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{{Quote|Now, yer mum an' dad were as good a witch an' wizard as I ever knew. ''[…]'' Maybe he thought he could persuade 'em ''[to join him]''… maybe he just wanted 'em outta the way. All anyone knows is, he turned up in the village where you was all living, on Hallowe'en ten years ago. You was just a year old. He came ter yer house an' — an' — ''[…]'' You-Know-Who killed 'em. An' then — an' this is the real myst'ry of the thing — he tried to kill you, too. Wanted ter make a clean job of it, I suppose, or maybe he just liked killin' by then. But he couldn't do it. Never wondered how you got that mark on yer forehead? That was no ordinary cut. That's what yeh get when a powerful, evil curse touches yeh — took care of yer mum an' dad an' yer house, even — but it didn't work on you, an' that's why yer famous, Harry. No one ever lived after he decided ter kill 'em, no one except you ''[…]''.|[[Rubeus Hagrid]] to [[Harry Potter]].|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
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{{Quote|All anyone knows is, he turned up in the village where you was all living, on Hallowe'en ten years ago. You was just a year old. He came ter yer house an' — an' — 'You-Know-Who killed 'em. An' then — an' this is the real myst'ry of the thing — he tried to kill you, too... But he couldn't do it. Never wondered how you got that mark on yer forehead? That was no ordinary cut. That's what yeh get when a powerful, evil curse touches yeh — took care of yer mum an' dad an' yer house, even — but it didn't work on you, an' that's why yer famous, Harry. No one ever lived after he decided ter kill 'em, no one except you ''[…]'' |[[Rubeus Hagrid]] in 1991|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
The '''attack at [[Godric's Hollow]]''' took place on [[Halloween]] of [[1981]], after [[Peter Pettigrew]] gave up the location of the [[Potter family|Potters]] to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. Having been told half of [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|the Prophecy]] by [[Severus Snape]], Voldemort came to believe his mortal enemy to be [[Harry Potter]] and travelled to the Potters' house in Godric's Hollow, where he killed James and Lily Potter, but when he attempted to kill Harry, Lily's loving sacrifice allowed Harry to live, and Voldemort's soul was ripped from his destroyed body.
 
   
==The Prophecy==
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The '''attack at [[Godric's Hollow]]''' took place on [[31 October]] ([[Hallowe'en]]), [[1981]]. The attack happened after the Potter's secret keeper [[Peter Pettigrew]] gave up their location to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]].
{{Quote|The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches. … Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not … and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives. … The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies…|[[Sybill Trelawney]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
   
About a [[1979|year]] before Harry's birth, [[Sybill Trelawney]] met [[Albus Dumbledore]] in the [[Hog's Head]] to interview for the [[Divination]] [[professor]]ship at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. During the interview, Trelanwey slipped into a trance and delivered a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]]. This prophecy referred to a young boy born at the end of July whose parents had defied Voldemort three times. It said that the boy would have power that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] lacked and that the boy would be able to defeat Voldemort. [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] [[Severus Snape]] was eavesdropping at the keyhole, but he was interrupted by the [[Aberforth Dumbledore|barman]], but not before he had heard half of the prophecy. Immediately, Snape took everything he had heard to Voldemort, who decided that the boy was Harry Potter, although it could very well have been [[Neville Longbottom]]. When Snape found out that Voldemort had decided to eliminate the Potter child, he begged his master to spare [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]].
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Having been told half of [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|the Prophecy]] by [[Severus Snape]], Voldemort came to believe his mortal enemy to be [[Harry Potter]] and traveled to the Potters' house in Godric's Hollow, where he murdered James and Lily Potter, but when he attempted to murder Harry, Lily's loving sacrifice allowed Harry to live, and Voldemort's soul was ripped from his destroyed body.
   
==Betrayal and attack==
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==History==
{{Quote|Lily, take Harry and run! I'll try and hold him off!|James Potter before his death|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
 
