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"Historically important to the wizarding world, it is the celebrated village where Voldemort was first defeated."
— Outview of the village[src]

Godric's Hollow was a village in the West Country[1] of England. It was a small community, which centred on a village square with only a church, a post office, a pub, and a few retail shops. The residential streets were lined with quaint cottages, there was an area called Church Lane that lead up to the church.[3]

Godric's Hollow was inhabited by a number of notable wizarding families. The Dumbledore family and Bathilda Bagshot both resided in the village.[2] It was perhaps most famous as where Harry Potter and his parents lived when he was a baby, where they were murdered, and Lord Voldemort met his first downfall. Thus, the village was notable as the place where Harry Potter became known as the "Boy Who Lived". Despite this, Harry did not revisit the village until Christmas Eve of 1997.[4]

According to A History of Magic, the graveyard was rumoured to be haunted.[4] At any time, it was forbidden to park in Godric's Hollow between 1 May to 30 September.


Godric Gryffindor

Godric Gryffindor, for whom the Hollow, his birthplace, was named

Godric's Hollow was famed as the birthplace of Godric Gryffindor, and also as the final resting place of at least one of the Peverell family.

In A History of Magic, Bathilda Bagshot writes that Godric's Hollow was one of a number of villages where wizards settled in relatively large numbers after the ratification of the International Statute of Secrecy in 1689. Large numbers of witches and wizards grouped together to provide support for each other, after facing many years of persecution at the hands of Muggles, finding safety in numbers.

It appears that the Dumbledore family moved to Godric's Hollow when Albus Dumbledore's father Percival was imprisoned after his attack on three Muggle boys. He attacked the boys after they inflicted severe mental and emotional damage on his daughter Ariana. Albus and his mother Kendra, sister Ariana, and brother Aberforth lived here, until Kendra's and Ariana's tragic and accidental deaths. At the time, Bathilda Bagshot was their neighbour and eventually became a good friend of the family, privy to the family's many secrets.

Summer of 1899[]

Tragic romance[]

"The summer Gellert and I fell in love, my brother fell in love as well, with a girl from the Hollow. She was sent away, there were rumours about a child. He's a Dumbledore. If I had been a better friend to Aberforth, if I had been a better brother, he might have confided in me. Perhaps things would have been different, this boy could have been part of our lives, part of our family."
— Albus Dumbledore telling Newt about Credence's rumoured birth[src]
Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald

Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald in their youth

In the summer of 1899, Albus Dumbledore was introduced to Gellert Grindelwald by his great-aunt Bathilda Bagshot. After a day of knowing each other, they struck up a close friendship. The two of them spent days together, sharing ideas and talking, and building their relationship. They learned a lot about each other and even shared the same inspirations and what they wanted to spend their lives doing. One night, Albus Dumbledore sent a letter by owl to Gellert Grindelwald in the 'dead of night'.


Albus and Gellert creating their Blood Pact in this barn

One night, Albus and Gellert walked to a barn in which they went inside with plans to create a blood pact together, forming a love bond that could only be broken if their spells met without intent to attack one another.

Sometime between Albus and Gellert's relationship, Aberforth fell in love also, with a girl from Godric's Hollow, and their relationship led to her becoming pregnant with Aberforth's child. However, the girl was "sent away", presumably by her family, and Aberforth wouldn't see his son again for over thirty years. Albus was aware of rumours that there was a child from the relationship, but he never knew for sure as the distance between the brothers resulted in Aberforth not confiding in or seeking Albus' help with the situation.[5]

Duel at Godric's Hollow[]

"Gellert and I had plans to go away with each other, but my brother didn't approve and one night confronted us. Voices were raised, threats made, Aberforth drew his wand, which was foolish. I drew my wand which was even more foolish. Gellert just laughed, no one had heard Ariana come down the stairs, can't say it was certain it was my... spell, doesn't really matter, one moment she was there, and the next she was gone."
— Albus Dumbledore recalling the duel to Newt[src]

Near the end of the summer, after Albus and Gellert both completely knew and agreed upon everything, with their blood pact in hand, they had plans to start a global wizarding war, and to force Muggles into subservience, with full intent on becoming the great leaders of the revolution. Aberforth knew he had to stay behind, for his sister Ariana. With his brother about to leave, Aberforth had to stop him and young Grindelwald from leaving him and their sister. He confronted them one night and was told that he was a stupid little boy by Gellert for doing so. After Aberforth and Gellert yelled and made countless threats, Aberforth drew his wand and was cruciated by Gellert, though he laughed. Albus realised then how horrible a person Grindelwald was and stepped in to defend his little brother, and a three-way duel broke out between Gellert Grindelwald, Albus Dumbledore, and Aberforth Dumbledore. Ariana Dumbledore ran down the stairs to see what was happening and to try to help the ruckus, but did not know what she was doing and was inadvertently killed by one of the teenagers' stray spells. Gellert retreated quickly to his great-aunt's cottage, where he had her make him a portkey to take him back home. Albus and Aberforth both rushed towards their sister's body, and cried in regret and pity.

