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{{Ministry of Magic individual infobox
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|image=[[File:Dhharryroomhighreso.jpg|250px]] |name=Harry James Potter||hideb=
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|born=[[31 July]], [[1980]]<br>[[Godric's Hollow]], [[West Country]], [[England]]
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|blood=[[Half-blood]]
name=Harry Potter|
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|marital=Married (as of 2014)
gender=Male|
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|alias=*The Boy Who Lived
birth=July 31, 1980|
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*[[Master of Death]] (While he possessed the Deathly Hallows)
house=[[Gryffindor]]|
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*The Chosen One
job=Student|
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*The Chosen Captain (by [[Draco Malfoy]])
blood=[[Half-blood]]|
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*The Boy Who Lied (by the [[Daily Prophet]])
loyalty=[[Dumbledore's Army]]|
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*Parry Otter (by [[Horace Slughorn]])
portrayer=[[Daniel Radcliffe]]|
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*The Boy Who Scored (by [[Draco Malfoy]])
appearance=''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''
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*Scarhead (by [[Draco Malfoy]])
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*Potter the Plotter (by [[Peeves]])
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*Undesirable No. 1 <ref>Known as this by a paper in [[Dolores Umbridge]]'s office in [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] in [[1997–1998 school year]].</ref>
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*[[Gregory Goyle]]<ref>Known as this in [[1992–1993 school year]]</ref> (under the guise of [[Polyjuice Potion]])
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*Barny Weasley<ref>Used this name when disguised as a [[Weasley family|Weasley]] relative through the means of [[Polyjuice Potion]]</ref>
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*Saint Potter<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''</ref> (by Draco Malfoy)
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*[[Vernon Dursley|Vernon]] [[Dudley Dursley|Dudley]]<ref>Made up this alias when caught by [[Snatchers]], he took the first names from his uncle and cousin</ref>
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*[[Albert Runcorn]]<ref>Disguised as him using Polyjuice Potion to infiltrate the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]]</ref>
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*[[Bloody Baron]]<ref>He tells Peeves he's the Bloody Baron when he was under the invisibility cloak during his first year.</ref>
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*Precious Potter (by [[Severus Snape]])
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*[[Neville Longbottom]]<ref>Used this name to avoid attention on the Knight Bus</ref>
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*[[Roonil Wazlib]]<ref>While trying to hide the fact that he had [[Severus Snape's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|Snape's copy of ''Advanced Potion-Making'']]</ref>
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*Mr Perkins<ref>In ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> (by [[Cuthbert Binns|Professor Binns]])
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*Patronus Potter (by [[Lucius Malfoy]])
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*Potty Wee Potter (by Peeves)
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|title=*[[Triwizard Tournament|Triwizard Champion]]
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*[[Seeker]]
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*[[Hogwarts Quidditch Captain|Quidditch Captain]]
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*Leader of [[Dumbledore's Army]]
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*[[Master of Death]]
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*[[Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare|S.P.E.W]] Secretary
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|signature=[[File:Harry Potter sig.png|150px]]
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|species=[[Human]]
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|gender=Male
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|hair=Black
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|eyes=Bright green
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|skin=Light
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|family=*[[Ignotus Peverell]] (paternal ancestor) †
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*[[Antioch Peverell]] (paternal ancestor uncle) †
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*[[Cadmus Peverell]] (paternal ancestor uncle) †
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*[[James Potter I]] (father) †
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*[[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]] (née [[Evans]]) (mother) †
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*[[Ginevra Potter]] (née [[Weasley]]) (wife)
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*[[James Potter II]] (son)
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*[[Albus Potter]] (son)
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*[[Lily Potter II]] (daughter)
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*[[James Potter's father]] (paternal grandfather) †
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*[[James Potter's mother]] (paternal grandmother) †
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*[[Evans sisters' father]] (maternal grandfather) †
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*[[Evans sisters' mother]] (maternal grandmother) †
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*[[Arthur Weasley]] (father-in-law)
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*[[Molly Weasley]] (née [[Prewett]]) (mother-in-law)
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*[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
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*[[Hermione Granger]] (sister-in-law)
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*[[Rose Weasley]] (niece)
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*[[Hugo Weasley]] (nephew)
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*[[Fred Weasley]] (brother-in-law) †
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*[[George Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
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*[[Angelina Johnson|Angelina Weasley]] (née [[Angelina Johnson|Johnson]]) (sister-in-law)
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*[[Fred Weasley II]] (nephew)
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*[[Roxanne Weasley]] (niece)
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*[[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
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*[[Fleur Weasley]] (née [[Delacour]]) (sister-in-law)
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*[[Victoire Weasley]] (niece)
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*[[Dominique Weasley]] (niece)
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*[[Louis Weasley]] (nephew)
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*[[Charles Weasley|Charlie Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
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*[[Percy Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
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*[[Audrey Weasley]] (sister-in-law)
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*[[Molly Weasley II|Molly Weasley]] (niece)
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*[[Lucy Weasley]] (niece)
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*[[Petunia Dursley]] (née [[Evans]]) (maternal aunt)
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*[[Vernon Dursley]] (maternal uncle by marriage)
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*[[Dudley Dursley]] (maternal first cousin)
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*[[Dudley Dursley's wife|Mrs Dursley]] (cousin-in-law)
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*[[Dudley Dursley's children|Dudley's children]] (first cousins once removed)
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*[[Tom Riddle]] (distant relative) †
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*[[Weasley family]] (in-laws)
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|boggart=[[Dementor]] (possibly changed after the war)
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|wand=*[[Harry Potter's wand|11", Holly, phoenix feather]]
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*[[Hermione Granger's wand|10¾", Vine, dragon heartstring]] (temporarily)
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*[[Blackthorn wand|10", Blackthorn, unknown core]] (temporarily)
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*[[Draco Malfoy's wand|10", Hawthorn, unicorn hair]] (temporarily)
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*[[Elder Wand|15", Elder, Thestral Hair]] (temporarily)
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|patronus=[[Deer|Stag]]
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|job=*Head of [[Auror Office]]
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*Part-time lecturer on [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]
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|house=[[Gryffindor]]
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|loyalty=*[[Potter family]]
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*[[Weasley family]]
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*[[Evans family]]
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*[[Peverell family]]
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*[[Dumbledore's Army]]
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*[[Order of the Phoenix]]
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*[[British Ministry of Magic]]
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**[[Auror Office]]
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*[[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]
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**[[Gryffindor]]
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**[[Gryffindor Quidditch team]]
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**[[Slug Club]]
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*[[Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare|S.P.E.W.]]
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*[[Albus Dumbledore]]}}
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{{Quote|You are protected, in short, by your ability to [[love]]! The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s! In spite of all the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart, just as pure as you were at the age of eleven, when you stared into a [[Mirror of Erised|mirror that reflected your heart's desire]], and it showed you only the way to thwart [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], and not immortality or riches.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] to Harry.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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'''Harry James Potter''' (b. [[31 July]], [[1980]]) was a [[half-blood]] [[wizard]], the only child and son of [[James Potter I|James]] and [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]] (née [[Evans family|Evans]]), and one of the most famous wizards of modern times. In what proved to be [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|a vain attempt]] to circumvent a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]], that stated a boy born at the end of [[July]] of [[1980]] could be able to defeat him, Lord Voldemort attempted to murder him when he was a year and three months old, shortly after murdering Harry's parents as they tried to protect him. This early, unsuccessful attempt to vanquish Harry led to Voldemort's first defeat and the end of the [[First Wizarding War]]. One consequence of Lily's sacrificial protection is that her orphaned son had to be raised by her only remaining blood relative, [[Petunia Dursley]] where he was neither welcomed nor nurtured, but would stay alive, at least until he was seventeen years old. As the only known survivor of the [[Killing Curse]] (up to that point) Harry was already famous before he arrived at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]].
   
'''Harry James Potter''' (born [[July 31]], [[1980]])<sup>[http://www.mugglenet.com/jkrcom/birthdayarchive.shtml]</sup>, the only son of [[James Potter]] and [[Lily Potter]], is the protagonist and main character of the [[Harry Potter (series)|''Harry Potter'' series]].
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Early on his eleventh birthday, Harry learned that he was a wizard. He began attending Hogwarts in [[1991]] and was Sorted into [[Gryffindor]] house. While at school, Harry became best friends with [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]], and later became the youngest [[Quidditch]] Seeker in over a century and eventually captain of his house's [[Gryffindor Quidditch team|team]], winning two [[Quidditch Cup]]s.<ref>Harry was banned from participating in Quidditch games by Professor Umbridge in his fifth year, along with Fred and George Weasley. Therefore, he was not on the team when they won the cup that year.</ref> He became even better known in his early years for protecting the [[Philosopher's Stone]] from Voldemort and saving Ron's sister [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] from the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. In [[1994–1995 school year|his fourth year]], Harry won the [[Triwizard Tournament]], although the competition ended in tragedy with the death of [[Cedric Diggory]] and the [[Return of the Dark Lord|return]] of Lord Voldemort. The [[1995–1996 school year|next school year]], Harry reluctantly taught and led [[Dumbledore's Army]] and fought in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], during which he lost his godfather, [[Sirius Black]], who was a father/brother figure to him.
   
Harry Potter is portrayed by [[Daniel Radcliffe]] in four films based on the book series, the most recent of which is ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', which was released in the US on November 18th, 2005. Further installments in the movie series are expected; however, Radcliffe's appearance in these has not yet been confirmed.
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Harry played a significant role in many other battles of the [[Second Wizarding War]] and hunted down and destroyed Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es along with Ron and Hermione. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], he personally witnessed the deaths of [[Severus Snape]] and [[Fred Weasley]] and learned that [[Remus Lupin]], [[Nymphadora Tonks]], [[Colin Creevey]], and many others had fallen as well. He encountered Voldemort and sacrificed himself, knowing that his doing so was the only way to destroy the fragment of Voldemort's soul that was inside him. In Harry's near-death experience after Voldemort cursed him in the forest clearing, Dumbledore gave Harry advice and background information on Voldemort. When told he could choose to live or to "move on," Harry chose to live, after he awoke he confronted Voldemort and defeated him once and for all.
   
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Harry is also notable for being the only known [[Master of Death]], having united the three [[Deathly Hallows]] at the age of only seventeen.
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After the war, Harry became [[Auror]] and married [[Ginny Weasley]], with whom he had three children; [[James Potter II|James Sirius]], named after his father and godfather, [[Albus Potter|Albus Severus]], named after Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore, and [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna]], named after his mother and good friend [[Luna Lovegood]]. Harry was also named the godfather of [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Remus Lupin]]. He became Head of the [[Auror Office]] in [[2000s|2007]] and occasionally went to Hogwarts to deliver [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] lectures. 
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Harry Potter is famous in the wizarding world for his encounter with the evil [[Lord Voldemort]], the primary villain in the series, when he was just a year old, an encounter which lost Voldemort, one of the most powerful sorcerers of all time, his body and powers.
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===Family lineage===
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{{Quote|Now, yer mum an' dad were as good a witch an' wizard as I ever knew. [[Head Boy]] an' [[Head Boy|Head Girl]] at Hogwarts in their day!|[[Rubeus Hagrid]] talking about Harry's parents|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
   
Harry's mother, [[Lily Potter|Lily]], was killed while attempting to protect Harry from Voldemort, and her dying act placed Harry under a spell of protection. Voldemort attempted to kill Harry with the [[Avada Kedavra]] curse, which he had used to kill Harry's parents, but the spell rebounded due to his mother's protection, striking Voldemort instead. Voldemort, who had spent several years using powerful dark magic in an ongoing attempt to achieve immortality, was able to survive the spell, but as a near-powerless disembodied spirit, only a pale shadow of his former self. Beaten and powerless, Voldemort went into hiding, and Harry became a celebrity in the wizarding world as "The Boy Who Lived", especially famous for the lightning-shaped scar Voldemort's curse left on his forehead.
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[[File:Potter_family1.gif|thumb|left|235px|Harry as a baby with his parents]]
   
<!-- [[Image:The_potters_hp.JPG|left|thumb|[[Geraldine Somerville]] as [[Lily Potter]], [[Adrian Rawlins]] as [[James Potter]], and one of the Saunders triplets as one-year-old Harry Potter in ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone]]'']] -->
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The [[Potter family|Potters]] were an old and wealthy [[pure-blood]] family, and Harry inherited much wealth from his father [[James Potter|James]]. The Potters descended from the [[Peverell family]] through [[Ignotus Peverell]], who passed the [[Cloak of Invisibility]] on to his descendants. The Potters are related to the [[House of Gaunt|Gaunts]], who are descendants of the second brother [[Cadmus Peverell|Cadmus]]. From him, the [[Resurrection Stone]] was passed onto his descendants as a family heirloom, set in a [[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring|signet ring]].
   
This protection helped Harry again, ten years later in ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', when Lord Voldemort returned searching for the [[Philosopher's Stone]]. Using [[Hogwarts]] instructor [[Professor Quirrell]] as a vessel, Voldemort returned to Hogwarts to find the stone. Voldemort attempted to kill Harry again, but Lily Potter's protection lingered in his veins, and Voldemort was unable to touch Harry. He was forced to flee again, leaving Quirrell to die.
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Conversely, Harry's mother [[Lily Evans]] was a [[Muggle-born]], the first witch in her family. Lily had an older sister, [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]], who was forced to raise Harry alongside [[Dudley Dursley|her son]].
   
Harry was raised by [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]] and [[Vernon Dursley]], who neglected him in favour of their own son [[Dudley Dursley|Dudley]] and in their attempt to remove all traces of his magical self to make him "normal", kept him fully isolated from the wizarding world. Harry did not even know that he was a wizard until his eleventh birthday, when [[Rubeus Hagrid]], Hogwarts gamekeeper and friend of Dumbledore, explained it to him and also told him about the fame he had in the magical world.
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As the Potters were considered a pure-blood family, Harry may be related paternally to various other wizards and witches through families like the [[House of Black|Blacks]], the [[Malfoy family|Malfoys]], the [[Weasley family|Weasleys]], and the [[Longbottom family|Longbottoms]],<ref>[[House of Black|Black family tree]]</ref> as well as many other [[:Category:Pure-blood families|pure-blood families]]. According to the [[Black Family Tree]], Harry may possibly be the grandson of [[Dorea Black|Dorea Potter née Black]], which would mean that he was a third cousin of [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], [[Sirius Black]], and even his wife [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], and the third cousin once removed of [[Nymphadora Tonks]]. Else, they would be related to him through Dorea's husband [[Charlus Potter]], though the relationship between Harry and Charlus wasn't specified.<ref>On the Black family tree released for charity by J.K. Rowling, it shows a Charlus Potter, with one son, but there is no proof that Charlus Potter is related to Harry.</ref>
   
Surprisingly perhaps, Harry has not let his fame go to his head, and he has remained humble, despite the fact that people like [[Gilderoy Lockhart]] and [[Colin Creevey]] keep reminding him how famous he is. In fact, Harry is annoyed by his fame, as it has caused many people to either fawn all over him or hate him for it.
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Harry's only known maternal relatives were the [[Evans family|Evans]] and [[Dursley family|Dursley]] families.
   
In ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Harry is starting to change. He is angry because he believes [[Sirius Black]] got his parents until Remus Lupin corrects him.
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===Childhood===
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{{Quote|This boy will be famous, a legend. I wouldn't be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in future. There will be books written about Harry, every child in our [[Wizarding world|world]] will know his name.|[[Minerva McGonagall]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
   
Harry's greatest desire is to be normal, and for all whom he cares about to be safe and happy. His heroic aspects are bravery, curiosity, and compassion. Harry often puts himself at risk for other people, and often tries to convince others not to put themselves in danger. For example, in the first book, ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', he does not want [[Ron Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] to attempt to locate the [[Philosopher's Stone]] with him. This occurs in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' when [[Ginny Weasley|Ginny]], [[Neville Longbottom|Neville]], and [[Luna Lovegood|Luna]] wish to join Harry, Ron, and Hermione on a rescue mission.
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[[File:Harrypotter.JPG|thumb|left|225px|Harry as a baby, faces death for the first time]]
   
However, Harry is depicted with many flaws. He can be angered easily when his parents or others whom he cares about are offended, or when people do not believe him. Like Ron, he is not very diligent with his studies. In ''Order of the Phoenix'', Harry appears more disturbed and troubled, and is extremely temperamental, as he has to endure the entire wizarding world believing him to be an attention-seeking liar, along with the normal difficulties in being a teenager. Sometimes, Harry even gets angry at Ron and Hermione, especially when they argue with each other.
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Harry Potter was born on [[31 July]], [[1980]] to [[Lily Evans|Lily]] and [[James Potter I|James Potter]], members of the (original) [[Order of the Phoenix]] at the height of the [[First Wizarding War]]; he was born "hours" after classmate Neville Longbottom.<ref>''[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/J.K._Rowling:_A_Year_in_the_Life J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life]'', available at [http://www.hp-lexicon.org/wizards/neville.html Harry Potter Lexicon under Birthdate]</ref> From birth, he lived in hiding with his parents after Voldemort marked them for death. They lived in the village of [[Godric's Hollow]] in a home put under the [[Fidelius Charm]] to keep them hidden. They also had planned to make Sirius their Secret-Keeper, but on his advice, they changed this designation to [[Peter Pettigrew]], whom they thought would be less suspicious. In a terrible turn of fate, it happened that Pettigrew was a spy for Voldemort. He betrayed James and Lily, then faked his own death, and framed Sirius for both.
   
Harry has a very strong loyalty streak and expects loyalty in return. This streak has often prevented Harry from looking at things objectively and will occasionally prevent him from heeding constructive criticism from friends such as Hermione.
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When Harry was born Lily held a [[Christening of Harry Potter|christening]]; it was quiet, quick, and only James, Lily, Harry ,and Sirius were there. For Harry's first birthday, Sirius bought him a [[toy broomstick]]. The Potters owned [[Potters' cat|a cat]] but it is unknown what happened to it after Voldemort's attack.
   
Harry tends to feel very passionately about who is trustworthy and who is not. For example, Harry is reluctant to trust [[Severus Snape]], the Potions Master, despite Hogwarts Headmaster [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s faith in Snape. Since Harry has been raised by the Dursleys, and has experienced nightmarish events, including the deaths of classmate [[Cedric Diggory]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|Goblet of Fire]]'' and father-figure [[Sirius Black]] in ''Order of the Phoenix'', Harry seems to feel rather misunderstood. Harry's feelings of isolation increase, when, at the end of ''Order of the Phoenix'', he learns that he alone must battle Voldemort to the death.
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[[File:0lily-harry-21.jpg|thumb|228px|Lily protecting Harry from Lord Voldemort on 31 October, 1981 ]]
   
Ginny Weasley was the first person to take a romantic interest in Harry, having a crush on him in ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets|Chamber of Secrets]]'', though she was too tongue-tied to even speak to him. In ''Goblet of Fire'', Harry develops a crush on [[Cho Chang]], and in his fifth year, he kisses her under the mistletoe. She and Harry split up at the end of the year, due to Harry's naïveté, Cho's jealousy, and [[Marietta Edgecombe]]'s betrayal of [[Dumbledore's Army]].
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On the evening of Hallowe'en 1981, Voldemort arrived at Godric's Hollow and murdered James and Lily; he started with James, who tried to stand up to him; unfortunately he did not have his wand with him and was killed immediately. Lord Voldemort then advanced on Lily, who died protecting Harry. Her [[Sacrificial protection|sacrifice]] prevented the [[Killing Curse]] from working on Harry. Additionally, her [[love]] for Harry became a barrier protecting her son, when Voldemort attempted the curse on Harry, it backfired and instead of killing Harry Voldemort lost all his powers and his physical form was obliterated, but was saved from death by the five Horcruxes he had made up to that point. These included [[Tom Riddle's diary|his diary]], [[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring]], [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]], [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup]], and [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem]]<ref>Nagini was not made a Horcrux until Voldemort's return, when he killed the old Muggle caretaker of the Riddle home just prior to the Triwizard Tournament, and Harry himself did not contain part of Voldemort's soul until the time of the failed Killing Curse.</ref> Later, this also included Harry himself because Voldemort not only gave part of his powers to Harry, he also accidentally gave part of his soul. This event made Harry the only person to have survived the Killing Curse. The failed curse left a [[Harry Potter's scars|lightning-bolt scar on his forehead]]. The scar would be a bane and a blessing to Harry in the years to come, as it opened a [[Mind-reading|telepathic link between]] Voldemort and himself.
   
Harry greatly resembles his father, but he is frequently told that he has his mother's eyes. Some have speculated that Harry having eyes similar to his mother's will play a significant role in the last book.
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[[File:Godric_flash.PNG|thumb|left|240px|[[Potter cottage|The Potter family home]] under attack]]
   
Harry shares his dormitory at [[Hogwarts]] with [[Ron Weasley]], [[Neville Longbottom]], [[Seamus Finnigan]] and [[Dean Thomas]].
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The house at Godric's Hollow was destroyed in the attack, and Hagrid rescued Harry from the ruined house. Hagrid was given specific orders to take him to his [[Petunia Dursley|Aunt Petunia]] and [[Vernon Dursley|Uncle Vernon]], but he was intercepted by Sirius, who pleaded for Hagrid to give the baby to him. Hagrid refused, saying that he was under orders from Dumbledore to get Harry to [[Privet Drive]] as quickly as possible.
   
In [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]], Harry and [[Ginny Weasley]] kissed after the [[Gryffindor]] [[quidditch]] team won the [[Quidditch Cup]], and they began seeing each other, until after [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s death near the end of the school year, when Harry was forced to break up from Ginny so [[Lord Voldemort]] couldn't use her as his girlfriend to get to him, as he had in [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]].
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Sirius, though reluctant, relented and gave Hagrid his flying motorcycle to take Harry to Privet Drive. Dumbledore left a letter of explanation to the Dursleys, but they never relayed it to Harry. Instead, Harry spent the next decade of his life in their strict and miserable home without knowing he was a wizard.
   
==Family tree of Harry Potter==
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====Life at Privet Drive====
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{{Quote|I'm not having [[Wizardkind|one]] in the house, Petunia! Didn't we swear when we took him in we'd stamp out [[magic|that dangerous nonsense]]?|[[Vernon Dursley]] refusing that Harry was a wizard|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
   
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[[File:FallOfVoldemortCelebrations1981.png|thumb|235px|Harry is delivered to 4 Privet Drive in [[1981]]]]
   
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Harry's life at Privet Drive was quite difficult. As they were Muggles, they had no understanding of [[magic]], and even though his aunt and uncle knew about his lineage, they wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. The Dursleys considered themselves a "normal" family and despised anything out of the ordinary. They lied to Harry about his parents, claiming they had died in a car crash and that James was an unemployed drunk. When he tried to remember them, all he saw was a [[Killing Curse|green flash]]. He tried to understand what it was, or if it was from the car crash, but he simply could not. Petunia and Vernon forbade Harry from asking questions, particularly those regarding his parents. In addition, the Dursleys refused to have pictures of Lily and James, and did their best to avoid the subject of Harry's parents altogether. 
   
