Godric's Hollow

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Godric's Hollow is a fictional half-Muggle, half-wizard village in the West Country of England. It is the birthplace of Godric Gryffindor, after whom it is named (DH16).

The village itself is fairly small, centering around a square which contains a post office, a pub, a church, and several stores. A war memorial sits in the center of the square. When wizards pass it, the memorial—an obelisk covered in names—changes to a statue of the Potter family, with baby Harry sitting in his mother's arms. The few lanes leading from the village square are flanked by identical cottages, which house the village's residents (DH16, DH17).


Godric's Hollow has been home to several prominent wizarding families, notably the bloodline of Ignotus Peverell. Many of these witches and wizards are buried in the graveyard behind the church (DH16).

Some of the more significant wizards buried in the graveyard are:


Bowman Wright, a talented metal charmer who lived in Godric's Hallow in the 16th (FW) or 14th century (QA4), was a great fan of Quidditch (FW). When Elfrida Clagg outlawed Golden Snidget hunting, the future of the game was endangered; there was urgent need for a substitute.

Wright created a small metal ball with behaviour pattern and appearance similar to those of the Snidget. He called it the "Golden Snitch," and the new ball was soon adopted by Quidditch players everywhere (QA4).


After Percival Dumbledore was arrested and sent to Azkaban for attacking three Muggle boys who had tormented his daughter Ariana after seeing her perform magic, his wife, Kendra, moved the family from Mould-on-the-Wold to Godric's Hollow.

The family kept mostly to themselves, hiding Ariana from public scrutiny because of the random, uncontrollable bursts of magic she was prone to having after the incident with the Muggle boys. However, the family eventually befriended Bathilda Bagshot, a fellow resident of the village and the noted author of A History of Magic, after she wrote to Kendra's eldest son, Albus Dumbledore, impressed with a paper he had published in Transfiguration Today (DH28, DH11, DH18).

Then, one day, when Albus was eighteen and his younger brother Aberforth fourteen, Kendra was killed one of Ariana's outbursts, after which she was buried in the Godric's Hollow graveyard. Albus stayed at home to take care of Ariana, but started neglecting her once Gellert Grindelwald, Bathilda's great-nephew, came to stay with his great-aunt, drawn by the name of Ignotus Peverell, the third of the Peverell brothers, the creators of the Deathly Hallows.

Both brilliant and power-hungry, Albus and Grindelwald became good friends—in particular, they bonded over their obsession with the Hallows. They also talked of wizard dominance over Muggles—"For the greater good." However, Aberforth would have none of it, and reminded Albus of his duties to Ariana, which angered Grindelwald, and the three boys ended up duelling one day. Ariana, excited by the magic, started having an outburst, and a curse from one of the boys hit her, accidentally killing her.

Grindelwald then left Godric's Hollow, and the Dumbledore brothers were left to deal with their sister's death. This fact wrought a huge change in Dumbledore, who thereafter rejected offers of positions of power—Minister for Magic included (DH18, DH28, DH35).

Ariana was buried in Godric's Hollow with her mother. Underneath their names, their tomb reads, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also," an epitaph presumably written by Albus (DH16).


Remus and Sirius make baby Harry cry whilst babysitting him (fanon); fanart by LadyBelial.

Godric's Hollow was the final hiding place of Lily and James Potter before their murder at the hands of Lord Voldemort on October 31, 1981. Though they may have lived in the village for the entirety of their married life—James Potter was a descendant of Ignotus Peverell, and had inherited the third Deathly Hallow (the Invisibility Cloak) (DH35)—they may have moved to the house in which they died any time before mid-July, 1981. The Potters became good friends with Bathilda Bagshot, who told them several stories about Albus Dumbledore (including his friendship with Grindelwald) and loved Harry (DH10).

By July 1981, the Potters had truly gone into hiding, and were restricted to their house; the confinement was especially taxing on James. Harry celebrated his first birthday at the house in Godric's Hollow, with a small birthday tea attended only by his parents and Bathilda. In addition to Bathilda, Peter Pettigrew and Sirius Black also visited the Potters—it is not known if Remus Lupin did so (DH10). In late October 1981, about a week before Hallowe'en, the Potters performed the Fidelius Charm to hide themselves from Voldemort; however, Pettigrew, their Secret Keeper, betrayed his friends to the Dark Lord (PA19).

