How wizards hunt in Harry Potter

Second wizarding war

The Second wizarding war began after Lord Voldemort's return on June 24, 1995 until the Battle of Hogwarts on May 2, 1998.


Official confirmation of Voldemort's return

After the events at the Ministry of Magic, it was clear to everyone that Voldemort had returned for good. There was panic and much of it was like the first war against Voldemort: people disappeared or were found dead, there were dementor attacks, small children were attacked by werewolves who were spurred on by Fenrir Greyback and no one knew who to trust because everyone could have been a Death Eater or under the Imperius Curse.

Conspiracy to kill Dumbledore

In 1996, Voldemort commissioned Draco Malfoy to find a way to get Death Eaters to Hogwarts undetected and kill Albus Dumbledore. Malfoy made it thanks to the Vanishing Cabinet in the Room of Requirement, Death Eaters via the Vanishing Cabinet Borgin and Burkes to Hogwarts, but his two attempts to kill Dumbledore failed. Eventually, Severus Snape killed Dumbledore, as the two had already agreed months earlier that Snape should kill Dumbledore when the time was right.

After that fight, Harry Potter's hunt for the remaining Horcruxes began. Two have already been destroyed: Vorlost Gaunt's ring and Tom Riddle's diary in Harry's second year, by Harry himself; he bored the poisonous basilisk tooth into the diary.

Takeover of the Ministry of Magic

In the summer of 1997, Voldemort Charity captured Burbage, the Muggle Studies teacher at Hogwarts, for posting an article in the Daily Prophet calling for Muggles and wizards to be equated. She was killed with the Killing Curse by Voldemort and fed to Nagini. In addition, Voldemort was trying to work out of the trapped wandmaker Garrick Ollivander what he would have to do to break the connection between his wand and that of Harry Potter. On Ollivander's advice, Voldemort took Lucius Malfoy's wand.

The headquarters of the Death Eaters was from now on in the Malfoy house. From his informant Snape, Voldemort learned that Harry Potter was leaving the Privet Drive would flee (the protection of the Privet Drive broke up on the day of Harry's seventeenth birthday). Voldemort and some Death Eaters matched up and attacked the Aurors and the members of the Order of the Phoenix. In that fight, Harry's owl Hedwig and Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody died, and George Weasley lost an ear. When Voldemort was about to kill Harry, Harry and Rubeus pushed Hagrid through the wards of Ted and Andromeda Tonks' house, which Voldemort could not penetrate. During the fight, Harry's wand reacted - just like it did Priori Incantatem - again on Voldemort. He tortured Ollivander to find out why Harry Potter's wand was still responding to him. Ollivander truthfully told Voldemort that he did not know and, under torture, told him everything he knew about the Elder Wand. Voldemort knew, without the faintest idea that the legendary wand was a deathly sanctuary, that he would have to get hold of the wand in order to become invincible.

At the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour, the Patronus of Kingsley told Shacklebolt that the Ministry of Magic had fallen, the Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, was dead, and that the Death Eaters were on their way to the Burrow.

Then Pius Thicknesse became Minister of Magic. So now Voldemort was de facto Minister of Magic, because Thicknesse was under his command through the Imperius Curse.

In the meantime, Voldmort went to Bulgaria to visit the wandmaker Gregorovich, because Voldemort expected information about him Elder wall (Elder wand). Gregorovich explained to him that it had been stolen, then Voldemort used Legilimentik and saw in the wandmaker's mind a young, blond man who holds the wand in his hand and disappears in the dark. When Gregorovich Voldemort could not tell who the youth was, Voldemort killed him without further ado.

In Godric's Hollow, Voldemort's serpent Nagini lurked inside the body of the dead Bathilda Bagshot, waiting for Harry to come to see Bathilda. He and Hermione Granger came to her house at Christmas and Nagini gestured Harry to the attic, where she started talking Parseltongue. After a short while, Nagini shot out of the corpse and bit Harry to hold him. But Hermione stormed upstairs in time, distracted the snake and the arriving Voldemort with an explosion and fled with Harry. Voldemort couldn't kill them, but he recognized the blond youth in a book. He now knew that it was Gellert Grindelwald. Grindelwald was the greatest black magician of all time after Voldemort and was defeated by Albus Dumbledore in 1945.

Voldemort traveled to Nurmengard Prison, where Grindelwald was incarcerated, and killed him after he hadn't told him anything about him Elder wand wanted to tell. He realized that Dumbledore was the true master of the wand and that he had to get it from his grave. Voldemort broke into Dumbledore's grave and took the wand.

When Voldemort was told that someone had broken into Bellatrix Lestrange's dungeon in Gringott's wizarding bank and was told that Helga Hufflepuff's chalice, another of his Horcruxes, had been taken away, he began to realize that his Horcruxes were being hunted. He traveled to the hiding places of his Horcruxes and found they were gone. He then made his way to Hogwarts to see if Rowena Ravenclaw's tiara was still safe in the Room of Requirement. But while searching the other hiding places, Harry Potter and his friends found the diadem and it was destroyed. Now there were two Horcruxes left: Nagini and Harry Potter himself. Nobody knew at this point that Harry was a Horcrux.

Climax of the war

When Voldemort traveled to Hogwarts, he realized that Harry Potter was present and that all of Hogwarts was ready to fight. He called up an army of Death Eaters, Dementors, Giants and Acromantulas to fight the Hogwarts army (Aurors, teachers, students). It came to the great battle of Hogwarts. Fred Weasley was killed in this battle. But Voldemort did not take part in the battle. He was in the Howling Shack, talking to Severus Snape about the Elder wand. Since Snape had killed Dumbledore, Voldemort concluded, the wand was loyal to Snape, so he must be killed. Voldemort incited Nagini on Snape, who shared an important memory with Harry Potter before his death. In that memory was the information that Harry was a Horcrux and therefore was going to die. Voldemort meanwhile ordered a truce that would last an hour. He said he would wait an hour in the Forbidden Forest for Harry Potter to be handed over to him. Harry, resigned to his fate, faced Voldemort, who then killed him. But the Elder wand only obeyed Harry Potter and did not kill him. Voldemort had Harry carried to Hogwarts as a token of his victory. He announced that anyone who stood up to him now would be killed. Neville Longbottom stormed out and the battle began again. Neville drew the Gryffindor sword from the Sorting Hat and beheaded Nagini as Harry had asked. The last Horcrux was destroyed. Voldemort now tried to kill Neville, but Harry Potter, who was tucked under the Invisibility Cloak, stood between the two and created a shield spell. Voldemort was starting to fight too now. He fought Horace Slughorn, Kingsley Shacklebolt, and Professor McGonagall at the same time. But when he saw how Bellatrix Lestrange was killed by Molly Weasley, he wanted to kill her. Harry stood in front of Voldemort and tore off his Invisibility Cloak to show everyone that he was alive. He announced that he would have to fight Voldemort alone and that no one should help him.

Harry Potter revealed to Voldemort that Severus Snape had always been on Dumbledore's side and that the Elder Wand obeyed Draco Malfoy, but since Harry had stolen Malfoy's wand, it belonged to him Elder wand now only him. Voldemort was provoked by Harry, who called him "Tom Riddle", which Voldemort hated.

So Voldemort and Harry Potter started the unequal duel, Voldemort used a killing curse, Harry a disarming spell. The spells clashed and the killing curse from the wand, which actually belonged to Harry, flew back on Voldemort, who died from it. Since Harry hadn't used a killing curse, it could be said that Voldemort killed himself.

Battles during the Second Wizarding War

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