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The Battle of Hogwarts

The 19971998 school year was a highly significant one. It would have been Harry Potter's seventh year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; however, he did not attend as a pupil that year, so that he could find and destroy Horcruxes to kill Lord Voldemort, with his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger (who likewise skipped the year, though the latter likely would have been unable to attend in any event due to rule changes). Many staff changes and significant events occurred during the year, mainly due to the Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort having control over the school.


The staff at Hogwarts during the 1997–1998 school year were as follows:

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry faculty and staff during the 1997–1998 school year
Post Incumbent Notes
Headmaster Snape was ousted from the post by the Heads of House shortly before the Battle of Hogwarts.
Deputy Heads Both were incapacitated and ousted from their post by Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and Minerva McGonagall atop Ravenclaw Tower, shortly before the Battle of Hogwarts.
Head of Gryffindor House Professor Minerva McGonagall
Head of Hufflepuff House Professor Pomona Sprout
Head of Ravenclaw House Professor Filius Flitwick
Head of Slytherin House Professor Horace Slughorn
Arithmancy teacher Professor Septima Vector (?)
Astronomy teacher Professor Aurora Sinistra (?)
Care of Magical Creatures teacher Professor Rubeus Hagrid
(sacked and nearly arrested in March 1998)
Charms Master Professor Filius Flitwick
Dark Arts teacher Professor Amycus Carrow Carrow was a Death Eater and the subject was changed from Defence Against the Dark Arts to just Dark Arts. Curriculum included casting the Cruciatus Curse on students who earned detention, and presumably, how to conjure Fiendfyre.
Divination teacher It is unknown whether Firenze returned to teach as he was a Centaur and considered a half-breed, so it is possible that Snape and the Carrows removed him from his post.
Flying instructor Madam Rolanda Hooch (?)
Herbology teacher Professor Pomona Sprout
History of Magic teacher Professor Cuthbert Binns (?)
Muggle Studies teacher Professor Alecto Carrow Former teacher Charity Burbage was killed by Lord Voldemort, although the press briefly mentioned that she had resigned. Carrow was a Death Eater. The class was made compulsory, and curriculum included how Muggles were 'like animals, stupid and dirty' and that they 'drove wizards into hiding by being vicious toward them,' and 'how the natural order is being restored'.
Potions Master Professor Horace Slughorn
Study of Ancient Runes teacher Professor Bathsheda Babbling (?)
Transfiguration teacher Professor Minerva McGonagall
Matron Madam Poppy Pomfrey
Librarian Madam Irma Pince (?)
Gamekeeper Professor Rubeus Hagrid
(sacked and nearly arrested in March 1998)
Caretaker Mr Argus Filch

Please note that some staff changes occurred during the year and not every member of staff can be confirmed as being at the school at the time.


Hogwarts students during the 1997–1998 school year
Year Students
First-years Gryffindors
Ravenclaws First-year boy who prodded Alecto Carrow
Second-years Gryffindors
Hufflepuffs James Tuckett (II), Alys, Grim Fawley
Slytherins Unidentified little girl
Third-years Gryffindors Euan Abercrombie, Girl who tested Fainting Fancies
Hufflepuffs Rose Zeller
Fourth-years Gryffindors Nigel Wolpert, Jimmy Peakes, Unidentified Gryffindor boy, Unidentified Gryffindor boy's friend, Natalie McDonald
Hufflepuffs Eleanor Branstone, Owen Cauldwell, Laura Madley, Kevin Whitby
Ravenclaws Stewart Ackerley, Orla Quirke
Slytherins Malcolm Baddock, Graham Pritchard
Unknown Emma Dobbs, Unidentified first-year girl
Fifth-years Gryffindors Romilda Vane
Unknown Astoria Greengrass, Derek
Sixth-years Gryffindors Ginevra Weasley, Unidentified Gryffindor girl (IX), Curious Gryffindor Girl
Hufflepuffs Unidentified Hufflepuff girl (III)
Ravenclaws Luna Lovegood, Unidentified Ravenclaw fourth-years
Slytherins Harper
Unknown Unidentified fourth-year student
Seventh-years Gryffindors Lavender Brown, Unidentified brown-haired Gryffindor girl, Unidentified red-haired Gryffindor girl,

Seamus Finnigan, Kellah, Neville Longbottom, Parvati Patil

Hufflepuffs Hannah Abbott, Susan Bones, Wayne Hopkins, Megan Jones, Leanne, Ernest Macmillan, Unidentified witch
Ravenclaws Amanda, Terry Boot, Mandy Brocklehurst, Michael Corner, Anthony Goldstein, Sue Li, Padma Patil, Lisa Turpin,

Boy who kept a bezoar in his pocket

Slytherins Millicent Bulstrode, Vincent Crabbe, Tracey Davis, Gregory Goyle, Daphne Greengrass, Draco Malfoy,

Theodore Nott, Pansy Parkinson, Pike, Blaise Zabini, Unidentified boy who attended Charm School, Boy who failed Avifors Spell's cousin, Boy who owned a magic hamster

Unknown Alice, Stephen Cornfoot, Kevin Entwhistle, Roger Malone, Oliver Rivers, Runcorn, Sophie Roper, Emma Vane,

Sally Smith, Mauricius

Unknown year Gryffindors Ritchie Coote, Adam Pickering, Demelza Robins
Hufflepuffs Zacharias Smith
Slytherins Uchi Akimbo, Diane Carter, Fergus Cowley, Simon Dedworth, Niles Hanley, Maynard Hatton, Holden Ledbury, Xander Lofthouse, Scarlett Lympsham, Thomas McGruder, Agnes Monkleigh, Timothy Morcott, Daryl Morden, Shawn Morris, Irfan Mustaq, Tracey Nettlebed, Gordon Pummell, Bastien Queensbury, Imogen Stretton, Junpei Suruga, Alex Sykes, Vikram Thakur, Ella Wilkins, Vaisey, Slytherin Duelling Club Captain, Unidentified Slytherin Keeper

Significant events[]

The following are events occurring during the year, which were known to the average Hogwarts student.


The Ghoul in Pyjamas

The Weasley family ghoul disguised as Ron with spattergroit

Although attendance to Hogwarts was now mandatory, many students did not return during this school year for various reasons, including:

Not being allowed because they were Muggle-borns, or were unable to prove their blood heritage.[1]

Having spattergroit, a contagious illness caught by Ron Weasley (Ron was actually quite well; he disguised the Weasley family ghoul to look like him so that he could help Harry Potter search for Horcruxes, though this is the only known occurrence of this).[2]

Harry Potter obviously could not return to Hogwarts, as he would have been given to Lord Voldemort before he entered the doors. Regardless, Harry chose not to return as he was searching out Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes.[3]

Battle of Hogwarts[]

Arrival in Hogsmeade[]

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Hermione Granger: "But how are we going to get in?"
Harry Potter: "We'll go to Hogsmeade, and try to work something out once we see what the protection around the school's like."
— The trio planning to get into Hogwarts[src]

The trio Apparating into Hogsmeade

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger Apparated into the main street of the village of Hogsmeade while wearing Harry's Cloak of Invisibility and were immediately detected by a group of Death Eaters due to the fact that they had triggered a Caterwauling Charm. They all tried to Apparate but they had been trapped because they had been bound by an anti-Apparition charm. The Death Eaters tried to reveal their whereabouts by Summoning the Cloak of Invisibility. The cloak, however, refused to be moved due to the fact that it was the cloak of legend from The Tale of the Three Brothers. The Death Eaters then sent Dementors to locate Harry so he had to produce a Patronus to send them away.

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Aberforth saving the trio from Dementors

Aberforth Dumbledore then hid them in the Hog's Head while he told the Death Eaters that he had produced the Patronus and had set off the Caterwauling Charm by letting his cat out. Aberforth led Harry, Ron and Hermione to a secret passage from his pub to the Room of Requirement where members of Dumbledore's Army had been hiding all year. Neville Longbottom came out of the passage and took them to Hogwarts.[4][5] Neville was overjoyed to see them, stating that he always knew they would come.

Arrival at Hogwarts[]

" HARRY! It's Potter, it's POTTER!"
— The Trio entering the Room of Requirement, being greeted by the D.A.[src]

D.A. members welcoming Harry back on 1 May 1998

Neville then led Harry, Hermione, and Ron around a corner and up a steep flight of stairs that led to a door. As Harry followed, he heard Neville call out to unseen people, announcing Harry's arrival, and he, Ron, and Hermione were soon engulfed, hugged, pounded on the back, by what seemed to be more than twenty people.[5] The members of Dumbledore's Army who were hiding from the Carrows and Snape thought they had come back to fight the Death Eaters and Voldemort so they sent messages to many other former Hogwarts students, including many original members of Dumbledore's Army.

When Harry realised how loyal they were being to him, he accepted help, telling them that Voldemort was on his way to Hogwarts and that he, Harry, needed to find something in the castle. When he asked about artefacts associated with Rowena Ravenclaw, Harry was told about her lost diadem, and he decided that it was almost certainly what Voldemort would have used for his Horcrux.[5]


"We've only got half an hour until midnight, so we need to act fast. A battle plan has been agreed between the teachers of Hogwarts and the Order of the Phoenix... All right, leaders up here and we'll divide up the troops!"
— Kingsley Shacklebolt before the Battle of Hogwarts[src]

The trio split up once they had entered Hogwarts. Ron and Hermione travelled down into the Chamber of Secrets to obtain Basilisk venom filled fangs to destroy Helga Hufflepuff's Cup and any future Horcruxes that are found, while Harry went with Luna Lovegood to the Ravenclaw Common Room to have a look at a statue of Rowena Ravenclaw wearing her diadem. Alecto Carrow, the Muggle Studies teacher and Death Eater, appeared while the two were searching the room, but Luna Lovegood neutralised her.

Snape McGonagall duel

Snape and McGonagall facing off against each other

Minerva McGonagall arrived and summoned the other Heads of Houses. She then engaged in a fierce duel with Severus Snape and moments later Filius Flitwick and Pomona Sprout showed up, the three succeeded in driving Snape away. The students and staff gathered in the Great Hall as the rest of the Death Eaters arrived at the gates, accompanied by Voldemort himself.[5][6]

Order of the Phoenix in the Great Hall

The Order of the Phoenix arriving just before the start of the Battle of Hogwarts

Hogwarts was fortified for the coming attack. Order of the Phoenix members arrived, also summoned by Neville Longbottom. Students old enough to fight stayed and younger students were evacuated by Poppy Pomfrey and Argus Filch. Filius Flitwick, Minerva McGonagall and Pomona Sprout took groups of students to the tallest towers while Arthur Weasley, Remus Lupin, and Kingsley Shacklebolt took others onto the Grounds. Fred and George Weasley defended Hogwarts' secret passages.[6]

First part of the battle[]

"I know that you are preparing to fight. Your efforts are futile. You cannot fight me. I do not want to kill you. I have great respect for the teachers of Hogwarts. I do not want to spill magical blood. Give me Harry Potter, and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded. You have until midnight."
Lord Voldemort's ultimatum[src]
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Harry questioning The Grey Lady about Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem

Voldemort magically magnified his voice so it was heard throughout Hogwarts and Hogsmeade to give those inside the castle the chance to hand Harry over to him or his Death Eaters and dark creatures would attack. When Pansy Parkinson suggested that they take the deal, practically every student, excluding the Slytherin students, in the hall threatened to curse her, and she was instructed to leave by Minerva McGonagall. Those not willing to fight or not of age (older than 17 years) were sent out of the school through the Hog's Head, particularly the students of Slytherin (who were sent out first).[6]

Hogwarts was able to fend off the Death Eaters using an array of tactics, including mandrakes and other magical plants, bewitched armoured suits, and wand duels. The Death Eaters stormed Hogwarts, however, with the aid of the Acromantulas, Giants, Aurors and Ministry of Magic officials. It was in this part of the battle that Fred Weasley, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Colin Creevey, and Lavender Brown were killed by Death Eaters.[7][8]

