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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Chapter Twenty-four:
The Wandmaker

"Wandlore is a complex and mysterious branch of magic."

Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 477 - 501
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 386 - 405
Timeframe: ? March, 1998

In which Harry buries Dobby and regains perspective, putting the Horcrux hunt above the Hallows quest, though he realizes where the Elder Wand is and that Voldemort is about to get it as well as that there is probably a Horcrux hidden in the Lestranges' Gringotts vault. He first asks for Griphook's help in breaking into Gringotts, then asks Ollivander about the Elder Wand before telling the others that Voldemort is stealing the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's grave.

illustration by Mary Grandpré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

The same day I first met you, Griphook. My birthday, seven years ago.
Although this happened on that day, when Harry was in Diagon Alley for the first time, Harry only learned of it over a month later, reading the Daily Prophet during his first visit to Hagrid's hut (PS8).

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • none

Characters returning in this chapter:

  • Black, Sirius
  • Delacour, Fleur
  • Granger, Hermione
  • Griphook
  • Lovegood, Luna
  • Ollivander
  • Potter, Harry
  • Riddle, Tom (as Voldemort, You-Know-Who) (in Harry's vision)
  • Snape, Severus
  • Thomas, Dean
  • Weasley, Bill
  • Weasley, Ron

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

  • Dobby
  • Dumbledore, Aberforth (in the mirror)
  • Dumbledore, Albus
  • Gregorovitch
  • Grindelwald, Gellert
  • Lestrange, Bellatrix Black
  • Lestrange, Rodolphus (Bellatrix's husband)
  • Malfoy, Draco
  • Malfoy, Lucius
  • Pettigrew, Peter (as Wormtail)
  • Weasley, Arthur
  • Weasley, Ginny
  • (surname unknown), Muriel

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (in Harry's vision)
    • grounds
  • Malfoy Manor (in Harry's vision)
  • Shell Cottage, Tinworth

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

  • Burrow, the
  • Diagon Alley
    • Gringotts
  • Hogsmeade
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
    • Astronomy Tower
  • Muriel's home
  • Nurmengard

Exceptional character moments:

  • Griphook's resentment of the status of goblins relative to wand-carriers.
  • Ollivander's professional curiosity as to what would happen should Voldemort come into possession of the Elder Wand.


  • Crucio (as Cruciatus Curse)
  • Disillusionment Charm
  • Fidelius Charm
  • Priori Incantatem

Links and Resources:

  • Bestiary, the
    • dragons
    • goblins
    • house-elves
    • phoenix
    • unicorns
  • blood status
  • items and devices
    • clothing (socks)
    • Deluminator
    • Hallows, Deathly
    • Horcruxes
    • plants
      • blackthorn
      • chestnut
      • elder
      • hawthorn
      • holly
      • walnut
      • yew
    • pouch, Mokeskin
    • sword of Gryffindor
    • two-way mirror
    • wands
  • Ministry of Magic
  • Occlumency
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • Skele-Gro

Memorable lines:

  • (none yet)

Strictly British:

  • git


Picks up immediately after the preceding chapter, so it is sometime in March of 1998, during the Easter holidays.


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