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==Celebrations at Hogwarts==
 
==Celebrations at Hogwarts==
[[File:Christmas.JPG|thumb|left|290px|The [[Great Hall]] during the [[1991]] Christmas holidays.]]
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[[File:Christmas_feast_at_Hogwarts.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Christmas feast]]
At this time, the school is decorated and the [[Great Hall]] is filled with [[Twelve Christmas Trees|The Twelve Christmas Trees]]. On Christmas day there is the [[Christmas feast|feast]], during which the remaining students and teachers tuck into mountains of roast turkeys, potatoes and chipolatas. The tables in the Great Hall are strewn with wizard Crackers, wonderful crackers that sound like gunshots when pulled and are filled with real sized hats, wizard chess sets, live mice and jokes.<ref name="PS12">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Ch. 12</ref>
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At this time, the school is decorated and the [[Great Hall]] is filled with [[Twelve Christmas Trees|The Twelve Christmas Trees]]. On Christmas Day there is the [[Christmas feast|feast]], during which the remaining students and teachers tuck into mountains of roast turkeys, potatoes and chipolatas. The tables in the Great Hall are strewn with wizard Crackers, wonderful crackers that sound like gunshots when pulled and are filled with real sized hats, wizard chess sets, live mice and jokes.<ref name="PS12">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Ch. 12</ref>
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
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{{quote|After a meal of turkey sandwiches, crumpets, trifle, and Christmas cake, everyone felt too full and sleepy to do much before bed except sit and watch Percy chase Fred and George all over Gryffindor tower because they'd stolen his prefect badge.|Description of [[Harry Potter]] and the [[Weasley family|Weasley boys]]' Christmas in [[1991]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
{{quote|After a meal of turkey sandwiches, crumpets, trifle, and Christmas cake, everyone felt too full and sleepy to do much before bed except sit and watch Percy chase Fred and George all over Gryffindor tower because they'd stolen his prefect badge.|Description of [[Harry Potter]] and the [[Weasley family|Weasley boys]]' Christmas in [[1991]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
   
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[[File:Erised.png|thumb|230px|[[Harry Potter]] in front of the [[Mirror of Erised]].]]
[[File:Erised.jpg|thumb|right|230px|[[Harry Potter]] in front of the [[Mirror of Erised]].]]
 
 
[[Harry Potter]] chose to spend the Christmas holidays during his [[First year]] at Hogwarts, having no desire to spend the holiday period with the [[Dursley family|Dursleys]]. His friend [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] stayed with him, while [[Hermione Granger]] headed home to see her [[Granger family|parents]]. The two boys investigated the [[Philosopher's Stone]] over the break. Ron's older brothers [[Percy Weasley|Percy]], [[Fred Weasley|Fred]], and [[George Weasley|George]] also remained at Hogwarts. The twins got into trouble for throwing snowballs at [[Quirinus Quirrell|Professor Quirrell]] and pestered Percy by stealing his [[Prefect]] badge. All five boys received jumpers made by [[Molly Weasley|Mrs. Weasley]].
 
[[Harry Potter]] chose to spend the Christmas holidays during his [[First year]] at Hogwarts, having no desire to spend the holiday period with the [[Dursley family|Dursleys]]. His friend [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] stayed with him, while [[Hermione Granger]] headed home to see her [[Granger family|parents]]. The two boys investigated the [[Philosopher's Stone]] over the break. Ron's older brothers [[Percy Weasley|Percy]], [[Fred Weasley|Fred]], and [[George Weasley|George]] also remained at Hogwarts. The twins got into trouble for throwing snowballs at [[Quirinus Quirrell|Professor Quirrell]] and pestered Percy by stealing his [[Prefect]] badge. All five boys received jumpers made by [[Molly Weasley|Mrs. Weasley]].
   
For [[Christmas]], Harry received his [[James Potter I|late father]]'s [[Cloak of Invisibility]] from [[Albus Dumbledore]]. While exploring the school under it, he discovered the [[Mirror of Erised]], and took to gazing in it frequently, as it showed him with the [[Potter family|family]] he never knew. On one occasion, Ron accompanied him, and saw a vision of himself as [[Head Boy]] and [[Quidditch]] Captain. Dumbledore advised Harry to stop, warning him that people had gone mad by living in dreams, and moved the Mirror.<ref name="PS12"/>
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For [[Christmas]], Harry received his [[James Potter I|late father]]'s [[Cloak of Invisibility]] from [[Albus Dumbledore]]. While exploring the school under it, he discovered the [[Mirror of Erised]], and took to gazing in it frequently, as it showed him with the [[Potter family|family]] he never knew. On one occasion, Ron accompanied him, and saw a vision of himself as [[Head Boy]] and [[Quidditch]] Captain. Dumbledore advised Harry to stop, warning him that people had gone mad by living in dreams, and moved the Mirror.<ref name="PS12" />
   
 
===1992===
 
===1992===
[[File:3748.jpg|thumb|left|180px|[[Hermione Granger]] brewing [[Polyjuice Potion]].]]
 
{{dialogue a-b-a|Hermione|There might be a way. Of course, it would be difficult. And dangerous, very dangerous. We’d be breaking about fifty school rules, I expect… What we’d need to do is to get inside the Slytherin common room and ask Malfoy a few questions without him realizing it’s us.|Harry|But that’s impossible.|No, it’s not. All we’d need would be some Polyjuice Potion...|[[Hermione Granger]] and [[Harry Potter]] planning to use [[Polyjuice Potion]] over the holidays with [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
 
   
[[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], and [[Hermione Granger]] all stayed at Hogwarts during the [[1992]] Christmas holidays in their [[Second year|second year]]. Hermione finished brewing [[Polyjuice Potion]] on [[25 December|Christmas Day]], which the trio was planning to use to disguise themselves as [[Slytherin]] students so as to find out if [[Draco Malfoy]] was the [[Heir of Slytherin]], and if he was opening the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. Harry and Ron transformed into [[Gregory Goyle]] and [[Vincent Crabbe]], respectively, while Hermione accidentally took a sample of cat hair rather than the hair of [[Millicent Bulstrode]], resulting in her partially transforming into a cat. She spent the rest of the holidays in the [[Hospital wing]]. Harry and Ron questioned Draco, who revealed that he was not the Heir, but wished he knew who it was so that he could help him.<ref name="CS12">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', Ch. 12</ref>
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{{dialogue a-b-a|Hermione|There might be a way. Of course, it would be difficult. And dangerous, very dangerous. We’d be breaking about fifty school rules, I expect… What we’d need to do is to get inside the Slytherin common room and ask Malfoy a few questions without him realising it’s us.|Harry|But that’s impossible.|No, it’s not. All we’d need would be some Polyjuice Potion...|[[Hermione Granger]] and [[Harry Potter]] planning to use [[Polyjuice Potion]] over the holidays with [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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[[File:3748.jpg|thumb|left|155px|[[Hermione Granger]] brewing [[Polyjuice Potion]]]]
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[[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], and[[Hermione Granger| Hermione Granger]] all stayed at Hogwarts during the [[1992]] Christmas holidays in their [[second year]]. Hermione finished brewing [[Polyjuice Potion]] on [[25 December|Christmas Day]], which the trio was planning to use to disguise themselves as [[Slytherin]] students so as to find out if [[Draco Malfoy]] was the [[Heir of Slytherin]], and if he was opening the [[Chamber of Secrets]].
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Harry and Ron transformed into [[Gregory Goyle]] and [[Vincent Crabbe]], respectively, while Hermione accidentally took a sample of cat hair rather than the hair of [[Millicent Bulstrode]], resulting in her partially transforming into a cat. She spent the rest of the holidays in the [[Hospital wing]]. Harry and Ron questioned Draco, who revealed that he was not the Heir, but wished he knew who it was so that he could help him.<ref name="CS12">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', Ch. 12</ref>
   
 
===1993===
 
===1993===
[[File:Christmas 1993.JPG|thumb|left|A group of [[Wizards|witches and wizards]] carolling at the street of [[Hogsmeade]] in Christmas of [[1993]].]]
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[[File:Pottermore-poa8.png|thumb|240px|[[Hogsmeade]] during Christmas in [[1993]]]]
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Harry, Ron, and Hermione stayed at Hogwarts during the [[1993]] Christmas holidays in their [[Third year]]. Harry received a [[Firebolt]] anonymously as a gift, and Hermione suspected it was from [[Sirius Black]], who happened to be its true sender, whom everyone believed to be a murderer out for Harry at the time. Thus, Hermione reported it to [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]], fearing that the broomstick was jinxed, which angered both Harry and Ron.<ref name="POA1112">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Ch. 11 and Ch. 12</ref>
 
Harry, Ron, and Hermione stayed at Hogwarts during the [[1993]] Christmas holidays in their [[Third year]]. Harry received a [[Firebolt]] anonymously as a gift, and Hermione suspected it was from [[Sirius Black]], who happened to be its true sender, whom everyone believed to be a murderer out for Harry at the time. Thus, Hermione reported it to [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]], fearing that the broomstick was jinxed, which angered both Harry and Ron.<ref name="POA1112">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Ch. 11 and Ch. 12</ref>
   
 
===1994===
 
===1994===
[[File:GreatHallYuleBall.jpg|thumb|right|400px|The [[Great Hall]] during the [[Yule Ball]].]]
 
 
Much of the student body remained at Hogwarts during the [[1994]] Christmas holidays, as the [[Triwizard Tournament]] was being held at Hogwarts during that year. Along with visitors from [[Durmstrang Institute]] and [[Beauxbatons Academy of Magic]], students who were in their [[Fourth year]] or above participated in the [[Yule Ball]], a traditional dance held on [[25 December]].
 
Much of the student body remained at Hogwarts during the [[1994]] Christmas holidays, as the [[Triwizard Tournament]] was being held at Hogwarts during that year. Along with visitors from [[Durmstrang Institute]] and [[Beauxbatons Academy of Magic]], students who were in their [[Fourth year]] or above participated in the [[Yule Ball]], a traditional dance held on [[25 December]].
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[[File:GreatHallYuleBall.jpg|thumb|left|240px|The [[Great Hall]] during the [[Yule Ball]].]]
   
Harry attended the ball with [[Parvati Patil]], though he had originally wanted to go with [[Cho Chang]], who was [[Cedric Diggory]]'s date. He overheard a conversation between [[Severus Snape]] and [[Igor Karkaroff]] that made him suspicious, as Karkaroff mentioned that his [[Dark Mark]] was burning - a sign of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s growing power. Hermione attended the ball as the date of Durmstrang Champion [[Viktor Krum]]; a jealous Ron ignored his date, [[Padma Patil]], and got into a row with Hermione at the end of the ball. [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] was able to attend the Yule Ball in spite of being a third-year because [[Neville Longbottom]] asked her.<ref name="GOF2223">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Ch. 22 and Ch. 23</ref> While there, she met [[Michael Corner]], who would later become her boyfriend<ref name="OP16">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Ch. 16</ref>.
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Harry attended the ball with [[Parvati Patil]], though he had originally wanted to go with [[Cho Chang]], who was [[Cedric Diggory]]'s date. He overheard a conversation between [[Severus Snape]] and [[Igor Karkaroff]] that made him suspicious, as Karkaroff mentioned that his [[Dark Mark]] was burning a sign of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s growing power. Hermione attended the ball as the date of Durmstrang Champion [[Viktor Krum]]; a jealous Ron ignored his date, [[Padma Patil]], and got into a row with Hermione at the end of the ball. [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] was able to attend the Yule Ball in spite of being a third-year because [[Neville Longbottom]] asked her.<ref name="GOF2223">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Ch. 22 and Ch. 23</ref> While there, she met [[Michael Corner]], who would later become her boyfriend.<ref name="OP16">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Ch. 16</ref>
   
 
===1995===
 
===1995===
[[File:Christmas 1995.JPG|thumb|left|240px|The [[Weasley family]], [[Hermione Granger]] and [[Harry Potter]] celebrating [[Christmas]] at [[12 Grimmauld Place]] in [[1995]].]]
 
 
{{dialogue a-b-c|Hermione|Ron and Ginny say you've been hiding from everyone since you got back from St. Mungo's.|Harry|They do, do they?|Ginny|Well, you have! And you won't look at any of us!|[[Hermione Granger]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] confronting [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
{{dialogue a-b-c|Hermione|Ron and Ginny say you've been hiding from everyone since you got back from St. Mungo's.|Harry|They do, do they?|Ginny|Well, you have! And you won't look at any of us!|[[Hermione Granger]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] confronting [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:Christmas_1995.png|thumb|240px|The [[Weasley family]], [[Hermione Granger]] and [[Harry Potter]] celebrating [[Christmas]] at [[12 Grimmauld Place]] in [[1995]].]]
   
 
Just before the Christmas holidays of [[1995]], [[Arthur Weasley]] was attacked by [[Nagini]], Voldemort's [[snake]], while guarding the [[Department of Mysteries]] for the [[Order of the Phoenix]]. [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]], [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]], [[Fred and George Weasley]], as well as [[Harry Potter]], joined the rest of the [[Weasley family]], aside from [[Percy Weasley|Percy]], at [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]] to visit him. They then departed to [[12 Grimmauld Place]] for the rest of the holidays.<ref name="OP22">''Order of the Phoenix'', Ch. 22</ref>
 
Just before the Christmas holidays of [[1995]], [[Arthur Weasley]] was attacked by [[Nagini]], Voldemort's [[snake]], while guarding the [[Department of Mysteries]] for the [[Order of the Phoenix]]. [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]], [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]], [[Fred and George Weasley]], as well as [[Harry Potter]], joined the rest of the [[Weasley family]], aside from [[Percy Weasley|Percy]], at [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]] to visit him. They then departed to [[12 Grimmauld Place]] for the rest of the holidays.<ref name="OP22">''Order of the Phoenix'', Ch. 22</ref>
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[[Hermione Granger]] had gone home for the holidays, but when [[Albus Dumbledore]] sent her word of what had happened, she cancelled her skiing plans with her [[Granger family|parents]] and took the [[Knight Bus]] to join Harry and the Weasleys. At Grimmauld Place, Harry was refusing to speak to anyone, as he suspected that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] might be possessing him and felt guilty over Arthur's attack, which he had a vision of while it was occurring. When Hermione arrived, she convinced Harry to leave his room, and brought him to Ron and Ginny, who had told her that Harry was "hiding from everyone". Ginny, [[Tom Riddle's diary|having once been possessed herself]], was able to assure Harry that Voldemort was not possessing him.
 
[[Hermione Granger]] had gone home for the holidays, but when [[Albus Dumbledore]] sent her word of what had happened, she cancelled her skiing plans with her [[Granger family|parents]] and took the [[Knight Bus]] to join Harry and the Weasleys. At Grimmauld Place, Harry was refusing to speak to anyone, as he suspected that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] might be possessing him and felt guilty over Arthur's attack, which he had a vision of while it was occurring. When Hermione arrived, she convinced Harry to leave his room, and brought him to Ron and Ginny, who had told her that Harry was "hiding from everyone". Ginny, [[Tom Riddle's diary|having once been possessed herself]], was able to assure Harry that Voldemort was not possessing him.
   
St. Mungo's was busy over the holidays. On Christmas Day, the group visited Arthur again. <span style=""> </span>[[Neville Longbottom]] went with his [[Augusta Longbottom|grandmother]] to see his incapacitated [[Alice and Frank Longbottom|parents]].[[|<sup>[7]</sup>]] Another hospital patient, [[Broderick Bode]] received a gift of a potted Christmas plant. Bode, an [[Unspeakable]] working for the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], had been jinxed when Malfoy [[Imperius Curse|Imperiused]] him into attempting to steal [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|a prophecy]] from the [[Department of Mysteries]]. When Bode began to recover, a [[Death Eater]], [[Walden Macnair]], sent the plant in order to silence him. What [[Healer]] [[Miriam Strout]] took to be a [[Flitterbloom]] was a Devil's Snare plant in disguise and it asphyxiated Bode.<ref name="OP23">''Order of the Phoenix'', Ch. 23</ref>
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St. Mungo's was busy over the holidays. On Christmas Day, the group visited Arthur again. <span style=""> </span>[[Neville Longbottom]] went with his [[Augusta Longbottom|grandmother]] to see his incapacitated [[Alice and Frank Longbottom|parents]].<sup> </sup>Another hospital patient, [[Broderick Bode]] received a gift of a potted Christmas plant. Bode, an [[Unspeakable]] working for the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], had been jinxed when Malfoy [[Imperius Curse|Imperiused]] him into attempting to steal [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|a prophecy]] from the [[Department of Mysteries]]. When Bode began to recover, a [[Death Eater]], [[Walden Macnair]], sent the plant in order to silence him. What [[Healer]] [[Miriam Strout]] took to be a [[Flitterbloom]] was a Devil's Snare plant in disguise and it asphyxiated Bode.<ref name="OP23">''Order of the Phoenix'', Ch. 23</ref>
   
