© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Sacrifice

We all know what it's like to give up something – but hopefully none of us really know the kind of pain that Harry goes through in this book when he's got to give up his life to save the worl...

Choices

For the first time ever, Harry is totally at loose ends in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – he's lost the guiding lights he had in earlier books (Dumbledore, Sirius). And with no one ar...

Good versus Evil

It's the oldest story ever told – the forces of good against evil! Light vs. darkness! The heroes vs. villains! Goodies vs. baddies! Friends against foes! Yes, it's a story we've heard a bill...

Mortality

Well, seeing that the word "deathly" features prominently in our title, you can kind of figure out that death and mortality would play a pretty big role in this book. Basically, Harry is forced to...

Love

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know… every single Harry Potter book is, in some way, actually about love. But hold on – this one really is (we swear). Deathly Hallows brings this whole question o...

Identity

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know… every single Harry Potter book is, in some way, actually about love. But hold on – this one really is (we swear). Deathly Hallows brings this whole question o...

Perseverance

The real action of this book all happens in its last few chapters – up until then, it's a looooong slog for Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they try and figure out how to destroy Voldemort. Howev...

Power

Ah, power. We may dream of it and long for it, but it doesn't exactly seem all too appealing after reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which shows us that people will do some of the dirti...

Betrayal

Is betrayal really betrayal when it's in order to save the world? Huh. We're not exactly sure… maybe there's a nicer way of saying it? Either way, betrayal is a key factor here; we spend a lo...

The Home

Home, sweet… wait, what home? One of Harry Potter's greatest struggles through all the years we've known him is his sense of not belonging – he's had many places that are kind of substi...
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement