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|location=[[Godric's Hollow]], [[West Country]], [[England]]
 
|location=[[Godric's Hollow]], [[West Country]], [[England]]
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|owner=*[[James Potter I]]
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*[[Lily Evans|Lily Potter I]] (née [[Evans]])
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*[[Lily Evans|Lily Potter I]] (née [[Evans]])
 
*[[Harry Potter]]
 
*[[Harry Potter]]
 
*[[Potters' cat|A pet cat]]
 
*[[Potters' cat|A pet cat]]
 
|affiliation=*[[Potter Family]]
 
|affiliation=*[[Potter Family]]
 
*[[Order of the Phoenix]]
 
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}}{{Quote|The hedge had grown wild in the sixteen years since [[Hagrid]] had taken [[Harry]] from the rubble that lay scattered amongst the waist-high grass. Most of the cottage was still standing, though entirely covered in the dark ivy and snow, but the right side of the top floor had been blown apart ''[...]'' |Description |Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows }}
The '''Potters' Cottage''' was the home of [[James Potter I|James]], [[Lily Evans|Lily]], and [[Harry Potter]] from the late [[1970s]] to [[31 October]], [[1981]] when [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] murdered Harry's parents and destroyed a large portion of the house.
 
   
==After the Prophecy is made==
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The '''Potters' Cottage''' was the home of [[James Potter I|James]], [[Lily Evans|Lily]], and [[Harry Potter]] from the late [[1970s]] to [[31 October]], [[1981|1981,]] during the final months of the First Wizarding War. When [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] murdered Harry's parents a large portion of the cottage was destroyed.
After a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] was made by [[Sybill Trelawney]] concerning the birth of one who would be able to defeat [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], [[Albus Dumbledore]] had the Potters go into hiding after being warned of Voldemort's intentions by then-Death Eater [[Severus Snape]]. A [[Fidelius Charm]] was placed on the house, with [[Sirius Black]] chosen as [[Secret-Keeper]]. However, a last-minute decision was made to make [[Peter Pettigrew]] Secret-Keeper instead, as it was believed he would be less obvious to the Death Eaters. Unfortunately, neither the Potters nor Sirius knew that Pettigrew had in fact betrayed the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and turned spy for Voldemort.
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==History==
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===First Wizarding War {{c|1979-1981}}===
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After a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] was made by [[Sybill Trelawney]] concerning the birth of one who would be able to defeat [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], [[Albus Dumbledore]] had the Potters go into hiding after being warned of Voldemort's intentions by then-Death Eater [[Severus Snape]].
   
==Lord Voldemort==
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A [[Fidelius Charm]] was placed on the house, with [[Sirius Black]] chosen as [[Secret-Keeper]]. However, a last-minute decision was made to make [[Peter Pettigrew]] Secret-Keeper instead, as it was believed he would be less obvious to the Death Eaters. Unfortunately, neither the Potters nor Sirius knew that Pettigrew had in fact betrayed the [[Order of the Phoenix]] and turned spy for Voldemort.
[[File:Harrypotter.JPG|thumb|right|250px|[[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] attempting to kill infant [[Harry Potter]]]]
 
On [[31 October]], [[1981]], Voldemort travelled to [[Godric's Hollow]] and entered the Potter home, catching its inhabitants off-guard. James was murdered quickly, while Lily fled upstairs with Harry. Cornered in the nursery, Lily refused to step aside for Voldemort, and was killed as well. When the Dark Lord then attempted to murder the one prophesised to defeat him, the [[Sacrificial protection|protection]] laid down by his mother's sacrifice caused the [[Killing Curse]] to rebound, resulting in an explosion that destroyed Voldemort's body.
 
   
==Rubeus Hagrid and 4 Privet Drive==
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====The attack====
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[[File:Harrypotter.JPG|thumb|left|220px|[[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] attempting to kill infant [[Harry Potter]]]]
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On the night of [[31 October]], [[1981]], Voldemort traveled to [[Godric's Hollow]] and entered the Potter home, catching its inhabitants off-guard. James was murdered quickly, trying to defend his family, while Lily fled upstairs to the nursery with Harry.
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Cornered in the nursery, Lily refused to step aside for Voldemort, and was killed as well. When the Dark Lord then attempted to murder the one prophesied to defeat him, the [[Sacrificial protection|protection]] laid down by his mother's sacrifice caused the [[Killing Curse]] to rebound, resulting in an explosion that destroyed Voldemort's body.
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====Aftermath====
 
Dumbledore had placed a charm on the house that alerted him immediately to James and Lily's deaths<ref>[http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org/transcript/show/166?ordernum=3 http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org/transcript/show/166?ordernum=3]</ref>. [[Sirius Black]] and [[Rubeus Hagrid]] discovered Harry still alive inside the ruined house. Hagrid used Sirius' [[Sirius Black's motorcycle|flying motorcycle]] to deliver the infant to Dumbledore at [[4 Privet Drive]], while Black went after Pettigrew.
 