Room of Requirement[]

"It was not normal fire; Crabbe had used a curse of which Harry had no knowledge: As they turned a corner the flames chased them as though they were alive, sentient, intent upon killing them. Now the fire was mutating, forming a gigantic pack of fiery beasts: Flaming serpents, chimaeras, and dragons rose and fell and rose again, and the detritus of centuries on which they were feeding was thrown up in the air into their fanged mouths, tossed high on clawed feet, before being consumed by the inferno."
— Description of the Fiendfyre conjured by Vincent Crabbe[src]
Harry and Draco

Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem being destroyed with Fiendfyre

Harry, Ron, and Hermione found Ravenclaw's Diadem in the Room of Hidden Things, transformation of the Room of Requirement. But before they could remove or destroy it, Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, and Gregory Goyle arrived and distracted him. Malfoy was attempting to capture Harry and retrieve the Diadem, with the intention of delivering them to Lord Voldemort. Crabbe tried to torture Harry with the Cruciatus Curse and tried to murder Ron and Hermione with Killing Curses. In the process he accidentally destroyed Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem with Fiendfyre, thus killing himself.[7]


"If you continue to resist me, you will all die, one by one. I do not wish this to happen. Every drop of magical blood spilled is a loss and a waste... I command my forces to retreat immediately. You have one hour... I speak now, Harry Potter, directly to you... I shall wait for one hour in the Forbidden Forest. If, at the end of that hour, you have not come to me, have not given yourself up, then battle recommences. This time, I shall enter the fray myself, Harry Potter, and I shall find you, and I shall punish every last man, woman, and child who has tried to conceal you from me. One hour."
— Voldemort ordering the one-hour ceasefire and retreat[src]
Harry Potter DH using Dumbledore's Pensieve

Harry viewing Snape's memories in the Pensieve

Using his connection with Voldemort's mind, Harry uncovered Voldemort's whereabouts in the Shrieking Shack. It was there that Harry witnessed Voldemort order Nagini to murder Severus Snape, believing that unless Snape was killed by him, he would not gain mastery over the Elder Wand. Snape's dying act was to pass on several of his memories to Harry. At this point, Voldemort ordered an hour-long ceasefire, with the request that Harry be turned over to his custody. If they did not turn him over, Voldemort declared he would personally enter the battle.[8]

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Harry standing with his revived loved ones preparing to face Voldemort

After viewing Snape's memories which revealed that Harry himself was, in fact, a Horcrux and that he needed to be killed for Lord Voldemort to die, Harry went into the Forbidden Forest to sacrifice himself. Before doing so, he used the Resurrection Stone to bring back his parents, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin for emotional support. Due to Voldemort's use of Harry's blood in the process of creating himself a new body in 1995 in the Little Hangleton graveyard, Harry survived the Killing Curse from Voldemort although he was briefly knocked unconscious.[9][10][11]

In those unconscious moments, Harry spoke to the spirit of Albus Dumbledore, who explained that the bit of Voldemort's soul inside of Harry was gone, and he could choose to go back to the world of the living or go on into the world of the dead. Harry accepted the choice to return, and feigned death while Voldemort's forces cheered in assumed victory.[11]

Fall of the Dark Lord[]

Harry Potter: "...Snape never beat Dumbledore! Dumbledore's death was planned between them! Dumbledore intended to die undefeated, the wand's last true master! If all had gone as planned, the wand's power would have died with him, because he never had it won from him!"
Lord Voldemort: "But then, Potter, Dumbledore as good as gave me the wand! I stole the wand from its last master's tomb! I removed it against its last master's wishes! Its power is mine!"
Harry Potter: "...Didn't you listen to Ollivander? The wand chooses the wizard...The Elder Wand recognised a new master before Dumbledore died, someone who never laid a hand on it. The new master removed the wand from Dumbledore against his will, never realising exactly what he had done, or that the world's most dangerous wand had given him its allegiance...The true master of the Elder Wand was Draco Malfoy."
— Harry revealing the true master of the Elder Wand to Voldemort during their final confrontation[src]
Hagrid carrying Harry's body