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They resented Harry for his magic, which was sporadic, but evident. They discouraged any sort of imagination, insisting upon "stamping that rubbish out", and screamed at or punished Harry — sometimes by depriving him of meals — whenever something "unusual" occurred. The way he was treated borders on abuse. In his youth, Harry could make strange things happen without understanding why he could, as no one had told him that he was a wizard. For instance, after Petunia sheared off all his messy hair using a pair of [[Petunia Dursley's kitchen scissors|kitchen scissors]] in fury that it would not lay flat, leaving him almost completely bald with only the fringe at the front, it had [[Hair-regrowing spells|grown all the way back]], and to its previous messy state at that, by the next morning. Harry was punished, even though he had not done anything on purpose. Another time, [[Dedalus Diggle]] bowed to him in a shop, and Petunia ferociously interrogated Harry as to how he knew the man before leaving the shop very quickly.
* <sup>[1]</sup> [http://www.mugglenet.com/jkrcom/birthdayarchive.shtml "JKRowling.com Archives: Birthdays"] from [http://mugglenet.com/ MuggleNet]
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[[File:Tumblr_mjxs7zmnyK1qew2ypo4_250.gif|frame|left|Harry's bedroom beneath the staircase]]
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The Dursleys spoiled and pampered their son [[Dudley Dursley|Dudley]] and paid almost no attention to Harry; indeed, what little attention they did pay to him was entirely negative. All his clothes were hand-me-downs from Dudley and were far too large for Harry. He was forced to sleep in the [[cupboard under the stairs|Cupboard Under the Stairs]], while his cousin got two bedrooms to himself. They ordered Harry around like a slave for most of his childhood. In time, Dudley started bullying Harry. The Dursleys took Dudley and a friend to spectacular places every year for his birthday, but the only thing Harry got for his birthday was one of Vernon's old socks. The Dursleys also hid evidence of Harry's existence by not having pictures of him in the house. During the times that Harry wasn't being made to work or bullied, he was provided with little entertainment and sometimes tried to entertain himself by playing games such as [[solitaire]].
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Harry's hardship, however, was necessary as by returning to live with his mother's only living blood relative, the [[Sacrificial protection|protection]] that Lily gave Harry would continue. While Harry could call that place home, he could not be harmed. However, this charm would be broken when Harry turned 17 years old, or when he no longer called [[4 Privet Drive]] his home. Furthermore, Harry's neighbour, [[Arabella Figg]], was a [[Squib]] working undercover for the [[Order of the Phoenix]] to keep tabs on Harry's well-being. Unfortunately for Harry, to maintain favour with the Dursleys, she was forced to give him a lousy time whenever she had to look after him, as the Dursleys would never have let him go if they knew Harry was enjoying himself, a possibility that infuriated them.
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[[File:HarryParseltongue.png|thumb|235px|Harry speaking [[Parseltongue]] to the boa constrictor at the Zoo]]
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On Dudley's eleventh birthday, the Dursleys went to the [[Zoo]] with Dudley's best friend [[Piers Polkiss]]. Unfortunately for the Dursleys, they had to take Harry with them, as Mrs Figg had broken her leg and there was no one to take Harry, and they refused to leave him alone in their house. At the Zoo, Harry unintentionally made the glass of an enclosure containing a boa constrictor disappear. This allowed the snake to slither out of his cage which scared Dudley into thinking it was after him. Harry was able to communicate with the freed boa in [[Parseltongue]], which thanked Harry briefly, then slithered out of the reptile house calmly. After this incident, the enraged Dursleys sentenced Harry to his [[Cupboard Under the Stairs|cupboard]] until the beginning of the summer holidays.Parseltongue,
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====St. Grogory's Primary School====
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{{Quote|At school, Harry had no one. Everybody knew that Dudley's gang hated that odd Harry Potter in his baggy old clothes and broken glasses, and nobody liked to disagree with Dudley's gang.|The reason Harry had no friends at school|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
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[[File:Tumblr_m89gba7WNj1qm7vyao4_250.gif|thumb|left|220px|Harry laughing at Dudley]]
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Harry attended [[St. Grogory's Primary School]], a [[Muggle]] school, with Dudley. He had no friends there, since all the students were afraid of [[Dudley Dursley's gang|Dudley's gang]], all of whose members hated Harry. In particular, Dudley's friends liked to play a unique game known as [[Harry Hunting]] which involved chasing Harry. Although he was good at sports, he was the last picked for a team because no one wanted to admit to Dudley that they liked him, rather than because he was no good. Harry got decent, if not good grades at school. On one occasion, Harry accidentally [[Colour Change Charm|turned his teacher's wig blue]]; on another, he accidentally [[Apparition|Apparated]] onto the school kitchen roof when escaping from Dudley's gang; and on a third, he made Dudley's old jumper shrink as aunt Petunia tried to shove it over his ''(Harry's)'' head. These incidents always enraged the Dursleys, and after each, they would punish Harry by exiling him to the cupboard — except after the jumper incident.
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If Harry had not gone to Hogwarts, then he would have attended [[Stonewall High]], a Muggle secondary school.<ref>Rowling never specified the environment within it, but it was presumably even worse than St. Grogory's in terms of what he might have expected as treatment.</ref>
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====Discovery of being a wizard====
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{{Quote|Yer a [[Wizards|wizard]], Harry, and a thumpin' good one I'd wager, once yer trained up a bit, o' course.|[[Rubeus Hagrid]] upon meeting Harry for the first time|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)}}
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[[File:letters.gif|frame|Harry finally receives his [[Hogwarts]] acceptance letter]]
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Harry had no birthday celebrations until the day he turned 11, which was the same day that he discovered the exceptional reality about his [[Wizard|identity]]. The week of Harry's birthday, hundreds of letters began arriving at the Dursleys's home, addressed to him from a place called [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. When the Dursleys saw the first letter was addressed as "cupboard under the stairs," they panicked at the thought of Harry's ill treatment being observed and transferred him to [[The Smallest Bedroom|Dudley's second bedroom]], which soon appeared on letters as the "smallest bedroom." When Harry's Uncle Vernon first read the letter, he turned a pale, [[porridge]] grey out of fear that wizards were trying to contact Harry. Because of this, [[Vernon Dursley]] tried to destroy the letters in a futile attempt to keep Harry from his destiny. But the letters kept coming in increasingly larger quantities, to the point where they literally started flying out of the fireplace, and as they did, the Dursleys saw no alternative but to flee from them. This was not enough to enable the Dursleys to avoid the letters, as the [[owl]]s carrying these letters followed them wherever they went. In a final desperate move, the [[Dursley family|Dursleys]] relocated themselves to [[Hut-on-the-Rock|a shack]] on a rocky island in the edge of the sea.
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[[File:Harry's_birthday_cake.jpg|thumb|left|215px|[[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]]'s birthday cake to Harry]]
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At midnight on Harry's [[31 July|birthday]], [[Rubeus Hagrid]] appeared in person to find out why Harry had not received his letter. He was infuriated by the Dursleys and explained to Harry, in spite of Vernon's obstinate protests, that he was a wizard, how his parents died, and that he was to be sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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This would be Harry's first birthday celebration, and Hagrid gave him a small homemade [[Harry Potter's birthday cake from Rubeus Hagrid|birthday cake]] and later, a [[Snowy Owl]], whom Harry named [[Hedwig]]. Hagrid took Harry to the [[Leaky Cauldron]], where he learned that he was famous. He met [[Quirinus Quirrell]], his soon-to-be [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher at Hogwarts, the Inn-keeper, [[Tom]], a witch named [[Doris Crockford]], and [[Dedalus Diggle]], the man who had bowed to Harry several years earlier. Hagrid then took Harry to [[Diagon Alley]], where he learned more about his fame in the [[Wizarding world]] and that his parents had left him a small fortune in [[Vault 687|a vault]] at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]].
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[[File:00Wand_shopPM.png|thumb|240px|Harry at Ollivanders buying his [[Harry Potter's wand|wand]]]]
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Harry bought his first [[Harry Potter's wand|wand]] from the [[wandmaker]] [[Garrick Ollivander]] that day. The wand that chose Harry was made of holly wood and had a phoenix-feather core; it was eleven inches long and supple. The [[phoenix feather]] at the core came from [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]]'s phoenix [[Fawkes]]. It was crafted by Garrick Ollivander, who had also created a twin wand. This wand had been made from [[yew]], and contained the only other feather supplied by Fawkes. This [[Tom Riddle's wand|twin wand]] had [[1938|long ago]] chosen [[Tom Riddle]] as its wielder. But Riddle, after he turned to evil and assumed the alias of Lord Voldemort, ended up using this wand to attack Harry and his [[Potter Family|parents]]. The two wands, sharing the same [[phoenix]] origin, had a [[Priori Incantatem|unique connection]] which would prevent them from successfully [[duel]]ling against each other.
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===Education at Hogwarts===
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====First year (1991-1992)====
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Dumbledore|Harry, do you know why Professor Quirrell couldn't bear to have you touch him? It was because of your mother. She sacrificed herself for you. And that kind of act leaves a mark... This kind of mark cannot be seen. It lives in your very skin.|Harry|What is it?|[[Love]], Harry. Love.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] to Harry|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)}}
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[[File:HarryRon.jpg|thumb|left|215px|Harry's scar hurts during the sorting ceremony when he makes eye contact with [[Severus Snape]]]]
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Harry Potter was further guided by destiny when he met his lifelong best friends [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] while riding the [[Hogwarts Express]]. The [[Sorting Hat]] [[Hatstall|took a while]] to decide where to place Harry. It considered putting Harry into [[Slytherin]], but changed its mind at Harry's insistence, as he had heard about the Dark Wizards who had been in the house. All three were Sorted into [[Gryffindor]] House on their first evening at school. While Harry immediately took to Ron, he did not immediately befriend Hermione, though he was nicer to her than Ron was. On Hallowe'en, a [[Mountain Troll]] was let into the school. The students were sent back to their [[Common Room]]s, but Harry realised that Hermione did not know about the Troll, since she was in the bathroom crying as Ron had made fun of her earlier in the day. Harry and Ron went to the girls' bathroom and found the troll bearing down on Hermione. After Harry stuck his wand up its nose, Ron was able to knock the troll out with its own club. Hermione lied to the professors when they came to investigate to keep Harry and Ron out of trouble. From that point on, the three were best friends.
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[[File:Quidditch,_first_year.jpg|thumb|240px|Harry playing in his first [[Quidditch]] match against [[Slytherin]]]]
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Harry discovered at his first [[broomstick]] flying lesson that he was a natural flyer. When [[Draco Malfoy]] took [[Neville Longbottom]]'s [[Remembrall]], Harry retrieved it using his broom to fly up and catch it. He was so skilled that he was able to join the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team]], becoming the youngest [[Seeker]] in a century, since [[first year]] students normally were not allowed to have their own [[broomstick]]s. Before Harry's first [[Quidditch]] match, he received the new [[Nimbus 2000]], a top of the line racing broom, from [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]]. During that Quidditch match, Harry's broom was jinxed, and he ''lost control'', which caused him to nearly fall off.
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[[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] saw [[Professor]] [[Severus Snape]] staring at Harry and mumbling an incantation. [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] went to Snape's row and under his seat and cast [[Lacarnum Inflamarae]] causing the end of his robes to catch on [[fire]]. As soon as Snape stopped making eye contact with Harry, he regained control of his [[broomstick|broom]] and zoomed toward the ground. On his way, he caught the [[Golden Snitch|snitch]] in his mouth, almost swallowing it, ending the match and leaving [[Gryffindor]] victorious. It was later revealed that Professor Quirrell was the one jinxing Harry's broom, and Snape was trying to perform a counter-jinx, much to Harry, Ron, and Hermione's surprise. Meanwhile, [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], long presumed dead, was secretly mounting a return using the new [[Professor]] of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], [[Quirinus Quirrell]], as a host body, he was able to search for the [[Philosopher's Stone]], which he believed would restore him to his body and grant him everlasting life. Voldemort was thwarted by Harry, with the help of Ron and Hermione. Harry, Ron and Hermione suffered a series of exhausting and difficult challenges down in the [[Philosopher's Stone chambers]] in an attempt to stop the [[Philosopher's Stone]] being stolen.
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[[File:I38993mfjwik939.png|thumb|left|240px|[[Quirrell]] and [[Voldemort]] in confrontation]]
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Throughout the challenges the group was picked off and in the final task Harry was left on his own when Hermione was unable to pass through, this left Harry to face [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] alone. Harry and Quirrell (who had been harbouring Voldemort with him all year) fought one another and Harry learned of his mother's protective charm when he blistered Quirrell's face by touching it with his hands.
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Overcome by his struggle for the Stone and his injuries, Harry then passed out, just as Dumbledore arrived and took the Stone. When Harry awoke in the hospital three days later, Dumbledore informed him that Quirrell had been abandoned by Voldemort, leaving him to die. During his unconsciousness in the Hospital Wing, Harry missed the last Quidditch match of the year: Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw, the latter house winning. At the end-of-year feast, Harry was awarded an extra 60 points for Gryffindor by Dumbledore for pure nerve and outstanding courage, as Ron and Hermione were awarded 50 and Neville Longbottom 10, eventuallly winning Gryffindor the House Cup, breaking Slytherin's chance of winning a seventh year in a row.
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{{Dialogue a-b-c|Ron|You're a [[Parseltongue|Parselmouth]]! Why didn't you tell us?... Now the whole school is gonna think you're [[Salazar Slytherin|his]] great-great-great-grandson or something.|Harry|But I'm not! I can't be.|Hermione|He lived a thousand years ago. For all we know, you could be.|Harry finds out he is a Parselmouth|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)}}
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[[File:CHAMBERsterces.PNG|thumb|235px|The writing on the wall "''The Chamber of Secrets has been opended enimes of the heir... beware''"]]
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Harry's second year started out badly, and gradually got worse. Throughout the preceding summer, Harry had not been in contact with any of his friends, had heard no news from the wizarding world, and had been mistreated by his family, as usual. The Dursleys had gone so far as to ban Harry from saying the word "magic" and the like. The Dursleys had also gained a fear of Harry's newly discovered magical abilities, which he often exploited in order to get them to leave him alone. The evening of his twelfth birthday, Harry learned that the reason his friends had not been in contact with him was that a [[house-elf]] named [[Dobby]] had been stopping letters from coming to Harry. When Harry questioned Dobby as to why, Dobby told him that Harry Potter must not return to Hogwarts. Harry refused, saying the wizarding world was where he belonged, and Dobby set out to cause him trouble. During a business meeting between [[Vernon Dursley|Vernon]] and [[Mason|Mr Mason]], who brought his [[Mason's wife|wife]] with him, Dobby used his magical powers to drop Petunia's master-piece pudding, and then shortly afterwards disappeared, framing Harry for the chaos. Dobby's act of magic caused Harry to receive a warning from the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] and to be imprisoned in his room by the Dursleys. Despite their efforts, Harry was rescued by [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and his brothers, [[Fred and George Weasley|Fred and George]]. Harry had packed his bags and loaded the Weasleys' magic [[Flying Ford Anglia|flying car]]. Harry and the brothers arrived at [[the Burrow]] in the early hours of the morning, hoping not to be noticed. However, they were, and Mrs Weasley was furious.
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[[File:Tumblr_mzsc4zcGU81s9rujjo6_250.gif|thumb|left|232px|Harry with Fawkes]]
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Dobby's first attempt at stopping Harry from returning had failed, so he continued trying. When Harry and the Weasleys arrived at [[King's Cross Station]], Dobby sealed the entrance to [[Platform Nine and Three-Quarters]] early and stopped Harry and Ron from passing through the wall to get on the Hogwarts Express. However, this did not stop Harry from returning to Hogwarts, as he and Ron used the Weasleys' [[Flying Ford Anglia]] to follow the train to Hogwarts. They arrived later than they had hoped, but all in one piece; until Ron accidentally drove the flying car into the [[Whomping Willow]] and broke his wand.
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However, Harry's year at Hogwarts was destined not to improve in the least. Throughout the year, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, [[Gilderoy Lockhart]], humiliated Harry repeatedly by dragging Harry into the spotlight against Harry's will. During a duelling class led by Lockhart, Harry revealed himself to his fellow students and members of staff to be a [[Parseltongue|Parselmouth]], an uncommon skill that is normally associated with dark wizards. This brought on a great deal of trouble for Harry, since the [[Chamber of Secrets]] had been re-opened, and it was the "Heir of Slytherin" who was deemed responsible. Once the chamber had been unsealed, there were various attacks on [[Muggle-born]] pupils, including Harry's best friend Hermione Granger.
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[[File:Polyjuice.jpg|thumb|230px|[[Polyjuice Potion]], used by the [[Trio]] in an attempt to gain information from [[Draco Malfoy]]]]
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These attacks were believed to have been carried out by the heir, whom many believed to be Harry, but Harry believed that [[Draco Malfoy]] was responsible. In order to prove their hypothesis, Hermione brewed [[Polyjuice Potion|Polyjuice Potion,]] that Harry and Ron used to change their physical apperances to that of  Crabbe and Goyle, so they could try to get information from Malfoy. They learned that Malfoy was not the heir and that he had no idea who the attacker was. Hermione, however, did not join the boys in this adventure as she had accidentally used a cat hair in her potion, causing her to spend weeks in the [[hospital wing]]. Prior to Valentine's Day, Harry discovered a [[Tom Riddle's diary|diary]], and while writing in it, Harry learned that the [[Chamber of Secrets|Chamber]] had been opened fifty years ago and that [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] had been accused of the crime.
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By this time, Hermione had a different theory. She believed that the monster responsible for these attacks was a [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|basilisk]] and conducted research into her theory. The morning Hermione was attacked, she and [[Penelope Clearwater]] had been using a mirror to look around corners for any attacking predator. Hermione had done enough research to figure that the basilisk had been moving around the school using the pipe system and scribbled her theory down on a scrap piece of paper torn out of a book. She was attacked the same day, and her paralysed body was taken to the school's hospital wing.
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[[File:Petrification.jpg|thumb|left|240px|[[Hermione Granger]] and the other petrified students being visited by Harry and [[Ron]]]]
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Still believing that if Hagrid were not responsible, he could at least point them in the right direction, Harry and Ron visited him after the attack on Hermione. From under the [[Cloak of Invisibility]], they witnessed his arrest by [[Minister for Magic]] [[Cornelius Fudge]] and the suspension of [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]]. As Hagrid was being led away, he gave the pair a new clue. He told them to follow the [[spiders]]. Harry and Ron heeded this advice, even though Ron was deathly afraid of spiders. They met [[Aragog]] who told them that Hagrid was not responsible for opening the Chamber the first time and that the girl who died was killed in a bathroom, leading Harry to theorise that [[Myrtle|Moaning Myrtle]] was the victim. A few days later, Harry and Ron discovered a scrap of paper in Hermione's hand, which was torn out of a book and described a deadly creature known as the Basilisk. Harry and Ron wondered how an enormous Basilisk would go around the school undetected, and then they saw the word "'''''pipes'''''" written on the scrap of paper.
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Harry (and later Ron) would soon learn that the person responsible for opening the Chamber was in fact Ron's younger sister, [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginevra "Ginny" Weasley]], under the control of a [[Tom Riddle|memory of Lord Voldemort]] by writing into his diary, forcing her to torment and vandalise the school. They also learned that she was being kept down in the Chamber and were told that her "skeleton [would] lie in the Chamber forever." Determined to rescue Ginny and hopefully catch the Heir and destroy the Basilisk, Harry, accompanied by Ron and Lockhart, was able to locate and open the Chamber using his Parseltongue abilities. Once they got down into the Chamber, it was not long before the cowardly Lockhart attempted to erase Harry and Ron's memories using [[Ronald Weasley's first wand|Ron's broken wand]]; however, his spell backfired, and he erased his own memory. The Chamber roof caved in, separating Harry from Ron and Lockhart.
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[[File:Tumblr_n29413O6t71rzvuwqo7_r1_250.gif|frame|Harry slays Slytherin's [[basilisk]] in the chamber itself ]]
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Separated from Ron and a now deluded Lockhart, Harry ventured on alone. Harry soon found Ginny's unconscious body lying on the floor of the Chamber. As he hoped she was not dead, he was greeted by Tom Riddle, who had come to a simulation of life from the memories stored in the diary. Revealing his history and true nature as Voldemort, Riddle set the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|basilisk]] upon Harry. He defeated the Basilisk with the help of [[Fawkes]] — [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]]'s phoenix — and [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]].
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However, Harry was bitten by the Basilisk as he killed the wretched creature. Fawkes flew over to Harry and wept upon his wound. As Phoenix tears have healing powers, Harry survived. Harry then stabbed the diary three times with the Basilisk fang to rid himself of Riddle, unknowingly destroying one of Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es in the process. Riddle's manifestation exploded, therefore foiling his attempt to come back to life. Once the emergency was over, Fawkes flew Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Lockhart to safety. Harry spoke with Dumbledore on the events that had taken place, and explained to him that Ginny was not to blame and that Lockhart was a fraud. Harry and Ron both received Awards for Special Services to the School and two-hundred points a piece for Gryffindor House.
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After interpreting Dobby's strange actions in Dumbledore's office, Harry realised [[Lucius Malfoy]] was the ultimate culprit for opening the Chamber. Before the term started, he had planted Tom Riddle's diary in Ginny's cauldron in the hope of indirectly opening the Chamber of Secrets. At this time, he did not know the diary was one of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. Afterwards, Harry was able to trick Lucius into freeing his mistreated [[house-elf]], [[Dobby]], who had been attempting to protect Harry all year, by giving him one of his socks. Malfoy was subsequently sacked as a school governor.<gallery type="slideshow">
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{{Quote|He was their friend... and he betrayed them. HE WAS THEIR FRIEND! I hope he finds me, because when he does, I'm gonna be ready! When he does, I'M GONNA KILL HIM!|Harry, still believing [[Sirius Black]] to be the man who betrayed his parents, learns that Black is also his godfather.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)}}
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[[File:Dementor_on_the_train.png|thumb|left|240px|[[Dementors]] board the train in search of [[Sirius Black]]]]
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In the summer of [[1993]], [[Sirius Black]] — who had been wrongly imprisoned twelve years earlier for allegedly betraying [[James and Lily Potter]] to Voldemort and murdering [[Peter Pettigrew's victims|twelve Muggles]] — [[Azkaban escapes#1993|escaped]] from [[Azkaban]]. This created a tense climate in the [[wizarding world]], and many believed that murdering Harry was the object of Black's escape. As such, he was treated leniently when, late in the summer, he inadvertently inflated his [[Marjorie Dursley|"Aunt" Marge]], possibly with an [[Engorgement Charm]]. That evening he ran away from the Dursleys, and after an enlightening journey aboard the [[Knight Bus]], he arrived at the [[Leaky Cauldron]], where [[Minister for Magic]] [[Cornelius Fudge]] was awaiting him. After spending two happy weeks at the Leaky Cauldron, Harry met up with his friends [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] along with the entire [[Weasley family]], who had just returned from a holiday in Egypt. That night, Harry overheard [[Arthur Weasley|Mr]] and [[Molly Weasley|Mrs Weasley]] arguing and learned of the Ministry's fears that Harry was the target of Sirius Black.
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Prior to their departure aboard the [[Hogwarts Express]], Mr Weasley pulled Harry aside and in no uncertain terms told Harry not to go looking for Black. Harry found it necessary to point out that he "was not stupid enough to go looking for someone who wanted to kill him". Finding only one open compartment, Harry and his friends shared their ride with a new professor, [[Remus Lupin]]. The train suddenly stopped well before it should have and was searched by [[Dementor]]s looking for Black. Harry reacted poorly to the appearance of the Dementors, passing out, and beginning a pattern that would last most of the year. While he fainted, a Dementor began to suck out his positive emotions, and might possibly have [[Dementor's Kiss|stripped him of his soul]] had Lupin not repelled it.
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[[File:Tumblr_n1cw69BhDo1s3ulybo5_250.gif|frame|Harry approaches [[Buckbeak]] the [[Hippogriff]] in his first lesson of [[Care of Magical Creatures]]]]
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The following day, Harry and his classmates began their new classes. Among the first was [[Divination]], where [[Professor]] [[Sybill Trelawney]] told Harry that he had the [[Grim]] in his [[tea]] leaves. Trelawney also made a frequent habit of predicting very gruesome deaths for Harry, much to Harry's annoyance. On the other hand, there were courses in [[Care of Magical Creatures]], during which [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]], the new professor, taught them about [[hippogriff]]s. Unfortunately, [[Draco Malfoy]] had not been listening when Hagrid lectured and was injured by the hippogriff, [[Buckbeak]]. Professor Lupin soon proved to be an excellent teacher in [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], where he taught the students how to combat various dark creatures. At Hallowe'en, the third year students went on their first visit to [[Hogsmeade]] village. Harry was not allowed to go, as he had not had his permission form signed. In light of Harry's difficulties, Ron and Hermione, who had been fighting over Hermione's new cat, [[Crookshanks]], put aside their differences. While his friends were enjoying themselves in Hogsmeade, Harry visited with Professor Lupin. A few weeks later, Harry played in the first [[Quidditch]] match of the year versus [[Hufflepuff]]. In the pouring rain and storms, the teams played until the Dementors invaded the field. In their presence, Harry tumbled off his broom fifty feet to the ground, and his [[Nimbus 2000]] was destroyed in the process. Knowing that [[Gryffindor]] would not win the [[Quidditch Cup]] if he continued to collapse in the presence of the Dementors, Harry asked Lupin to help teach him how to combat them.
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[[File:PottermoreHogsmeade.png|thumb|left|235x235px|[[Hogsmeade]] village during Christmas]]
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Just before Christmas, the school had another Hogsmeade visit. This time Harry sneaked out of the castle using the [[Marauder's Map]], which the [[Fred and George Weasley|Weasley twins]] presented to him in his time of need. During his illicit visit to Hogsmeade, Harry overheard a conversation between [[Minister for Magic]] [[Cornelius Fudge]] and several of the Hogwarts teachers. Fudge told them that Black had betrayed the Potters and that Black was still Harry's godfather. This revelation caused Harry great distress. To relieve Harry of some of his troubles the trio went to visit Hagrid, where they learned that Buckbeak was to be put on trial, and they promised to help his defence. Soon after, on [[December 25|Christmas Day]], Harry received a [[Firebolt]], a broom of extreme quality and high price, from an anonymous benefactor. Believing it to be from Sirius Black, Hermione reported it to [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]], causing Harry and Ron to stop talking to her.
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[[File:Classroom_4F.png|thumb|245px|first lesson on the [[Patronus Charm]]]]
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Following the break, Lupin began his [[Harry Potter and Remus Lupin's private lessons|lessons]] with Harry. While Harry made progress, he regretted his inability to create a corporeal [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]] many lessons in. Soon after, Harry was given his Firebolt back by Professor McGonagall, and Harry decided it was high time to patch things up with Hermione. However, that same evening, Ron's rat, [[Scabbers]], disappeared, and Crookshanks was blamed. Harry and Ron did not reconcile with her until after the next Hogsmeade visit, when Harry was almost caught. After receiving a stern talking to for sneaking out of the school, Harry and Ron emerged from Professor Lupin's office to find Hermione standing there looking distraught. She told them that [[Lucius Malfoy]] had used his influence and Buckbeak had been convicted and sentenced to execution.
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The Quidditch final was soon upon them, and Harry played in the dirtiest game of his career. He managed to catch the [[Golden Snitch]] after Gryffindor was sufficiently ahead, and Gryffindor won the Quidditch Cup. They could not celebrate for long as finals were right around the corner. Harry did well on his exams, and following his last final in [[Divination]], Professor Trelawney went into a trance and predicted [[Sybill Trelawney's second prophecy|her second prophecy]], which stated that the [[Peter Pettigrew|servant]] would return to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and help him return to power. The same day, Buckbeak's appeal had taken place in the castle, where the hippogriff was, again, sentenced to death. Against the advice of Hagrid, the trio went down to his cabin to comfort him. While there, Scabbers resurfaced. When he discovered that the Ministry officials were on their way, Hagrid rushed Harry, Ron, and Hermione out the back. While they made their way back to the castle, the sound of a swishing blade rent the air, and Buckbeak was apparently executed.
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[[File:Turning_time.gif|frame|left|Harry and Hermione use the [[Time-Turner]] in order to save [[Buckbeak]] and [[Sirius Black]]]]
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Immediately afterwards, Scabbers bit Ron and attempted to escape, causing Ron to chase the rat into the shadow of the [[Whomping Willow]]. Once there, he was attacked by a large black dog who dragged Ron and Scabbers into a tunnel under the Willow. Harry and Hermione followed them into the tunnel, which led them to the [[Shrieking Shack]]. There, they followed the sound of Ron and discovered him in an upstairs bedroom, where they were ambushed by [[Sirius Black]], who was revealed to be an [[Animagus]] that turned into a dog. They were saved by [[Remus Lupin|Professor Lupin]], but then the situation turned on its head when he embraced Black like a brother, and they began talking about the long dead [[Peter Pettigrew]]. When asked to explain, they revealed that Lupin, Black, and Pettigrew went to Hogwarts with Harry's father ([[James]]), that they had all become animagi to help Lupin with his [[Werewolf|Lycanthropy]] and that in fact it was Peter Pettigrew who had betrayed the Potters. This was proven when Black and Lupin forced Scabbers to become Pettigrew.
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After questioning he confessed, but Harry prevented Black and Lupin from killing him.
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Determined to turn Pettigrew over, the whole group set off for the castle. Along the way, the [[moon]] came out from behind the clouds, and Lupin transformed into a werewolf, since he had not drunk his [[Wolfsbane Potion]]. Seeing the danger, Black used his Animagus powers to protect Harry and his friends, but was badly injured. When Harry and Hermione went to look for him, hundreds of [[Dementor]]s fell upon them, trying to perform the [[Dementor's Kiss]] both on Sirius and Harry. Sirius quickly passed out, as Harry tried casting the Patronus Charm (using the thought that he would leave the Dursleys and move in with Sirius to try and conjure it) and tried to make Hermione think of something happy and cast it as well, but neither could do it. The Dementors were quickly descending on them, and as Harry finally conjured a fog Patronus, Hermione passed out, leaving Harry to fight the Dementors alone. After trying to hold them off, Harry was quickly overwhelmed. The Dementors descended on him, Sirius, and Hermione. Then one Dementor grabbed Harry by the throat and attempted to perform the kiss on him. Harry then heard his mother screaming in his ears, thinking that she would be the last thing he ever heard, when a mysterious figure on the other side of the lake cast a powerful Patronus sending away all of the Dementors and saving Harry, Sirius, and Hermione.                                                                               [[File:Battle-StagPatronus.jpg|thumb|Harry Potter's patronus, a stag.]]
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Harry began to think that the mysterious stranger was [[James Potter I|his father]] when he passed out. Later Harry and Hermione awoke to find themselves in the [[infirmary]] and that Sirius was about to be subjected to the Dementor's Kiss. They pleaded with [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] who instructed them that nothing could be done without more time. With this clue, Hermione grabbed Harry and used her [[Time-Turner]] to send them back in time. Once there, they hid out until the time was right to [[Rescue of Sirius Black and Buckbeak|rescue]] Buckbeak, whom they saved just prior to his execution. Afterwards, they waited for the appropriate moment to save Sirius. While they sat in the woods, Harry tried to tell Hermione that he thought his father might have saved them. When Hermione reminded him that his father was dead, Harry dropped the subject. They ran for safety to [[Rubeus Hagrid's cabin|Hagrid's hut]] when the werewolf Lupin was on the loose, and Harry, desperate to see who had saved him, left to observe the situation. Harry arrived at the lake watching the dementors attack his past self, until he in a flash of clarity realised that '''he '''had been the one he had seen cast the [[Patronus Charm]] that saved his life. Stepping forward, Harry cast the Patronus and produced a fully fledged [[stag]] Patronus that drove all of the dementors back — saving his past self, Hermione, and Sirius. Once reunited, the pair rode [[Buckbeak]] to Sirius's window and saved him.
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Harry returned to the Dursleys feeling as if he had accomplished nothing, but his trip and future at Hogwarts was brightened when he received a letter from Sirius. Inside there was permission for him to go to Hogsmeade, and Harry was delighted to have a godfather. Sirius also told him that it was indeed he who had given Harry the Firebolt.
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====Fourth year (1994-1995)====
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{{Quote|You have shown bravery beyond anything I could have expected of you.|Dumbledore to Harry at the end of his fourth year|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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[[File:Roit_at_the_World_cup.png|thumb|left|245px|Ron, Harry, and Hermione after the riot at the Quidditch World Cup]]
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In [[1994]], Harry, the [[Weasley family]] (except [[Molly Weasley|Mrs Weasley]]), and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] attended the [[Quidditch World Cup]]. At [[Stoatshead Hill]], [[Cedric Diggory]] and his father, [[Amos Diggory|Amos]], joined them. Once at the camp grounds, they met [[Ludovic Bagman|Ludo Bagman]], [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]] and his [[house-elf]] [[Winky]], and many other Hogwarts students and their families, including [[Seamus Finnigan]], [[Dean Thomas]], [[Oliver Wood]], and [[Draco Malfoy]]. They were able to see the match between the [[Irish]] and [[Bulgaria]]n national teams up close, because Harry, the Weasleys, and Hermione had seats in the [[Top Box]], thanks to a favour Mr Weasley had done for Ludo Bagman. It was during this World Cup that Harry learned the existence of foreign wizarding schools.
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The night after the match, while the Irish team's supporters were still celebrating, a group of [[Death Eaters|black-cloaked, hooded figures]] held terrifying celebrations of their own by suspending the [[Muggle]] camp site manager and his family in air like twisted marionettes. On Mr Weasley's orders, Harry fled into the woods near the camp site, along with Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, and Ginny. The group was separated in the woods, and in the chaos, Harry had lost his wand. The trio ran into [[Draco Malfoy]], and he all but told them that his father was among the cloaked wizards. Later, Harry learned that [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] had stolen his wand from his pocket. While in a clearing in the woods, Harry, Ron, and Hermione heard someone shout the incantation ''[[Morsmordre]]''',''''' casting the [[Dark Mark]] — a green skull with a snake protruding from its mouth like a tongue — into the sky. Although Harry did not immediately recognise its significance, he soon learned that the Dark Mark had evil implications. Then, Barty Crouch Sr., Amos Diggory, and other Ministry of Magic employees [[Apparation|Apparated]] into the clearing and began to question Harry, Ron, and Hermione about the Dark Mark. After Harry mentioned he had heard another voice conjure the Dark Mark, the Ministry employees searched the area and found the house-elf Winky unconscious in the bushes. Since Harry's wand was found in Winky's hand, Mr Crouch fired her for shaming his family and disobeying his orders.
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At the Hogwarts start of term feast, [[Albus Dumbledore|Professor Dumbledore]] announced that [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] would host the [[Triwizard Tournament]], a recently revived inter-school competition in which the [[Beauxbatons Academy of Magic]] and the [[Durmstrang Institute]] would also participate. New rules stated that only students seventeen and older could compete. Also, during the start of term feast, Dumbledore introduced [[Alastor Moody]], an ex-[[Auror]], as the newly appointed [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher. This news was greeted with a mixture of responses, as Moody was known to be a great [[Auror]], a little crazy, and to have a magical eye, earning him the nickname "Mad-Eye Moody." Around Hallowe'en the students from [[Beauxbatons Academy of Magic]] and [[Durmstrang Institute]] arrived at the school, and [[Viktor Krum]], [[Fleur Delacour]], and [[Cedric Diggory]] were all chosen to represent their respective schools in this tournament. However, Harry was mysteriously chosen as a fourth competitor, even though he was under-age and never entered his name into the [[Goblet of Fire]] during the selection process. Many people did not believe Harry's story, including [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] believing this to be nothing but another attempt to gain fame. This caused extreme tension between the two friends. [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]], on the other hand, "accepted his story without question," and assisted Harry in preparing for the Tournament by teaching him useful [[spell]]s, such as the [[Summoning Charm]], which Harry used in the first task of the Tournament. The champions faced three dangerous challenges on their way to the Triwizard Cup. A few days after his name came out of the Goblet, Harry attended the [[Wand Weighing ceremony]]. There he was cornered by the notorious ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' reporter [[Rita Skeeter]] who asked him many {{Wplink|leading question}}s and wrote an inflammatory article about him.
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[[File:Horntail.png|thumb|240px|Harry faces the [[Hungarian Horntail]] in the first task of the [[Triwizard Tournament]] ]]
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In the first task, each champion needed to get past a [[dragon]] to collect a [[golden egg]]. Harry received help from [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] who showed the dragons to him. Realising that every champion but [[Cedric Diggory|Cedric]] had found out about the dragons, Harry told Cedric about the first task, trying to level the playing field. The newly appointed Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, [[Alastor Moody]], witnessed Harry telling Cedric, but did not report him. Instead he advised Harry to play to his strengths, hinting that he should use his [[flying]] ability to get the golden egg. Four different dragons were chosen for each of the champions to face. [[Fleur Delacour|Fleur]] ended up with the [[Common Welsh Green]], [[Cedric Diggory|Cedric]] with the [[Swedish Short-Snout]], [[Viktor Krum]] with the [[Chinese Fireball]], and Harry faced the [[Hungarian Horntail]]. Harry used a Summoning Charm to bring him his Firebolt and dodged the Hungarian Horntail to get the golden egg. Harry and [[Viktor Krum]] tied for first at the end of the task. After seeing how dangerous the task was, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]], as well as the other students, made amends with Harry, with Ron telling him, "I reckon someone is trying to do you in." Harry managed to escape the first task with only an injured arm.
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[[File:Harry_Potter_(GoF-07).jpg|thumb|left|140px|Harry in his Yule Ball attire in winter of [[1994]]]]
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Between the first and second tasks, the [[Yule Ball]], a Triwizard Tournament tradition took place at Christmas. [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]], dismayed to discover that [[Viktor Krum]] had asked [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] to go with him, called her out for "consorting with the enemy" though he and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] acted as if they had not fought the following day. Harry asked his long-time crush [[Cho Chang]] to attend the [[Yule Ball]] with him but was disappointed to learn that she had already accepted the invitation of [[Cedric Diggory]]. Harry and Ron ended up attending with [[Parvati and Padma Patil]], respectively. They both ended up neglecting their dates, as Harry watched Cho with Cedric, and Ron was overcome with jealousy for [[Viktor Krum]], who danced with Hermione. After the Yule Ball, Rita Skeeter struck again. She had overheard [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] telling [[Olympe Maxime|Madame Maxime]] about his family. She then wrote an article exposing Hagrid as a [[Half-giant]], and he was so ashamed that he stopped teaching. Only after Harry, Ron, and Hermione proved that they still liked him did he return to work.
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[[File:Tumblr_mt4y69qckd1qarxvjo8_250.gif|frame|Harry and the Merpeoople in the [[Black Lake]] during the second task]]
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To prepare for the second task, Harry had to open the egg he won from the dragon, but every time he did, it screeched. His rescue from that particular problem came when [[Cedric Diggory|Cedric]] paid him back with the information that he would figure it out if he "take[s] a bath" with the egg. Harry followed this advice; while in the bathroom, he had an uncomfortable exchange with [[Myrtle|Moaning Myrtle]], and on the way back to the Common Room, he ran into Professors [[Severus Snape|Snape]] and [[Alastor Moody|Moody]]. The latter informed Harry of [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr]]'s obsession with catching [[Dark Wizard]]s. Harry did learn that the second task was going into the [[Black Lake]] to rescue "the thing they would miss most" from the [[Merpeople]]. Harry's new problem was that he had no idea of how to survive underwater for an hour. He got his answer in the form of [[gillyweed]] from [[Dobby]], who had come to work at Hogwarts. For this task, Harry had to save his best friend [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]]. When Harry reached Ron, he was shocked to find Hermione, Cho, and [[Gabrielle Delacour]], Fleur's sister, there as well. After Cedric and Viktor rescued Cho and Hermione, respectively, Harry hung around, and, concerned for Gabrielle, he saved her as well as Ron, landing him outside the hour allotted, but earning him points for "moral fibre." After the second task was finished, Harry and Cedric were tied for first. Viktor was in second, and Fleur was finshed in last.
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A month before the final task, the Champions were shown the beginnings of the challenge. They were told the third and final task was going into a maze filled with obstacles to find the [[Triwizard Cup]]. On the way back to the [[Hogwarts Castle|castle]] Krum took Harry aside to ask him something. Thinking that this was something important, Harry went with him. Krum then asked Harry about his relationship with Hermione, in whom Krum was deeply interested. Harry told him that there was nothing between him and Hermione and that she was just a friend. He also told Krum not to believe anything [[Rita Skeeter]], who had recently written in [[Witch Weekly]] that there was a Harry-Hermione-Krum love triangle, wrote about him. That moment, Barty Crouch Sr. appeared in the forest disoriented and asking for Dumbledore. He disappeared again, when Harry went to fetch Dumbledore.
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[[File:Tumblr_lob0mdHXb21qhd14co1_500.gif|thumb|left|240px|Harry in the [[Little Hangleton graveyard|graveyard]] at [[Little Hangleton]], being tormented by [[Lord Voldemort]] moments after his rebirth]]
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To prepare for the final task, Harry, Ron, and Hermione used vacant classrooms to practise spells and jinxes. In [[Divination]] class between two of these study periods, Harry dozed off dreaming about Voldemort and left the classroom in a disturbing fashion. Rita Skeeter had witnessed this event, and she wrote on the day of the final task, that Harry was disturbed and dangerous. This did nothing to boost Harry's morale, but when he spent the day with [[William Weasley|Bill]] and [[Molly Weasley]], they cheered him up when they also came to watch the final task as his substitute family. During this final event, Hogwarts champions [[Cedric Diggory]] and Harry both showed supreme sportsmanship and cooperation despite the tension brought on by the maze and agreed to touch the [[Triwizard Cup]] simultaneously, planning to tie for first place. They were unaware it was actually a [[Portkey]] and were transported to the graveyard in [[Little Hangleton]], the Riddle family's final resting place, where [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] was waiting. On Voldemort's order, his servant [[Peter Pettigrew]] (aka ''Wormtail'') murdered Cedric with the [[Killing Curse]].
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[[File:Tumblr_lq90540gqt1qedoxoo5_250.gif|frame|[[Priori Incantatem]] taking effect during Harry and Voldemort's duel]]
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Harry was bound to [[Tom Riddle Sr.]]'s tombstone and forced to witness a ritual in which Pettigrew used some of Harry's blood to [[Return of the Dark Lord|restore Voldemort's body]]. At which time, the [[Death Eaters]] were summoned to the cemetery. After Voldemort regained a full-size human form and explained his downfall and disappearance to his followers, he engaged Harry in a [[duel]]. Voldemort then tortured Harry with two [[Cruciatus]] [[Curses]] and then tried to kill him using the [[Killing Curse]]. The nature of their wands' mystical connection caused their magical streams to interlock, which created an effect called [[Priori Incantatem]]. After a battle of wills with Voldemort, Harry was momentarily shielded by the echoes of Lord Voldemort's previous victims, including Harry's parents and Cedric, with the last of whom asking Harry to return his body to his parents, which allowed Harry some time to grab Cedric's body and the Portkey and escape back to Hogwarts.
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It was uncovered that [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr]], who had willingly taken the [[Dark Mark]] as a young man, was throughout the school year disguised as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher [[Alastor Moody]]. In a terrible turn of fate, Crouch's soul was destroyed by the [[Dementor's Kiss]] from the [[Dementor]] that accompanied [[Cornelius Fudge]]. As a result, he could not give testimony, and the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] began to dispute Harry's and Dumbledore's insistence that Voldemort had returned, insisting that Dumbledore was trying to stir up trouble and that Harry was insane.
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====Fifth year (1995-1996)====
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{{Dialogue a-b|Molly Weasley|All right, that's enough! He's just a boy! You might as well induct him into the Order!|Harry Potter|Good, then I want to join! If Voldemort's building up an army then I want to fight!|Harry in 12 Grimmauld Place|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
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[[File:550w_movies_harry_potter_order_of_phoenix_1.jpg|thumb|left|140px|Harry in his Fifth Year]]
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Witnessing Cedric Diggory's murder was very difficult for Harry, and it was not helpful that he was forced back to number [[4 Privet Drive]] on school holidays. To make things worse than they were already, in early August, [[Dolores Umbridge|someone]] sent Dementors to attack Harry in the Muggle town of [[Little Whinging]], in an attempt to neutralise him. He was forced to perform a [[Patronus Charm]] in order to save Dudley and himself. Subsequently, Harry was formally accused of performing under-age magic in the presence of a Muggle and was expelled, but thanks to [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s intervention, this was changed into a [[Disciplinary hearing of Harry Potter|Disciplinary hearing]] in front of the entire [[Wizengamot]] at the [[Ministry of Magic]]. In a further attempt to discredit Harry, the Ministry changed the time and location of the hearing at the last minute, but Harry was able to make it there just minutes late. He was threatened with [[Discipline at Hogwarts#Expulsion|expulsion]] from Hogwarts, but was exonerated with help from Dumbledore, who had witnesses and legal loopholes to help him.
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In retaliation against Dumbledore, [[Minister for Magic]] [[Cornelius Fudge]] appointed Umbridge, then Senior Under-Secretary to the Minister of Magic, as the new Hogwarts [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher so that she could spy on the school. She was later appointed [[Hogwarts High Inquisitor]], empowered to arbitrarily change and impose school rules whenever she chose. Moreover, every time Harry spoke out of turn, or even mentioned Voldemort, Umbridge threw him into detention, forcing him to write with her [[Blood Quill|quill]], that scribed the message "I must not tell lies" onto the back of his hand. However, she presumed the message failed to sink in, as Harry spread the word through [[The Quibbler]] about the previous year's events, and thus he was banned from any more [[Hogsmeade]] visits.
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He was surprised when [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] were chosen to be [[prefect]]s, not him, as [[Fred Weasley|Fred]] always had expected Harry to be one. It was later revealed that Ron was chosen instead of Harry because Dumbledore thought that Harry had "enough responsibility to be going on with". Harry's jealousy threatened to affect his friendship with Ron, but he felt better when he discovered that his [[James Potter I|dad]] was also not chosen as a prefect at school. This suggests that Harry's desire in becoming Prefect was to emulate his father who was [[Head Boy]] in his day with his mother as [[Head Boy|Head Girl]] respectively, not to inflate a sense of his own importance.
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[[File:Tumblr_n6unbjelLi1r5w42zo4_250.gif|frame|Harry instructs [[Neville]] and others during a [[Dumbledore's Army|D.A.]] meeting]]
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Because Fudge stubbornly believed that Dumbledore was training an army to overthrow him, Umbridge had the Defence Against the Dark Arts class reduced to reading textbooks. Urged by Hermione, Harry secretly trained students in practical defensive magic. In an attempt to make light of the Ministry's fears, the group called themselves [[Dumbledore's Army]], or the ''D.A.'' Feeling highly anxious and frustrated most of the time, Harry found that the D.A. was now his chief source of happiness, and the thing to which he looked forward throughout his school day. This happiness was felt by most members, as all of them, particularly [[Neville Longbottom]], gained a lot under Harry's tutelage. [[Cho Chang]] became a member, and before the Christmas holidays, she and Harry kissed under the [[mistletoe]] in the [[Room of Requirement]]. This moment was confusing to Harry, as Cho, clearly still suffering from [[Cedric Diggory]]'s death, had been crying.
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However, Harry took on some much more pressing worries later that night. [[Lord Voldemort]], wanting a "secret weapon" against Harry Potter, had heard of a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] hidden in the Ministry's [[Department of Mysteries]] concerning both of them. Voldemort had been obsessing over the door to the [[Hall of Prophecy]] for the past few months, and had been inadvertently allowing Harry to read his thoughts through [[Legilimency]]. The link had been growing stronger for quite awhile. As a result, after falling asleep on the night of his kiss with Cho, Harry witnessed [[Nagini]] [[Attack on Arthur Weasley|attack]] [[Arthur Weasley]] in his dream, and felt almost as if he had been the [[snake]]. Realising what could happen if the link grew more powerful, Dumbledore commissioned Snape to train Harry in [[Occlumency]] in an effort to prevent further problems. Unfortunately, Harry did not enjoy having his mind peered into and did not focus on using Occlumency, having indeed been extremely curious about the door himself. During a lesson in Occlumency, Snape stepped out of the room, and Harry's curiosity got the best of him. He looked into the [[Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve|pensieve]], which contained Snape's memories, and, to his dismay, Harry found images of his father bullying Snape. Snape himself discovered Harry's spying and refused to give him any more Occlumency lessons.
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As the second term progressed, Harry's relationship with Cho became more strained. While the two did like each other, Cho was mistakenly jealous of Hermione due to the latter's closeness with Harry, and Harry still felt awkward about Cho's feelings over Cedric. When Cho's friend, [[Marietta Edgecombe]], betrayed the D.A. to Umbridge, the members were all punished and forced to end their meetings. Harry was furious with Marietta, but Cho insisted on defending her friend. This was the final straw; at this point, Cho's and Harry's relationship "fell apart", and the two no longer saw each other romantically.
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During the final Quidditch match of the year — in which Harry did not play as Umbridge had banned him for life — [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]], who had returned to the school months into the term and very badly beaten, decided to show Harry and Hermione why he was so badly injured. Hagrid had dragged a [[giant]] back with him from his mission over the summer. It transpired that the giant, named [[Grawp]], was Hagrid's half-brother, and that Hagrid had been attempting to civilise the giant, but with few results. He made Harry and Hermione promise that they would look after Grawp should Hagrid be forced to leave the school. Hagrid was attacked and left the school during [[O.W.L.]] examinations, and Harry never had to go down to Grawp in the forest.
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Eventually, late in the O.W.L. examinations, Harry dozed off and received a vision of [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] torturing [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] and ordering him to get the prophecy. Harry was full of mind to go to the Ministry immediately, but Hermione advised him to check [[Grimmauld Place]] first to see if Sirius was still there. Harry used the [[Floo Network]] in Umbridge's office to peer into Grimmauld Place, where [[Kreacher]] stated that Sirius was gone. Unfortunately, Umbridge caught Harry and his friends in the act. She attempted to extract information via [[Veritaserum]], which Snape claimed to have used up, before resorting to the [[Cruciatus Curse]], revealing that it was she who set the Dementors loose on Harry. Hermione managed to save him by luring Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest, where Umbridge was dragged off by [[centaur]]s for insulting them. Harry and Hermione escaped when Grawp stumbled into the [[centaur]] camp looking for Hagrid. The trio, along with [[D.A.]] members Ginny Weasley, [[Neville Longbottom]], and [[Luna Lovegood]] — who had assisted in Harry's attempt to contact Grimmauld Place — used [[Thestral]]s to fly to [[London]].
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[[File:Tumblr_mrdww6TW8y1qag66no7_250.gif|frame|left|Harry and [[Sirius]] dueling Death Eaters [[Lucius Malfoy]] and [[Antonin Dolohov]]]]
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After reaching the [[Department of Mysteries]], Harry led them all through various rooms in search of Sirius, without finding him. The group became doubtful until they came across a room filled with crystal balls, later to be known as [[prophecies]]. One of the prophecies had Harry's name on it, and he picked it up, much to the displeasure of Hermione. Upon picking up the prophecy [[Death Eaters]] appeared, revealing that it was all a ruse to bring him there. Chaos ensued, and all but Harry and Neville were incapacitated in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries|fighting]]. Then reinforcements from the [[Order of the Phoenix]], alerted by Snape, arrived to help aid in the battle. In the ensuing fighting, Sirius Black was murdered by a curse from his cousin, [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], and fell through a mysterious [[Veil|stone arch]]. Harry, enraged, pursued Bellatrix, using the [[Cruciatus Curse]], but he was unable to kill her.
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[[File:Harry-potter-possessed.jpg|thumb|225px|Harry possessed by Voldemort]]
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Voldemort appeared, enraged by the failures of his Death Eaters. For the second time, he attempted to fatally curse Harry, who was too transfixed to even defend himself, but [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]]'s sudden arrival saved him. Voldemort then possessed Harry, hoping that Dumbledore would sacrifice Harry in order to kill Voldemort. However, Voldemort was forced to leave Harry's body when Harry grieved for Sirius, which Voldemort failed to understand. Voldemort then grabbed Bellatrix and [[Apparition|disapparated]], but [[Cornelius Fudge|the Minister]] and Ministry employees saw him first.
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Back at Hogwarts, Harry appeared in Dumbledore's office and tried to get out after [[Phineas Nigellus Black]] mentioned Sirius, only to find the door locked. Harry isn't too pleased about Dumbledore's name being mentioned by the portraits. When the Headmaster returns, Harry soon loses his temper and starts destroying Dumbledore's possessions and tries to get Dumbledore to let him out but he refuses and Harry has to listen to Dumbledore's say because he's 'not nearly as angry with Dumbledore as he ought to be.'
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Dumbledore explained to Harry the real reason why Voldemort tried to kill him as an infant. A prophecy stated that he was destined to defeat the Dark Lord, for he had powers Voldemort did not: the ability to [[love]], something that the Department of Mysteries was trying to research in a locked room. As a result of the battle, the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] realised that Lord Voldemort had indeed returned, and Harry and Dumbledore were vindicated. Serious steps were taken following this change in policy, such as the dismissal of [[Dolores Umbridge]]. However, this was not a sea change, as the Ministry still had a mistrust of Dumbledore.
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====Sixth year (1996-1997)====
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{{Dialogue a-b|Dumbledore|You are of course, wondering why I brought you here tonight?|Harry|Actually sir, after all these years I sort of just go with it.|Dumbledore and Harry speak briefly of their tasks|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
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[[File:DumbledoreSlughornsHouse.jpg|thumb|left|233px|Dumbledore and Harry searching for [[Horace Slughorn]]]]
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In the wake of the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], in [[June]], Harry was sent home to [[4 Privet Drive]] for the summer holidays. There, he obsessed over his [[Sirius Black|godfather]]'s death, hardly leaving his room and refusing meals. As the battle had taken place in the famed "[[Hall of Prophecy]]", many in the [[Wizarding world|wizarding community]] including the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' began to speculate about the relationship between Harry and that place, leading to, accidentally correct, reports calling Harry "[[the Chosen One]]". 
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Early in his summer, Dumbledore requested that Harry join him in some unknown adventure and arrived to pick Harry up on a Friday, late in the evening. However, they could not depart immediately, because there was a piece of business to attend to, Sirius's [[Sirius Black's will|will]]. Much to his chagrin, Harry inherited his godfather Sirius Black's estate, including Grimmauld Place and the Black's melancholic and half-crazed house elf, [[Kreacher]]. They soon were off, and Dumbledore [[Apparition|apparated]] Harry to the village of [[Budleigh Babberton]], where Harry was introduced to [[Horace Slughorn]]. In their time together, Harry and Slughorn discussed some of the professor's old students and the improved security at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. When Harry and Dumbledore made to leave, Slughorn agreed to return to the school if he got a raise and a larger office. Following their visit, Dumbledore dropped Harry off at [[the Burrow]], where Harry spent the rest of the summer, but not before informing Harry that he was to be given special lessons by Dumbledore himself. Later in the summer, Harry learned that he had achieved seven [[O.W.L.s]]; one '[[Outstanding]]', five '[[Exceeds Expectations]]', and one '[[Acceptable]]', he also received a surprise when he was made [[Hogwarts Quidditch Captain|Captain]] of the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team]].
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[[File:640x480.jpg|thumb|225px|Harry with [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]] being handed the vile of [[Felix Felicis]]]]
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Having learned of Professor Slughorn's propensity for hand-picking favourites, Harry experienced this first-hand when he was invited to join Horace Slughorn's [[Slug Club]] during the ride to Hogwarts aboard the [[Hogwarts Express]]. He did not enjoy the experience, and made to leave as soon as possible. Instead of returning to his seat, Harry made to eavesdrop upon [[Draco Malfoy]], who in a meeting weeks earlier had led Harry to believe he had taken the [[Dark Mark]]. What he heard did nothing to dispel his suspicions. Arriving late to the [[Welcoming Feast]], due to an encounter with Malfoy, Harry learned that [[Severus Snape]] had been promoted to [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] professor. While this disappointed Harry greatly, his career as an Auror reopened, as Professor Slughorn would accept his 'Exceeds Expectations' score in [[Potions (class)|Potions]]. As Harry had not bothered to buy a text book, Slughorn allowed Harry to borrow an old one from the supply cabinet. When Harry examined it, he found that it once had belonged to a student identified only as "[[Severus Snape|The Half-Blood Prince]]." The book contained copious handwritten notes that helped Harry excel in Potions for once. In fact, his skills won him a prize from Slughorn — a small vial of [[Felix Felicis]].
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Within the first week of school, Dumbledore made good on his promise of [[Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore's private lessons|private lessons]]. He informed Harry that they would be viewing memories of [[Tom Riddle]] before he came to be known as Lord Voldemort in order to learn his secrets and weaknesses. Dumbledore promised Harry that this information would help him survive and would prove crucial to the eventual defeat of Lord Voldemort. In their first lesson, the pair delved into the origin of the boy Tom Riddle in the [[House of Gaunt|Gaunt family]] around [[Little Hangleton]]. The Saturday following Harry's first lesson, he assumed his Captain's duties holding open try-outs. After an arduous morning, Harry found three [[Chasers]], including [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], two [[Beaters]], and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] as [[Keeper]] who had survived with [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]]'s help. Throughout the autumn, Harry used Quidditch to dodge Professor Slughorn's "[[Slug Club]]" events, doing this because he disliked the idea and because it was kinder than leaving Ron alone as Hermione had been invited as well.
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[[File:274px-Pensieve2.jpg|thumb|left|230px|Dumbledore pouring a memory into the Pensieve]]
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Harry's lessons were quite sporadic that autumn, and he did not have another one until after tragedy befell someone at Hogwarts. In October, during a [[Hogsmeade weekend trips|Hogsmeade visit]], [[Katie Bell]] was nearly killed after being bewitched to carry a cursed necklace to Dumbledore. The following Monday, Harry shared his suspicions of Malfoy with Dumbledore during their lesson, only to be rebuffed. That evening, [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] focused on Tom Riddle just as he was on the cusp of his Hogwarts years, and Harry discovered a troubled orphan who consciously used his magic to bully and intimidate the other children. Not long after that meeting, Quidditch season was upon them. In preparation for their first game, Harry replaced the injured Katie Bell with [[Dean Thomas]]. The change produced some results, both expected, as the team excelled on the [[Quidditch Pitch|pitch]], and unexpected, as Harry found himself in a jealous rage after seeing Dean kissing Ginny after practice. The team's only problem was Ron, who was suffering from confidence issues. In an attempt to boost Ron's confidence, Harry blatantly acted as if he had spiked Ron's [[pumpkin juice]] with [[Felix Felicis]]. Ron took the bait and played a flawless match; however, Hermione took the bait as well and acted unkindly toward Ron and Harry. While she made up with Harry when he told her of the ruse, Ron's sudden relationship with [[Lavender Brown]] led to continued strife.
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While Harry attempted to reconcile his best friends, the [[Christmas holidays]] were fast approaching and with them the [[Slug Club Christmas party]] out of which Harry could not wrangle. Since the "Chosen One" rumours had been printed Harry had received an unnatural amount of attention from the young ladies at Hogwarts, specifically a [[fourth year]] name [[Romilda Vane]]. As Harry could not ask Ginny to the party, he was left to ask [[Luna Lovegood]] to attend with him as a friend. This hugely disappointed the gaggles of giggling girls who awaited Harry below every doorway with [[mistletoe]]. At the party, Harry was surprised to learn that Hermione attended with [[Cormac McLaggen]], a large [[Gryffindor]] seventh year whom Ron despised and told her that it served her right when he was less than gentlemanly. Later, after [[Draco Malfoy|Malfoy]] was apprehended "gate-crashing" the party, Harry learned that Malfoy was indeed up to something and that [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] had made the [[Unbreakable Vow]] to protect him.
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[[File:HarryHallway.jpg|thumb|225px|Harry overhears a strange conversation between [[Draco Malfoy]] and Snape]]
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Harry's [[Christmas]] was less than enjoyable, as he was cornered by the new [[Minister for Magic]], [[Rufus Scrimgeour]]. Scrimgeour had been hoping to speak with Harry for months and used [[Percy Weasley]] as his in, interrupting the [[Weasley family]] Christmas. He tried pitching Harry on becoming the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]]'s mascot, an idea that Harry was not prepared to accept. Upon returning to Hogwarts, Harry's sporadic lessons with Dumbledore continued. Early in January, Harry delved into a memory that all but proved that Riddle had killed his own paternal family after his [[fifth year]] at Hogwarts. Then Dumbledore showed Harry a most curious memory, a memory that [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]] had apparently tampered with, and he gave Harry his first homework assignment: to get the real memory from Slughorn. After impressing Slughorn using a [[bezoar]] in class, Harry tried the direct approach only to be instantly shot down.
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By [[1 March]], Harry had still not acquired Slughorn's true memory and had begun to grow more obsessed with [[Draco Malfoy]]. That morning he awoke to find Ron under the influence of a very powerful [[Love Potion]], and he took him to Slughorn, only for Ron to end up poisoned. This was enough for Hermione to overcome her animosity toward Ron, and the three became friends again. Ron survived, but was not fit for the upcoming Quidditch match, so he was replaced by McLaggen. This turned out to be a bad choice as McLaggen accidentally knocked Harry unconscious mid-match. Upon his recovery, Harry had yet another lesson with the Headmaster. In it, he was upbraided by Dumbledore for not completing his assignment, witnessed the young Tom Riddle kill a [[Hepzibah Smith|woman]] for the famous artefacts ([[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] and [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup]]) she owned, and curse the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] post at Hogwarts. However, Harry still could not figure out how to obtain the memory and focused on Malfoy. His interest was bordering on obsession, when Ron came up with the solution to Harry's dilemma with Slughorn: [[Felix Felicis]]. In the evening, Harry took the potion and not only managed to obtain the memory, but also solved many of his and his friends's problems, including breaking up not only Ginny and Dean but also Ron and [[Lavender Brown|Lavender]].
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Even though it was after midnight, Harry immediately went to Dumbledore with the new memory. It confirmed Dumbledore's theory that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] had created multiple [[Horcrux]]es to ensure his [[immortality]]. Together, they theorised that the Dark Lord had created Horcruxes out of special objects such as [[Tom Riddle's Diary]] and [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]]. Before Harry left, Dumbledore promised to let Harry join him if he found another Horcrux. With the memory found, Harry had only Quidditch and Malfoy on his mind. In the week prior to the final Quidditch match, Harry discovered Malfoy crying in the toilet, and a [[Duel]] ensued. With Malfoy on the verge of using an [[Unforgivable Curse]], Harry cast [[Sectumsempra]], a curse with unknown effects that he found in [[Severus Snape's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|the Half-Blood Prince's book]], nearly killing Malfoy and earning Harry indefinite Saturday [[detention]]. Unable to play, Harry waited with anticipation as he sat through his first detention. When he arrived back at [[Gryffindor Tower]] he was happy to discover that they had won the [[Quidditch Cup]], and spontaneously kissed [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]], about whom he had been thinking quite often, when she embraced him in the post-match elation; this marked the beginning of their relationship.
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[[File:51v.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Harry and Dumbledore in the [[Horcrux]] cave.]]
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In [[June]], Dumbledore led Harry out of the castle in search of a [[Horcrux]]. From [[Hogsmeade]], they [[Apparition|apparated]] to a sea-side [[Crystal Cave|cave]], where Tom Riddle had traumatised two young children from his orphanage in his youth. The cave was difficult to enter with a toll paid in blood, and to get to the island in the centre of the cave there was only a small boat, only made to fit one. Once on the island, Dumbledore found a basin that he could not remove the Horcrux from without drinking its contents. Dumbledore extracted a promise from Harry that he would force him to drink, no matter how much he tried to persuade him not to. With this promise, Dumbledore drank, and Harry watched as Dumbledore was driven out of his mind, but upheld his promise. When the basin was empty, Dumbledore asked for water which Harry was forced to get from the lake, triggering the [[Inferius|Inferi]] that were waiting there. Panicking, Harry was dragged below, but he was saved by an incredibly weakened Dumbledore.
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They landed atop the [[Astronomy Tower]] to discover that Hogwarts had been invaded by [[Death Eaters]], but Harry's friends Ron, Hermione, [[Luna Lovegood|Luna]], [[Neville Longbottom|Neville]], and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]], who had been ordered to watch the school lest Malfoy accomplish his nefarious goal, battled alongside members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] on the floor below Harry and Dumbledore, with some help from the remainder of Harry's vial of [[Felix Felicis]]. Dumbledore had stopped Harry from fighting and frozen him against a wall, hidden underneath his [[Invisibility Cloak|invisibility cloak]], so all he could do was watch. Harry witnessed the death of Albus Dumbledore at the hands of [[Severus Snape]], and Dumbledore's body then plummeted from the tallest tower at Hogwarts. With Dumbledore dead, Harry was free of the spell that petrified him. He immediately set off after Snape, petrifying a Death Eater and seeking revenge. As the Death Eaters made their way out of Hogwarts Castle and on to the grounds, trying to reach the border where they would be able to [[Apparate]] again, Harry pursued and faced off against Snape. Harry tried many times to defeat Snape, even weakly attempting the [[Cruciatus Curse]] and Snape's own hand crafted spells, all with no effect. In the process, Snape identified himself to Harry as the Half-Blood Prince and escaped Hogwarts with [[Draco Malfoy]] and the other Death Eaters. [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] found Harry and together they managed to extinguish the fire that burnt Hagrid's hut (caused by [[Thorfinn Rowle]]). Harry then told Hagrid that "Snape killed Dumbledore", but Hagrid refused to believe him. Harry (along with Hagrid) returned to the castle to find people staring at Dumbledore's crippled and lifeless body. Harry moved forward and found his mentor's body lying completely still on the ground and Hagrid finally believed him. Harry started to cry over Dumbledore's body where he was comforted by Ginny.
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[[File:Tumblr_m70y7rrSOi1qlxnhco4_250.gif|thumb|220px|Harry witnesses the death of [[Albus Dumbledore]], his mentor]]
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Harry took the locket from Dumbledore's robes and was beside himself when he learned it was just a plain bit of jewellery, a decoy; there was a note inside the locket that revealed the real Horcrux was taken by someone called ''[[Regulus Black|R.A.B.]].'' It appeared to Harry that Dumbledore had died in vain and that they had achieved nothing that night. Ginny escorted Harry to the hospital wing on [[Minerva McGonagall|McGonagall]]'s orders where he found [[Neville Longbottom|Neville]] apparently asleep in bed, as well as [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]], [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]], [[Luna Lovegood|Luna]], [[Nymphadora Tonks|Tonks]], [[Remus Lupin|Lupin]], [[Madam Pomfrey]] and Ron's brother [[William Weasley|Bill]] who had been horribly scarred by [[Fenrir Greyback]]. When Ginny announced that Dumbledore was dead, everyone appeared horrified. Harry explained to everyone what had happened on the Astronomy Tower and when he was finished, they were all shocked by what he had said.
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Following the death of Albus Dumbledore, his funeral was carried out. Harry was disgusted to see that [[Dolores Umbridge]] and [[Rita Skeeter]] had the nerve to attend his funeral, but he did not want to make a scene at Dumbledore's funeral and bit his tongue.
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Knowing that he would have to [[Horcrux hunt|hunt down]] Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es and fearing for her safety, Harry took Ginny aside, and broke off their romance. Ginny told him that she did not care about the danger of being his girlfriend, but Harry still thought it was best if the two stopped seeing each other. He then spoke to Ron and Hermione, who committed to forgoing their final year at Hogwarts in order to accompany him, despite his protests.
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===Hunting the Horcruxes===
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{{Dialogue a-b|Hermione|You said to us once before that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time, haven't we?|Ron|We're with you, whatever happens mate.|[[Hermione Granger]] and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] vowing to help Harry in the Horcrux hunt|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Imagem.jpg|thumb|left|240px|[[Petunia Dursley]] saying good-bye to Harry Potter in [[1997]]]]
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Harry, Hermione, and Ron all remained committed to their goal to locate and destroy [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es. To protect their families, Hermione [[False Memory Charm|altered her parents' memories]] so that they forgot they had a daughter, then instructed them to move to Australia, and with some help from Fred, George, and their father, Ron transfigured the [[Weasley family ghoul|family ghoul]] to resemble himself with [[spattergroit]]. Harry's [[Petunia Dursley|aunt]] and [[Vernon Dursley|uncle]] were taken into hiding by several members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], such as [[Dedalus Diggle]]''' '''and [[Hestia Jones]], despite many misgivings on the part of the Dursleys.
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====Battle of the Seven Potters====
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{{Dialogue a-b-c|Hermione|I told them you'd take it like this.|Harry|If you think I'm going to let six people risk their lives — !|Ron|— because it's the first time for all of us.|[[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] to Harry before the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:7-potters.jpg|thumb|235px|The Seven Potters]]
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Harry stayed at [[4 Privet Drive]] for a time, but the [[Order of the Phoenix]] needed to evacuate him to [[the Burrow]] before he turned seventeen. They sent the [[Dursley family|Dursleys]] into hiding first; Harry was surprised by [[Dudley Dursley|Dudley]]'s gratitude and goodbye. Six out of thirteen of Harry's escorts took [[Polyjuice Potion]] to take on Harry's appearance in order to be diversions if they were attacked, despite Harry's protests. Harry also secretly thought that he wished they would respect his body more. Upon leaving, the group was attacked by over thirty [[Death Eaters]]. Harry rode with [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] on his godfather [[Sirius Black's motorcycle|Sirius' old motorbike]], and they were attacked by multiple [[Death Eaters]] and [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] himself.
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[[File:Tumblr_lug4mz1evZ1qgt0vro6_250.gif|frame|left|[[Harry Potter's wand]] retaliated automatically against [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]]]]
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Harry's owl [[Hedwig]] was hit by a stray [[Killing Curse]] a Death Eater sent Harry's way. When Voldemort caught up with them, Harry thought this was the end, but his [[Harry Potter's wand|wand]] acted on its own to strike out at the man who was both kin and mortal enemy, destroying Voldemort's borrowed wand. The chaos ended when Harry and Hagrid passed the protective enchantments placed over the house of [[Nymphadora Tonks]]' parents, although Harry was still completely grief-stricken over the death of his beloved owl. After finding Hagrid safe and sound, the pair took a [[Portkey]] to the Burrow, where he found a worried [[Molly Weasley|Molly]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]].
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[[File:Tumblr_mqmg5k5aLP1rrszjzo4_250.gif|frame|right|Harry embracing Ron and Hermione after the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]]]]
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Harry was relieved to see that Hermione and Ron were fine, but was shocked when [[Remus Lupin]] arrived with [[George Weasley]], who had lost an ear. Everyone else arrived safely, but [[Alastor Moody]] who had been murdered by Voldemort and [[Mundungus Fletcher]], who had [[Apparition|Disapparated]] as soon as the fight started. Many amongst those gathered at the Burrow believed that they had been betrayed, but Harry refused to believe any of those he loved would sell him to Voldemort, much to the chagrin of [[Remus Lupin]]. Harry then stormed outside, where he was struck by a vision of Voldemort torturing [[Garrick Ollivander|Ollivander]].
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{{Dialogue a-b|Scrimgeour|Remembered you're not at school, have you? Remembered that I am not Dumbledore, who forgave your insolence and insubordination? You may wear that scar like a crown, Potter, but it is not up to a seventeen-year-old boy to tell me how to do my job! It's time you learned some respect!|Harry|It's time you earned it.|Harry and [[Rufus Scrimgeour]] at the reading of [[The Last Will and Testament of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore|Albus Dumbledore's will]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Scrimddwill.jpg|thumb|left|225px|[[Rufus Scrimgeour|Rufus]] gives the first Snitch Harry caught, willed to him by Albus Dumbledore]]
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Once settled in at the Burrow, Harry, Ron and Hermione helped prepare the wedding ceremony of [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] and [[Fleur Delacour]]. The [[31 July|day before the wedding]], the group [[Harry Potter's seventeenth birthday party|celebrated]] Harry's seventeenth birthday. Harry received a [[Fabian Prewett's watch|watch]] from [[Arthur Weasley|Mr]] and Mrs Weasley, a traditional coming-of-age gift, and Ginny gave him a kiss to remember her by in case he "meet[s] some veela" during the Horcrux hunt.
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At the party that night, [[Minister for Magic]] [[Rufus Scrimgeour]] arrived to release the contents of [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s [[The Last Will and Testament of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore|will]]. Harry was left the first Snitch he had ever caught in a Quidditch match and [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]]; Scrimgeour withheld this second gift, claiming that it was a historical magical item and was not exclusively Harry's property. Noting that Harry, Ron, and Hermione were the only students mentioned by name in the will, he asked the trio why this was; the three were unable to give him an answer.
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On [[1 August]], Harry attended Bill and Fleur's wedding disguised as a distant [[Weasley family|Weasley]] cousin, Barny Weasley. They used polyjuice potion and the hairs of a [[Red-haired Muggle boy]] from the village to disguise him. The reception was interrupted when the [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]] of [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] arrived and announced the [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic]] and the death of Rufus Scrimgeour. Chaos erupted and guests started to flee, while Harry and Hermione drew their [[wand]]s and grabbed Ron before Disapparating to [[Tottenham Court Road]].
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[[File:Trio_DH_official_1.jpg|thumb|225px|The trio after changing their sets of clothes after their escape]]
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There, Hermione revealed that she had planned ahead, packing supplies in her bag, which had an [[Undetectable Extension Charm]] on it. Ron changed, and Harry put on his [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility cloak]], and the three then entered a nearby [[Luchino Caffe|café]] to hang low for a while. Whilst at the café, Ron and Hermione discussed the events of the wedding and Voldemort's coup. They unwittingly broke the [[Taboo|Taboo curse]] that had been placed on Voldemort's name when the Death Eaters overthrew the Ministry of Magic, alerting Death Eaters [[Antonin Dolohov]] and [[Thorfinn Rowle]] to their location. After a brief [[Luchino Caffe Duel|skirmish]], the trio defeated the Death Eaters, whose memories Hermione [[Memory Charm|wiped]] at Harry's suggestion. Harry, Ron, and Hermione then found refuge at [[12 Grimmauld Place]].
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{{Quote|You're going to leave here with us. Go home, grab your children, and get out, get out of the country if you've got to. Disguise yourselves and run. You've seen how it is, you won't get anything like a fair hearing here.|Harry while freeing [[Muggle-born]]s from the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Tumblr_m1m7xnEkuy1qlk7jyo1_250.gif|thumb|left|230px|Harry disguised as [[Albert Runcorn]]]]
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Having found no leads regarding the Horcruxes over the summer, Harry discovered [[Regulus Black|R.A.B.]] during the trio's first morning at [[12 Grimmauld Place]]. Once Hermione remembered that [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Locket]] had been in the house during its occupation by the [[Order of the Phoenix]], Harry summoned [[Kreacher]], and they learned that it had been stolen by [[Mundungus Fletcher]]. When the trio questioned him about it, he revealed that it was now in the possession of [[Dolores Umbridge]]. On the same day, [[Remus Lupin]] had been to visit. He asked Harry if he could join them, but once Harry found out that [[Nymphadora Tonks|Tonks]] was pregnant, he refused. This caused a temporary rift between the two of them.
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[[File:Undesirable_no._1.jpg|thumb|140px|Harry as "Undesirable No. 1" by the Ministry]]
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For the following month, the trio would take turns under the Invisibility Cloak to watch the Ministry entrance. Formulating their plans, they managed to [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic|infiltrate the Ministry]]. Using [[Polyjuice Potion]] Harry transformed into [[Albert Runcorn]]. He searched Umbridge's office but did not find the locket. He did, however, take Moody's [[Alastor Moody's magical eye|eye]] from her door. Finding Umbridge trying [[Muggle-born]]s for "stealing" magic, Hermione managed to trick Umbridge into revealing the locket, and she lied about how she obtained it.
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Furious, Harry [[Stunning Spell|stunned]] both her and [[Yaxley]]. He and Hermione freed the Muggle-borns who were being held by the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]], and Hermione [[Geminio|conjured a copy]] of the locket while they took the real thing. They met up with Ron again and escaped, though Yaxley grabbed Hermione’s arm while they were Disapparating. She evaded him with a [[Revulsion Jinx]], but the location of 12 Grimmauld Place was revealed to him, and they were forced to abandon it as a hide-out. But instead Hermione took them to the woods that were once the location of the [[Quidditch World Cup]].
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Harry|I thought you knew what you’d signed up for.|Ron|Yeah, I thought I did too.|So what part of it isn't living up to your expectations? Did you think we’d be staying in five-star hotels? Finding a Horcrux every other day? Did you think you’d be back to Mummy by Christmas?|We thought you knew what you were doing! We thought Dumbledore had told you what to do, we thought you had a real plan!|Harry and Ron before the latter's departure|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:00Mfpmp_2011-03-26_15-13-37-70.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Harry during the [[Horcrux hunt]] after [[Ronald Weasley|Ron's]] departure]]
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After securing the locket, the three friends took turns wearing it, to ensure it was not lost. The locket had a negative influence on all of them, straining relations and causing them to all act moody and inclined to get into petty arguments. They overheard a goblin saying that the sword protected by Snape was a fake. They learned that the Sword of Gryffindor in [[Severus Snape|Snape]]'s office was a copy of the real sword, and that they would have to trace the location of the real sword.
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Harry and Hermione were excited at knowing what object they could use to destroy Horcruxes, but the locket's negative energy pushed Ron over the edge. Knowing that they now had something they were not close to destroying, Ron and Harry got into a horrible row, in which Ron accused Harry of not knowing what he was doing and not being very concerned when they learned that [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] had been punished for attempting to steal Gryffindor’s Sword for them, along with [[Neville Longbottom]] and [[Luna Lovegood]]. Ron then abandoned his friends accusing Hermione of preferring Harry to himself.
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Ron’s departure left both Harry and Hermione depressed. After some listless time in which they accomplished nothing, they decided to head to [[Godric's Hollow]], as Harry wanted to visit his [[James and Lily Potter|parents]]’s graves, and Hermione had convinced herself that Dumbledore might have entrusted the Sword of Gryffindor to [[Bathilda Bagshot]], a magical historian who lived there and who had been friendly with the Potters and the [[Dumbledore family|Dumbledores]].
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{{Template:Dialogue|Hermione|Meanwhile, we went to Godric's Hollow and, let's think, what happened there, Harry? Oh yes, You-Know-Who's snake turned up, it nearly killed both of us and then You-Know who himself arrived and missed us by about a second.|Ron|What?|Hermione recounting their trip to Godric's Hollow|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:NaginiCombat.gif|frame|[[Nagini]] attacking Harry in [[Bathilda Bagshot]]'s house.]]
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They arrived on [[24 December|Christmas Eve]]. After seeing the [[Potter memorial|memorial]] dedicated to his parents, Harry and Hermione searched the graveyard for the Potters's grave and came across the grave of [[Kendra Dumbledore|Kendra]] and [[Ariana Dumbledore]] and that of Ignotus Peverell. Harry was filled with regret that Dumbledore had not shared this connection with him. Upon discovering Harry's parents's grave Hermione called out to Harry and comforted him when he reached the grave. After placing a wreath on his parents’s graves, the two then met Bathilda, who motioned for them to follow her into her home. Believing Bathilda wanted to give him the Sword, Harry accompanied her upstairs alone when she indicated that Hermione should stay downstairs.
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Once there, she questioned Harry in what he did not realise was [[Parseltongue]], revealing herself to in fact be [[Nagini]], Voldemort's snake. Voldemort had murderd Bathilda and animated her corpse to hide Nagini, who attacked Harry, biting and coiling herself around Harry. Hermione raced upstairs and repelled the snake, while Harry’s [[Harry Potter's scars|scar]] burned, alerting him to Voldemort’s approach. The pair managed to escape, but Harry was knocked unconscious and such a close call with Voldemort caused the connection to re-open and Harry had a vision of his parents' demise. And in the [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1997)|scuffle]], Harry's [[Harry Potter's wand|wand]] was accidentally broken by Hermione's [[Blasting Curse]].
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====Ron's return and the obtaining of The Sword of Gryffindor====
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{{Quote|Ron, stab it, STAB IT!|Harry and Ron confronting Voldemort's locket Horcrux|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Tumblr m75fu0PnME1qa9jn1o1 r1 250.gif|thumb|left|225px|Harry being lead by a doe Patronus to the hiding place of the [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Sword of Gryffindor]]]]
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After escaping Voldemort, Harry and Hermione camped out in the [[Forest of Dean]], where Hermione healed Nagini’s bite with [[Dittany]]. When they were camped out there, Harry and Hermione read parts of [[Rita Skeeter]]'s biography of Dumbledore, ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]'' which Hermione had stolen from the home of Bathilda Bagshot. Upon reading, Harry felt betrayed, because [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] had not shared this information with Harry. Hermione tried to convince Harry that Dumbledore had his best interests at heart, but Harry became quite disillusioned.
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[[File:Riddle_Harry_Hermione.gif|thumb|235px|Riddle Harry and Riddle Hermione share a kiss after taunting Ron]]
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A couple nights later, while standing guard outside the tent, Harry was lead by a silver doe [[Patronus Charm]] to a frozen pool into which someone had placed the Sword of Gryffindor, which leads Harry to strip to his underwear and jump in the pool. While trying to acquire the sword, the locket attempted to strangle him, but he was rescued by Ron, who had returned through the use of his [[Deluminator]].
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During the brief skirmish with the Horcrux, a taunting Harry and Hermione appearcreated by the Horcrux. The naked Harry and Hermione begin to kiss passionately, angering Ron, who then destroyed the Horcrux with the sword, casting the two away. As Ron had saved his life, Harry forgave him for leaving, and after seeing the Horcrux torture Ron, explained that he had no feelings for Hermione beyond that of a sibling. Hermione, who had been inside the tent during the destruction of the Horcrux, was angry with Ron for a longer period.
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====Visit to the Lovegood House====