Soon after, they had a funeral where Aberforth broke Albus's nose out of pure anger and sadness of what he had done.

Murder of the Potters[]

"All anyone knows is, he turned up in the village where you was all living, on Hallowe'en ten years ago. You was just a year old. "
— Overview of Voldemort entering Godric's Hollow[src]
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Voldemort arrives at Godric's Hollow intending to murder Harry Potter in 1981

Having been told half of the prophecy by Severus Snape, Voldemort came to believe his mortal enemy to be Harry Potter. After being given the Potters location by a trusted friend of the family (Peter Pettigrew) he travelled to the Potters' home in Godric's Hollow.[6] On 31 October, 1981, James and Lily Potter were murdered by Lord Voldemort in their home as they tried to protect their son. Voldemort lost his powers and physical form when he tried to murder infant Harry, due to Lily's loving sacrifice.[7] James and Lily's bodies were laid to rest together in the Godric's Hollow graveyard. Their tombstone reads, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death."[4]


Statue of James, Lily, and Harry Potter in the centre of the village

A statue was later erected at the centre of the village square in Godric's Hollow in memory of James and Lily Potter and a dedication to Harry Potter.[4] It's unknown exactly when it was erected and it can be assumed it was commissioned by the wizarding population of the Hollow, and the wider wizarding community of Great Britain.

From a distance, the statue appeared as an obelisk, carved with the names of people who died in a war (presumably Muggle casualties of World War I or World War II). While Muggles can see only this obelisk, a witch or wizard can see that the memorial changed into a statue of a family as he or she approached. It was also said by Harry Potter that in winter time, when snow gathered on the statue's heads, that the carvings appeared to be wearing white fur hats.[4]

Harry's visit and Nagini's attack[]

"Bathilda must’ve been dead a while. The snake was... was inside her. You-Know-Who put it there in Godric’s Hollow, to wait. You were right. He knew I’d go back."
— Harry Potter regarding Voldemort's motive[src]
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The Graveyard in Godric's Hollow, during Christmas time

Harry Potter and Hermione Granger visited Godric's Hollow in 1997 to find Bathilda Bagshot. They had hoped that Bathilda had the Sword of Gryffindor, which they needed to destroy Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes.[4] Harry first had the idea that he needed to visit Godric's Hollow following the death of Albus Dumbledore, simply getting a feeling that he needed to go there.[8] While there, Harry visited for the first time both his parents' graves and their former home.[4] According to the sign that had been set in the ground outside of the cottage, had been preserved in "its ruined state as a monument to the Potters and as a reminder of the violence that tore apart their family."[9]

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The Potters' ruined cottage in Godric's Hollow

This sign was graffitied over the years with names and messages of support for Harry, something that he thought was touching. The house, like the statue, had been made invisible to Muggles. During the same visit, they were attacked by Nagini, disguised as Bathilda Bagshot. Lord Voldemort had previously murdered Bathilda and used Dark Magic to conceal Nagini within her corpse. She could not speak, however, except in Parseltongue, and communicated mainly through gesturing.[9]


Nagini attacking Harry in Bathilda Bagshot's home in Godric's Hollow

After Nagini lured Harry away from Hermione and verified his identity, she telepathically contacted Voldemort, who told her to hold him. However, Hermione intervened, blasting the snake away and Disapparating with Harry just as Voldemort arrived. During the struggle, Harry's wand was inadvertently broken by Hermione's miscast curse. He was therefore required to use a new wand for the remainder of the hunt.[9]


"Cottages stood on either side of the narrow road... A short way ahead a golden glow of streetlights indicated the centre of the village... Behind the church, row upon row of snowy tombstones protruded from a blanket of pale blue that was flecked with dazzling red, gold, and green wherever the reflections from the stained glass hit the snow."
— Description of the village[src]
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The cottages that reside in the hollow

The Hollow was described as being quaint. There was a narrow road with look-a-like cottages that resided on either side of it. There was streetlights at the centre of the village indicating it as the square. There was also a little church, and behind it, the village's graveyard.

