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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Allusions and Cultural References

When authors give shout outs to other great works, people, and events, it's usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Possible Historical Allusions

Since Potter-world is related to our world, but not actually in it, there aren't really any references to speak of. Basically, it refers back to earlier Harry Potter books, but not to anything outside that self-contained universe. Sure, there are hints of things that pertain to us – Grindelwald's attempted world domination in 1945 reminds us of Hitler's with its goals of (wizarding) racial purity, etc. Still, there are no direct shout-outs to anything in our so-called real-life world here.

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