   
[[File:Ootptrailer2hd 0010.jpg|thumb|Lily and Harry.]]
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=== Background Information ===
Once the Potters were aware that Voldemort was after their son, [[Albus Dumbledore]] advised them to go into hiding using the [[Fidelius Charm]]. The Potters did so, moving to [[Godric's Hollow]], suggesting that [[Sirius Black]] be their [[Secret-Keeper]]. However, Sirius felt that this was a rather obvious move, as he and James were best friends, so he suggested that [[Peter Pettigrew]] be the Secret-Keeper instead. In the interest of secrecy, the Potters agreed and told no one else, not even Dumbledore.<ref name="POA">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]</ref>
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{{Quote|The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives... The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies ''[...]'' |[[Sybill Trelawney]]'s first prophecy|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
[[File:VoldemortHollow.jpg|thumb|left|Lord Voldemort at Godric's Hollow.]]
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About a [[1979|year]] before Harry's birth, [[Sybill Trelawney]] met [[Albus Dumbledore]] in the [[Hog's Head]] to interview for the [[Divination]] [[professor]]ship at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. During the interview, Trelanwey slipped into a trance and delivered a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]]. This prophecy referred to a young boy born at the end of July whose parents had defied Voldemort three times. It said that the boy would have power that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] lacked and that the boy would be able to defeat the Dark Lord.
However, Pettigrew had been working as a double agent for the [[Death Eaters]] and told [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] of the Potters' whereabouts. Voldemort travelled to their home on Halloween. Upon arriving, he saw James, Lily, and Harry in the same room, James playing with Harry. Seeing Voldemort coming, James gave Harry to Lily, shouting that she take him to safety. Then Voldemort entered the house, quickly killing James who was going for his discarded wand. He then proceeded upstairs to kill the boy. He found them locked in a room with furniture blocking the door. Faithful to Snape's request, Voldemort asked the unarmed Lily, who was guarding the cot where Harry sat, to step aside, but Lily didn't move. Voldemort warned her several times, but she refused to stop protecting her son. When she did not move again, he killed her. He then proceeded to kill Harry. Lily's [[Love|loving]] [[Sacrificial protection|sacrifice]] protected Harry, something that Voldemort did not realise as he is unable to understand love. When Voldemort went to kill him, the spell rebounded. It struck his body, killing it, and driving his completely unstable soul out of the body. A bit of his soul splintered off and attached itself to the only living thing left in the building, Harry. Harry survived with just a lightning bolt scar on his forehead.
 
   
[[File:VoldemortmurdersLily.JPG|thumb|right|Lily Evans's death.]]
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[[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] [[Severus Snape]] was eavesdropping at the keyhole, but he was interrupted by the [[Aberforth Dumbledore|barman]], but not before he had heard half of the prophecy. Immediately, Snape took everything he had heard to Voldemort, who decided that the boy was Harry Potter, although it could very well have been [[Neville Longbottom]]. When Snape found out that Voldemort had decided to eliminate the Potter child, he begged his master to spare [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]].
   
==Aftermath==
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=== Betrayal and attack ===
[[File:Lily dead.jpg|thumb|left|Lily's dead body]]The effects of [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s curse went beyond just the two wizards; the house was blown apart. Sometime in the next few hours, [[Severus Snape]] arrived at the house, and was horrified, heart-broken and grief stricken as he saw [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter's]] body. [[Rubeus Hagrid]] arrived soon after and rescued [[Harry Potter]] from the ruins. Also that night, [[Peter Pettigrew]] visited and retrieved the [[Tom Riddle's wand|Dark Lord's wand]], hiding it in an undisclosed location. Sometime later, the house was made invisible to Muggles and left in its ruined condition as a memorial to the Potters.
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{{Quote|Lily, take Harry and go! It's him! Go! Run! I'll hold him off!|James Potter before his death|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
   
[[File:Screen shot 2011-11-09 at 9.18.49 PM.png|thumb|270px|James' dead body.]]
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[[File:Voldemort_arrives.gif|thumb|left|Voldemort arrives at Godric's Hollow intending to murder [[Harry Potter]]|240x240px]]
   
As a portion of Voldemort's soul resided in Harry, the two shared a bond, causing Harry to feel Voldemort's anger or happiness. Also, as the Dark Lord grew more and more powerful, Harry began to see into his mind, seeing Voldemort's thoughts and actions, sometimes through his senses. Harry also dreamed about things Voldemort wanted or was obsessed with happening.
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Once the Potters were aware that Voldemort was after their son, [[Albus Dumbledore]] advised them to go into hiding using the [[Fidelius Charm]]. The Potters did so, moving to [[Godric's Hollow]], suggesting that [[Sirius Black]] be their [[Secret-Keeper]]. However, Sirius felt that this was a rather obvious move, as he and James were best friends, so he suggested that [[Peter Pettigrew]] be the Secret-Keeper instead. In the interest of secrecy, the Potters agreed and told no one else, not even Dumbledore.<ref name="POA">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref>
   