 
===1996===
 
===1996===
{{dialogue a-b-a-b|Molly|Fred, George, I'm sorry, dears, but Remus is arriving tonight, so Bill will have to squeeze in with you two... Then, as Charlie isn't coming home, that just leaves Harry and Ron in the attic, and if Fleur shares with Ginny...everyone should be comfortable. Well, they'll have a bed, anyway.|Fred|Percy definitely not showing his ugly face, then?|No, he's busy, I expect, at the Ministry.|Or he's the world's biggest prat. One of the two.|[[Molly Weasley|Molly]] and [[Fred Weasley]] during the [[1996]] Christmas holidays at [[the Burrow]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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{{Quote|Fred, George, I'm sorry, dears, but Remus is arriving tonight, so Bill will have to squeeze in with you two... Then, as Charlie isn't coming home, that just leaves Harry and Ron in the attic, and if Fleur shares with Ginny... everyone should be comfortable. Well, they'll have a bed, anyway.|[[Molly Weasley|Molly]] during the [[1996]] Christmas holidays at [[the Burrow]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
Harry, Ron, and Ginny went to [[the Burrow]] during the Christmas holidays of [[1996]]. Hermione, who was having a terrible row with Ron at the time, spent the holidays with her [[Granger family|family]]. [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]], his fiancée [[Fleur Delacour]], and [[Remus Lupin]] also stayed over for the holidays. [[File:16lupinspeakstoharry.jpg|thumb|240px|[[Remus Lupin]] and [[Harry Potter]] discussing [[Severus Snape]] at the [[Burrow]].]]
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Harry, Ron, and Ginny went to [[the Burrow]] during the Christmas holidays of [[1996]]. Hermione, who was having a terrible row with Ron at the time, spent the holidays with her [[Granger family|family]]. [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]], his fiancée [[Fleur Delacour]], and [[Remus Lupin]] also stayed over for the holidays.
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[[File:016lupinspeakstoharry.jpg|thumb|left|240px|[[Remus Lupin]] and [[Harry Potter]] discussing [[Severus Snape]] at the [[Burrow]]]]
   
 
[[Molly Weasley]] was disappointed that [[Percy Weasley|Percy]], her estranged son, was not going to join them. Thus, she was delighted when he turned up unexpectedly on [[25 December|Christmas Day]], though it was with [[Minister for Magic]] [[Rufus Scrimgeour]]. It soon became apparent that the Minister had only wanted to come in order to try to convince Harry to cooperate with the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], which he refused to do. Scrimgeour, offended, soon left, along with Percy, whose siblings threw mashed parsnip at him.
 
[[Molly Weasley]] was disappointed that [[Percy Weasley|Percy]], her estranged son, was not going to join them. Thus, she was delighted when he turned up unexpectedly on [[25 December|Christmas Day]], though it was with [[Minister for Magic]] [[Rufus Scrimgeour]]. It soon became apparent that the Minister had only wanted to come in order to try to convince Harry to cooperate with the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], which he refused to do. Scrimgeour, offended, soon left, along with Percy, whose siblings threw mashed parsnip at him.
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===1997===
 
===1997===
[[File:Harryhermionegodrics.PNG|thumb|left|240px|[[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] in the snow.]]
 
