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{{quote|[[Bathilda Bagshot|Bathilda]] must’ve been dead a while. The snake was...was inside her. You-Know-Who put it there in Godric’s Hollow, to wait. You were right. He knew I’d go back.|[[Harry Potter]] to [[Hermione Granger]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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{{quote|[[Bathilda Bagshot|Bathilda]] must’ve been dead a while. The snake was... was inside her. You-Know-Who put it there in Godric’s Hollow, to wait. You were right. He knew I’d go back.|[[Harry Potter]] to [[Hermione Granger]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
The '''attack at Godric's Hollow''' on [[24 December|Christmas Eve]] of [[1997]] was an ambush by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s snake [[Nagini]] on [[Harry Potter]] that occurred during the height of the [[Second Wizarding War]]. The snake was planted in the animated corpse of [[Bathilda Bagshot]] to wait to see if Harry would come to see the graves of his [[Potter family|parents]] in [[Godric's Hollow]], and then to hold him there until Voldemort arrived to kill him. Harry eventually came with his friend [[Hermione Granger]], and the two narrowly escaped death at Voldemort's hands.
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The '''attack at Godric's Hollow''' on [[24 December|Christmas Eve]] of [[1997]] was an ambush by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s snake [[Nagini]] on [[Harry Potter]] that occurred during the height of the [[Second Wizarding War]].
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The snake was planted in the animated corpse of [[Bathilda Bagshot]] to wait to see if Harry would come to see the graves of his [[Potter family|parents]] in [[Godric's Hollow]], and then to hold him there until Voldemort arrived to murder him. Harry eventually came with his friend [[Hermione Granger]], and the two narrowly escaped death at Voldemort's hands.
   
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
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{{dialogue a-b-a|Hermione|You want to go to Godric’s Hollow. I agree. I think we should. I mean, I can’t think of anywhere else it could be either. It’ll be dangerous, but the more I think about it, the more likely it seems it’s there.|Harry|Er — ''what’s'' there?|Well, the sword, Harry! Dumbledore must have known you’d want to go back there, and I mean, Godric’s Hollow is [[Godric Gryffindor]]’s birthplace…|Harry and Hermione discussing the Sword’s location|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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By late [[1997]], [[Harry Potter]] and his friends [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] were searching for the [[Horcrux]]es of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] in an attempt to defeat him once and for all. They had obtained [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] in September by [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic|infiltrating]] the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], but the negative energy within the locket caused Ron to part company with his friends when they had difficulty deciding what their next move should be. Hermione remained with Harry.<ref name="DH15">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 15</ref>
 
By late [[1997]], [[Harry Potter]] and his friends [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] were searching for the [[Horcrux]]es of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] in an attempt to defeat him once and for all. They had obtained [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] in September by [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic|infiltrating]] the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], but the negative energy within the locket caused Ron to part company with his friends when they had difficulty deciding what their next move should be. Hermione remained with Harry.<ref name="DH15">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 15</ref>
   
Eventually, Hermione brought up the fact that her copy of ''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]'', which [[Albus Dumbledore]] left to her in his [[The Last Will and Testament of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore|will]], contained a symbol that she recalled [[Xenophilius Lovegood]] wearing to the wedding of [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] and [[Fleur Delacour]] that summer. [[Viktor Krum]] had seen it and claimed it was a [[Gellert Grindelwald's mark|mark]] of the [[Dark Wizard]] [[Gellert Grindelwald]]. Unsure what that meant, Harry and Hermione turned their focus to going to [[Godric's Hollow]]. Harry wanted to see his parents’ graves; Hermione had previously argued that they should not go because Voldemort would expect it and probably set a trap. She changed her mind because she suspected that [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]] – one of the only known items able to destroy a Horcrux – might be there.<ref name="DH16">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 16</ref>
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[[File:Gryffindor's_sword.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Sword of Gryffindor, the reason they travel to [[Godric's Hollow]]
   
