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|name=Harry James Potter
 
|name=Harry James Potter
 
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|born=[[31 July]], [[1980]]<br>[[Godric's Hollow]], [[England]]
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|born=[[31 July]], [[1980]]<br>[[Godric's Hollow]], [[West Country]], [[England]]
 
|blood=[[Half-blood]]
 
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|alias=*The Boy Who Lived
 
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*[[Master of Death]] (While he possessed the Deathly Hallows)
 
*The Chosen One
 
*The Chosen One
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*Sweetheart<ref>[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]</ref><ref>[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]</ref> (by [[Lily Evans]])
 
*The Chosen Captain (by [[Draco Malfoy]])
 
*The Chosen Captain (by [[Draco Malfoy]])
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*The Boy Who Lied (by the [[Daily Prophet]])
 
*Parry Otter (by [[Horace Slughorn]])
 
*Parry Otter (by [[Horace Slughorn]])
*The Boy Who Scored (by Draco Malfoy)
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*The Boy Who Scored (by [[Draco Malfoy]])
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*Scarhead (by [[Draco Malfoy]])
 
*Potter the Plotter (by [[Peeves]])
 
*Potter the Plotter (by [[Peeves]])
*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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*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>
*[[Gregory Goyle]]<ref>Known as this in [[1992–1993 school year]] when he used [[Polyjuice Potion]].</ref> (under the guise of [[polyjuice]])
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*[[Gregory Goyle]]<ref>Known as this in [[1992–1993 school year]]</ref> (under the guise of [[Polyjuice Potion]])
 
*Barny Weasley<ref>Used this name when disguised as a [[Weasley family|Weasley]] relative through the means of [[Polyjuice Potion]]</ref>
 
*Barny Weasley<ref>Used this name when disguised as a [[Weasley family|Weasley]] relative through the means of [[Polyjuice Potion]]</ref>
 
*Saint Potter<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''</ref> (by Draco Malfoy)
 
*Saint Potter<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''</ref> (by Draco Malfoy)
 
*[[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>
 
*[[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>
 
*[[Albert Runcorn]]<ref>Disguised as him using Polyjuice Potion to infiltrate the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]]</ref>
 
*[[Albert Runcorn]]<ref>Disguised as him using Polyjuice Potion to infiltrate the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]]</ref>
*[[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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*[[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]])
 
*[[Neville Longbottom]]<ref>Used this name to avoid attention on the Knight Bus</ref>
 
*[[Neville Longbottom]]<ref>Used this name to avoid attention on the Knight Bus</ref>
 
*[[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>
 
*[[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>
*Mr. Perkins<ref>In ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> (by [[Cuthbert Binns|Professor Binns]])
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*Mr Perkins<ref>In ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> (by [[Cuthbert Binns|Professor Binns]])
*Scarhead (by Draco Malfoy)
 
 
*Patronus Potter (by [[Lucius Malfoy]])
 
*Patronus Potter (by [[Lucius Malfoy]])
 
*Potty Wee Potter (by Peeves)
 
*Potty Wee Potter (by Peeves)
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*Friend of Hagrid (by [[Aragog]])
 
|title=*[[Triwizard Tournament|Triwizard Champion]]
 
|title=*[[Triwizard Tournament|Triwizard Champion]]
*[[Hogwarts Quidditch Captain|Gryffindor Quidditch Captain]]
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*[[Seeker]]
*[[Seeker]] (Gryffindor)
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*[[Hogwarts Quidditch Captain|Quidditch Captain]]
 
*Leader of [[Dumbledore's Army]]
 
*Leader of [[Dumbledore's Army]]
*[[Auror]]
 
*Head of the [[Auror Office]]
 
 
*[[Master of Death]]
 
*[[Master of Death]]
*[[Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare|S.P.E.W]] Secretary
 
 
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|family=*[[Ignotus Peverell]] (paternal ancestor) †
 
|family=*[[Ignotus Peverell]] (paternal ancestor) †
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*[[Antioch Peverell]] (paternal ancestral uncle) †
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*[[Cadmus Peverell]] (paternal ancestral uncle) †
 
*[[James Potter I|James Potter]] (father) †
 
*[[James Potter I|James Potter]] (father) †
*[[Lily Evans|Lily Potter née Evans]] (mother) †
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*[[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]] {{c|née [[Evans]]}} (mother) †
*[[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Potter née Weasley]] (wife)
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*[[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Potter]] {{c|née [[Weasley]]}} (wife)
 
*[[James Potter II|James Sirius Potter]] (son)
 
*[[James Potter II|James Sirius Potter]] (son)
 
*[[Albus Potter|Albus Severus Potter]] (son)
 
*[[Albus Potter|Albus Severus Potter]] (son)
 
*[[Lily Potter|Lily Luna Potter]] (daughter)
 
*[[Lily Potter|Lily Luna Potter]] (daughter)
*[[James Potter's father|Mr. Potter]] (paternal grandfather) †
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*[[James Potter's father|Mr Potter]] (paternal grandfather) †
*[[James Potter's mother|Mrs. Potter]] (paternal grandmother) †
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*[[James Potter's mother|Mrs Potter]] (paternal grandmother) †
*[[Evans sisters' father|Mr. Evans]] (maternal grandfather) †
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*[[Evans sisters' father|Mr Evans]] (maternal grandfather) †
*[[Evans sisters' mother|Mrs. Evans]] (maternal grandmother) †
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*[[Evans sisters' mother|Mrs Evans]] (maternal grandmother) †
 
*[[Arthur Weasley]] (father-in-law)
 
*[[Arthur Weasley]] (father-in-law)
*[[Molly Weasley]] (mother-in-law)
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*[[Molly Weasley]] {{c|née [[Prewett]]}} (mother-in-law)
 
*[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
 
*[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
*[[Hermione Granger|Hermione Weasley née Granger]] (sister-in-law)
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*[[Hermione Granger]] (sister-in-law)
 
*[[Rose Weasley]] (niece)
 
*[[Rose Weasley]] (niece)
 
*[[Hugo Weasley]] (nephew)
 
*[[Hugo Weasley]] (nephew)
 
*[[Fred Weasley]] (brother-in-law) †
 
*[[Fred Weasley]] (brother-in-law) †
 
*[[George Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
 
*[[George Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
*[[Angelina Johnson|Angelina Weasley née Johnson]] (sister-in-law)
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*[[Angelina Johnson|Angelina Weasley]] {{c|née Johnson}} (sister-in-law)
 
*[[Fred Weasley II]] (nephew)
 
*[[Fred Weasley II]] (nephew)
 
*[[Roxanne Weasley]] (niece)
 
*[[Roxanne Weasley]] (niece)
 
*[[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
 
*[[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
*[[Fleur Delacour|Fleur Weasley née Delacour]] (sister-in-law)
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*[[Fleur Delacour|Fleur Weasley]] {{c|née [[Delacour]]}} (sister-in-law)
 
*[[Victoire Weasley]] (niece)
 
*[[Victoire Weasley]] (niece)
 
*[[Dominique Weasley]] (niece)
 
*[[Dominique Weasley]] (niece)
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*[[Charles Weasley|Charlie Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
 
*[[Charles Weasley|Charlie Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
 
*[[Percy Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
 
*[[Percy Weasley]] (brother-in-law)
*[[Audrey Weasley]] (sister-in-law)
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*[[Audrey Weasley]] (sister-in-law)
*[[Molly Weasley II|Molly Weasley]] (niece)
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*[[Molly Weasley II]] (niece)
 
*[[Lucy Weasley]] (niece)
 
*[[Lucy Weasley]] (niece)
*[[Petunia Dursley|Petunia Dursley née Evans]] (maternal aunt)
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*[[Petunia Dursley]] {{c|née [[Evans]]}} (maternal aunt)
 
*[[Vernon Dursley]] (maternal uncle by marriage)
 
*[[Vernon Dursley]] (maternal uncle by marriage)
 
*[[Dudley Dursley]] (maternal first cousin)
 
*[[Dudley Dursley]] (maternal first cousin)
*[[Dudley Dursley's wife|Mrs. Dursley]] (cousin-in-law)
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*[[Dudley Dursley's wife|Mrs Dursley]] (cousin-in-law)
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*[[Marvolo Gaunt]] (distant cousin) †
 
*[[Morfin Gaunt]] (distant cousin) †
 
*[[Merope Gaunt]] (distant cousin) †
 
 
*[[Tom Riddle]] (distant relative) †
 
*[[Tom Riddle]] (distant relative) †
*Various [[Weasley]] uncles and aunts and cousins in-law
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*[[Weasley family]] (in-laws)
*[[House of Black|Black family]] (by marriage and possibly by blood)
 
