"Goblins and elves are not used to the protection, or the respect, that you have shown this night."
Harry buries Dobby and regains perspective, putting the Horcrux hunt above the Hallows quest. He realizes where the Elder Wand is and that Lord Voldemort is about to obtain it. He also believes there is probably a Horcrux hidden in the Lestranges’ Gringotts vault. He first asks for the goblin Griphook’s help in breaking into Gringotts Bank, then asks Mr Ollivander about the Elder Wand before telling Ron and Hermione that Voldemort is stealing the Elder Wand from Dumbledore’s grave.
Calendar and Dates
Picks up immediately after the preceding chapter, so it is sometime in March of 1998, during the Easter holidays.
Interesting facts and notes
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).
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.
"I want to do it properly," were the first words which Harry was fully conscious of speaking. "Not by magic. Have you got a spade?"
His scar burned, but he was master of the pain; he felt it, yet was apart from it. He had learned control at last, learned to shut his mind to Voldemort, the very thing Dumbledore had wanted him to learn from Snape. Just as Voldemort had not been able to possess Harry while Harry was consumed with grief for Sirius, so his thoughts could not penetrate Harry now, while he mourned Dobby. Grief, it seemed, drove Voldemort out ... though Dumbledore, of course, would have said that it was love ...
"Thank you so much, Dobby, for rescuing me from that cellar. It's so unfair that you had to die, when you were so good and brave. I'll always remember what you did for us. I hope you're happy now."
"Here lies Dobby, a Free Elf"
"You are an unusual wizard, Harry Potter."
"In what way?" asked Harry, rubbing his scar absently.
"You dug the grave."
"Mudblood, and proud of it! I've got no higher position under this new order than you have Griphook! It was me they chose to torture, back at the Malfoys'!"
"The wand chooses the wizard," said Ollivander. "That much has always been clear to those of us who have studied wandlore."
Words and phrases
From the Web
Writing by J K Rowling on WizardingWorld (Pottermore): Mr Ollivander
- On the Elder Wand
- MuggleCast Episode 140: You Just Got MuggleCast’d (Chapters 24 and 25 of Deathly Hallows)
- The Homes of "Harry Potter"
- Five things you should know about Griphook
Harry Potter Wiki: Dobby
WizardingWorld (Pottermore) feature: How loyal is a wand to a wizard?
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