Dumbledore had placed a charm on the house that alerted him immediately to James and Lily's deaths<ref>[http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org/transcript/show/166?ordernum=3 http://pottercast.the-leaky-cauldron.org/transcript/show/166?ordernum=3]</ref>. [[Sirius Black]] and [[Rubeus Hagrid]] discovered Harry still alive inside the ruined house. Hagrid used Sirius' [[Sirius Black's motorcycle|flying motorcycle]] to deliver the infant to Dumbledore at [[4 Privet Drive]], while Black went after Pettigrew.
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===Second Warding War {{c|1997-1998}}===
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====Christmas Eve====
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[[File:00dh1_screencaps_1071.jpg|thumb|230px|[[Harry Potter|Harry]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] outside the ruined Potter Cottage in [[1997]]]]
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This house was visited again by Harry on Christmas Eve, [[1997]], along with [[Hermione Granger]]. It had been left in its ruined state and made invisible to [[Muggle]]s, as a monument to the Potters and to Voldemort's first downfall.
   
==1997-1998==
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[[Wizardkind|Wizard]] visitors could observe a memorial sign with a message in golden letters explaining this fact. A number of visitors had written on the sign, either signing their names in [[Everlasting Ink]], carving their initials, or leaving messages, including a number addressed directly to Harry Potter expressing their support for him. After the [[Second Wizarding War]], it is unknown what happened to it.
[[File:Potter cottage.jpg|thumb|right|300px|[[Harry Potter|Harry]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] outside the ruined Potter Cottage in [[1997]].]]
 
This house was visited again by Harry on Christmas Eve, [[1997]], along with [[Hermione Granger]]. It had been left in its ruined state and made invisible to [[Muggle]]s, as a monument to the Potters and to Voldemort's first downfall. After the [[Second Wizarding War]], it is unknown what happened to it.
 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
* The Potter cottage that appears in [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|the film version of ''Philosopher's Stone'']] during Hagrid's conversation with Harry in the [[Leaky Cauldron]], and the Potter cottage that appears in [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|''Deathly Hallows: Part 1'']] during Harry and Hermione's visit to [[Godric's Hollow]] appear to have different styles and designs. One possible reason for this is that a lot of the first film was shot on location, whereas a lot of the subsequent instalments were created on sound stages. Another reason may be that the cottage shown in the first film was in Harry's imagination when he was listening the story from Hagrid, and the cottage from the last films was the actual one. It is interesting to note, however, that the first cottage bears similarities to Church Cottage, where Rowling grew up.
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*Harry's bedroom had a [[Magic Alphabet]] hanging on the wall.
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* The Potter cottage that appears in [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|the film version of ''Philosopher's Stone'']] during Hagrid's conversation with Harry in the [[Leaky Cauldron]], and the Potter cottage that appears in [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|''Deathly Hallows: Part 1'']] during Harry and Hermione's visit to [[Godric's Hollow]] appear to have different styles and designs. One possible reason for this is that a lot of the first film was shot on location, whereas a lot of the subsequent instalments were created on sound stages. Another reason may be that the cottage shown in the first film was in Harry's imagination when he was listening to the story from Hagrid, and the cottage from the last films was the actual one. It is interesting to note, however, that the first cottage bears similarities to Church Cottage, where Rowling grew up.
 
* Since Harry was born in the village of Godric's Hollow, it is very possible that he was born in his parents' home.
 
* Since Harry was born in the village of Godric's Hollow, it is very possible that he was born in his parents' home.
* In the first film version, Voldemort is seen creeping up to the house and nobody is seen through the windows. He opens the door, by possibly using Alohomora. Lily is seen slamming Harry's nursery door, as a cloaked man is seen going down the stairs. The nursery door is blasted open and Voldemort casts the Killing Curse on Lily. As she falls, she screams, and mouths the word: James. Green light is then seen flashing through the cottage windows, and Voldemort points his wand in Harry's face.
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* In the first film version, Voldemort is seen creeping up to the house and nobody is seen through the windows. He opens the door, by possibly using Alohomora. Lily is seen slamming Harry's nursery door and mouths the word: James, as a cloaked man is seen going down the stairs. The nursery door is blasted open and Voldemort casts the Killing Curse on Lily. Green light is then seen flashing through the cottage windows, and Voldemort points his wand in Harry's face.
* It is unknown how Harry Potter and Hermione Granger found the [[Potters' Cottage]], as Pettigrew was still the Secret Keeper, and he did not tell either of them the house's whereabouts. Likely the charm was removed, because after a spell was placed so muggles couldn't see it, although if the charm was still in place then muggles wouldn't be able to see it anyway.
 