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{{Dialogue a-b-c|Hermione|‘There were once three brothers who were travelling along a long, winding road at twilight — |Ron|Midnight, our mum always told us. Sorry, I just think it’s a bit spookier if it’s midnight!|Harry|Yeah, because we really need a bit more fear in our lives.|The trio while reading ''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]'' at the Lovegood House|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Xenophilius-Lovegood-27822478-1920-800.png|thumb|left|240px|The Trio speaking with [[Xenophilius Lovegood]] at his home, near the village of [[Ottery St. Catchpole]]]]
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At Hermione's request, the three friends travelled to [[Luna Lovegood]]’s [[Lovegood House|home]] to question [[Xenophilius Lovegood]]. They asked about a triangular symbol Dumbledore had left them to decipher in the [[The Tales of Beedle the Bard|book]] he bequeathed to Hermione. After learning of the [[Deathly Hallows]], Harry, Ron, and Hermione discovered that Xenophilius summoned Death Eaters in an attempt to persuade them to return his abducted daughter. The trio [[Ambush at the Lovegood House|escaped]] the [[Death Eaters|Dea]][[Death Eaters|th Eaters]] when Hermione blasted the floor open to show them Harry, but managed to keep Ron's alibi of being sick at home with [[spattergroit]] intact by covering him with the [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility Cloak]].
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[[File:The_sign_of_the_Deathly_Hallows.JPG|thumb|220px|The sign of the [[Deathly Hallows]]]]
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Harry soon became obsessed by the Deathly Hallows. He spent hours each day brooding over the possibilities forgetting about his responsibilities. He came to believe that the [[Resurrection Stone]] was enclosed within the [[Golden Snitch]] bequeathed to him by Dumbledore. He also surmised that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] was abroad in a search for the [[Elder Wand|Elder]][[Elder Wand|Wand]]. This obsession troubled his friends, and with the drop in Harry's attentiveness, Ron's leadership qualities flourished.
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====Capture by Snatchers and Skirmish at Malfoy Manor====
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{{Main|Skirmish at Malfoy Manor}}
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{{Quote|You're a lying, you filthy [[Mudblood]], and I know it! You have been inside my vault at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]]! Tell the truth, ''tell the truth!'' What else did you take? What else have you got? Tell me the truth or, I swear, I shall run you through with this knife! What else did you take, what else? ANSWER ME! ''[[Cruciatus Curse|CRUCIO]]''!|Overheard parts of Bellatrix's interrogation of [[Hermione Granger]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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After listening to a broadcast of ''[[Potterwatch]]'' around Easter [[1998]], Harry determined that Voldemort was seeking the [[Elder Wand]], and accidentally broke the [[Taboo]] on Voldemort's name. Captured by a gang of [[Snatchers]] led by [[Fenrir Greyback]], the trio was questioned as to their identities. Hermione had hit Harry's face with a [[Stinging Hex]], attempting to conceal their true identities. After Greyback and [[Scabior]] realised that they had caught Harry Potter, the trio was taken to [[Malfoy Manor]] in [[Wiltshire]], [[England]].
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[[File:Bellatrix2.jpg|thumb|left|235px|Bellatrix Lestrange at Malfoy Manor]]
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When [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] learned that Harry had been caught, she sought to [[Dark Mark|summon]] Voldemort, until she noticed one of the Snatchers had the Sword of Gryffindor, which was supposed to be in her [[Lestrange Vault|vault]] at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]]. From her drastic change in tone of voice and her worries that they would all perish, Harry determined that another Horcrux was hidden there, as well. Bellatrix isolated Hermione for interrogation and torture with the [[Cruciatus Curse]], but Hermione lied, claiming that the Sword was just a copy. Harry convinced [[Griphook]], a [[goblin]] prisoner, to support this story.
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In panic as Hermione screamed in pain upstairs, and Ron sobbed at hearing her, Harry called out for help — a cry heard by [[Aberforth Dumbledore]] through a fragment of a two-way mirror in the cellar. Aberforth sent [[Dobby]] the [[house-elf]] to rescue the prisoners. Harry had him take [[Luna Lovegood]], [[Garrick Ollivander]], and [[Dean Thomas]] to [[Shell Cottage]], while he and Ron went to rescue Hermione. On the way, they had to fight [[Peter Pettigrew]], whose silver hand strangled him to death when he hesitated to hurt Harry, who reminded him that he had once saved his life. A [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor|skirmish]] ensued upstairs, during which Harry took [[Draco Malfoy's wand]] from him, and he and Ron saved Hermione and Griphook with Dobby's assistance.
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====Escape and Dobby's death====
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{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|Dobby, no, don't die, don't die —|Dobby|Harry... Potter...|[[Dobby]]'s final moments.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Dobby_death.gif|thumb|240px|Dobby dies in Harry's arms]]
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As they escaped Malfoy Manor by [[Apparition]], [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] threw a silver knife to where they were disapparating. Harry was initially relieved to realise he had managed to apparate to [[Shell Cottage]] with Ron, Hermione, and Dobby in tow, but was horrified to see the knife protruding from Dobby's chest before Dobby collapsed and died in Harry's arms. Harry decided that he would not build the grave of [[Dobby]] with magic, opting instead to do so manually, using a shovel; this was his way of both repaying Dobby's bravery and ebbing his own grief.
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Harry, his scar now burning temptingly threatening to have Voldemort's thoughts engulf him, was finally able to learn control of denying [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s entry into his mind. He attributed this to his grief and love for Dobby. While digging the grave, more understanding came to Harry. He realised that though the [[Deathly Hallows]] were tempting objects, Dumbledore had tasked him with destroying [[Horcrux]]es. He decided to trust Dumbledore, reaffirming his faith in his mentor. During the [[Funeral of Dobby|funeral]], [[Luna Lovegood]] gave a short eulogy to Dobby, and Harry managed to say his final goodbye to one of his most loyal friends.
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====Shell Cottage and Break-In of Gringotts====
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Harry|He can have it after we've used it on all of the Horcruxes. I'll make sure he gets it then. I'll keep my word... I won't be lying... really.|Hermione|I don't like it.|Nor do I, much.|Harry and Hermione on [[Griphook]]'s demand for [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Tumblr_mg6o4nMu3j1rlr2dlo10_r3_250.gif|frame|left|Harry at Dobby's Grave]]
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Following the death of Dobby, Harry, Ron, and Hermione stayed at [[Shell Cottage]] for some time. During their stay, the trio formed a plan to [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)|break into]] the [[Lestrange Vault]] to obtain the [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup|Horcrux within]], with the help of [[Griphook]]. Due to the fact that Griphook would only help in exchange for [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]], Harry decided to word his request so that the handover would not take place until after Harry had used it to dispose of the remaining [[Horcrux]]es.
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Although feeling guilty for the deception, Harry knew that the sword was their only known weapon against the Horcruxes. The other residents of Shell Cottage could not fail to notice the trio's behaviour. [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] took Harry aside and advised Harry to be cautious when making deals with Griphook who Harry was increasingly disliking. Around the same time, [[Remus Lupin]] came to Shell Cottage bearing tidings of new birth. He asked Harry to be the godfather of his newborn child, [[Ted Lupin]]. It seemed as if the incident between them at [[12 Grimmauld Place]] had never occurred
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[[File:Tumblr lu5g1eMI0y1qgt0vro1 250.gif|thumb|240px|Hermione impersonating Bellatrix Lestrange at Gingotts]]
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The trio and Griphook left Shell Cottage early the next morning to break into Gringotts. Hermione disguised herself as [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], using [[Polyjuice Potion]], so as to fool the goblins at Gringotts that it was really Bellatrix who was entering the vault, and they had Bellatrix's wand that Harry had captured at Malfoy Manor as further proof for the disguise. Ron was [[Transfiguration|transfigured]] to look like a foreign wizard named Dragomir Despard, and Harry had Griphook on his shoulders; both were under the Invisibility Cloak.
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Their plan proceeded reasonably well; Hermione made a convincing Bellatrix, despite a close encounter with a Death Eater named [[Travers]], whose susipicions seemed to be eased and accompanied the group to Gringotts. Two human guards there had [[Probity Probe]]s that detected concealment charms, and Harry used a [[Confundus Charm]] on them to get Hermione passed unchecked. Inside, the Goblins requested Bellatrix's identification. When Hermione hesitated, one nervously said that her wand was sufficient proof, though Hermione claimed it was new. Harry suspected the Goblins knew that Bellatrix's wand was stolen and were looking for an impostor.
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[[File:Tumblr_mibnclbhYQ1qdab59o3_250.gif|frame|left|Harry searches for [[Hufflepuff's cup]] in the [[Lestrange|Lestrange's]] vault ]]
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Griphook told Harry to use the [[Imperius Curse]] and [[Bogrod]] then accepted the wand as being correct. Bogrod requested the [[Clankers]], and then led Hermione and Ron, with Harry, Griphook, and Travers into a passageway. The door slammed shut, and Harry sent Travers away to hide. Bogrod, still under the Imperius curse, summoned a cart that descended deep within Gringotts. After many twists and turns, the cart passed through [[Thief's Downfall]], a security waterfall that washed away all illusion charms. When the cart overturned and dumped them out, Hermione and Ron had been reverted to themselves. Griphook believed the other Goblins knew they were impostors, but Harry wanted to continue and cursed Bogrod again.
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The trio and Griphook found the [[Lestrange Vault]] guarded by an aged, [[Ukrainian Ironbelly at Gringotts|half-blind dragon]]. Griphook subdued it using the Clankers. Hearing pursuit approaching, Harry forced Bogrod to open the vault, which was filled with precious objects. Hermione screamed in pain, and they discovered that the vault's protective charms included the [[Flagrante Curse|Flagrante]] and [[Gemino Curse|Gemino]] curses: the contents would multiply and become searing hot every time something was touched. Harry spotted [[Helga Hufflepuff’s cup]], the [[Horcrux]], but it was out of reach. Hermione [[Levicorpus|levitated]] Harry, and he snagged the Cup with Gryffindor's Sword, while Hermione, Ron, Griphook, and Bogrod all struggled to stay above the hot multiplying objects below.
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[[File:Tumblr_lmpj46ALHd1qb0zfoo1_500.png|thumb|240px|The Trio escape [[Gringotts]] on the back of a half-blind dragon]]
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As Harry was setting himself down, he dropped both the Sword and the Cup. Griphook grabbed Gryffindor's Sword, and flipped Hufflepuff's Cup up into the air. Harry caught it, ignoring the searing heat. Borne by a treasure avalanche spilling from the now-opened vault, Griphook ran off with Gryffindor's Sword, yelling that thieves were in the vault. Harry, Hermione, and Ron hurled curses at the Goblin throng. Harry released the half-blind Dragon and the three jumped on its back. The freed Dragon took flight, the three blasting holes into the ceiling for it to fly through as they made their escape.
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====[[Battle of Hogwarts]]====
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{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|Dumbledore left the three of us a job, and we weren't supposed to tell — I mean, he wanted us to do it, just the three of us.|Neville|We're his army. Dumbledore's Army. We were all in it together, we’ve been keeping it going while you three have been off on your own.... Everyone in this room’s been fighting and they’ve been driven in here because the Carrows were hunting them down. Everyone in here’s proven they’re loyal to Dumbledore — loyal to you.|Harry and [[Neville Longbottom]] upon the trio's return to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Hogsmeade.jpeg|thumb|left|225px|The Trio [[apparate]] into [[Hogsmeade]] before the start of the battle]]
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A vision from Voldemort helped Harry realise that the third Horcrux, whilst unbeknown to him at the time, [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem]], remained at Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their final mission to return to the school and obtain the diadem, inadvertently tripping the [[Caterwauling Charm]] upon apparating to [[Hogsmeade]] and thereby alerting the waiting [[Death Eaters]] to their presence. Due to the trio being under the [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility cloak]], however, the Death Eaters resorted to unleashing [[Dementor]]s into the streets to try to force the intruders out of hiding.
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Having no choice, Harry conjured his [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]] to protect himself and his friends, automatically giving away their position and confirming their identities (the Death Eaters having been pre-warned that Harry Potter's patronus took the form of a stag). As Death Eaters began to close in on the still invisible trio, [[Aberforth Dumbledore]] emerged from the [[Hog's Head]], hurriedly telling the three to enter his pub. While Harry, Ron, and Hermione did so, Aberforth remained outside, proclaiming to the Death Eaters that it was he who tripped the alarm (by letting his cat out) and conjured the Patronus to ward off the Dementor threat; mockingly contradicting a Death Eater, saying that what he had seen was a goat Patronus rather than a stag. The incensed Death Eaters believed this and retreated.
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After Aberforth re-entered his pub and home, he scolded them for coming to Hogsmeade advising them to leave the country. After Harry engaged in a fierce argument with him, he led the grateful trio directly into Hogwarts through a secret entrance behind the portrait of his deceased sister, [[Ariana Dumbledore]]. [[Neville Longbottom]], acting as their escort, then guided them into the [[Room of Requirement]], where they were greeted by the reconstituted [[Dumbledore's Army]]; most of which were beaten and bruised yet ready to fight the [[Death Eaters]] controlling the school. Harry tried to tell them that he, Ron, and Hermione only returned to find something, but Neville contacted other allies with a call to arms. Harry was initially reluctant to allow the others to help, but in an attempt to be a better man than Dumbledore, whom he feared he was turning into, and after some discussion with Ron and Hermione, he allowed it.
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[[File:Harryluna.png|thumb|220px|Harry and Luna entering [[Ravenclaw Tower]]]]
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Harry hesitantly asked the room at large if they had ever heard of any sort of legendary artefact belonging to one of the Founders of Hogwarts. [[Luna Lovegood]] then elaborated on the fabled Diadem of Ravenclaw, pronouncing that a statue in [[Ravenclaw Tower]] depicted [[Rowena Ravenclaw]] wearing a diadem. Harry, having no idea of what the diadem looked like, was led by Luna to the Ravenclaw Common Room to observe the statue. Here the pair were ambushed by [[Alecto Carrow]] who pressed her [[Dark Mark]] immediately upon noticing Harry, summoning Voldemort, before Luna [[Stunning Spell|stunned]] her from under the Invisibility Cloak. [[Amycus Carrow]] attempted to force his way through the common room door, designed only to open after the door-knocker's question was correctly answered, by seeking the help of [[Minerva McGonagall]], who easily allowed him entry by solving the door's riddle herself; by that time, Harry had managed to rejoin Luna under the Invisibility Cloak.
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Amycus, in fear of his master's wrath, suggested framing Alecto's apparently mistaken summoning of the former on the Ravenclaw students; as he did, he spontaneously devised a lie that made it seem as though the students had forced Alecto to touch her Dark Mark at wand-point. In her outrage, McGonagall strongly insinuated that Amycus was a coward for proposing such an idea. Carrow spat in McGonagall's face in retaliation, utterly enraging Harry who suddenly revealed himself while momentarily casting the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on the surprised Carrow, sending him flying backwards into the wall where he crumpled and fell unconscious. Harry then told McGonagall about the mission Dumbledore had left him, and she offered to hold Voldemort and his invading forces off, buying him the time he needed to search for the [[Horcrux]]. All students of age, the D.A., and the members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] who had arrived to fight prepared themselves for the impending siege. The [[Battle of Hogwarts]] began as [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and his army approached the outer boundaries of the school.
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[[File:Minerva and Molly Battle of Hogwart.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Minerva, Molly, and the Suits of Armour]]
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[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], upon arrival at Hogwarts, demanded that the school turn over Harry, and the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] began. Harry realised that the positioning of [[Alecto Carrow]] in [[Ravenclaw Tower]] confirmed the Horcrux's identity. It was the lost diadem of Ravenclaw. After thinking on it for some seconds, he went to ask the [[Helena Ravenclaw|Grey Lady]] about the diadem. From her information, Harry surmised that the Horcrux had been hidden in the Room of Requirement. Harry, in the meantime, was worried about Hermione and Ron, who seemed to have disappeared. They had gone into the [[Chamber of Secrets]], where Hermione destroyed Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup with basilisk fangs, which were one of the few weapons able to destroy Horcruxes.
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[[File:Fyendfire.jpg|thumb|238px|The [[Trio]] escaping from the [[Fiendfyre]] that was cast by [[Vincent Crabbe]]]]
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The trio quickly headed for the [[Room of Requirement]] where Harry remembered seeing the Diadem the previous year. However, [[Draco Malfoy]], [[Vincent Crabbe]], and [[Gregory Goyle]] ambushed them. After a skirmish, the entire room was destroyed by the [[Fiendfyre|cursed fire]] Crabbe unleashed but could not control. Harry managed to fly himself and Malfoy out, while Ron and Hermione grabbed Goyle, but Crabbe perished in the flames that also destroyed the diadem. With one Horcrux remaining, Harry, Ron, and Hermione continued their pursuit of [[Nagini]], but before they could go search for it, they witnessed the death of [[Fred Weasley]]. This incensed Ron and Harry, but Hermione reminded them that only they could finish Voldemort and that to obtain the final Horcrux they would have to do their share of fighting.
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====Snape's death====
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{{Quote|Take... it.... ''Take... it''....|Snape referring to his memories|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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They fought their way to the [[Shrieking Shack]]. Along the way, Harry witnessed many scenes of horror. On the grounds, Voldemort's [[Dementor]]s were waiting. After having seen so much pain and death, Harry could not summon the happiness required to conjure a [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]]. Neither could Hermione or Ron. In fact, Harry welcomed the oblivion that would come with the [[Dementor's Kiss]]. But after seeing the patronuses conjured by [[Luna Lovegood]], [[Ernest Macmillan|Ernie Macmillan]], and [[Seamus Finnigan]], Harry summoned the will to conjure his and managed to drive the Dementors away. Once the trio arrived at the Shrieking Shack, they witnessed Voldemort order Nagini to kill [[Severus Snape]], as he believed that Snape was preventing him from being the true owner of the [[Elder Wand]]. Before he died, Snape gave Harry memories to view in the [[Pensieve]] and asked him to look into his eyes. Upon returning to the castle, Harry saw the corpses of [[Remus Lupin]] and [[Nymphadora Tonks]] near Fred's, and he felt devastated. He left his friends behind to use [[Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve]], welcoming the time in another's head.
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[[File:Snape-s-last-minutes-severus-snape-27845931-640-472.jpg|thumb|left|235px|Snape's last moments, giving Harry the memories ]]
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During a one-hour ceasefire, Harry viewed the memories given by a dying Snape, which revealed to him that he had inadvertently been turned into a [[Horcrux]] himself and that Voldemort had to kill him in order to be rendered mortal himself. Harry also learned that Snape was, all along, with Dumbledore because he loved [[Lily Evans]], since before they started school. Heavy of heart, Harry courageously slipped off on his own to carry out this dreadful task. He felt ghostly as he strode through the castle's empty halls, feeling as if he was already dead.
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As Harry passed the Great Hall, he could not see Hermione, Ron, or the other Weasleys, nor Luna. He felt he would have given anything for one last look at them, but then he thought he would never be able to stop looking. During his way to Voldemort, he saw the corpse of [[Colin Creevey]] and told [[Neville Longbottom|Neville]] to kill [[Nagini]], if he could. He passed Ginny, who was comforting a small girl, and almost wished she could have sensed him, but under the Invisibility Cloak, this was impossible. As he passed Hagrid's hut on the Grounds, he emotionally remembered his trips there, particularly rock cakes, Ron vomiting slugs, and Norbert.
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[[File:Tumblr n29413O6t71rzvuwqo4 r1 250.gif|frame|Voldemort hitting Harry with the [[Killing Curse]]]]
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Harry then entered the [[Forbidden Forest]], where he managed to open the [[Golden Snitch]], which said on it, "I open at the close;" and the words to open it were, "I'm about to die;" this revealed the [[Resurrection Stone]] contained within. Harry used it to speak to the spirits of his [[James and Lily Potter|parents]], [[Sirius Black]], and [[Remus Lupin]], who offered him comfort before he met Voldemort and shielded him from the Dementors. As Harry approached the Death Eater camp, he dropped the Resurrection Stone. Harry offered no resistance as Voldemort struck him with the [[Killing Curse]], thinking of Ginny before he died.
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[[File:Harry_and_Albus_limbo.jpg|thumb|left|237px|Harry speaking with [[Albus Dumbledore]] in Limbo]]
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However, the "death" he met was not permanent: the blood Voldemort had taken from Harry to restore his physical form in [[1995]] still contained the Bond of Blood, anchoring him to life and protecting Harry from Voldemort's curse, and his willingness to die triggered protections on the people of Hogwarts similar to the protections he received from his [[Lily Evans|mother]]'s sacrifice. Also, since he had part of Voldemort's soul in him, Voldemort's Killing Curse unknowingly destroyed the part of Voldemort's soul, leaving one Horcrux left. Harry entered a state of [[limbo]], where he met the spirit of Albus Dumbledore and the piece of Voldemort's soul that had just been destroyed. Dumbledore explained everything to Harry saying that he had "no more secrets from [Harry]." After reconciling with his mentor, Harry made the choice to return to the physical world rather than go on to the afterlife with Dumbledore.
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====Endgame====
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Harry Potter|There are no more [[Horcrux]]es. It's just you and me. Neither can live while the other survives, and one of us is about to leave for good....|Voldemort|One of us? You think it will be you, do you, the boy who has survived by accident, and because Dumbledore was pulling the strings?|You won't be killing anyone else tonight. You won't be able to kill any of them ever again.|The final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:HP7-PT2-TRL-1335.jpg|thumb|237px|[[Narcissa Malfoy]] telling the gathered Death Eaters that Harry was "dead"]]
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Harry woke up, but feigned death. He was assisted in this by [[Narcissa Malfoy]], who had secretly turned against Voldemort by telling him Harry was dead in order to protect her son, because she knew the only way she would be permitted to enter Hogwarts was with the rest of the Death Eaters in their victory march. Voldemort then triumphantly disgraced Harry's "dead" body with the [[Cruciatus Curse]] then forced Hagrid to carry Harry's body back to Hogwarts, proclaiming Harry dead and demanding surrender. At first, the surviving fighters were heartbroken, especially Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Professor McGonagall. They screamed at the Death Eaters in anger but remained defiant.
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[[File:00Neville confronts Voldemort.jpg|thumb|left|235px|[[Neville Longbottom]] standing up to Voldemort and his army]]
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[[Neville Longbottom]] courageously stood up to Voldemort, and when the latter offered Neville a rank in his Death Eater society, Neville proudly refused and screamed to the high heavens, ''"Dumbledore's Army!"'' Voldemort cast the Full body-Bind Curse, then Summoned the Sorting Hat and placed it upon Neville's head. After he announced that there would be no houses and that the school colours would be those loyal to [[Salazar Slytherin]], he caused the hat to burst into flames. As Neville cried in pain, a distant uproar came from the direction of the school boundaries. [[Centaur]]s, [[thestral]]s, [[Buckbeak]] the [[Hippogriff]], and the families of the Hogwarts students who remained to fight, plus the shop and home keepers of Hogsmeade joined the fight with a flourish.
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This distracted Voldemort and his Death Eaters, and Neville was able to pull off the [[Sorting Hat]], and from its depths he received the Sword of Godric Gryffindor and sliced off [[Nagini]]'s head in one swift, fluid motion. Harry slipped away in the ensuing melee under the Invisibility Cloak. Death Eaters started to fold under sheer weight of numbers as the house-elves in the kitchens joined the battle, with [[Kreacher]] at its front, declaring war against the Dark Lord in the name of brave [[Regulus Black]]. Using his Invisibility Cloak, Harry protected the defenders of Hogwarts from attack. Soon, only Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange were the only two remaining and fighting, Voldemort duelling McGonagall, Slughorn, and Kingsley at once, and Bellatrix duelling Hermione, Luna, and Ginny. Harry was torn between the two until he saw a Killing Curse shot beside Ginny's ear, the latter missing death by an inch.
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Harry redirected his path to Bellatrix, until being roughly knocked aside by Molly Weasley, who duelled and ultimately killed Bellatrix. Voldemort's fury at the fall of his last, best lieutenant exploded with the force of a bomb and Harry turned in to see McGonagall, Slughorn, and Kingsley blasted backwards in pain and Voldemort directing his wand at Molly. Harry then cast a [[Shield Charm|shield charm]] to protect her from Voldemort's wrath, revealing himself for the final duel.
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[[File:00Harry_Potter_and_the_deaathly_hallows_-_the_final_battle_scene.jpg|thumb|240px|The final duel between Harry and Voldemort]]
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Unbeknownst to Voldemort, mastery of the Elder Wand, which he had stolen from Dumbledore's grave, had not been taken from Dumbledore by Snape, but by [[Draco Malfoy]]. Thus, when Harry had disarmed Malfoy in [[Malfoy Manor]] weeks earlier, he had become the true master of the Elder Wand.
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When Harry and Voldemort faced off for the last time, Harry tried to tell him this and about the other mistakes he had made. Harry also asked him to feel some remorse, which Voldemort rejected. Voldemort cast the [[Killing Curse]], and Harry countered with the [[Disarming Charm]]. The Elder Wand refused to attack its master, and the Killing Curse rebounded, finally permanently destroying Voldemort once and for all.
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[[File:Tumblr_mzzopjUZkE1qkz0a3o7_250.gif|frame|left|The surviving Trio the morning after the battle]]
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Immediately, Harry was surrounded by overjoyed fellow fighters; Hermione and Ron reached him first, and then [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]], Neville and Luna. Victory celebrations began, but Harry soon grew weary, and Luna created a distraction so that he could slip away under the Invisibility Cloak to find Ron and Hermione. They visited [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s portrait, and along the way he explained everything to his two best friends. Harry decided to prevent the [[Deathly Hallows]] from ever being reunited again by keeping the [[Cloak of Invisibility]], leaving the [[Resurrection Stone]] where it lay in the Forbidden Forest, and returning the [[Elder Wand]] to Dumbledore's grave, but not before using it to fix [[Harry Potter's wand|his wand]].
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When Voldemort destroyed the Horcrux that was Harry, Harry Potter lost the ability to speak [[Parseltongue]],<ref>Wizard of the Month, October 2007</ref> much to his relief. In addition, the [[Harry Potter's scars|scar]] on Harry's forehead no longer held magical powers, nor did it ever cause Harry pain again.
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===Later life===
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{{Quote|The scar hadn't pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.|Harry's later life|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:1Harry_Potter_age_37.png|thumb|140px|[[Auror|Head Auror]] Harry Potter, age 37]]
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At the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]], Harry became an [[Auror]] at the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]; new [[Minister for Magic]] [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] permitted those who had fought in the final battle to become Aurors without getting their [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|N.E.W.T.s]]. In [[2000s|2007]], Harry became the youngest head of the Auror Office at the age of 26. He and Ron were the "experts" and helped reform and revolutionize the Auror department and the rest of the ministry, along with [[Hermione Granger]] (who became a high ranking official in the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]]).<ref>[http://www.www.beyondhogwarts.com]</ref> At some point, all three of them were featured on [[Chocolate Frog Cards]] for their accomplishments.
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Following the war, he aided in the care of his godson, [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]], thus fulfilling the role that his own godfather, [[Sirius Black]], never got to play.
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[[File:Tumblr_m19croW4571qili3vo6_250.gif|thumb|left|225px|A 37 year old Harry with his; friends, wife, and daughter]]
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Harry had [[Marriage|married]] [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] sometime before [[Between 2010 and 2017|2014]]<ref name="PM">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/daily-prophet/qwc2014/2014-04-12/opening-ceremony New from J.K. Rowling: "''DISASTROUS OPENING CEREMONY LEADS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP SECURITY''" (''Daily Prophet'', 12 April 2014)]</ref> and, by [[2017]], the couple had three children of his own: two sons [[James Potter II|James Sirius]], [[Albus Potter|Albus Severus]], and one daughter [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna]]. In September of that year, Harry and Ginny took their three children to [[King's Cross Station]] to see James and Albus off to Hogwarts. There, they met Ron and Hermione, and their two children, Harry's niece [[Rose Weasley|Rose]] and nephew [[Hugo Weasley|Hugo]]. When Albus expressed a fear that he might be sorted into [[Slytherin]] house, Harry told his son that Albus was named after two Hogwarts Headmasters of whom one was a Slytherin and "probably the bravest man [he] ever knew." Harry assured him that his parents would be proud of him regardless of where he was sorted, and told him that the [[Sorting Hat]] would take his preferences into consideration, which happened to him when he was being sorted, a secret he had never shared with his other children.
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Harry ensured that [[Severus Snape]]'s portrait was hung in the [[Headmaster's office]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].<ref>[http://www.mugglenet.com/app/news/show/1272 JK Rowling comments at Carnegie Hall]</ref> He also made occasional visits to the school to give lectures to the students on [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]].
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Harry was also on "Christmas card" terms with his cousin [[Dudley Dursley]] and his family, and occasionally visited him, which were occasions dreaded by his own children.<ref>[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=26]</ref> Harry also made peace with his former rival [[Draco Malfoy]], something that [[James Potter I|his father]] and [[Marauders|his friends]] were never able to do with [[Severus Snape]]. They were civil towards each other; however, their schoolboy enmity meant that they would never truly become friends.
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Harry attended the final of the [[2014 Quidditch World Cup|427th Quidditch World Cup]], sometime in the summer of [[Between 2010 and 2017|2014]], in the [[Patagonian Desert]]. The Potters joined [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Potter]], who had been in Patagonia since the start of the Cup, in her capacity of special [[Quidditch]] correspondent to the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''.<ref>[https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/466541483538280448 "''Read Ginny Potter’s reports from the #QuidditchWorldCup starting today at http://pottermo.re/DailyProphet ! Family expected to join her for the final.''" - @jk_rowling Twitter]</ref> Harry along with his family (including [[Edward Lupin|Teddy Lupin]]) and [[Dumbledore's Army]] were granted access to the VIP section of the campsite. Harry embraced [[Viktor Krum]], who was competing again after being retired for a few years, upon meeting him and introduced him to his sons, James and Albus.<ref name="dumbledores-army-reunites" /> He also supported Bulgaria in the match together with the rest of his family (save for Albus) and looked "emotional" when Viktor Krum and his team had won the match.
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[[File:Harry_year_one1.jpg|thumb|138px|Harry in his first year]]
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==Physical description==
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{{Quote|Las' time I saw you, you was only a baby. Yeh look a lot like yer dad, but yeh've got yer mum's eyes.|[[Rubeus Hagrid]] to the eleven-year-old Harry Potter.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
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Harry was a near-spitting image of his [[James Potter I|father]], having untidy jet-black hair, but his startlingly green, almond-shaped eyes were identical to those of his [[Lily Evans|mother]]. Harry's physique as a boy was described as "small and skinny," with a thin face and knobbly knees, due to his poor quality of life in his childhood. However, despite the neglect he suffered, Harry seems to have grown at the same rate as James, as when he was fifteen he was within an inch of James at the same age, and when he was seventeen he was exactly the same height his father was, and James was often described as tall. Harry wore round-rimmed [[glasses]], peculiarly similar to his father's glasses. During his time hunting Voldemort's horcruxes, Harry's black hair grew shoulder length as was described when he saw his reflection in Malfoy Manor. This was due to his preoccupation with the hunt for the horcruxes.
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[[File:Harry_James_Potter34.jpg|thumb|left|140px|Harry in his third year]]
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Upon Harry's forehead, covered by his unruly black hair, was a [[Harry Potter's scars#The lightning-bolt scar|scar]] shaped like a lightning bolt. The scar was a result of the failed (and famed) [[Killing Curse]] cast on him by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] when he was an infant. It burned painfully whenever Voldemort was near Harry or feeling particularly strong emotions, but this stopped after Voldemort's death and was reduced into an ordinary scar.
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Harry also had a faint scar on the back of his right hand which said, ''"I must not tell lies."'' This scar was caused while Harry spent detentions with [[Dolores Umbridge]], who forced him to use the blood quill that carved the words into the back of his hand.
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In addition, Harry has an oval-shaped scar over his heart where the locket-Horcrux seared his skin during the confrontation with Nagini in Bathilda Bagshot's house, Godric's Hollow.
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When possessed by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] at the end of the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Harry's eyes became somewhat glassy green in appearance, and his voice became a mixture of his own and Voldemort's.
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[[File:Harry_Potter_movies_hbp_promostills_6.jpg|thumb|140px|Harry in his sixth year]]
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Harry had "great skin" and never suffered from zits.<ref name="couric">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2003/0620-dateline-couric.htm Katie Couric 20 June 2003 Interview with J.K. Rowling, available via Accio Quote]</ref>
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At age 33, Harry already had "''a couple of threads of silver''" in his hair, according to ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' gossip columnist [[Rita Skeeter]].<ref name="dumbledores-army-reunites">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/daily-prophet/qwc2014/2014-07-08/dumbledores-army-reunites "''DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY REUNITES AT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP FINAL''" (''Daily Prophet'', 08 July 2014)]</ref> In the summer of [[Between 2010 and 2017|2014]], Harry made an appearance in the [[Patagonian Desert]], where he would attend the final of the [[2014 Quidditch World Cup|427th Quidditch World Cup]] with his family, sporting a nasty cut over his right cheekbone, which was a result of his top-secret work for the [[Auror Office]].<ref name="dumbledores-army-reunites" />
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==Personality and traits==
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{{Quote|I see Harry as someone who is struggling to do the right thing, who is not without faults, who acts impetuously as you would expect someone of his age to act, but who is ultimately a very loyal person, and a very very courageous person. So, in as much as he has qualities that I admire most I would say he is a good role model. That doesn't mean that he is saintly, but then frankly, who is? But I think you do see enough of Harry’s inner life, the workings of his mind in the books to know that he is ultimately human, struggling to do the right thing, which I think is admirable.|[[J. K. Rowling]]}}
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Harry Potter is an extremely brave, loyal, and selfless person who possesses tremendous strength of character. He willingly went to what he truly believed to be his death because he believed that this was the only way to defeat the Dark Lord. Harry was also marked by what [[Lord Voldemort]] once deemed a "weakness for heroics" — he would go to great lengths and take great risks in order to help others, particularly his loved ones. Notably, this was taken advantage of by Voldemort in [[1996]], when he lured Harry to the [[Department of Mysteries]] by making him believe that his [[Sirius Black|godfather]] was in danger.<ref name="OotP32">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 32 (''Out of the Fire'')</ref> Harry was also very strong-willed and unafraid to stand up for himself. The fact that he was capable of repelling the [[Imperius Curse]] suggests that he had an unusually strong sense of himself and his morals.<ref name="GoF34">{{GOF}} - Chapter 34 (''Priori Incantatem'')</ref> Dumbledore once made parallels between Harry's traits and qualities that [[Salazar Slytherin]] looked for in his own hand-picked students, but noted that Harry's choice not to draw on those qualities really defined who he was rather than the simple fact that he had them.<ref name="CoS18">{{COS}} - Chapter 18 (''Dobby's Reward'')</ref>
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{{Quote|Hmm. Difficult. Very difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind either. There's talent, oh my goodness, yes — and a nice thirst to prove yourself, now that's interesting... So where shall I put you?|[[Sorting Hat]] to Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
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Harry was perfectly prepared to put his friends' needs and best interests first, shown by how he ended his relationship with [[Ginny Weasley]] due to his concern for her well being, even though being with her was one of the best thing that ever happened to him.<ref name="HBP30">{{HBP} - Chapter 30 (''The White Tomb'')</ref> The amount of trust that Harry put into his friends was so strong that he absolutely refused to consider that any of them would betray him to Voldemort. Considering that Harry knew [[Peter Pettigrew|a person]] who had betrayed all of his closest friends to Voldemort, they being Harry's parents, godfather and [[Remus Lupin]] who was there when Harry declared his trust in him, proves Harry's ability to [[love]] so unequivocally.
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The closeness that Harry felt for many was great enough for him to behave violently should any of them get harmed.<ref name="OotP36">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 36 (''The Only One He Ever Feared'')</ref> When his godfather was killed by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], Harry attacked her in a grief-stricken rage of righteous anger and attempted to use the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on her. He also attacked [[Severus Snape]] after the latter murdered [[Albus Dumbledore]]. Ironically, the only people Harry ever initiated a duel with were Snape and Bellatrix and he only desired to do so right after they killed someone he loved. This highlights Harry's bravery even further because Harry was fully aware that Snape and Bellatrix were two of the greatest wizards and witches of the age but did not hesitate to harm them as soon as he was pushed into it.
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{{Quote|Listen to me, Harry. You happen to have many qualities Salazar Slytherin prized in his hand-picked students. His own very rare gift, [[Parseltongue]]; resourcefulness; determination; a certain disregard for the rules ''[...]'' |Dumbledore to Harry Potter after defeating the basilisk in the [[Chamber of Secrets]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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[[File:Tumblr_mrx31wSOOh1qc0mpuo3_250.gif|thumb|left|225px|Harry brooding over the snitch, left to him in Dumbledore's Will]]
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However, Harry was also accused of being arrogant, in particular by [[Severus Snape]] (although in fairness, Snape was extremely biased, and Harry often found being famous and admired very difficult), and could be hot-tempered and impulsive. This can sometimes make him rude to authority figures such as Professor Snape and [[Minister for Magic]] [[Rufus Scrimgeour]], and irritable with his friends. In contrast, Dumbledore stated that many teachers reported him as modest and likable.<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref> Harry was prone to moodiness during his adolescence, though this is likely the result of the great emotional stress and trials he endured during this period.
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Harry possessed an instinctual, intuitive intelligence that allowed him to make intellectual leaps as opposed to the logical intelligence of Hermione. For example, Harry divined the truth about the Deathly Hallows, well before Hermione would accept it.<ref name="DH22">{{DH}} - Chapter 22 (''The Deathly Hallows'')</ref> And although he was clever, Harry lacked intellectual curiosity, rarely putting forth effort into school work; for example, he relied on the notes of the "[[Severus Snape|Half-Blood Prince]]" to get ahead in his sixth-year [[Potions (class)|Potions]] class rather than devoting time to studying<ref name="HBP">{{HBP}}</ref> (although he did study reasonably hard for his [[Ordinary Wizarding Level]]s, the only set of wizarding qualifications he sat at Hogwarts), and generally did his best magical work when tackling practical exams rather than theoretical ones. This could be a result of the lack of confidence that Harry developed from growing up with the Dursleys.
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{{Quote|You're a sharp boy, Potter.|[[Barty Crouch Jr.]] (disguised as [[Alastor Moody]])|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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[[Barty Crouch Jr.]] (disguised as [[Alastor Moody]]) remarked that Harry possessed a streak of pride and independence that alomst cost him the [[Triwizard Tournament]], because of his refusal to ask for help regarding the problem of breathing underwater for an hour, that was required for the Second task which took place in the [[Black Lake]].<ref name="GoF34">{{GOF}} - Chapter 34 (''Veritaserum'')</ref>
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Harry also seemed to have a bit of an obsessive personality, a trait he shared with his arch enemy [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. He could be somewhat nosy and was known for sleuthing around and getting involved in things that did not concern him. During his sixth year, for instance, Harry became intensely preoccupied with finding out what Malfoy was doing in his free time.<ref name="HBP">{{HBP}}</ref>
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Harry's greatest strength was his ability to feel [[love]], despite having a miserable childhood of neglect. Harry was extremely loyal to and protective of his loved ones, and that love was what allowed him to overcome Voldemort, Dumbledore noting Harry's strength of will at resisting the temptation to act like Voldemort even when granted a direct insight into Voldemort's mind and methods. Harry even claimed that he felt sorry for Voldemort because of his inability to feel or understand love.<ref name="HBP23">{{HBP}} - Chapter 23 (''Horcruxes'')</ref>
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Albus Dumbledore noted that Harry was unfailingly kind, and he was also compassionate and respectful. This is shown by how he freed Dobby from the Malfoys, and by standing up for Muggle-borns, Half-bloods, and Half-breeds, like Hagrid. This is likely attributable to his childhood, during which the Dursleys deprived him of compassion, and discriminated against him due to his [[magic]]al abilities. Also, Harry was not a cruel person and he never wished anyone harm. He rarely initiated duels, instead fighting in self-defence. Even after [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] had murdered [[Sirius Black|his godfather]], Harry failed to cast the Crutiatus curse on her; Bellatrix noted the he had failed to cast the curse properly because he had cast it out of righteous anger and not malicious intent.<ref name="OotP36">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 36 (''The Only One He Ever Feared'')</ref> However, he did use the Cruciatus Curse more effectively on [[Amycus|Amycus Carrow]] after he spat at and insulted [[Minerva|Minerva McGonagall]]. In addition, he saved [[Peter Pettigrew]] from being killed by his (Pettigrew's) former friends [[Sirius Black]] and [[Remus Lupin]]. Although, this was not done out of humanitarian reasons, but out of the memory of [[James Potter I|his father]].
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[[Remus Lupin]] once noted that Harry had very good and nearly always right instincts.<ref name="DH22">{{DH}} - Chapter 22 (''The Deathly Hallows'')</ref> Harry had a strong awareness of the incalculable power of certain acts, which is never more apparent than when he refused to allow Lupin to accompany him and leave his wife and child at home and realized that Ron Weasley was meant to destroy [[Slytherin's Locket]].
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In some ways, Harry can become extremely intimidating toward people such as Gilderoy Lockhart, Mundungus Fletcher, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. It is seen that Harry can become extremely frightening when pushed to the point of anger or extreme annoyance. When in a bad mood and argumentative even Harry's closest friends have been shown to be wary of him, usually replying to his angry tone in a calm and appeasing voice. The only person who does not appear to be afraid of him when he is angry (other than his teachers and other authority figures in his life) is Ginny Weasley.
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Harry seems to have good and long memory, as he remember the motorbike ride to Privet Drive with Hagrid when he was eleven and could remember the deaths of his mother and Voldemort's laughter when the events occurred ten years earlier.<ref name="PS">{{PS}}</ref> Harry also cared very much for his children. He comforted his daughter, [[Lily Potter]] when she was upset about not going to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. He also made sure his younger son [[Albus Potter]] would not be teased a lot by Harry's older son, [[James Potter II]].
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Although never as given to sarcasm or humour as his best friend [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]], Harry often displayed a dry, occasionally sarcastic, wit. For instance, on finding out that [[Hermione Granger]] intended to take twelve [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.Ls]], he asked her if she planned to eat or sleep at all that year. This humour often became more cutting when applied to people Harry disliked: When threatened by [[Draco Malfoy]] and his cronies after the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Harry remarked that he supposed that "Lord Voldemort's just a warm-up act compared to you three", responding to Malfoy's threat that he was dead by casually commenting that he would have thought he would have stopped walking.<ref name="OotP38">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 38 (''The Second War Begins'')</ref> Harry also displayed wit on the occasion when he first encountered Crookshanks, remarking that he was either "a very large cat or quite a small tiger".<ref name="PoA4">{{POA}} - Chapter 4 (''The Leaky Cauldron'')</ref>
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{{Template:Dialogue a-b-a|Harry|Yes,|Snape|Yes ''sir''.|There's no need to call me 'sir,' Professor.|Harry in [[1996]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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Although he never sought power himself, and would be content with a normal life, when the situation required him to step up, such as when he, Ron and Hermione discovered Voldemort and Quirrell's attempt to steal the Philosopher's Stone, or his time as teacher/leader of Dumbledore's Army, Harry has shown not-inconsiderable leadership abilities, to the point that Dumbledore reflected that Harry was a better leader than him as he never sought power for himself but simply had to assume the mantle of leadership due to circumstances beyond his control and found in the process that he did it well.
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During his youth, Harry also tended to see morality in a rather stark, absolute manner, particularly when it came to the [[Hogwarts Houses|Houses]]. Harry generally regarded members of [[Slytherin House]] as evil and therefore his enemies, while [[Gryffindors]], [[Ravenclaw]]s and [[Hufflepuff]]s were allies. The former part could be due to his own status as a Gryffindor, and that many of the Slytherins he encountered, such as [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], [[Draco Malfoy]], and [[Severus Snape]], were significant enemies of his during this period. In addition, many of his friends and allies, such as Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, and Hagrid, were fellow Gryffindors. However, this mentality eroded as he aged, since he encountered both allies among Slytherin, such as [[Horace Slughorn]] (and, later, Snape), and enemies among the other three Houses, such as [[Peter Pettigrew]] (a fellow Gryffindor) and [[Quirinus Quirrell]] (a Ravenclaw). By [[2017]], Harry adopted a more moderate attitude on the Houses, telling his younger son [[Albus Potter]] that "it doesn't matter to [[Potter family|us]]" if Albus was sorted in Slytherin or Gryffindor. In addition, Harry named that same son after [[Severus Snape]], whom he recounted as "the bravest man [he] ever knew".
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[[File:Tumblr_mm80qqESfG1rmesz7o8_250.gif|frame|Harry's corporeal [[Patronus]] (form of a stag), age thirteen ]]
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{{Quote|Harry.... is becoming exceptionally good at [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]. So that's the one area in which, almost instinctively, he is particularly talented. Apart from Quidditch.|[[J.K. Rowling]], interview with South West News|Accio Quote!}}
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Harry was seen and had proven himself to be a very talented and powerful wizard. His power is evident from the beginning of the series: he demonstrated immediate command of a [[broomstick]], was able to conjure a corporeal [[Patronus]] at an exceptionally young age (a mark of superior magical ability)<ref name="PM">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter21/moment3/patronus-charm New From J. K. Rowling - Patronus Charm]</ref>, and even survived numerous encounters with Lord Voldemort. He also mastered a wand made of [[Hawthorn|hawthorn]], which one should only ever consider placing in the hands of a witch or wizard of proven talent<ref name="pottermore">''[[Pottermore]]''</ref>.
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*'''[[Love]]''': Harry's greatest power of all was his ability to love. In spite of being raised by a family that treated him with anything but affection, Harry remarkably turned out capable of very strong love. For example, Harry's love for his friends caused him to sacrifice himself to Lord Voldemort. This loving sacrifice conferred a certain amount of [[Sacrificial protection|protection]] onto his allies, making it so that spells Voldemort tried to place on them quickly wore off.<ref name="DH36">{{DH}} - Chapter 36 (''The Flaw in the Plan'')</ref> Harry's ability to love has also protected and helped him on several occasions, such as when he defeated [[Quirinus Quirrell|Quirrell]] by causing his skin to burn (due to the magical protection from his mother's sacrifice),<ref name="PS17">{{PS}} - Chapter 17 (''The Man With Two Faces'')</ref> produced a [[Patronus]] that could drive numerous [[Dementors]] away,<ref name="PoA21">{{POA}} - Chapter 21 (''Hermione's Secret'')</ref> repelled Voldemort himself when he possessed him,<ref name="OoP36">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 36 (''The only One He Ever Feared'')</ref> and allowed him to close the connection between him and Voldemort when he was unable to perform [[Occlumency]].<ref name="DH24">{{DH}} - Chapter 24 (''The Wandmaker'')</ref> His love was strongest when directed at [[Ginny Weasley]], who was the driving force that kept him going until Voldemort was defeated.
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*'''[[Auror]] skills:''' Like every other member of Dumbledore's Army, Harry was offered the opportunity to become an Auror without the usual requirements by Minister for Magic [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]]. Considering that he was promoted to the position as Head of the [[Auror Office]] after no less than nine years out in the field, it can be assumed that he was a considerably skillfull one and surpassed most of his colleagues. It can also be assumed that his career was helped along by his popularity after he defeated Lord [[Voldemort]].
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{{Quote|Harry, you're the best in the year at Defence Against the Dark Arts.|Hermione Granger|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:00grindylow.gif|frame|left|Harry defending himself against [[Grindylows]] in his fourth year]]
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*'''[[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]''': Harry was extremely adept in Defence Against the Dark Arts, having mastered all manners of spells, such as: the [[Stunning Spell]], the [[Disarming Charm]], the [[Impediment Jinx]], the [[Full Body-Bind Curse]], and the [[Reductor Curse]].<ref name="OotP34">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 34 (''The Department of Mysteries'')</ref> In fact, his Stunning Spell was so strong that opponents would get knocked out if they were hit directly. He was also skilled at defending himself against Dark creatures such as: [[Grindylow]]s, [[Red Cap]]s, [[Hinkypunk]]s, [[Boggart]]s, [[Erkling]]s, and [[Dementor]]s. In his third year, he was the only student who flawlessly made it through the end-of-the-year exam (an obstacle course containing some of the said creatures).<ref name="PoA16">{{POA}}- Chapter 16 (''Professor Trelawney's Prediction'')</ref> In his fifth year, [[Professor McGonagall]] stated that [[Professor Lupin]] said he showed a "pronounced aptitude" for the subject, and that he had "achieved high marks on all his Defence Against the Dark Arts tests".<ref name="OotP29">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 29 (''Careers Advice'')</ref> Harry had beaten Hermione in two of the three Defence Against the Dark Arts exams they had taken together, with her only beating him in their first year exam.<ref name="OotP16">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 16 (''In the Hog's Head'')</ref> During his O.W.L. examination, Professor Tofty (Wizarding Examinations Authority) expressed pleasure at Harry's performance of Defence Against the Dark Arts, calling it "excellent"<ref name="OotP31">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 31 (''O.W.L.s'')</ref>. A statement later proved true when he achieved an '[[Outstanding]]' Defence Against the Dark Arts [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.]], something that not even Hermione achieved, a testament of his extraordinary talent in defensive magic. In 1996 Ron Weasley stated that it came as no surprise that Harry was top of the class at Defence.<ref name="HBP4">{{HBP}} - Chapter 4 (''An Excess of Phlegm'')</ref> Indeed, Harry was so good at D.A.D.A. that when the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] prevented the subject from being taught effectively in [[1995]], Harry set up his own D.A.D.A. club and successfully taught the members to defend themselves well against the Dark Arts. He immediately became an [[Auror]] after the Second Wizarding War, which also requires high skill in defensive magic. Harry had developed a high level of resistance to the [[Imperius Curse]] as well, demonstrated when it was cast upon him by [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] (disguised as [[Alastor Moody]]) and by [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] himself in 1995.<ref name="GoF34">{{GOF}} - Chapter 34 (''Priori Incantatem'')</ref>
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{{Quote| ''[...]'' there's no point pretending that you're not good at [[Defense Against the Dark Arts]], because you are. You were the only person last year who could throw off the [[Imperius Curse]] completely, you can produce a [[Patronus]], you can do all sorts of stuff that full-grown wizards can't.|[[Hermione Granger]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:Tumblr_lq90540gqt1qedoxoo2_250.gif|thumb|240px|Harry dueling [[Voldemort]] in [[Little Hangleton]]]]
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*'''[[Duel]]ling''': Despite his young age, Harry was an very accomplished and skillful duellist, being able to single-handedly defeat [[Death Eaters]] and even survive numerous encounters with [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] himself. He eventually defeated Voldemort by becoming the master of the [[Elder Wand]]. In many battles of the Second Wizarding War, he was able to incapacitate much more experienced Death Eaters, and during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], he was the only one of the six D.A. members to be neither injured nor incapacitated and, along with [[Albus Dumbledore]] and [[Remus Lupin]], was the only fighter on their side to emerge from the battle physically unscathed, and in that time he had defeated [[Lucius Malfoy]] and had defeated the extremely powerful [[Antonin Dolohov]] twice. Later, in the same battle, he was able to hold his own against [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], who was the most powerful of all the Death Eaters.<ref name="OotP">{{OOTP}}</ref> In [[1997]], Harry defeated [[Yaxley]], [[Fenrir Greyback]], and one of the two Carrows.<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref> He fought off several Death Eaters in the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], overpowered Lucius Malfoy, [[Draco Malfoy]], and Fenrir Greyback during the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]] and avoided direct conflict damage all throughout the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] (ensuring that mastery of the Elder Wand did not waver from him).<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref> He was known to be very quick off the draw and had an aggressive duelling style, even incorporating Unforgivable Curses. He was also known to taunt his opponents and get them to talk at length, angering them and throwing them mentally off-balance, buying himself time to strategise or lulling them into lowering their guard. Harry was especially skilled in the [[Disarming Charm]], and used it so much that it was seen as his "[[signature spell]]" by many Death Eaters. His most notable uses of the Disarming Charm were when he formed [[Priori Incantatem]] with Voldemort and when he finally killed the Dark Lord. At the remarkably young age of seventeen, Harry became an Auror and in [[2007]], was promoted to Head of the Auror Office.
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{{Quote| ''Imperio''" Harry said again; his voice echoed through the stone passage as he felt the familiar sense of heady control that flowed from brain to wand|Harry casting an [[Unforgivable Curse]] on [[Bogrod]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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*'''[[Dark Arts]]''': Harry was one of the few non-[[Dark Wizard]]s who was highly proficient in the Dark Arts at all levels; whilst he knew simple curses and jinxes like the; [[Leg-Locker Curse]], [[Furnunculus|Furnunculus Curse]], [[Knockback Jinx]], [[Revulsion Jinx]], and [[Melofors Jinx]], he could cast more powerful spells such as the [[Blasting Curse]]<ref name="DH4">{{DH}} - Chapter 4 (''The Seven Potters'')</ref>. He was also able to flawlessly cast the jinxes and curses in the[[Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making| Half-Blood Prince's coby of Advanced Potion-Making]].<ref name="HBP">{{HBP}}</ref> Harry even used some of the [[Unforgivable Curses|Unforgivable Curse]], such as the [[Imperius Curse]] on [[Travers]] and a [[goblin]] called [[Bogrod]] during the [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)|1998 Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank,]]<ref name="DH26">{{DH}} - Chapter 26 (''Gringotts'')</ref> as well as the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on several occasions however, his first successful attempt was in [[1998]] against [[Amycus Carrow]], but it did not result in the prolonged, excruciating pain that the curse was famous for — instead, Carrow screamed and was incapacitated.<ref name="DH30">{{DH}}- Chapter 30 (''The Sacking of Severus Snape'')</ref> He has never used the [[Killing Curse]] for obvious reasons, even in his final battle with Voldemort.
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{{Quote|You play as good as your father did, Harry.|[[Sirius Black]] talking about Harry's flying talent.|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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[[File:Harry_Potter_-_Quidditch_(HBP_promo)_1.jpg|thumb|215px|Harry the youngest [[Seeker]] in a century]]
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*'''[[Flying]]''': Harry had also inherited his [[James Potter I|father]]'s talent for flying and for [[Quidditch]], showing immediate command of a [[broomstick]] in his first year, which made him a naturally good [[Seeker]]. This was the first magical skill for which he discovered an aptitude, as he found in 1991. In fact, at the mere age of eleven, Harry became the youngest Seeker in a century.<ref name="PS9">{{PS}} - Chapter 9 (''The Midnight Duel'')</ref> Harry's extraordinary flying skills aided him when he had to capture [[Winged Keys]] to get past [[Filius Flitwick|Professor Flitwick]]'s challenge in the [[Philosopher's Stone Chambers]], and also helped him in the Triwizard Tournament (where he had to steal a golden egg from a [[Hungarian Horntail]]), and during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], during which he managed to escape a ''[[Fiendfyre]]'' inferno in the [[Room of Requirement]].
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*'''[[Parseltongue|Parselmouth]]''': Because he carried [[Horcrux|a piece of Voldemort's soul]] within himself, Harry was able to speak and understand Paeseltongue from [[1981]] to [[1998]]. After that soul fragment was destroyed, Harry lost this ability, which he was glad for.
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*'''Insight into Voldemort's mind''': Also due to the piece of Voldemort's soul, Harry was able to look into Voldemort's mind and see through his senses from time to time. He sometimes used this ability to monitor what [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] was doing. However, it was a dangerous ability to have as well; Voldemort once used it, along with [[Legilimency]], to plant a false vision in Harry's mind of [[Sirius Black]] being tortured, which he used to lure Harry to the [[Department of Mysteries]].<ref name="OotP23">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 23 (''Out of the Fire'')</ref> Additionally, because of their connection, Harry felt a burning pain in his scar whenever he and Voldemort were in close proximity or whenever Voldemort felt strong negative emotions. As Harry lost the ability to speak [[Parseltongue]], he presumably lost this ability as well when the soul fragment within him was destroyed, as was Voldemort himself.
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*'''[[Master of Death]]''': Harry mastered all three Deathly Hallows and accepted his own death.<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref> First, he inherited the [[Cloak of Invisibility]] from his father, James. Then, he inherited the [[Resurrection Stone]] from Dumbledore, which was inside a snitch. Finally, he won the [[Elder Wand]] from Draco Malfoy during the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]]. All three were directly or indirectly employed by Harry in the [[Forbidden Forest]]: he was wearing the Cloak, using the Stone, and was preparing to be killed by the Wand, which he had already won.<ref name="DH34">{{DH}} - Chapter 34 (''The Forest Again'')</ref> The only Hallow he choose to keep however, was the cloak as it was a priceless family heirloom, the stone was lost in the forest and the wand returned to Dumbledore's tomb.<ref name="DH36">{{DH}}- Chapter 36 (''The Flaw in the Plan'')</ref>
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{{Quote| ''[...]'' and was pleased to find that when left alone, he was able to concoct an [[Invigoration Draught]] quite easily.|Harry's opinion on brewing the Ordinary Wizarding Level potion|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:Harry_potions_sixth_year_1_hi_res.jpeg|thumb|left|140px|Harry brewing a [[N.E.W.T.]]-level potion ]]
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*'''[[Potions]]''': Harry's Potions ability was apparently better than it appeared, as he was able to achieve an '[[Exceeds Expectations]]' on his O.W.L. exam — proof of his proficiency in the subject. He was only one of twelve students able to reach the required level to take [[N.E.W.T.]] Potions.<ref name="HBP9">{{HBP}} - Chapter 9 (''The Half-Blood Prince'') </ref> He improved greatly during his sixth year when he came into possession of an [[Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|old potions textbook]], that had been revised by the Half-Blood Prince ([[Severus Snape]]). However, the usage of this textbook was noted by both Hermione and Snape to be cheating and when forced to hide it Harry's potion skills suffered. However, even absent the Prince's book, Harry was still able to do a decent enough job at potion-making that [[Slughorn|Slughorn's]] suspicions were not raised. It is also stated that Harry had no problems with potions at all as long as Snape was not around.<ref name="OotP29">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 29 (''Careers Advice'')</ref><ref name="OotP31">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 31 (''O.W.L.s'')</ref>
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{{Quote|I was pleased with your Transfiguration mark, Potter, very pleased.|[[McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]] regarding Harry's O.W.L. result|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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*'''[[Transfiguration]]''': Harry achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his O.W.L. exam, showing proficiency in the subject and advancing to [[N.E.W.T.]]-level. He was able to perform [[Conjuration]]: an advanced type of Transfiguration, as demonstrated by his conjuring ropes and water in his sixth year<ref name="HBP26">{{HBP}} - Chapter 26 (''The Cave'')</ref> He could also [[Vanishing Spell|vanish]] objects, which is one of the most complicated spells taught at [[Ordinary Wizarding Level]]. In [[1995|1995,]] he vanished the whole of an iguana<ref name="OotP31">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 31 (''O.W.L.s'')</ref> and in 1997, a snake that crossed his path. He can also transform objects into other objects for example, he can cast the [[Avifors Spell]]<ref name="CSPS" />. He is also skilled enough to perform [[Human Transfiguration|human Transfiguration]], which is noted to be "immensely difficult". He accomplished this during a 1996 Transfiguration lesson where he succeeded in turning his eyebrow bright yellow.<ref name="HBP15">{{HBP}} - Chapter 15 (''The Unbreakable Vow'')</ref> Minerva McGonagall herself complimented Harry on his Transfiguration ability.<ref name="HBP9">{{HBP}} - Chapter 9 (''The Half-Blood Prince'')</ref>
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[[File:Harry_casting_the_Shield_Charm.jpg|thumb|215px|Harry casting the [[Shield Charm]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] ]]
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*'''[[Charms]]''': Harry was good at the subject, he achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' in his Charms work and advanced to [[N.E.W.T.]]-level. He frequently used the [[Summoning Charm]] successfully, would occasionally cast the [[protective enchantments]] that Hermione would use during the Horcrux hunt,<ref name="DH16">{{DH}} - Chapter 16 (''Godric's Hollow'')</ref><ref name="DH27">{{DH}} - Chapter 27 (''The final Hiding Place')''</ref> and was able to cast the [[Confundus Charm]].<ref name="DH26">{{DH}} - Chapter 26 (''Gringotts'')</ref> He displayed an impressive mastery of the [[Shield Charm]] surpassing that of many Ministry employees,<ref name="HBP6">{{HBP}} - Chapter 6 (''Draco's Detour'')</ref> his Shield Charms were so powerful that they were able to deflect curses from Lord Voldemort himself.<ref name="DH36">{{DH}} - Chapter 36 (''The Flaw In the Plan'')</ref> During the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]] he was able to levitate a side-car with himself in it, for a long stretch of time. He could also cast simplier charms such as the; [[Wand-Lighting Charm]], [[Colour Change Charm]], [[Banishing Charm]], [[Refilling Charm]], and various others. Under the teaching of [[Remus Lupin]], Harry was able to conjure a very powerful corporeal [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]] in his third year (in the form of a stag), which was a remarkable feat and yet another proof of his talent, given that many adult wizards were unable to cast the difficult charm successfully.<ref name="PM">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter21/moment3/patronus-charm New From J. K. Rowling - Patronus Charm]</ref>
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{{Quote|Impressive. A true Patronus at that age... very impressive indeed.|[[Amelia Bones|Madam Amelia Bones]] to Harry Potter during his disciplinary hearing.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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*'''[[Healing magic]]''': Harry was able to cast [[healing spells]]. He fixed [[Demelza Robins]]' broken lip in 1996 with a spell used to treat mild to moderate injuries.<ref name="HBP14">{{HBP}} - Chapter 14 (''Felix Felicis'')</ref> He also used the healing spell for clearing up dried blood from a bleeding wound.<ref name="DH17">{{DH}} - Chapter 17 (''Bathilda's Secret'')</ref>
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*'''[[Apparition]]''': Harry had not earned a license to apparate but he used the ability frequently during 1997 and 1998 to great success, even when forced to apparate with only a few seconds notice or while guiding others.<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref> He also used apparition in his sixth year to a very impressive degree to get himself and a weakened [[Albus Dumbledore]] over an incredibly vast distance even though he was inexperienced.<ref name="HBP26">{{HBP}} - Chapter 26 (''The Cave'')</ref> Harry has stated and it is noted that he does not like the sensation however.
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*'''[[Nonverbal spell|Non-verbal]] and [[Wandless spell|wandless magic]]''': In [[1995]], when the [[Dementor]]s attacked in Little Whinging, [[Dudley Dursley|Dudley]] had knocked [[Harry Potter's wand|Harry's wand]] out of his hand when he punched him moments before. In desperation, Harry calls out "''[[Wand-Lighting Charm|Lumos]]''!" Although his wand was not in his hand, the wand tip lit up.<ref name="OotP1">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 1 (''Dudley Demented'')</ref> During [[1997]] and [[1998]], Harry began using spells non-verbally and became quite proficient at it when Snape was not bothering him.<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref> He used both non-verbal and wandless magic in [[1991]], when he caused the glass window of a snake's cage at the zoo to vanish and again in [[1993]] when he inflated [[Marge Dursley]], although both of these occurrences were accidents fuelled by pure anger. Few other wizards have exhibited this power, although [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] and [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] were among them. This further testifies to Harry's skill, as only some of the most powerful wizards of his time were able to do so.
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{{Quote|she was inflating like a monstrous balloon, her stomach bursting free of her of her tweet waistband, each of her fingers blowing up like salami —|Harry loses control of his magic in [[1993]]|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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[[File:Harry_Potter_Buckbeak.jpg|thumb|left|235px|Harry and [[Buckbeak]], first lesson of Care of Magical Creatures ]]
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*'''[[Care of Magical Creatures]]''': Harry achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his [[O.W.L.]] exam, he has shown on more than one occasion to have good skill in handling numerous sorts of magical creatures. For example, he was the first in his class to tame a [[Hippogriff]], which he did very excellently.<ref name="PoA6">{{POA}} - Chapter 6 (''Talons and Tea Leaves'')</ref> He befriended the Hippogriff, [[Buckbeak]], to the extent that Buckbeak defended him when he was in danger. He has also shown on three occasions that he is quite competent at dealing with [[dragons]]. This is shown when he was able to help [[Hagrid]] take care of baby [[Norbert]] the dragon, outsmart the [[Hungarian Horntail]] in the [[Triwizard Tournament]], and tame a half-blind dragon into helping the Trio escape [[Gringotts]] by flying out on its back. He was also one of very few in his class who was able to see [[Thestrals]], and had no trouble mounting his in June of 1996. Harry was also good with [[house-elves]], befriending the house-elf [[Dobby]] and eventually freeing him, which made the little elf so loyal to him that he gave his life to save him.<ref name="DH24">{{DH}} - Chapter 24 (''The Wandmaker'')</ref> He also earned the respect and loyalty of [[Kreacher]], a very difficult task.
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*'''[[Herbology]]''': Harry attended [[N.E.W.T.]] Herbology classes. He achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his O.W.L. exam, showing aptitude in the subject. In 1998 Harry was able to recognise a [[Snargaluff]] plant at the [[Lovegood House]] and knew to gave it a wide berth of space.<ref name="DH20">{{DH}} - Chapter 20 ''(Xenophilius Lovegood'')</ref> He also had knowledge of plants such as: [[Devil's Snare]], [[Gillyweed]], [[ Venomous Tentacula]], and [[Fanged Geranium]] from hands on experience. He could cast plant-related spells such as the [[Fire-Making Spell]]<ref name="PSvg">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]''</ref> and[[ Herbivicus Charm | Herbivicus Charm.]]
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*'''[[Astronomy]]''': Though not excellent at Astronomy, Harry was able to pass his O.W.L. exam with an '[[Acceptable]]'. It is not known if he was able to advance to the N.E.W.T class or not, seeing as he did not apply for advancement.
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*'''[[Wandlore|Wand versatility]]''':''' '''Harry was able to use [[Hermione Granger's First Wand|Hermione's wand]] after his was broken during the [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1997)|Attack at Godric's Hollow]] in 1997. He was able to use spells such as: the [[Wand-Lighting Charm]], the [[Shield Charm]], and the [[Severing Charm]] at full strength, despite not having won the wand's allegiance.<ref name="DH19">{{DH}} - Chapter 19 (''The Silver Doe'')</ref> He also gained the allegiance of [[Draco Malfoy's wand]], the [[Elder Wand]], and quite possibly [[Voldemort's wand]] by defeating the previous masters.
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*'''Expert detective skills''': Harry, along with Ron and Hermione, was also a formidably talented investigator. While in school, the trio had a knack for solving difficult mysteries and discovering the truth despite all attempts by others to conceal it, with Hermione generally finding the background information while Harry put the pieces together to make a coherent picture. In his first year, Harry uncovered the truth about the [[Philosopher's Stone]] and saved it from Voldemort. Over the next six years, he would solve the mystery of the [[Chamber of Secrets]]<ref name="CoS15">{{COS}} - Chapter 15 (''Aragog'')</ref>, learn of Sirius's innocence and Pettigrew's betrayal, find the truth about the[[ Prophecy]], and hunt down and destroy all of Voldemort's Horcruxes using his amazing deductive skills. Harry's deductive skills also allowed him to uncover the mystery of the [[Deathly Hallows]]<ref name="DH22">{{DH}} - Chapter 22 (''The Deathly Hallows'')</ref> and learn that he mastered the three of them. Harry also had a knack for spotting things that others did not, and had a sharp eye for details, as he was able to tell that Luna Lovegood had not been home in weeks by the state of her room,<ref name="DH21">{{DH}} - Chapter 21 (''The Tale of the Three Brothers'')</ref> and he became suspicious when Dobby revealed that he had known that Harry was not getting any letters in [[1992]]. His intelligence allowed him to intuitively know that [[Draco Malfoy]] had been branded with the Dark Mark despite no solid proof, that Malfoy was using the [[Room of Requirement]] as a work shop, and that he was having [[Vincent Crabbe|Crabbe]] and [[Gregory Goyle|Goyle]] use [[Polyjuice Potion]] in order to disguise themselves as girls while keeping watch outside the room.<ref name="HBP21">{{HBP}} - Chapter 21 (''The Unknowable Room'')</ref>
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{{Quote|And you feel that you have exerted your very best efforts in this matter, do you? That you have exercised all of your considerable ingenuity? |[[Albus Dumbledore]] to Harry during a private lesson|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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*'''Resourcefulness''': Harry showed resourcefulness in many different situations. In his first year, Harry impersonated the Bloody Baron, warning [[Peeves]] to stay away from the third floor that night so he wouldn't inconvenience the trio on their quest to save the [[Philosopher's Stone]].<ref name="PS16">{{PS}} - Chapter 16 (''Through the Trapdoor'')</ref> In his second year, when encountering Professor McGonagall on his and Ron's way to [[Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom]], he lied and said that that they were on their way to see Hermione in the Hospital wing<ref name="CoS16">{{COS}} - Chapter 16 (''The Chamber of Secrets'')</ref> also in his second year, he used a [[Basilisk]] fang to destroy [[Tom Riddle's Diary]].<ref name="CoS17">{{COS}} - Chapter 17 (''The Heir of Slytherin'')</ref> In his fifth year, while under interrogation from [[Dolores Umbridge|Umbridge]], he relayed a coded message to [[Professor Snape|Snape]] in an attempt to warn him and by extension the Order that Voldemort had Sirius. In the same year, while surrounded by [[Death Eaters]] Harry came up with the plan to smash the shelves in the [[Hall of Prophecy]] as a distraction so that he and the [[D.A.]] could try and escape. During the hunt for [[Horcruxes]], he used the [[Sword of Gryffindor]] as a way of retrieving [[Hufflepuff's Cup]] from the mounds of burning treasure and used the half-blind Dragon as a means to escape from [[Gringotts]] Bank.<ref name="DH26">{{DH}} - Chapter 26 (''Gringotts'')</ref>
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{{Quote|It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] to Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows }}
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[[File:Dumbledore's_Army.jpg|thumb|230px|Harry leader and teacher of [[Dumbledore's Army]]]]
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*'''Leadership skills''': While Harry never deliberately set out to be a leader to others, he has often taken charge when the situation required it, beginning with his impulsive decision to find and warn Hermione about the presence of a [[troll]] in the school during the 1991 [[Halloween feast]] and progressing to the point where over thirty students — some of them in their sixth and seventh years — respected him as a teacher in [[Dumbledore's Army ]] despite his being younger than they were.<ref name="OotP18">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 18 (''Dumbledore's Army'')</ref> Dumbledore later noted that Harry was a superior leader to him as Dumbledore had deliberately sought power in his youth — and subsequently avoided anything more demanding than his role as Hogwarts headmaster — while Harry had leadership thrust upon him and accepted the burden, acknowledging his responsibilities towards those who 'followed' him regardless of how uncomfortable he might feel about the prospect and coordinating his efforts against his enemies well when left with no other option but to take control.<ref name="DH35">{{DH}} - Chapter 35 (''King's Cross'')</ref>
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*'''Indomitable will''': Harry appears to possess an unbreakable spirit and, though not above depression, he has never truly given up on any mission. He's been shown to rise from defeat and loss, such as the deaths of many loved ones, even stronger than before. His indomitable will is exemplified by his ability to resist the [[Imperius Curse]], and also by the fact that he had never begged for mercy even in life-and-death situations, but fought back in defiance, as well as perform [[non-verbal spells]] flawlessly.<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref> His inability to perform [[Occlumency]], despite possessing the required willpower, is due to his inability to keep his emotions under control at times, and only once, during his lessons with Snape, did he managed to slightly escape [[Legilimency]], but faltered again in the subsequent attempt.
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{{Quote|You're a r-really good teacher, you know. I've never been able to Stun anything before.|Cho Chang regarding Harry's teaching ability|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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*'''Teaching skills''': Harry has shown tremendous skill in teaching others. Having mastered many spells at a young age, Harry successfully passed them onto others even when he was still a student himself, giving proper instructions and corrections on how to perform many fields of magic, ranging from the relatively simplistic [[Disarming Charm]] to the highly advanced [[Patronus Charm]].<ref name="OotP">{{OOTP}}</ref> Harry's effectiveness as a teacher led many, some even older than him, to choose him over a Ministry-installed professional, and he even returned to Hogwarts to give occasional lectures.
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{{Quote|He's been left a house?|[[Vernon Dursley]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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*'''[[Potter family|Potter]] Inheritance''': When Harry's parents were murdered by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], they left behind a small fortune in Vault 687 of [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]]. This inheritance became Harry's source of funding for all his [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] textbooks, wizarding clothes, etc.<br clear="right" />
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[[File:250px-Harrypotterwand.jpg|thumb|205px|Harry's first wand]]
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*'''[[Harry Potter's wand|Wand]]''': As is the case with most [[wizards|wizards and witches]], Harry's [[wand]] is among his most valued [[magic]]al possessions. Harry's is made of [[Holly]], a [[Wand wood|wood]] with the powers to repel evil.<ref>JKR</ref> The [[wand]] is in deliberate contrast to the [[Tom Riddle's wand|wand]] of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], which is [[Yew]]: a wood with the powers of evil. Harry's wand shared a twin core with Voldemort's wand, as both contained [[Phoenix feather]]s from the same phoenix, [[Fawkes]]. Harry's wand broke in [[1997]] during a [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1997)|skirmish]] with [[Nagini]] in [[Bathilda Bagshot]]'s house due to a stray spell cast by [[Hermione Granger]], later he used the [[Elder Wand]] to repair it.<br clear="right" />
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*'''[[Draco Malfoy's wand]]''': In 1998 Harry won the [[hawthorn]] wand's alligence after overpowering Draco Malfoy during the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]]. This wand was carried by him for the remainder of the [[Second Wizarding War]]; seeing action in the [[1998 Break-In of Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Break-in at Gringotts]] as well as during the final climactic [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. It is unknown what happened to the it after Harry repaired is [[Harry Potter's wand|Phoenix feather wand]].
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*'''[[Harry Potter's photo album|Photo album]]''': In June of 1992 Hagrid gave this as a gift to Harry. The album contained pictures of his [[James and Lily Potter|parents]],[[Ron Weasley| Ron]], [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]], and himself.
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[[File:Marauder'sMap.png|thumb|left|125px|The Marauder's Map]]
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*'''[[Marauder's Map]]''': One of Harry's most treasured possessions. In his third year, [[Fred and George Weasley]] gave it to Harry while he was trying to sneak into Hogsmeade. It was confiscated by [[Remus Lupin]], but later returned when he quit his job. Harry kept it with him for a long period of time, keeping it in the Mokeskin wallet from Hagrid. Harry kept it in his possession until it was stolen from his desk by his son, James.<br clear="right" />
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*'''[[Cloak of Invisibility]]''': Another valued and useful possession is Harry's Cloak of Invisibility. In his first year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], he received it as an anonymous Christmas gift. He later learned the gift came from [[Albus Dumbledore]], who obtained it in turn from Harry's father, [[James Potter I|James Potter]]. It was later revealed to be a [[Potter family|family]] heirloom as well as one of the three [[Deathly Hallows]]. From this Harry realises he is a direct descendent of Ignotus Peverell, one of the three brothers who created the Deathly Hallows. It is yet to be decided whether he would give the cloak to his oldest son, James Sirius, his youngest son, Albus Severus, or his daughter Lily Luna.<br clear="right" />
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*'''[[Hedwig]]''': Harry's animal companion, Hedwig was vitally helpful in delivering messages and packages for Harry, especially while Sirius was in hiding from the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]]. Hedwig loved Harry dearly, showing signs by nibbling his ear or fingers, and loyally obeyed his every command (even pecking [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] until they answer back). Harry loved her as much as she loved him. Hedwig was killed during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]] by a stray Killing Curse that was most likely meant for Hagrid. Harry was overcome with grief over Hedwig's death.
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[[File:Deathly Hallows.PNG|thumb|240px|The Deathly Hallows]]
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*'''[[Deathly Hallows]]''': For a brief time, Harry was master of all three [[Deathly Hallows]]: the [[Cloak of Invisibility]], the [[Resurrection Stone]], and the [[Elder Wand]] (though he was not in physical possession of the Elder Wand until after losing the Resurrection Stone). These three artefacts are the most powerful magical items in all of the wizarding world and were so ancient that they were only the subject of [[The Tales of Beedle the Bard|fairy tales]]. When Harry lost the Resurrection Stone inside the [[Forbidden Forest]], he decided to leave it there. Harry also interred the Elder Wand in Albus Dumbledore's grave, so the power of the wand would be extinguished after Harry's eventual death. However, the portrait of Dumbledore that hangs in the [[Headmaster's office]] advised Harry to keep the Invisibility Cloak, since it was his father's.<br clear="right" />
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{{Quote|It belongs to Harry! It chose him, he was the one who found it, it came to him out of the [[Sorting Hat]] —|Hermione arguing with [[Minister of Magic]] [[Rufus Scrimgeour]] regarding the ownership of the [[Godric Gryffindor's sword|Sword of Godric Gryffindor]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Gryffindor's_sword.jpg|thumb|left|140px|Sword of Gryffindor]]
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*'''[[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]]''': A relic of the [[Godric Gryffindor|founder]] of Harry's [[Gryffindor|house]], the goblin-made sword of Godric Gryffindor was left to Harry by his former Headmaster [[Albus Dumbledore]] in his [[The Last Will and Testament of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore|will]]. However, the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] claimed that it was not Dumbledore's to give, and that it truly belonged to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. Although the Ministry confiscated a replica of the sword, the true sword found its way into Harry's possession still through the machinations of [[Severus Snape]]. Soon after, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] used it to destroy [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]], one of Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es. Harry lost the sword to [[Griphook]] when he, Ron and [[Hermione Granger]] [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)|stole]] [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup]] from the [[Lestrange Vault]] at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]]. However, the sword reappeared in the hands of [[Neville Longbottom]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]; he used it to kill [[Nagini]], and thus destroyed the last of the Horcruxes. Neville was seen sitting beside the sword after the battle, but it is likely that it was returned to Hogwarts as a relic of the Founders, along with the remains of the other Founders' relics.<br clear="right" />
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*'''[[Sirius Black's penknife|Sirius Black's Enchanted Knife]]''': This magical knife, with the power to open most mechanical locks and magical seals and which Harry received for Christmas from Sirius Black, was melted when Harry tried it on a locked door at the [[Department of Mysteries]]. The protective enchantments on the door were far stronger than the magic of the enchanted knife.<br clear="right" />
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[[File:Firebolt.jpg|thumb|195px|A Firebolt, his second broom and a previous Christmas gift]]
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*'''[[Harry Potter's Firebolt broomstick|Firebolt]]''': During Harry's third year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], the [[Nimbus 2000]] [[broomstick|broom]] he'd been riding since his first year was destroyed by the [[Whomping Willow]], and [[Sirius Black]] replaced it by giving Harry the [[Firebolt|finest broom]] available as an anonymous gift. The broom was one of Harry's most prized possessions for years. It was lost during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]]. It is not known if Harry ever recovered or replaced it.
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*'''[[Nimbus 2000]]''': This broomstick was gifted to him from [[Professor McGonagall]] after agreeing to join th[[ Gryffindor Quidditch team]] in 1991. He used it during his first and second years at Hogwarts. In his third year it blew into the [[Whomping Willow]] and was smashed to bits, it was broken beyond repair.
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*'''[[Two-way mirror|Communication mirror]]''': Harry also owns one in a pair of [[two-way mirror]]s, given to him by his godfather [[Sirius Black]]. The mirror was intended to be a means covert communication, but Harry broke it out of anger over Sirius' death. Harry did not realise the mirror could still work, although he kept a shard out of sentimentality. When Harry and several friends are captured at [[Malfoy Manor]], at the time being used as a headquarters for Voldemort, Harry used the shard of mirror to communicate with [[Aberforth Dumbledore]], who had the other mirror. Aberforth sent [[Dobby]] to rescue Harry and the other prisoners.
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*'''[[Harry Potter's schoolbag|Schoolbag]]''': A schoolbag was used by Harry Potter to carry around textbooks, quills, and other items throughout his six years attending [[Hogwarts]]. It is possible that this bag was used even in his[[ Muggle ]]education prior to attending Hogwarts.
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*[[Weasley jumper|'''Weasley Jumpers''':]] Harry recieved a homemade jumper every [[Christmas]] from [[Molly Weasley|Mrs. Weasely]]. His were said to be much more extravagant, as Mrs. Weasley "made much more effort" when it wasn't family. The known jumpers he has include; a emerald green one, a scarlet one, a green one with a [[Hungarian Horntail]] on the front, and one with a [[Golden Snitch]] on the front.
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*'''[[Sneakoscope]]''': Hermione Granger gave Harry a Sneakoscope as a gift for his seventeenth birthday at breakfast, the trio would later take it on their [[Horcrux hunt|hunt for Horcruxs]].
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*'''[[Harry Potter's alarm clock|Alarm Clock]]''': In the summer of [[1991]] Harry found and repaired the alarm clock and in the summer of [[1996]] this alarm clock ticked on Harry's windowsill as he slept on the night that [[Albus Dumbledore]] came to collect him.
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*'''[[Harry Potter's first Golden Snitch|Golden Snitch]]''': This Snitch was caught by Harry during the [[1991-1992 school year]]. It was later left to him in Albus Dumbledore's will, to posthumously ensure that [[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring]] would be safely delivered to him.
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{{Quote|Harry took off his watch, which he was only wearing out of habit, as it didn't work anymore, and stuffed it into his pocket.|Harry takes off his watch prior to a lesson about [[nifflers]].|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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*'''[[Harry Potter's watch|Watch]]''': This watch was used by Harry until it was destroyed in the [[Second Task]] of the [[Triwizard Tournament]], since it was not waterproof and by [[May]] of [[1995]], he had discarded the watch entirely.