 
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|animagus=
|boggart=[[Dementor]] (possibly changed after the war)
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|boggart=[[Dementor]]
 
|wand=*[[Harry Potter's wand|11", Holly, phoenix feather]]
 
|wand=*[[Harry Potter's wand|11", Holly, phoenix feather]]
*[[Hermione Granger's wand|10¾", Vine, dragon heartstring]] (temporarily)
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*[[Hermione Granger's wand|10¾", Vine, dragon heartstring]] {{c|temporarily}}
*[[Blackthorn wand|10", Blackthorn, unknown core]] (temporarily)
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*[[Blackthorn wand|10", Blackthorn, unknown core]] {{c|temporarily}}
*[[Draco Malfoy's wand|10", Hawthorn, unicorn hair]] (temporarily)
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*[[Draco Malfoy's wand|10", Hawthorn, unicorn hair]] {{c|temporarily}}
*[[Elder Wand|15", Elder, Thestral Hair]] (temporarily)
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*[[Elder Wand|15", Elder, Thestral Hair]] {{c|temporarily}}
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|patronus=[[Deer|Stag]]
 
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|job=*Head of [[Auror Office]]
 
*Part-time lecturer on [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]
 
*Part-time lecturer on [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]
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|house=[[Gryffindor]]
 
|loyalty=*[[Potter family]]
 
|loyalty=*[[Potter family]]
 
*[[Weasley family]]
 
*[[Weasley family]]
 
*[[Evans family]]
 
*[[Evans family]]
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*[[Peverell family]]
 
*[[Dumbledore's Army]]
 
*[[Dumbledore's Army]]
 
*[[Order of the Phoenix]]
 
*[[Order of the Phoenix]]
*[[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]
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*[[British Ministry of Magic]]
*[[Auror Office]]
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**[[Auror Office]]
*[[Slug Club]]
 
*[[Gryffindor Quidditch team]]
 
 
*[[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]
 
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**[[Slug Club]]
 
*[[Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare|S.P.E.W.]]
 
*[[Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare|S.P.E.W.]]
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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}}
{{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}}
 
   
'''Harry James Potter''' (b. [[31 July]] [[1980]]) was a [[half-blood]] [[Wizardkind|wizard]], the only child and son of [[James Potter I|James Potter]] and [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]] (née [[Evans family|Evans]]), and one of the most famous wizards of modern times. In what proved to be a vain attempt to circumvent a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] that a boy born at the end of [[July]] of 1980 would be able to defeat him, Voldemort attempted to murder him when he was a year and three months exactly 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 protection is that her orphaned son had to be raised by her only remaining blood relative, with her [[Muggle]] sister [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia's]] [[Dursley family|family]], 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]].
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'''Harry James Potter''' (b. [[31 July]], [[1980]]) was a [[half-blood]] [[Wizardkind|wizard]], the only child and son of [[James Potter I|James]] and [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]] {{c|née [[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]].
   
Early on his eleventh birthday, Harry learned from [[Rubeus Hagrid]], the Hogwarts [[Keeper of Keys and Grounds|gamekeeper]], 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]]. He 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 Voldemort. The [[1995–1996 school year|next school year]], Harry reluctantly founded [[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 figure to him.
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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|Ron 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 [[Rebirth of Tom Riddle|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 played a significant role in many other battles of the [[Second Wizarding War]] and hunted down and destroyed Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es 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, and after he awoke he confronted Voldemort, and defeated him.
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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.
   
Harry is also notable for being the only known [[Master of Death]], having united the three [[Deathly Hallows]].
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Harry was 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 an [[Auror]] and [[Marriage|married]] Ginny, with whom he had three children: [[James Potter II|James Sirius]] who he named after his father and godfather, [[Albus Potter|Albus Severus]], named after Snape and Dumbledore, and [[Lily Potter|Lily Luna]], named after his mother and good friend [[Luna Lovegood]]. Harry was also named the godfather of [[Ted Lupin]]. He became Head of the [[Auror Office]] in [[2000s|2007]], and occasionally travelled to Hogwarts to deliver [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] lectures.
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After the war, Harry became [[Auror]] and married [[Ginevra Weasley|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]], who was named after his mother and either [[Luna Lovegood]] or [[Remus Lupin]]. Harry was also named the godfather of [[Edward Lupin|Ted 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==
 
 
 
===Family lineage===
 
===Family lineage===
 
{{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}}
 
{{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}}
   
[[File:The_Potters.gif|thumb|left|Harry as a baby with his parents.]]
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[[File:Potters3.gif|thumb|left|230px|Harry as a baby with his parents]]
The [[Potter family|Potters]] were an old, wealthy [[pure-blood]] family, and Harry inherited much of his wealth from [[James and Lily Potter|his parents]]. The Potters descended from the [[Peverell family]], through [[Ignotus Peverell]], who passed the [[Cloak of Invisibility]] on to his descendants. The Potters are distantly related to the [[House of Gaunt|Gaunts]], who are descendants of (other than [[Salazar Slytherin]] ) [[Cadmus Peverell|Cadmus]], who passed on the [[Resurrection Stone]] as a family heirloom in a [[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring|signet ring]].
 
   
It is also probable that Harry was distantly related, on his father's side, to the [[House of Black|Blacks]], [[Malfoy family|Malfoys]], [[Weasley family|Weasleys]], and the [[Longbottom family|Longbottoms]],<ref>[[House of Black|Black family tree]]</ref> and almost all other [[:Category:Pure-blood families|pure-blood families]], making him distantly related to various other wizards and witches, including [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], [[Sirius Black]], [[Nymphadora Tonks]], and even his wife [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], though the degree of consanguinity is not known.<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>
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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]].
   
Harry's maternal relatives were the [[Muggle]] [[Evans family|Evans]] and [[Dursley family|Dursley]] families.
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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]].
   
===Childhood===
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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 [[Pure-blood]] families. According to the [[Black Family Tree]], Harry may possibly be the grandson of [[Dorea Black|Dorea Potter ]]{{c|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>
{{Quote|Maybe he thought he could persuade 'em... maybe he just wanted 'em outta the way. All anyone knows is, he turned up in [[Godric's Hollow|the village]] where you was all living, on [[Hallowe'en]] [[1981|ten years ago]]. You was just a year old.|Hagrid on James and Lily's deaths|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
[[File:Harrypotter.JPG|thumb|left|Harry as a baby, faces death.]]
 
Harry Potter was born on [[31 July]] [[1980]] to Lily and James Potter, members of the first [[Order of the Phoenix]] at the height of the [[First Wizarding War]]. 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. As part of the [[charm]], they had planned to make Sirius their Secret-Keeper, but acting on his advice, they changed this designation to [[Peter Pettigrew]], as they thought he would be less suspicious. In a terrible turn of fate, it happened that Pettigrew was a spy for Voldemort. He betrayed James and Lily, faked his own death, and framed Sirius for both.
 
   
At an unknown time, James and Lily held a [[Christening of Harry Potter|Christening]] for Harry. It was quiet and 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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Harry's only known maternal relatives were the [[Evans family|Evans]] and [[Dursley family|Dursley]] families.
[[File:Lily protects Harry.jpg|thumb|left|[[Lily Evans|Lily]] shielding her baby from [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]].]]
 
On the evening of Hallowe'en, Voldemort arrived at Godric's Hollow and killed 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> 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.
 
[[File:Godric flash.PNG|thumb|left|[[Potter cottage|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 [[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.
 
   
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===Childhood {{C|1980-1991}}===
 
{{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}}
 
{{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}}
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[[File:Harrypotter.JPG|thumb|left|220px|Harry as a baby, faces death for the first time]]
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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>''[[.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.
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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.
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[[File:Voldemort_arrives.gif|thumb|Voldemort arrives at [[Godric's Hollow]] intending to murder Harry on 31 October, 1981|240x240px]]
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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, thus giving him the title "''The Boy Who Lived''". 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.
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[[File:Godric_flash.PNG|thumb|left|240px|[[Potter cottage|The Potter family home]] under attack]]
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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]] and [[Vernon Dursley|Uncle]], 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.
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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.
 
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 Drive====
 
====Life at Privet Drive====
{{Quote|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|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
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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}}
[[File:BabyHarryLeftAtPrivetDrive.jpg|thumb|right|Harry left on the doorstep to [[4 Privet Drive]] in 1981.]]
 
Living with the Dursleys, Harry thought, was the worst thing in the world. 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. 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. 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 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.
 
[[File:Harry_cupboard_under_the_stairs.jpg|thumb|left|Harry's bedroom beneath the staircase.]]
 
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]], 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.
 
   
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:B1C1M3.jpg|thumb|240px|Harry is delivered to 4 Privet Drive in [[1981]]]]
[[File:Harrysnake.jpeg|thumb|right|Harry speaking 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.
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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 bordered 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.
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[[File:Tumblr_mjxs7zmnyK1qew2ypo4_250.gif|thumb|left|Harry's bedroom beneath the staircase|240x240px]]
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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]], 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 seventeen 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|240px|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.
   