The graveyard was described as having row upon row of tombstones, some very old. The headstones showed members of different wizarding families that were buried there, such as an Abbott and Ignotus Peverell.[4]

Wizarding population[]

Bathilda Bagshot's note that Godric's Hollow was the home of a relatively large number of wizards does not indicate that it was a purely Wizarding village; in fact, Hogsmeade village was the only purely Wizarding village in Britain. As such, wizard residents of Godric's Hollow still had to avoid open use of magic to avoid disturbing the Muggle residents of the village. This is why the monuments to the Potter family were hidden.[9]

Similarly, the Potter cottage on the edge of the village was charmed to be invisible to Muggles. One must assume that a charm similar to the one that hides 12 Grimmauld Place must have been in use at the latter site, to prevent Muggles from trying to build on the apparently empty lot as the village grew.[9] Given the Dumbledore family experience with Muggles, it was a little surprising that the family chose to settle at Godric's Hollow rather than Hogsmeade. However, it is possible that there was some family history that connected the family to this village; and it seems likely that the Dumbledore family chose to live in a part of the village that was primarily wizard-occupied.


Godric's Hollow was one of the places where magical families had come to live alongside Muggles. Over the centuries, it was home to many wizards and witches of note, including Godric Gryffindor, who was born there, and Bowman Wright, who forged the first Golden Snitch there in the Middle Ages.

Others who called the village home were the Dumbledore family, the family of James and Lily Potter, and Bathilda Bagshot. Ignotus Peverell, pure-blood ancestor of Harry Potter, was born and subsequently buried at Godric's Hollow.

Jules Egwu and her parents moved to Godric's Hollow on a semi-permanent basis during the 1980s as the latter were working on a Magizoology project for the Ministry of Magic and wouldn't know how long they were going to be working there. They moved to Godric's Hollow instead of London as they found London far too noisy.[10]


Godric’s Hollow was located in the West Country of southwestern England, putting it in the heart of perhaps the most wizarding-friendly region in Britain. Ottery St Catchpole was in this area, as were Cornwall, Devon, several Quidditch teams, and a number of known Quidditch stadiums built on the abundant local moors.[4]

Hagrid’s flight from Godric’s Hollow to Surrey after picking up the infant Harry Potter took him over Bristol,[11] suggesting that the town was located in the northern region of the West Country, near Exmoor and not far from the Bristol Channel. There is some question as to where Hagrid was actually flying from, however.

Godric Gryffindor was described as being from “wild moor”[12], suggesting again the rural nature of the town. The village seemed to have contained only a small number of dwellings overall, as the open country began a short distance from the square.

At the centre of the village itself was a square with a post office, a pub, and a church with a graveyard behind it. In the middle of the square was a war memorial which, upon closer inspection by wizards, transformed into a statue of James, Lily, and young Harry — a monument to their final stand. The graveyard was the final resting place of many witches and wizards.[4]

Places of interests[]

Place(s) Nates

Potter cottage[]

Home of James, Lily, and Harry Potter. Partly destroyed after Voldemort's attack in 1981, 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.[9]

Potter memorial[]

A statue depicting James and Lily Potter holding baby Harry.[4]

Bathilda Bagshot's home[]

The house of Bathilda Bagshot. Nagini attacked Harry and Hermione there in 1997.[9]

Dumbledore family home[]

Home of the Dumbledore family before the death of Ariana Dumbledore.[2]


The local cemetery had, among others, the graves of the Potter, Dumbledore, and Peverell families.[4]

St Jerome's Church[]

The local church.[13]

Church Lane[]

The area of Godric's Hollow that lead up to St Jerome's Church.[3]

Behind the scenes[]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 16 (Godric's Hollow) - "Most celebrated of these half-magical dwelling places is, perhaps, Godric’s Hollow, the West Country village where the great wizard Godric Gryffindor was born, and where Bowman Wright, Wizarding smith, forged the first Golden Snitch."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 18 (The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 16 (Godric's Hollow)
  5. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - The Complete Screenplay
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 30 (The White Tomb)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 17 (Bathilda's Secret)
  10. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "Family Feast"
  11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  12. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 12 (The Triwizard Tournament)
  13. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  14. See this image.
  15. Harry Potter Reading Club live webchat, 11 October 2012 (source here)
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