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[[File:DH1_Harry_Potter_in_his_wedding.jpg|thumb|left|125px|Harry Potter's dress robes at Bill and Fleur's wedding]]
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*'''[[Harry Potter's dress robes|Dress robes]]''': Harry wore dress robes to the [[Yule Ball]] for the [[1994 ]][[Triwizard Tournament]], they were a bottle green that matched his eyes. He also wore dress robes to [[Wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour|Bill and Fleur's wedding]] in 1997. He also wore a set of dress robes to Slughorn's Christmas Party in 1996 and to the [[Wedding of Bill and Fleur|wedding of Bill and Fluer]] in 1997.
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*'''[[Fabian Prewett's watch]]''': [[Molly Weasley]] gave Harry the watch of her late brother [[Fabian Prewett]] for his [[Harry Potter's seventeenth birthday party|seventeenth birthday]]. It has a dent in it, but Harry kept the watch, even into his thirties. The watch does not have arms; rather, it has stars.<br clear="right" />
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*'''[[Mokeskin pouch]]''': A birthday present from Hagrid. Harry kept it with him throughout the Deathly Hallows, and kept in it his treasures that were of no use to his search; the Snitch, the broken mirror, his broken wand, his mother's letter and the fake Horcrux. Harry also received a photo album, from Hagrid, which had photos of his parents and other family members.<br clear="right" />
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*'''[[Harry Potter's rucksack|Rucksack]]'''[[Harry Potter's rucksack|: ]]This rucksack was owned by Harry during the 1997-1998 school year. He packed it with everything he felt he would need during the [[Horcrux hunt|hunt for Horcruxes]]. He almost lost it during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], but managed to keep hold of it.
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*'''[[Enchanted razor]]''': In 1997, Harry received an enchanted razor on his seventeenth birthday from [[Bill Weasley]] and [[Fleur Delacour]]. It is not known whether he used it at any point or if he still owns it.
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*'''''[[Practical Defensive Magic and Its Use Against the Dark Arts]]''''': This book had moving colour illustrations of all the [[counter-jinxes]] and [[hexes]] it described. Harry received a set of these books in [[1995]] as a Christmas present from [[Sirius Black]] and [[Remus Lupin]]. Harry planned to put them to good use in his lessons for [[Dumbledore's Army]].
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*'''''[[Flying with the Cannons]]''''': Harry recieved a copy of this from Ron Weasley in 1992 as a Christmas present.<ref name="CoS">{{COS}}</ref>
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*'''''[[Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland]]''''':'' ''[[Hermione Granger]] gave this book to Harry in [[1994]], as a Christmas gift.
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*'''''[[Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches]]''''':''''' '''''This book is a sophomoric manual on dating and flirting with girls. A copy was given to Harry on his seventeenth birthday from [[Ron Weasley]]. Harry speculated that there might be an entire chapter devoted to compliments.
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*'''[[Harry Potter's notebook|Notebook]]''': This notebook was owned by Harry from at least [[1997]]. It was used to keep his notes and other writings, such as things he wanted to remember.
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*'''[[Harry Potter's toy broomstick|Toy Broomstick]]''': this was a was a gift to him from Sirius Black, it was the first broomstick he had ridden. It's unknown what happened to it after the [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|1981 attack at Godric's Hollow]].
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*'''[[Harry Potter's car|Car]]''': This car was used by Harry to drive his family to [[King's Cross Station]] on 1 September, 2017. On [[Platform 9¾]], Ron Weasley asked Harry if he had parked the vehicle alright, then told him he had managed to park his own car.
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After [[Sirius Black]] died, all of his remaining possessions were passed along to Harry. This included:
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*'''[[Buckbeak]]''': The [[hippogriff]] Sirius acquired from [[Rubeus Hagrid]]. Harry allowed Hagrid to take care of Buckbeak/Witherwings, as Hagrid had dearly missed the creature while it was in Sirius' possession.
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{{Quote|As you can see, Harry, Kreacher is showing a certain reluctance to pass into your ownership.|[[Albus Dumbledore]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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*'''The [[House of Black|Black Family]] Residence''': Located at [[12 Grimmauld Place]], it and all the contents and furnishings of the house, including [[Kreacher]] (the family [[house-elf]]) became Harry's. [[Mundungus Fletcher]] would later try to steal many of Harry's inherited possessions, including [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]].
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[[File:12GrimmauldPlace.jpg|thumb|195px|12 Grimmauld Place, London]]
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*'''Black Family Inheritance''': Harry also inherited the remainder of Sirius' wealth in wizard's gold at Gringotts. Since Sirius was disowned at the age of sixteen, it is likely that this wealth was limited to the gold left to him by his uncle [[Alphard Black]]. However, that is open to debate because although Sirius Black was disinherited by his family, he ended up inheriting the [[12 Grimmauld Place]] after their death, which might lead us to believe in the existence of forms of inheritance from his family other than what his uncle left him.
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==Relationships==
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===Family===
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====Parents====
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{{Quote|Harry, you are so loved. Mama loves you. Dada loves you. Harry, be safe. Be strong.|[[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2}}
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[[File:Tumblr_loxetplAUd1qfxe22o1_250.gif|thumb|left|240px|Harry with [[James and Lily Potter]], his mother and father]]
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[[James and Lily Potter]] died when their son was only a year old. Harry barely knew them, but nevertheless regarded them with great reverence and fiercely defended their memory if anyone spoke ill of them. In [[1995]], he punched [[Draco Malfoy]] for insulting his mother, and he frequently became furious with [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]], who taunted Harry that James was not the great man others made him out to be. Snape was, to Harry's horror, proven right in the spring of [[1996]], when Harry accidentally witnessed James bully Snape using the Levicorpus spell in one of Snape's memories, with [[Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve|Dumbledore's Pensieve]]. However, Harry was relieved to know that his mother was a fair and kind person, who neither participated in nor tolerated bullying, and would stand up for those in need. [[Remus Lupin]] and [[Sirius Black]] later assured him that James had changed his ways, eventually becoming mature enough to win Lily over.
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{{Dialogue|Lily|You’ve been so brave.|James|You are nearly there. Very close. We are... so proud of you.|Harry’s parents speaking to him through the [[Resurrection Stone]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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The few times he ever saw his parents were through pictures given to him by [[Rubeus Hagrid]], a vision within the [[Mirror of Erised]], spectral forms which came out of Voldemort's wand during ''[[Priori Incantatem]]'', stored memories within the Pensieve, and as lifeless corpses in a flashback that was triggered when he saw his now-ruined parents' house. The last known time he saw them where when he "summoned" them during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] by using the [[Resurrection Stone]]. Both James' and Lily's spirits told their son that they were tremendously proud of him, for being so brave and strong despite all the suffering and pain that he had been forced to endure, and gave him the support he needed to sacrifice himself to Voldemort. Harry described their presence as his courage, the very reason why he was able to keep putting one foot in front of the other, with his mother smiling at him, and his father nodding encouragement.
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[[Albus Dumbledore]] maintained that Harry's greatest strength was his love for his parents and the love they had for him, and in part, this literally translated to the protection afforded to Harry by his mother's [[Sacrificial protection|sacrifice]]. Harry eventually named two of his children after his parents, a gesture that clearly stated that he would always keep the memory of his parents alive and honoured. It is seen that both his parents call him a name of affection, as James calls Harry "son" and Lily "sweetheart", it is very possible that they had a nickname for Harry when he was a baby.
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====Petunia Dursley====
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{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|She doesn't love me. She doesn't give a damn —|Dumbledore|But she took you. She may have taken you grudgingly, furiously, unwillingly, bitterly, yet still she took you...|Harry and [[Albus Dumbledore]] on [[Petunia Dursley]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:Petunia_Dursley.jpg|thumb|162px|Petunia Dursley, his aunt]]
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After [[Lily Evans|Lily]] and [[James Potter I|James Potter]] were murdered by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], Harry was taken in by his maternal aunt, [[Petunia Dursley]]. Petunia had not been fond of her late sister, jealously and bitterly regarding her as a "freak" for her [[magic]]al abilities. She took out her resentment on Harry, treating him poorly and depriving him of affection. When Harry was finally told about his wizarding background, Petunia admitted she had always feared he would turn out "like his parents". Though after years of neglect, Harry did not particularly care for his aunt either, he was concerned enough for the [[Dursley family|Dursleys]] to push them to go into hiding during the height of the [[Second Wizarding War]]. Just before departing, Petunia gave her nephew an odd, tremulous look, and seemed to want to say something more to him than goodbye, but ultimately just shook her head and left. She had wanted to wish him luck, and admit that her loathing of him and his world was born out of jealousy, but years of pretending that "normal" was best had hardened her too much.<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, 30 July, 2007]</ref>
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During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Harry was browsing through the repressed memories of [[Severus Snape]] that were given to him after the latter's death at the fangs of [[Nagini]] and explained Snape's [[Lily Evans|true]] [[Order of the Phoenix|loyalties]]. In addition, Harry viewed many memories of Petunia as a child, and discovered the real reasons for her deplorable treatment of him: Petunia, as a child, was jealous of [[Lily Evans|her sister]] for her [[magic]]al abilities, and had written to [[Albus Dumbledore]] to accept her into Hogwarts so that she could learn magic herself. When this request was denied, Petunia responded by furiously rejecting the [[wizarding world]] in general and [[Lily Evans|her sister]] in particular. However, Harry was more concerned with uncovering Snape's loyalties at the time. It is unknown if he ever revealed this information to anyone after the War.
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====Dudley Dursley====
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Dudley|I don’t think you’re a waste of space.|Harry|Well... er... thanks, Dudley.|You saved my life.|Harry’s farewell to the Dursleys|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Dudders_dursley1.PNG|thumb|left|135px|Dudley Dursley, his cousin]]
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Harry and his cousin [[Dudley Dursley|Dudley]] did not get along very well for most of their early lives. While [[Vernon Dursley|Vernon]] and [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]] treated Harry poorly, they spoiled Dudley to the extreme. Dudley constantly bullied his much smaller cousin throughout their childhood, but did his best not to provoke him after he found out that Harry was a [[Wizards|wizard]], though the two still got into an occasional argument and trading of insults.
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This changed after Harry saved Dudley from a pair of [[Dementor]]s that attacked them during the summer of [[1995]]. When the [[Order of the Phoenix]] placed the [[Dursley family|Dursleys]] into hiding to keep them safe during the height of the [[Second Wizarding War]], Dudley was the only member of the family to express concern for Harry's safety, asking his parents why Harry was not accompanying them and where he would go, if not with them. He also expressed remorse for his prior treatment of Harry, and the two shook hands before the Dursleys left.
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The cousins eventually reconciled as adults, remaining on "Christmas card terms" and visiting each other occasionally. At these times, Harry's three children and Dudley's [[Dudley Dursley's children|children]] would all play together while their fathers would sit together quietly.<ref>[http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1572399/20071019/story.jhtml 19 October 2007 J.K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall]</ref>
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====Vernon Dursley====
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{{Quote|Well, I've got news for you, boy... I'm locking you up... you're never going back to that school... never... and if you try and magic yourself out — they'll expel you|Vernon Dursley to Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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[[File:Vernon_Dursley_(Promo_pic_from_Order_of_the_Phoenix_movie).jpg|thumb|152px|Vernon Dursley, his uncle]]
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[[Vernon Dursley]] became Harry's uncle through Vernon's marriage to Harry's Aunt Petunia. Harry lived with the Dursleys after [[Albus Dumbledore]] appealed to Petunia and convinced her to take Harry in following the death of the [[James and Lily Potter|Potters]]. Vernon seemed to resent this fact as much as, if not more than, his wife; he and Petunia begrudged Harry all but the meanest comforts, even forcing their nephew to sleep in a cupboard under the stairs until shortly before Harry's eleventh birthday. After Harry discovered his magical abilities, Vernon tended to take offence whenever Harry used words such as "magic", "Hogwarts", "wizard", and "wand" in the [[Number 4, Privet Drive|house]]. Vernon rarely referred to Harry by name, instead referring to his nephew by pronouns or "[The] boy". Vernon seemed to take particular pleasure in showing Harry all he was missing, while simultaneously spoiling and indulging Harry's cousin, Dudley.
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In [[1995]], when Harry and Dudley were attacked by [[Dementor]]s, Vernon demanded that Harry leave, thinking it the only way to protect his family from [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], though Petunia disagreed after receiving a [[Howler]] from Dumbledore. In [[1997]], Harry and the Dursleys parted ways, thus ending the [[Sacrificial protection|protection]] placed on Harry by his mother's sacrifice for as long he had a "home" with his blood relatives, or until he came of age. Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley were hidden by the [[Order of the Phoenix]], to be protected from the [[Death Eaters]], while Harry was transported to the [[Burrow]] prior to searching for Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es. Vernon almost shook Harry's hand, but changed his mind and left the house quickly. It is unknown if the two ever met again.
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====Marjorie Dursley====
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{{Quote|I won't have this namby-pamby, wishy-washy nonsense about not hitting people who deserve it. A good thrashing is what's needed in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred. Have you been beaten often?|[[Marjorie Dursley|Aunt Marge]] to Harry|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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[[File:Normal_poa_(24).jpg|thumb|left|162px|Marge Dursley, his "aunt", with her pet Bulldog ]]
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[[Marjorie Dursley|Marge Dursley]] was [[Vernon Dursley|Vernon]]'s sister, whom Harry was forced to call "Aunt Marge" despite only being indirectly related to her, and despite the fact that Marge, in fact, hated Harry. She seemed to resent Harry's parents for having "left Harry to be a burden on their decent, hard working relatives," and called his mother the "bad egg" of Petunia's family, while assuming his father was a "good-for-nothing, lazy scrounger" after Vernon told her James had been unemployed.
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She spoiled [[Dudley Dursley|Dudley]], giving him gifts and money, while she gave Harry dog biscuits, and was overjoyed to think he was being regularly beaten at [[St. Brutus' Secure Centre for Incurably Criminal Boys]]. In [[1993]], Harry lost control of his magic, and inflated Marge like a balloon after she insinuated that Harry's parents had died as a result of their driving while drunk. She was found floating near a chimney in [[Sheffield]], and her memory was modified by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]; had the [[Wizarding community]] not been in a panic about [[Sirius Black]]'s escape from Azkaban, the incident could have resulted in serious trouble for Harry.
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====Ron Weasley====
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Ron|I'm sorry. I'm sorry I left. I know I was a — a —|Harry|You've sort of made up for it tonight. Getting the [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|sword]]. Finishing off the [[Horcrux]]. Saving my life.|That makes me sound a lot cooler than I was.|Harry and Ron reconcile after Ron returns to the hunt for the Horcruxes|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:1Ron-Harry-Potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-potterhead-29292270-299-400.jpg|thumb|138px|Ron Weasley, his loyal best friend]]
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[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] became Harry's best friend during their first year at Hogwarts. Ron, along with his [[Molly Weasley|mother]], brothers, and [[Ginevra Weasley|sister]] first met Harry at [[King's Cross Station]], when Harry was unable to find "[[Platform Nine and Three-Quarters|Platform 9¾]]." Ron sat across from Harry during the train ride and the two almost immediately bonded over the ample [[Popular confectionery|sweets]] Harry purchased from the [[Hogwarts Express]] [[Honeydukes Express|food trolley]], which Harry happily shared with Ron, who was unable to afford any sweets himself. Harry cemented his friendship with Ron by turning down [[Draco Malfoy]]'s offer to help Harry avoid making friends "with the wrong sort," after Draco insulted Ron's family. After being sorted into [[Gryffindor]] House together and sharing the same dormitory, the two grew even closer, and eventually gained another best friend in [[Hermione Granger]] when they saved her from a [[Quirinus Quirrell's first mountain troll|troll]] on Halloween. As Ron was raised in a [[Wizarding world|wizarding]] family, he was often called upon to explain customs and items that were commonplace to wizards, but completely new to Harry and Hermione, who had both been raised in [[Muggle]] society.
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In the summer of [[1992]], after [[Dobby]] had prevented Harry from receiving any letters, Ron and his twin brothers ([[Fred and George Weasley|Fred and George]]) flew their [[Arthur Weasley|father]]'s [[Flying Ford Anglia]] to rescue Harry from Privet Drive. After spending a few days less than a month at [[The Burrow|Ron's home]], Harry and Ron were supposed to return to school on the [[Hogwarts Express]] with Ron's other siblings. However, Dobby had blocked the entrance to the platform, and Harry and Ron were unable to board the train. Panicking, the pair flew the enchanted car to Hogwarts; however, they landed on the [[Whomping Willow]] and lost the car as well as broke Ron's wand. Later on in the year, when Hermione had been [[Petrification|Petrified]] by [[Salazar Slytherin's basilisk]], Harry and Ron ventured into the [[Forbidden Forest]] together, where they were rescued from a [[Forbidden Forest Acromantula colony|clan]] of [[Acromantula]] by the missing Ford Anglia. Ron also accompanied Harry down to the [[Chamber of Secrets]] the same year to rescue his sister Ginny.
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[[File:Tumblr my6tk9mIK81rjyrpro8 250.gif|frame|left|Harry and Ron reunited before the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]]]]
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Harry and Ron had a major falling out in [[1994]] when Harry was made a [[Triwizard Tournament|Triwizard Champion]]; despite knowing it to be completely contrary to Harry's character, Ron's insecurities initially led him to believe Harry had cheated in order to enter the tournament, but left Ron out of scheme to keep the resulting glory and attention for himself. However, Ron soon realised how badly he had misjudged the situation and apologised. [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] was later taken as the object Harry would "sorely miss" in the Second Task of the competition.
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Ron|What are you doing? Are you staying, or what?|Hermione|I... Yes — yes, I'm staying. Ron, we said we'd go with Harry, we said we'd help —|I get it. You choose him.|Ron, no — please — come back, come back!|Ron after an argument with Harry and Hermione.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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Harry and Ron had an even more serious falling out in [[1997]], when they, along with Hermione, were hunting Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es; the negative energy within [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] affected Ron more severely than the other two, causing him to temporarily abandon his friends before regretting his decision, and returning to them as soon as he was able. During this outbreak, Ron thought that Harry and Hermione were in love, which momentarily disrupted Ron and Hermione's relationship.
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Upon his return, Ron watched Harry follow the [[Severus Snape|silver doe]] to [[Godric Gryffindor's sword]], and saved Harry's life after he jumped into a lake to retrieve it. When Harry finally [[Parseltongue|opened]] the locket, Ron saw the part of Voldemort's soul transform into a supposed Harry and Hermione kissing, and it almost led him to believe that the imagined relationship between Harry and Hermione was real. However, Lord Voldemort underestimated how strong Ron really was, and so the locket was destroyed when Ron plunged the sword of Griffyndor into it and overcame his fears and worries.
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The hardships Ron and Harry faced together served to reinforce their bond, and they remained friends for life. Ron's fierce loyalty and sense of humour often helped Harry relax and have fun even in the darkest times of his life. The two were like brothers, and would eventually become brothers-in-law when Harry married Ginny. Ron was the uncle of Harry's three children, and became godfather to Harry and Ginny's eldest son, [[James Potter II|James Sirius Potter]].
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====Hermione Granger====
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{{Quote|She's like my sister. I [[love]] her like a sister, and I reckon she feels the same way about me. It’s always been like that.|Harry on his and Hermione's relationship|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Hermione-granger-gallery5.jpg|thumb|133px|Hermione Granger, his best friend]]
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Though Harry and Ron initially found [[Hermione Granger]] stuck-up and arrogant, the three became best friends after Harry and Ron saved her from a troll in [[1991]], and she, in turn, lied to keep them from getting in trouble.<ref name="PS">{{PS}}</ref> Her quick mind was at times the only thing that saved the three friends from potential failure in both life-threatening and every-day situations. Out of concern for her friend, Hermione often chided Harry for his recklessness; though this occasionally put some strain on their relationship, it often served to keep Harry on track, such as when he briefly considered pursuing the [[Deathly Hallows]] instead of the [[Horcrux]]es.
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Hermione was always with Harry and was fiercely protective of him, from snapping at [[Lavender Brown]] when she doubted Harry's claim that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] returned to interceding when [[Dolores Umbridge]] was about to use the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on Harry. Hermione stood by Harry even when [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] doubted him during the Triwizard Tournament, accepting his story "without question," and when Ron temporarily left them in [[1997]], despite her own romantic feelings for Ron. Harry, for his part, was quick to defend Hermione against [[Cho Chang]], [[Draco Malfoy]], and others who insulted her, and protects her physically on instinct in dangerous places.
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[[File:Tumblr_n109aipg9S1ryj5t4o8_r1_250.gif|frame|left|Harry and Hermione grow closer during Ron's absence ]]
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Though their friendship remained entirely platonic, at times their closeness engendered jealously or curiosity in others; especially those who had feelings for one or the other, including Cho Chang, Viktor Krum, and even Ron. When the two were briefly alone together during the search for the [[Horcrux]]es, Harry and Hermione experienced some "charged moments," in which the two "shared something very intense";<ref name="HAH">[[J. K. Rowling]]'s comments on Harry and Hermione in ''[[Harry, A History]].''</ref> however, each remained devoted to [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] and Ron, respectively.
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As Harry himself described, Hermione was one of two of his best friends, akin to a sister. It could be further said she was like his older sister, protective and always trying to keep him in line. The two were also close enough to share their feelings with one another before sharing those feelings with their significant other. Through Hermione's marriage to [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], and through Harry's marriage to Ginny, Hermione became his sister-in-law, as well as the aunt and godmother of his children.
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====Ginny Weasley====
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{{Quote|Harry looked around; there was Ginny running toward him; she had a hard, blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him. And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her. After several long moments — or it might have been half an hour — or possibly several sunlit days — they broke apart.|Harry finally expresses his feelings in [[1997]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:HBP-promo-harry-potter-9632237-1920-2560.jpg|thumb|140px|Ginny Weasley, his future wife and mother of his children ]]
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[[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] and Harry first met at [[King's Cross Station]] in [[1991]], though they did not formally meet until the summer of [[1992]], at which point it became blatantly clear that Ginny had a huge crush on Harry.
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Though the feeling moderated over time, until [[1995]] she was too shy and nervous around him to even speak to him comfortably; he was a celebrity in her eyes, and to him she was his best friend's little sister. She became even further embarrassed after Harry saved her from the [[Chamber of Secrets]] in his second year, when she had been possessed by a fragment of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Tom Riddle's diary|soul]]. [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] helped Ginny by advising her to be more like herself around Harry, and perhaps even see other people. Ginny took this advice, and Harry came to see her as she truly was: strong-willed, witty, stubborn, and compassionate.
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The two became good friends in Harry's [[1995–1996 school year|fifth year]], the same year Harry started to enjoy her company as much as Ron or Hermione's, and also able to tell him to shut up and cheer up during his depression.
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[[File:Harry-potter-kiss1.jpg|thumb|left|220px|Ginny giving Harry his seventeenth birthday present]]
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After his relationship with [[Cho Chang]] "fell apart" and Harry spent a good deal of time with [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] as well as [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] at [[The Burrow]] in the summer of [[1996]], Harry's feelings for Ginny began to deepen and change. In his first potions class with [[Horace Slughorn|Slughorn]], the love potion [[Amortentia]] revealed he was attracted to "something flowery he had smelled at the Burrow," which later turned out to be Ginny's hair. After witnessing her kissing [[Dean Thomas]], Harry started to feel jealous and fantasise about kissing her himself, although he determinedly tried to convince himself that his feelings for her were "elder-brotherly." He began having dreams about her of a seemingly intimate nature, even reflecting once that he was very glad that Ron could not perform [[Legilimency]]. One of the many reasons that Harry fell in love with Ginny is that she is rarely weepy, in stark contrast to Cho, who cried all over the place after her previous boyfriend was killed.
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Shortly after Ginny and Dean broke up, she and Harry spontaneously kissed at a Gryffindor [[Quidditch Cup]] victory party. The two began dating, and Harry regarded this time as one of the happiest in his life. However, after the murder of [[Albus Dumbledore]], Harry decided to end things with Ginny, fearing that [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] would target her if he learned of their blossoming/growing strong romance and knowing that he would be leaving with Ron and Hermione to find Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es. Ginny was upset, but respected Harry's decision, knowing that it was for "some stupid, noble reason."
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[[File:Harry&Ginny2.gif|frame|The power of love, demonstrated between Harry and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]]]]
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Ginny|I’d like you to have something to remember me by, you know, if you meet some [[veela]] when you’re off doing whatever you’re doing.|Harry|I think dating opportunities are going to be pretty thin on the ground, to be honest.|There’s the silver lining I’ve been looking for.|Ginny kisses Harry on his seventeenth birthday.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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The two soon saw each other again during the summer while Harry stayed at the Burrow. For Harry's seventeenth [[31 July|birthday]], Ginny passionately kissed Harry as something for him to remember her by, but they were "accidentally" interrupted by Ron and Hermione. The former told Harry not to "mess [Ginny] around," as his sister had been "pretty cut up" when Harry ended their romantic relationship, though Hermione was more sympathetic towards the two of them. The two were soon separated for months as Harry tracked down [[Horcrux]]es with Hermione and Ron, while Ginny returned to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], but still harboured pretty strong romantic feelings for one another. After Ron abandoned his friends, Harry took to staring at Ginny's dot on the [[Marauder's Map]], and was worried when he heard that she, [[Neville Longbottom|Neville]], and [[Luna Lovegood|Luna]] had gotten in trouble for attempting to steal [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]] for him.
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[[File:Potter_family1.png|thumb|left|230px|Harry and Ginny's children]]
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When the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] began, Harry wanted Ginny to stay out of the fighting but was forced to ask her to leave the safety of the [[Room of Requirement]] when he, Hermione, and Ron searched it for [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem]]. When preparing to sacrifice himself to Voldemort, Ginny was the last person about whom Harry thought. Later in battle, after Ginny was nearly killed by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], Harry ran at Bellatrix rather than Voldemort, though [[Molly Weasley|Mrs Weasley]] got there first.
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After Voldemort's defeat, Harry and Ginny resumed their strong romance. Sometime between 1999 to 2002, they married and had three children:[[James Potter II|James Sirius]], [[Albus Potter|Albus Severus]], and [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna]].
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====Weasley family====
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{{Quote|Half our family does seem to owe you their lives, now I stop and think about it...well, all I can say is that it was a lucky day for the Weasleys when Ron decided to sit in your compartment on the Hogwarts Express, Harry.|[[Arthur Weasley]] to Harry in the Hogwarts hospital wing after Ron accidently drank a glass of poisoned [[Mead|oak-matured mead]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Weasleys.png|thumb|245px|The Weasley Family, his second family]]Beginning in the summer of [[1992]], Harry came to spend many of his holidays with the [[Weasley family]], at [[the Burrow]]. Through his friendship with [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]], and his later romance with [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]], the Weasleys became far more of a family to him than the [[Dursley family|Dursleys]] ever were.
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[[Molly Weasley]] announced to Harry's [[Sirius Black|godfather]] that Harry was ''"as good as"'' one of her actual sons, and her [[Boggart]] — of dead family members, one after another — included Harry. She was always keen to make sure Harry was taken care of; at one point Harry noted that she "fussed over the state of his socks and tried to get him to eat fourth helpings at every meal." Her caring sometimes led her to become overprotective of Harry, such as when she strongly objected to the [[Order of the Phoenix|Order]] members giving Harry information regarding [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] during the summer of [[1995]]. She even went as far as to give him, for his coming of age, her [[Fabian Prewett|brother]]'s [[Fabian Prewett's watch|watch]], a clearly treasured family heirloom, and reminder of how much she had already lost in the struggle against Voldemort.
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[[Arthur Weasley]] was a surrogate father to Harry who like his wife treated him like one of his own children by opening his home to him for months at a time and inviting him to family functions. He unlike most entrusted Harry with sensitive information others had felt him too young to understand. Harry once saved Mr Weasley's life, after [[Attack on Arthur Weasley|seeing]] him being attacked by [[Nagini]] in the [[Department of Mysteries]] before Christmas of [[1995]].
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When Ron was poisoned in Harry's sixth year, and Harry saved him with a [[bezoar]], Arthur pointed out how he had saved several members of the Weasley family, and said that it was a good day for the Weasleys when Ron decided to sit with him on the train in 1991.
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[[File:Tumblr_lwdkjrHFD21qibpnuo3_250.gif|frame|left|Harry and [[Molly]], the closest thing he has to a mother]]
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Twins [[Fred and George Weasley]] helped Harry out numerous times, including saving him from the Dursleys during the summer of [[1992]] with an enchanted car, giving him the [[Marauder's Map]] in [[1993]], as well as volunteering to be [[Dumbledore's Army|D.A.]] members in [[1995]] and later that same year, distracting [[Dolores Umbridge]] so that Harry could use her office to communicate with [[Sirius Black]]. The twins, whom Harry regarded as close friends, were also on the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team]] with Harry for four years. Harry gave his [[Triwizard Tournament|Triwizard]] winnings to the Weasley twins to start [[Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes]], and in their gratitude for the "start-up loan," they gave Harry products from their joke shop free of charge. Fred's death during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] was one of the deaths that hit Harry the hardest.
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Harry liked Percy Weasley the least of Ron's brothers, finding him pompous, although he was genuinely shocked when Percy sided with the Ministry against him in [[1995]]. Percy later came to his senses and fought alongside Harry in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. When Harry saw his sons go to Hogwarts, he thought he overheard Percy talking and "was glad to have the excuse not to stop and say hello". He was also friends with [[William Weasley|Bill]], describing him as "cool" upon first meeting him, participating at his wedding with [[Fleur Delacour]], and living for a month at their house, [[Shell Cottage]]. He also liked [[Charles Weasley|Charlie]], who helped him out somewhat during the [[Triwizard Tournament]]. In his first year, Harry heard many times that Charlie was a great Quidditch player, and was very happy when he and his team lived up to Charlie's reputation.
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After the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]], Harry officially became part of the Weasley family through his marriage to Ginny.
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====Teddy Lupin====
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Remus Lupin|You'll be godfather?|Harry|M-me?|You, yes of course — Dora quite agrees, no one better —|I — yeah — blimey —|[[Remus Lupin]] and Harry on Teddy Lupin.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]] was Harry's godson, and the son of [[Remus Lupin]] and [[Nymphadora Tonks]], two of Harry's close friends. In [[1998]], Remus asked Harry to be Teddy's godfather, and Harry accepted, with great happiness. After Remus and Tonks were killed in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Harry helped Teddy's grandmother, [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda]], raise him, and by [[2017]], Harry and Teddy were clearly very close. When Harry's children wanted Teddy to move in with the Potters, Harry mentioned that Teddy had been coming to their home for dinner four times a week, and that he practically lived with them already. The Potter kids were also thrilled at the idea that Teddy, who was seen kissing [[Victoire Weasley]], the daughter of [[William Weasley|Bill]] and [[Fleur Delacour|Fleur]], might officially become a part of their family.
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In [[1998]], as Harry was planning to break in to the [[Lestrange vault]], he wondered if he was becoming as reckless as a godfather to Teddy as [[Sirius Black]] had been to him. With helping Andromeda raise Teddy, Harry possibly became a brother — father figure towards Teddy, as also Harry could understand how Teddy feels without his parents.
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====Children====
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{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|It won't be long, and you'll be going too.|Lily|Two years, I want to go ''now''!|Harry Potter and [[Lily Potter|his daughter]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Harry&Albus.gif|frame|Albus and his [[Harry|father]] saying goodbye on the platform ]]
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Harry had three children with [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]]: [[James Potter II|James Sirius]], [[Albus Potter|Albus Severus]], and [[Lily Potter|Lily&nbsp;Luna Potter]]. The eldest, James, has an outgoing personality and was a troublemaker, much like his [[James Potter I|grandfather and namesake]], and liked to tease his brother Albus. Albus, on the other hand, was quieter and more thoughtful, much like his father. When he admitted to Harry that he was afraid of being sorted into [[Slytherin]], Harry told him that Albus and Severus were the names of two former headmasters of Hogwarts; one was a Slytherin, and "[[Severus Snape|the bravest man I ever knew]]." He also informed his son that the [[Sorting Hat]] would listen to the wearer's choice, and he knew that for a fact because it had considered putting him into Slytherin; this was something Harry had not shared with any of his other children. Albus also closely resembled Harry, having the same eyes, untidy hair, and glasses. Lily, the youngest, was very like her mother. Harry and Lily were seen holding hands while walking into Kings Cross, much like [[Ginny Weasley|Lily's mother]] and [[Arthur Weasley|maternal grandfather]]. Lily was jealous of her brothers as they boarded the train for Hogwarts, exactly as Ginny had been in [[1991]]. Harry comforted her by reminding her that she would be joining them in two years.
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It is seen through Harry's actions that he loves and cherishes each of his children very much.
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====Nieces and nephews====
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Harry had many nieces and nephews through the [[Weasley family]]. The children of [[William Weasley|Bill]] and [[Fleur Delacour|Fleur]] were [[Victoire Weasley|Victoire]], [[Dominique Weasley|Dominique]] and [[Louis Weasley|Louis]], and [[James Potter II|James]] announced that he had seen [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]] kissing Victoire at [[King's Cross Station]], in [[2017]]. The children of [[Percy Weasley|Percy]] and his wife, [[Audrey Weasley|Audrey]], were [[Molly Weasley II|Molly]], who was named after her [[Molly Weasley|grandmother]], and [[Lucy Weasley|Lucy]], and either Molly or both of the girls were attending Hogwarts in the 2017-2018 school year, because Percy was at King's Cross on 1 September 2017. The children of [[George Weasley|George]] and [[Angelina Johnson]] were [[Fred Weasley II|Fred]], who was named after his late [[Fred Weasley|uncle]], and [[Roxanne Weasley|Roxanne]].
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Harry was most likely closest to Ron and Hermione's children, [[Rose Weasley|Rose]] and [[Hugo Weasley|Hugo]], as they were the same ages as [[Albus Potter|Albus]] and [[Lily Potter|Lily]], respectively, and Albus was "relieved" to meet up with Rose at King's Cross. Ron and Hermione were probably close to all of Harry's children as well, and Harry's eldest son, [[James Potter II|James]] is their godson. It is also highly likely that Ron and Hermione made Harry [[Rose Weasley|their daughter's]] godfather.
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====Fleur Delacour====
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{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|I'm sorry. I never meant you to have to deal with all of this.|Fleur|'Arry, you saved my sister's life. I do not forget.|Harry Potter and Fleur at [[Shell Cottage]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:FLEUR1.jpg|thumb|left|145px|Fleur Delacour, his future sister-in-law]]Harry's first opinion of [[Fleur Delacour]] in [[1994]] was that she was a very beautiful girl who looked like a [[Veela]]. Though Fleur initially paid him as little attention as she did most of the younger Hogwarts students, after the second task, when Harry saved Fleur's younger sister [[Gabrielle Delacour]], Fleur was much kinder to Harry in her gratitude.
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Fleur met Harry again at the Burrow, in 1996, when Fleur was about to marry [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]], the eldest brother of Harry's best friend, Ron. After the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]], Harry and his friends lived with Bill and Fleur for roughly one month at [[Shell Cottage]], where Fleur cared for them all, much like a mother or an older sister. Fleur eventually became Harry's sister-in-law, after Harry married [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]]. Harry's godson, [[Ted Lupin]], was seen kissing Fleur's daughter, [[Victoire Weasley]], at King's Cross Station in [[2017]].
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===Albus Dumbledore===
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Hermione|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 don't expect me to explain everything, just trust me blindly... even though I don't trust you! Never the whole truth! Never!|He loved you. I know he loved you.|Harry and Hermione discussing the secrets Dumbledore kept|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:600full-Albus-Dumbledore-the-prisoner-of-azkaban-photo.jpg|thumb|149px|Albus Dumbledore, his headmaster, friend and mentor]][[Albus Dumbledore]] was a mentor to Harry, akin to a grandfather figure. Dumbledore arranged for Harry to be rescued from [[Godric's Hollow]] after his parents' murder and left him in the care of his aunt [[Petunia Dursley]] in order to give him the benefit of the magical protection of his mother's blood. In Harry's [[1995-1996 school year|fifth year]], he admitted to Harry that he had not told him of the [[prophecy]] concerning himself and [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]], because he wanted to spare Harry the pain and responsibility it would burden him with for as long as possible. Though Harry was initially furious with him for the frustration he felt for being kept in the dark, the two continued to be close. By Harry's [[1996|sixth year]], Dumbledore took on the role of providing Harry with additional insights into the origins of Lord Voldemort, largely through the use of the [[Pensieve]]. He entrusted Harry with the task of getting a final, crucial [[memory]] from [[Horace Slughorn]] regarding Voldemort's knowledge of [[Horcrux]]es.
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Dumbledore's death was greatly devastating to Harry, though he persevered in the impossibly difficult task Dumbledore had left him of finding and destroying each of Voldemort's Horcruxes. Harry had difficulty coping with the fact that there was much Dumbledore had not told him about his history with the [[Deathly Hallows]] and [[Gellert Grindelwald]]; however, when he learned during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] that Dumbledore had supposedly planned all along for Harry to sacrifice himself, Harry innately showed incredible faith in his mentor by serenely accepting the task. When Harry allowed himself to be struck by Voldemort's [[Killing Curse]], his soul entered a state of [[Limbo]], resembling [[King's Cross Station]], where Dumbledore was waiting to speak with him.
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{{Quote|Do not pity the dead, Harry, pity the living. Above all, pity those who live without love.|Dumbledore's parting words to Harry during their encounter in Limbo.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Harry_Dumbledore_limbo.jpg|thumb|left|210px|Harry Potter speaking with Albus Dumbledore in Limbo]]
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The fact that Dumbledore himself was there to meet Harry in a place between life and death attested to the bond of fellowship between them. They discussed all that had happened to Harry since Dumbledore's death, as well as things that had remained unsaid prior to it. At one point, Dumbledore seemed to beg for Harry's reassurance, uncharacteristically doubting some of the decisions he had made in the course of his life, which Harry easily gave him. Though Harry had felt some resentment for how little he felt Dumbledore had actually revealed of himself in their time together, Harry probably learned secrets and saw a side of Dumbledore that no one else knew during the events at "King's Cross."
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Harry also had a unique relationship with the Dumbledore's phoenix, [[Fawkes]]; not only was Harry's [[Harry Potter's wand|wand]] one of the only two ever made with feathers from Fawkes's tail, but the phoenix found Harry in the [[Chamber of Secrets]], helped him kill [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk]], and provided Harry with the only known antidote to [[Basilisk venom]]: phoenix tears. Fawkes's song was a source of comfort for Harry on a number occasions before the phoenix left Hogwarts following Dumbledore's death.
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Harry later named his [[Albus Potter|second son]] Albus, after the Hogwarts Headmaster.
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===Lord Voldemort===
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{{Quote|Don’t you turn your back on me, Harry Potter! I want you to look at me when I kill you! I want to see the light leave your eyes!|Voldemort taunting Harry before the duel in the graveyard.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
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[[File:C0634d41d6_77756546_o2.jpg|thumb|145px|Lord Voldemort, his mortal enemy ]]
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[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], who sought to destroy Harry ever since the boy was an infant, was Harry's most dangerous enemy. Dumbledore described the relationship between [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and Harry as follows: "You and Lord Voldemort have journeyed together into realms of magic hitherto unknown and untested... Voldemort wrapped your destinies together more securely than ever two wizards were joined in history...both kin and mortal enemy...". The two wizards had their destines locked together even since [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|a prophecy]] foretelling of child "with the power to Vanquish the Dark Lord" was made and relayed in part Voldemort, who decided to act to prevent it from coming to fruition. Though two infants fit the description of the "Chosen One," Voldemort believed the son of [[James and Lily Potter]] posed the greater threat, as he, like Voldemort himself, was a [[half-blood]].
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To circumvent the prophecy, Voldemort went to [[Godric's Hollow]] to murder the baby Harry. When Lily refused to move aside and allow Voldemort access to his true target, her son, her willing sacrifice afforded Harry a [[Sacrificial protection|protection]] so powerful, it caused the [[Killing Curse]] Voldemort aimed at Harry to rebound. Voldemort's body was destroyed and the fragment of soul residing within it was forced to flee and exist in a weak, spectral form. In attempting to kill Harry, Voldemort unintentionally embedded a piece of his [[Horcrux|soul]] and some of his own abilities into Harry, as well as effectively marking Harry "as his equal." It was only after Voldemort attacked Harry that the latter became a [[Parseltongue|Parselmouth]], a trait Voldemort inherited from [[Salazar Slytherin]], as well as was able to see into Voldemort's mind on occasion — both tools that aided Harry in bringing about Lord Voldemort's end. As it happened, when Voldemort tried to kill Harry in the Forbidden Forest during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], he was unable to because when Voldemort had used Harry's blood to restore his body, he had unwittingly bound Harry's life to his own. As such, the curse only destroyed the Horcrux piece of Voldemort’s soul within Harry, while Harry survived.
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[[File:Tumblr_mv0xoiWzPj1qeijvdo1_250.gif|frame|left|Harry is possessed by Voldemort]]
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There are many features that both Voldemort and Harry share: both were only children who were "abandoned" at a very young age, too young to properly remember their parents. Both had grown up believing untruths about their parents (Harry was told that his parents were unemployed drunks who had died in a car accident, while Voldemort was allegedly told that his mother was from a circus). Lord Voldemort, like Harry, never knew his mother. Although he did meet his father, he only sought him out for revenge to kill him. Harry only vaguely remembers both his parents, being too young when they were killed to remember anything more than vague images and fleeting feelings. However, he has been able to connect with them through objects once belonging to his father, such as the Invisibility Cloak and the Marauder's Map, his mother's letter, old photographs, and also his parents' friends. He also met their spirits via the [[Resurrection Stone]]. In addition, both boys wore second-hand clothes: Harry was given his repulsive cousin Dudley's enormous cast offs and Tom wore tatty hand-me-downs supplied by the orphanage. Both Riddle and Harry were friendless as children: Harry was kept isolated and denied a normal social life by his [[Petunia Dursley|aunt]] and [[Vernon Dursley|uncle]], while Tom expressed his bitterness and loneliness by tormenting the other orphans, frightening them away.
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{{Quote|There is no good and evil... There's only power, and those who are too weak to seek it...|Voldemort, speaking through Quirrell, in 1992.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}Both Harry and Voldemort were Parselmouths: wizards who have the ability to speak to snakes. This is less coincidental than it might seem, for Voldemort actually transferred this ability to Harry when attacking him. Voldemort was in [[Slytherin]] house and the [[Sorting Hat]] almost placed Harry into Slytherin, though Harry asked to be placed in some other House, thus, making it so his choices define who he is. Both boys had followers: Tom gathered [[Tom Riddle's gang|a small group of "friends"]] through fear, intimidation, as well as tenuous promises and then later a whole group calling themselves the "[[Death Eaters]]." Similarly, many students gravitated to Harry out of loyalty and a shared cause, but also curiosity and an attraction to his fame.
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[[File:Tumblr_m23mqsgsCN1qeb3sro1_500.gif|thumb|240px|Harry & Voldemort]]
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The two wizards also had "twin" wands: each wand contained the same phoenix feather [[wand core]], that is later revealed to be from [[Fawkes]], Dumbledore's pet phoenix. As well, both boys were unaware they were wizards until about the age of eleven, even though each could make unusual things happen. Both Harry and Tom were of great interest to Dumbledore and both felt their first home was Hogwarts. In addition, both achieved greatness in the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] class, however, each for different reasons. Both Harry and Voldemort were half-bloods, though that only matters to Tom Riddle. Both are also rule breakers: Harry, of course, feels justified when he does things like leaving his dorm after hours, entering the [[Forbidden Forest]], as well as eavesdropping on teachers because he believes it serves a greater purpose. Tom might have engaged in similar activities, but if so, then he did this for darker and self-serving reasons, as well as without benefit of an Invisibility Cloak like Harry: while at school, Tom framed Hagrid for a girl's death, then went on to worse crimes.
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{{Dialogue a-b|Voldemort|Potter doesn't mean that. Who else are you going to use as a shield today, Potter?|Harry Potter|No one. There are no more Horcruxes. It's just you and me. One of us is going to leave for good.|The final confrontation between Voldemort and Harry at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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However, there are also many features that set Harry and Voldemort apart: at his initial Sorting, Harry requested he not be placed in Slytherin. It is unlikely Tom Riddle would have made a similar request, even if he was unaware what his ancestry was. Furthermore, Voldemort never had friends, only followers who feared him or hoped to gain some reward or advantage. Harry made many friends: his dorm-mates, the Weasley family, as well as many teachers: especially Hagrid, Remus Lupin, as well as (the real) Mad-Eye Moody. They supported Harry because they share a common belief. While both were half-blood, Harry's mother, a witch, was Muggle-born, whereas Lord Voldemort's ''father'' was a Muggle, as well as incidentally, so was Snape's, which is why he called himself the Half-Blood Prince.
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[[File:Voldemort-Harry_1st_duel_(Concept_Artwork_for_the_HP4_film).jpg|thumb|left|255px|Harry and Voldemort's final duel]]
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Most importantly, Harry cared about the people around him, even pitying Draco Malfoy when the boy was ordered by Voldemort to assassinate Dumbledore. Harry had the ability to love and be compassionate, making him more vulnerable to suffering pain, but also capable of experiencing deep friendship and loyalty that helped guide him to greatness. For Voldemort, love, fidelity, or compassion are unknown and unwelcome concepts. Voldemort would demand loyalty and respect from his [[Death Eaters]], but had little in return. Voldemort had a tendency to dispose of [[Death Eaters]] who either failed him, angered him, or were no longer of use to him. Despite literally sharing the same blood, Voldemort and Harry were also related by blood, however distantly, through their shared descent from the Peverells (Voldemort through the [[House of Gaunt|Gaunts]] and Harry through the [[Potter family|Potters]]). This made them distant cousins.
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It is possible that Harry won the allegiance of [[Tom Riddle's wand|Voldemort's wand]] after the latter's death during their [[Duel in the Great Hall]]. If so, it is highly unlikely Harry will ever use the wand due to his personal history with both the wand itself and its original owner.
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Voldemort and Harry share some things: The same wand cores and the same family because Harry Potter is related to Tom Riddle, they are related through the [[Peverell family|Peverell brothers]].
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===Rubeus Hagrid===
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{{Quote|There's no Hogwarts without you, Hagrid.|Harry, after Hagrid's return from [[Azkaban]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)}}
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[[Rubeus Hagrid]] was Harry's first friend in the [[wizarding world]]. In effect, he rescued Harry twice: once from the wreckage of his destroyed home, as a baby; second, from the [[Dursley family|Dursleys']] to take him back into the wizarding world.
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[[File:Tumblr_mq00lsWsTd1stru2ro1_250.gif|frame|Harry with Rubeus Hagrid, his friend, protector and teacher]]
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Both orphaned outsiders, Harry and Hagrid shared a bond that Harry never failed to honour. He constantly defended the [[half-giant]] against name-calling and mockery, and despite his disapproval, helped Hagrid protect various dangerous [[Beast|pets]] and raise his half-brother, [[Grawp]]. Harry also refused to believe Hagrid opened the [[Chamber of Secrets]], when [[Tom Riddle's Diary]] showed him the memory. Discovering Hagrid's ancestry as a half-giant did nothing to deter their friendship; Harry showed no concern to begin with, and was disgusted when [[Rita Skeeter]] revealed it via media, causing Hagrid depression.
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During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]], [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] forced a distraught Hagrid to carry Harry's ''"corpse"'' out of the [[Forbidden Forest]], during which time Hagrid expressed his fury with the [[Forbidden Forest Centaur colony|centaurs]] for initially refusing to fight, prompting them to join in soon after.
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In 2017, Harry's sons, [[James Potter II|James]] and [[Albus Potter|Albus]], were planning to meet Hagrid for tea shortly after their arrival at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].
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===Sirius Black===
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{{Quote|It was cruel that you and Sirius had such a short time together. A brutal ending to what should have been a long and happy relationship.|[[Albus Dumbledore]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Sirius_black_investigation.jpg|thumb|left|145px|Sirius Black, his godfather and friend]]
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Filling in as a paternal figure or an uncle (unlike Uncle Vernon), [[Sirius Black]] was Harry's godfather, as well as his most trusted confidant. When [[Harry Potter's scars#The lightning-bolt scar|Harry's scar]] hurt in [[1994]], he acknowledged that he could tell and ask Sirius anything without feeling foolish, hesitant, or uncomfortable. During [[Dolores Umbridge]]'s dictatorial rule over Hogwarts during the [[1995–1996 school year]], Sirius supported Harry's rebellion against her, telling Harry that he and [[James Potter I|James]] would have done the same thing. He also supported his [[Dumbledore's Army|plan to teach students]] practical defensive magic.
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When Harry first met Sirius, he wanted to kill Sirius for the betrayal of his parents. When the truth was revealed that [[Peter Pettigrew]] had been the one who sold the [[Potters]] to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], Sirius still showed immense guilt, because it had been his idea for Pettigrew to become the Potters' [[Secret-Keeper]].
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Harry, for his part, became very protective of Sirius. Knowing that the Ministry believed him guilty of mass murder, Harry refused to put Sirius in danger if it could be avoided. When Harry was mysteriously entered into the [[Triwizard Tournament]], he tried everything to convince Sirius to remain in hiding instead of returning to England. During Umbridge's year at the school, Harry asked Sirius not to come to [[Hogsmeade]] as [[Sirius Black|Padfoot]], since he did not want to risk Sirius getting thrown back into [[Azkaban]]; while Sirius obeyed Harry's wishes, he observed that James would have been willing to take the risk.
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[[File:Tumblr_n5y3u0PQ0Q1ruo0fko7_r1_250.gif|frame|Harry and Sirius ]]
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When Sirius was killed in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Harry at first refused to believe he was dead. Harry was completely devastated by Sirius's death; for the following months, Harry avoided talking about Sirius if he could; whenever the subject came up, he would distract himself in some way to avoid joining the discussion. Very fortunately, Harry was able to move on with his life after a short period of grieving, knowing that Sirius would not want him to shut himself away or crack up. When Harry prepared to sacrifice himself to Voldemort in [[1998]], Sirius was one of the spirits he summoned using the [[Resurrection Stone]]. Sirius assured Harry that dying was "quicker and easier" than falling asleep.
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{{Quote|I realised I can’t shut myself away, or — or crack up. Sirius wouldn’t have wanted that, would he? And anyway, life’s too short... look at [[Amelia Bones|Madam Bones]], look at [[Emmeline Vance]]... it could be me next, couldn’t it? But if it is, I’ll make sure I take as many Death Eaters with me as I can and Voldemort too, if I can manage it.|Harry honors his godfather's memory.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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Sirius also was the one who gave Harry his first [[toy broomstick]], as a year old baby. In a letter to Sirius, Harry's mother thanked him and described James's impression that Harry would be a "good Quidditch player." Sirius later gave Harry another [[broomstick]], the [[Firebolt]], as thirteen years's worth of presents from his godfather.
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Harry would name his [[James Potter II|eldest son]] after James and Sirius.
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===Remus Lupin===
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{{Quote|You're the best [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher we've ever had|Harry to Remus lupin|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
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[[File:Remus_Lupin_Deathly_Hallows_promo_image.jpg|thumb|left|145px|Remus Lupin, his friend, protector and teacher]]
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Harry's simple student-teacher relationship with [[Remus Lupin]] quickly developed into a strong friendship, akin to the one that a kind, loving uncle and his favourite nephew would share.
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Harry first met Remus when he was an infant, and again in [[1993]] when Remus saved him from the [[Dementor]]s on the Hogwarts Express. Remus had been appointed the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] professor at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] that year, and soon became his favourite professor as well as a mentor of sorts. It was suggested that Remus' classes were how Harry discovered his extraordinary talent for [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]. When Harry continued to be badly affected by [[Dementor]]s, Remus agreed to give Harry [[Harry Potter and Remus Lupin's private lessons|private lessons]] to teach him the [[Patronus Charm]]. It was during these lessons that Harry discovered that Remus was one of his parents' oldest, dearest friends. Although Remus attempted to maintain a teacher-student relationship with Harry, he did act more as a close friend or a beloved uncle at times, answering his questions patiently, sharing Butterbeer after a private lesson, assisting him in avoiding trouble with [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]], and even returning the [[Marauder's Map]] to Harry once he was no longer a professor. Harry, in turn, became deeply fond of Remus, and was extremely upset to hear of his resignation after [[Severus Snape]] exposed him as a [[werewolf]]. He even attempted to try and talk him into staying on at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], but it was futile, though Remus told him that it had been a real pleasure teaching him, and assured him that they would meet again.
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The two indeed met again in the summer of [[1995]] when members of the [[Advance Guard]] of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] arrived to pick up Harry from Privet Drive. Although initially wary of intruders, Harry relaxed on learning of Remus' presence in the group, indicating that he still trusted his father's old dear friend despite a year without contact. During the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Remus protected Harry and [[Neville Longbottom]] from an attack by [[Lucius Malfoy]] and saved Harry's life by preventing him from running into the [[Veil]] in the [[Death Chamber]] in an attempt to save his godfather, [[Sirius Black]].
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{{Quote|But you are normal. You've just got a — a problem.|Harry Potter to Remus Lupin regarding the latter's [[werewolf|lycanthropy]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Tumblr_mlmr21PMfV1raq635o5_250.gif|thumb|240px|Lupin and Harry discussing problems in 1993]]
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Remus' undercover assignment with the [[werewolf|werewolves]] prevented him from maintaining contact with Harry in the wake of his [[Sirius Black|godfather]]'s death, something about which he expressed regret. On the few occasions that they saw each other during Harry's sixth year, Harry was worried about Remus' increasingly haggard and gaunt appearance. He displayed a protective streak towards Remus, expressing anger over his forced resignation from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] and the general perception of [[werewolf|werewolves]].
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In [[1997]], Harry was thrilled to hear of Remus' marriage to [[Nymphadora Tonks]] and was puzzled by Lupin's increasingly worried appearance. He was outraged when Remus temporarily left his [[Nymphadora Tonks|wife]] for fear of their then unborn child becoming a [[werewolf]]. While Harry maintained his stance on their argument, he deeply regretted the harsh words he said to Remus in his anger. When Remus' son [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]] was born, Harry was relieved that Remus had clearly forgiven him, and was overwhelmed but delighted to be made Teddy's godfather. Remus also spoke about Harry on [[Potterwatch]], saying that if Harry could hear him he would tell him to trust his instincts which were "nearly always right." This deeply affected Harry who was then informed by Ron that Lupin was back with Tonks, having apparently listened to what Harry had said despite the way he said it.
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Of all the people who died during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Remus' death, along with those of his wife, [[Nymphadora Tonks]], and [[Fred Weasley]], were the ones that hit Harry the hardest. Remus was one of the spirits that was summoned by the [[Resurrection Stone]] to speak to Harry and give him the support he needed as he walked to what he believed was his death, indicating the almost familial bond between Remus and Harry.
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In ''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]'', Harry wrote in the werewolf section that they "aren't all bad," and Harry and [[Ted Lupin|Remus' son, Teddy]] became very close after the [[Second Wizarding War|war]]. Harry and his family had dinner with Teddy four times a week and Harry's children hoped that Teddy would either be married into the Weasley-Potter family, or Harry would ask Teddy to move in with [[Potter family|the Potters]].
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===Minerva McGonagall===
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{{Quote|Why would Harry Potter try and get inside [[Ravenclaw Tower]]? Potter belongs in ''my'' house!.|[[McGonagall]] confronting [[Amycus Carrow]], obviously proud that Harry was in Gryffindor.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Mcgonagall.jpg|thumb|left|140px|Minerva McGonagall, his Head of House, teacher, friend and protector]]
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Harry had a strong relationship with his [[Transfiguration]] teacher and Head of [[Gryffindor|House]], Professor [[Minerva McGonagall]]. Though theirs was a typical student-teacher relationship for Harry's first three years at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], after Harry was selected to become a Triwizard Champion, the sheer level of danger he faced seemed to warm her to him. In Harry's [[1995-1996 school year|fifth year]], McGonagall urged Harry not to give [[Dolores Umbridge]] or the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] any more ammunition to use against him, and she later stood up for him to Umbridge, promising to help Harry become an Auror if it was the last thing she did. Harry felt a powerful surge of anger when Umbridge later gloated that Minerva was too ill to talk to anyone after being hit in the chest with four simultaneous [[Stunning Spell|Stunners]].
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McGonagall considered him a talented wizard<ref name="DH33">{{DH}} - Chapter 33(''The Prince's Tale'')</ref> and expressed pride at having Harry in her house, In turn Harry felt affection for her. He was so enranged at [[Amycus Carrow]] for spitting in McGonagall's face, that he succeeded in using the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on the [[Death Eater]], agreeing with Bellatrix Lestrange's assertion that one had to "really mean it" in order to perform the curse effectively. McGonagall returned Harry's devotion by arming Hogwarts on Harry's request, and then fighting Voldemort head on in the final battle. When [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] had Harry's seemingly dead body brought out from the Forest, Minerva gave a terrible cry, to rival those of Ron, Hermione, and Ginny and later embraced him when he revealed himself to be alive and killed Voldemort. Professor McGonagall was like a strict and loving grandmother to Harry.
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===Severus Snape===
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{{Quote|You have your mother's eyes.|Severus Snape's to Harry Potter before he died.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2}}
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[[File:Odfestudiohq3.jpg|thumb|150px|Severus Snape, his teacher, protector and former enemy]]
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During his years in school, Harry's relationship with [[Potions master]] [[Severus Snape]] was nothing short of deepest mutual loathing. When Harry first saw Snape in the [[Great Hall]] at Hogwarts, he got the initial feeling that Snape disliked him; only after his first [[Potions (class)|Potions]] lesson did Harry realise the resentment dug much deeper. Harry soon learned that Snape saw Harry as a younger version of [[James Potter I|his father]] — a self-centred boy who enjoyed the attention paid to him, and was "so arrogant that criticism simply bounced off him." 
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In [[1995]], after having "looked inside" [[Voldemort]] 's mind, and discovering that [[Arthur Weasley]] , who was on guard duty at the[[ Department of Mysteries]] , was to be killed by [[Nagini]] , Voldemort's snake, [[Dumbledore]] ordered Snape to teach Harry the skill of [[Occlumency]] , to block his mind from Voldemort's [[Legilimency]] probing. A very tedious and trying set of lessons, at one point Snape provoked Harry into casting a shield charm, which allowed Harry to catch a glimpse of Snape's own memories. Later, when Snape left the room to attend to [[Montague]], Harry entered the [[pensieve]] in order to see what memories Snape was hiding from him—which turned out to be of Snape being taunted by [[James Potter]] and the other Marauders, and of Snape calling Lily a mudblood out of humiliation. This caused Harry great distress because he had never before believed a word of Snape's criticisms of James. Although humbling Harry somewhat towards Snape, they still retained a very strained and bitter relationship during Harry's remaining time at Hogwarts.
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In [[1994]], Snape's relationship with Harry was further strained when Harry helped [[Sirius Black]] escape as Snape during that time believed that Sirius betrayed Harry's mother [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter (née Evans]]), whom he loved since childhood, to Voldemort. Harry, on the other hand, had learned that Sirius was innocent, having been framed by [[Peter Pettigrew]] who was the actual culprit.
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{{Quote|Harry felt as though his body was generating waves of hatred so powerful that it seemed incredible that Snape could not feel them burning him.|Harry Potter in [[1996]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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After Sirius was [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries|killed]] during [[1996]] in the [[Department of Mysteries]] by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], Harry took savage pleasure in blaming Snape for his death. He believed that Snape's taunt to Sirius about his uselessness to the [[Order of the Phoenix]] was one of the main factors which caused Sirius to leave his house and fight. Harry's hatred of Snape reached its height in [[1997]] when he discovered that Snape had told Voldemort about [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|the Prophecy]] involving him, which led Harry to believe that Snape had betrayed his parents. Harry raged at [[Albus Dumbledore]] for trusting Snape, only to have Dumbledore silence him. Later the same night, Snape [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower|killed]] Dumbledore, which only seemed to confirm what Harry had come to believe about his former Potions master, resenting Snape almost as much as he resented Voldemort himself.
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In [[1998]], Harry witnessed Voldemort order the death of Severus Snape, in an attempt to gain the allegiance of the [[Elder Wand]]. Despite his hatred of his former teacher, he still felt sorry for the way Voldemort had killed Snape without even feeling sorry for taking his life. As Voldemort left Snape mortally wounded by [[Nagini]] in the [[Shrieking Shack]], Harry was able to obtain several [[Pensieve|memories]] that contained not only the truth about Snape's motives and unwavering allegiance to the [[Order of the Phoenix]], but relayed a crucial message from Dumbledore. What Harry discovered about Snape's persistent love for Lily Evans also explained Snape's final act: he had instructed Harry to look at him, so he could die looking into the eyes Harry inherited from his mother.
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By [[2017]], Harry considered Snape to be one of the bravest men he had ever known, and gave his [[Albus Potter|second son]], who was the only one of his children to inherit Lily's eyes, the middle name "Severus."{{HP7}} Harry ensured that Snape's portrait eventually found its rightful place among Hogwarts's previous headmasters.
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Ironically, the two shared many similarities that neither of them were aware of. Both were [[half-blood]] wizards who grew up among [[Muggles]] . Both of their Muggle caretakers were cruel to them (Snape's father was implied to be abusive to Snape and his mother, while [[the Dursleys]] were neglectful towards Harry). Both Snape and Harry's childhoods involved [[Petunia Evans]] (Snape was friends with Petunia's sister Lily, while Harry was Petunia's nephew). Both grew up wearing secondhand clothes (however, Snape was likely forced to wear them due to his family's poverty, Harry's relatives were simply reluctant to afford any major expenses on him). In addition, the two grew up virtually friendless until attending [[Hogwarts]] (Snape due to his unstable family life and secondhand clothes, Harry due to his relatives isolating him). Upon entering Hogwarts, Snape and Harry were bullied mercilessly, in Snape's case, by the [[Marauders]] (who were led by [[James Potter]]), and Harry by (ironically) Snape himself, [[Draco Malfoy]] , among others. Furthermore, both had at least one near-death experience during their Hogwarts: Snape was nearly killed in an abortive prank by the Marauders , while Harry repeatedly had Voldemort attempting to kill him. However, both Harry and Snape had at least one silver gleaming: their attraction to a redhead ([[Lily Evans]] and [[Ginny Weasley]] , respectively). Of course, Snape did not marry Lily (who married [[James Potter|James ]] and mothered Harry), while Harry himself did marry Ginny (with whom he had sired a child named [[Albus Severus]]).
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===Nymphadora Tonks===
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{{Quote|Wotcher, Harry!|[[Nymphadora Tonks|Tonks]] greets Harry|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:Nymphadora Tonks Deathly Hallows promotional image.jpg|thumb|left|145px|Nymphadora Tonks, his friend and protector]]
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Harry and [[Nymphadora Tonks]] first met in [[1995]] when the [[Advance Guard]] came to transport Harry to [[Grimmauld Place]]. From there, she became one of Harry's most valuable allies and friend, and was one of the five Order members who rescued Harry and his friends during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]]. In [[1996]]. Their friendship grew for the next few years; Tonks felt sorry Harry wasn't been able to attend her wedding in [[1997]], though nine months later, Tonks and Remus asked Harry to be godfather to their son, [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]]. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Tonks was killed by her aunt [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix]], who finally succeeded in managing to kill her "blood traitor" niece, however it is possible she was killed from behind as her husband had fell before her (she may have been distracted by this). Tonks's death, along with that of her husband and [[Fred Weasley]], was among those that hit Harry the hardest.
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In honour of Tonks and her husband's memory, Harry helped [[Andromeda Tonks|Nymphadora's mother]] to raise [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]]. When Harry saw his two sons off to the [[Hogwarts Express]] in [[2017]], [[James Potter II|James]] came running back to his parents to announce that he had seen Teddy snogging [[Victoire Weasley]], which may have meant Teddy eventually became an official member of the extended Potter-Weasley family.
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===Luna Lovegood===
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Luna|People expect you to have cooler friends than us.|Harry|You are cool. None of them were at the Ministry. They didn’t [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries|fight with me]].|That’s a very nice thing to say.|Luna and Harry in 1996|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Luna-Lovegood-Deathly-Hallows.jpg|thumb|145px|Luna, Harry's close friend]]
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Harry met [[Luna Lovegood]], a [[Ravenclaw]] student at Hogwarts, in [[1995]], on the [[Hogwarts Express]]. Although Harry found the younger witch rather strange, he was grateful when she told him that she believed his claim that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] had returned, as she seemed to be one of the few students who did. Harry and Luna became friendlier through [[Dumbledore's Army]], and after they fought together at the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Luna comforted Harry over the loss of his [[Sirius Black|godfather]], telling him about her late [[Luna Lovegood's mother|mother]]. She holds Harry's hand in the process, and they both show a some feelings for each other. The [[1996|following year]], Harry defended Luna and [[Neville Longbottom]] when [[Romilda Vane]] implied they were not worth spending time with, whereas the previous year he found the two as embarrassment to his standing in front of [[Cho Chang]], and he later on invited Luna to attend [[Horace Slughorn|Slughorn's]] [[Slug Club Christmas party|Christmas Party]] with him.
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During the year in which Harry, Ron and Hermione went to hunt down [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort's]] [[Horcrux]]es, Harry visited the Lovegood household, and found Luna decorated her bedroom with pictures of her five friends: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Neville. Harry found this sight to be very touching, and felt great affection for Luna. Upon learning that Luna was being held hostage by the Death Eaters, Harry felt greatly worried, to the point of feeling some pity for her father for attempting to turn the trio in for ransom, but had confidence in Luna surviving nevertheless.
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In the prelude to the final [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle]], Luna aided Harry in his search for [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem|Ravenclaw's Diadem]], having been the one to inform Harry of its existence in the first place, and she [[Stunning Spell|Stunned]] [[Alecto Carrow]] when Harry was too shocked to move, which probably saved him from being held captive until [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort's]] arrival. Later when Harry was going to sacrifice himself, he realised that Luna was one of his closest friends and one of the persons he would like to see before his death. After the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Luna was the only one who noticed that Harry wanted to get away from the victory party, and created a distraction so that he could go speak with Ron and Hermione in private. The two remained friends into adulthood, and Harry gave his [[Lily Potter|daughter]] the middle name “Luna” in honour of his friend.
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===Dobby===
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{{Quote|You shall not harm Harry Potter!|Dobby protects Harry from [[Lucius Malfoy]].|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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[[File:DOBBY2.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Dobby, Harry's friend]]
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The [[House-elf]] [[Dobby]] became a vitally important figure in Harry's life, and their relationship played a crucial role in Harry's ultimate defeat of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. Even before Harry freed Dobby from the slavery of the [[Malfoy family]], in [[1993]], Dobby did all he could to protect Harry from impending danger, and later displayed the strength of his [[house-elf magic]] to protect Harry from Lucius Malfoy. For the next several years, Dobby was appointed to work at the kitchen of [[Hogwarts Castle]] in the paid service of Headmaster [[Albus Dumbledore]], though even as a free elf, his loyalty always laid foremost with Harry.<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> In [[1994]], Dobby provided Harry with [[Gillyweed]] for the second task of the [[Triwizard Tournament]], and the next year, told Harry about the [[Room of Requirement]], which became [[Dumbledore's Army]]'s base of operations.
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In [[1998]], Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]], [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]], [[Luna Lovegood]], [[Dean Thomas]], [[Garrick Ollivander]] and the goblin [[Griphook]] were captured and taken hostage at the [[Malfoy Manor]]. Alerted to their whereabouts by [[Aberforth Dumbledore]], Dobby rescued the hostages in two groups, first [[Apparition|apparating]] Dean, Luna and Ollivander to [[Shell Cottage]], then returning to do the same for Hermione, Ron, Harry and Griphook. Dobby dropped a chandelier on [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] to release Hermione from being held at knife-point, giving Ron the opportunity to take a wand and disapparate with Hermione. Enraged by what he had done, Bellatrix threw the same silver knife at Dobby, mortally wounding him, just as he disapparated with Harry and Griphook. Upon arriving at Shell Cottage, Harry discovered Dobby's wound and cried out for help as Dobby died in Harry's arms. Harry dug a grave without using magic and held a small [[Funeral of Dobby|funeral]] for the elf in the garden of [[Shell Cottage]]. Dobby's epitaph read "Here lies Dobby, A Free Elf". After the funeral, Harry remembered [[Funeral of Albus Dumbledore|the one]] [[Albus Dumbledore]] had, and thought that Dobby deserved one just as grand.
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It was the [[Love|grief]] Harry felt for Dobby's death that ultimately grounded him, ridding Harry of the "weird, obsessive longing" to find the [[Elder Wand]] and the resentment for how little he felt Albus Dumbledore had actually disclosed during their time together. While digging Dobby's grave, Harry reflected on all Dumbledore had said about love, and all he had foreseen, and replaced his trust in the late Headmaster, making the conscious decision to continue his pursuit of [[Horcrux]]es, and not [[Deathly Hallows|Hallows]].
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===Neville Longbottom===
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Neville|All right, Harry. You're okay, are you?|Harry|I'm fine. Thanks, Neville.|We're all going to keep fighting, Harry. You know that?|Harry Potter and [[Neville Longbottom]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:NevilleHBP.jpg|thumb|140px|Neville Longbottom, a close friend]]
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[[Neville Longbottom]] became Harry's room mate in [[1991]], in their first year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. In [[1996]], Harry learned that [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|The Prophecy]] that prompted Lord Voldemort to target his parents could have been referring to Neville. Though Harry sympathised with the fact that Neville's parents had been tortured into insanity by Bellatrix, Rodolphus and Rabastan [[Lestrange family|Lestrange]], and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr]], he spent part of the journey to Hogwarts prior to his sixth year pondering how things could have been different if Voldemort had chosen to attack Neville, and he had become the "one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord" instead of Harry.
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In the initial years, Harry was quite friendly with Neville, though he was not as close to him as he was with Ron and Hermione. Harry helped out Neville in many occasions, such as in [[1992]], when he advised him to stand up to Draco Malfoy, who constantly bullied him. Harry and Neville became close friends only in their fifth year at school, when Neville took part in [[Dumbledore's Army]], an organisation that Harry led and taught in opposition to [[Dolores Umbridge]]. Neville became highly devoted to the D.A., which, along with Harry's encouragement, helped Neville not only improve his magical abilities, but gain badly needed confidence and incredible courage. He fought alongside Harry in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], where Neville saved Harry's life from the Death Eater [[Walden Macnair]], and in [[1997]], was one of only three D.A. members who still checked their [[Dumbledore's Army coin|enchanted coin]] enough to receive Hermione's call for help prior to the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]].
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[[File:32866_harry-potter-ginny-weasley-ron-weasley-and-neville-longbottom.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Harry teaching Neville the [[Disarming Charm]]]]
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In [[1998]], when Harry, Ron and Hermione were on the run, Neville re-formed Dumbledore's Army with [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] and [[Luna Lovegood]], in resistance against [[Death Eaters]] [[Alecto Carrow|Alecto]] and [[Amycus Carrow]]. Neville spoke out against their anti-[[Muggle]] rhetoric and habit of using the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on students, regardless of the consequences, saying he noticed it always helped give people hope when Harry did that. When Harry returned, Neville deferred to his leadership and summoned the rest of Dumbledore's Army (who, in turn, contacted the Order of the Phoenix) believing Harry was there to lead a revolt. Harry and Neville fought together throughout the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], and just before Harry sacrificed himself, he left Neville with the instruction to kill [[Nagini]], Voldemort's snake and last remaining [[Horcrux]]. When everyone believed Harry to be dead, Neville openly defied Voldemort, who tried to burn him alive with the [[Sorting Hat]] but failed due to Harry's [[sacrificial protection]]. Using the opportunity given to him by the sudden arrival of reinforcements, Neville completed the task Harry gave to him; he drew [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Gryffindor's Sword]] from the Sorting Hat and slew Nagini, destroying the last Horcrux and rendering Voldemort mortal, thus allowing Harry to finally kill him.
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Nineteen years after the battle, Neville was the [[Herbology]] teacher at Hogwarts, and taught Harry and Ginny's children, James and Albus, they both remain close friends in adulthood, to the point where Ginny asked James to give Neville their love, which horrified James because although he knew Neville well, at school he's Professor Longbottom.
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===Draco Malfoy===
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Draco|You’re dead, Potter.|Harry|Funny, you’d think I’d have stopped walking around.|You’re going to pay. I’m going to make you pay for what you’ve done to my [[Lucius Malfoy|father]]... You can’t land my father in [[Azkaban|prison]].|Draco and Harry after the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:Draco_Malfoy_hp6.jpg|thumb|140px|Draco Malfoy, his school bully and arch-rival]]
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[[Draco Malfoy]] became Harry's rival almost from the moment they met at [[Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions]] in [[Diagon Alley]]. Draco came from a family that believed strongly in the importance of [[blood purity]], thus he considered himself superior to most people, bullying and insulting [[Muggle-born]]s and [[Gryffindor]]s in particular. He was bitterly jealous of Harry's seemingly effortless heroism. Despite his strong hatred towards Draco, Harry had some restraint towards Draco's taunts, occasionally restraining [[Ron Weasley]] (and on one occasion, [[George Weasley]]) from attacking him and only resorted to violence on him if Draco provoked or insulted him. Draco bit off more than he could chew in his ambition to be like his father, [[Lucius Malfoy]], when he became a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] at a young age; to punish his father, Voldemort ordered Draco to assassinate [[Albus Dumbledore]], threatening his parents' lives if he failed. Although he let several Death Eaters into Hogwarts in [[1997]], Draco found himself unwilling to actually go through with killing Dumbledore, even when given the opportunity to do so. A year later, when Harry was brought to the Malfoy Manor to be handed over to the Dark Lord, Draco was very reluctant to identify him, and during the confrontation that ensued, Harry disarmed him, winning both his hawthorn wand and, unknowingly, the [[Elder Wand]].
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During the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione saved his life twice: against Crabbe's Fiendfyre and from a masked Death Eater. Because of his family's switching of sides during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Draco was not sent to [[Azkaban]] for his crimes. By [[2017]], he was married and had a [[Scorpius Malfoy|son]]. Draco saw Harry, Ginny, Hermione and Ron at King's Cross Station when sending their children to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], where he gave them a curt nod. While Draco and Harry eventually made peace, they never became friends. It is also unknown if Harry ever gave Draco his original wand back, as Harry won it's allegiance and it is never stated how a wand that has been won behaves towards his original master afterwards.
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===Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas===
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{{Quote|[[Dean Thomas|Dean]], [[Seamus Finnigan|Seamus]]. Good Holidays?|Harry to Dean and Seamus in the begin of the 1995-1996 school year|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
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[[File:Seamusgof.jpg|thumb|left|235px|Seamus, Dean, and Neville]]
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In addition to [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Neville Longbottom|Neville]], Harry’s room mates at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] were [[Dean Thomas]] and [[Seamus Finnigan]]. Although he was not as close to them as he was to Ron, Harry was nevertheless friendly with both of them.
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Dean made a banner for Harry during his first [[Quidditch]] match, and believed him about the return of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] in [[1995]], unlike Seamus, eagerly joining [[Dumbledore's Army]].  However,  Seamus eventually realized that Harry was telling the truth about Voldemort's return, he joined the D.A. and became friends with Harry again. Harry resented Dean slightly during their sixth year out of jealousy over Dean's romance with [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], on whom he had developed a crush. When Dean and Ginny split up, Harry's enmity lifted, though Dean then became upset when Harry kissed his ex-girlfriend soon after their break-up.<ref name="HBP" />,in spite of this, he never seemed to carry any ill will towards Harry.
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Dean, like Ron, Harry and Hermione, left Hogwarts in [[1997]], because he was unsure whether he was a [[Muggle-born]] or not. He was caught by a group of [[Snatchers]], led by [[Fenrir Greyback]], along with Ron, Harry and Hermione. During his rescue from Malfoy Manor, he was very reluctant to escape with [[Dobby]] and leave Harry behind<ref name="DH" /> and lived for a few days at [[Shell Cottage]].
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Seamus and Dean eventually fought along with Ron in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
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===Cho Chang===
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{{Quote|Well, obviously, she’s feeling very sad, because of Cedric dying. Then I expect she’s feeling confused because she liked Cedric and now she likes Harry, and she can’t work out who she likes best. Then she’ll be feeling guilty, thinking it’s an insult to Cedric’s memory to be kissing Harry at all…|Hermione on Cho Chang after the latter’s kiss with Harry|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:Cho-chang1.jpg|thumb|140px|[[Cho Chang]] his ex-girlfriend]]
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In his earlier years at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], Harry was attracted to [[Cho Chang]], a popular girl in [[Ravenclaw]] House and seeker of their [[Quidditch]] team who is one year older than him. It was said that his stomach did "somersaults" whenever he saw her. During the [[Triwizard Tournament]] in [[1994]], Harry plucked up the courage to ask her to the [[Yule Ball]], but was disappointed to find that she had already agreed to go with [[Cedric Diggory]], though she seemed to genuinely feel bad about having to turn him down.
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In their next year, following Cedric's tragic death, Harry and Cho grew closer, eventually sharing a kiss under the mistletoe. However, Cho was still mourning Cedric, and became unreasonably jealous of Harry's friendship with Hermione, which, compounded with Harry’s inexperience with girls, put a strain on their relationship; Harry, unimpressed with Cho's attitude and started to see her in a more negative light when the misunderstanding soured their first date's experience.
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[[File:1harry-cho.JPG|thumb|left|240px|The kiss between Cho and Harry.]]