{{dialogue a-b-a|Hermione|You want to go to Godric’s Hollow. I agree. I think we should. I mean, I can’t think of anywhere else it could be either. It’ll be dangerous, but the more I think about it, the more likely it seems it’s there.|Harry|Er ''what’s'' there?|Well, the sword, Harry! Dumbledore must have known you’d want to go back there, and I mean, Godric’s Hollow is [[Godric Gryffindor]]’s birthplace…|Harry and Hermione discussing the Sword’s location|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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]]Eventually, Hermione brought up the fact that her copy of ''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]'', which [[Albus Dumbledore]] left to her in his [[The Last Will and Testament of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore|will]], contained a symbol that she recalled [[Xenophilius Lovegood]] wearing to the wedding of [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] and [[Fleur Delacour]] that summer. [[Viktor Krum]] had seen it and claimed it was a [[Gellert Grindelwald's mark|mark]] of the [[Dark Wizard]] [[Gellert Grindelwald]]. Unsure what that meant, Harry and Hermione turned their focus to going to [[Godric's Hollow]]. Harry wanted to see his parents’ graves; Hermione had previously argued that they should not go because Voldemort would expect it and probably set a trap. She changed her mind because she suspected that [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]] one of the only known items able to destroy a Horcrux — might be there.<ref name="DH16">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 16</ref>
   
The two also knew that [[Bathilda Bagshot]], an elderly historian who wrote about the history of the village, still lived there and had known [[James Potter I|James]] and [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]] as well as the [[Dumbledore family]]. Thus, the two believed that Dumbledore may have given the Sword to Bathilda to give to Harry,<ref name="DH16"/> as they previously overheard [[goblin]]s [[Griphook]] and [[Gornuk]] discussing how the sword [[Severus Snape]] sent to [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] was a fake.<ref name="DH15"/>
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The two also knew that [[Bathilda Bagshot]], an elderly historian who wrote about the history of the village, still lived there and had known [[James Potter I|James]] and [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]] as well as the [[Dumbledore family]]. Thus, the two believed that Dumbledore may have given the Sword to Bathilda to give to Harry,<ref name="DH16" /> as they previously overheard [[goblin]]s [[Griphook]] and [[Gornuk]] discussing how the sword [[Severus Snape]] sent to [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] was a fake.<ref name="DH15" />
   
 
==Ambush==
 
==Ambush==
 
===The Potters’ Graves===
 
===The Potters’ Graves===
[[File:Harryhermionegodrics.PNG|thumb|left|236px|Harry and Hermione in the snow.]]
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{{quote| ''[...]'' Hermione raised her wand, moved it in a circle through the air, and a wreath of Christmas roses blossomed before them. Harry caught it and laid it on his parents’ grave... He put his arm around Hermione’s shoulders, and she put hers around his waist, and they turned in silence and walked away through the snow, past Dumbledore’s mother and sister, back toward the dark church and the out-of-sight kissing gate.|[[Harry Potter|Harry]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] at his parents' graves|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Graveyard_pic_1.png|thumb|right|240px|the Graveyard in [[Godric's Hallow]]]]
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Hermione, still suspicious that Voldemort had set a trap for Harry where his parents died, held off going for a week in order to plan. They practised [[Apparition|Apparating and Disapparating]] while under Harry’s [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility Cloak]] together and surreptitiously obtained hairs from [[Muggle]]s who were Christmas shopping in order to make [[Polyjuice Potion]]. After Apparating to the village, they disguised themselves and made their way through the settlement under the Cloak.
 
Hermione, still suspicious that Voldemort had set a trap for Harry where his parents died, held off going for a week in order to plan. They practised [[Apparition|Apparating and Disapparating]] while under Harry’s [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility Cloak]] together and surreptitiously obtained hairs from [[Muggle]]s who were Christmas shopping in order to make [[Polyjuice Potion]]. After Apparating to the village, they disguised themselves and made their way through the settlement under the Cloak.
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[[File:Tumblr_n5q64tYx471qc0dmqo8_250.gif|thumb|left|225px|James and Lily Potter's grave.]]
   
 
Harry and Hermione passed the [[Potter memorial|war memorial]] to his parents, which depicted the Potters with their infant son, and walked through the graveyard. There, they spotted the graves of [[Kendra Dumbledore|Kendra]] and [[Ariana Dumbledore]] as well as that of [[Ignotus Peverell]], which caught Hermione’s attention, as it bore the same [[Deathly Hallows|symbol]] that was on her book and worn by Xenophilius Lovegood.
 
Harry and Hermione passed the [[Potter memorial|war memorial]] to his parents, which depicted the Potters with their infant son, and walked through the graveyard. There, they spotted the graves of [[Kendra Dumbledore|Kendra]] and [[Ariana Dumbledore]] as well as that of [[Ignotus Peverell]], which caught Hermione’s attention, as it bore the same [[Deathly Hallows|symbol]] that was on her book and worn by Xenophilius Lovegood.
   