 
{{dialogue a-b-a|Hermione|Harry, I think it’s Christmas Eve!|Harry|Is it?|I'm sure it is. They... they'll be in there, won’t they? Your mum and dad? I can see the graveyard behind it.|[[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] in [[Godric's Hollow]] in [[1997]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{dialogue a-b-a|Hermione|Harry, I think it’s Christmas Eve!|Harry|Is it?|I'm sure it is. They... they'll be in there, won’t they? Your mum and dad? I can see the graveyard behind it.|[[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] in [[Godric's Hollow]] in [[1997]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Graveyard_pic_1.png|thumb|240px|the Graveyard in [[Godric's Hallow]] on Christmas eve]]
   
 
[[Harry Potter]], [[Hermione Granger]], and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] did not return to Hogwarts for their [[seventh year]], instead hunting down [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es. During what would have been their Christmas holidays in [[1997]], Harry and Hermione were camping alone in the wilderness, as Ron had left them following a row with Harry. On [[24 December|Christmas Eve]], Harry and Hermione ventured to [[Godric's Hollow]], where they were [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1997)|attacked]] by [[Nagini]].<ref name="DH1617">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 16 and 17</ref> In the meantime, Ron was staying at [[Shell Cottage]] with newlyweds [[Bill Weasley|Bill]] and [[Fleur Delacour|Fleur]], but used the [[Deluminator]] Dumbledore had bequeathed him to track down Harry and Hermione. He saved Harry's life and destroyed the [[Salazar Slytherin's locket|locket Horcrux]].<ref name="DH19">''Deathly Hallows'', Ch. 19</ref>
 
[[Harry Potter]], [[Hermione Granger]], and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] did not return to Hogwarts for their [[seventh year]], instead hunting down [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es. During what would have been their Christmas holidays in [[1997]], Harry and Hermione were camping alone in the wilderness, as Ron had left them following a row with Harry. On [[24 December|Christmas Eve]], Harry and Hermione ventured to [[Godric's Hollow]], where they were [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1997)|attacked]] by [[Nagini]].<ref name="DH1617">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 16 and 17</ref> In the meantime, Ron was staying at [[Shell Cottage]] with newlyweds [[Bill Weasley|Bill]] and [[Fleur Delacour|Fleur]], but used the [[Deluminator]] Dumbledore had bequeathed him to track down Harry and Hermione. He saved Harry's life and destroyed the [[Salazar Slytherin's locket|locket Horcrux]].<ref name="DH19">''Deathly Hallows'', Ch. 19</ref>
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Christmas holiday
Christmas holidays
Event information
Location

Wizarding world

Date(s)

From before Christmas Eve to after New Year's Day

Participant(s)
  • Hogwarts students
  • Hogwarts staff
Description

Christmas holidays

The Christmas holidays is the time of the year when students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have the option to go home via the Hogwarts Express for Christmas or to stay in the castle. However, if one stays, there are no classes. The holidays are two weeks long.

Celebrations at HogwartsEdit

Christmas feast at Hogwarts

Christmas feast

At this time, the school is decorated and the Great Hall is filled with The Twelve Christmas Trees. On Christmas Day there is the feast, during which the remaining students and teachers tuck into mountains of roast turkeys, potatoes and chipolatas. The tables in the Great Hall are strewn with wizard Crackers, wonderful crackers that sound like gunshots when pulled and are filled with real sized hats, wizard chess sets, live mice and jokes.[1]

HistoryEdit

1991Edit

"After a meal of turkey sandwiches, crumpets, trifle, and Christmas cake, everyone felt too full and sleepy to do much before bed except sit and watch Percy chase Fred and George all over Gryffindor tower because they'd stolen his prefect badge."
—Description of Harry Potter and the Weasley boys' Christmas in 1991[src]
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Harry Potter in front of the Mirror of Erised.

Harry Potter chose to spend the Christmas holidays during his First year at Hogwarts, having no desire to spend the holiday period with the Dursleys. His friend Ron Weasley stayed with him, while Hermione Granger headed home to see her parents. The two boys investigated the Philosopher's Stone over the break. Ron's older brothers Percy, Fred, and George also remained at Hogwarts. The twins got into trouble for throwing snowballs at Professor Quirrell and pestered Percy by stealing his Prefect badge. All five boys received jumpers made by Mrs. Weasley.

