The trio learn from Xenophilius Lovegood that the cryptic symbol they have repeatedly encountered represents the three Deathly Hallows: the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility Cloak. Xenophilius tells about the Deathly Hallows and the story of the Three Brothers who each took respective "gifts" from death. When pressed about Luna's absence, Lovegood admits that Death Eaters abducted her in retaliation for supporting Harry in his paper, The Quibbler. Hoping for Luna's return, he has alerted Death Eaters of the trio's whereabouts, but they escape. Shortly after this escape, Harry figures out that the clues are suggesting that he already has one of the Hallows (the Invisibility Cloak), and may have been secretly given another one in Dumbledore's will (the Resurrection Stone, hidden inside the snitch). His possession of the Invisibility Cloak proves him to be a descendant of Ignotus Peverell, the third brother, who is buried at Godric's Hollow.
Soon after, Harry accidentally uses the name of Voldemort, and the trio are captured and taken to Malfoy Manor, where they join the imprisoned Luna, Dean, Ollivander and Griphook. Finding Gryffindor's Sword among the trio's possessions, Bellatrix Lestrange fears they have broken into her Gringotts vault, and tortures Hermione for information. Help arrives in the form of Dobby, who Apparates into the cellar and rescues Luna, Dean and Ollivander. Harry and Ron rush upstairs to rescue Hermione; Ron disarms Bellatrix and Harry takes Draco's wand. Dobby reappears, and they Disapparate to Bill and Fleur Weasley's cottage; Dobby is struck by a knife during the escape, and dies immediately afterwards. Voldemort, having been alerted to Harry being captured, arrives at Malfoy Manor almost immediately after Harry escapes and proceeds to torture the remaining Death Eaters. He then leaves them and goes to Hogwarts and takes the Elder Wand from Dumbledore's tomb, believing that Dumbledore took it from Grindelwald after their famous duel.
At the cottage, Ollivander confirms the Elder Wand's existence and says that a wand can transfer allegiance if its owner is defeated or disarmed. Ollivander adds a caveat: although the Elder Wand is unbeatable, its master is not, and must always guard against a surprise attack. Bellatrix's behaviour convinces the trio that another Horcrux is hidden in the Lestrange vault. Aided by Griphook, they penetrate Gringotts' defences and retrieve Hufflepuff's Cup, although they lose the sword to Griphook in the process. The trio escape Gringotts on the back of a guard dragon. Voldemort is then informed of the theft of the cup, and realises that his Horcruxes are being destroyed; through his mental connection to Harry he unintentionally reveals that another Horcrux is hidden at Hogwarts.



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