{{quote|Hermione had taken his hand again and was gripping it tightly. He could not look at her, but returned the pressure, now taking deep, sharp gulps of the night air, trying to steady himself, trying to regain control. He should have brought something to give them... But Hermione raised her wand, moved it in a circle through the air, and a wreath of Christmas roses blossomed before them. Harry caught it and laid it on his parents’ grave... He put his arm around Hermione’s shoulders, and she put hers around his waist, and they turned in silence and walked away through the snow, past Dumbledore’s mother and sister, back toward the dark church and the out-of-sight kissing gate.|[[Harry Potter|Harry]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] at his parents' graves|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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At last, they found [[James and Lily Potter's grave|the graves]] of [[James Potter I|James]] and [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]], and Hermione [[Orchideous|conjured flowers]] for Harry to place on their graves. They also found a sign near the ruins of the Potters’ home to commemorate what occurred there, with magical graffiti on it with supportive messages for Harry.<ref name="DH16" />
   
[[File:HP7A-TR2-025 458335s.jpg|thumb|262px|Harry and Hermione visiting the grave]]
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===Bathilda Bagshot===
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{{Quote|[[Harry]] had the strangest feeling that she knew that they were there, and also who they were. Just as he reached this uneasy conclusion, she raised a gloved hand and beckoned.|Nagini (disguised as Bathilda Bagshot)|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
At last, they found [[James and Lily Potter's grave|the graves]] of [[James Potter I|James]] and [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]], and Hermione [[Orchideous|conjured flowers]] for Harry to place on their graves. They also found a sign near the ruins of the Potters’ home to commemorate what occurred there, with magical graffiti on it with supportive messages for Harry.<ref name="DH16"/>
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[[File:Harrybathilda.jpg|thumb|right|225px|Harry and [[Nagini]] (disguised as [[Bathilda Bagshot]]) speaking in [[Parseltongue]]]]
   
===Bathilda Bagshot===
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Harry and Hermione then realised that they were being stared at by a very old woman, who was able to see them despite their being under the [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility Cloak]] . She beckoned for them to follow her, and nodded when Harry asked her if she was [[Bathilda Bagshot]]. They followed her into a dark, dirty house that smelled like rotting meat. Harry also spotted a photograph of a “golden-haired, merry-faced” young man he recognised as having been the thief of [[Gregorovitch]]’s wand and an old friend of Dumbledore’s, pictured in [[Rita Skeeter]]'s ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]''. He would later learn this was [[Gellert Grindelwald]], Bathilda’s great-nephew.
[[File:Hermione in Bathildas home.png|thumb|left|242px|Hermione in Bathilda's living room.]]
 
Harry and Hermione then realized that they were being stared at by a very old woman, who was able to see them despite their being under the [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility Cloak]] . She beckoned for them to follow her, and nodded when Harry asked her if she was [[Bathilda Bagshot]]. They followed her into a dark, dirty house that smelled like rotting meat. Harry also spotted a photograph of a “golden-haired, merry-faced” young man he recognized as having been the thief of [[Gregorovitch]]’s wand and an old friend of Dumbledore’s, pictured in [[Rita Skeeter]]'s ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]''. He would later learn this was [[Gellert Grindelwald]], Bathilda’s great-nephew.
 
   
Despite persistent questioning, Bathilda did not say anything to Harry or Hermione, instead beckoning for Harry to follow her upstairs. Hermione reluctantly remained behind as Harry followed the old witch upstairs. Once there, she asked him if he was “Potter”, and when he confirmed that he was, he felt the [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|locket Horcrux]] around his neck start to pulse faster. It was not until later that Harry would realize she was speaking to him in Parseltongue which, according to Harry, was why she didn't want to talk in front of Hermione.
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Despite persistent questioning, Bathilda did not say anything to Harry or Hermione, instead beckoning for Harry to follow her upstairs. Hermione reluctantly remained behind as Harry followed the old witch upstairs. Once there, she asked him if he was “Potter”, and when he confirmed that he was, he felt the [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|locket Horcrux]] around his neck start to pulse faster. It was not until later that Harry would realise she was speaking to him in Parseltongue which, according to Harry, was why she didn't want to talk in front of Hermione.
   