 
====St. Grogory's Primary School====
 
====St. Grogory's Primary School====
 
{{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}}
 
{{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}}
   
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. 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 — disregarding the jumper incident.
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[[File:HP1-0270.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Harry as he looked around the time he attended primary school]]
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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 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.<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>
 
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>
   
===Harry's 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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{{Quote|Yer a [[Wizardkind|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)}}
   
[[File:HarryPooter.PNG|thumb|left|Harry finally receives his [[Hogwarts acceptance letter]].]]
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[[File:Hogwarts_letter.gif|thumb|Harry finally receives his [[Hogwarts]] acceptance letter|240x240px]]
Harry had no birthday celebrations until the day he turned eleven, 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, 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.
 
   
[[File:HagridBirthdayCake.jpg|thumb|right|[[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]]'s birthday cake to Harry.]]
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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 [[Wizardkind|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.
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 [[Dursley family|Dursleys]] and explained to Harry, in spite of [[Vernon Dursley|Vernon]]'s obstinate protests, that he was a [[Wizards|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 home-made birthday cake and a white snowy-looking [[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:Harry birthday.gif|thumb|left|[[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]]'s birthday cake to Harry|240x240px]]
   
[[File:Harry_Potter_wand.jpg|left|thumb|Harry makes a connection with his wand.]]
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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.
Harry bought his first [[Harry Potter's wand|wand]] from the wandmaker [[Garrick Ollivander]] that day. His wand was eleven inches long and made of holly. 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|Thomas Marvolo 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.
 
   
===Education at Hogwarts===
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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]]]]
   
====First year (1991-1992)====
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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 [[duelling]] against each other.
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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)}}
 
{{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)}}
   
[[File:HarryRon.jpg|thumb|right|Harry's scar hurts during the sorting ceremony when he makes eye contact with [[Severus Snape]].]]
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[[File:HP1-1294.jpg|thumb|left|240px|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 [[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 Halloween, 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.
 
   
[[File:H.P.Snitch.jpg|thumb|left|Harry playing Quidditch.]]
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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.
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 [[broomstick|broom]] to fly up and catch it. He was so good 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 [[broomstick|broom]], from [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]]. During that [[Quidditch]] match, Harry's [[broomstick|broom]] was jinxed, and he lost control, which caused him to nearly fall off.
 
   
[[File:Harry_and_quirrell.jpg|thumb|right|Quirell and Voldemort in confrontation]]
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[[File:Quidditch,_first_year.jpg|thumb|240px|Harry playing in his first [[Quidditch]] match against [[Slytherin]]]]
[[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. [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] was thwarted by Harry, with the help of [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|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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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 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]]
   
 
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.
 
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.
   
Harry then passed unconscious, just as Dumbledore arrived and took the Stone. When Harry awoke in the hospital, Dumbledore informed him that Quirrell's soul had been abandoned by Voldemort, leaving Quirrell to die.
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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, eventually winning Gryffindor the House Cup, breaking Slytherin's chance of winning a seventh year in a row.
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====Second year====
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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)}}
   
====Second year (1992-1993)====
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[[File:2001-Harry-Potter-and-the-Sorcerer-s-Stone-Promotional-Shoot-HQ-harry-potter-11097228-1600-1960.jpg|thumb|140px|Harry in his second year, [[1992]]]]
{{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)}}
 
   
[[File:Cosopened.jpg|thumb|left|The Writing on the Wall.]]
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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 words pertaining or related to magic in general. 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 Weasley|Fred]] and [[George Weasley|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.
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.
 
   
[[File:Phoenix2.jpg|thumb|right|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.
 
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 [[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:CHAMBERsterces.PNG|thumb|235px|The writing on the wall "''The Chamber of Secrets has been opended. Enemies of the heir... beware''"|left]]
   
[[File:Polyjuice_Potion_Vials.jpg|thumb|left|249px|A phial of [[polyjuice potion]].]]
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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 was 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.
   
These attacks were believed to have been carried out by the heir, who many believed to be Harry, but Harry believed that [[Draco Malfoy]] was responsible. In order to prove their hypothesis, Hermione cooked up a [[Polyjuice Potion]] that Harry and Ron used to change to look like 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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[[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]], that Harry and Ron used to change their physical appearances 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 [[T. M. 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.
   
 
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.
 
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.
   
[[File:Hermione_is_petrified.jpg|thumb|left|Hermione Granger in the hospital wing after being petrified.]]
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[[File:Petrification.jpg|thumb|left|240px|[[Hermione Granger]] and the other petrified students being visited by Harry and [[Ronald Weasley|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 [[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 the scrap of paper in Hermione's hand. Harry and Ron wondered how a big Basilisk would go around the school undetected, and then they saw the word ''"pipes."''
 
   
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 [[Tom Riddle|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 [[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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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 [[spider]]s. 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.
   
[[File:SwordSnake.png|thumb|Harry holding the Sword of Gryffindor against the Basilisk]]
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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|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.
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, Riddle set the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|basilisk]] upon him. Harry defeated the Basilisk with the help of [[Fawkes]], Dumbledore's phoenix, and [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]]. However, Harry was bitten by the Basilisk. Fawkes flew over to Harry and wept upon his wound. As Phoenix tears have healing powers, Harry survived. Harry then stabbed the diary with the Basilisk fang to rid himself of Riddle, unknowingly destroying one of Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es. Once the emergency was over, Fawkes flew Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Lockhart to safety. Harry spoke with Dumbledore on the events that took 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.
 
   
[[File:Harryinspectsthesword.jpg|thumb|left|Harry examines the [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Sword of Gryffindor]].]]
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[[File:Tumblr_n29413O6t71rzvuwqo7_r1_250.gif|thumb|Harry slays [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Slytherin's basilisk]] in the chamber itself|240x240px]]
After interpreting Dobby's strange actions in Dumbledore's office, Harry realised [[Lucius Malfoy]] was the ultimate culprit for opening the Chamber. Before 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)====
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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; Harry 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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[[File:Dementor_on_hog_exp.jpg|thumb|right|A [[dementor]] attempting to [[Dementor's kiss|kiss]] Harry.]]
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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 had 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.
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 killing [[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 killing 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]].
 
   
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 necesary 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 stripped him of his soul had Lupin not repelled it. The following day, Harry and his classmates began their new classes. Among the first was [[Divination]], where [[Professor]] [[Sybill Trelawney]] told Harry he had the [[Grim]] in his [[tea]] leaves. Trelawney also made a frequent habit of predicitng 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.
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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.
   
[[File:Harryandbuckbeak.jpg|thumb|left|Harry approaches the [[Buckbeak]] the [[hippogriff]].]]
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====Third year====
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 [[Dementor]]s 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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{{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|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)}}
   
[[File:Hogsmeade.jpg|thumb|right|[[Hogsmeade]] at Christmas.]]
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[[File:Dementor_on_the_train.png|thumb|left|240px|[[Dementor|Dementors]] board the train in search of [[Sirius Black]]]]
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 he 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 [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]], causing Harry and Ron to stop talking to her.
 
   
[[File:HPotter_boggart_dementor.jpg|thumb|left|Harry's first lesson.]]
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In the summer of [[1993]], [[Sirius Black]] — who had been wrongly imprisoned twelve years earlier for allegedly betraying and [[James Potter I|James]] and [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]] to Voldemort and murdering [[Peter Pettigrew's victims|twelve Muggles]] — [[Azkaban escapes|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.
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 true [[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. The boys 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 enough in the tests, and following his last final in Divination, Professor Trelawney went into a trance and predicted [[Sybill Trelawney's 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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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 want[ed] to kill me [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.
   
[[File:Timeturneruse.jpg|thumb|right|Harry and Hermione use the [[Time-Turner]].]]
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[[File:Buckbeak Harry.gif|thumb|Harry approaches [[Buckbeak]] the [[hippogriff]] in his first lesson of [[Care of Magical Creatures]]|240x240px]]
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 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 Potter I|James]], that they had all become amimagi 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. After questioning he confessed, but Harry prevented Black and Lupin from killing him.
 
   
[[File:Harrypatronus.jpg|thumb|left|Harry casting the [[Patronus Charm]].]]
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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.
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 him. Sirius quickly passed out, as Harry tried casting Expecto Patronum (using the thought that he would leave the Dursleys and move 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.
 