===Battle of the Department of Mysteries===
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However, Pettigrew had been working as a double agent for the [[Death Eaters]] and told [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] of the Potters' whereabouts. Voldemort traveled to their home on Hallowe'en. Upon arriving, he saw James, Lily, and Harry in the same room, James playing with Harry. Seeing Voldemort coming, James gave Harry to Lily, shouting that she take him to safety.
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[[File:Lily_murder.gif|thumb|Voldemort murdering Lily Potter|230x230px]]
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Voldemort then entered the house, quickly murdering James who was going for his discarded wand. He then proceeded upstairs to kill the boy. He found Lily and Harry locked in a room with furniture blocking the door. Faithful to Snape's request, Voldemort asked the unarmed Lily, who was guarding the cot where Harry sat, to step aside, but Lily did not move. Voldemort warned her several times, but she refused to stop protecting her son. When she did not move again, he murdered her. He then proceeded to murder Harry.
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Lily's [[Love|loving]] [[Sacrificial protection|sacrifice]] protected Harry, something that Voldemort did not realise as he was unable to understand [[love]]. When Voldemort went to kill him, the spell rebounded. It struck his body, killing it, and driving his completely unstable soul out of the body. A bit of his soul splintered off and attached itself to the only living being left in the cottage, Harry himself. Harry survived with just a lightning bolt scar on his forehead, while his parents were dead.
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=== Aftermath ===
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{{Quote|Is it true, Albus? Lily and James... are dead?|[[Minerva McGonagall]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
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[[File:Lily_dead.png|thumb|left|240px|A dead Lily Potter]]
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The effects of [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s curse went beyond just the two wizards; the house was blown apart. Albus Dumbledore was immediately alerted that something significant had happened.<ref name="pottercast">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/1217-pottercast-anelli.html PotterCast #130 - Interview with J. K. Rowling]</ref> Sometime in the next few hours, [[Severus Snape]] arrived at the house, and was horrified, heart-broken and grief-stricken as he saw [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter's]] corpse. [[Rubeus Hagrid]] arrived soon after and rescued [[Harry Potter]] from the ruins. Also that night, [[Peter Pettigrew]] visited and retrieved the [[Tom Riddle's wand|Dark Lord's wand]], hiding it in an undisclosed location. Sometime later, the house was made invisible to Muggles and left in its ruined condition as a memorial to the Potters.
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[[File:Screen_shot_2011-11-09_at_9.18.49_PM.png|thumb|240x240px|A dead James Potter]]
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As a portion of Voldemort's soul resided in Harry, the two shared a bond, causing Harry to feel Voldemort's anger or happiness. Also, as the Dark Lord grew more and more powerful, Harry began to see into his mind, seeing Voldemort's thoughts and actions, sometimes through his senses. Harry also dreamed about things Voldemort wanted or things he was obsessing over.
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In 1993, whenever Harry was affected by the effects of dementors of Azkaban, he heard memories of what occurred during the attack before Lily's death and in 1997, while sharing Voldemort's mind, Harry viewed the entire attack, that Voldemort at the time was recalling.
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==== Battle of the Department of Mysteries ====
 
{{Main|Battle of the Department of Mysteries}}
 
{{Main|Battle of the Department of Mysteries}}
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Soon after his [[Return of the Dark Lord|rebirth]], [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] realised this connection and began to use it to his advantage. Voldemort wanted to hear the full contents of [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|the Prophecy]] and formulated a plan that would prey upon Harry's love for his friends, knowing that if he threatened someone for whom Harry cared, the young wizard would rush to their defence. Therefore, he planted false images in Harry's mind of him torturing Harry's godfather, Sirius Black. Harry, along with [[Dumbledore's Army|his friends]] went to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] to save Sirius, which resulted in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] and Sirius's death, but also confirmed that Voldemort was back and precipitated open war.
 
Soon after his [[Return of the Dark Lord|rebirth]], [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] realised this connection and began to use it to his advantage. Voldemort wanted to hear the full contents of [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|the Prophecy]] and formulated a plan that would prey upon Harry's love for his friends, knowing that if he threatened someone for whom Harry cared, the young wizard would rush to their defence. Therefore, he planted false images in Harry's mind of him torturing Harry's godfather, Sirius Black. Harry, along with [[Dumbledore's Army|his friends]] went to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] to save Sirius, which resulted in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] and Sirius's death, but also confirmed that Voldemort was back and precipitated open war.
   