[[File:Dhnagini.jpg|thumb|160px|right|[[Nagini]].]]
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[[File:NaginiCombat.gif|frame|left|[[Nagini]] in combat with [[Harry Potter]]]]
   
 
He then felt his [[Harry Potter's scars#The lightning-bolt scar|scar]] prickle and a cold voice say “hold him”. Bathilda then led Harry over to a cluttered table and, after distracting him by pointing at the mass of dirty laundry piled on said table (which Harry scanned for a sign of Griffindor's Sword), revealed herself to be Voldemort’s snake [[Nagini]] in disguise. Nagini then came out of the old woman’s body and, before Harry could use any spell, she [[Harry Potter's scars#Nagini's bite scar|bit his forearm]], sending [[Harry Potter's wand|his wand]] flying. She then knocked him to the floor and began to coil herself around him and hold Harry in place. However, Hermione heard noises from below and ran upstairs, forcing the snake away from Harry.<ref name="DH17">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 17</ref>
 
He then felt his [[Harry Potter's scars#The lightning-bolt scar|scar]] prickle and a cold voice say “hold him”. Bathilda then led Harry over to a cluttered table and, after distracting him by pointing at the mass of dirty laundry piled on said table (which Harry scanned for a sign of Griffindor's Sword), revealed herself to be Voldemort’s snake [[Nagini]] in disguise. Nagini then came out of the old woman’s body and, before Harry could use any spell, she [[Harry Potter's scars#Nagini's bite scar|bit his forearm]], sending [[Harry Potter's wand|his wand]] flying. She then knocked him to the floor and began to coil herself around him and hold Harry in place. However, Hermione heard noises from below and ran upstairs, forcing the snake away from Harry.<ref name="DH17">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 17</ref>
   
 
===Escape===
 
===Escape===
[[File:Harry Hermione ap from bath.png|thumb|224px|Harry and Hermione Apparate from Bathilda's home]]
 
 
{{quote|He’s coming! Hermione, he’s coming!|Harry shouting a warning of Voldemort’s imminent arrival|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{quote|He’s coming! Hermione, he’s coming!|Harry shouting a warning of Voldemort’s imminent arrival|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
Hermione managed to keep the snake at bay with several curses, and Nagini smashed much of the furniture in the room. Harry pulled Hermione across the bed away from the snake, and Hermione used a [[Blasting Curse]] against Nagini as Harry pulled them both out of the broken window. They [[Apparition|Disapparated]] in the air just as [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] arrived.<ref name="DH17"/>
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[[File:Harry_Hermione_ap_from_bath.png|thumb|185px|Harry and Hermione Apparate from Bathilda's home]]
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Hermione managed to keep the snake at bay with several curses, and Nagini smashed much of the furniture in the room. Harry pulled Hermione across the bed away from the snake, and Hermione used a [[Blasting Curse]] against Nagini as Harry pulled them both out of the broken window. They [[Apparition|Disapparated]] in the air just as [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] arrived.<ref name="DH17" />
   
 
==Aftermath==
 
==Aftermath==
{{dialogue a-b-a|Hermione|He changed, Harry, he changed! It’s as simple as that!... Harry, I’m sorry, but I think the real reason you’re so angry is that Dumbledore never told you any of this himself.|Harry|Maybe I am! Look what he asked from me, Hermione! Risk your life, Harry! And again! And again! And don’t expect me to explain everything, just trust me blindly, trust that I know what I’m doing, trust me even though I don’t trust you! Never the whole truth! Never!|He loved you. I know he loved you.|Harry and Hermione as they begin to discover the full truth about Dumbledore|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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{{dialogue|Hermione|He changed, Harry, he changed! It’s as simple as that!... Harry, I’m sorry, but I think the real reason you’re so angry is that Dumbledore never told you any of this himself.|Harry|Maybe I am! Look what he asked from me, Hermione! Risk your life, Harry! And again! And again! And don’t expect me to explain everything, just trust me blindly, trust that I know what I’m doing, trust me even though I don’t trust you! Never the whole truth! Never!|Harry and Hermione as they begin to discover the full truth about Dumbledore|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:Forst of dean.png|thumb|left|356px|The spot in the Forest of Dean where Hermione Apparated.]]Hermione took them to the [[Forest of Dean]], while Harry was overcome with pain and visions of Voldemort’s attack on his parents and himself in [[1981]]. She used a [[Severing Charm]] to remove the locket from Harry and began to heal the [[Harry Potter's scars#Nagini's bite scar|snake bite]] with [[Dittany]]. Harry’s [[Harry Potter's wand|wand]] was also revealed to be broken beyond repair, probably as a result of Hermione’s ricocheting Blasting Curse. He would share the use of [[Hermione Granger's wand|Hermione’s wand]] until [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] returned to them with spare [[wand]]s taken from [[Snatchers]].<ref name="DH17"/>
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[[File:Forest_of_Dean.JPG|thumb|left|240px|The spot in the Forest of Dean where Hermione Apparated.]]Hermione took them to the [[Forest of Dean]], while Harry was overcome with pain and visions of Voldemort’s attack on his parents and himself in [[1981]]. She used a [[Severing Charm]] to remove the locket from Harry and began to heal the [[Harry Potter's scars#Nagini's bite scar|snake bite]] with [[Dittany]]. Harry’s [[Harry Potter's wand|wand]] was also revealed to be broken beyond repair, probably as a result of Hermione’s ricocheting Blasting Curse. He would share the use of [[Hermione Granger's wand|Hermione’s wand]] until [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] returned to them with spare [[wand]]s taken from [[Snatchers]].<ref name="DH17" />
   