   
Harry then began to think 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 that his father might have saved them. When she 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 saved him, left to observe the situation. Harry arrived at the lake watching the dementors attack his past self as he watched, until in a flash of clarity, Harry realised that it had been '''''he''''' who had cast the [[Patronus Charm]] that had saved his life and, 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 with Hermione, the pair rode Buckbeak to Sirius's window and rescued him.
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[[File:Pottermore-poa8.png|thumb|left|240x240px|[[Hogsmeade]] village during Christmas]]
   
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 (Sirius) who had given him the Firebolt.
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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 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|240px|First lesson on the [[Patronus Charm]]]]
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Following the break, Lupin began his [[Anti-Dementor 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, [[Peter Pettigrew|Scabbers]], disappeared, and Ron blamed Crookshanks. 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|thumb|left|Harry and Hermione use the [[Time-Turner]] in order to save [[Buckbeak]] and [[Sirius Black]]|240x240px]]
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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 Potter I|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, Pettigrew 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 ability 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.                                                             
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[[File:Stag Patronus1.png|thumb|240px|Harry's stag [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]] fends off hundreds of [[Dementor]]s]]
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As he began to pass out, Harry began to think that the mysterious stranger was [[James Potter I|his father]]. 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 [[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 [[Deer|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====
   
====Fourth year (1994-1995)====
 
[[File:09600ik.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Ron, Harry and Hermione after the riot of the Quidditch World Cup.]]
 
 
{{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}}
 
{{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}}
   
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 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.
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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 [[Ireland|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.
   
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 [[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 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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[[File:Roit_at_the_World_cup.png|thumb|left|240px|Ron, Harry, and Hermione after the riot at the Quidditch World Cup]]
   
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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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.
   
[[File:Harryhungarian.jpg|thumb|right|Harry trying to escape the [[Hungarian Horntail]] in the First Task of the [[Triwizard Tournament]].]]
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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.
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 Harry. 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." He managed to escape the first task with only an injured arm.
 
   
[[File:47565_150599894958557_100000256411285_402634_5689843_n.jpg|thumb|Harry in his Yule Ball attire in winter in 1994]]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]], 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 Chang|Cho]] with [[Cedric Diggory|Cedric]], and Ron was overcome with jealousy for [[Viktor Krum]], who danced with [[Hermione Granger|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:Horntail-prm.png|thumb|240px|Harry faces the [[Hungarian Horntail]] in the first task of the [[Triwizard Tournament]] ]]
   
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 [[Ronald Weasley|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, Fleur was finshed in last.
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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.
   
[[File:Gillyweed4.jpg|thumb|right|Harry transforming in the second task.]]
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[[File:Harry_Potter_(GoF-07).jpg|thumb|left|136px|Harry in his Yule Ball attire in winter of [[1994]]]]
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.
 
   
[[File:Harrygraveyard.jpg|thumb|left|Harry in the [[Little Hangleton graveyard|graveyard]] at [[Little Hangleton]], minutes before he is ambushed by [[Peter Pettigrew]] and witnesses the rebirth of [[Lord Voldemort]].]]
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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 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 an invitation from [[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.
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]].
 
   
[[File:VoldemortHarryAnimation.gif|thumb|right|Harry is tormented by Voldemort after witnessing his rebirth.]]
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[[File:Merpeople-4-26-1.png|thumb|240px|Harry and the Merpeople in the [[Black Lake]] during the second task]]
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 with 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, this last of whom asked Harry to return his body to his parents, which allowed him time to grab Cedric's body and the Portkey and escape back to Hogwarts.
 
   
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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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]] paid him back with the information that he would figure it out if he were to "''mull things over in the hot water''" 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 learned 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 when Harry went to fetch Dumbledore.
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[[File:B4C31M1.jpg|thumb|left|240px|The third and final task (the hedge maze)]]
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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]] (Wormtail) murdered Cedric with the [[Killing Curse]].
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[[File:Duel_graveyard.gif|thumb|Harry duels Voldemort and triggers the effect of [[Priori Incantatem]]|240x240px]]
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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 [[Rebirth of Tom Riddle|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 [[Duelling|duel]]. Voldemort then tortured Harry with two [[Cruciatus Curse]]s 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)====
 
 
{{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)}}
 
{{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)}}
   
[[File:Harry-Potter-Wallpaper-harry-james-potter-25502763-1024-768_large.jpg|thumb|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, [[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]] to save Dudley and himself.
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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 to 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 a witness 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]] was chosen to be a [[prefect]], 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|father]] 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|thumb|Harry instructs [[Neville Longbottom]] and others during a [[Dumbledore's Army|D.A.]] meeting|240x240px]]
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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 a group 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]] after a D.A. meeting. This moment was confusing to Harry, as Cho, clearly still suffering from [[Cedric Diggory]]'s death, had been crying during their kiss.
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[[File:Legilimency1.jpg|thumb|240px|left|Harry's mind being invaded by Snape during their Occlumency lessons]]
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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.
   
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, it was changed to 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 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. 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 she could spy on the school. She was later appointed [[Hogwarts High Inquisitor]], empowered to arbitrarily change and impose school rules whenever she chose. More over, 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 a 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, thus banning him from any more Hogsmeade visits.
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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 [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.]] examinations, and Harry never had to go down to Grawp in the forest.
   
He was surprised when [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] were chosen to be [[prefect]]s, not him, as [[Fred Weasley|Fred]] always 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:Sirius_torture.jpg|thumb|240px|Harry's ''false'' vision of Voldemort torturing [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] in the Department of Mysteries]]
   
[[File:RonHarryCho.png|thumb|right||Harry instructs Ron and [[Cho Chang]] during a [[Dumbledore's Army|D.A.]] meeting.]]
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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 [[Dumbledore's Army|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]].
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. Cho also had misplaced jealousy towards Hermione and defended her friend [[Marietta Edgecombe]] when the girl betrayed the D.A. to Umbridge, which caused things between her and Harry to just "fall apart."
 
   
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. He 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 a dream, and felt almost as if he was 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. During a lesson in [[Occlumency]], Snape stepped out of the room, and Harry's curiosity got he best of him. He looked into the [[Albus Dumbledore's Pensieve|pensieve]], which contained Snape's memories, and, to his dismay, 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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[[File:Tumblr_mrdww6TW8y1qag66no7_250.gif|thumb|left|Harry and [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] duelling Death Eaters [[Lucius Malfoy]] and [[Antonin Dolohov]]|240x240px]]
   
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 her 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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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 [[Prophecy|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.
   
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 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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[[File:Harrypossessed.gif|thumb|240px|Harry fully possessed by Voldemort]]
   
[[File:Department of Mysteries.jpg|left|thumb|Harry in the [[Department of Mysteries]].]]
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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.
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 him 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 him. Hermione managed to save him by luring Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest, where she 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.
 
   
[[File:Siriusandharrybattle.jpg|right|thumb|Harry and Sirius during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]].]]
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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 was none too pleased about Dumbledore's name being mentioned by the portraits. When the Headmaster returned, Harry lost his temper and started destroying Dumbledore's possessions, trying to get Dumbledore to let him out; Dumbledore refused, asking Harry to sit down and listen to what Dumbledore needed to say.
After reaching the [[Department of Mysteries]], Harry led them 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 killed 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.
 
   
[[File:HarryPossessed.jpg|thumb|left|Harry is possessed by Voldemort.]]
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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.
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 [[Apparition|disapparated]], but [[Cornelius Fudge|the Minister]] and Ministry employees saw him first.
 
   
Back at Hogwarts, 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====
   
====Sixth year (1996-1997)====
 
 
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[[File:DumbledoreSlughornsHouse.jpg|thumb|left|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". 
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." 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. Before the end of the summer, Harry received a surprise when he was made [[Hogwarts Quidditch Captain|Captain]] of the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team]].
 
   
[[File:Harry_sluggy_hidef.jpg|thumb|right|Harry with [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]].]]
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[[File:DumbledoreSlughornsHouse.jpg|thumb|left|233px|Dumbledore and Harry searching for [[Horace Slughorn]]]]
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 led Harry to believe that 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, 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 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]].
 
   
[[File:Pensieve2.jpg|thumb|left|[[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] pouring a [[memory]] into the [[Pensieve]].]]
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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 Blacks' 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 [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|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]], which put him at equal standing with prefects.
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]] and 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]] had survived as Keeper, 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.
 
   
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 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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[[File:640x480.jpg|thumb|226px|Harry with [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]] being handed the vial of [[Felix Felicis]]]]
   
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|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, he 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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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 "[[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]].
   
[[File:HarryHallway.jpg|thumb|right|Harry overhears a strange conversation between [[Draco Malfoy]] and Snape.]]
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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 [[Chaser]]s, including [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], two [[Beater]]s, 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.
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 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.
 
   
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 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 obtained 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.
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[[File:Harry pensinive.gif|thumb|left|Harry about to view a memory in the [[Pensieve]]|240x240px]]
   
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 restroom, 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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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 [[Albus Dumbledore|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 [[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.
   
