With [Phineas Nigellus] gone, [Harry] and [Hermione] celebrate their newfound news - until they hear [Ron], incredibly bitter about how far they still have to go in destroying [Horcruxes]. Finally, Ron and Harry nearly come to blows, and outraged, Ron asks Hermione to choose between them, and disappears.
[Harry] and [Hermione] mournfully pack the tent, stalling as long as they can to give [Ron] a chance to return - and then finally, knowing he'll never be able to find them again, [Apparate] to a new location.
As the days pass, [Harry] and [Hermione] try to figure out where to search for [Gryffindor's sword] and the remaining [Horcruxes], and make a point of refusing to discuss [Ron] as they change locations each morning. They also learn from [Phineas Nigellus] that [Neville], [Ginny], and [Luna] were continuing the [D.A.] and rebelling against [Snape] at [Hogwarts].
One night with Christmas approaching, [Hermione] continues to search through [The Tales of Beedle the Bard], and [Harry] finally gets up the nerve to suggest a trip to [Godric's Hollow] - and to his surprise, Hermione agrees. She points out (to Harry's surprise) that this makes sense as it's the birthplace of [Godric Gryffindor], and the home of [Bathilda Bagshot].
Over the next few days, [Harry]'s excitement over visiting [Godric's Hollow] mounts, as he and [Hermione] work out their disguises and practice [Apparating] under the [Invisibility Cloak].
After appearing in a snowy [Godric's Hollow], [Harry] and [Hermione] shed the [Invisibility Cloak] and walk through town, disguised as Muggles, and realize it's Christmas Eve. In the town square, they discover a statue of Harry and his parents, and then in the graveyard discover graves for [Kendra] and [Ariana Dumbledore], and finally, for [James] and [Lily] as well. There they leave a wreath of roses, and walk out silently together.
On their way out of the [graveyard], [Harry] and [Hermione] hear the sounds of someone following them, pull on the [Invisibility Cloak], and set off down the row of houses.
Searching for [Bathilda Bagshot]'s house, [Harry] and [Hermione] instead come across another building - the [cottage] where he and his parents were once attacked by [Voldemort], left intact with the roof blown off as a monument to the event.
Unexpectedly an old woman - able to see through the [Invisibility Cloak] - arrives and beckons [Harry] and [Hermione]. They confirm that she is [Bathilda Bagshot], and follow her up the path into her house.
Inside the [Bagshot house], [Harry] and [Hermione] marvel at their surroundings for a bit - but soon [Bathilda] takes Harry upstairs, and to Harry's shock, turns into the snake, [Nagini], and attacks. Harry sees [Voldemort] coming and Hermione arrives, but Harry barely knows what happens as he falls from his own consciousness into Voldemort's, just as he and Hermione escape.