Soon after, Hermione showed Harry [[Rita Skeeter]]’s book ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]'', and they realized that the wizard in the picture was [[Gellert Grindelwald]], and that he had been friends with Dumbledore when the two men were teenagers.<ref name="DH18">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 18</ref> This was the beginning of Harry and his friends’ discovery of Dumbledore’s past and of the existence of the [[Deathly Hallows]].
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Soon after, Hermione showed Harry [[Rita Skeeter]]’s book ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]'', and they realised that the wizard in the picture was [[Gellert Grindelwald]], and that he had been friends with Dumbledore when the two men were teenagers.<ref name="DH18">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 18</ref> This was the beginning of Harry and his friends’ discovery of Dumbledore’s past and of the existence of the [[Deathly Hallows]].
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*When [[Harry Potter|Harry]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] are on the first floor of Bathilda's house, [[Nagini]] (inside the corpse of Bathilda) tells Harry to "''Come!''" from the next room in [[Parseltongue]]. In reaction, Hermione jumps and clutches Harry's arm, and the two of them obey the command.<ref name="DH17"/> This would suggest that Hermione heard a hissing sound and followed Harry's lead.
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*When [[Harry Potter|Harry]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] are on the first floor of Bathilda's house, [[Nagini]] (inside the corpse of Bathilda) tells Harry to "''Come!''" from the next room in [[Parseltongue]]. In reaction, Hermione jumps and clutches Harry's arm, and the two of them obey the command.<ref name="DH17" /> This would suggest that Hermione heard a hissing sound and followed Harry's lead.
*When Nagini bit [[Arthur Weasley]] in late [[1995]], he had to be taken to [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]], where the healers had a difficult time keeping the wound closed, because the snake's venom dissolved stitches and was immune to magical forms of healing.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> Yet, Hermione was able to heal the bite Nagini gave Harry with only [[Dittany]].<ref name="DH17"/> It is possible that Nagini intentionally did not give Harry as severe a bite, as Voldemort ordered her to hold him, not to kill him. There might be some "fellow feeling", given that they are both Horcruxes, or even from Harry's being a Parselmouth.
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*When Nagini bit [[Arthur Weasley]] in late [[1995]], he had to be taken to [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]], where the healers had a difficult time keeping the wound closed, because the snake's venom dissolved stitches and was immune to magical forms of healing.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> Yet, Hermione was able to heal the bite Nagini gave Harry with only [[Dittany]].<ref name="DH17" /> It is possible that Nagini intentionally did not give Harry as severe a bite, as Voldemort ordered her to hold him, not to kill him. There might be some "fellow feeling", given that they are both Horcruxes, or even from Harry's being a Parselmouth.
 
* In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'', Harry and Hermione arrive as themselves, since Harry didn't want to return as someone else, as opposed to [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|the book]] where they are disguised as a [[Muggle]] couple.
 
* In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'', Harry and Hermione arrive as themselves, since Harry didn't want to return as someone else, as opposed to [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|the book]] where they are disguised as a [[Muggle]] couple.
   