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Although Harry was still attracted to Cho it said that his stomach reacted less violently when she was around, merely doing a "feeble lurch" rather than a somersault. The last straw was Cho's friend [[Marietta Edgecombe]]'s betrayal of [[Dumbledore's Army]] to [[Dolores Umbridge]]; Cho defended Marietta and called the [[Dumbledore's Army parchment jinx|jinx]] Hermione had placed on the D.A. parchment a "horrible trick," both of which angered Harry. The two stopped speaking to one another, and Cho soon began dating [[Michael Corner]]. However, any animosity seemed to have vanished by [[1998]], as Cho was among the former D.A. members who returned to participate in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. Just before the battle, she offered to show Harry the Ravenclaw common room, and seemed disappointed when this offer was fiercely denied by [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]]. Harry, on the other hand, did not hesitate nor argue on Ginny's insistence on taking Luna instead.
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{{Quote|Women! What did she want to talk about Cedric for, anyway? Why does she want to drag up a subject that makes her act like a human hosepipe?|Harry angry at Cho's crying.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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One of the many points that Harry fell in love with Ginny is because she was rarely weepy. This contrasts with Cho, as she cried openly for many periods of time after Cedric's death, to which left Harry at a complete loss as to what to do at such moments. Along with Cho's desire to talk about Cedric's death with Harry (to which Harry refused), Harry's confusion and awkwardness turned to sheer annoyance, and he began to lose interest in her more and more for spoiling the mood, until finally he was too irritated at her tears when she cried at how Harry insulted Marietta, and told her off rudely.
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===Bellatrix Lestrange===
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{{Quote|SHE KILLED SIRIUS! SHE KILLED HIM — I'LL KILL HER!|Harry on Bellatrix Lestrange, after she killed Sirius Black|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:Bella2.jpg|thumb|140px|Bellatrix Lestrange, a hated enemy ]]
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Harry felt contemptuous of [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] from the moment he learned of her torturing of [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]], his eyes immediately drawn to her picture wherever he saw it. Throughout their encounter in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Bellatrix goaded Harry with sarcastic baby-talk, mocking him for falling for [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s ploy and traveling to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] to save his non-present [[Sirius Black|godfather]]. She abandoned the baby-talk, however, becoming incensed when Harry used Voldemort's name — a mark of deep disrespect in Bellatrix's eyes.
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After Bellatrix killed [[Sirius Black]], Harry seemed to hate her as much as, if not more than, he did Voldemort. He chased her into the [[Atrium]] of the Ministry in a fit of rage, where he tried (unsuccessfully) to torture her by use of the [[Cruciatus Curse]]. He even had to restrain himself from destroying [[Bellatrix Lestrange's wand|her wand]], which he managed to procure during the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]]. Bellatrix would later murder both [[Nymphadora Tonks]] and [[Dobby]] the [[house-elf]] in [[1998]], also nearly killing [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] during the second round of the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. In the latter incident, Harry, who had been hurrying towards Voldemort in the [[Great Hall]], noticed the danger to Ginny's life and made a beeline for Bellatrix instead. He was beaten to her, however, by [[Molly Weasley]]'s abrupt intervention.
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Though she spoke disparagingly of the fact that Harry was a [[Half-blood]], and vehemently denied Harry's claims that Voldemort was the same, Bellatrix despised Harry mostly out of loyalty to her master, the man with whom she had developed an obsessive infatuation. As such, Bellatrix more or less hated anyone who challenged or threatened [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. Regardless of his feelings, Harry recognized that Bellatrix made a fearsome opponent; while he hated her as his godfather's killer, he acknowledged that she was also a witch of "prodigious" skill and absolutely no conscience.
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As Harry's hate towards Bellatrix is prominent amongst the many other Death Eaters, he tends to focus on her whenever her picture was shown in the Daily Prophet, or when her name comes up. It was due to this relationship that he saw the resemblance between Bellatrix and her younger sisters, [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] and [[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda]], to the point of even nearly mistaking the latter for Bellatrix herself.
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===Peter Pettigrew===
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{{Quote|You're going to kill me? After I saved your life? You owe me, Wormtail...|Harry to Pettigrew, reminding him that he had saved his life|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Wormtail_DH1.jpg|thumb|left|150px|[[Peter Pettigrew]], the man who betrayed his parents]]
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Harry first heard about [[Peter Pettigrew]] in [[1993]], and he believed Pettigrew to have been a hero who had dared to confront the man who betrayed [[James and Lily Potter]], and been tragically killed as a result.
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Harry even compared Pettigrew to his good friend [[Neville Longbottom]]. After [[Sirius Black]] escaped from from [[Azkaban]] that same year, the alleged convict made his way to Hogwarts. Sirius supposedly had the goal of killing Harry in a crazed bid to bring [[Lord Voldemort]] back to power.
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Towards the end of the school year, Black managed to pull [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] through the [[Whomping Willow]] and in to the [[Shrieking Shack]], followed closely by [[Hermione Granger]] and an incensed Harry. When they were joined shortly after by [[Remus Lupin]], he and Sirius revealed a completely different truth: Pettigrew had been the one to betray Harry's parents, and had subsequently framed Sirius by pretending to confront him, then faked his own death by cutting off one of his own fingers and hiding in his unregistered [[Animagus]] form as Ron's pet rat, [[Peter Pettigrew|Scabbers]]. Although Harry was disgusted by Pettigrew's disloyalty and cowardice, he convinced Sirius and Remus not to become murderers, and instead force Pettigrew to face justice in the hands of the Dementors. Though Pettigrew escaped, making it impossible to prove Sirius Black's innocence, Harry's decision to spare his life was not fruitless: Pettigrew owed Harry a [[Life debt]].
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Pettigrew, who had fled to [[Albania]] and sought protection from Sirius in the service of Lord Voldemort, returned to [[Great Britain]] in [[1994]]. After Harry and [[Cedric Diggory]] were transported to the [[Little Hangleton graveyard]] following the end of the [[Triwizard Tournament]], Pettigrew murdered Cedric, bound Harry to the grave of [[Tom Riddle Sr.]], and concocted a [[Regeneration Potion|potion]] using the senior Riddle's bones, one of Pettigrew's own hands, and Harry's blood, to return Voldemort to physical form. When instructed by Voldemort to give Harry back [[Harry Potter's wand|his wand]], Pettigrew did so without looking at him.
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In 1998, during the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]], Peter Pettigrew's life debt was repaid; Harry reminded him that he had saved his life, and Pettigrew momentarily hesitated in the midst of attempting to strangle him. As a result, the [[Peter Pettigrew's silver hand|silver hand]] Voldemort had made for Pettigrew, as a reward for sacrificing his own, saw the hesitation as sign of weakness, and turned against him. Though Ron and Harry both tried to save him, the hand ultimately strangled Pettigrew to death.
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===Dolores Umbridge===
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{{Quote|As I told you once before, Mr Potter, naughty children deserve to be punished.|Umbridge speaking to Harry.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
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[[File:Dolores_Umbridge_Deathly_Hallows_promotional_image.jpg|thumb|right|150px|Dolores Umbridge the previous professor of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]]]
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Harry disliked [[Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic]], [[Dolores Umbridge]], from the moment he first laid eyes on her, which was shortly before she voted in favour of Harry's undeserved expulsion from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]; he described hearing her voice made the hair on the back of his neck stand up, and his hate for her boils for reasons he could not explain at first. In the summer of [[1995]], Umbridge sent two [[Dementor]]s after Harry and his cousin, [[Dudley Dursley]], in an attempt to silence Harry from contradicting the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]'s official position maintaining that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] had not returned to power. Harry was forced to use a [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]] to defend himself and Dudley from the Dementors, which resulted in Harry being summoned to the Ministry on the charge of using under age magic; if convicted, he would have been expelled from Hogwarts. Umbridge took part in Harry’s prosecution and spoke in favour of his conviction, but Harry was cleared due to [[Albus Dumbledore]]’s defence, as well as the impartiality of [[Amelia Bones]] and several other members of the [[Wizengamot]]. Though Harry was triumphant in his clearance, Umbridge kept glaring at him after leaving the courtroom, and he felt resentment for her voting his guilt.
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Harry soon encountered Umbridge again when she was appointed [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher at Hogwarts, by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]]. Harry was outspoken in his outrage at the Ministry's denial of Voldemort's return and their refusal to allow Hogwarts students to practice defensive magic, which Umbridge sadistically responded to by making him carve the words, "I must not tell lies," into the back of his own hand using a [[Blood Quill]]. Umbridge clearly favoured [[Slytherin]] students, and presumably those who had ties to the Ministry in particular, as demonstrated by her allowing the [[Slytherin Quidditch team]] to re-form before any other, following the passage of [[Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four]], and later giving Harry and the [[Fred and George Weasley|Weasley twins]] lifetime bans from playing [[Quidditch]] after they attacked [[Draco Malfoy]].
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[[File:Bloodquill.png|thumb|216px|left|Harry's hand due to Umbridge's punishments with the [[Blood quill]]]]
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Umbridge monitored all incoming and outgoing mail, resulting in the injury of Harry’s owl, [[Hedwig]], and she made it nearly impossible for Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] to visit [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] at his [[Rubeus Hagrid's cabin|hut]]. When Harry publicly recounted witnessing Voldemort's resurrection in an interview with [[Rita Skeeter]], published in [[The Quibbler]], Umbridge banned him from [[Hogsmeade]] trips. One by one, Umbridge was robbing Harry of his reasons to want to stay at Hogwarts.
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In order to offer students the practical defensive education Umbridge was denying them, Harry formed and led [[Dumbledore's Army]]. When they were betrayed to Umbridge by [[Marietta Edgecombe|one]] of their members, Harry was nearly expelled from Hogwarts until Dumbledore convinced [[Cornelius Fudge]] that Harry only formed the organisation on his orders. Dumbledore was forced to leave Hogwarts to avoid being sent to [[Azkaban]], after which Umbridge took the position of Headmistress and the students took to making things as difficult for her as possible.
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Umbridge attempted to have [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] arrested after a couple of [[Niffler]]s were released in her office, despite his obvious innocence, which resulted in his going on the run and Professor [[Minerva McGonagall|McGonagall]] being seriously injured and temporarily disabled at [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries|St Mungo's Hospital]]. With seemingly no adults left for him to turn to, Harry attempted to use Umbridge’s fire, the only fire not being monitored by the Ministry, to check on [[Sirius Black]], after having a vision that Sirius was being tortured in the [[Department of Mysteries]]. Remembering that [[Severus Snape]] was, in fact, a member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], Harry gave Snape the cryptic message, "he's got Padfoot at the place where it's hidden!" Umbridge nearly used the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on Harry in order to make him explain his statement, when Hermione intervened and tricked Umbridge into believing the D.A. had been building a weapon for Dumbledore in the [[Forbidden Forest]]. When Harry, Hermione and Umbridge were confronted by a herd of [[Forbidden Forest Centaur colony|centaurs]], Umbridge's angry diatribe — in which she referred to the centaurs as "creatures of near-human intelligence" and "filthy half-breeds" — resulted in her being carried off into the depths of the forest.
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After the Ministry finally acknowledged Voldemort’s return to power, Umbridge was removed from Hogwarts. However, Harry was furious to learn later that year that Umbridge was still working for the Ministry. When Voldemort became the de facto Minister for Magic, with an [[Imperius Curse|imperiused]] [[Pius Thicknesse]] as his puppet, Umbridge, knowingly or not, immediately showed sympathy for his agenda by taking part in the hunt for Harry Potter and branding him "Undesirable Number 1." When Harry, disguised as [[Albert Runcorn]] by way of [[Polyjuice Potion]], met Umbridge again in [[1997]], she had become Head of the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]], and was cruelly interrogating and "trying" innocent Muggle-born wizards and witches, before sentencing them to [[Azkaban]] for "stealing magic." When Umbridge taunted a Muggle-born [[Mary Cattermole|witch]] by claiming [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] was a family heirloom and proof of her relation to the [[pure-blood]] [[Selwyn family]], Harry [[Stunning Spell|stunned]] Umbridge in a fit of anger. Hermione replaced the locket with a [[Geminio|decoy]], after which she, Ron, and Harry proceeded to free all the Muggle-borns awaiting interrogation.
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After the Second Wizarding War, Umbridge was given a life sentence in [[Azkaban]].
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===Hedwig===
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{{Quote|No... NO! Hedwig... Hedwig...|Harry to Hedwig, after her death|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:83f8f8c1935a3da9cc8d9ba361ba3013.jpg|frame|Harry with Hedwig, his loyal, loving pet owl]]
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[[Hedwig]] was the Snowy [[Owl]] [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] bought Harry for his [[1991|eleventh birthday]], from [[Eeylops Owl Emporium]] in [[Diagon Alley]]. Hedwig was often Harry's only companion during the lonely holidays he spent with the [[Dursley family|Dursleys]], and the bond that developed between them was a close one. Though Hedwig was usually very affectionate with Harry, which she showed by gently nibbling his ear or fingers, she was not above snubbing him out of jealousy or nipping him a bit harder than usual on the rare occasions he snapped at her.
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Hedwig was also highly intelligent; she understood perfectly when Harry asked her to peck Ron and Hermione until they responded to him, and even flew, completely of her own accord, to where Hermione was on holiday in France, to ensure that Harry received a gift for his thirteenth birthday. In 1997, Harry was completely grief-stricken after Hedwig was struck by a [[Killing Curse]] during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]].
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===Alastor Moody===
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{{Quote|Mad-Eye dead; it could not be... Mad-Eye, so tough, so brave, the consummate survivor...|Harry thinking about Mad Eye's death|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Alastor_Moody_Profile.JPG|thumb|141px|left|Alastor Moody, his protector and friend]]
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Harry first saw the real [[Alastor Moody|Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody]] shortly after [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] was revealed to have been keeping Moody imprisoned in his own [[Alastor Moody's trunk|trunk]], using his hair for [[Polyjuice Potion]], and taking Moody's place as temporary [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] teacher at Hogwarts for most of the [[1994–1995 school year]].
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The real Moody brought the [[Advance Guard]] of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] to [[Privet Drive]] in [[1995]], to safely transport Harry to the Order's headquarters, and [[Sirius Black]]'s ancestral home, at [[12 Grimmauld Place]]. As Harry got to know Moody through his time spent around the Order, Moody proved every bit the great, albeit incredibly paranoid, wizard he was reputed to be. When Moody was killed by [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], Harry was shocked and horrified by the abrupt end of such a skilled Auror, and shared a drink in his honour with the rest of the Order.
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When Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] infiltrated the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] in 1997, to steal [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Locket]] from [[Dolores Umbridge]], Harry found Moody's [[Alastor Moody's magical eye|magical eye]] lodged in the door to Umbridge's office. Harry reclaimed the eye, though doing so ended up alerting the Ministry to the breach in security, and later buried it under "the oldest, most gnarled and resilient-looking" tree he could find, marking the spot with a small cross. Little though it was, Harry was certain Moody would prefer it to having his eye put to use spying for Dolores Umbridge.
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===Cedric Diggory===
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{{Dialogue a-b|Cedric|You saved my life, Harry. Take the cup.|Harry|We'll take it together.|Cedric and Harry about who should win the Triwizard Tournament|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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[[File:Cedric.jpg|thumb|132px|Cedric Diggory, his friend ]]
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Harry and [[Cedric Diggory]], were, for better or worse, rivals throughout Harry's [[1993-1994 school year|third]] and [[1994-1995 school year|fourth]] years at Hogwarts. As Cedric was seeker of the [[Hufflepuff Quidditch team]], one of their first encounters involved Cedric catching the [[Golden Snitch|snitch]] and securing the win for his team, while Harry fell off his [[broomstick]] after one of the [[Dementor]]s guarding the school found its way onto the Quidditch field.
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The next year, when both Harry and Cedric were declared Champions in the [[Triwizard Tournament]], Cedric was the school's obvious favourite, as most of the students believed Harry had entered the competition illegally. Cedric also believed Harry had entered illegally and asked him how he managed to do it, but Cedric did not hate Harry for this, as much of the school did. Though the negative attention abated slightly after Harry's stellar performance in the first task, Cedric also beat Harry to the punch in asking [[Cho Chang]] to the [[Yule Ball]]. And although Cedric remained good-natured and gracious throughout, Harry could not help feeling jealous, and even slightly insecure about the fact that Cedric "looked the part" of a Champion.
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Regardless, when [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] showed Harry that the Tournament's first task would involve facing [[dragon]]s, Harry felt compelled to help Cedric, realising he alone would be unprepared, as both Heads of other the two competing schools had seen the dragons as well. Cedric reciprocated by helping Harry with the second task, and during the third, each had occasion to save the other's life. As, such, when they reached the [[Triwizard Cup]] at the same time, they agreed to take it together; both boys were transported to the [[Little Hangleton graveyard]], and Harry watched in horror as [[Peter Pettigrew]] murdered Cedric on Voldemort's command to "kill the spare." When Cedric's ghostly image emerged from Voldemort's wand, which was locked in [[Priori Incantatem]] with Harry's, he asked Harry to take his body back to his parents, which Harry honoured, risking his life in the process.
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Cedric's death haunted Harry's dreams well into the summer, as [[Dudley Dursley|Dudley]] mockingly asked him if "Cedric" was his boyfriend, and enabled Harry to see [[Thestrals]] for the first time at the beginning of his [[1995–1996 school year|fifth]] year.
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Having witnessed Cedric's death firsthand made Harry feel very distraught throughout the following year, and aside from Ron and Hermione, he refused to talk about it with anyone else, as he rebuked [[Zacharias Smith]]'s demands for more details, and even when a tearful Cho asked of it.
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===Kreacher===
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{{Quote|Kreacher... er... I would like to give you this...|Harry, giving Regulus Black's locket to Kreacher|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Kreacher,_House-elf._.jpg|thumb|left|195px|Kreacher Harry Potter's house-elf]][[Kreacher]] was the last in a line of [[house-elf|house-elves]] who served the [[House of Black|Black family]], inherited by [[Sirius Black]], and eventually by Harry. In his fanatical loyalty to the House of Black, Kreacher mimicked the family's [[Pure-blood]] supremacist views, and as such, despised Sirius for being a "blood traitor" and for supposedly breaking [[Walburga Black|his mother's]] heart. By extension, he hated, and muttered profanities about, anyone associated with Sirius, particularly Harry and the motley crew of blood statuses that made up the rest of the [[Order of the Phoenix]].
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For his part, Sirius saw too much of the family he hated in Kreacher, and had no problem treating Kreacher with utter disdain. After the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Harry learned that Kreacher had helped trick Harry into going to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] by pretending Sirius was not at Grimmauld Place when Harry tried to find him, and thus helped bring about Sirius's end. In his will, Sirius left everything he owned to Harry, including Kreacher. As Harry wanted nothing to do with the house-elf, but couldn't risk setting him free and letting any information Kreacher had about the Order fall into the hands of the [[Lestrange family|Lestranges]] or the [[Malfoy family|Malfoys]], he sent Kreacher to work in the Hogwarts' kitchens.
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In [[1997]], when Harry, Ron and Hermione hid in [[12 Grimmauld Place]] at the start of their hunt for Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es, they discovered that "R.A.B" stood for [[Regulus Black|Regulus Arcturus Black]], and Harry remembered actually having seen and tried to open [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] in the summer of [[1995]]. They asked Kreacher if he knew where the locket came from and what had become of it, and the house-elf was forced to reveal all that had happened between him, Voldemort, and Regulus Black; when Regulus was still a [[Death Eater]], Voldemort told him he required the service of a house-elf, and Regulus volunteered Kreacher for the job. Voldemort took Kreacher to a [[Crystal Cave|seaside cave]], where he ordered Kreacher to drink an [[Drink of Despair|emerald green potion]]. Kreacher was tortured by the potion, and then left to die in the hands of the [[Inferius|Inferi]]; he was only able to survive and Disapparate out of the cave because [[Regulus Black|his master]] called him home. Regulus became disillusioned by Voldemort's ill-treatment of Kreacher, and soon after, deduced both the existence of Voldemort's horcruxes and the fact that the magic that binds a house-elf to obey their master would supersede the cave's magical protections. Regulus then had Kreacher return with him to the cave, but instead of forcing Kreacher to suffer the effects of the [[Drink of Despair|potion]] again, ordered Kreacher to leave the cave with the locket, and destroy it as soon as he could. To protect Kreacher and his family, Regulus forbade Kreacher to tell any member of the House of Black what had happened. Kreacher took the locket and attempted to destroy it, but not before watching in horror as Regulus drank the potion himself, and was killed by the Inferi.
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Though he initially didn't want to admit it, Harry realised that Kreacher playing a crucial role in leading Sirius to his death was something that could have, and should have, been avoided. When Kreacher finished his story, Harry, with Hermione's guidance, made an effort to show the distraught house-elf kindness, comforting him about Regulus' death and even giving him Regulus' fake locket; the miserable, wretched house-elf they had known became almost unrecognisable. Kreacher told the trio that [[Mundungus Fletcher]] had taken the locket, and gladly obeyed Harry's order — which Harry made a point of phrasing as a request — to find Fletcher and bring him to Grimmauld Place.
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From that point on, Kreacher happily tidied up the house and fed the trio, until they accidentally broke the [[Fidelius Charm]] on 12 Grimmauld Place, and were forced to flee. Kreacher later led the Hogwarts house-elves, in the name of Harry, "defender of house-elves", and brave Regulus Black, in a fervent attack on the invading Death Eaters during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
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===Horace Slughorn===
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{{Quote|Please... don't think badly of me when you see it... you've no idea how he was like, even then...|Slughorn to Harry in 1997|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
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[[File:Horace_Slughorn.jpg|thumb|135px|[[Horace Slughorn]], his professor ]]
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Harry first met [[Horace Slughorn]] in [[1996]], when he accompanied Albus Dumbledore in attempting to persuade the old [[Potions master]] to come out of retirement. From the start, Harry was unsure how he felt about Slughorn; though he was clearly not someone with even the slightest inclination toward becoming a [[Death Eater]], he seemed wholly more superficial and self-serving than the likes of people in the Order and most of Harry's other professors. Slughorn had a habit of nurturing and promoting students who would allow him to benefit from his connections to them later on; on the other hand, he seemed to take into account genuine merit as much status within the wizarding community, as he told Harry that his mother, who had no connections at all as a Muggle-born witch, was one of his all time favourite students.
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Though he resisted, Slughorn ultimately could not pass up the opportunity to "collect" Harry, nor could he deny that there was no safer place to be than where ever Dumbledore was. Horace Slughorn resumed his post as Potions Master, and made quick work of inviting several choice students (which included [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], when he saw her perform an excellent [[Bat-Bogey Hex]] on [[Zacharias Smith]], and later [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]], the best in her year) in addition to Harry, to be a part of his "Slug Club."
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In due course, Harry realised that Dumbledore had not just wanted Slughorn back at Hogwarts because he needed to fill a position. During one of their [[Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore's private lessons|private lessons]], Dumbledore showed Harry a [[Pensieve|memory]] that belonged to Horace Slughorn, in which Slughorn was chatting with a group of [[Slytherin]] boys, including a young [[Tom Riddle]]. Riddle had apparently gifted Slughorn his favourite [[Crystallised pineapple]], was being being charming, and generally seemed to be building up to something. Indeed, when the other boys left, Riddle stayed behind, and slowly but surely made his way to his point; he wanted to know what Slughorn knew about [[Horcrux]]es. The room suddenly got hazy, and a voice that belonged to Slughorn but was clearly inorganic reprimanded Riddle for asking such a thing, before the memory abruptly ended.
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[[File:Horace_Slughorn_memory.JPG|thumb|left|215px|Horace Slughorn, his teacher and friend giving the memory that allowed Harry to defeat Lord Voldemort]]
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Dumbledore told Harry that original version of the modified memory would be of vital importance in understanding exactly what destroying Voldemort would entail, and tasked Harry with retrieving it. Aside from simply being "Harry Potter," Harry had three things that would help him do what even Dumbledore apparently could not: a reputation with Slughorn as an excellent potioneer, courtesy of the [[Severus Snape's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|Half-Blood Prince]], the vial of [[Felix Felicis|liquid luck]] he had won, also courtesy of the Prince, and Slughorn's fondness for Harry's own [[Lily Evans|mother]]. A combination of all those things, as well as a healthy dose of [[Mead]] and the opportunity to collect a few vials of [[Acromantula venom]], allowed Harry to finally collect the memory that confirmed what Dumbledore had suspected Voldemort had done to travel "farther down the path to immortality than anyone else": created not just one, but several [[Horcrux]]es.
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Though it seemed as if Slughorn had fled with the rest of the Slytherins prior to the start of the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], he soon returned with reinforcements from [[Hogsmeade]]. During the final battle in the Great Hall, Slughorn displayed his immense skill and courage by taking on Voldemort directly, duelling him alongside [[Minerva McGonagall]] and [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]].
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===Dumbledore's Army===
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{{Quote|Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what we are now: students. If they can do it, why not us?|Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
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[[File:Tumblr_mmarg7DVGW1ro7gbao5_250.gif|thumb|230px|Some members of Dumbledore's Army, applauding Harry]]
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By the summer of [[1995]], the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] was in stubborn denial of [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort's]] [[Return of the Dark Lord|return]], and [[Cornelius Fudge]], whether out of self-delusion or genuine paranoia, seemed to suspect [[Albus Dumbledore]] may have been making false claims as a pretext for mobilising the students of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in a coup against Fudge's administration. As such, the Ministry saw fit to appoint one of its own to fill a vacancy in the Hogwarts faculty; at the start of the [[1995–1996 school year]], [[Dolores Umbridge]] was announced as the school's new [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] professor, and later, the first and only known [[Hogwarts High Inquisitor]].
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As Umbridge steadily asserted her authority into nearly every aspect of life at Hogwarts — from refusing to allow her D.A.D.A. students anything beyond a [[Defensive Magical Theory|basic theoretical education]] and [[Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four|disbanding]] all student organisations, clubs, societies, and teams, to enforcing a unique form of [[Blood Quill|corporal punishment]] — most of the residents of Hogwarts quickly turned against her.
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Harry was the most heatedly vocal among her opposition, followed closely by [[Hermione Granger]], who had been the first to notice and question the fact that Umbridge's outlined curriculum did not seem to include the actual use of defensive magic. The two of them, along with [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], founded [[Dumbledore's Army]] (so named to mock "the Ministry's worst fear") to secretly provide students a practical defensive education. When an unexpectedly high number of students arrived at the [[Hog's Head]] pub for the introductory meeting of the D.A., Harry suspected that many of the attendees were only interested in hearing the details of [[Cedric Diggory]]'s death. However, nearly all of the members worked in earnest to improve their [[Duel|duelling skills]], crediting their marked successes to Harry's effective teaching, and many were eventually able to produce corporeal [[Patronus Charm|Patronuses]] under Harry's tuition.
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The organisation was disbanded in [[1996]], when [[Marietta Edgecombe]] gave into pressure from her parents and Umbridge to betray the [[Room of Requirement|location]] of the D.A.'s secret meetings, which nearly resulted in the expulsion of all of the members. Dumbledore ultimately took the blame (citing the fact that it was called "Dumbledore's Army, not Potter's"), and overpowered several Ministry officials to avoid being subsequently sent to [[Azkaban]].
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Only [[Neville Longbottom]], [[Luna Lovegood]], and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] continued to check their [[Enchanted coin]]s and were able to answer Hermione and Ron's call prior to the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]]. Nevertheless, all of the former members, aside from Marietta Edgecombe and [[Zacharias Smith]], reunited when the D.A. was re-formed in [[1997]], co-led by Neville, Ginny and Luna in Harry, Ron, and Hermione's absence, and fought together in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
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===Order of the Phoenix===
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{{Quote|I want to join! If Voldemort's raising an army, then I want to fight!|Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
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[[File:Ootp.png|thumb|240px|The original [[Order of the Phoenix]]]]
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Harry first heard about the [[Order of the Phoenix]] in [[1995]], a year after Lord Voldemort's return. The Order of the Phoenix was an organisation founded and led by Albus Dumbledore in opposition to [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]] during the [[First Wizarding War]], and was reinstated at the start of the [[Second Wizarding War|Second]]. Most of the Order members worked to the best of their ability to protect Harry, at great personal risk, throughout the Second War, for which Harry came to view many of them much like a surrogate extended family.
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[[File:AberforthInfobox.jpg|thumb|left|142px|[[Aberforth Dumbledore]], his protector]]
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[[Aberforth Dumbledore|Aberforth]] was [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s younger brother. Though Harry, Ron and Hermione had known him for years as the owner of the [[Hog's Head]], they didn't officially meet him or learn his true identity until [[1998]], when Harry, Ron and Hermione apparated outside of Aberforth's pub, in [[Hogsmeade]]. Harry had read about Aberforth in ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]'', a book [[Rita Skeeter]] had written, which described Aberforth as unlettered, rude, and bitter for having lived in the shadow of his elder brother. When the trio apparated outside of the Hog's Head, they set off a [[Caterwauling Charm]] set by [[Death Eaters]]. As the three were hidden beneath Harry's [[Cloak of Invisibility|Invisibility cloak]], the Death Eaters used Dementors to smoke them out; the [[Death Eaters]] recognised Harry's stag Patronus, but Aberforth claimed it was he who had set off the Caterwauling charm, and that the Patronus had actually been a goat.
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Upon taking refuge in the Pub, the trio discovered Aberforth had saved their lives once before; he had been able to send [[Dobby]] to save them from the [[Malfoy Manor]] after Harry called to him through the broken shards of the [[Two-way mirror]], as Aberforth had bought Sirius' mirror from [[Mundungus Fletcher]]. Aberforth advised Harry to take Ron and Hermione away from Hogsmeade, and to save himself. He told them about his family life, and that his sister, [[Ariana Dumbledore|Ariana]], had been so traumatised after being attacked by three [[Muggle]] boys, that she became unable to control her magical abilities. He also told them why [[Percival Dumbledore|his father]] had been imprisoned in [[Azkaban]], and about the events leading up to the deaths of [[Kendra Dumbledore|his mother]] and sister. Though Harry understood, or at least sympathised with, Aberforth's bitterness, he echoed Albus' sentiments by saying "sometimes you've ''got'' to think about the greater good!" Harry then informed Aberforth that, despite what he believed of his brother, Albus had never been free of what [[Gellert Grindelwald]] had done to Aberforth or what had happened to Ariana, referring to all Harry had heard Albus saying under the effects of the [[Drink of Despair]] in the [[Crystal Cave]]. After receiving this insight into his brother's mind, Aberforth showed the trio the secret passage to the [[Room of Requirement]] concealed behind [[Ariana Dumbledore|Ariana]]'s portrait.
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[[File:Kingsleydh.jpg|thumb|145px|[[Kingsley Shacklebolt]]]]
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Harry first met [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] when he and the rest of the [[Advance Guard]] arrived at Privet Drive in [[1995]]. Kingsley was an [[Auror]] who believed in equality and fairness for all [[wizards|wizards, witches,]] and [[Muggle]]s. He later saved countless lives by sending his Patronus to warn the attendees of the [[Wedding of William Weasley and Fleur Delacour|Weasley-Delacour Wedding]] that the Ministry had fallen, and with it, the protections surrounding [[The Burrow]]. After the [[Second Wizarding War]], Kingsley became [[Minister for Magic]].
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Before Harry had even known he was a wizard, [[Dedalus Diggle]] had met and even publicly bowed to a bemused, young Harry, much to [[Dursley family|the Dursley]]'s confusion and disgust. In [[1997]], Diggle and [[Hestia Jones]] took the Dursleys into hiding under the Order's protection from Voldemort and the Death Eaters. Hestia was furious when she realised how little Harry's Uncle and Aunt seemed to know or care about him, and was unimpressed by Dudley's attempt at reconciliation. Though Harry was mostly amused by Dudley's declaration that he didn't consider Harry a "waste of space," he probably appreciated Hestia's indignation on his behalf all the same.
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Harry thought [[Arabella Figg]] was just his odd, cat-loving neighbour, until [[1995]], when he learned she was a [[Squib]], and a member of the Order. She was outraged to learn that [[Mundungus Fletcher]] had abandoned his post when he was supposed to be guarding Harry, which left the boy and his cousin vulnerable when they were attacked by Dementors. Figg also participated in Harry Potter's trial, as a witness in Harry's defence. It is unknown if Figg fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, though it is likely that she didn't fight, as she lacked magical powers.
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Harry had learned from Moody that several members of the First Order had been killed during the [[First Wizarding War]], including [[Fabian Prewett|Fabian]] and [[Gideon Prewett]], [[Edgar Bones]] and his family, [[Marlene McKinnon]] and her family, [[Caradoc Dearborn]], [[Benjy Fenwick]] and [[Dorcas Meadowes]]. In Harry's fourth year, Dumbledore told him that [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]] had been tortured to insanity and were permanently incapacitated in [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]], shortly after Voldemort's fall, by four Death Eaters who were attempting to discover their Master's whereabouts. Harry was later confused when he heard about the arrest of Order member [[Sturgis Podmore]], who had apparently been attempting to break into the Department of Mysteries in [[1995]], but eventually realised that Podmore had been [[Imperius Curse|imperiused]]. Harry also learned about the death of [[Emmeline Vance]] in the Daily Prophet, when she was killed around the same as the murder of [[Amelia Bones]].
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[[File:Mundungus.png|thumb|left|132px|Mundungus Fletcher]]
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[[Mundungus Fletcher]] was likely the member of the Order Harry liked least (barring, initially, [[Severus Snape]]), as he was a criminal who callously pilfered many of Sirius' inherited possessions very shortly after his death. Harry attempted to strangle Fletcher when he saw him hawking Black family heirlooms outside of the [[Three Broomsticks Inn]], in [[1996]], and was disgusted to learn that Fletcher had abandoned Alastor Moody during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]]. When Harry realised that one of the items Mundungus had stolen from [[12 Grimmauld Place]] had been [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Locket]], he ordered [[Kreacher]], the house-elf, to catch him. Kreacher did so, and it was with reluctance that Harry stopped the house-elf from beating Mundungus senseless, in order to learn that the locket had been taken from Mundungus by [[Dolores Umbridge]].
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[[Augusta Longbottom]], the mother of [[Frank Longbottom]], mother-in-law of [[Alice Longbottom]], and grandmother of [[Neville Longbottom]], wasn't an original member of the Order, but she fought in both Wizarding Wars. She thought highly of Harry and his friends, and was immensely proud of her grandson. When Augusta arrived at the school to join in the final [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle]], she rushed off to find Neville, whom she was unsurprised to hear was off somewhere fighting Death Eaters.
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[[Andromeda Tonks|Andromeda]] and [[Ted Tonks]], Nymphadora Tonks' parents, also weren't original members, but were crucial in transferring Harry safely to [[the Burrow]], after the [[Sacrificial protection]] was broken. Harry liked the cheery-looking Ted Tonks immediately, though he was initially startled by the appearance of Andromeda, who at first glance greatly resembled her sister Bellatrix, but upon closer inspection, clearly had softer features, and wider, kinder eyes. In [[1997]], after the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], Andromeda and Ted healed Harry's and Hagrid's injuries, before they took a [[Portkey]] to the Burrow. Harry was saddened by the news of Ted Tonks' death, and helped Andromeda raise her grandson, [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]], after Nymphadora's death.
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===Hogwarts residents===
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====Filius Flitwick and Pomona Sprout====
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[[File:Flitwick_HBPoster.PNG|thumb|122px|[[Professor Flitwick]] the Charms master]]Harry got along well with both Professor [[Filius Flitwick]], the [[Charms (class)|Charms]] professor and [[Head of Ravenclaw House]], and Professor [[Pomona Sprout]], the [[Herbology]] professor and [[Head of Hufflepuff House]], and received [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.s]] in both of their subjects. Harry also witnessed both teachers rush to the aid of Professor [[Minerva McGonagall]] shortly before [[Severus Snape]]'s "sacking," prior to the start of the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
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====Sybill Trelawney====
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{{Quote|I miss having you in my classes, Harry. You were never much of a Seer, but you were a wonderful Object...|Professor Trelawney, referring to how she kept (falsely) predicting Harry's premature death.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Безымянный.JPG|thumb|140px|left|[[Sybill Trelawney]], the Divination Professor]]
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As [[Sybill Trelawney]] had a tendency to predict various grim deaths for Harry every [[Divination (class)|Divination class]], Harry was not especially fond of his [[Divination]] professor. Though most of Trelawney's predictions were nonsensical, in [[1996]], Harry learned it was Trelawney who had made the [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] about him and [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]], and another in [[1994]] regarding the return of [[Peter Pettigrew]] to the service of Voldemort, though she was completely unaware of having done so.
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Though Harry wasn't a huge fan of the subject, in general, Harry liked the other Divination professor, [[Firenze]], a centaur who had saved Harry's life in [[1991]]. During the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry saw Trelawney spiking [[Crystal ball]]s at the invading [[Death Eaters]].
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Despite his general dislike of Sybill for being mostly a fraud who kept annoying him with nonsensical predictions of his death, Harry was nevertheless disgusted when Dolores Umbridge dismissed the Divination professor for inadequate performance, a dismissal that was utmost cruel and unceremonious.
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====Other residents====
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{{Quote|Fame's a fickle friend, Harry. Celebrity is as celebrity does — remember that.|One of Professor Lockhart's many pieces of "advice" to Harry.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)}}
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[[File:LockhartCos.PNG|thumb|130px|[[Gilderoy Lockhart]]]]
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[[Gilderoy Lockhart]] was Harry's [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] professor in Harry's second year. Lockhart was a very handsome and famous author, who claimed he had done great deeds, but had in fact only taken credit for the deeds after erasing the memories of the actual doers: his only skill. Lockhart was extremely vain and highly self-obsessed; he assigned all of his own, very expensive, books for his class. Lockhart continually pulled Harry into the limelight against his will, often implying that Harry hoped to be as famous as Lockhart, which caused Harry a great deal of embarrassment and irritation.
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When [[Ginny Weasley]] had been taken into the [[Chamber of Secrets]], Lockhart boasted that he knew exactly how to enter the Chamber and defeat the monster within; though McGonagall only challenged him to do so in order to shut him up, Harry and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], who actually did know how to get into the Chamber, tried to tell him what they knew, only to find him packing his things and getting ready to flee. Lockhart attempted to erase Harry and Ron's memories, but fortunately for everyone except him, Lockhart attempted to cast the [[Memory Charm]] with Ron's broken wand, and the charm backfired. Harry, Ron, and [[Hermione Granger]] encountered him again, with absolutely no memories but still using his battered peacock feather quill, as a permanent resident of [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]]. Harry didn't have much sympathy for Lockhart for the attempt was all Lockhart's fault to begin with.
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[[File:Filch_and_mrs._Norris.png|thumb|left|134px|Filch & Mrs. Norris]]
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Harry disliked [[Argus Filch]] the caretaker, and his cat, [[Mrs. Norris]], as much as they seemed to dislike all Hogwarts students, though Filch did eventually help younger students and the [[Slytherins]] leave the school prior to the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. Harry found himself at odds with [[Irma Pince]], the librarian, when she very loudly expressed her displeasure at seeing [[Severus Snape's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|the Half-Blood Prince]]'s marked up copy of [[Advanced Potion-Making]], and he found it impossible to pay attention to Professor [[Cuthbert Binns]]'s very boring, droning [[History of Magic]] lectures.
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[[File:8..png|thumb|195px|Nearly-Headless Nick]]
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Harry became friends with [[Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington|"Nearly-Headless" Nick]], ghost of the [[Gryffindor]] house, in Harry's first year. Nick invited Harry to [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party|his death-day party]], which Harry reluctantly attended, along with [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]], instead of the [[Halloween feast]]. After [[Sirius Black]]'s death in [[1995]], they had a discussion about [[death]], and Nick told him that very few wizards choose to come back as ghosts.
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{{Quote|Harry, if you die down there, you're welcome to share my toilet.|Myrtle to Harry before he enters the Chamber of Secrets|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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[[File:Myrtle4.PNG|thumb|left|215px|Harry and Myrtle]]
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Harry also met [[Myrtle|Moaning Myrtle]] at [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party|Nick's death-day party]]. Myrtle was an unpleasant ghost of a girl that lived in the girls' toilet. Harry learned in [[1993]] that Myrtle had been killed by [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk]], which helped Harry find the location of the entrance to the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. She was disappointed when Harry survived his encounter with [[Tom Riddle]] in the Chamber of Secrets, saying that she would have shared her toilet with him if he had died. Myrtle aided Harry twice while he was competing in the Triwizard Tournament. First, she helped him decipher the clue for the second task; and then she pointed him in the right direction while he was in the lake. The last time Harry saw Myrtle was when he a cast [[Sectumsempra]], not knowing what it did, and hit [[Draco Malfoy]].
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[[File:Helena_Ravenclaw_DH2.jpg|thumb|143px|Helenea (Grey Lady)]]
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Harry met the [[Helena Ravenclaw|Grey Lady]] in [[1998]]. He learned that, when she lived, she was [[Helena Ravenclaw]], and that she had been killed by the [[Bloody Baron]], who had subsequently killed himself, horrified at having killed the woman he loved. She hesitantly revealed to Harry that she had stolen [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem|her mother's Diadem]] and hidden it in an [[Albania]]n forest; she even more reluctantly admitted that Harry was not the first person she had told. Her admitting she had in fact divulged its whereabouts to a young [[Tom Riddle]] led Harry to realise where Riddle must have hidden it, and he assured Helena that she was neither the first nor the last to fall prey to Tom Riddle's charms.
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===Ministry of Magic===
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{{Dialogue a-b|Dumbledore|It was Fudge's idea originally, you know. During his last days in office, when he was desperately trying to cling to his post, he sought a meeting with you, hoping that you would give him your support —|Harry|After everything Fudge did last year? After Umbridge?|Harry and Dumbledore talking about Harry's meeting with Rufus Scrimgeour|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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Harry had a mixed relationship with the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]. In [[1992]], Harry had his first run-in with the Ministry after [[Dobby]] had smashed a pudding in his Aunt and Uncle’s house. Although the incident was not Harry’s fault, the Ministry believed that Harry had used magic illegally while under-age, and given him an official warning.
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A year later, Harry lost his temper and blew up his [[Marjorie Dursley|"Aunt" Marge]]. Believing that this time he would surely be expelled from Hogwarts, Harry went on the run and boarded the [[Knight Bus]], but ran into [[Cornelius Fudge]], then Minister for Magic, who seemed strangely unconcerned by what Harry had done. Furthermore, Fudge treated Harry like a friend, although he did not sign Harry’s letter permitting to allow him to visit [[Hogsmeade]].
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[[File:Tumblr_m0di8xuToO1qleyj1o2_r1_250.gif|frame|left|The Ministry of Gmagic]]
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However, by [[1995]], the relationship between Fudge and Harry was not so rosy. Harry had witnessed Voldemort’s return to power, which he told both [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] and Fudge. The latter stoutly refused to believe Harry, and branded Dumbledore and Harry as liars/nutters in a [[Campaign to discredit Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter|smear campaign]]. In the summer of 1995, Harry performed a Patronus Charm to save [[Dudley Dursley]] and himself from Dementors, for which Harry was unreasonably threatened with expulsion from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], tried by the entire [[Wizengamot]]. Though Harry was cleared of all charges, thanks to Dumbledore's defence and [[Amelia Bones]]'s impartiality, Fudge took his revenge by employing his undersecretary [[Dolores Umbridge]] as [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] professor and [[Hogwarts High Inquisitor|High Inquisitor]] of Hogwarts. Umbridge sadistically [[Blood Quill|tortured]] Harry when he repeatedly contradicted the Ministry’s opinion that Voldemort had not returned. In [[1996]], after Dumbledore’s Army was discovered, Fudge came to Hogwarts to expel Harry, but Dumbledore claimed the D.A. had been formed on his orders. Though Harry was allowed to remain at Hogwarts, Dumbledore was forced to go on the run after overpowering several ministry officials. Later that year, toward the end of [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], Fudge arrived at the Ministry in time to see Voldemort [[Apparition|disapparate]] with [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], and was forced to acknowledge that Dumbledore and Harry had been telling the truth all along. As the Wizarding community had lost all confidence in him, he was forced to resign as [[Minister for Magic]].
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Fudge's successor, [[Rufus Scrimgeour]], did little to improve Harry's view of the Ministry. Scrimgeour asked Harry to essentially become the Ministry's mascot for the purpose of restoring public confidence, despite all they had done to Harry and the fact that Dolores Umbridge was still in their employ. Harry refused, stating he couldn't pretend to approve of the ministry's methods, showing Scrimgeour the scars on the back of his hand, and citing the fact that Scrimgeour was arresting innocent people like [[Stanley Shunpike|Stan Shunpike]]. In [[1997]], Voldemort and his Death Eaters took over the Ministry, and killed the Minister after torturing him in an attempt to ascertain Harry’s whereabouts. Although Harry did not like Scrimgeour, who hardly appeared to care at all about what actually happened to Harry or his friends, he was incredibly grateful that the Minister's final act had been to protect him.
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After [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|Lord Voldemort’s takeover of the Ministry]], with an [[Imperius Curse|Imperiused]] [[Pius Thicknesse]] acting as Voldemort's puppet Minister for Magic, Harry’s relationship with the Ministry was worse than ever before. They named Harry Potter "Undesirable Number One" and claimed he was wanted for questioning about the death of Albus Dumbledore.
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In [[1998]], after Voldemort's death, the position of Minister of Magic went to [[Order of the Phoenix]] member and Harry's friend [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]], who later employed Harry as an [[Auror]].
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===Death Eaters and enemies===
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{{Quote|And they'd love to have me. We'd be best pals if they didn't keep trying to do me in...|Harry sarcastically talking about his relationship with the Death Eaters.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Death_Eaters_entered_the_Hogwarts_Castle.JPG|thumb|right|230px|Death Eaters]]
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[[Death Eaters]] were dark wizards under the orders of Voldemort during both wizarding wars; known Death Eaters included [[Draco Malfoy]], [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], and [[Peter Pettigrew]]. Though not all of Harry's enemies were Death Eaters, the ones who most persistently and ferociously pursued Harry and his friends were part of Voldemort's inner circle.
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{{Quote|I met him when I travelled around the world. A foolish young man I was then, full of ridiculous ideas about good and evil. Lord Voldemort showed me how wrong I was... Since then, I serve him faithfully, although I have let him down many times.|Quirinus Quirrell in [[1991]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
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The first of Voldemort's servants to try to murder Harry was his [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] professor, [[Quirinus Quirrell]]. Though not a Death Eater, he encountered Voldemort in the forests of [[Albania]], and was seduced into the Dark Lord's service by promises of wealth and power. Harry found out about Quirrell's true loyalties at the end of his [[1991-1992 school year|first year]], in the seventh of the [[Philosopher's Stone Chambers]]. This news also came with the discovery that Voldemort was actually sharing Quirrell's body, and the turban Quirrell wore was, in fact, hiding Voldemort's face on the back of Quirrell's head. When Quirrell attempted to grab Harry, he found he was unable to do so without experiencing unbearable pain, due to the power of Harry's mother's [[Sacrificial protection]]. Voldemort detached himself from his servant to escape the pain and fled before [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s arrival because Dumbledore could have killed him, leaving Quirrell to die.
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[[File:Bartycrouchjr.jpg|thumb|225px|left|Barty Crouch Jr., a fanatically loyal Death Eater]]
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{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|You're mad!|Barty Crouch|Mad, am I? We'll see! We'll see who's mad, now that the Dark Lord has returned, with me at his side! He's back, Harry Potter, you did not conquer him — and now — I conquer you!|Harry Potter and Barty Crouch Jr., after Voldemort's return|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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Harry first learned about the [[Death Eaters]] after the [[Riot at the Quidditch World Cup|1994 Quidditch World Cup Riot]], where [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] raised the [[Dark Mark]] in the sky. At the end of Harry's [[1994–1995 school year|fourth year]], he realised that the man he thought was [[Alastor Moody]] was actually Barty Crouch Jr., disguised by way of [[polyjuice potion]]. Crouch attempted to kill Harry, but Professors [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]], [[Minerva McGonagall|McGonagall]] and [[Severus Snape|Snape]] rushed into Moody's office and stunned him. When Dumbledore forced Crouch to drink Veritaserum, he revealed how he had escaped from [[Azkaban]] with the help his father and dying mother, and told Dumbledore about how Voldemort had helped him overpower his father, allowing Crouch to later [[Confundus Charm|confund]] the [[Goblet of Fire]] to declare Harry a Triwizard Champion. Cornelius Fudge arrived at Hogwarts soon after with a [[Dementor]] for a bodyguard, and the latter subsequently gave Crouch the [[Dementor's Kiss]].
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[[File:LuciusMalfoy.jpg|thumb|right|155px|[[Lucius Malfoy]]]]
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Harry first saw [[Lucius Malfoy]] in [[1992]] at [[Borgin and Burkes]], though they didn't officially meet until Lucius got into a fist fight with [[Arthur Weasley]] at [[Flourish and Blotts]], over Malfoy's many insults aimed at the Weasley family. Though Harry didn't know it till much later, after a good deal of damage had been done, Malfoy had used the scuffle as a pretext for handing [[Ginny Weasley]] a book that turned out to be [[Tom Riddle's Diary]]. Harry and Malfoy met again at the end of the same year, when Harry tricked Malfoy into freeing his [[House-elf]], Dobby; when Lucius threatened Harry in his anger at having lost his servant, Dobby demonstrating the might of his [[House-elf magic]] to protect Harry. They would eventually meet again in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], in [[1995]], after which Lucius was outed as an active Death Eater and arrested. Following his failure at the Ministry, and Voldemort's discovery of the fact that Lucius had allowed one of his [[Horcrux]]es to be destroyed, Voldemort punished him by giving his son the seemingly impossible task of assassinating [[Albus Dumbledore]]. When Harry and his friends escaped on Lucius' watch after the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]], in [[1998]], the Malfoys fell further out of Voldemort's favour. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Lucius and his wife both deserted the Death Eaters, placing greater importance in the safety of their son, and Narcissa's crucial act of lying to Voldemort about Harry's death insured that the Malfoy family was not sent to [[Azkaban]].
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Throughout the [[Second Wizarding War]], Harry encountered a number of other Death Eaters: [[Antonin Dolohov]], who murdered the Prewetts and Remus Lupin, and almost killed [[Hermione Granger]] during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]]; [[Travers]], who killed the McKinnons; [[Augustus Rookwood]], who was possibly responsible for the explosion that killed [[Fred Weasley]]; [[Yaxley]], who imprisoned innocent Muggle-borns with the [[Muggle-Born Registration Commission]]; [[Walden Macnair]], who was violent and bloodthirsty, and almost killed [[Buckbeak]] in [[1993]]; [[Alecto Carrow|Alecto]] and [[Amycus Carrow]], who tortured the students of Hogwarts when they had been appointed Deputy Headmasters; [[Thorfinn Rowle]], who indiscriminately cast Killing Curses all around him during the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]] and took part in the [[Luchino Caffe Duel|skirmish]] at the [[Luchino Caffe]], and [[Rodolphus Lestrange|Rodolphus]] and [[Rabastan Lestrange]], who participated in the torture of [[Alice and Frank Longbottom]]. Lucius Malfoy, Rookwood, Dolohov, MacNair, and the Lestranges (including [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix]]), all took part in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], along with [[Vincent Crabbe's father|Mr Crabbe]] and [[Gregory Goyle's father|Mr Goyle]] (fathers of [[Vincent Crabbe]] and [[Gregory Goyle]]), [[Theodore Nott's father|Mr Nott]], [[Jugson]], [[Avery]] and [[Mulciber]].
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[[File:Fenrir_Greyback_(HBP_promo)_1.jpg|thumb|left|145px|Fenrir Greyback]]
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In [[1997]], during the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]], Harry got his first glimpse of [[Fenrir Greyback]], who was known for craving human flesh even out of [[Werewolf]] form, as well for planning his attacks by positioning himself near his intended victims prior to the full moon (typically the children of his employer's enemies). Harry, Ron and Hermione were taken hostage by Greyback and a gang of [[Snatchers]] just before the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]], during which time Greyback expressed a disturbing interest in Hermione. Though he wasn't a Death Eater, and lacked the [[Dark Mark]] [[tattoo]], Greyback was allowed to wear Death Eater's robes whenever Voldemort made use of him.
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[[File:IgorKarkaroff.jpg|thumb|140px|Igor Karkaroff]]
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Harry met [[Durmstrang Institute]]'s Headmaster, [[Igor Karkaroff]], in [[1994]], during the [[Triwizard Tournament]]. Harry later saw Karkaroff in Dumbledore's [[Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve|pensieve]] bearing witness against several of his fellow Death Eaters, in exchange for his own freedom. Karkaroff fled after Voldemort's resurrection in [[1995]]. Two years later, Harry learned that Karkaroff's corpse was found in a shack in the north of Britain.
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Harry didn't initially think highly of [[Sirius Black]]'s younger brother, [[Regulus Black|Regulus]], who followed the family tradition of zealous pure-blood supremacy for most of his life. However, [[Kreacher]] later revealed to Harry, Ron and Hermione that Regulus had likely been the first to deduce the existence of Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es, and subsequently attempted to find and destroy them. When he located the hiding place of [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]], rather than force Kreacher to consume the [[Drink of Despair]] as Voldemort had done, Regulus drank it himself after ordering Kreacher to take and destroy the locket, resulting in Regulus' death. In all likelihood, Harry came to appreciate Regulus' bravery, and respect the level of compassion he had for beings that had long been ill-treated by wizarding kind.
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==Etymology==
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[[File:Harrypotter_dormwindow.jpg|thumb|left|160px|Harry Potter in his dormitory with [[Hedwig]]]]
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[[Wikipedia:Harry (name)|Harry]] is the Middle English form of the name [[Wikipedia:Henry (given name)|Henry]], derived from the Germanic name ''Heinrich,'' from the words ''heim,'' meaning "home," and ''ric'', meaning "power, ruler." It has been a very popular name in the English-speaking world for centuries. Harry can also be a diminutive form of the name Harold, from the Old English name ''Hereweald'', meaning "leader of the army." It has been the name of five kings of Norway, three kings of Denmark, and two kings of England.<ref>[http://www.behindthename.com/php/view.php?name=harry Behind the Name: Harry]</ref><ref>[http://www.behindthename.com/name/harold Behind the Name: Harold]</ref> In an interview J. K. Rowling stated that 'Harry' had always been one of her favourite boy's names and that if her daughter had been a son she would have named him 'Harry', although then she would have to have come up with a different name for the books as it ''"would have been too cruel to name him after my own son."'' <ref name="accio-quote.org">http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-scholastic-chat.htm</ref>
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[[Wikipedia:James (name)|James]] is derived from the same Hebrew name as Jacob, meaning “holds the heel” (in the Genesis narrative, Jacob was born grasping Esau′s heel and later bought his birthright). The name came into English language from the French variation of the Late Latin name Iacomus, a dialect variant of Iacobus, from the New Testament Greek Ἰάκωβος (Iakōbos), from Hebrew word יעקב (Yaʻaqov). James is Harry's middle name, James was the name of his father and is also the name of his first son.
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[[Wikipedia:Potter|Potter]] is a very common surname of English origin.<ref>[http://surnames.behindthename.com/top/search.php?terms=potter Behind the Name: Rankings for 'Potter']</ref> It traditionally refers to the occupation of making pottery. [[Wikipedia:Beatrix Potter|Beatrix Potter]] was a well-known English children's author. [[Wikipedia:Potter's Field|Potter's Field]] is the name for a burial ground for the unknown or unclaimed dead, particularly soldiers and orphans; the Potter family had many members that fit that description. The [[Wikipedia:Potter Box|Potter Box]] is a model for making ethical decisions developed at Harvard University. [[J. K. Rowling]] has also commented that she has liked the name since childhood, as a family that had lived near her carried this surname.<ref name="accio-quote.org" /><ref>[http://www.mugglenet.com/books/name_origins2.shtml MuggleNet: Name Origins]</ref>
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==Behind the scenes==
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{{Quote|There are quite a few real Harry Potters out there. So far I have heard of a newborn baby who actually has Harry's full name (Harry James Potter), a barrister in London, a grandfather who was very pleased that he had become cool in his grandchildren's eyes, a soldier who died in the second world war (I was sent a picture of his tombstone) and a clockmaker who worked in London in the last century.|[[J. K. Rowling]]|J.K.Rowling Official Site}}
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[[File:Harrypotterdeathlyhallowspart1.jpg|thumb|155px|Harry Potter in "Deathly Hallows Part 1"]]
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*Harry is portrayed by British actor [[Daniel Radcliffe]] in the [[Harry Potter films|film adaptations]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Chamber of Secrets]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Goblet of Fire]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Order of the Phoenix]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|Half-Blood Prince]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2|Part 2]]'' and so is one of the 13 characters to appear in all 8 film adaptations. By the time ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2|Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' was released, Radcliffe had played the role for ten years consecutively.
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*Interestingly, Harry and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] share the same star sign: the Leo, also the sign of their house, Gryffindor. Even [[J. K. Rowling]] and [[Daniel Radcliffe]] both share the same star sign.
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*Harry's first friends were Rubeus Hagrid and Ronald Weasley. Interestingly, both had names that start with the letter "R".
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*[[Daniel Radcliffe]] never appears in the Harry Potter Video Games. Harry is instead played by [[Joe Sowerbutts]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Video Game]], [[Tom Attenborough]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Video Game]], Both [[Tom Attenborough]] and [[Harry Robinson]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Video Game]], [[Daniel Larner]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Video Game]], Both [[Daniel Larner]] and [[Adam Sopp]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Video Game]] and again by [[Adam Sopp]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (video game)|Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Video Game]], [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Video Game]] and [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Video Game]].
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*In the whole Harry Potter series, Harry has only called Draco Malfoy by just his first name two times.
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**The first time was when they were in detention in the Forbidden Forest in their first year.
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**The second and last time he has called Draco Malfoy by his first name was at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, when Harry talks about the mastery of the Elder wand. He says that Voldemort wasn't the master of the Elder Wand, Draco was.
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*Harry is right-handed. He tells this to Mr Ollivander in [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]. He is also seen writing with this hand throughout the film series.
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*He often describes various parts of his anatomy as feeling like [[lead]].
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*[[Josh Herdman]] plays Harry when he is disguised as [[Gregory Goyle]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Chamber of Secrets]],'' as does [[David O'Hara]] when he is disguised as [[Albert Runcorn]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''. The [[Saunders Triplets]] play Harry as an infant in ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Philosopher's Stone]]'' and [[Toby Papworth]] plays Harry as an infant in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''.
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*In a deleted scene of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'', when he is disguised as [[Albert Runcorn]], Harry calls [[Arthur Weasley]] by his first name. This is the only time Harry does this.
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*Daniel Radcliffe and Harry were both born in July — Harry on the 31st and Daniel on the 23rd.
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*Harry the character has green eyes, but in the films he has blue eyes. This is due to the fact that Daniel Radcliffe was allergic to the contact lenses. Radcliffe also has brown hair, as opposed to Harry's black hair, and also has a strong physical body, rather than the slim frame Harry is described as having. However Harry is only described as having an uncommonly 'slim' frame in the earlier installments, so it is possible that he bulked out a little into a lean frame as he matured.
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*Harry's birthday of 31 July is also the birthday of ''Harry Potter'' author, [[J. K. Rowling]], and actor [[Richard Griffiths]] who plays Harry's Uncle [[Vernon Dursley]] in the Harry Potter films.
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*In the [[Mirror of Erised]], Harry saw his family, a lot of people with untidy black hair, his own noses, mouths and knees. However, he also saw some people with almond-shaped green eyes, which could indicate that he saw his [[Muggle]] family as well, even though he did not see the [[Dursley family]]. All people were smiling at him, so there is a thought that all of his family, Wizards and Muggles, are proud of him.
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[[File:N1470647049_210604_3030.jpg|thumb|left|155px|Harry Potter in deep thought]]
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Harry is seen practising [[Lumos Maxima]] under the covers in his bedroom, but Harry does not get a letter from the [[Improper Use of Magic Office]] even though he is under-age, however, judging by the book he is reading, his reason for doing so is most likely for homework. In the book he is simply using a torch (or flashlight if you're American) while writing his homework for [[History of Magic]].
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*While Harry repeatedly states [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] is the best student in his year in all classes, he has beaten her in two of the three Defence Against the Dark Arts exams they had together, with Hermione only beating him in their first year exam. In addition, [[J. K. Rowling]] has said that Harry could have beat Hermione in a magical duel halfway through Prisoner of Azkaban.<ref>http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/0700-swns-alfie.htm</ref> Part of this can be put down to [[Remus Lupin|Professor Lupin]]'s way of teaching, as it seemed to help bring out Harry's own talent at the subject. It is probably more accurate to say that Hermione is the best student in every subject but DADA, in which Harry is strongest; hence, in Harry's mind she is the best student overall.
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*Harry's niece and nephew, [[Rose Weasley|Rose]] and [[Hugo Weasley|Hugo]], have some of the same heritage of Harry. A [[Muggle-born]] mother, [[Lily Evans|Lily]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]], and a [[pure-blood]] father, [[James Potter I|James]] and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]]. This makes Rose, Hugo and Harry all half-bloods.
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*When Harry is cleaning out his school trunk in 1997, he finds a "Support Cedric Diggory!" badge in there. Considering the badges were only created by [[Draco Malfoy]] to get a rise out of Harry in 1994, it seems out of place that Harry has it, although he may have it by accident, or out of respect for Cedric. He could also have kept one as a memento from the Tournament.
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*Throughout the films, Harry's hair grows longer and longer (the longest point was in the Goblet of Fire) until it was cut for the Order of the Phoenix. It has since grown to about the same length as it was for the Prisoner of Azkaban.
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*In the films, [[Harry Potter's scars|Harry's scar]] is off-centre on his forehead; this was apparently done at [[J. K. Rowling]]'s request: because of the books' artwork, many fans believe the scar is in the centre of his head. But it is never explicitly mentioned where the scar is located. On all the U.S. book covers (illustrations), the scar on Harry's forehead is located in the centre. The same is definitely true of the last two U.K. instalments; however, on early U.K. book covers, Harry's scar tends to appear slightly off-centre. It is somewhat hard to tell on most of these covers, as Harry's face is only visible in profile. However, on the U.K. cover of Chamber of Secrets, Harry's scar is decidedly off-centre. It is perhaps of this book that Rowling was thinking.
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[[File:Harry-lego_y_5-7.jpg|thumb|135px|The Harry Potter LEGO mini-figure]]
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*The [[Marauders]] were said to have discovered more secret places than anyone else in the history of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. This is not necessarily true, as unlike Harry and [[Tom Riddle]], they did not discover the [[Chamber of Secrets]] or the [[Room of Requirement]]. However, as they discovered an untold number of secret passages and hidden rooms, they did discover more numerous secrets than Riddle or Harry, just not the same ones.
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*In ''[[Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon|Harry, A History]]'', Rowling discussed how [[Steve Kloves]] suspected that something might happen between Harry and Hermione in ''Deathly Hallows''. She replied: "I had always planned that Harry's true soul mate, which I stand by, is Ginny, and that Ron and Hermione have this combative but mutual attraction. They will always bicker, there will always be rough edges there, but they are pulled together, each has something the other needs. [Kloves] felt a certain pull between them at that point. And I think he's right. There are moments when [Harry and Hermione] touch, which are charged moments. One when she touches his hair as he sits on the hilltop reading about Dumbledore and Grindelwald, and [two] the moment when they walk out of the graveyard with their arms around each other. Now the fact is that Hermione shares moments with Harry that Ron will never be able to participate in. He walked out. She shared something very intense with Harry. So I think it could have gone that way."<ref name="HAH" />
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*The only person Harry ever considered killing by use of curse was [[Sirius Black]] and possibly [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], ironically to avenge Sirius. It is, however, unclear if Harry knew how to cast the [[Killing Curse|Avada Kedavra]] curse since he was not taught the [[Unforgivable Curses]] until his fourth year. Furthermore, when Harry found out that [[Peter Pettigrew]] was the one who had betrayed his parents to Voldemort, he did not want Sirius and [[Remus Lupin]] to kill Pettigrew in revenge. Even during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], in which Harry defeated [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], Harry did not do so by use of any curse intended to do harm to his opponent, but rather he used his "trademark," [[Disarming Charm|Expelliarmus]]. Harry finished Voldemort by reflecting a curse Harry would never use on another, even his mortal enemy. This suggests the [[love]], which is "the power the Dark Lord knows not..." makes it difficult for Harry to kill. Even during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], Harry illustrated his unwillingness to kill [[Death Eaters]]. During that battle the Death Eaters were masked at the time, he could not know who was a willing follower and who was a controlled drone. However in the example with Voldemort, Harry knew Voldemort's [[Killing Curse|killing curse]] would backfire, so rather than use the same curse which would make him look somewhat bad, he instead decided to use the [[Disarming Charm]] to gain possession of the wand.
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*Harry usually has the last line in every Harry Potter film. Though it could be debatable on whether he has the last line of the second film since the closed captions say that Dean said, "Yes!", so he may have had the last line.
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**''"I'm not going home...not really..."'' ([[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|PS/SS]])
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**''"There's no [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] without you, [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]]."'' ([[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|CS]])
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**''"[[Wand-Lighting Charm|Lumos]]. [[Marauder's Map|I solemnly swear that I am up to no good]]"/"[[Wand-Extinguishing Charm|Nox]]"."'' ([[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|POA]])
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**''"Yeah. Every week."'' ([[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|GOF]])
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**''"[[Love|Something worth fighting for]]."'' ([[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|OOTP]])
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**''"I never realised how beautiful [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|this place]] was."'' ([[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|HBP]])
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**''"I want to bury him [ [[Dobby]] ]... without magic."'' ([[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|DHPt1]])
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**''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' is the only film in which Harry does not speak the final line. It is spoken by his son [[Albus Potter|Albus]]: ''"Ready."'' However, it is also obvious that it's mostly Harry's other son [[James Potter II|James II]] who says the last line in this film to Albus just before he (Albus) sits down next to his brother: ''"Come on."''
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*Harry also has the last line in many of the books, and if not, he makes the last gesture.
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**''"I'm going to have a lot of fun with [[Dudley]] this summer." ''[[Philosopher's Stone|(PS)]]
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**''"All those times I could've died and I didn't'' ''manage it? They [ [[The Dursleys]] ] will be furious" ''[[Chamber of Secrets|(CS)]]
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**''"He likes to keep in touch with me, ...keep up with my news...check I'm happy." ''[[Prisoner of Azkaban|(POA)]]
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**''"Harry-thanks." Harry winked at them. (Spoken by [[George Weasley]])'' [[Goblet of Fire|(GOF)]]
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**''"Really soon Harry, we promise." Harry nodded. (Spoken by [[Hermione Granger]])'' [[Order of the Phoenix|(OOTP)]]
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**''"Yeah we shouldn't miss that [ [[Wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour|Bill and Fleur's Wedding]] ]."'' [[Half-Blood Prince|(HBP)]]
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**''"I know he [ [[Albus Potter]] ] will"'' [[Deathly Hallows|(DH)]]
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*Harry was [[Wizard of the Month]] on [[J. K. Rowling]]'s website for the month of October 2007.
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*Harry is the inspiration for the [[Wizard rock]] band, [[Harry and the Potters]].
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*The makers of the film ''[[wikipedia: X-Men: First Class|X-Men: First Class]]'' used Harry Potter as their role model.<ref>''[http://harrypotterupdate.multiply.com/journal/item/850/Creators_of_X-Men_First_Class_will_use_Harry_Potter_as_a_Role_Model Creators of "X-Men: First Class" will use Harry Potter as a Role Model]''</ref>
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*Harry Potter's former romantic relationship with [[Cho Chang]] is well known for being his first crush, first kiss and first girlfriend in the Harry Potter series.
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[[File:Harrydhface.jpg.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Harry Potter]]
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*Harry Potter and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]]'s romantic relationship is told in a different way in the films series from the novel versions of ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' and ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'':
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**In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince|novel version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]], Harry shares his first kiss with Ginny in front of [[Gryffindor]] students in the [[Gryffindor Tower|Gryffindor Common Room]] after the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team]] won the Quidditch Cup. He also breaks it off with her at Dumbledore's funeral.
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**In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]], Harry and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] go to the Room of Requirement together to hide Harry's copy of the Advanced Potion-Making book, which previously belong to the [[Severus Snape|Half-Blood Prince]], after he hurts [[Draco Malfoy]]. While there Ginny asked Harry to close his eyes while she goes and hides the Half-Blood Prince book so that he and other students can not find it, when she returned to him, Ginny kisses Harry. Harry was very much delighted and surprised that he received a kiss from her. It is implied that they are still dating at the end of the film.
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**In the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|novel version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]], Harry and Ginny kiss on Harry's seventeenth birthday in Ginny's bedroom at [[The Burrow]], and Ron interrupts them when he opens the door.
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**In the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|film version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One]], Harry was in the kitchen at the [[Weasley family]] home, on the day of the [[Wedding of William Weasley and Fleur Delacour|wedding]] of [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] and [[Fleur Delacour]]. [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] arrives into the room, she asked him to fasten the zip of her bridesmaid dress. Harry and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] talked and shared a kiss, while they were kissing Ginny's brother [[George Weasley]] comes into the room and interrupts them.
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**In the film of [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]], [[Ginevra Weasley]] and [[Neville Longbottom]] are both climbing up on one of the staircases, and run into Harry during the battle. [[Neville Longbottom|Neville]] ask Harry if he has seen [[Luna Lovegood]], then [[Neville Longbottom|he]] confesses to [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] and Harry that he as feelings for [[Luna Lovegood|Luna]], [[Neville Longbottom|he]] went away to find and tell [[Luna Lovegood|Luna]]. Harry and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] share a quick kiss, Harry was going to tell Ginny that he loved her, but Ginny quickly told him that she knows, and they both went back to what they were doing before they met up. This did not happen in [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]] book.
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*A running gag in the books is the messiness of Harry's hair. In the films, this is not mentioned except for a reference in the fourth film. Harry notices that Hagrid has combed his hair so he will look good for [[Olympe Maxime]]. When Harry says to him, ''"Hagrid, have you combed your hair?!"'' Hagrid states, ''"As a matter of fact, I have. You might wanna try the same thing now and again."''
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*Harry Potter is still the only wizard to this day that has had all three Unforgivable Curses cast on him and survived.
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*Both [[Michael Corner]] and Harry have dated the same girls, but in a different order, Cho Chang and Ginny Weasley.
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*Despite being a talented Quidditch player (and the team Seeker, considered the most important player on the team), Harry never played a full season (every minute of all three matches):
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**In his first year, he was recuperating in the hospital wing after saving the Philosopher's Stone, and thus missed the final match.
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**In his second year, the final match of the season was cancelled due to the attack on Hermione and [[Penelope Clearwater]].
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**In his third year, Harry came closest to playing a full season, but spent the last few seconds of the opening Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff match unconscious after being attacked by Dementors.
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**In his fourth year, the Quidditch Cup was cancelled due to the Triwizard Tournament.
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**In his fifth year, Harry was banned by Dolores Umbridge after the opening Gryffindor vs. Slytherin match.
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**In his sixth year, Harry was knocked unconscious partway through the second match of the season against Hufflepuff, and then held in detention for the final match against Ravenclaw.
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*J.K. Rowling has said that because of the demands of his life, Harry has had less sexual experience than boys of his age might have had.<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-time-grossman.htm "J.K. Rowling Hogwarts And All," Time Magazine, 17 July, 2005]</ref>
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*J.K. Rowling has said that Harry's glasses are a clue to his vulnerability.<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1200-readersdigest-boquet.htm "J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter," Reader's Digest, December 2000]</ref>
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*J.K. Rowling has said that the character of Wart from [[Wikipedia:T. H. White|T. H. White]]'s ''[[Wikipedia:The Sword in the Stone|The Sword in the Stone]]'' is "Harry's spiritual ancestor".<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/0800-guardian-bio.html "JK (JOANNE KATHLEEN) ROWLING" Guardian Unlimited]</ref>
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*Like his parents, Harry personally defied Voldemort three times before defeating him the fourth time: once in the Philosopher's Stone Chambers, once at the cemetery in Little Hangleton, and once again during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. However, there were five previous encounters, if one counts the events of Harry's second year with [[Tom Riddle's Diary]], though that was a memory instead of the real Voldemort, and the night his parents were killed in [[Godric's Hallow]].
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*Harry learns a new mode of transportation in every book.
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**In his first year, he learns to travel by [[broomstick]].
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**In his second year, he travels by [[Floo Powder]].
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**In his third year, he travels on the [[Knight Bus]] and [[Buckbeak]] the [[hippogriff]] lets him take a ride on his back.
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**In his fourth year, he gets to the [[Quidditch World Cup]] by [[portkey]].
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**In his fifth year, he travels to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] by [[thestral]].
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**In his sixth year, he learns to [[Apparation|Apparate]].
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**In the seventh book, he breaks into [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] and flies out on a [[dragon]].
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*The only autograph he ever gave out was to [[Colin Creevey]].
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*In ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Behind the Magic'', the person who makes all the wands for the films revealed that Dan has gone through over 80 wands over the course of the ten years because he drums with them.
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*A variant of Harry is available in the "Downloadable Character Pack" [[Wikipedia:Downloadable content|DLC]] for ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''. The variant is called "Harry (Yule Ball)" because it portrays Harry wearing the [[Harry Potter's dress robes|dress robes]] he wore to the [[Yule Ball]].
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*In the ''Half-Blood Prince'' film, Harry tells Dumbledore at the train station that he likes riding around on trains as it takes his mind off things.
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*Interestingly, in several meanings of his name, Harry, it is something to do with ruling, mighty in war or war chief; this pretty much describes his character.
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*Daniel Radcliffe said in an interview that Daphne seemed to have adopted him like another father. Interestingly, Daphne plays Daniel's (Harry's) daughter.{{Fact}}
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*Harry Potter is J. K. Rowling's favourite character, though she feels that she is unusual in this, as she finds that Ron is generally more popular.<ref name="infosheet">Harry Potter Information Sheet provided by Bloomsbury to those who write to Rowling, see [[:File:Harry Potter Info Sheet.pdf|this PDF]]</ref>
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*It is seen in [[Order of the Phoenix ]]that Harry suffered from Post Tramuatic Stress Disorder but recovered from this early into his sixth year. Though it can be highly possible that Harry suffered it once more after the war.
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[[File:5afdfb5dd45e6bc449a2628f1131efff.jpg|thumb|From top to bottom:Harry age 11,Harry 12,Harry 13,Harry 14,Harry 15,Harry 16,Harry age 17 and Harry age 37]]
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==Appearances==
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{{Imagecat|Images of Harry Potter}}
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*''[[Harry Potter Prequel]]'' {{Comment|Mentioned on Title}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{1st}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]''
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*''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)]]'' {{Mention}}
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*''[[Quidditch Through the Ages]]'' {{Mention}}
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*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]'' {{Mention}}
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*''[[Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book]]''
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*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World]]''
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*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World]]''
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*''[[The Queen's Handbag]]''
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*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''
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*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
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*''[[LEGO Creator: Harry Potter]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Motorbike Escape]]''
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*''[[J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life]]'' {{Mention}}
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*''[[LEGO Harry Potter|Harry Potter LEGO Sets]]''
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*''[[Pottermore]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter for Kinect]]''
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==External links==
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*[http://www.hplex.info/wizards/harry.html Harry Potter Lexicon page]
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==Notes and references==
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Harry James Potter
Biographical information
Born