[[File:51.jpg|thumb|left|Harry attempts to hold back the [[Inferius|Inferi]].]]
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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.
In June, Dumbledore led Harry out of the castle in search of a Horcrux. From [[Hogsmeade]], they [[Apparition|apparated]] to a sea-side [[Horcrux 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 he was driven out of his mind, but he 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.
 
   
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, 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 attempting weakly 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. Harry returned to the castle to find Dumbledore's crippled and lifeless body where he was comforted by Ginny.
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[[File:Harry_in_Hallway.jpg|thumb|235px|Harry overhears a strange conversation between [[Draco Malfoy]] and Snape]]
   
[[File:HarryDumbledoresOffice.jpg|thumb|right|Harry in the Headmaster's office the morning after Dumbledore died.]]
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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.
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 him that Dumbledore had died in vain and that they had achieved nothing that night. 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 [[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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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]].
   
===Hunting the Horcruxes===
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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 [[T. M. Riddle's Diary|Riddle's Diary]] and [[Salazar Slytherin's locket|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 [[duelling|duel]] ensued. With Malfoy on the verge of using an [[Unforgivable Curses|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]]s. 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.
[[File:Imagem.jpg|thumb|left|[[Petunia Dursley]] saying good-bye to Harry Potter in [[1997]].]]
 
{{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}}
 
   
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 they forgot they had a daughter, and with some help from Fred, George, and their father, Ron transfigured the [[Weasley family ghoul|family ghoul]] to resemble himself with [[spattergroit]]. whileHarry hides his famly for saftey.
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[[File:1hbpconceptart_13.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Harry and Dumbledore in the [[Horcrux]] cave overwhelmed by [[Inferi]]]]
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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 was saved when an incredibly weakened Dumbledore conjured a firestorm that fended off the Inferi. 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.
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[[File:The Lightning-Struck Tower, B6C27M1.png|thumb|240px|Harry witnesses the death of [[Albus Dumbledore]], his mentor]]
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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 [[Apparition|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 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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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]], [[Poppy Pomfrey|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 [[Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter's 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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[[File:00Imagem.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|Horcruxes]]. 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.
   
 
====Battle of the Seven Potters====
 
====Battle of the Seven Potters====
{{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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{{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.|The Trio 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]]
   
[[File:7-potters.jpg|thumb|right|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 [[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.
 
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.
   
[[File:Harry_&_Lord_Voldemort_-_Battle_Over_Little_Whinging.JPG|thumb|left|[[Harry Potter's wand]] retaliated automatically against [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]].]]
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[[File:Tumblr_lug4mz1evZ1qgt0vro6_250.gif|thumb|left|[[Harry Potter's wand]] retaliated automatically against [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]]|240x240px]]
Harry's owl [[Hedwig]] was hit by a stray [[Killing Curse]] a Death Eater sent his 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 he 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]].
 
   
[[File:DH1_The_trio_embrace.jpg|thumb|right|Harry embracing Ron and Hermione after 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]].
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 killed, 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 Ollivander.
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[[File:Tumblr_mqmg5k5aLP1rrszjzo4_250.gif|thumb|Harry embracing Ron and Hermione after the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]]|240x240px]]
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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]].
   
 
====Time at the Burrow====
 
====Time at the Burrow====
{{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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{{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.|During 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|230px|[[Rufus Scrimgeour|Rufus]] gives the first Snitch Harry caught, willed to him by Albus Dumbledore]]
   
[[File:Scrimddwill.jpg|thumb|left|[[Rufus Scrimgeour|Rufus]] gives the testament of Albus Dumbledore to Harry.]]
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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.
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.
 
   
 
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.
 
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]].
 
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]].
   
[[File:Trio_DH_official_1.jpg|thumb|right|The trio after changing their sets of clothes after their escape.]]
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[[File:Tumblr_n74uropii41qetk8mo6_250.gif|thumb|The trio after changing their sets of clothes after their escape|240x240px]]
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 [[Skirmish at Luchino Caffe|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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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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====Infiltrating the Ministry and obtaining the locket====
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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}}
 
{{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}}
   
[[File:Harry_as_Albert_Runcorn.jpg|thumb|left|Harry disguised as Albert Runcorn.]]
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[[File:Albert1.gif|thumb|left|239x239px|Harry disguised as [[Albert Runcorn]] during the infiltration]]
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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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 the [[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]]
   
[[File:Undesirable_No._1_Harry_Potter_poster_01.jpg|thumb|right|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 [[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.
 
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.
   
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 [[Forest of Dean]], the location of the [[Quidditch World Cup]].
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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]].
   
 
====Ron's departure====
 
====Ron's departure====
 
{{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}}
 
{{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}}
   
[[File:Mfpmp_2011-03-26_15-13-37-70.jpg|thumb|right|Harry during the [[Horcrux hunt]] after [[Ronald Weasley|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 [[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.
 
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.
   
[[File:DH_tent_1.jpg|thumb|left|Harry and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] outside the [[Perkins's tent|tent]].]]
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[[File:Harry_ron_fight.gif|thumb|left|Harry and Ron fight before Ron abandons the hunt|240x240px]]
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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.
 
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.
   
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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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 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]].
   
 
====Attack at Godric's Hollow====
 
====Attack at Godric's Hollow====
{{Dialogue a-b-a|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?|Imagine losing fingernails, Harry! That really puts our sufferings into perspective, doesn't it?|Hermione recounting their trip to Godric's Hollow|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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{{Main|Attack at Godric's Hollow (1997)}}
   
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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{{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}}
   
[[File:Nagini_Attacks_Harry.jpg|thumb|right|250px|[[Nagini]] attacking Harry in [[Bathilda Bagshot]]'s house.]]
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[[File:NaginiCombat.gif|thumb|[[Nagini]] attacking Harry in [[Bathilda Bagshot]]'s house in [[Godric's Hollow]]|240x240px]]
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 killed 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]].
 
   
[[File:Harry_Potter_7_Deathly_Hallows_part_1_(87).jpg|thumb|316px|Riddle Harry and Riddle Hermione share a kiss after taunting Ron.]]
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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.
   
====Ron's return and the obtaining of The Sword of Gryffindor====
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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====
 
{{Quote|Ron, stab it, STAB IT!|Harry and Ron confronting Voldemort's locket Horcrux|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{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:Patronus_doe.gif|thumb|left|Harry being lead by a doe Patronus to the hiding place of the [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Sword of Gryffindor]]|240x240px]]
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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.
 
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.
   
[[File:Harry_found_the_Sword_of_Gryffindor.JPG|thumb|left|Harry after being lead by the Patronus to the hiding place of the [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Sword of Gryffindor]].]]
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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]].
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. 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]].
 
   
After a brief skirmish with the locket's energy, Ron destroyed the Horcrux with the sword. 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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[[File:Harry_Hermione_riddle.gif|thumb|240px|Riddle Harry and Riddle Hermione share a kiss after taunting Ron]]
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During the brief skirmish with the Horcrux, a taunting Harry and Hermione appear, created 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 House====
 
====Visit to the Lovegood House====
[[File:Xenophilius_Lovegood_triggering_the_Taboo.JPG|thumb|310px|[[Xenophilius Lovegood]] triggering the [[Taboo]] on purpose.]]
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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}}
{{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.png|thumb|left|240px|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 [[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]].
 
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]].
   
[[File:The_sign_of_the_Deathly_Hallows.JPG|thumb|left|The sign of the [[Deathly Hallows]].]]
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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.
 
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.
   
 
====Capture by Snatchers and Skirmish at Malfoy Manor====
 
====Capture by Snatchers and 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}}
 
{{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}}
   
{{Main|Skirmish at Malfoy Manor}}
 
 
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]].
 
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]].
   
[[File:Harry-potter-helena-bonham-carter_320.jpg|thumb|left|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.
 
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.
   
In panic as one friend screamed in pain upstairs, and the other 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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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.
   
 
====Escape and Dobby's death====
 
====Escape and Dobby's death====
{{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}}
 
   
[[File:Harry_digs_Dobby_grave.jpg|thumb|[[Hermione Granger]] waits holding Dobby's body as Harry digs the grave.]]
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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.
 
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 [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s entry into his mind, something he attributed 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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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.
   
====Shell Cottage and Break-In of Gringotts====
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====Shell Cottage and break-in of Gringotts====
{{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}}
 
   
[[File:56282_glg.jpg|thumb|left|268px|Harry talking to Ollivander about wandlore at [[Shell Cottage]]]]
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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}}
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.
 