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Attack at Godric's Hollow
Part of The Second Wizarding War
Date

24 December, 1997

Location

Godric's Hollow, West Country, England

Result

Narrow escape from Lord Voldemort, Harry's wand badly damaged

Combatants
"Bathilda must’ve been dead a while. The snake was... was inside her. You-Know-Who put it there in Godric’s Hollow, to wait. You were right. He knew I’d go back."
Harry Potter to Hermione Granger[src]

The attack at Godric's Hollow on Christmas Eve of 1997 was an ambush by Lord Voldemort's snake Nagini on Harry Potter that occurred during the height of the Second Wizarding War.

The snake was planted in the animated corpse of Bathilda Bagshot to wait to see if Harry would come to see the graves of his parents in Godric's Hollow, and then to hold him there until Voldemort arrived to murder him. Harry eventually came with his friend Hermione Granger, and the two narrowly escaped death at Voldemort's hands.

BackgroundEdit

Hermione: "You want to go to Godric’s Hollow. I agree. I think we should. I mean, I can’t think of anywhere else it could be either. It’ll be dangerous, but the more I think about it, the more likely it seems it’s there."
Harry: "Er — what’s there?"
Hermione: "Well, the sword, Harry! Dumbledore must have known you’d want to go back there, and I mean, Godric’s Hollow is Godric Gryffindor’s birthplace…"
— Harry and Hermione discussing the Sword’s location[src]

By late 1997, Harry Potter and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger were searching for the Horcruxes of Lord Voldemort in an attempt to defeat him once and for all. They had obtained Salazar Slytherin's Locket in September by infiltrating the Ministry of Magic, but the negative energy within the locket caused Ron to part company with his friends when they had difficulty deciding what their next move should be. Hermione remained with Harry.[1]

Gryffindor's sword

Sword of Gryffindor, the reason they travel to Godric's Hollow

Eventually, Hermione brought up the fact that her copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which Albus Dumbledore left to her in his will, contained a symbol that she recalled Xenophilius Lovegood wearing to the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour that summer. Viktor Krum had seen it and claimed it was a mark of the Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Unsure what that meant, Harry and Hermione turned their focus to going to Godric's Hollow. Harry wanted to see his parents’ graves; Hermione had previously argued that they should not go because Voldemort would expect it and probably set a trap. She changed her mind because she suspected that Godric Gryffindor's Sword — one of the only known items able to destroy a Horcrux — might be there.[2]

The two also knew that Bathilda Bagshot, an elderly historian who wrote about the history of the village, still lived there and had known James and Lily Potter as well as the Dumbledore family. Thus, the two believed that Dumbledore may have given the Sword to Bathilda to give to Harry,[2] as they previously overheard goblins Griphook and Gornuk discussing how the sword Severus Snape sent to Gringotts from Hogwarts was a fake.[1]

AmbushEdit

The Potters’ GravesEdit

" [...] Hermione raised her wand, moved it in a circle through the air, and a wreath of Christmas roses blossomed before them. Harry caught it and laid it on his parents’ grave... He put his arm around Hermione’s shoulders, and she put hers around his waist, and they turned in silence and walked away through the snow, past Dumbledore’s mother and sister, back toward the dark church and the out-of-sight kissing gate."
Harry and Hermione at his parents' graves[src]
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the Graveyard in Godric's Hallow

Hermione, still suspicious that Voldemort had set a trap for Harry where his parents died, held off going for a week in order to plan. They practised Apparating and Disapparating while under Harry’s Invisibility Cloak together and surreptitiously obtained hairs from Muggles who were Christmas shopping in order to make Polyjuice Potion. After Apparating to the village, they disguised themselves and made their way through the settlement under the Cloak.

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James and Lily Potter's grave.

Harry and Hermione passed the war memorial to his parents, which depicted the Potters with their infant son, and walked through the graveyard. There, they spotted the graves of Kendra and Ariana Dumbledore as well as that of Ignotus Peverell, which caught Hermione’s attention, as it bore the same symbol that was on her book and worn by Xenophilius Lovegood.

At last, they found the graves of James and Lily Potter, and Hermione conjured flowers for Harry to place on their graves. They also found a sign near the ruins of the Potters’ home to commemorate what occurred there, with magical graffiti on it with supportive messages for Harry.[2]

Bathilda BagshotEdit

"Harry had the strangest feeling that she knew that they were there, and also who they were. Just as he reached this uneasy conclusion, she raised a gloved hand and beckoned."
—Nagini (disguised as Bathilda Bagshot)[src]
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Harry and Nagini (disguised as Bathilda Bagshot) speaking in Parseltongue

Harry and Hermione then realised that they were being stared at by a very old woman, who was able to see them despite their being under the Invisibility Cloak . She beckoned for them to follow her, and nodded when Harry asked her if she was Bathilda Bagshot. They followed her into a dark, dirty house that smelled like rotting meat. Harry also spotted a photograph of a “golden-haired, merry-faced” young man he recognised as having been the thief of Gregorovitch’s wand and an old friend of Dumbledore’s, pictured in Rita Skeeter's The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore. He would later learn this was Gellert Grindelwald, Bathilda’s great-nephew.