31 July, 1980
Godric's Hollow, West Country, England

Blood status

Half-blood

Marital status

Married (as of 2014)

Also known as
Title(s)
Signature

Harry Potter sig

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair colour

Black

Eye colour

Bright green

Skin colour

Light

Family information
Family members
Magical characteristics
Boggart

Dementor (possibly changed after the war)

Wand
Patronus

Stag

Affiliation
Occupation
House

Gryffindor

Loyalty
"You are protected, in short, by your ability to love! The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort's! In spite of all the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart, just as pure as you were at the age of eleven, when you stared into a mirror that reflected your heart's desire, and it showed you only the way to thwart Lord Voldemort, and not immortality or riches."
Albus Dumbledore to Harry.[src]

Harry James Potter (b. 31 July, 1980) was a half-blood wizard, the only child and son of James and Lily Potter (née Evans), and one of the most famous wizards of modern times. In what proved to be a vain attempt to circumvent a prophecy, that stated a boy born at the end of July of 1980 could be able to defeat him, Lord Voldemort attempted to murder him when he was a year and three months old, shortly after murdering Harry's parents as they tried to protect him. This early, unsuccessful attempt to vanquish Harry led to Voldemort's first defeat and the end of the First Wizarding War. One consequence of Lily's sacrificial protection is that her orphaned son had to be raised by her only remaining blood relative, Petunia Dursley where he was neither welcomed nor nurtured, but would stay alive, at least until he was seventeen years old. As the only known survivor of the Killing Curse (up to that point) Harry was already famous before he arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Early on his eleventh birthday, Harry learned that he was a wizard. He began attending Hogwarts in 1991 and was Sorted into Gryffindor house. While at school, Harry became best friends with Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, and later became the youngest Quidditch Seeker in over a century and eventually captain of his house's team, winning two Quidditch Cups.[11] He became even better known in his early years for protecting the Philosopher's Stone from Voldemort and saving Ron's sister Ginny Weasley from the Chamber of Secrets. In his fourth year, Harry won the Triwizard Tournament, although the competition ended in tragedy with the death of Cedric Diggory and the return of Lord Voldemort. The next school year, Harry reluctantly taught and led Dumbledore's Army and fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, during which he lost his godfather, Sirius Black, who was a father/brother figure to him.

