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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Chapter Sixteen:
Godric's Hollow

Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 311 - 329
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 255 - 269
Timeframe: [day after end of DH15] - 24 December, 1997 [Y17]

In which weeks pass while Harry and Hermione, the heart gone out of them with Ron, concentrate on finding a lead to the sword's location. At Christmastime, Harry asks to go to Godric's Hollow for personal reasons and Hermione agrees for quest-related reasons. After planning carefully, they Apparate into Godric's Hollow in disguise and visit the graves of Harry's parents.

illustration by Mary Grandpré

Interesting facts andnotes about the text of this chapter:

They did not discuss Ron at all over the next few days.
This sounds like less than a week but more than two days.

the first Slytherin headmaster since he himself had controlled the school
That tells us definitely that neither Dippet nor Dumbledore were in Slytherin, and might be useful for timeline purposes.

Professor Bagshot doesn't cover anything later than the end of the nineteenth century.
So it sounds as though neither the war against Grindelwald nor the previous war against Voldemort are covered in History of Magic, unless Binns were to cover them without using a textbook.

a short way below her dates of birth and death
It's not nice to tease the annotators this way.

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
This is taken from the King James Bible, Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34.

Nice to have a good hard date for the master timeline.

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
(BH) This epitaph is also from the Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:26

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • balding, middle-aged Muggle man (Harry's disguise)
  • small, rather mousy wife of the balding middle-aged Muggle man (Hermione's disguise)

Characters returning in this chapter:

  • Black, Phineas Nigellus (portrait)
  • Granger, Hermione
  • Potter, Harry

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

  • Abbott, Hannah
  • Abbott (unnamed relation of Hannah)
  • Bagshot, Bathilda
  • Dumbledore, Albus
  • Dumbledore, Ariana
  • Dumbledore, Kendra
  • Dursley, Petunia
  • Dursley, Vernon
  • Grindelwald, Gellert
  • Gryffindor, Godric
  • Krum, Viktor
  • Longbottom, Neville
  • Lovegood, Luna
  • Lovegood, Xenophilius
  • Peeves
  • Peverell, Ignotus (surname not yet given)
  • Potter, James
  • Potter, Lily Evans
  • McGonagall, Minerva
  • Scrimgeour, Rufus
  • Skeeter, Rita
  • Snape, Severus
  • Umbridge, Dolores
  • Weasley, Ginny
  • Weasley, Ron
  • (surname unknown), Muriel

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

  • Durmstrang Institute
  • Godric's Hollow, a village in the West Country
  • Hogsmeade
  • Ottery St. Catchpole, a village on the south coast of England
  • Tinworth, a village in Cornwall
  • Upper Flagley, a village in Yorkshire
  • hillside, windswept heather-covered
  • island, tiny, in the middle of a Scottish loch
  • marsh, wide and flat (not in southern England)
  • mountainside (not in southern England)
  • riverbank in Wales

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Exceptional character moments:

  • to come...


  • Apparition
  • Conjuring (wreath of Christmas roses)
  • Disapparition
  • Disillusionment Charms
  • Fidelius Charm

Links and Resources:

  • Ancient Runes
  • blood status (pureblood)
  • books
    • History of Magic, A
    • Spellman's Syllabary
    • Tales of Beedle the Bard, The
  • Dark Magic
  • Dumbledore's Army
  • items and devices
    • armor, suits of
    • Cloak, Invisibility
    • handbag, Hermione's
    • Horcruxes
    • Marauder's Map
    • photographs
    • Snitch, Golden
    • sword of Gryffindor
    • tent
  • Polyjuice Potion

Memorable lines:

  • (none yet)

Strictly British:

  • bonnet
  • cracker
  • gaga
  • hamlet
  • kissing gate
  • loch
  • pub
  • village


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