===Battle of Hogwarts===
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==== Battle of Hogwarts ====
 
{{Main|Battle of Hogwarts}}
 
{{Main|Battle of Hogwarts}}
In the spring of [[1998]], after [[Horcrux hunt|hunting]] down [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es for an entire year, Harry, [[Ron Weasley|Ron]], and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] returned to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], when Harry confirmed that a Horcrux was hidden there. After Lord Voldemort discovered that Harry was at the school, he quickly assembled an army to take the school and Harry Potter. Hogwarts attempted to defend itself against [[Death Eaters]], but those defences were soon breached. In the fighting, both sides suffered heavy casualties, and by the height of the battle, all the Horcruxes except [[Nagini]] and Harry had been destroyed. Seeing that his death was essential to the defeat of Voldemort, Harry sacrificed himself, but in doing so, the piece Voldemort's soul that was attached to his was destroyed, and Harry survived. After it appeared that the defenders of Hogwarts had been defeated, [[Neville Longbottom]] beheaded Nagini, and fighting broke out again. In these final moments of the battle, Harry Potter [[Duel in the Great Hall|defeated]] the now mortal Voldemort, bringing an end to the [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle]] and the [[Second Wizarding War]].<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
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[[File:Hogwarts_Post-Battle.jpg|thumb|left|235px|Battle of Hogwarts]]
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In the spring of [[1998]], after [[Horcrux hunt|hunting]] down [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es for an entire year, Harry, [[Ron Weasley|Ron]], and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] returned to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], when Harry confirmed that a Horcrux was hidden there. After Lord Voldemort discovered that Harry was at the school, he quickly assembled an army to take the school and Harry Potter. Hogwarts attempted to defend itself against [[Death Eaters]], but those defences were soon breached.
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In the fighting, both sides suffered heavy casualties, and by the height of the battle, all the Horcruxes except [[Nagini]] and Harry had been destroyed. Seeing that his death was essential to the defeat of Voldemort, Harry sacrificed himself, but in doing so, the piece Voldemort's soul that was attached to his was destroyed, and Harry survived. After it appeared that the defenders of Hogwarts had been defeated, [[Neville Longbottom]] beheaded Nagini, and fighting broke out again. In these final moments of the battle, Harry Potter [[Duel in the Great Hall|defeated]] the now mortal Voldemort, bringing an end to the [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle]] and the [[Second Wizarding War]].<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
   
 
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*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'' {{Flashback}}
   
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Attack at Godric's Hollow
Part of the First Wizarding War
Date

31 October, 1981

Location

Godric's Hollow, West Country, England

Result

Cadmean Order of the Phoenix victory:

Combatants
Casualties
"All anyone knows is, he turned up in the village where you was all living, on Hallowe'en ten years ago. You was just a year old. He came ter yer house an' — an' — 'You-Know-Who killed 'em. An' then — an' this is the real myst'ry of the thing — he tried to kill you, too... But he couldn't do it. Never wondered how you got that mark on yer forehead? That was no ordinary cut. That's what yeh get when a powerful, evil curse touches yeh — took care of yer mum an' dad an' yer house, even — but it didn't work on you, an' that's why yer famous, Harry. No one ever lived after he decided ter kill 'em, no one except you […] "
Rubeus Hagrid in 1991[src]

The attack at Godric's Hollow took place on 31 October (Hallowe'en), 1981. The attack happened after the Potter's secret keeper Peter Pettigrew gave up their location to Lord Voldemort.

Having been told half of the Prophecy by Severus Snape, Voldemort came to believe his mortal enemy to be Harry Potter and traveled to the Potters' house in Godric's Hollow, where he murdered James and Lily Potter, but when he attempted to murder Harry, Lily's loving sacrifice allowed Harry to live, and Voldemort's soul was ripped from his destroyed body.

HistoryEdit

Background Information Edit

"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives... The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies [...] "
Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy[src]

About a year before Harry's birth, Sybill Trelawney met Albus Dumbledore in the Hog's Head to interview for the Divination professorship at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. During the interview, Trelanwey slipped into a trance and delivered a prophecy. This prophecy referred to a young boy born at the end of July whose parents had defied Voldemort three times. It said that the boy would have power that Lord Voldemort lacked and that the boy would be able to defeat the Dark Lord.

Death Eater Severus Snape was eavesdropping at the keyhole, but he was interrupted by the barman, but not before he had heard half of the prophecy. Immediately, Snape took everything he had heard to Voldemort, who decided that the boy was Harry Potter, although it could very well have been Neville Longbottom. When Snape found out that Voldemort had decided to eliminate the Potter child, he begged his master to spare Lily Potter.