Harry played a significant role in many other battles of the Second Wizarding War and hunted down and destroyed Voldemort's Horcruxes along with Ron and Hermione. During the Battle of Hogwarts, he personally witnessed the deaths of Severus Snape and Fred Weasley and learned that Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Colin Creevey, and many others had fallen as well. He encountered Voldemort and sacrificed himself, knowing that his doing so was the only way to destroy the fragment of Voldemort's soul that was inside him. In Harry's near-death experience after Voldemort cursed him in the forest clearing, Dumbledore gave Harry advice and background information on Voldemort. When told he could choose to live or to "move on," Harry chose to live, after he awoke he confronted Voldemort and defeated him once and for all.

Harry is also notable for being the only known Master of Death, having united the three Deathly Hallows at the age of only seventeen.

After the war, Harry became Auror and married Ginny Weasley, with whom he had three children; James Sirius, named after his father and godfather, Albus Severus, named after Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore, and Lily Luna, named after his mother and good friend Luna Lovegood. Harry was also named the godfather of Teddy Remus Lupin. He became Head of the Auror Office in 2007 and occasionally went to Hogwarts to deliver Defence Against the Dark Arts lectures. 

BiographyEdit

Family lineageEdit

"Now, yer mum an' dad were as good a witch an' wizard as I ever knew. Head Boy an' Head Girl at Hogwarts in their day!"
Rubeus Hagrid talking about Harry's parents[src]
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Harry as a baby with his parents

The Potters were an old and wealthy pure-blood family, and Harry inherited much wealth from his father James. The Potters descended from the Peverell family through Ignotus Peverell, who passed the Cloak of Invisibility on to his descendants. The Potters are related to the Gaunts, who are descendants of the second brother Cadmus. From him, the Resurrection Stone was passed onto his descendants as a family heirloom, set in a signet ring.

Conversely, Harry's mother Lily Evans was a Muggle-born, the first witch in her family. Lily had an older sister, Petunia, who was forced to raise Harry alongside her son.

As the Potters were considered a pure-blood family, Harry may be related paternally to various other wizards and witches through families like the Blacks, the Malfoys, the Weasleys, and the Longbottoms,[12] as well as many other pure-blood families. According to the Black Family Tree, Harry may possibly be the grandson of Dorea Potter née Black, which would mean that he was a third cousin of Bellatrix Lestrange, Sirius Black, and even his wife Ginny Weasley, and the third cousin once removed of Nymphadora Tonks. Else, they would be related to him through Dorea's husband Charlus Potter, though the relationship between Harry and Charlus wasn't specified.[13]

Harry's only known maternal relatives were the Evans and Dursley families.

ChildhoodEdit

"This boy will be famous, a legend. I wouldn't be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in future. There will be books written about Harry, every child in our world will know his name."
Minerva McGonagall[src]
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Harry as a baby, faces death for the first time

Harry Potter was born on 31 July, 1980 to Lily and James Potter, members of the (original) Order of the Phoenix at the height of the First Wizarding War; he was born "hours" after classmate Neville Longbottom.[14] From birth, he lived in hiding with his parents after Voldemort marked them for death. They lived in the village of Godric's Hollow in a home put under the Fidelius Charm to keep them hidden. They also had planned to make Sirius their Secret-Keeper, but on his advice, they changed this designation to Peter Pettigrew, whom they thought would be less suspicious. In a terrible turn of fate, it happened that Pettigrew was a spy for Voldemort. He betrayed James and Lily, then faked his own death, and framed Sirius for both.

When Harry was born Lily held a christening; it was quiet, quick, and only James, Lily, Harry ,and Sirius were there. For Harry's first birthday, Sirius bought him a toy broomstick. The Potters owned a cat but it is unknown what happened to it after Voldemort's attack.

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Lily protecting Harry from Lord Voldemort on 31 October, 1981

On the evening of Hallowe'en 1981, Voldemort arrived at Godric's Hollow and murdered James and Lily; he started with James, who tried to stand up to him; unfortunately he did not have his wand with him and was killed immediately. Lord Voldemort then advanced on Lily, who died protecting Harry. Her sacrifice prevented the Killing Curse from working on Harry. Additionally, her love for Harry became a barrier protecting her son, when Voldemort attempted the curse on Harry, it backfired and instead of killing Harry Voldemort lost all his powers and his physical form was obliterated, but was saved from death by the five Horcruxes he had made up to that point. These included his diary, Marvolo Gaunt's Ring, Salazar Slytherin's Locket, Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, and Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem[15] Later, this also included Harry himself because Voldemort not only gave part of his powers to Harry, he also accidentally gave part of his soul. This event made Harry the only person to have survived the Killing Curse. The failed curse left a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead. The scar would be a bane and a blessing to Harry in the years to come, as it opened a telepathic link between Voldemort and himself.

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The Potter family home under attack

The house at Godric's Hollow was destroyed in the attack, and Hagrid rescued Harry from the ruined house. Hagrid was given specific orders to take him to his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, but he was intercepted by Sirius, who pleaded for Hagrid to give the baby to him. Hagrid refused, saying that he was under orders from Dumbledore to get Harry to Privet Drive as quickly as possible.

Sirius, though reluctant, relented and gave Hagrid his flying motorcycle to take Harry to Privet Drive. Dumbledore left a letter of explanation to the Dursleys, but they never relayed it to Harry. Instead, Harry spent the next decade of his life in their strict and miserable home without knowing he was a wizard.

Life at Privet DriveEdit

"I'm not having one in the house, Petunia! Didn't we swear when we took him in we'd stamp out that dangerous nonsense?"
Vernon Dursley refusing that Harry was a wizard[src]
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Harry is delivered to 4 Privet Drive in 1981

Harry's life at Privet Drive was quite difficult. As they were Muggles, they had no understanding of magic, and even though his aunt and uncle knew about his lineage, they wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. The Dursleys considered themselves a "normal" family and despised anything out of the ordinary. They lied to Harry about his parents, claiming they had died in a car crash and that James was an unemployed drunk. When he tried to remember them, all he saw was a green flash. He tried to understand what it was, or if it was from the car crash, but he simply could not. Petunia and Vernon forbade Harry from asking questions, particularly those regarding his parents. In addition, the Dursleys refused to have pictures of Lily and James, and did their best to avoid the subject of Harry's parents altogether. 

They resented Harry for his magic, which was sporadic, but evident. They discouraged any sort of imagination, insisting upon "stamping that rubbish out", and screamed at or punished Harry — sometimes by depriving him of meals — whenever something "unusual" occurred. The way he was treated borders on abuse. In his youth, Harry could make strange things happen without understanding why he could, as no one had told him that he was a wizard. For instance, after Petunia sheared off all his messy hair using a pair of kitchen scissors in fury that it would not lay flat, leaving him almost completely bald with only the fringe at the front, it had grown all the way back, and to its previous messy state at that, by the next morning. Harry was punished, even though he had not done anything on purpose. Another time, Dedalus Diggle bowed to him in a shop, and Petunia ferociously interrogated Harry as to how he knew the man before leaving the shop very quickly.

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Harry's bedroom beneath the staircase

The Dursleys spoiled and pampered their son Dudley and paid almost no attention to Harry; indeed, what little attention they did pay to him was entirely negative. All his clothes were hand-me-downs from Dudley and were far too large for Harry. He was forced to sleep in the Cupboard Under the Stairs, while his cousin got two bedrooms to himself. They ordered Harry around like a slave for most of his childhood. In time, Dudley started bullying Harry. The Dursleys took Dudley and a friend to spectacular places every year for his birthday, but the only thing Harry got for his birthday was one of Vernon's old socks. The Dursleys also hid evidence of Harry's existence by not having pictures of him in the house. During the times that Harry wasn't being made to work or bullied, he was provided with little entertainment and sometimes tried to entertain himself by playing games such as solitaire.

Harry's hardship, however, was necessary as by returning to live with his mother's only living blood relative, the protection that Lily gave Harry would continue. While Harry could call that place home, he could not be harmed. However, this charm would be broken when Harry turned 17 years old, or when he no longer called 4 Privet Drive his home. Furthermore, Harry's neighbour, Arabella Figg, was a Squib working undercover for the Order of the Phoenix to keep tabs on Harry's well-being. Unfortunately for Harry, to maintain favour with the Dursleys, she was forced to give him a lousy time whenever she had to look after him, as the Dursleys would never have let him go if they knew Harry was enjoying himself, a possibility that infuriated them.

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Harry speaking Parseltongue to the boa constrictor at the Zoo

On Dudley's eleventh birthday, the Dursleys went to the Zoo with Dudley's best friend Piers Polkiss. Unfortunately for the Dursleys, they had to take Harry with them, as Mrs Figg had broken her leg and there was no one to take Harry, and they refused to leave him alone in their house. At the Zoo, Harry unintentionally made the glass of an enclosure containing a boa constrictor disappear. This allowed the snake to slither out of his cage which scared Dudley into thinking it was after him. Harry was able to communicate with the freed boa in Parseltongue, which thanked Harry briefly, then slithered out of the reptile house calmly. After this incident, the enraged Dursleys sentenced Harry to his cupboard until the beginning of the summer holidays.Parseltongue,

St. Grogory's Primary SchoolEdit

"At school, Harry had no one. Everybody knew that Dudley's gang hated that odd Harry Potter in his baggy old clothes and broken glasses, and nobody liked to disagree with Dudley's gang."
—The reason Harry had no friends at school[src]
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Harry laughing at Dudley

Harry attended St. Grogory's Primary School, a Muggle school, with Dudley. He had no friends there, since all the students were afraid of Dudley's gang, all of whose members hated Harry. In particular, Dudley's friends liked to play a unique game known as Harry Hunting which involved chasing Harry. Although he was good at sports, he was the last picked for a team because no one wanted to admit to Dudley that they liked him, rather than because he was no good. Harry got decent, if not good grades at school. On one occasion, Harry accidentally turned his teacher's wig blue; on another, he accidentally Apparated onto the school kitchen roof when escaping from Dudley's gang; and on a third, he made Dudley's old jumper shrink as aunt Petunia tried to shove it over his (Harry's) head. These incidents always enraged the Dursleys, and after each, they would punish Harry by exiling him to the cupboard — except after the jumper incident.

If Harry had not gone to Hogwarts, then he would have attended Stonewall High, a Muggle secondary school.[16]

Discovery of being a wizardEdit

"Yer a wizard, Harry, and a thumpin' good one I'd wager, once yer trained up a bit, o' course."
Rubeus Hagrid upon meeting Harry for the first time[src]
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Harry finally receives his Hogwarts acceptance letter

Harry had no birthday celebrations until the day he turned 11, which was the same day that he discovered the exceptional reality about his identity. The week of Harry's birthday, hundreds of letters began arriving at the Dursleys's home, addressed to him from a place called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When the Dursleys saw the first letter was addressed as "cupboard under the stairs," they panicked at the thought of Harry's ill treatment being observed and transferred him to Dudley's second bedroom, which soon appeared on letters as the "smallest bedroom." When Harry's Uncle Vernon first read the letter, he turned a pale, porridge grey out of fear that wizards were trying to contact Harry. Because of this, Vernon Dursley tried to destroy the letters in a futile attempt to keep Harry from his destiny. But the letters kept coming in increasingly larger quantities, to the point where they literally started flying out of the fireplace, and as they did, the Dursleys saw no alternative but to flee from them. This was not enough to enable the Dursleys to avoid the letters, as the owls carrying these letters followed them wherever they went. In a final desperate move, the Dursleys relocated themselves to a shack on a rocky island in the edge of the sea.

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Hagrid's birthday cake to Harry

At midnight on Harry's birthday, Rubeus Hagrid appeared in person to find out why Harry had not received his letter. He was infuriated by the Dursleys and explained to Harry, in spite of Vernon's obstinate protests, that he was a wizard, how his parents died, and that he was to be sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

This would be Harry's first birthday celebration, and Hagrid gave him a small homemade birthday cake and later, a Snowy Owl, whom Harry named Hedwig. Hagrid took Harry to the Leaky Cauldron, where he learned that he was famous. He met Quirinus Quirrell, his soon-to-be Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts, the Inn-keeper, Tom, a witch named Doris Crockford, and Dedalus Diggle, the man who had bowed to Harry several years earlier. Hagrid then took Harry to Diagon Alley, where he learned more about his fame in the Wizarding world and that his parents had left him a small fortune in a vault at Gringotts.

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Harry at Ollivanders buying his wand

Harry bought his first wand from the wandmaker Garrick Ollivander that day. The wand that chose Harry was made of holly wood and had a phoenix-feather core; it was eleven inches long and supple. The phoenix feather at the core came from Dumbledore's phoenix Fawkes. It was crafted by Garrick Ollivander, who had also created a twin wand. This wand had been made from yew, and contained the only other feather supplied by Fawkes. This twin wand had long ago chosen Tom Riddle as its wielder. But Riddle, after he turned to evil and assumed the alias of Lord Voldemort, ended up using this wand to attack Harry and his parents. The two wands, sharing the same phoenix origin, had a unique connection which would prevent them from successfully duelling against each other.

Education at HogwartsEdit

First year (1991-1992)Edit

Dumbledore: "Harry, do you know why Professor Quirrell couldn't bear to have you touch him? It was because of your mother. She sacrificed herself for you. And that kind of act leaves a mark... This kind of mark cannot be seen. It lives in your very skin."
Harry: "What is it?"
Dumbledore: "Love, Harry. Love."
Albus Dumbledore to Harry[src]
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Harry's scar hurts during the sorting ceremony when he makes eye contact with Severus Snape

Harry Potter was further guided by destiny when he met his lifelong best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger while riding the Hogwarts Express. The Sorting Hat took a while to decide where to place Harry. It considered putting Harry into Slytherin, but changed its mind at Harry's insistence, as he had heard about the Dark Wizards who had been in the house. All three were Sorted into Gryffindor House on their first evening at school. While Harry immediately took to Ron, he did not immediately befriend Hermione, though he was nicer to her than Ron was. On Hallowe'en, a Mountain Troll was let into the school. The students were sent back to their Common Rooms, but Harry realised that Hermione did not know about the Troll, since she was in the bathroom crying as Ron had made fun of her earlier in the day. Harry and Ron went to the girls' bathroom and found the troll bearing down on Hermione. After Harry stuck his wand up its nose, Ron was able to knock the troll out with its own club. Hermione lied to the professors when they came to investigate to keep Harry and Ron out of trouble. From that point on, the three were best friends.

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Harry playing in his first Quidditch match against Slytherin

Harry discovered at his first broomstick flying lesson that he was a natural flyer. When Draco Malfoy took Neville Longbottom's Remembrall, Harry retrieved it using his broom to fly up and catch it. He was so skilled that he was able to join the Gryffindor Quidditch team, becoming the youngest Seeker in a century, since first year students normally were not allowed to have their own broomsticks. Before Harry's first Quidditch match, he received the new Nimbus 2000, a top of the line racing broom, from Professor McGonagall. During that Quidditch match, Harry's broom was jinxed, and he lost control, which caused him to nearly fall off.

Ron and Hermione saw Professor Severus Snape staring at Harry and mumbling an incantation. Hermione went to Snape's row and under his seat and cast Lacarnum Inflamarae causing the end of his robes to catch on fire. As soon as Snape stopped making eye contact with Harry, he regained control of his broom and zoomed toward the ground. On his way, he caught the snitch in his mouth, almost swallowing it, ending the match and leaving Gryffindor victorious. It was later revealed that Professor Quirrell was the one jinxing Harry's broom, and Snape was trying to perform a counter-jinx, much to Harry, Ron, and Hermione's surprise. Meanwhile, Lord Voldemort, long presumed dead, was secretly mounting a return using the new Professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts, Quirinus Quirrell, as a host body, he was able to search for the Philosopher's Stone, which he believed would restore him to his body and grant him everlasting life. Voldemort was thwarted by Harry, with the help of Ron and Hermione. Harry, Ron and Hermione suffered a series of exhausting and difficult challenges down in the Philosopher's Stone chambers in an attempt to stop the Philosopher's Stone being stolen.

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Quirrell and Voldemort in confrontation

Throughout the challenges the group was picked off and in the final task Harry was left on his own when Hermione was unable to pass through, this left Harry to face Voldemort alone. Harry and Quirrell (who had been harbouring Voldemort with him all year) fought one another and Harry learned of his mother's protective charm when he blistered Quirrell's face by touching it with his hands.

Overcome by his struggle for the Stone and his injuries, Harry then passed out, just as Dumbledore arrived and took the Stone. When Harry awoke in the hospital three days later, Dumbledore informed him that Quirrell had been abandoned by Voldemort, leaving him to die. During his unconsciousness in the Hospital Wing, Harry missed the last Quidditch match of the year: Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw, the latter house winning. At the end-of-year feast, Harry was awarded an extra 60 points for Gryffindor by Dumbledore for pure nerve and outstanding courage, as Ron and Hermione were awarded 50 and Neville Longbottom 10, eventuallly winning Gryffindor the House Cup, breaking Slytherin's chance of winning a seventh year in a row.

Second year (1992-1993)Edit

Ron: "You're a Parselmouth! Why didn't you tell us?... Now the whole school is gonna think you're his great-great-great-grandson or something."
Harry: "But I'm not! I can't be."
Hermione: "He lived a thousand years ago. For all we know, you could be."
— Harry finds out he is a Parselmouth[src]
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The writing on the wall "The Chamber of Secrets has been opended enimes of the heir... beware"

Harry's second year started out badly, and gradually got worse. Throughout the preceding summer, Harry had not been in contact with any of his friends, had heard no news from the wizarding world, and had been mistreated by his family, as usual. The Dursleys had gone so far as to ban Harry from saying the word "magic" and the like. The Dursleys had also gained a fear of Harry's newly discovered magical abilities, which he often exploited in order to get them to leave him alone. The evening of his twelfth birthday, Harry learned that the reason his friends had not been in contact with him was that a house-elf named Dobby had been stopping letters from coming to Harry. When Harry questioned Dobby as to why, Dobby told him that Harry Potter must not return to Hogwarts. Harry refused, saying the wizarding world was where he belonged, and Dobby set out to cause him trouble. During a business meeting between Vernon and Mr Mason, who brought his wife with him, Dobby used his magical powers to drop Petunia's master-piece pudding, and then shortly afterwards disappeared, framing Harry for the chaos. Dobby's act of magic caused Harry to receive a warning from the Ministry of Magic and to be imprisoned in his room by the Dursleys. Despite their efforts, Harry was rescued by Ron and his brothers, Fred and George. Harry had packed his bags and loaded the Weasleys' magic flying car. Harry and the brothers arrived at the Burrow in the early hours of the morning, hoping not to be noticed. However, they were, and Mrs Weasley was furious.

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Harry with Fawkes

Dobby's first attempt at stopping Harry from returning had failed, so he continued trying. When Harry and the Weasleys arrived at King's Cross Station, Dobby sealed the entrance to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters early and stopped Harry and Ron from passing through the wall to get on the Hogwarts Express. However, this did not stop Harry from returning to Hogwarts, as he and Ron used the Weasleys' Flying Ford Anglia to follow the train to Hogwarts. They arrived later than they had hoped, but all in one piece; until Ron accidentally drove the flying car into the Whomping Willow and broke his wand.

However, Harry's year at Hogwarts was destined not to improve in the least. Throughout the year, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart, humiliated Harry repeatedly by dragging Harry into the spotlight against Harry's will. During a duelling class led by Lockhart, Harry revealed himself to his fellow students and members of staff to be a Parselmouth, an uncommon skill that is normally associated with dark wizards. This brought on a great deal of trouble for Harry, since the Chamber of Secrets had been re-opened, and it was the "Heir of Slytherin" who was deemed responsible. Once the chamber had been unsealed, there were various attacks on Muggle-born pupils, including Harry's best friend Hermione Granger.

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Polyjuice Potion, used by the Trio in an attempt to gain information from Draco Malfoy

These attacks were believed to have been carried out by the heir, whom many believed to be Harry, but Harry believed that Draco Malfoy was responsible. In order to prove their hypothesis, Hermione brewed Polyjuice Potion, that Harry and Ron used to change their physical apperances to that of  Crabbe and Goyle, so they could try to get information from Malfoy. They learned that Malfoy was not the heir and that he had no idea who the attacker was. Hermione, however, did not join the boys in this adventure as she had accidentally used a cat hair in her potion, causing her to spend weeks in the hospital wing. Prior to Valentine's Day, Harry discovered a diary, and while writing in it, Harry learned that the Chamber had been opened fifty years ago and that Hagrid had been accused of the crime.

By this time, Hermione had a different theory. She believed that the monster responsible for these attacks was a basilisk and conducted research into her theory. The morning Hermione was attacked, she and Penelope Clearwater had been using a mirror to look around corners for any attacking predator. Hermione had done enough research to figure that the basilisk had been moving around the school using the pipe system and scribbled her theory down on a scrap piece of paper torn out of a book. She was attacked the same day, and her paralysed body was taken to the school's hospital wing.

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Hermione Granger and the other petrified students being visited by Harry and Ron

Still believing that if Hagrid were not responsible, he could at least point them in the right direction, Harry and Ron visited him after the attack on Hermione. From under the Cloak of Invisibility, they witnessed his arrest by Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge and the suspension of Dumbledore. As Hagrid was being led away, he gave the pair a new clue. He told them to follow the spiders. Harry and Ron heeded this advice, even though Ron was deathly afraid of spiders. They met Aragog who told them that Hagrid was not responsible for opening the Chamber the first time and that the girl who died was killed in a bathroom, leading Harry to theorise that Moaning Myrtle was the victim. A few days later, Harry and Ron discovered a scrap of paper in Hermione's hand, which was torn out of a book and described a deadly creature known as the Basilisk. Harry and Ron wondered how an enormous Basilisk would go around the school undetected, and then they saw the word "pipes" written on the scrap of paper.

Harry (and later Ron) would soon learn that the person responsible for opening the Chamber was in fact Ron's younger sister, Ginevra "Ginny" Weasley, under the control of a memory of Lord Voldemort by writing into his diary, forcing her to torment and vandalise the school. They also learned that she was being kept down in the Chamber and were told that her "skeleton [would] lie in the Chamber forever." Determined to rescue Ginny and hopefully catch the Heir and destroy the Basilisk, Harry, accompanied by Ron and Lockhart, was able to locate and open the Chamber using his Parseltongue abilities. Once they got down into the Chamber, it was not long before the cowardly Lockhart attempted to erase Harry and Ron's memories using Ron's broken wand; however, his spell backfired, and he erased his own memory. The Chamber roof caved in, separating Harry from Ron and Lockhart.

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Harry slays Slytherin's basilisk in the chamber itself

Separated from Ron and a now deluded Lockhart, Harry ventured on alone. Harry soon found Ginny's unconscious body lying on the floor of the Chamber. As he hoped she was not dead, he was greeted by Tom Riddle, who had come to a simulation of life from the memories stored in the diary. Revealing his history and true nature as Voldemort, Riddle set the basilisk upon Harry. He defeated the Basilisk with the help of FawkesDumbledore's phoenix — and Godric Gryffindor's Sword.

However, Harry was bitten by the Basilisk as he killed the wretched creature. Fawkes flew over to Harry and wept upon his wound. As Phoenix tears have healing powers, Harry survived. Harry then stabbed the diary three times with the Basilisk fang to rid himself of Riddle, unknowingly destroying one of Voldemort's Horcruxes in the process. Riddle's manifestation exploded, therefore foiling his attempt to come back to life. Once the emergency was over, Fawkes flew Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Lockhart to safety. Harry spoke with Dumbledore on the events that had taken place, and explained to him that Ginny was not to blame and that Lockhart was a fraud. Harry and Ron both received Awards for Special Services to the School and two-hundred points a piece for Gryffindor House.

After interpreting Dobby's strange actions in Dumbledore's office, Harry realised Lucius Malfoy was the ultimate culprit for opening the Chamber. Before the term started, he had planted Tom Riddle's diary in Ginny's cauldron in the hope of indirectly opening the Chamber of Secrets. At this time, he did not know the diary was one of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. Afterwards, Harry was able to trick Lucius into freeing his mistreated house-elf, Dobby, who had been attempting to protect Harry all year, by giving him one of his socks. Malfoy was subsequently sacked as a school governor.

Third year (1993-1994)Edit

"He was their friend... and he betrayed them. HE WAS THEIR FRIEND! I hope he finds me, because when he does, I'm gonna be ready! When he does, I'M GONNA KILL HIM!"
—Harry, still believing Sirius Black to be the man who betrayed his parents, learns that Black is also his godfather.[src]
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Dementors board the train in search of Sirius Black

In the summer of 1993, Sirius Black — who had been wrongly imprisoned twelve years earlier for allegedly betraying James and Lily Potter to Voldemort and murdering twelve Mugglesescaped from Azkaban. This created a tense climate in the wizarding world, and many believed that murdering Harry was the object of Black's escape. As such, he was treated leniently when, late in the summer, he inadvertently inflated his "Aunt" Marge, possibly with an Engorgement Charm. That evening he ran away from the Dursleys, and after an enlightening journey aboard the Knight Bus, he arrived at the Leaky Cauldron, where Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge was awaiting him. After spending two happy weeks at the Leaky Cauldron, Harry met up with his friends Ron and Hermione along with the entire Weasley family, who had just returned from a holiday in Egypt. That night, Harry overheard Mr and Mrs Weasley arguing and learned of the Ministry's fears that Harry was the target of Sirius Black.

Prior to their departure aboard the Hogwarts Express, Mr Weasley pulled Harry aside and in no uncertain terms told Harry not to go looking for Black. Harry found it necessary to point out that he "was not stupid enough to go looking for someone who wanted to kill him". Finding only one open compartment, Harry and his friends shared their ride with a new professor, Remus Lupin. The train suddenly stopped well before it should have and was searched by Dementors looking for Black. Harry reacted poorly to the appearance of the Dementors, passing out, and beginning a pattern that would last most of the year. While he fainted, a Dementor began to suck out his positive emotions, and might possibly have stripped him of his soul had Lupin not repelled it.

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Harry approaches Buckbeak the Hippogriff in his first lesson of Care of Magical Creatures

The following day, Harry and his classmates began their new classes. Among the first was Divination, where Professor Sybill Trelawney told Harry that he had the Grim in his tea leaves. Trelawney also made a frequent habit of predicting very gruesome deaths for Harry, much to Harry's annoyance. On the other hand, there were courses in Care of Magical Creatures, during which Hagrid, the new professor, taught them about hippogriffs. Unfortunately, Draco Malfoy had not been listening when Hagrid lectured and was injured by the hippogriff, Buckbeak. Professor Lupin soon proved to be an excellent teacher in Defence Against the Dark Arts, where he taught the students how to combat various dark creatures. At Hallowe'en, the third year students went on their first visit to Hogsmeade village. Harry was not allowed to go, as he had not had his permission form signed. In light of Harry's difficulties, Ron and Hermione, who had been fighting over Hermione's new cat, Crookshanks, put aside their differences. While his friends were enjoying themselves in Hogsmeade, Harry visited with Professor Lupin. A few weeks later, Harry played in the first Quidditch match of the year versus Hufflepuff. In the pouring rain and storms, the teams played until the Dementors invaded the field. In their presence, Harry tumbled off his broom fifty feet to the ground, and his Nimbus 2000 was destroyed in the process. Knowing that Gryffindor would not win the Quidditch Cup if he continued to collapse in the presence of the Dementors, Harry asked Lupin to help teach him how to combat them.

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Hogsmeade village during Christmas

Just before Christmas, the school had another Hogsmeade visit. This time Harry sneaked out of the castle using the Marauder's Map, which the Weasley twins presented to him in his time of need. During his illicit visit to Hogsmeade, Harry overheard a conversation between Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge and several of the Hogwarts teachers. Fudge told them that Black had betrayed the Potters and that Black was still Harry's godfather. This revelation caused Harry great distress. To relieve Harry of some of his troubles the trio went to visit Hagrid, where they learned that Buckbeak was to be put on trial, and they promised to help his defence. Soon after, on Christmas Day, Harry received a Firebolt, a broom of extreme quality and high price, from an anonymous benefactor. Believing it to be from Sirius Black, Hermione reported it to Professor McGonagall, causing Harry and Ron to stop talking to her.

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first lesson on the Patronus Charm

Following the break, Lupin began his lessons with Harry. While Harry made progress, he regretted his inability to create a corporeal Patronus many lessons in. Soon after, Harry was given his Firebolt back by Professor McGonagall, and Harry decided it was high time to patch things up with Hermione. However, that same evening, Ron's rat, Scabbers, disappeared, and Crookshanks was blamed. Harry and Ron did not reconcile with her until after the next Hogsmeade visit, when Harry was almost caught. After receiving a stern talking to for sneaking out of the school, Harry and Ron emerged from Professor Lupin's office to find Hermione standing there looking distraught. She told them that Lucius Malfoy had used his influence and Buckbeak had been convicted and sentenced to execution.

The Quidditch final was soon upon them, and Harry played in the dirtiest game of his career. He managed to catch the Golden Snitch after Gryffindor was sufficiently ahead, and Gryffindor won the Quidditch Cup. They could not celebrate for long as finals were right around the corner. Harry did well on his exams, and following his last final in Divination, Professor Trelawney went into a trance and predicted her second prophecy, which stated that the servant would return to Lord Voldemort and help him return to power. The same day, Buckbeak's appeal had taken place in the castle, where the hippogriff was, again, sentenced to death. Against the advice of Hagrid, the trio went down to his cabin to comfort him. While there, Scabbers resurfaced. When he discovered that the Ministry officials were on their way, Hagrid rushed Harry, Ron, and Hermione out the back. While they made their way back to the castle, the sound of a swishing blade rent the air, and Buckbeak was apparently executed.

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Harry and Hermione use the Time-Turner in order to save Buckbeak and Sirius Black

Immediately afterwards, Scabbers bit Ron and attempted to escape, causing Ron to chase the rat into the shadow of the Whomping Willow. Once there, he was attacked by a large black dog who dragged Ron and Scabbers into a tunnel under the Willow. Harry and Hermione followed them into the tunnel, which led them to the Shrieking Shack. There, they followed the sound of Ron and discovered him in an upstairs bedroom, where they were ambushed by Sirius Black, who was revealed to be an Animagus that turned into a dog. They were saved by Professor Lupin, but then the situation turned on its head when he embraced Black like a brother, and they began talking about the long dead Peter Pettigrew. When asked to explain, they revealed that Lupin, Black, and Pettigrew went to Hogwarts with Harry's father (James), that they had all become animagi to help Lupin with his Lycanthropy and that in fact it was Peter Pettigrew who had betrayed the Potters. This was proven when Black and Lupin forced Scabbers to become Pettigrew.

After questioning he confessed, but Harry prevented Black and Lupin from killing him.

Determined to turn Pettigrew over, the whole group set off for the castle. Along the way, the moon came out from behind the clouds, and Lupin transformed into a werewolf, since he had not drunk his Wolfsbane Potion. Seeing the danger, Black used his Animagus powers to protect Harry and his friends, but was badly injured. When Harry and Hermione went to look for him, hundreds of Dementors fell upon them, trying to perform the Dementor's Kiss both on Sirius and Harry. Sirius quickly passed out, as Harry tried casting the Patronus Charm (using the thought that he would leave the Dursleys and move in with Sirius to try and conjure it) and tried to make Hermione think of something happy and cast it as well, but neither could do it. The Dementors were quickly descending on them, and as Harry finally conjured a fog Patronus, Hermione passed out, leaving Harry to fight the Dementors alone. After trying to hold them off, Harry was quickly overwhelmed. The Dementors descended on him, Sirius, and Hermione. Then one Dementor grabbed Harry by the throat and attempted to perform the kiss on him. Harry then heard his mother screaming in his ears, thinking that she would be the last thing he ever heard, when a mysterious figure on the other side of the lake cast a powerful Patronus sending away all of the Dementors and saving Harry, Sirius, and Hermione.                                                                               
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Harry Potter's patronus, a stag.



Harry began to think that the mysterious stranger was his father when he passed out. Later Harry and Hermione awoke to find themselves in the infirmary and that Sirius was about to be subjected to the Dementor's Kiss. They pleaded with Dumbledore who instructed them that nothing could be done without more time. With this clue, Hermione grabbed Harry and used her Time-Turner to send them back in time. Once there, they hid out until the time was right to rescue Buckbeak, whom they saved just prior to his execution. Afterwards, they waited for the appropriate moment to save Sirius. While they sat in the woods, Harry tried to tell Hermione that he thought his father might have saved them. When Hermione reminded him that his father was dead, Harry dropped the subject. They ran for safety to Hagrid's hut when the werewolf Lupin was on the loose, and Harry, desperate to see who had saved him, left to observe the situation. Harry arrived at the lake watching the dementors attack his past self, until he in a flash of clarity realised that he had been the one he had seen cast the Patronus Charm that saved his life. Stepping forward, Harry cast the Patronus and produced a fully fledged stag Patronus that drove all of the dementors back — saving his past self, Hermione, and Sirius. Once reunited, the pair rode Buckbeak to Sirius's window and saved him.

Harry returned to the Dursleys feeling as if he had accomplished nothing, but his trip and future at Hogwarts was brightened when he received a letter from Sirius. Inside there was permission for him to go to Hogsmeade, and Harry was delighted to have a godfather. Sirius also told him that it was indeed he who had given Harry the Firebolt.

Fourth year (1994-1995)Edit

"You have shown bravery beyond anything I could have expected of you."
—Dumbledore to Harry at the end of his fourth year[src]
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Ron, Harry, and Hermione after the riot at the Quidditch World Cup

In 1994, Harry, the Weasley family (except Mrs Weasley), and Hermione attended the Quidditch World Cup. At Stoatshead Hill, Cedric Diggory and his father, Amos, joined them. Once at the camp grounds, they met Ludo Bagman, Barty Crouch Sr. and his house-elf Winky, and many other Hogwarts students and their families, including Seamus Finnigan, Dean Thomas, Oliver Wood, and Draco Malfoy. They were able to see the match between the Irish and Bulgarian national teams up close, because Harry, the Weasleys, and Hermione had seats in the Top Box, thanks to a favour Mr Weasley had done for Ludo Bagman. It was during this World Cup that Harry learned the existence of foreign wizarding schools.

The night after the match, while the Irish team's supporters were still celebrating, a group of black-cloaked, hooded figures held terrifying celebrations of their own by suspending the Muggle camp site manager and his family in air like twisted marionettes. On Mr Weasley's orders, Harry fled into the woods near the camp site, along with Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, and Ginny. The group was separated in the woods, and in the chaos, Harry had lost his wand. The trio ran into Draco Malfoy, and he all but told them that his father was among the cloaked wizards. Later, Harry learned that Barty Crouch Jr. had stolen his wand from his pocket. While in a clearing in the woods, Harry, Ron, and Hermione heard someone shout the incantation Morsmordre, casting the Dark Mark — a green skull with a snake protruding from its mouth like a tongue — into the sky. Although Harry did not immediately recognise its significance, he soon learned that the Dark Mark had evil implications. Then, Barty Crouch Sr., Amos Diggory, and other Ministry of Magic employees Apparated into the clearing and began to question Harry, Ron, and Hermione about the Dark Mark. After Harry mentioned he had heard another voice conjure the Dark Mark, the Ministry employees searched the area and found the house-elf Winky unconscious in the bushes. Since Harry's wand was found in Winky's hand, Mr Crouch fired her for shaming his family and disobeying his orders.

At the Hogwarts start of term feast, Professor Dumbledore announced that Hogwarts would host the Triwizard Tournament, a recently revived inter-school competition in which the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and the Durmstrang Institute would also participate. New rules stated that only students seventeen and older could compete. Also, during the start of term feast, Dumbledore introduced Alastor Moody, an ex-Auror, as the newly appointed Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. This news was greeted with a mixture of responses, as Moody was known to be a great Auror, a little crazy, and to have a magical eye, earning him the nickname "Mad-Eye Moody." Around Hallowe'en the students from Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute arrived at the school, and Viktor Krum, Fleur Delacour, and Cedric Diggory were all chosen to represent their respective schools in this tournament. However, Harry was mysteriously chosen as a fourth competitor, even though he was under-age and never entered his name into the Goblet of Fire during the selection process. Many people did not believe Harry's story, including Ron believing this to be nothing but another attempt to gain fame. This caused extreme tension between the two friends. Hermione, on the other hand, "accepted his story without question," and assisted Harry in preparing for the Tournament by teaching him useful spells, such as the Summoning Charm, which Harry used in the first task of the Tournament. The champions faced three dangerous challenges on their way to the Triwizard Cup. A few days after his name came out of the Goblet, Harry attended the Wand Weighing ceremony. There he was cornered by the notorious Daily Prophet reporter Rita Skeeter who asked him many leading questions and wrote an inflammatory article about him.

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Harry faces the Hungarian Horntail in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament

In the first task, each champion needed to get past a dragon to collect a golden egg. Harry received help from Hagrid who showed the dragons to him. Realising that every champion but Cedric had found out about the dragons, Harry told Cedric about the first task, trying to level the playing field. The newly appointed Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Alastor Moody, witnessed Harry telling Cedric, but did not report him. Instead he advised Harry to play to his strengths, hinting that he should use his flying ability to get the golden egg. Four different dragons were chosen for each of the champions to face. Fleur ended up with the Common Welsh Green, Cedric with the Swedish Short-Snout, Viktor Krum with the Chinese Fireball, and Harry faced the Hungarian Horntail. Harry used a Summoning Charm to bring him his Firebolt and dodged the Hungarian Horntail to get the golden egg. Harry and Viktor Krum tied for first at the end of the task. After seeing how dangerous the task was, Ron, as well as the other students, made amends with Harry, with Ron telling him, "I reckon someone is trying to do you in." Harry managed to escape the first task with only an injured arm.

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Harry in his Yule Ball attire in winter of 1994

Between the first and second tasks, the Yule Ball, a Triwizard Tournament tradition took place at Christmas. Ron, dismayed to discover that Viktor Krum had asked Hermione to go with him, called her out for "consorting with the enemy" though he and Hermione acted as if they had not fought the following day. Harry asked his long-time crush Cho Chang to attend the Yule Ball with him but was disappointed to learn that she had already accepted the invitation of Cedric Diggory. Harry and Ron ended up attending with Parvati and Padma Patil, respectively. They both ended up neglecting their dates, as Harry watched Cho with Cedric, and Ron was overcome with jealousy for Viktor Krum, who danced with Hermione. After the Yule Ball, Rita Skeeter struck again. She had overheard Hagrid telling Madame Maxime about his family. She then wrote an article exposing Hagrid as a Half-giant, and he was so ashamed that he stopped teaching. Only after Harry, Ron, and Hermione proved that they still liked him did he return to work.

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Harry and the Merpeoople in the Black Lake during the second task

To prepare for the second task, Harry had to open the egg he won from the dragon, but every time he did, it screeched. His rescue from that particular problem came when Cedric paid him back with the information that he would figure it out if he "take[s] a bath" with the egg. Harry followed this advice; while in the bathroom, he had an uncomfortable exchange with Moaning Myrtle, and on the way back to the Common Room, he ran into Professors Snape and Moody. The latter informed Harry of Barty Crouch Sr's obsession with catching Dark Wizards. Harry did learn that the second task was going into the Black Lake to rescue "the thing they would miss most" from the Merpeople. Harry's new problem was that he had no idea of how to survive underwater for an hour. He got his answer in the form of gillyweed from Dobby, who had come to work at Hogwarts. For this task, Harry had to save his best friend Ron. When Harry reached Ron, he was shocked to find Hermione, Cho, and Gabrielle Delacour, Fleur's sister, there as well. After Cedric and Viktor rescued Cho and Hermione, respectively, Harry hung around, and, concerned for Gabrielle, he saved her as well as Ron, landing him outside the hour allotted, but earning him points for "moral fibre." After the second task was finished, Harry and Cedric were tied for first. Viktor was in second, and Fleur was finshed in last.

A month before the final task, the Champions were shown the beginnings of the challenge. They were told the third and final task was going into a maze filled with obstacles to find the Triwizard Cup. On the way back to the castle Krum took Harry aside to ask him something. Thinking that this was something important, Harry went with him. Krum then asked Harry about his relationship with Hermione, in whom Krum was deeply interested. Harry told him that there was nothing between him and Hermione and that she was just a friend. He also told Krum not to believe anything Rita Skeeter, who had recently written in Witch Weekly that there was a Harry-Hermione-Krum love triangle, wrote about him. That moment, Barty Crouch Sr. appeared in the forest disoriented and asking for Dumbledore. He disappeared again, when Harry went to fetch Dumbledore.

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Harry in the graveyard at Little Hangleton, being tormented by Lord Voldemort moments after his rebirth

To prepare for the final task, Harry, Ron, and Hermione used vacant classrooms to practise spells and jinxes. In Divination class between two of these study periods, Harry dozed off dreaming about Voldemort and left the classroom in a disturbing fashion. Rita Skeeter had witnessed this event, and she wrote on the day of the final task, that Harry was disturbed and dangerous. This did nothing to boost Harry's morale, but when he spent the day with Bill and Molly Weasley, they cheered him up when they also came to watch the final task as his substitute family. During this final event, Hogwarts champions Cedric Diggory and Harry both showed supreme sportsmanship and cooperation despite the tension brought on by the maze and agreed to touch the Triwizard Cup simultaneously, planning to tie for first place. They were unaware it was actually a Portkey and were transported to the graveyard in Little Hangleton, the Riddle family's final resting place, where Lord Voldemort was waiting. On Voldemort's order, his servant Peter Pettigrew (aka Wormtail) murdered Cedric with the Killing Curse.

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Priori Incantatem taking effect during Harry and Voldemort's duel

Harry was bound to Tom Riddle Sr.'s tombstone and forced to witness a ritual in which Pettigrew used some of Harry's blood to restore Voldemort's body. At which time, the Death Eaters were summoned to the cemetery. After Voldemort regained a full-size human form and explained his downfall and disappearance to his followers, he engaged Harry in a duel. Voldemort then tortured Harry with two Cruciatus Curses and then tried to kill him using the Killing Curse. The nature of their wands' mystical connection caused their magical streams to interlock, which created an effect called Priori Incantatem. After a battle of wills with Voldemort, Harry was momentarily shielded by the echoes of Lord Voldemort's previous victims, including Harry's parents and Cedric, with the last of whom asking Harry to return his body to his parents, which allowed Harry some time to grab Cedric's body and the Portkey and escape back to Hogwarts.

It was uncovered that Barty Crouch Jr, who had willingly taken the Dark Mark as a young man, was throughout the school year disguised as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Alastor Moody. In a terrible turn of fate, Crouch's soul was destroyed by the Dementor's Kiss from the Dementor that accompanied Cornelius Fudge. As a result, he could not give testimony, and the Ministry of Magic began to dispute Harry's and Dumbledore's insistence that Voldemort had returned, insisting that Dumbledore was trying to stir up trouble and that Harry was insane.

Fifth year (1995-1996)Edit

Molly Weasley: "All right, that's enough! He's just a boy! You might as well induct him into the Order!"
Harry Potter: "Good, then I want to join! If Voldemort's building up an army then I want to fight!"
— Harry in 12 Grimmauld Place[src]
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Harry in his Fifth Year

Witnessing Cedric Diggory's murder was very difficult for Harry, and it was not helpful that he was forced back to number 4 Privet Drive on school holidays. To make things worse than they were already, in early August, someone sent Dementors to attack Harry in the Muggle town of Little Whinging, in an attempt to neutralise him. He was forced to perform a Patronus Charm in order to save Dudley and himself. Subsequently, Harry was formally accused of performing under-age magic in the presence of a Muggle and was expelled, but thanks to Albus Dumbledore's intervention, this was changed into a Disciplinary hearing in front of the entire Wizengamot at the Ministry of Magic. In a further attempt to discredit Harry, the Ministry changed the time and location of the hearing at the last minute, but Harry was able to make it there just minutes late. He was threatened with expulsion from Hogwarts, but was exonerated with help from Dumbledore, who had witnesses and legal loopholes to help him.

In retaliation against Dumbledore, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge appointed Umbridge, then Senior Under-Secretary to the Minister of Magic, as the new Hogwarts Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher so that she could spy on the school. She was later appointed Hogwarts High Inquisitor, empowered to arbitrarily change and impose school rules whenever she chose. Moreover, every time Harry spoke out of turn, or even mentioned Voldemort, Umbridge threw him into detention, forcing him to write with her quill, that scribed the message "I must not tell lies" onto the back of his hand. However, she presumed the message failed to sink in, as Harry spread the word through The Quibbler about the previous year's events, and thus he was banned from any more Hogsmeade visits.

He was surprised when Ron and Hermione were chosen to be prefects, not him, as Fred always had expected Harry to be one. It was later revealed that Ron was chosen instead of Harry because Dumbledore thought that Harry had "enough responsibility to be going on with". Harry's jealousy threatened to affect his friendship with Ron, but he felt better when he discovered that his dad was also not chosen as a prefect at school. This suggests that Harry's desire in becoming Prefect was to emulate his father who was Head Boy in his day with his mother as Head Girl respectively, not to inflate a sense of his own importance.

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Harry instructs Neville and others during a D.A. meeting

Because Fudge stubbornly believed that Dumbledore was training an army to overthrow him, Umbridge had the Defence Against the Dark Arts class reduced to reading textbooks. Urged by Hermione, Harry secretly trained students in practical defensive magic. In an attempt to make light of the Ministry's fears, the group called themselves Dumbledore's Army, or the D.A. Feeling highly anxious and frustrated most of the time, Harry found that the D.A. was now his chief source of happiness, and the thing to which he looked forward throughout his school day. This happiness was felt by most members, as all of them, particularly Neville Longbottom, gained a lot under Harry's tutelage. Cho Chang became a member, and before the Christmas holidays, she and Harry kissed under the mistletoe in the Room of Requirement. This moment was confusing to Harry, as Cho, clearly still suffering from Cedric Diggory's death, had been crying.

However, Harry took on some much more pressing worries later that night. Lord Voldemort, wanting a "secret weapon" against Harry Potter, had heard of a prophecy hidden in the Ministry's Department of Mysteries concerning both of them. Voldemort had been obsessing over the door to the Hall of Prophecy for the past few months, and had been inadvertently allowing Harry to read his thoughts through Legilimency. The link had been growing stronger for quite awhile. As a result, after falling asleep on the night of his kiss with Cho, Harry witnessed Nagini attack Arthur Weasley in his dream, and felt almost as if he had been the snake. Realising what could happen if the link grew more powerful, Dumbledore commissioned Snape to train Harry in Occlumency in an effort to prevent further problems. Unfortunately, Harry did not enjoy having his mind peered into and did not focus on using Occlumency, having indeed been extremely curious about the door himself. During a lesson in Occlumency, Snape stepped out of the room, and Harry's curiosity got the best of him. He looked into the pensieve, which contained Snape's memories, and, to his dismay, Harry found images of his father bullying Snape. Snape himself discovered Harry's spying and refused to give him any more Occlumency lessons.

As the second term progressed, Harry's relationship with Cho became more strained. While the two did like each other, Cho was mistakenly jealous of Hermione due to the latter's closeness with Harry, and Harry still felt awkward about Cho's feelings over Cedric. When Cho's friend, Marietta Edgecombe, betrayed the D.A. to Umbridge, the members were all punished and forced to end their meetings. Harry was furious with Marietta, but Cho insisted on defending her friend. This was the final straw; at this point, Cho's and Harry's relationship "fell apart", and the two no longer saw each other romantically.

During the final Quidditch match of the year — in which Harry did not play as Umbridge had banned him for life — Hagrid, who had returned to the school months into the term and very badly beaten, decided to show Harry and Hermione why he was so badly injured. Hagrid had dragged a giant back with him from his mission over the summer. It transpired that the giant, named Grawp, was Hagrid's half-brother, and that Hagrid had been attempting to civilise the giant, but with few results. He made Harry and Hermione promise that they would look after Grawp should Hagrid be forced to leave the school. Hagrid was attacked and left the school during O.W.L. examinations, and Harry never had to go down to Grawp in the forest.

Eventually, late in the O.W.L. examinations, Harry dozed off and received a vision of Voldemort torturing Sirius and ordering him to get the prophecy. Harry was full of mind to go to the Ministry immediately, but Hermione advised him to check Grimmauld Place first to see if Sirius was still there. Harry used the Floo Network in Umbridge's office to peer into Grimmauld Place, where Kreacher stated that Sirius was gone. Unfortunately, Umbridge caught Harry and his friends in the act. She attempted to extract information via Veritaserum, which Snape claimed to have used up, before resorting to the Cruciatus Curse, revealing that it was she who set the Dementors loose on Harry. Hermione managed to save him by luring Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest, where Umbridge was dragged off by centaurs for insulting them. Harry and Hermione escaped when Grawp stumbled into the centaur camp looking for Hagrid. The trio, along with D.A. members Ginny Weasley, Neville Longbottom, and Luna Lovegood — who had assisted in Harry's attempt to contact Grimmauld Place — used Thestrals to fly to London.

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Harry and Sirius dueling Death Eaters Lucius Malfoy and Antonin Dolohov

After reaching the Department of Mysteries, Harry led them all through various rooms in search of Sirius, without finding him. The group became doubtful until they came across a room filled with crystal balls, later to be known as prophecies. One of the prophecies had Harry's name on it, and he picked it up, much to the displeasure of Hermione. Upon picking up the prophecy Death Eaters appeared, revealing that it was all a ruse to bring him there. Chaos ensued, and all but Harry and Neville were incapacitated in the fighting. Then reinforcements from the Order of the Phoenix, alerted by Snape, arrived to help aid in the battle. In the ensuing fighting, Sirius Black was murdered by a curse from his cousin, Bellatrix Lestrange, and fell through a mysterious stone arch. Harry, enraged, pursued Bellatrix, using the Cruciatus Curse, but he was unable to kill her.