For Christmas, Harry received his late father's Cloak of Invisibility from Albus Dumbledore. While exploring the school under it, he discovered the Mirror of Erised, and took to gazing in it frequently, as it showed him with the family he never knew. On one occasion, Ron accompanied him, and saw a vision of himself as Head Boy and Quidditch Captain. Dumbledore advised Harry to stop, warning him that people had gone mad by living in dreams, and moved the Mirror.[1]

1992Edit

Hermione: "There might be a way. Of course, it would be difficult. And dangerous, very dangerous. We’d be breaking about fifty school rules, I expect… What we’d need to do is to get inside the Slytherin common room and ask Malfoy a few questions without him realising it’s us."
Harry: "But that’s impossible."
Hermione: "No, it’s not. All we’d need would be some Polyjuice Potion..."
Hermione Granger and Harry Potter planning to use Polyjuice Potion over the holidays with Ron Weasley[src]
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Hermione Granger brewing Polyjuice Potion

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger all stayed at Hogwarts during the 1992 Christmas holidays in their second year. Hermione finished brewing Polyjuice Potion on Christmas Day, which the trio was planning to use to disguise themselves as Slytherin students so as to find out if Draco Malfoy was the Heir of Slytherin, and if he was opening the Chamber of Secrets.

Harry and Ron transformed into Gregory Goyle and Vincent Crabbe, respectively, while Hermione accidentally took a sample of cat hair rather than the hair of Millicent Bulstrode, resulting in her partially transforming into a cat. She spent the rest of the holidays in the Hospital wing. Harry and Ron questioned Draco, who revealed that he was not the Heir, but wished he knew who it was so that he could help him.[2]

1993Edit

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Hogsmeade during Christmas in 1993

Harry, Ron, and Hermione stayed at Hogwarts during the 1993 Christmas holidays in their Third year. Harry received a Firebolt anonymously as a gift, and Hermione suspected it was from Sirius Black, who happened to be its true sender, whom everyone believed to be a murderer out for Harry at the time. Thus, Hermione reported it to Professor McGonagall, fearing that the broomstick was jinxed, which angered both Harry and Ron.[3]

1994Edit

Much of the student body remained at Hogwarts during the 1994 Christmas holidays, as the Triwizard Tournament was being held at Hogwarts during that year. Along with visitors from Durmstrang Institute and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, students who were in their Fourth year or above participated in the Yule Ball, a traditional dance held on 25 December.

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The Great Hall during the Yule Ball.

Harry attended the ball with Parvati Patil, though he had originally wanted to go with Cho Chang, who was Cedric Diggory's date. He overheard a conversation between Severus Snape and Igor Karkaroff that made him suspicious, as Karkaroff mentioned that his Dark Mark was burning — a sign of Lord Voldemort's growing power. Hermione attended the ball as the date of Durmstrang Champion Viktor Krum; a jealous Ron ignored his date, Padma Patil, and got into a row with Hermione at the end of the ball. Ginny Weasley was able to attend the Yule Ball in spite of being a third-year because Neville Longbottom asked her.[4] While there, she met Michael Corner, who would later become her boyfriend.[5]

1995Edit

Hermione: "Ron and Ginny say you've been hiding from everyone since you got back from St. Mungo's."
Harry: "They do, do they?"
Ginny: "Well, you have! And you won't look at any of us!"
Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley confronting Harry Potter[src]
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The Weasley family, Hermione Granger and Harry Potter celebrating Christmas at 12 Grimmauld Place in 1995.

Just before the Christmas holidays of 1995, Arthur Weasley was attacked by Nagini, Voldemort's snake, while guarding the Department of Mysteries for the Order of the Phoenix. Ron, Ginny, Fred and George Weasley, as well as Harry Potter, joined the rest of the Weasley family, aside from Percy, at St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries to visit him. They then departed to 12 Grimmauld Place for the rest of the holidays.[6]

Hermione Granger had gone home for the holidays, but when Albus Dumbledore sent her word of what had happened, she cancelled her skiing plans with her parents and took the Knight Bus to join Harry and the Weasleys. At Grimmauld Place, Harry was refusing to speak to anyone, as he suspected that Lord Voldemort might be possessing him and felt guilty over Arthur's attack, which he had a vision of while it was occurring. When Hermione arrived, she convinced Harry to leave his room, and brought him to Ron and Ginny, who had told her that Harry was "hiding from everyone". Ginny, having once been possessed herself, was able to assure Harry that Voldemort was not possessing him.

