And the title for the final Harry Potter book is...

122246__potter_lAfter teasing us with a story about how she’s been dreaming about Harry Potter recently, J.K. Rowling has given her fans the best holiday present of all: the name of her seventh and final HP book! (Well, a release date for said book would be great too, but hey, I’m not complaining.) And the winner is…  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Creepy. And reinforcing of the whole "I’m going to kill off two more characters" thing. It’s not exactly what I was expecting, but then, none of her titles ever are. It definitely doesn’t sound PG-rated though, and I’m sure it’s going to give younger readers a shock.

Almost as great as learning the new title was the method Rowling used to reveal the title on her website: through a game of hangman. This isn’t just any game, however — you must first click through a series of clues after being transported to another room courtesy of the eraser on her homepage (it’s a portkey!). If you get tired of trying to navigate the clues yourself, check out this set of hints. You lazy Muggle.

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  • Ruby

    I am so excited and yet dreading this. Oh my God…I have no idea what it means. Hallows doesn’t even mean anything by definition as a single word…only in All Hallow’s Eve. But then again, no one knew what the hell the Goblet of Fire meant or who the Half Blood Prince was, so I’m not surprised. But let’s just say Deathly does not bode well. It looks like we are looking at a 7/7/07 release date. Oh my God.

  • Nick@AwardsAvenue

    What a fantastic way to release the name! Even though I saw it after the fact, I was still pretty entranced by it.
    As far as the book, it saddens me that the series is drawing to a close. I’m certainly scared as to who the people are who die, but I’m also wondering if JK will continue writing after this. Obviously, she doesn’t need the money, but the quality of her work has grown so much over the course of the series, I would hate to see her hang it all up because Harry may be her magnum opus.

  • Herman

    Hallow? What is she thinking? Does this mean that the 1 or 2 of the supposedly unknown Horcrux’s is on holy ground?

  • Patti

    I found this at the Leaky Cauldron website about 8:30 this morning and wanted to grab my son back off the bus so he could go and figure it out for himself. The door usually doesn’t stay open that long, but hopefully for the rest of the day. I. Am. A. Potter. Geek.

  • Todd

    Am I the only person who had trouble getting to the game of hangman in the first place? I did all the decorations, turned the chime into a key and then…nothing. I couldn’t figure out how to open the door from there. Go ahead. Call me an idiot.

  • greg

    Ok,two insta-theories: Harry could go through the veil to save Sirius, Orpheus like (Sounds a lot like Star Trek 3) ,or Godric’s hollow could kill him somehow-the ultamite irony.

  • diggity

    Todd- I can’t get the door open either!

  • Stef

    I think you just need to click and hold on the chime/key and drag it to the keyhole. That was so fun!

  • marykate

    Anyone know what the vials of red and green “potion” are for. They can be moved and tipped into the plant, but I can’t figure out what the purpose is.

  • redgie

    Im not too crazy about the name. She couldve picked a waaaay better one. This is THE LAST BOOK EVERRRR of the series, why not pick something better than DEATHLY HALLOWS. “Deathly” is ok, it does go with the ‘getting darker-and-darker’ theme, but HALLOWS? and by the way, is it HALLOWS or HOLLOWS?? either way, it SUCKS!

  • Patti

    Complete and perfect instructions on getting the door open.

  • Alicia W.

    I’m feeling you, Ruby! I’m excited that we’re getting closer to the end of the saga, but I’m a little sad about it, too. I was just wondering the other day if JKR would remove the Do Not Disturb sign this December. This was a great holiday gift to all of her fans! Deathly Hallows will keep us theorizing until the release date (whenever that is).
    Marykate, you pour the red and green vials into the plant to gain access to some early drafts or pictures that JKR drew as she planned the story out. I can’t remember exactly what you’ll get, but it’ll be something like that. I also can’t remember how many drops of each potion you need to use or the order in which you use them. You can find that info at the Harry Potter Lexicon if you want to cheat.

  • Do it now

    Hallows are saints or spirits/ghosts or holy relics and it can also refer to Halloween, which is the night Harry’s parents died. Deathly as an adverb can mean in the manner of death or very; utterly: deathly afraid. So, it can mean almost too many things to count! I don’t think it means Death for Harry or she’s have chose Deadly instead of Deathly — she’s careful that way.

  • samross

    I am surprised by the title, but not that it was released today. Today is December 21st. The winter Solstice. JK told us it would be released today in Book 5. In Book 5 in the Dept. of Mysteries, a prophecy was smashed, and we heard a little bit of it. “…and on the solstice will come a new….. and none will come hereafter…”. December 21st?! Winter Solstice! I figured if anything was released it would be either today, or on Sunday/Monday [Christmas], but I was more in favor of today.

  • drebee

    Since the ‘Hallows’ part of the title could be linked to All Hallow’s Eve and Wikipedia describes it as “one of the liminal times of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent”, does this mean that deceased characters (i.e. Harry’s parents, Sirius, Dumbledore) will be able to contact Harry at some point in the book? And maybe help him with the final battle? I think I like this title

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