Death Eaters took her, and he plans to hold HRH until they arrive so that he can trade them for her. HRH manage to escape while making it clear that Xenophilius wasn't making up what he told the Death Eaters.

illustration by Mary Grandpré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

Still to come...

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • none

Characters returning in this chapter:

  • Granger, Hermione
  • Lovegood, Xenophilius
  • Potter, Harry
  • Selwyn
  • Travers
  • Weasley, Ron

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

  • Arcus
  • Binns, Professor
  • Death (in the story)
  • Deverill, Barnabas
  • Dursleys, the (as the people who raised Harry)
  • Egbert the Egregious
  • Emeric the Evil
  • Godelot
  • Granger, Mr. and Mrs. (as the people who raised Hermione)
  • Hereward
  • Livius
  • Longbottom, Neville
  • Lovegood, Luna
  • Lovegood, Mrs. (photograph)
  • Loxias
  • Olivander
  • Peverell, Antioch
  • Peverell, Cadmus
  • Peverell, Ignotus (the youngest brother)
  • Krum, Viktor (as "that knuckle-headed young man")
  • Weasley, Bill (as Ron's brother)
  • Weasley, Ginny
  • Weasley, Molly (as Ron's mother)
  • (unnamed) wizard defeated by the first brother
  • (unnamed) wizard who killed the first brother
  • (unnamed) sweetheart of the second brother

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

  • Lovegoods' house

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

  • (in the story) lonely, winding road
  • (in the story) river
  • St. Mungo's

Exceptional character moments:

  • Mr. Lovegood's desperation.
  • Luna's paintings.


  • Bedazzling Hex
  • Disillusionment Charm
  • Deprimo
  • Homenum revelio
  • Hover Charm
  • Obliviate
  • Stunning Spell

Links and Resources:

  • Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans
  • Bestiary
    • Demiguise
    • Erumpent
    • Plimpies, Freshwater
    • Snorkack, Crumple-Horned
  • books
    • Tale of Beedle the Bard, The
  • Death Eaters
  • items and devices
    • Cloak of Invisibility
    • Hallows, Deathly
      • Cloak of Invisibility
      • Elder Wand, the (Deathstick, Wand of Destiny)
      • Resurrection Stone
    • photographs
    • printing press
    • wands
  • plants
    • Gurdyroot
  • Ministry of Magic
  • money
  • Quibbler, The
  • slang (list of wizarding proverbs)

Memorable lines:

  • "Everybody always requests our recipe for Freshwater Plimpy soup."
    "Probably to show the Poisoning Department at St. Mungo's," said Ron under his breath.

Strictly British:

  • bored of (In the U.S. we'd say "bored with")
  • rubbish
  • village


Begins immediately after the previous chapter, on the same day.


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