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].
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.
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.