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Harry possessed by Voldemort

Voldemort appeared, enraged by the failures of his Death Eaters. For the second time, he attempted to fatally curse Harry, who was too transfixed to even defend himself, but Dumbledore's sudden arrival saved him. Voldemort then possessed Harry, hoping that Dumbledore would sacrifice Harry in order to kill Voldemort. However, Voldemort was forced to leave Harry's body when Harry grieved for Sirius, which Voldemort failed to understand. Voldemort then grabbed Bellatrix and disapparated, but the Minister and Ministry employees saw him first.

Back at Hogwarts, Harry appeared in Dumbledore's office and tried to get out after Phineas Nigellus Black mentioned Sirius, only to find the door locked. Harry isn't too pleased about Dumbledore's name being mentioned by the portraits. When the Headmaster returns, Harry soon loses his temper and starts destroying Dumbledore's possessions and tries to get Dumbledore to let him out but he refuses and Harry has to listen to Dumbledore's say because he's 'not nearly as angry with Dumbledore as he ought to be.'

Dumbledore explained to Harry the real reason why Voldemort tried to kill him as an infant. A prophecy stated that he was destined to defeat the Dark Lord, for he had powers Voldemort did not: the ability to love, something that the Department of Mysteries was trying to research in a locked room. As a result of the battle, the Ministry of Magic realised that Lord Voldemort had indeed returned, and Harry and Dumbledore were vindicated. Serious steps were taken following this change in policy, such as the dismissal of Dolores Umbridge. However, this was not a sea change, as the Ministry still had a mistrust of Dumbledore.

Sixth year (1996-1997)Edit

Dumbledore: "You are of course, wondering why I brought you here tonight?"
Harry: "Actually sir, after all these years I sort of just go with it."
— Dumbledore and Harry speak briefly of their tasks[src]
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Dumbledore and Harry searching for Horace Slughorn

In the wake of the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, in June, Harry was sent home to 4 Privet Drive for the summer holidays. There, he obsessed over his godfather's death, hardly leaving his room and refusing meals. As the battle had taken place in the famed "Hall of Prophecy", many in the wizarding community including the Daily Prophet began to speculate about the relationship between Harry and that place, leading to, accidentally correct, reports calling Harry "the Chosen One". 

Early in his summer, Dumbledore requested that Harry join him in some unknown adventure and arrived to pick Harry up on a Friday, late in the evening. However, they could not depart immediately, because there was a piece of business to attend to, Sirius's will. Much to his chagrin, Harry inherited his godfather Sirius Black's estate, including Grimmauld Place and the Black's melancholic and half-crazed house elf, Kreacher. They soon were off, and Dumbledore apparated Harry to the village of Budleigh Babberton, where Harry was introduced to Horace Slughorn. In their time together, Harry and Slughorn discussed some of the professor's old students and the improved security at Hogwarts. When Harry and Dumbledore made to leave, Slughorn agreed to return to the school if he got a raise and a larger office. Following their visit, Dumbledore dropped Harry off at the Burrow, where Harry spent the rest of the summer, but not before informing Harry that he was to be given special lessons by Dumbledore himself. Later in the summer, Harry learned that he had achieved seven O.W.L.s; one 'Outstanding', five 'Exceeds Expectations', and one 'Acceptable', he also received a surprise when he was made Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.

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Harry with Professor Slughorn being handed the vile of Felix Felicis

Having learned of Professor Slughorn's propensity for hand-picking favourites, Harry experienced this first-hand when he was invited to join Horace Slughorn's Slug Club during the ride to Hogwarts aboard the Hogwarts Express. He did not enjoy the experience, and made to leave as soon as possible. Instead of returning to his seat, Harry made to eavesdrop upon Draco Malfoy, who in a meeting weeks earlier had led Harry to believe he had taken the Dark Mark. What he heard did nothing to dispel his suspicions. Arriving late to the Welcoming Feast, due to an encounter with Malfoy, Harry learned that Severus Snape had been promoted to Defence Against the Dark Arts professor. While this disappointed Harry greatly, his career as an Auror reopened, as Professor Slughorn would accept his 'Exceeds Expectations' score in Potions. As Harry had not bothered to buy a text book, Slughorn allowed Harry to borrow an old one from the supply cabinet. When Harry examined it, he found that it once had belonged to a student identified only as "The Half-Blood Prince." The book contained copious handwritten notes that helped Harry excel in Potions for once. In fact, his skills won him a prize from Slughorn — a small vial of Felix Felicis.

Within the first week of school, Dumbledore made good on his promise of private lessons. He informed Harry that they would be viewing memories of Tom Riddle before he came to be known as Lord Voldemort in order to learn his secrets and weaknesses. Dumbledore promised Harry that this information would help him survive and would prove crucial to the eventual defeat of Lord Voldemort. In their first lesson, the pair delved into the origin of the boy Tom Riddle in the Gaunt family around Little Hangleton. The Saturday following Harry's first lesson, he assumed his Captain's duties holding open try-outs. After an arduous morning, Harry found three Chasers, including Ginny Weasley, two Beaters, and Ron as Keeper who had survived with Hermione's help. Throughout the autumn, Harry used Quidditch to dodge Professor Slughorn's "Slug Club" events, doing this because he disliked the idea and because it was kinder than leaving Ron alone as Hermione had been invited as well.

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Dumbledore pouring a memory into the Pensieve

Harry's lessons were quite sporadic that autumn, and he did not have another one until after tragedy befell someone at Hogwarts. In October, during a Hogsmeade visit, Katie Bell was nearly killed after being bewitched to carry a cursed necklace to Dumbledore. The following Monday, Harry shared his suspicions of Malfoy with Dumbledore during their lesson, only to be rebuffed. That evening, Dumbledore focused on Tom Riddle just as he was on the cusp of his Hogwarts years, and Harry discovered a troubled orphan who consciously used his magic to bully and intimidate the other children. Not long after that meeting, Quidditch season was upon them. In preparation for their first game, Harry replaced the injured Katie Bell with Dean Thomas. The change produced some results, both expected, as the team excelled on the pitch, and unexpected, as Harry found himself in a jealous rage after seeing Dean kissing Ginny after practice. The team's only problem was Ron, who was suffering from confidence issues. In an attempt to boost Ron's confidence, Harry blatantly acted as if he had spiked Ron's pumpkin juice with Felix Felicis. Ron took the bait and played a flawless match; however, Hermione took the bait as well and acted unkindly toward Ron and Harry. While she made up with Harry when he told her of the ruse, Ron's sudden relationship with Lavender Brown led to continued strife.

While Harry attempted to reconcile his best friends, the Christmas holidays were fast approaching and with them the Slug Club Christmas party out of which Harry could not wrangle. Since the "Chosen One" rumours had been printed Harry had received an unnatural amount of attention from the young ladies at Hogwarts, specifically a fourth year name Romilda Vane. As Harry could not ask Ginny to the party, he was left to ask Luna Lovegood to attend with him as a friend. This hugely disappointed the gaggles of giggling girls who awaited Harry below every doorway with mistletoe. At the party, Harry was surprised to learn that Hermione attended with Cormac McLaggen, a large Gryffindor seventh year whom Ron despised and told her that it served her right when he was less than gentlemanly. Later, after Malfoy was apprehended "gate-crashing" the party, Harry learned that Malfoy was indeed up to something and that Professor Snape had made the Unbreakable Vow to protect him.

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Harry overhears a strange conversation between Draco Malfoy and Snape

Harry's Christmas was less than enjoyable, as he was cornered by the new Minister for Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour. Scrimgeour had been hoping to speak with Harry for months and used Percy Weasley as his in, interrupting the Weasley family Christmas. He tried pitching Harry on becoming the Ministry's mascot, an idea that Harry was not prepared to accept. Upon returning to Hogwarts, Harry's sporadic lessons with Dumbledore continued. Early in January, Harry delved into a memory that all but proved that Riddle had killed his own paternal family after his fifth year at Hogwarts. Then Dumbledore showed Harry a most curious memory, a memory that Professor Slughorn had apparently tampered with, and he gave Harry his first homework assignment: to get the real memory from Slughorn. After impressing Slughorn using a bezoar in class, Harry tried the direct approach only to be instantly shot down.

By 1 March, Harry had still not acquired Slughorn's true memory and had begun to grow more obsessed with Draco Malfoy. That morning he awoke to find Ron under the influence of a very powerful Love Potion, and he took him to Slughorn, only for Ron to end up poisoned. This was enough for Hermione to overcome her animosity toward Ron, and the three became friends again. Ron survived, but was not fit for the upcoming Quidditch match, so he was replaced by McLaggen. This turned out to be a bad choice as McLaggen accidentally knocked Harry unconscious mid-match. Upon his recovery, Harry had yet another lesson with the Headmaster. In it, he was upbraided by Dumbledore for not completing his assignment, witnessed the young Tom Riddle kill a woman for the famous artefacts (Salazar Slytherin's Locket and Helga Hufflepuff's Cup) she owned, and curse the Defence Against the Dark Arts post at Hogwarts. However, Harry still could not figure out how to obtain the memory and focused on Malfoy. His interest was bordering on obsession, when Ron came up with the solution to Harry's dilemma with Slughorn: Felix Felicis. In the evening, Harry took the potion and not only managed to obtain the memory, but also solved many of his and his friends's problems, including breaking up not only Ginny and Dean but also Ron and Lavender.

Even though it was after midnight, Harry immediately went to Dumbledore with the new memory. It confirmed Dumbledore's theory that Lord Voldemort had created multiple Horcruxes to ensure his immortality. Together, they theorised that the Dark Lord had created Horcruxes out of special objects such as Tom Riddle's Diary and Salazar Slytherin's Locket. Before Harry left, Dumbledore promised to let Harry join him if he found another Horcrux. With the memory found, Harry had only Quidditch and Malfoy on his mind. In the week prior to the final Quidditch match, Harry discovered Malfoy crying in the toilet, and a Duel ensued. With Malfoy on the verge of using an Unforgivable Curse, Harry cast Sectumsempra, a curse with unknown effects that he found in the Half-Blood Prince's book, nearly killing Malfoy and earning Harry indefinite Saturday detention. Unable to play, Harry waited with anticipation as he sat through his first detention. When he arrived back at Gryffindor Tower he was happy to discover that they had won the Quidditch Cup, and spontaneously kissed Ginny, about whom he had been thinking quite often, when she embraced him in the post-match elation; this marked the beginning of their relationship.

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Harry and Dumbledore in the Horcrux cave.

In June, Dumbledore led Harry out of the castle in search of a Horcrux. From Hogsmeade, they apparated to a sea-side cave, where Tom Riddle had traumatised two young children from his orphanage in his youth. The cave was difficult to enter with a toll paid in blood, and to get to the island in the centre of the cave there was only a small boat, only made to fit one. Once on the island, Dumbledore found a basin that he could not remove the Horcrux from without drinking its contents. Dumbledore extracted a promise from Harry that he would force him to drink, no matter how much he tried to persuade him not to. With this promise, Dumbledore drank, and Harry watched as Dumbledore was driven out of his mind, but upheld his promise. When the basin was empty, Dumbledore asked for water which Harry was forced to get from the lake, triggering the Inferi that were waiting there. Panicking, Harry was dragged below, but he was saved by an incredibly weakened Dumbledore.

They landed atop the Astronomy Tower to discover that Hogwarts had been invaded by Death Eaters, but Harry's friends Ron, Hermione, Luna, Neville, and Ginny, who had been ordered to watch the school lest Malfoy accomplish his nefarious goal, battled alongside members of the Order of the Phoenix on the floor below Harry and Dumbledore, with some help from the remainder of Harry's vial of Felix Felicis. Dumbledore had stopped Harry from fighting and frozen him against a wall, hidden underneath his invisibility cloak, so all he could do was watch. Harry witnessed the death of Albus Dumbledore at the hands of Severus Snape, and Dumbledore's body then plummeted from the tallest tower at Hogwarts. With Dumbledore dead, Harry was free of the spell that petrified him. He immediately set off after Snape, petrifying a Death Eater and seeking revenge. As the Death Eaters made their way out of Hogwarts Castle and on to the grounds, trying to reach the border where they would be able to Apparate again, Harry pursued and faced off against Snape. Harry tried many times to defeat Snape, even weakly attempting the Cruciatus Curse and Snape's own hand crafted spells, all with no effect. In the process, Snape identified himself to Harry as the Half-Blood Prince and escaped Hogwarts with Draco Malfoy and the other Death Eaters. Hagrid found Harry and together they managed to extinguish the fire that burnt Hagrid's hut (caused by Thorfinn Rowle). Harry then told Hagrid that "Snape killed Dumbledore", but Hagrid refused to believe him. Harry (along with Hagrid) returned to the castle to find people staring at Dumbledore's crippled and lifeless body. Harry moved forward and found his mentor's body lying completely still on the ground and Hagrid finally believed him. Harry started to cry over Dumbledore's body where he was comforted by Ginny.

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Harry witnesses the death of Albus Dumbledore, his mentor

Harry took the locket from Dumbledore's robes and was beside himself when he learned it was just a plain bit of jewellery, a decoy; there was a note inside the locket that revealed the real Horcrux was taken by someone called R.A.B.. It appeared to Harry that Dumbledore had died in vain and that they had achieved nothing that night. Ginny escorted Harry to the hospital wing on McGonagall's orders where he found Neville apparently asleep in bed, as well as Ron, Hermione, Luna, Tonks, Lupin, Madam Pomfrey and Ron's brother Bill who had been horribly scarred by Fenrir Greyback. When Ginny announced that Dumbledore was dead, everyone appeared horrified. Harry explained to everyone what had happened on the Astronomy Tower and when he was finished, they were all shocked by what he had said.

Following the death of Albus Dumbledore, his funeral was carried out. Harry was disgusted to see that Dolores Umbridge and Rita Skeeter had the nerve to attend his funeral, but he did not want to make a scene at Dumbledore's funeral and bit his tongue.

Knowing that he would have to hunt down Voldemort's Horcruxes and fearing for her safety, Harry took Ginny aside, and broke off their romance. Ginny told him that she did not care about the danger of being his girlfriend, but Harry still thought it was best if the two stopped seeing each other. He then spoke to Ron and Hermione, who committed to forgoing their final year at Hogwarts in order to accompany him, despite his protests.

Hunting the HorcruxesEdit

Hermione: "You said to us once before that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time, haven't we?"
Ron: "We're with you, whatever happens mate."
Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley vowing to help Harry in the Horcrux hunt[src]
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Petunia Dursley saying good-bye to Harry Potter in 1997

Harry, Hermione, and Ron all remained committed to their goal to locate and destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes. To protect their families, Hermione altered her parents' memories so that they forgot they had a daughter, then instructed them to move to Australia, and with some help from Fred, George, and their father, Ron transfigured the family ghoul to resemble himself with spattergroit. Harry's aunt and uncle were taken into hiding by several members of the Order of the Phoenix, such as Dedalus Diggle and Hestia Jones, despite many misgivings on the part of the Dursleys.

Battle of the Seven PottersEdit

Hermione: "I told them you'd take it like this."
Harry: "If you think I'm going to let six people risk their lives — !"
Ron: "— because it's the first time for all of us."
Hermione and Ron to Harry before the Battle of the Seven Potters[src]
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The Seven Potters

Harry stayed at 4 Privet Drive for a time, but the Order of the Phoenix needed to evacuate him to the Burrow before he turned seventeen. They sent the Dursleys into hiding first; Harry was surprised by Dudley's gratitude and goodbye. Six out of thirteen of Harry's escorts took Polyjuice Potion to take on Harry's appearance in order to be diversions if they were attacked, despite Harry's protests. Harry also secretly thought that he wished they would respect his body more. Upon leaving, the group was attacked by over thirty Death Eaters. Harry rode with Hagrid on his godfather Sirius' old motorbike, and they were attacked by multiple Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort himself.

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Harry Potter's wand retaliated automatically against Voldemort during the Battle of the Seven Potters

Harry's owl Hedwig was hit by a stray Killing Curse a Death Eater sent Harry's way. When Voldemort caught up with them, Harry thought this was the end, but his wand acted on its own to strike out at the man who was both kin and mortal enemy, destroying Voldemort's borrowed wand. The chaos ended when Harry and Hagrid passed the protective enchantments placed over the house of Nymphadora Tonks' parents, although Harry was still completely grief-stricken over the death of his beloved owl. After finding Hagrid safe and sound, the pair took a Portkey to the Burrow, where he found a worried Molly and Ginny Weasley.

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Harry embracing Ron and Hermione after the Battle of the Seven Potters

Harry was relieved to see that Hermione and Ron were fine, but was shocked when Remus Lupin arrived with George Weasley, who had lost an ear. Everyone else arrived safely, but Alastor Moody who had been murdered by Voldemort and Mundungus Fletcher, who had Disapparated as soon as the fight started. Many amongst those gathered at the Burrow believed that they had been betrayed, but Harry refused to believe any of those he loved would sell him to Voldemort, much to the chagrin of Remus Lupin. Harry then stormed outside, where he was struck by a vision of Voldemort torturing Ollivander.

Time at the BurrowEdit

Scrimgeour: "Remembered you're not at school, have you? Remembered that I am not Dumbledore, who forgave your insolence and insubordination? You may wear that scar like a crown, Potter, but it is not up to a seventeen-year-old boy to tell me how to do my job! It's time you learned some respect!"
Harry: "It's time you earned it."
— Harry and Rufus Scrimgeour at the reading of Albus Dumbledore's will[src]
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Rufus gives the first Snitch Harry caught, willed to him by Albus Dumbledore

Once settled in at the Burrow, Harry, Ron and Hermione helped prepare the wedding ceremony of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour. The day before the wedding, the group celebrated Harry's seventeenth birthday. Harry received a watch from Mr and Mrs Weasley, a traditional coming-of-age gift, and Ginny gave him a kiss to remember her by in case he "meet[s] some veela" during the Horcrux hunt.

At the party that night, Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour arrived to release the contents of Albus Dumbledore's will. Harry was left the first Snitch he had ever caught in a Quidditch match and Godric Gryffindor's Sword; Scrimgeour withheld this second gift, claiming that it was a historical magical item and was not exclusively Harry's property. Noting that Harry, Ron, and Hermione were the only students mentioned by name in the will, he asked the trio why this was; the three were unable to give him an answer.

On 1 August, Harry attended Bill and Fleur's wedding disguised as a distant Weasley cousin, Barny Weasley. They used polyjuice potion and the hairs of a Red-haired Muggle boy from the village to disguise him. The reception was interrupted when the Patronus of Kingsley Shacklebolt arrived and announced the Fall of the Ministry of Magic and the death of Rufus Scrimgeour. Chaos erupted and guests started to flee, while Harry and Hermione drew their wands and grabbed Ron before Disapparating to Tottenham Court Road.

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The trio after changing their sets of clothes after their escape

There, Hermione revealed that she had planned ahead, packing supplies in her bag, which had an Undetectable Extension Charm on it. Ron changed, and Harry put on his Invisibility cloak, and the three then entered a nearby café to hang low for a while. Whilst at the café, Ron and Hermione discussed the events of the wedding and Voldemort's coup. They unwittingly broke the Taboo curse that had been placed on Voldemort's name when the Death Eaters overthrew the Ministry of Magic, alerting Death Eaters Antonin Dolohov and Thorfinn Rowle to their location. After a brief skirmish, the trio defeated the Death Eaters, whose memories Hermione wiped at Harry's suggestion. Harry, Ron, and Hermione then found refuge at 12 Grimmauld Place.

Infiltrating the Ministry and obtaining the locketEdit

"You're going to leave here with us. Go home, grab your children, and get out, get out of the country if you've got to. Disguise yourselves and run. You've seen how it is, you won't get anything like a fair hearing here."
—Harry while freeing Muggle-borns from the Muggle-Born Registration Commission[src]
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Harry disguised as Albert Runcorn

Having found no leads regarding the Horcruxes over the summer, Harry discovered R.A.B. during the trio's first morning at 12 Grimmauld Place. Once Hermione remembered that Salazar Slytherin's Locket had been in the house during its occupation by the Order of the Phoenix, Harry summoned Kreacher, and they learned that it had been stolen by Mundungus Fletcher. When the trio questioned him about it, he revealed that it was now in the possession of Dolores Umbridge. On the same day, Remus Lupin had been to visit. He asked Harry if he could join them, but once Harry found out that Tonks was pregnant, he refused. This caused a temporary rift between the two of them.

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Harry as "Undesirable No. 1" by the Ministry

For the following month, the trio would take turns under the Invisibility Cloak to watch the Ministry entrance. Formulating their plans, they managed to infiltrate the Ministry. Using Polyjuice Potion Harry transformed into Albert Runcorn. He searched Umbridge's office but did not find the locket. He did, however, take Moody's eye from her door. Finding Umbridge trying Muggle-borns for "stealing" magic, Hermione managed to trick Umbridge into revealing the locket, and she lied about how she obtained it.

Furious, Harry stunned both her and Yaxley. He and Hermione freed the Muggle-borns who were being held by the Muggle-Born Registration Commission, and Hermione conjured a copy of the locket while they took the real thing. They met up with Ron again and escaped, though Yaxley grabbed Hermione’s arm while they were Disapparating. She evaded him with a Revulsion Jinx, but the location of 12 Grimmauld Place was revealed to him, and they were forced to abandon it as a hide-out. But instead Hermione took them to the woods that were once the location of the Quidditch World Cup.

Ron's departureEdit

Harry: "I thought you knew what you’d signed up for."
Ron: "Yeah, I thought I did too."
Harry: "So what part of it isn't living up to your expectations? Did you think we’d be staying in five-star hotels? Finding a Horcrux every other day? Did you think you’d be back to Mummy by Christmas?"
Ron: "We thought you knew what you were doing! We thought Dumbledore had told you what to do, we thought you had a real plan!"
— Harry and Ron before the latter's departure[src]
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Harry during the Horcrux hunt after Ron's departure

After securing the locket, the three friends took turns wearing it, to ensure it was not lost. The locket had a negative influence on all of them, straining relations and causing them to all act moody and inclined to get into petty arguments. They overheard a goblin saying that the sword protected by Snape was a fake. They learned that the Sword of Gryffindor in Snape's office was a copy of the real sword, and that they would have to trace the location of the real sword.

Harry and Hermione were excited at knowing what object they could use to destroy Horcruxes, but the locket's negative energy pushed Ron over the edge. Knowing that they now had something they were not close to destroying, Ron and Harry got into a horrible row, in which Ron accused Harry of not knowing what he was doing and not being very concerned when they learned that Ginny had been punished for attempting to steal Gryffindor’s Sword for them, along with Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood. Ron then abandoned his friends accusing Hermione of preferring Harry to himself.

Ron’s departure left both Harry and Hermione depressed. After some listless time in which they accomplished nothing, they decided to head to Godric's Hollow, as Harry wanted to visit his parents’s graves, and Hermione had convinced herself that Dumbledore might have entrusted the Sword of Gryffindor to Bathilda Bagshot, a magical historian who lived there and who had been friendly with the Potters and the Dumbledores.

Attack at Godric's HollowEdit

Hermione: "Meanwhile, we went to Godric's Hollow and, let's think, what happened there, Harry? Oh yes, You-Know-Who's snake turned up, it nearly killed both of us and then You-Know who himself arrived and missed us by about a second."
Ron: "What?"
— Hermione recounting their trip to Godric's Hollow[src]
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Nagini attacking Harry in Bathilda Bagshot's house.

They arrived on Christmas Eve. After seeing the memorial dedicated to his parents, Harry and Hermione searched the graveyard for the Potters's grave and came across the grave of Kendra and Ariana Dumbledore and that of Ignotus Peverell. Harry was filled with regret that Dumbledore had not shared this connection with him. Upon discovering Harry's parents's grave Hermione called out to Harry and comforted him when he reached the grave. After placing a wreath on his parents’s graves, the two then met Bathilda, who motioned for them to follow her into her home. Believing Bathilda wanted to give him the Sword, Harry accompanied her upstairs alone when she indicated that Hermione should stay downstairs.

Once there, she questioned Harry in what he did not realise was Parseltongue, revealing herself to in fact be Nagini, Voldemort's snake. Voldemort had murderd Bathilda and animated her corpse to hide Nagini, who attacked Harry, biting and coiling herself around Harry. Hermione raced upstairs and repelled the snake, while Harry’s scar burned, alerting him to Voldemort’s approach. The pair managed to escape, but Harry was knocked unconscious and such a close call with Voldemort caused the connection to re-open and Harry had a vision of his parents' demise. And in the scuffle, Harry's wand was accidentally broken by Hermione's Blasting Curse.

Ron's return and the obtaining of The Sword of GryffindorEdit

"Ron, stab it, STAB IT!"
—Harry and Ron confronting Voldemort's locket Horcrux[src]
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Harry being lead by a doe Patronus to the hiding place of the Sword of Gryffindor

After escaping Voldemort, Harry and Hermione camped out in the Forest of Dean, where Hermione healed Nagini’s bite with Dittany. When they were camped out there, Harry and Hermione read parts of Rita Skeeter's biography of Dumbledore, The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore which Hermione had stolen from the home of Bathilda Bagshot. Upon reading, Harry felt betrayed, because Dumbledore had not shared this information with Harry. Hermione tried to convince Harry that Dumbledore had his best interests at heart, but Harry became quite disillusioned.

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Riddle Harry and Riddle Hermione share a kiss after taunting Ron

A couple nights later, while standing guard outside the tent, Harry was lead by a silver doe Patronus Charm to a frozen pool into which someone had placed the Sword of Gryffindor, which leads Harry to strip to his underwear and jump in the pool. While trying to acquire the sword, the locket attempted to strangle him, but he was rescued by Ron, who had returned through the use of his Deluminator.

During the brief skirmish with the Horcrux, a taunting Harry and Hermione appearcreated by the Horcrux. The naked Harry and Hermione begin to kiss passionately, angering Ron, who then destroyed the Horcrux with the sword, casting the two away. As Ron had saved his life, Harry forgave him for leaving, and after seeing the Horcrux torture Ron, explained that he had no feelings for Hermione beyond that of a sibling. Hermione, who had been inside the tent during the destruction of the Horcrux, was angry with Ron for a longer period.

Visit to the Lovegood HouseEdit

Hermione: "‘There were once three brothers who were travelling along a long, winding road at twilight — "
Ron: "Midnight, our mum always told us. Sorry, I just think it’s a bit spookier if it’s midnight!"
Harry: "Yeah, because we really need a bit more fear in our lives."
— The trio while reading The Tales of Beedle the Bard at the Lovegood House[src]
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The Trio speaking with Xenophilius Lovegood at his home, near the village of Ottery St. Catchpole

At Hermione's request, the three friends travelled to Luna Lovegood’s home to question Xenophilius Lovegood. They asked about a triangular symbol Dumbledore had left them to decipher in the book he bequeathed to Hermione. After learning of the Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron, and Hermione discovered that Xenophilius summoned Death Eaters in an attempt to persuade them to return his abducted daughter. The trio escaped the Death Eaters when Hermione blasted the floor open to show them Harry, but managed to keep Ron's alibi of being sick at home with spattergroit intact by covering him with the Invisibility Cloak.

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The sign of the Deathly Hallows

Harry soon became obsessed by the Deathly Hallows. He spent hours each day brooding over the possibilities forgetting about his responsibilities. He came to believe that the Resurrection Stone was enclosed within the Golden Snitch bequeathed to him by Dumbledore. He also surmised that Lord Voldemort was abroad in a search for the ElderWand. This obsession troubled his friends, and with the drop in Harry's attentiveness, Ron's leadership qualities flourished.

Capture by Snatchers and Skirmish at Malfoy ManorEdit

"You're a lying, you filthy Mudblood, and I know it! You have been inside my vault at Gringotts! Tell the truth, tell the truth! What else did you take? What else have you got? Tell me the truth or, I swear, I shall run you through with this knife! What else did you take, what else? ANSWER ME! CRUCIO!"
—Overheard parts of Bellatrix's interrogation of Hermione Granger[src]

After listening to a broadcast of Potterwatch around Easter 1998, Harry determined that Voldemort was seeking the Elder Wand, and accidentally broke the Taboo on Voldemort's name. Captured by a gang of Snatchers led by Fenrir Greyback, the trio was questioned as to their identities. Hermione had hit Harry's face with a Stinging Hex, attempting to conceal their true identities. After Greyback and Scabior realised that they had caught Harry Potter, the trio was taken to Malfoy Manor in Wiltshire, England.

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Bellatrix Lestrange at Malfoy Manor

When Bellatrix Lestrange learned that Harry had been caught, she sought to summon Voldemort, until she noticed one of the Snatchers had the Sword of Gryffindor, which was supposed to be in her vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank. From her drastic change in tone of voice and her worries that they would all perish, Harry determined that another Horcrux was hidden there, as well. Bellatrix isolated Hermione for interrogation and torture with the Cruciatus Curse, but Hermione lied, claiming that the Sword was just a copy. Harry convinced Griphook, a goblin prisoner, to support this story.

In panic as Hermione screamed in pain upstairs, and Ron sobbed at hearing her, Harry called out for help — a cry heard by Aberforth Dumbledore through a fragment of a two-way mirror in the cellar. Aberforth sent Dobby the house-elf to rescue the prisoners. Harry had him take Luna Lovegood, Garrick Ollivander, and Dean Thomas to Shell Cottage, while he and Ron went to rescue Hermione. On the way, they had to fight Peter Pettigrew, whose silver hand strangled him to death when he hesitated to hurt Harry, who reminded him that he had once saved his life. A skirmish ensued upstairs, during which Harry took Draco Malfoy's wand from him, and he and Ron saved Hermione and Griphook with Dobby's assistance.

Escape and Dobby's deathEdit

Harry: "Dobby, no, don't die, don't die —"
Dobby: "Harry... Potter..."
Dobby's final moments.[src]
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Dobby dies in Harry's arms

As they escaped Malfoy Manor by Apparition, Bellatrix Lestrange threw a silver knife to where they were disapparating. Harry was initially relieved to realise he had managed to apparate to Shell Cottage with Ron, Hermione, and Dobby in tow, but was horrified to see the knife protruding from Dobby's chest before Dobby collapsed and died in Harry's arms. Harry decided that he would not build the grave of Dobby with magic, opting instead to do so manually, using a shovel; this was his way of both repaying Dobby's bravery and ebbing his own grief.

Harry, his scar now burning temptingly threatening to have Voldemort's thoughts engulf him, was finally able to learn control of denying Voldemort's entry into his mind. He attributed this to his grief and love for Dobby. While digging the grave, more understanding came to Harry. He realised that though the Deathly Hallows were tempting objects, Dumbledore had tasked him with destroying Horcruxes. He decided to trust Dumbledore, reaffirming his faith in his mentor. During the funeral, Luna Lovegood gave a short eulogy to Dobby, and Harry managed to say his final goodbye to one of his most loyal friends.

Shell Cottage and Break-In of GringottsEdit

Harry: "He can have it after we've used it on all of the Horcruxes. I'll make sure he gets it then. I'll keep my word... I won't be lying... really."
Hermione: "I don't like it."
Harry: "Nor do I, much."
— Harry and Hermione on Griphook's demand for Godric Gryffindor's Sword[src]
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Harry at Dobby's Grave

Following the death of Dobby, Harry, Ron, and Hermione stayed at Shell Cottage for some time. During their stay, the trio formed a plan to break into the Lestrange Vault to obtain the Horcrux within, with the help of Griphook. Due to the fact that Griphook would only help in exchange for Godric Gryffindor's Sword, Harry decided to word his request so that the handover would not take place until after Harry had used it to dispose of the remaining Horcruxes. Although feeling guilty for the deception, Harry knew that the sword was their only known weapon against the Horcruxes. The other residents of Shell Cottage could not fail to notice the trio's behaviour. Bill Weasley took Harry aside and advised Harry to be cautious when making deals with Griphook who Harry was increasingly disliking. Around the same time, Remus Lupin came to Shell Cottage bearing tidings of new birth. He asked Harry to be the godfather of his newborn child, Ted Lupin. It seemed as if the incident between them at 12 Grimmauld Place had never occurred

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Hermione impersonating Bellatrix Lestrange at Gingotts

The trio and Griphook left Shell Cottage early the next morning to break into Gringotts. Hermione disguised herself as Bellatrix Lestrange, using Polyjuice Potion, so as to fool the goblins at Gringotts that it was really Bellatrix who was entering the vault, and they had Bellatrix's wand that Harry had captured at Malfoy Manor as further proof for the disguise. Ron was transfigured to look like a foreign wizard named Dragomir Despard, and Harry had Griphook on his shoulders; both were under the Invisibility Cloak.

Their plan proceeded reasonably well; Hermione made a convincing Bellatrix, despite a close encounter with a Death Eater named Travers, whose susipicions seemed to be eased and accompanied the group to Gringotts. Two human guards there had Probity Probes that detected concealment charms, and Harry used a Confundus Charm on them to get Hermione passed unchecked. Inside, the Goblins requested Bellatrix's identification. When Hermione hesitated, one nervously said that her wand was sufficient proof, though Hermione claimed it was new. Harry suspected the Goblins knew that Bellatrix's wand was stolen and were looking for an impostor.

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Harry searches for Hufflepuff's cup in the Lestrange's vault

Griphook told Harry to use the Imperius Curse and Bogrod then accepted the wand as being correct. Bogrod requested the Clankers, and then led Hermione and Ron, with Harry, Griphook, and Travers into a passageway. The door slammed shut, and Harry sent Travers away to hide. Bogrod, still under the Imperius curse, summoned a cart that descended deep within Gringotts. After many twists and turns, the cart passed through Thief's Downfall, a security waterfall that washed away all illusion charms. When the cart overturned and dumped them out, Hermione and Ron had been reverted to themselves. Griphook believed the other Goblins knew they were impostors, but Harry wanted to continue and cursed Bogrod again.

The trio and Griphook found the Lestrange Vault guarded by an aged, half-blind dragon. Griphook subdued it using the Clankers. Hearing pursuit approaching, Harry forced Bogrod to open the vault, which was filled with precious objects. Hermione screamed in pain, and they discovered that the vault's protective charms included the Flagrante and Gemino curses: the contents would multiply and become searing hot every time something was touched. Harry spotted Helga Hufflepuff’s cup, the Horcrux, but it was out of reach. Hermione levitated Harry, and he snagged the Cup with Gryffindor's Sword, while Hermione, Ron, Griphook, and Bogrod all struggled to stay above the hot multiplying objects below.

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The Trio escape Gringotts on the back of a half-blind dragon

As Harry was setting himself down, he dropped both the Sword and the Cup. Griphook grabbed Gryffindor's Sword, and flipped Hufflepuff's Cup up into the air. Harry caught it, ignoring the searing heat. Borne by a treasure avalanche spilling from the now-opened vault, Griphook ran off with Gryffindor's Sword, yelling that thieves were in the vault. Harry, Hermione, and Ron hurled curses at the Goblin throng. Harry released the half-blind Dragon and the three jumped on its back. The freed Dragon took flight, the three blasting holes into the ceiling for it to fly through as they made their escape.

Battle of HogwartsEdit

Harry: "Dumbledore left the three of us a job, and we weren't supposed to tell — I mean, he wanted us to do it, just the three of us."
Neville: "We're his army. Dumbledore's Army. We were all in it together, we’ve been keeping it going while you three have been off on your own.... Everyone in this room’s been fighting and they’ve been driven in here because the Carrows were hunting them down. Everyone in here’s proven they’re loyal to Dumbledore — loyal to you."
— Harry and Neville Longbottom upon the trio's return to Hogwarts[src]
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The Trio apparate into Hogsmeade before the start of the battle

A vision from Voldemort helped Harry realise that the third Horcrux, whilst unbeknown to him at the time, Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem, remained at Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their final mission to return to the school and obtain the diadem, inadvertently tripping the Caterwauling Charm upon apparating to Hogsmeade and thereby alerting the waiting Death Eaters to their presence. Due to the trio being under the Invisibility cloak, however, the Death Eaters resorted to unleashing Dementors into the streets to try to force the intruders out of hiding.

Having no choice, Harry conjured his Patronus to protect himself and his friends, automatically giving away their position and confirming their identities (the Death Eaters having been pre-warned that Harry Potter's patronus took the form of a stag). As Death Eaters began to close in on the still invisible trio, Aberforth Dumbledore emerged from the Hog's Head, hurriedly telling the three to enter his pub. While Harry, Ron, and Hermione did so, Aberforth remained outside, proclaiming to the Death Eaters that it was he who tripped the alarm (by letting his cat out) and conjured the Patronus to ward off the Dementor threat; mockingly contradicting a Death Eater, saying that what he had seen was a goat Patronus rather than a stag. The incensed Death Eaters believed this and retreated.

After Aberforth re-entered his pub and home, he scolded them for coming to Hogsmeade advising them to leave the country. After Harry engaged in a fierce argument with him, he led the grateful trio directly into Hogwarts through a secret entrance behind the portrait of his deceased sister, Ariana Dumbledore. Neville Longbottom, acting as their escort, then guided them into the Room of Requirement, where they were greeted by the reconstituted Dumbledore's Army; most of which were beaten and bruised yet ready to fight the Death Eaters controlling the school. Harry tried to tell them that he, Ron, and Hermione only returned to find something, but Neville contacted other allies with a call to arms. Harry was initially reluctant to allow the others to help, but in an attempt to be a better man than Dumbledore, whom he feared he was turning into, and after some discussion with Ron and Hermione, he allowed it.

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Harry and Luna entering Ravenclaw Tower

Harry hesitantly asked the room at large if they had ever heard of any sort of legendary artefact belonging to one of the Founders of Hogwarts. Luna Lovegood then elaborated on the fabled Diadem of Ravenclaw, pronouncing that a statue in Ravenclaw Tower depicted Rowena Ravenclaw wearing a diadem. Harry, having no idea of what the diadem looked like, was led by Luna to the Ravenclaw Common Room to observe the statue. Here the pair were ambushed by Alecto Carrow who pressed her Dark Mark immediately upon noticing Harry, summoning Voldemort, before Luna stunned her from under the Invisibility Cloak. Amycus Carrow attempted to force his way through the common room door, designed only to open after the door-knocker's question was correctly answered, by seeking the help of Minerva McGonagall, who easily allowed him entry by solving the door's riddle herself; by that time, Harry had managed to rejoin Luna under the Invisibility Cloak.

Amycus, in fear of his master's wrath, suggested framing Alecto's apparently mistaken summoning of the former on the Ravenclaw students; as he did, he spontaneously devised a lie that made it seem as though the students had forced Alecto to touch her Dark Mark at wand-point. In her outrage, McGonagall strongly insinuated that Amycus was a coward for proposing such an idea. Carrow spat in McGonagall's face in retaliation, utterly enraging Harry who suddenly revealed himself while momentarily casting the Cruciatus Curse on the surprised Carrow, sending him flying backwards into the wall where he crumpled and fell unconscious. Harry then told McGonagall about the mission Dumbledore had left him, and she offered to hold Voldemort and his invading forces off, buying him the time he needed to search for the Horcrux. All students of age, the D.A., and the members of the Order of the Phoenix who had arrived to fight prepared themselves for the impending siege. The Battle of Hogwarts began as Voldemort and his army approached the outer boundaries of the school.

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Minerva, Molly, and the Suits of Armour

Lord Voldemort, upon arrival at Hogwarts, demanded that the school turn over Harry, and the Battle of Hogwarts began. Harry realised that the positioning of Alecto Carrow in Ravenclaw Tower confirmed the Horcrux's identity. It was the lost diadem of Ravenclaw. After thinking on it for some seconds, he went to ask the Grey Lady about the diadem. From her information, Harry surmised that the Horcrux had been hidden in the Room of Requirement. Harry, in the meantime, was worried about Hermione and Ron, who seemed to have disappeared. They had gone into the Chamber of Secrets, where Hermione destroyed Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup with basilisk fangs, which were one of the few weapons able to destroy Horcruxes.

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The Trio escaping from the Fiendfyre that was cast by Vincent Crabbe

The trio quickly headed for the Room of Requirement where Harry remembered seeing the Diadem the previous year. However, Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, and Gregory Goyle ambushed them. After a skirmish, the entire room was destroyed by the cursed fire Crabbe unleashed but could not control. Harry managed to fly himself and Malfoy out, while Ron and Hermione grabbed Goyle, but Crabbe perished in the flames that also destroyed the diadem. With one Horcrux remaining, Harry, Ron, and Hermione continued their pursuit of Nagini, but before they could go search for it, they witnessed the death of Fred Weasley. This incensed Ron and Harry, but Hermione reminded them that only they could finish Voldemort and that to obtain the final Horcrux they would have to do their share of fighting.

Snape's deathEdit

"Take... it.... Take... it...."
—Snape referring to his memories[src]

They fought their way to the Shrieking Shack. Along the way, Harry witnessed many scenes of horror. On the grounds, Voldemort's Dementors were waiting. After having seen so much pain and death, Harry could not summon the happiness required to conjure a Patronus. Neither could Hermione or Ron. In fact, Harry welcomed the oblivion that would come with the Dementor's Kiss. But after seeing the patronuses conjured by Luna Lovegood, Ernie Macmillan, and Seamus Finnigan, Harry summoned the will to conjure his and managed to drive the Dementors away. Once the trio arrived at the Shrieking Shack, they witnessed Voldemort order Nagini to kill Severus Snape, as he believed that Snape was preventing him from being the true owner of the Elder Wand. Before he died, Snape gave Harry memories to view in the Pensieve and asked him to look into his eyes. Upon returning to the castle, Harry saw the corpses of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks near Fred's, and he felt devastated. He left his friends behind to use Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve, welcoming the time in another's head.

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Snape's last moments, giving Harry the memories

During a one-hour ceasefire, Harry viewed the memories given by a dying Snape, which revealed to him that he had inadvertently been turned into a Horcrux himself and that Voldemort had to kill him in order to be rendered mortal himself. Harry also learned that Snape was, all along, with Dumbledore because he loved Lily Evans, since before they started school. Heavy of heart, Harry courageously slipped off on his own to carry out this dreadful task. He felt ghostly as he strode through the castle's empty halls, feeling as if he was already dead.

As Harry passed the Great Hall, he could not see Hermione, Ron, or the other Weasleys, nor Luna. He felt he would have given anything for one last look at them, but then he thought he would never be able to stop looking. During his way to Voldemort, he saw the corpse of Colin Creevey and told Neville to kill Nagini, if he could. He passed Ginny, who was comforting a small girl, and almost wished she could have sensed him, but under the Invisibility Cloak, this was impossible. As he passed Hagrid's hut on the Grounds, he emotionally remembered his trips there, particularly rock cakes, Ron vomiting slugs, and Norbert.

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Voldemort hitting Harry with the Killing Curse

Harry then entered the Forbidden Forest, where he managed to open the Golden Snitch, which said on it, "I open at the close;" and the words to open it were, "I'm about to die;" this revealed the Resurrection Stone contained within. Harry used it to speak to the spirits of his parents, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin, who offered him comfort before he met Voldemort and shielded him from the Dementors. As Harry approached the Death Eater camp, he dropped the Resurrection Stone. Harry offered no resistance as Voldemort struck him with the Killing Curse, thinking of Ginny before he died.

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Harry speaking with Albus Dumbledore in Limbo

However, the "death" he met was not permanent: the blood Voldemort had taken from Harry to restore his physical form in 1995 still contained the Bond of Blood, anchoring him to life and protecting Harry from Voldemort's curse, and his willingness to die triggered protections on the people of Hogwarts similar to the protections he received from his mother's sacrifice. Also, since he had part of Voldemort's soul in him, Voldemort's Killing Curse unknowingly destroyed the part of Voldemort's soul, leaving one Horcrux left. Harry entered a state of limbo, where he met the spirit of Albus Dumbledore and the piece of Voldemort's soul that had just been destroyed. Dumbledore explained everything to Harry saying that he had "no more secrets from [Harry]." After reconciling with his mentor, Harry made the choice to return to the physical world rather than go on to the afterlife with Dumbledore.

EndgameEdit

Harry Potter: "There are no more Horcruxes. It's just you and me. Neither can live while the other survives, and one of us is about to leave for good...."
Voldemort: "One of us? You think it will be you, do you, the boy who has survived by accident, and because Dumbledore was pulling the strings?"
Harry Potter: "You won't be killing anyone else tonight. You won't be able to kill any of them ever again."
— The final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort[src]
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Narcissa Malfoy telling the gathered Death Eaters that Harry was "dead"

Harry woke up, but feigned death. He was assisted in this by Narcissa Malfoy, who had secretly turned against Voldemort by telling him Harry was dead in order to protect her son, because she knew the only way she would be permitted to enter Hogwarts was with the rest of the Death Eaters in their victory march. Voldemort then triumphantly disgraced Harry's "dead" body with the Cruciatus Curse then forced Hagrid to carry Harry's body back to Hogwarts, proclaiming Harry dead and demanding surrender. At first, the surviving fighters were heartbroken, especially Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Professor McGonagall. They screamed at the Death Eaters in anger but remained defiant.

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Neville Longbottom standing up to Voldemort and his army

Neville Longbottom courageously stood up to Voldemort, and when the latter offered Neville a rank in his Death Eater society, Neville proudly refused and screamed to the high heavens, "Dumbledore's Army!" Voldemort cast the Full body-Bind Curse, then Summoned the Sorting Hat and placed it upon Neville's head. After he announced that there would be no houses and that the school colours would be those loyal to Salazar Slytherin, he caused the hat to burst into flames. As Neville cried in pain, a distant uproar came from the direction of the school boundaries. Centaurs, thestrals, Buckbeak the Hippogriff, and the families of the Hogwarts students who remained to fight, plus the shop and home keepers of Hogsmeade joined the fight with a flourish.

This distracted Voldemort and his Death Eaters, and Neville was able to pull off the Sorting Hat, and from its depths he received the Sword of Godric Gryffindor and sliced off Nagini's head in one swift, fluid motion. Harry slipped away in the ensuing melee under the Invisibility Cloak. Death Eaters started to fold under sheer weight of numbers as the house-elves in the kitchens joined the battle, with Kreacher at its front, declaring war against the Dark Lord in the name of brave Regulus Black. Using his Invisibility Cloak, Harry protected the defenders of Hogwarts from attack. Soon, only Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange were the only two remaining and fighting, Voldemort duelling McGonagall, Slughorn, and Kingsley at once, and Bellatrix duelling Hermione, Luna, and Ginny. Harry was torn between the two until he saw a Killing Curse shot beside Ginny's ear, the latter missing death by an inch.

Harry redirected his path to Bellatrix, until being roughly knocked aside by Molly Weasley, who duelled and ultimately killed Bellatrix. Voldemort's fury at the fall of his last, best lieutenant exploded with the force of a bomb and Harry turned in to see McGonagall, Slughorn, and Kingsley blasted backwards in pain and Voldemort directing his wand at Molly. Harry then cast a shield charm to protect her from Voldemort's wrath, revealing himself for the final duel.

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The final duel between Harry and Voldemort

Unbeknownst to Voldemort, mastery of the Elder Wand, which he had stolen from Dumbledore's grave, had not been taken from Dumbledore by Snape, but by Draco Malfoy. Thus, when Harry had disarmed Malfoy in Malfoy Manor weeks earlier, he had become the true master of the Elder Wand.

When Harry and Voldemort faced off for the last time, Harry tried to tell him this and about the other mistakes he had made. Harry also asked him to feel some remorse, which Voldemort rejected. Voldemort cast the Killing Curse, and Harry countered with the Disarming Charm. The Elder Wand refused to attack its master, and the Killing Curse rebounded, finally permanently destroying Voldemort once and for all.

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The surviving Trio the morning after the battle

Immediately, Harry was surrounded by overjoyed fellow fighters; Hermione and Ron reached him first, and then Ginny, Neville and Luna. Victory celebrations began, but Harry soon grew weary, and Luna created a distraction so that he could slip away under the Invisibility Cloak to find Ron and Hermione. They visited Albus Dumbledore's portrait, and along the way he explained everything to his two best friends. Harry decided to prevent the Deathly Hallows from ever being reunited again by keeping the Cloak of Invisibility, leaving the Resurrection Stone where it lay in the Forbidden Forest, and returning the Elder Wand to Dumbledore's grave, but not before using it to fix his wand.

When Voldemort destroyed the Horcrux that was Harry, Harry Potter lost the ability to speak Parseltongue,[17] much to his relief. In addition, the scar on Harry's forehead no longer held magical powers, nor did it ever cause Harry pain again.

Later lifeEdit

"The scar hadn't pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well."
—Harry's later life[src]
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Head Auror Harry Potter, age 37

At the end of the Second Wizarding War, Harry became an Auror at the Ministry of Magic; new Minister for Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt permitted those who had fought in the final battle to become Aurors without getting their N.E.W.T.s. In 2007, Harry became the youngest head of the Auror Office at the age of 26. He and Ron were the "experts" and helped reform and revolutionize the Auror department and the rest of the ministry, along with Hermione Granger (who became a high ranking official in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement).[18] At some point, all three of them were featured on Chocolate Frog Cards for their accomplishments.

Following the war, he aided in the care of his godson, Teddy Lupin, thus fulfilling the role that his own godfather, Sirius Black, never got to play.

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A 37 year old Harry with his; friends, wife, and daughter

Harry had married Ginny Weasley sometime before 2014[19] and, by 2017, the couple had three children of his own: two sons James Sirius, Albus Severus, and one daughter Lily Luna. In September of that year, Harry and Ginny took their three children to King's Cross Station to see James and Albus off to Hogwarts. There, they met Ron and Hermione, and their two children, Harry's niece Rose and nephew Hugo. When Albus expressed a fear that he might be sorted into Slytherin house, Harry told his son that Albus was named after two Hogwarts Headmasters of whom one was a Slytherin and "probably the bravest man [he] ever knew." Harry assured him that his parents would be proud of him regardless of where he was sorted, and told him that the Sorting Hat would take his preferences into consideration, which happened to him when he was being sorted, a secret he had never shared with his other children.

Harry ensured that Severus Snape's portrait was hung in the Headmaster's office at Hogwarts.[20] He also made occasional visits to the school to give lectures to the students on Defence Against the Dark Arts.

Harry was also on "Christmas card" terms with his cousin Dudley Dursley and his family, and occasionally visited him, which were occasions dreaded by his own children.[21] Harry also made peace with his former rival Draco Malfoy, something that his father and his friends were never able to do with Severus Snape. They were civil towards each other; however, their schoolboy enmity meant that they would never truly become friends.

Harry attended the final of the 427th Quidditch World Cup, sometime in the summer of 2014, in the Patagonian Desert. The Potters joined Ginny Potter, who had been in Patagonia since the start of the Cup, in her capacity of special Quidditch correspondent to the Daily Prophet.[22] Harry along with his family (including Teddy Lupin) and Dumbledore's Army were granted access to the VIP section of the campsite. Harry embraced Viktor Krum, who was competing again after being retired for a few years, upon meeting him and introduced him to his sons, James and Albus.[23] He also supported Bulgaria in the match together with the rest of his family (save for Albus) and looked "emotional" when Viktor Krum and his team had won the match.

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Harry in his first year

Physical descriptionEdit

"Las' time I saw you, you was only a baby. Yeh look a lot like yer dad, but yeh've got yer mum's eyes."
Rubeus Hagrid to the eleven-year-old Harry Potter.[src]

Harry was a near-spitting image of his father, having untidy jet-black hair, but his startlingly green, almond-shaped eyes were identical to those of his mother. Harry's physique as a boy was described as "small and skinny," with a thin face and knobbly knees, due to his poor quality of life in his childhood. However, despite the neglect he suffered, Harry seems to have grown at the same rate as James, as when he was fifteen he was within an inch of James at the same age, and when he was seventeen he was exactly the same height his father was, and James was often described as tall. Harry wore round-rimmed glasses, peculiarly similar to his father's glasses. During his time hunting Voldemort's horcruxes, Harry's black hair grew shoulder length as was described when he saw his reflection in Malfoy Manor. This was due to his preoccupation with the hunt for the horcruxes.

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Harry in his third year

Upon Harry's forehead, covered by his unruly black hair, was a scar shaped like a lightning bolt. The scar was a result of the failed (and famed) Killing Curse cast on him by Lord Voldemort when he was an infant. It burned painfully whenever Voldemort was near Harry or feeling particularly strong emotions, but this stopped after Voldemort's death and was reduced into an ordinary scar.

Harry also had a faint scar on the back of his right hand which said, "I must not tell lies." This scar was caused while Harry spent detentions with Dolores Umbridge, who forced him to use the blood quill that carved the words into the back of his hand.

In addition, Harry has an oval-shaped scar over his heart where the locket-Horcrux seared his skin during the confrontation with Nagini in Bathilda Bagshot's house, Godric's Hollow.

When possessed by Lord Voldemort at the end of the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Harry's eyes became somewhat glassy green in appearance, and his voice became a mixture of his own and Voldemort's.

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Harry in his sixth year

Harry had "great skin" and never suffered from zits.[24]

At age 33, Harry already had "a couple of threads of silver" in his hair, according to Daily Prophet gossip columnist Rita Skeeter.[23] In the summer of 2014, Harry made an appearance in the Patagonian Desert, where he would attend the final of the 427th Quidditch World Cup with his family, sporting a nasty cut over his right cheekbone, which was a result of his top-secret work for the Auror Office.[23]

Personality and traitsEdit

"I see Harry as someone who is struggling to do the right thing, who is not without faults, who acts impetuously as you would expect someone of his age to act, but who is ultimately a very loyal person, and a very very courageous person. So, in as much as he has qualities that I admire most I would say he is a good role model. That doesn't mean that he is saintly, but then frankly, who is? But I think you do see enough of Harry’s inner life, the workings of his mind in the books to know that he is ultimately human, struggling to do the right thing, which I think is admirable."
J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter is an extremely brave, loyal, and selfless person who possesses tremendous strength of character. He willingly went to what he truly believed to be his death because he believed that this was the only way to defeat the Dark Lord. Harry was also marked by what Lord Voldemort once deemed a "weakness for heroics" — he would go to great lengths and take great risks in order to help others, particularly his loved ones. Notably, this was taken advantage of by Voldemort in 1996, when he lured Harry to the Department of Mysteries by making him believe that his godfather was in danger.[25] Harry was also very strong-willed and unafraid to stand up for himself. The fact that he was capable of repelling the Imperius Curse suggests that he had an unusually strong sense of himself and his morals.[26] Dumbledore once made parallels between Harry's traits and qualities that Salazar Slytherin looked for in his own hand-picked students, but noted that Harry's choice not to draw on those qualities really defined who he was rather than the simple fact that he had them.[27]

"Hmm. Difficult. Very difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind either. There's talent, oh my goodness, yes — and a nice thirst to prove yourself, now that's interesting... So where shall I put you?"
Sorting Hat to Harry Potter[src]

Harry was perfectly prepared to put his friends' needs and best interests first, shown by how he ended his relationship with Ginny Weasley due to his concern for her well being, even though being with her was one of the best thing that ever happened to him.[28] The amount of trust that Harry put into his friends was so strong that he absolutely refused to consider that any of them would betray him to Voldemort. Considering that Harry knew a person who had betrayed all of his closest friends to Voldemort, they being Harry's parents, godfather and Remus Lupin who was there when Harry declared his trust in him, proves Harry's ability to love so unequivocally.

The closeness that Harry felt for many was great enough for him to behave violently should any of them get harmed.[29] When his godfather was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange, Harry attacked her in a grief-stricken rage of righteous anger and attempted to use the Cruciatus Curse on her. He also attacked Severus Snape after the latter murdered Albus Dumbledore. Ironically, the only people Harry ever initiated a duel with were Snape and Bellatrix and he only desired to do so right after they killed someone he loved. This highlights Harry's bravery even further because Harry was fully aware that Snape and Bellatrix were two of the greatest wizards and witches of the age but did not hesitate to harm them as soon as he was pushed into it.

"Listen to me, Harry. You happen to have many qualities Salazar Slytherin prized in his hand-picked students. His own very rare gift, Parseltongue; resourcefulness; determination; a certain disregard for the rules [...] "
—Dumbledore to Harry Potter after defeating the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets[src]