Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by J.K. Rowling
Mortality Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"'The Tale of the Three Brothers' is a story," said Hermione firmly. "A story about how humans are frightened of death. If surviving was as simple as hiding under the Invisibility Cloak, we'd have everything we need already!" (22.6)
Hermione's kind of right – and mostly wrong, given the events of the rest of the book. Her point about humans' fear of death is right on, though; we'll do anything to talk around, above, and through death and the threat of it.
"No – no – no!" someone was shouting. "No! Fred! No!"
And Percy was shaking his brother, and Ron was kneeling beside them, and Fred's eyes stared without seeing, the ghost of his last laugh still etched upon his face. (31.187-188)
This is the worst death we've seen yet – Dobby was one thing, but Fred Weasley is another. For the first time since Sirius's death in Book 5, we witness the direct, immediate impact of death on those left behind.
Finally, the truth. Lying with his face pressed into the dusty carpet of the office, Harry understood at last that he was not supposed to survive. His job was to walk calmly into Death's welcoming arms. Along the way, he was to dispose of Voldemort's remaining links to life, so that when at last he flung himself across Voldemort's path, and did not raise a wand to defend himself, the end would be clean, and the job that ought to have been done in Godric's Hollow would be finished: Neither would live, neither would survive. (34.1)
The truth about the Harry-Voldemort prophecy emerges – it's all been about death all along. While Harry had interpreted it as meaning only one of them would survive, it turns out that there's nothing at the end of this path but his own demise.