Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Friendship

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We've seen Harry and his friends get angsty before. Remember Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix?

Well, in The Deathly Hallows, Part I, Ron's the one who's mad at the world. Or maybe just Harry. Anyway, he's having a rough time being out and about with Harry and Hermione, trying to find Horcruxes with basically no clue about where to look or how to go about destroying them.

Plus, he seems to think that Harry and Hermione have some kind of secret tryst going on, which definitely isn't making him happy. So, he ends up leaving the group for a while, and it's sad times all around.

Good news, though: you can't keep wizardry's favorite trio apart for too long, and with the bonds of friendship renewed, they start make progress on this whole Horcrux thing. And thank goodness. There's enough stressful stuff going on without the infighting, so can everyone just stay friends until the end of the next movie?

Questions About Friendship

  1. How can Ron think that Hermione and Harry are an item? She's always had eyes for Ron.
  2. That said, Harry and Hermione do share a nice dance together when Ron is away, to try to cheer themselves up. Do you find that pseudoromantic? Purely friendly? A failed romantic moment that proves how much Hermione loves Ron?
  3. Do we see any examples of real friendship among the Death Eaters? Why does it matter?

Chew on This

This movie really brings the importance of friendship front and center. Without friendship, Ron and Harry never would have been able to figure out how to destroy the Horcrux, right? No one—not even Harry—can defeat Voldemort alone, it seems.

The nail in the Death Eaters' coffins? The fact that they don't form real friendships. How can they possibly sustain their little group if there's nothing but greed and evil to hold them together? A group of individuals who are only out for themselves…yeah, that can only go so far.

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