   
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_mg6o4nMu3j1rlr2dlo10_r3_250.gif|thumb|left|235px|Harry at Dobby's Grave]]
   
[[File:Bellatrix_in_Gringotts.jpg|thumb|right|Hermione impersonating Bellatrix at Gringotts]]
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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, [[Edward Lupin|Ted Lupin]]. It seemed as if the incident between them at [[12 Grimmauld Place]] had never occurred
   
 
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{{Main|Break-In of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)}}
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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The trio and Griphook left Shell Cottage early the next morning to break into Gringotts. Hermione disguised herself as notorious Death Eater [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], using [[Polyjuice Potion]]. The goal was to try and fool the goblins at Gringotts into believing that it was really Bellatrix who was entering the vault. The Trio 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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[[File:Hermionebellatrix.gif|thumb|240px|Hermione impersonating Bellatrix Lestrange at Gingotts, with Harry and [[Griphook]] 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 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.
 
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.
   
[[File:DH2_Harry_Potter_in_Bellatrix_Lestrange's_vault.jpg|thumb|left|Harry reaches for the Hufflepuff cup with the sword of Gryffindor.]]
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Griphook told Harry to use the [[Imperius Curse]], he complied 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.
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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[[File:Tumblr_mibnclbhYQ1qdab59o3_250.gif|thumb|left|Harry searches for [[Hufflepuff's cup]] in the [[Lestrange]]s' vault|240x240px]]
   
 
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.
 
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.
   
[[File:Gringotts_dragon.jpg|thumb||The trio escape on the back of a dragon]]
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[[File:Blind_dragon.gif|thumb|The Trio escape [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] on the back of a half-blind dragon|240x240px]]
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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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 Hogwarts]]====
 
====[[Battle of Hogwarts]]====
{{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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{{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}}
   
[[File:Rsz_harrypotter7-trio-part2.png|thumb|left|Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].]]
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[[File:Hogsmeade.jpeg|thumb|left|230px|The Trio [[Apparition|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 [[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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A vision from Voldemort helped Harry realise that the third Horcrux, whilst unbeknown to him at the time, [[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.
   
 
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.
 
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.
   
[[File:Trio_in_hogsmeade.jpg|thumb|right|The trio and [[Neville Longbottom]] in [[Hog's Head]]]]
 
 
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.
 
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.
   
[[File:Harryluna.png|thumb|left|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 [[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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[[File:Deathly-hallows-part2-still07.jpg|thumb|230px|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.
   
 
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.
 
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.
   
[[File:Minerva_and_Molly_Battle_og_Hogwart.jpg|thumb|right|Minerva and 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.
 
[[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|left|The [[Trio]] escaping from the [[Fiendfyre]] that was cast by [[Vincent Crabbe]].]]
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[[File:Fyendfire.jpg|thumb|240px|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.
 
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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{{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.
 
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.
   
[[File:Dhsnape.jpg|thumb|right|Severus Snape about to be killed.]]
 
 
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.
 
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 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.
 
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.
   
[[File:DH_-_Harry_Potter-Forbidden_Forest.jpg|thumb|left|Harry confronts [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] in the [[Forbidden Forest]].]]
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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.
 
   
[[File:Avadakedavra.png|thumb|right|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.
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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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.
   
 
====Endgame====
 
====Endgame====
{{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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{{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}}
[[File:Narcissa_battleoh1.png|thumb|left|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 the Death Eaters in anger but remained defiant.
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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:640.jpg|thumb|left|240px|[[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.
[[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 pronounced a Body-Binding 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.
 
   
 
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.
 
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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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:The final duel.jpg|thumb|240px|The final duel between Harry and Voldemort]]
   
[[File:Duelinthegreathall.jpg|thumb|left|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.
 
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.
   
[[File:HarryDefeatsVoldemort.jpg|thumb|224px|Harry casts Expelliarmus against Voldemort during the final duel.]]
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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.
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 [[Disarming Charm|Expelliarmus]]. 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:After battle.gif|thumb|240px|left|The surviving Trio the morning after the battle]]
   
 
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]].
 
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.
 
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.
   
===Later life===
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===Later life {{C|1998-2017}}===
 
{{Quote|The scar hadn't pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.|Harry's later life|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|The scar hadn't pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.|Harry's later life|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
[[File:Harry Potter age 37.png|thumb|left|Harry Potter at age 37.]]
 
   
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 youngest head of the Auror Office at the age of 27. He helped to reform and revolutionise the Ministry along with [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], who also became an Auror, and [[Hermione Granger]], who was ranked high up in the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]]. At some point, all three of them were featured on [[Chocolate Frog Cards]]for their accomplishments.
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[[File:343.png|thumb|135px|[[Auror|Head Auror]] Harry Potter, age 37]]
[[File:HP7B_Epilogo21.jpg|thumb|Harry and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] with their child [[Albus Potter|Albus]].]]
 
   
Following the war, he aided in the care of his godson, [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]], thus fulfilling his role that his own godfather, [[Sirius Black]], never got to play. By [[2017]], Harry had married [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] and 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]]. Albus expressed a fear that he might be sorted into [[Slytherin]] house, Harry told his son he was named after two Hogwarts Headmaster's one being a Slytherin and 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 himself when he was being sorted.
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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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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]]. 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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In September of 2017, 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.
   
 
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]].
 
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]].
   
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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==Physical description==
 
==Physical description==
[[File:HarryPOA.jpg|thumb|180px|Harry in his [[third year]].]]
 
{{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}}
 
   
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.
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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}}
   
[[File:Harry_Potter_Time_Line.jpg|thumb|left|200px|From top to bottom: 1 year old Harry; 12 year old Harry; 13 year old Harry; 14 year old Harry; 15 year old Harry; 16 year old Harry; 17 year old Harry; 37 year old Harry]]
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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.
   
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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Upon Harry's forehead, covered by his unruly black hair, was a [[Harry Potter's scars|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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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.
 
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.
 
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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==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
 
{{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]]}}
 
{{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]]}}
   
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. 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. 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.
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Harry Potter was an extremely brave, loyal, and selfless person who possessed 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>
   
 
{{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}}
 
{{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}}
   
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 the best thing that ever happened to him. 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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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.
   
The closeness that Harry felt for many was great enough for him to behave violently should any of them get harmed. 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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The closeness that Harry felt for many was great enough for him to behave violently if any of them were 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 very skilled and experienced duellists, but did not hesitate to harm them as soon as he was pushed into it.
   
{{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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{{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, after Harry defeated the basilisk in the [[Chamber of Secrets]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
[[File:Harry_potter_and_the_half_blood_prince_screenshot_71.jpg|thumb|220px|left|Harry in his [[sixth year]].]]
 
   
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. 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. 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, and although he was clever, Harry also 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 (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 received from the [[Dursley family|Dursleys]] growing up.
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[[File:Tumblr_mrx31wSOOh1qc0mpuo3_250.gif|thumb|left|221x221px|Harry brooding over the snitch, left to him in Dumbledore's Will]]
   
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.
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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 report that he's modest, likable, and reasonably talented''".<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.
   
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.
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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.
   
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. 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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{{Quote|You're a sharp boy, Potter.|[[Barty Crouch Jr.]] (disguised as [[Alastor Moody]])|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
[[Remus Lupin]] once noted that Harry had very good and nearly always right instincts. 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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[[Barty Crouch Jr.]] (disguised as [[Alastor Moody]]) remarked that Harry possessed a streak of pride and independence that almost 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>
   
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 arguementive 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 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>
   
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 occured ten years earlier.
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[[File:Harry_&_Ginny_kiss.gif|thumb|Harry and his [[love]] for Ginny Weasley, his future wife|240x240px]]
   
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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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>
   
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. 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".
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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 realised that Ron Weasley was meant to destroy [[Salazar Slytherin's locket|Slytherin's locket]].
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[[File:Harry_temper.gif|thumb|left|Harry loses his temper with [[Marjorie Dursley|Aunt Marge]]|240x240px]]
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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|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 "''Funny, you'd think I'd have stopped walking around''".<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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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.
 
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.
   
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|the Potter family]]]" 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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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 [[Gryffindor]]s, [[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''".
   
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
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[[File:HarryDementor.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Harry defending himself against [[Dementor]]s aged fifteen.]]
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{{Quote|False hope? He has achieved high marks in all of his [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] tests!|Professor McGonagall arguing with [[Dolores Umbridge]] about Harry's career|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
   
Harry was seen and had proven himself to be an extraordinarily talented and powerful wizard, with many of his strengths being praised by witches and wizards much older and wiser than he was.
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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 was evident from the start: 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]], which one should only ever consider placing in the hands of a witch or wizard of proven talent.<ref name="pottermore">''[[Pottermore]]''</ref>
*'''[[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. His love for his friends caused him to feel no concern for his own well being or happiness when they were at risk, and put himself in danger many times to protect them. Harry's ability to love also protected and helped him on several occasions, such as when he defeated [[Quirinus Quirrell|Quirrell]] by causing his skin to burn, produced a [[Patronus]] that could drive numerous [[Dementors]] away, repelled Voldemort himself when he possessed him, and allowed him to close the connection between him and Voldemort when he was unable to perform [[Occlumency]]. His love was strongest when directed at [[Ginny Weasley]], who was the driving force that kept him going until Voldemort was defeated.
 