Voldemort came to Godric's Hollow on Hallowe'en, 1981, where he murdered the Potters. James, in a desperate attempt to hold the Dark Lord off and gain time for his wife and child, was killed first; Lily, protecting Harry, died second (DH17). However, as Lily had not had to die—Severus Snape, in love with Lily, had asked Voldemort to spare her (DH33)—but chose to die for her son, she invoked powerful ancient magic that protected Harry from Voldemort's Killing Curse (PS17).

Instead, the curse backfired upon Voldemort, ripping him from his body and causing an explosion that destroyed part of the top floor of the house (DH17). A fragment of Voldemort's soul—already unstable because he had created five Horcruxes by that point—tore apart from the original and attached itself to Harry, making him Voldemort's (eventual) seventh Horcrux (DH33, DH35). Voldemort's disappearance that night led to the end of the First War, and wizards everywhere celebrated and toasted Harry, The Boy Who Lived (PS1).

The sign; fanart by Rohanelf.

Lily and James Potter are buried together in Godric's Hollow in a white marble tomb that bears the inscription "The last enemy that shall be conquered is death." The town greatly honours their deaths: the ruined house in which they made their final stand against Voldemort was preserved, invisible to Muggles, as a monument to their sacrifice and the violence that orphaned Harry; and the war memorial in the center of the town square honours them in the form of a statue depicting the family pre-Hallowe'en 1981 (DH16, DH17).

When Harry visits the building he used to live in with his parents when he was a small child, he finds an old, destroyed building and a sign that says, "On this spot on the night of October 31st, 1981, Lily and James Potter lost their lives. Their son, Harry, remains the only wizard to have survived the Killing Curse. This house, invisible to Muggles, has been left in its ruined state as a monument to the Potters and as a reminder of the violence that tore appart their family."

Bathilda Bagshot

Bathilda and Nagini; fanart by Makani.

Bathilda Bagshot, noted magical historian and author of A History of Magic, lived in Godric's Hollow for several years until her death in 1997, and was involved with most of the important families who lived there (DH8). She befriended the Dumbledore family through Albus Dumbledore, and as Gellert Grindelwald's great-aunt, she welcomed the future Dark wizard into her house and encouraged his friendship with Albus (DH18).

She also befriended Lily and James Potter, and doted on their son Harry (DH10). However, Bathilda's sanity slowly ebbed as she got older; it was already possibly going by Harry's first birthday, and was gone by the time Rita Skeeter interviewed her for her biography of Albus Dumbledore (DH10, DH18).

Voldemort murdered Bathilda some time before Christmas Eve, 1997, at which point he left his snake Nagini, enchanted to look like the elderly woman, waiting as a trap for Harry Potter (DH17).

Christmas Eve, 1997

Soon after Albus Dumbledore's death, Harry decides to visit Godric's Hollow before undertaking his Horcrux quest (HBP30). Hermione Granger attempts to dissuade him (DH6), but eventually agrees to go. Knowing of the connection between Godric's Hollow and Godric Gryffindor, she believes that Dumbledore may have left Gryffindor's sword, the only method the two can think of to destroy the Horcruxes, with Bathilda Bagshot.

Harry and Hermione, Polyjuiced to look like two Muggles, go to the village on Christmas Eve, 1997. They first visit the graveyard, where they find the graves of Ignotus Peverell, Kendra and Ariana Dumbledore, and Lily and James Potter. They also see the Potters' ruined house (DH16, DH17).

While viewing the ruins of the Potter household, the two are approached by Bathilda Bagshot, who leads them to her house. Her behaviour is rather odd, but Harry assumes it is due to her insanity. Bathilda then indicates for Harry to follow her, and she takes him upstairs, where she turns into Nagini, Voldemort's snake, and summons the Dark Lord to the village.

Hermione saves Harry from the snake and Apparates them away just in time, though Harry's wand breaks in the process. Voldemort, upon returning to Godric's Hollow, the site of his first downfall, relives the night—and Harry, connected to Voldemort's mind, sees exactly what happened on the night his parents died (DH17).

Hermione also retrieves Bathilda's copy of The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, from which she and Harry learn (a rather coloured version) of Dumbledore's relationship with Grindelwald, and which eventually sets them on the trail of the Deathly Hallows (DH18, DH19).

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