 
* In [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2|''Deathly Hallows: Part 2'']], [[Severus Snape]] was seen entering the household after Voldemort's attack, mourning over Lily's corpse, just before Hagrid arrived to retrieve Harry.
 
* In [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2|''Deathly Hallows: Part 2'']], [[Severus Snape]] was seen entering the household after Voldemort's attack, mourning over Lily's corpse, just before Hagrid arrived to retrieve Harry.
   
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Potters' Cottage
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Location

Godric's Hollow, West Country, England

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Permanent residents
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"The hedge had grown wild in the sixteen years since Hagrid had taken Harry from the rubble that lay scattered amongst the waist-high grass. Most of the cottage was still standing, though entirely covered in the dark ivy and snow, but the right side of the top floor had been blown apart [...] "
—Description [src]

The Potters' Cottage was the home of James, Lily, and Harry Potter from the late 1970s to 31 October, 1981, during the final months of the First Wizarding War. When Lord Voldemort murdered Harry's parents a large portion of the cottage was destroyed.

HistoryEdit

First Wizarding War (1979-1981)Edit

After a prophecy was made by Sybill Trelawney concerning the birth of one who would be able to defeat Lord Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore had the Potters go into hiding after being warned of Voldemort's intentions by then-Death Eater Severus Snape.

A Fidelius Charm was placed on the house, with Sirius Black chosen as Secret-Keeper. However, a last-minute decision was made to make Peter Pettigrew Secret-Keeper instead, as it was believed he would be less obvious to the Death Eaters. Unfortunately, neither the Potters nor Sirius knew that Pettigrew had in fact betrayed the Order of the Phoenix and turned spy for Voldemort.

The attackEdit

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Voldemort attempting to kill infant Harry Potter

On the night of 31 October, 1981, Voldemort traveled to Godric's Hollow and entered the Potter home, catching its inhabitants off-guard. James was murdered quickly, trying to defend his family, while Lily fled upstairs to the nursery with Harry.

Cornered in the nursery, Lily refused to step aside for Voldemort, and was killed as well. When the Dark Lord then attempted to murder the one prophesied to defeat him, the protection laid down by his mother's sacrifice caused the Killing Curse to rebound, resulting in an explosion that destroyed Voldemort's body.

AftermathEdit

Dumbledore had placed a charm on the house that alerted him immediately to James and Lily's deaths[1]. Sirius Black and Rubeus Hagrid discovered Harry still alive inside the ruined house. Hagrid used Sirius' flying motorcycle to deliver the infant to Dumbledore at 4 Privet Drive, while Black went after Pettigrew.

Second Warding War (1997-1998)Edit

Christmas EveEdit

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Harry and Hermione outside the ruined Potter Cottage in 1997

This house was visited again by Harry on Christmas Eve, 1997, along with Hermione Granger. It had been left in its ruined state and made invisible to Muggles, as a monument to the Potters and to Voldemort's first downfall.

Wizard visitors could observe a memorial sign with a message in golden letters explaining this fact. A number of visitors had written on the sign, either signing their names in Everlasting Ink, carving their initials, or leaving messages, including a number addressed directly to Harry Potter expressing their support for him. After the Second Wizarding War, it is unknown what happened to it.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Harry's bedroom had a Magic Alphabet hanging on the wall.
  • The Potter cottage that appears in the film version of Philosopher's Stone during Hagrid's conversation with Harry in the Leaky Cauldron, and the Potter cottage that appears in Deathly Hallows: Part 1 during Harry and Hermione's visit to Godric's Hollow appear to have different styles and designs. One possible reason for this is that a lot of the first film was shot on location, whereas a lot of the subsequent instalments were created on sound stages. Another reason may be that the cottage shown in the first film was in Harry's imagination when he was listening to the story from Hagrid, and the cottage from the last films was the actual one. It is interesting to note, however, that the first cottage bears similarities to Church Cottage, where Rowling grew up.
  • Since Harry was born in the village of Godric's Hollow, it is very possible that he was born in his parents' home.
  • In the first film version, Voldemort is seen creeping up to the house and nobody is seen through the windows. He opens the door, by possibly using Alohomora. Lily is seen slamming Harry's nursery door and mouths the word: James, as a cloaked man is seen going down the stairs. The nursery door is blasted open and Voldemort casts the Killing Curse on Lily. Green light is then seen flashing through the cottage windows, and Voldemort points his wand in Harry's face.
  • In Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Severus Snape was seen entering the household after Voldemort's attack, mourning over Lily's corpse, just before Hagrid arrived to retrieve Harry.

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