*'''[[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]''': Harry was extremely adept in the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], having mastered all manners of jinxes and spells, such as the [[Stunning Spell]], [[Disarming Charm]], [[Impediment Jinx]] and [[Reductor Curse]]. In fact, his Stunning Spell was so strong that opponents would get knocked out if they were hit directly. Harry also 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. 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 (so well indeed that some of them were later able to put up a good fight in the [[Department of Mysteries]]). Harry had also developed a high level of resistance to the [[Imperius Curse]], demonstrated when it was first cast upon him by [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] (disguised as [[Alastor Moody]]) during a [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] class in his [[1994–1995 school year|fourth year]]. Crouch cursed Harry with it four times in a row, until he could throw it off entirely. At the end of the school year, [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] himself cast the Imperius Curse on Harry, which he was able to resist, much to the astonishment of the [[Death Eaters]] who were present. Harry's natural aptitude for resisting the Imperius Curse, and ability to resist it when cast by the most powerful [[Dark Wizard]] in history, demonstrates an indescribable strength of will and character.
 
   
{{Quote|Look at that, you lot...Potter fought! He fought it, and he damn near beat it! We'll try that again Potter, and the rest of you, pay attention watch his eyes, that's where you see it very good, Potter, very good indeed! They'll have trouble controlling ''you''!|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], under the guise of [[Alastor Moody|Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody]] on Harry's ability to resist the Imperius Curse|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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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. His love for his friends also caused him to feel no concern for his own well being or happiness when they were at risk, and put himself in danger many times to protect them. 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 Charm|Patronus]] that could drive numerous [[Dementor]]s 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 [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], who was the driving force that kept him going until Voldemort was defeated.
   
*'''[[Duel]]ling''': Despite his young age, Harry was an 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. In [[1997]], Harry defeated [[Yaxley]], [[Fenrir Greyback]], and one of the two Carrows, and briefly held his own against [[Severus Snape]], who was able to block Harry's attempts of cursing him by using Legilimency. He fought off several [[Death Eaters]] in the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], defeated [[Thorfinn Rowle]] with a single spell during the [[Skirmish at Luchino Café]], knocked out Yaxley and [[Dolores Umbridge]] during the [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic]], 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). He was known to be very quick off the draw and had an aggressive duelling style, even incorporating Unforgivable Curses. 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|Harry, you're the best in the year at Defence Against the Dark Arts.|[[Hermione Granger]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
*'''[[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 [[Furnunculus|Furnunculus Curse]], ''[[Flipendo]]'' and the [[Impediment Jinx]], he could use more powerful spells such as the [[Blasting Curse]] and even attempted some of the [[Unforgivable Curses]] with varying degrees of success, 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]], as well as the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on several occasions — once on [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] in [[1996]] (though not very successfully), another on Snape in [[1997]] (at which time he was prevented from completing the incantation) and once more against [[Amycus Carrow]] in [[1998]], (and whilst the curse was more successful than Harry's past attempts, it did not result in the prolonged, excruciating pain that the curse was famous for — instead, Carrow screamed and was incapacitated). However, he has never used the [[Killing Curse]] for obvious reasons, even in his final battle with Voldemort.
 
   
{{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:00grindylow.gif|thumb|Harry defending himself against [[Grindylows]] in [[1994–1995 school year|1994]]|240x240px]]
[[File:Harry_Potter_-_Quidditch_(HBP_promo)_1.jpg|thumb|Harry playing [[Quidditch]] in his [[sixth year]].]]
 
   
*'''[[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. 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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*'''[[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]], [[Disarming Charm]], [[Impediment Jinx]], [[Full Body-Bind Curse]], and [[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, [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]] stated that [[Remus Lupin|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> In fact, 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 and Hermione later reflecting that it didn't count as Quirrell "wasn't a particularly good teacher".<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> This statement was later proven 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 stated that it came as no surprise that Harry was top of the class at Defence Against the Dark Arts.<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]], he set up his own D.A.D.A. club and successfully taught members how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts. He immediately became an [[Auror]] after the Second Wizarding War, which also required considerable skill in both defensive and offensive magic. Harry also 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>
*'''[[Parseltongue|Parselmouth]]''': Because he carried [[Horcrux|a piece of Voldemort's soul]] within himself, Harry was able to speak and understand [[Parseltongue]] 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 [[Horcrux|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]]. 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. Although Harry failed to learn [[Occlumency]], he did eventually have some success at blocking his connection to [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] by focusing on feelings of grief, even though [[Albus Dumbledore]] told Harry it was [[love]]. 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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{{Quote| ''[...]'' there's no point pretending that you're not good at [[Defence 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 Charm|Patronus]], you can do all sorts of stuff that full-grown wizards can't.|Hermione Granger to Harry in [[1995]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
*'''[[Master of Death|Master of the Deathly Hallows]]''': Harry was master of all three of the [[Deathly Hallows]] for a time. Harry overpowered and disarmed [[Draco Malfoy]] during a [[Battle of Malfoy Manor|skirmish]] at [[Malfoy Manor]]. Because Draco was unknowingly the master of the [[Elder Wand]], which he had taken from previous owner [[Albus Dumbledore]], the wand's allegiance turned to Harry when he [[Disarming Charm|disarmed]] him, although the wand was in Voldemort's possession at the time. Dumbledore left the [[Resurrection Stone]] to Harry in his [[The Last Will and Testament of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore|will]], contained in the [[Golden Snitch]] that Harry had caught during his very first Quidditch match. The [[Cloak of Invisibility]] was rightfully Harry's, as it was passed down to him through the generations of the [[Potter family]] from its original owner, [[Ignotus Peverell]], who was Harry's ancestor. The Resurrection Stone was lost in the Forbidden Forest in [[1998]], while Harry returned the [[Elder Wand]] to [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]]'s tomb that same year. Harry kept the Invisibility Cloak, as it was a priceless family heirloom.
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*'''[[Potioneer]]''': His Potions ability was apparently better than it appeared, as he was able to achieve an Exceeds Expectations grade on his O.W.L. exam; and improved greatly during his sixth year when he came into possession of [[Severus Snape's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|an old potions textbook]] in which a talented former student ([[Severus Snape]]) had revised many potion-making techniques. 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. Despite this, it is noted that Harry had no problems with potions at all, albeit for as long as Snape was not around: Harry found that he had no problems brewing a potion when Snape was not bothering him.
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[[File:Tumblr_lq90540gqt1qedoxoo2_250.gif|thumb|240px|Harry dueling [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] in [[Little Hangleton]] ]]
*'''[[Transfiguration]]''': Harry was able to conjure ropes in his sixth year and achieved an Exceeds Expectation grade in the subject. Minerva McGonagall herself complimented Harry on his Transfiguration ability.
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*'''[[Charms]]''': Harry also achieved an Exceeds Expectations in his Charms work. He frequently used the [[Summoning Charm]] successfully and would occasionally cast the protective enchantments that Hermione would use during the Horcrux hunt. Under the teaching of [[Remus Lupin]], Harry was able to cast a corporeal [[Patronus charm]] in his third year, 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. His Patronus took the form of a stag, his father's [[Animagus]] and Patronus form. Harry's Patronus was so powerful that, even at the very first time he successfully cast it against true Dementors, it was able to drive away hundreds of Dementors.
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*'''[[Duelling]]''': Despite his young age, Harry was an 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.
*'''[[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 seconds notice or while guiding others. Harry 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. 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]] when he punched Harry moments before. In desperation, Harry calls out "''[[Wand-Lighting Charm|Lumos]]''!" Although his wand was not in his hand, the wand tip lit up. During [[1997]] and [[1998]], Harry began using spells non-verbally and became quite proficient at it when Snape was not bothering him. 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 contributes 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| ''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 Curses|Unforgivable Curse]] on [[Bogrod]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
*'''[[Care of Magical Creatures]]''': Harry 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. 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 [[dragon]]s. This is shown when he was able to help Hagrid take care of baby [[Norberta|Norbert]] the dragon, outsmart the [[Hungarian Horntail]] in the [[Triwizard Tournament]], and tame a half-blind dragon into helping them escape [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] by flying out on its back. Harry eas also very skilled at dealing with [[Dementor]]s, which he has shown on many occasions as well. Harry was also good at dealing with house-elves, befriending [[Dobby]] and eventually freeing him, which made the little elf so loyal to him that he gave his life to save him. He also earned the respect and loyalty of [[Kreacher]], a difficult task.
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*'''[[Herbology|Herbologist]]''': Harry earned an Exceeds Expectations in Herbology, showing an aptitude in the subject.
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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]], [[Pimple Jinx|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 copy of Advanced Potion-Making]].<ref name="HBP">{{HBP}}</ref> Harry even used some of the [[Unforgivable Curses]], 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.
*'''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, 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]] 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, and he became suspicious when Dobby revealed that he had known that Harry was not getting any letters in 1992.
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*'''Leadership''': 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. 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.
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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}}
*'''Indomidable 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 so many loved ones, even stronger than before. His indomidable will is personified by by his ability to resist the [[Imperius Curse]] with reletave is, and also by the fact that he's never begged for mercy when in life and death situations, instead fighting back in defiance.
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[[File:Harry_Potter_-_Quidditch_(HBP_promo)_1.jpg|thumb|215x215px|Harry on his broom]]
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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 Parseltongue 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 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|140px|Harry brewing a [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|N.E.W.T.]]-level potion ]]
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*'''[[Potion]]s''': 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 one of the only twelve students able to reach the required level to take [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|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. It was revealed, though, that even without the Prince's book, Harry was still able to do a decent enough job at potion-making that [[Horace Slughorn|Slughorn]]'s suspicions were not raised. Apparently, 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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*'''[[Transfiguration]]''': Harry achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his O.W.L. exam, showing proficiency in the subject and advanced 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]], 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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*'''[[Charm]]s''': Harry achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his O.W.L. exam and advanced to [[N.E.W.T.]]-level, and proved to be particularly talented in this subject. 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 an extremely 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 effectively cast [[healing spell]]s. 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|240x240px|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 [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|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 [[dragon]]s. This is shown when he was able to help [[Rubeus Hagrid|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 Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] by flying out on its back. He was also one of very few in his class who was able to see [[Thestral]]s, and had no trouble mounting his in June 1996. Harry was also good with [[House-elf|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 [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|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 [[Tom Riddle's wand|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> 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 [[First floor girls' lavatory|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 [[Severus 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 [[Dumbledore's Army|D.A.]] could try and escape. During the hunt for [[Horcrux]]es, he used the [[Sword of Gryffindor]] as a way of retrieving [[Helga Hufflepuff's cup]] from the mounds of burning treasure and used the half-blind Dragon as a means to escape from [[Gringotts Wizarding 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|215x215px|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 had 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 [[Hallowe'en feast]] and progressing to the point where over thirty students, some of them in their sixth and seventh years — respect 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 [[Nonverbal spell|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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==Possessions==
 