Betrayal and attack Edit

"Lily, take Harry and go! It's him! Go! Run! I'll hold him off!"
—James Potter before his death[src]
Voldemort arrives

Voldemort arrives at Godric's Hollow intending to murder Harry Potter

Once the Potters were aware that Voldemort was after their son, Albus Dumbledore advised them to go into hiding using the Fidelius Charm. The Potters did so, moving to Godric's Hollow, suggesting that Sirius Black be their Secret-Keeper. However, Sirius felt that this was a rather obvious move, as he and James were best friends, so he suggested that Peter Pettigrew be the Secret-Keeper instead. In the interest of secrecy, the Potters agreed and told no one else, not even Dumbledore.[1]

However, Pettigrew had been working as a double agent for the Death Eaters and told Lord Voldemort of the Potters' whereabouts. Voldemort traveled to their home on Hallowe'en. Upon arriving, he saw James, Lily, and Harry in the same room, James playing with Harry. Seeing Voldemort coming, James gave Harry to Lily, shouting that she take him to safety.

Lily murder

Voldemort murdering Lily Potter

Voldemort then entered the house, quickly murdering James who was going for his discarded wand. He then proceeded upstairs to kill the boy. He found Lily and Harry locked in a room with furniture blocking the door. Faithful to Snape's request, Voldemort asked the unarmed Lily, who was guarding the cot where Harry sat, to step aside, but Lily did not move. Voldemort warned her several times, but she refused to stop protecting her son. When she did not move again, he murdered her. He then proceeded to murder Harry.

Lily's loving sacrifice protected Harry, something that Voldemort did not realise as he was unable to understand love. When Voldemort went to kill him, the spell rebounded. It struck his body, killing it, and driving his completely unstable soul out of the body. A bit of his soul splintered off and attached itself to the only living being left in the cottage, Harry himself. Harry survived with just a lightning bolt scar on his forehead, while his parents were dead.

Aftermath Edit

"Is it true, Albus? Lily and James... are dead?"
Minerva McGonagall[src]
Lily dead

A dead Lily Potter

The effects of Voldemort's curse went beyond just the two wizards; the house was blown apart. Albus Dumbledore was immediately alerted that something significant had happened.[2] Sometime in the next few hours, Severus Snape arrived at the house, and was horrified, heart-broken and grief-stricken as he saw Lily Potter's corpse. Rubeus Hagrid arrived soon after and rescued Harry Potter from the ruins. Also that night, Peter Pettigrew visited and retrieved the Dark Lord's wand, hiding it in an undisclosed location. Sometime later, the house was made invisible to Muggles and left in its ruined condition as a memorial to the Potters.

Screen shot 2011-11-09 at 9.18.49 PM

A dead James Potter

As a portion of Voldemort's soul resided in Harry, the two shared a bond, causing Harry to feel Voldemort's anger or happiness. Also, as the Dark Lord grew more and more powerful, Harry began to see into his mind, seeing Voldemort's thoughts and actions, sometimes through his senses. Harry also dreamed about things Voldemort wanted or things he was obsessing over.

In 1993, whenever Harry was affected by the effects of dementors of Azkaban, he heard memories of what occurred during the attack before Lily's death and in 1997, while sharing Voldemort's mind, Harry viewed the entire attack, that Voldemort at the time was recalling.

Battle of the Department of Mysteries Edit

Soon after his rebirth, Lord Voldemort realised this connection and began to use it to his advantage. Voldemort wanted to hear the full contents of the Prophecy and formulated a plan that would prey upon Harry's love for his friends, knowing that if he threatened someone for whom Harry cared, the young wizard would rush to their defence. Therefore, he planted false images in Harry's mind of him torturing Harry's godfather, Sirius Black. Harry, along with his friends went to the Ministry of Magic to save Sirius, which resulted in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and Sirius's death, but also confirmed that Voldemort was back and precipitated open war.

Battle of Hogwarts Edit

Main article: Battle of Hogwarts
Hogwarts Post-Battle

Battle of Hogwarts

In the spring of 1998, after hunting down Voldemort's Horcruxes for an entire year, Harry, Ron, and Hermione returned to Hogwarts, when Harry confirmed that a Horcrux was hidden there. After Lord Voldemort discovered that Harry was at the school, he quickly assembled an army to take the school and Harry Potter. Hogwarts attempted to defend itself against Death Eaters, but those defences were soon breached.

In the fighting, both sides suffered heavy casualties, and by the height of the battle, all the Horcruxes except Nagini and Harry had been destroyed. Seeing that his death was essential to the defeat of Voldemort, Harry sacrificed himself, but in doing so, the piece Voldemort's soul that was attached to his was destroyed, and Harry survived. After it appeared that the defenders of Hogwarts had been defeated, Neville Longbottom beheaded Nagini, and fighting broke out again. In these final moments of the battle, Harry Potter defeated the now mortal Voldemort, bringing an end to the battle and the Second Wizarding War.[3]

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