Despite persistent questioning, Bathilda did not say anything to Harry or Hermione, instead beckoning for Harry to follow her upstairs. Hermione reluctantly remained behind as Harry followed the old witch upstairs. Once there, she asked him if he was “Potter”, and when he confirmed that he was, he felt the locket Horcrux around his neck start to pulse faster. It was not until later that Harry would realise she was speaking to him in Parseltongue which, according to Harry, was why she didn't want to talk in front of Hermione.

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Nagini in combat with Harry Potter

He then felt his scar prickle and a cold voice say “hold him”. Bathilda then led Harry over to a cluttered table and, after distracting him by pointing at the mass of dirty laundry piled on said table (which Harry scanned for a sign of Griffindor's Sword), revealed herself to be Voldemort’s snake Nagini in disguise. Nagini then came out of the old woman’s body and, before Harry could use any spell, she bit his forearm, sending his wand flying. She then knocked him to the floor and began to coil herself around him and hold Harry in place. However, Hermione heard noises from below and ran upstairs, forcing the snake away from Harry.[3]

EscapeEdit

"He’s coming! Hermione, he’s coming!"
—Harry shouting a warning of Voldemort’s imminent arrival[src]
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Harry and Hermione Apparate from Bathilda's home

Hermione managed to keep the snake at bay with several curses, and Nagini smashed much of the furniture in the room. Harry pulled Hermione across the bed away from the snake, and Hermione used a Blasting Curse against Nagini as Harry pulled them both out of the broken window. They Disapparated in the air just as Voldemort arrived.[3]

AftermathEdit

Hermione: "He changed, Harry, he changed! It’s as simple as that!... Harry, I’m sorry, but I think the real reason you’re so angry is that Dumbledore never told you any of this himself."
Harry: "Maybe I am! Look what he asked from me, Hermione! Risk your life, Harry! And again! And again! And don’t expect me to explain everything, just trust me blindly, trust that I know what I’m doing, trust me even though I don’t trust you! Never the whole truth! Never!"
— Harry and Hermione as they begin to discover the full truth about Dumbledore[src]
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The spot in the Forest of Dean where Hermione Apparated.

Hermione took them to the Forest of Dean, while Harry was overcome with pain and visions of Voldemort’s attack on his parents and himself in 1981. She used a Severing Charm to remove the locket from Harry and began to heal the snake bite with Dittany. Harry’s wand was also revealed to be broken beyond repair, probably as a result of Hermione’s ricocheting Blasting Curse. He would share the use of Hermione’s wand until Ron returned to them with spare wands taken from Snatchers.[3]

Soon after, Hermione showed Harry Rita Skeeter’s book The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, and they realised that the wizard in the picture was Gellert Grindelwald, and that he had been friends with Dumbledore when the two men were teenagers.[4] This was the beginning of Harry and his friends’ discovery of Dumbledore’s past and of the existence of the Deathly Hallows.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • When Harry and Hermione are on the first floor of Bathilda's house, Nagini (inside the corpse of Bathilda) tells Harry to "Come!" from the next room in Parseltongue. In reaction, Hermione jumps and clutches Harry's arm, and the two of them obey the command.[3] This would suggest that Hermione heard a hissing sound and followed Harry's lead.
  • When Nagini bit Arthur Weasley in late 1995, he had to be taken to St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, where the healers had a difficult time keeping the wound closed, because the snake's venom dissolved stitches and was immune to magical forms of healing.[5] Yet, Hermione was able to heal the bite Nagini gave Harry with only Dittany.[3] It is possible that Nagini intentionally did not give Harry as severe a bite, as Voldemort ordered her to hold him, not to kill him. There might be some "fellow feeling", given that they are both Horcruxes, or even from Harry's being a Parselmouth.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry and Hermione arrive as themselves, since Harry didn't want to return as someone else, as opposed to the book where they are disguised as a Muggle couple.

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