==Possessions==
 
{{Quote|He's been left a house?|[[Vernon Dursley]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Quote|He's been left a house?|[[Vernon Dursley]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
*'''[[Potter family|Potter]] Inheritance''': When Harry's parents were murdered by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], they left behind a somewhat large savings account 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, and the rest for spending money.
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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.
*'''[[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]]. 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]]. Harry later used the [[Elder Wand]] to repair it.
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[[File:250px-Harrypotterwand.jpg|thumb|205px|Harry's first wand]]
[[File:Harry's_wand.jpg|thumb|Harry's 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. His wand 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.
*'''[[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, or his youngest son, Albus Severus.
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*'''[[Draco Malfoy's wand]]''': In [[1998]] Harry won the [[hawthorn]] wand's allegiance 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 wand after Harry repaired his [[Harry Potter's wand|phoenix feather wand]].
[[File:Hedwigcar.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Hedwig with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.]]
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*'''[[Harry Potter's photo album|Photo album]]''': In June of [[1992]] [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] gave this album as a gift to Harry. The album contained pictures of his parents, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]], [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]], and himself.
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[[File:Marauder'sMap.png|thumb|125px|The Marauder's Map]]
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*'''[[Marauder's Map]]''': One of Harry's most treasured possessions. In his third year, [[Fred Weasley]] 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 Lupin quit his job. Harry kept it with him for a long period of time, keeping it in the [[Mokeskin]] wallet he had gotten from Hagrid, until it was finally stolen from his desk by his son, James.
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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 descendant 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.
 
*'''[[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.
 
*'''[[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.
*'''[[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.
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[[File:Deathly Hallows.PNG|thumb|240px|The Deathly Hallows]]
[[File:Deathly_Hallows.PNG|thumb|right|322px|The Deathly Hallows: The [[Cloak of Invisibility]], [[Resurrection Stone]], and the [[Elder Wand]].]]
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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 [[Rufus Scrimgeour]], regarding the ownership of the [[Sword of Gryffindor]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
*'''[[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.
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[[File:Gryffindor's_sword.jpg|thumb|140px|Sword of Gryffindor]]
 
*'''[[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.
 
*'''[[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.
 
*'''[[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.
 
*'''[[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.
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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.
*'''[[Harry Potter's Firebolt broomstick|Firebolt]]''' broom: 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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*'''[[Harry Potter's Nimbus 2000 broomstick|Nimbus 2000]]''': This broomstick was gifted to him from [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]] after agreeing to join the [[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, breaking it beyond repair.
 
*'''[[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.
 
*'''[[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]]s''': Harry received a homemade jumper every [[Christmas]] from [[Molly Weasley|Mrs. Weasley]]. His were said to be much more extravagant, as Mrs. Weasley "made much more effort" when her presents were not made for actual family members. The known jumpers he has include; an 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 Horcruxes]].
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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|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 bottle green that matched his eyes. He also wore dress robes to [[Wedding of William 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 in 1997.
 
*'''[[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.
 
*'''[[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.
*'''[[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.
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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.
After [[Sirius Black]]died, all of his remaining possessions were passed along to Harry. This included:
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*'''[[Harry Potter's rucksack|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.
[[File:Buckbeack.jpeg|thumb|left|200px|Buckbeak laying down near Hagrid's house.]]
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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-jinx|counter-jinxes]] and [[hex|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 received 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 [[Ronald Weasley|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 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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{{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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*[[File:Grimmauld Place1995.jpg|thumb|240x240px|12 Grimmauld Place, London]]'''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]].
   
*'''[[Buckbeak]]/Witherwings''': 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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*'''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.
*'''The [[House of Black|Black Family]] Residence''':
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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.
   
{{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}}
 
 
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]].
 
*'''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 Black Home after their death, which might lead us to believe in the existence of other forms of inheritance from his family other than what his uncle left him.
 
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
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===Family===
 
 
====Parents====
 
====Parents====
{{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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{{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}}
 
[[File:Lily and James Potter.jpg|thumb|left|200px|[[James and Lily Potter|Lily and James Potter]], his mother and father.]]
 
[[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, via [[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.
 
   
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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[[File:Potter_family2.gif|thumb|left|235px|Harry with [[James Potter I|James]] and [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]], his mother and father]]
   
'''Harry: '''"''Stay close to me''"
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[[James Potter I|James]] and [[Lily Evans|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.{{Quote|Lily's smile was widest of all. She pushed her long hair back as she drew closer to him, and her green eyes, so like his, searched his face hungrily, as though she would never be able to look at him enough.|Description of Lily's spirit|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows }}
   
'''Lily: '''''"Always"''
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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 had "''loving smiles on their faces''" and 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.
   
[[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.
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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 calls him "''sweetheart''", it is very possible that they had a nickname for Harry when he was a baby.
   
 
====Petunia Dursley====
 
====Petunia Dursley====
[[File:Petunia dursley1.PNG|thumb|right|150px|Petunia Dursley, his aunt.]]
 
{{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}}
 
   
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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{{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>
   
 
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.
 
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.
   
 
====Dudley Dursley====
 
====Dudley Dursley====
[[File:Dudders dursley1.PNG|thumb|left|160px|Dudley Dursley, his cousin.]]
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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}}
{{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}}
 
   
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. 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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[[File:DudleyDH.png|left|thumb|202x202px|[[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.
   
 
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>
 
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>
   
 
====Vernon Dursley====
 
====Vernon Dursley====
[[File:Vernon Dursley OOTP.jpg|thumb|right|180px|Vernon Dursley, his uncle.]]
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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}}
{{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]]
   
[[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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[[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 [[ familyPotters]]. 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 offense whenever Harry used words related or pertaining to magic 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.
   
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.
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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|Horcruxes]]. Vernon almost shook Harry's hand, but changed his mind and left the house quickly. It is unknown if the two ever met again.
   
 
====Marjorie Dursley====
 
====Marjorie Dursley====
[[File:Aunt marge hp.jpg|thumb|right|220px|Marge Dursley, his "aunt".]]
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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}}
{{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}}
 
   
[[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. 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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[[File:Normal_poa_(24).jpg|thumb|left|196x196px|Marge Dursley, his "aunt"]]
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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.