St. Mungo's was busy over the holidays. On Christmas Day, the group visited Arthur again. Neville Longbottom went with his grandmother to see his incapacitated parents. Another hospital patient, Broderick Bode received a gift of a potted Christmas plant. Bode, an Unspeakable working for the Ministry of Magic, had been jinxed when Malfoy Imperiused him into attempting to steal a prophecy from the Department of Mysteries. When Bode began to recover, a Death Eater, Walden Macnair, sent the plant in order to silence him. What Healer Miriam Strout took to be a Flitterbloom was a Devil's Snare plant in disguise and it asphyxiated Bode.[7]

1996Edit

"Fred, George, I'm sorry, dears, but Remus is arriving tonight, so Bill will have to squeeze in with you two... Then, as Charlie isn't coming home, that just leaves Harry and Ron in the attic, and if Fleur shares with Ginny... everyone should be comfortable. Well, they'll have a bed, anyway."
Molly during the 1996 Christmas holidays at the Burrow[src]

Harry, Ron, and Ginny went to the Burrow during the Christmas holidays of 1996. Hermione, who was having a terrible row with Ron at the time, spent the holidays with her family. Bill Weasley, his fiancée Fleur Delacour, and Remus Lupin also stayed over for the holidays.

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Remus Lupin and Harry Potter discussing Severus Snape at the Burrow

Molly Weasley was disappointed that Percy, her estranged son, was not going to join them. Thus, she was delighted when he turned up unexpectedly on Christmas Day, though it was with Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour. It soon became apparent that the Minister had only wanted to come in order to try to convince Harry to cooperate with the Ministry of Magic, which he refused to do. Scrimgeour, offended, soon left, along with Percy, whose siblings threw mashed parsnip at him.

Ron was also appalled when he opened the gift sent by his girlfriend Lavender Brown - a necklace with the words "my sweetheart" in gold. He was shocked that Lavender could think he would like such an item, and chucked it under his pillow. Harry received a parcel full of maggots from Kreacher, but declared that he still preferred it to Ron's necklace.[8]

1997Edit

Hermione: "Harry, I think it’s Christmas Eve!"
Harry: "Is it?"
Hermione: "I'm sure it is. They... they'll be in there, won’t they? Your mum and dad? I can see the graveyard behind it."
Harry Potter and Hermione Granger in Godric's Hollow in 1997[src]
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the Graveyard in Godric's Hallow on Christmas eve

Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley did not return to Hogwarts for their seventh year, instead hunting down Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. During what would have been their Christmas holidays in 1997, Harry and Hermione were camping alone in the wilderness, as Ron had left them following a row with Harry. On Christmas Eve, Harry and Hermione ventured to Godric's Hollow, where they were attacked by Nagini.[9] In the meantime, Ron was staying at Shell Cottage with newlyweds Bill and Fleur, but used the Deluminator Dumbledore had bequeathed him to track down Harry and Hermione. He saved Harry's life and destroyed the locket Horcrux.[10]

A few days later, the trio headed to the home of Xenophilius Lovegood in order to investigate a symbol and hoping that Luna Lovegood would be home for the holidays. However, Luna had been abducted by the Death Eaters upon leaving Hogwarts for the Christmas holidays, and was imprisoned in the dungeons of Malfoy Manor. Her father, desperate to get her back, attempted to ambush the trio, but they escaped, and Xenophilius was subsequently imprisoned in Azkaban.[11]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Ch. 12
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ch. 12
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Ch. 11 and Ch. 12
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Ch. 22 and Ch. 23
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Ch. 16
  6. Order of the Phoenix, Ch. 22
  7. Order of the Phoenix, Ch. 23
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ch. 16
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ch. 16 and 17
  10. Deathly Hallows, Ch. 19
  11. Deathly Hallows, Ch. 20 and Ch. 21

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