Hagrid carrying Harry Potter's supposedly dead body back to Hogwarts Castle

After waking, Harry discovered that Voldemort had also been unconscious during those brief moments. Voldemort suffered an additional betrayal when Narcissa Malfoy volunteered to confirm that Harry was dead, when she truly only wanted to get close enough to him to ask if her son, Draco Malfoy was still alive. Upon learning of Draco's survival, Narcissa lied to the Dark Lord, saying that Harry Potter was in fact dead. After Rubeus Hagrid carried Harry's 'corpse' back to Hogwarts, guided by the Death Eaters walking in a victory march, Neville Longbottom openly defied Lord Voldemort. The Dark Lord placed a spell on Neville, freezing him to the spot, placed the Sorting Hat atop his head, and set it aflame.

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The battle recommencing. On the upper left corner, the oncoming reinforcements from Hogsmeade, and on the upper right corner, the centaurs

The centaurs and Grawp then attacked the Death Eaters, giving Harry time to disappear under his Invisibility Cloak in the confusion. Neville broke free of Voldemort's curse and pulled Godric Gryffindor's Sword from the Sorting Hat. In one stroke, Neville used the blade to behead Nagini, thus destroying the last of Voldemort's Horcruxes and rendering him mortal. Voldemort, alongside his now weakened army, forced his way into Hogwarts. Additional Hogwarts allies arrived at this time: legions of knife-wielding house-elves led by Kreacher; the residents of Hogsmeade and the friends and families of every remaining student, all led by Charlie Weasley and Professor Slughorn. A flock of Thestrals led by Buckbeak, and the centaurs also threw themselves into the battle.

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Molly Weasley duelling Bellatrix Lestrange

In the midst of all the chaos, Harry, hidden under the Invisibility Cloak, was buffeted into the Great Hall. Outnumbered and surrounded by people and creatures from both sides, the Death Eaters were cut down or run off by the forces of Hogwarts until only Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort remained. Bellatrix was killed by Molly Weasley, with whom she briefly duelled. Voldemort was furious at the loss of his best and last lieutenant, but Harry cast a Shield Charm between Molly and Voldemort before the latter could raise his wand. Harry then revealed himself to the survivors, giving them hope again.

The cheering crowd retreated to the walls of the hall and watched then as the two great enemies, Voldemort and Harry, bantered and circled each other. Harry revealed to Voldemort that Snape had always been a spy for Dumbledore, ever since Voldemort threatened Lily Potter's life. Harry also revealed that Snape was never the true master of the Elder Wand. It had been Draco Malfoy that was the rightful master, and that Harry had defeated Malfoy weeks ago, thereby gaining the allegiance of the Elder Wand.

Voldemort vanquished

Harry Potter's final defeat of Lord Voldemort

Harry dared Voldemort to feel remorse as a chance of redemption, to which Voldemort instantly responded by casting a Killing Curse with the Elder Wand. Harry simultaneously cast his own Expelliarmus spell using Draco Malfoy's wand. However, because the Elder Wand rightfully belonged to Harry, the Killing Curse rebounded at Voldemort and ended his life once and for all. The Second Wizarding War had ended with a decisive victory for the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore's Army.[12]


Notes and references[]

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11 (The Bribe) - 'And it' also another way of weeding out Muggle-borns, because students must be given Blood Status — meaning that they have proven to the Ministry that they are of Wizard descent — before they are allowed to attend.'
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6 (The Ghoul in Pyjamas) - 'We're going to put out the story that I'm seriously ill with spattergroit, which is why I can't go back to school.'
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 30 (The White Tomb)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 28 (The Missing Mirror)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 29 (The Lost Diadem)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 30 (The Sacking of Severus Snape)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 32 (The Elder Wand)
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 34 (The Forest Again)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 35 (King's Cross)
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36 (The Flaw in the Plan)

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