Burning of the Burrow
Burning of the Burrow
Part of Second War

25 December, 1996


The Burrow, Ottery St Catchpole, Devon, England


Bellatrix Lestrange

Harry Potter

Fenrir Greyback

Ginevra Weasley


The Burning of the Burrow was a military conflict that occurred late at night on 25 December, 1996 at the Burrow, in Ottery St Catchpole, Devon, England. The Death Eaters Bellatrix Lestrange and Fenrir Greyback attacked the Burrow in an attempt to capture Harry Potter; although they successfully removed him from his accomplices, they failed to abduct him and so instead set flame to the house.


On 24 June, 1995, the Dark Lord Voldemort was resurrected, and his Death Eaters returned to his side. The top priority was to capture Harry Potter and bring him to Voldemort, and their previous plan had failed badly. They thus Apparated into the marshland surrounding the Burrow and took up watch. As Remus and Tonks took to leave, Remus noticed something odd about the reeds; before he could figure out what it was, however, Bellatrix Lestrange Apparated directly in front of the door and cast a circle of fire around the house.

Harry, who had been watching from an upstairs window, raced downstairs and out towards her, chasing her into the dark reeds in an attempt to avenge the death of his godfather at her hands. Ginny soon followed, trying to stop him from getting hurt, leaving Tonks and Lupin to battle the flames.

When the Order members finally found the two young wizards, Ginny and Harry were Stunning random patches of marsh, to the entertainment and glee of the watching Death Eaters. When the Order arrived, the Death Eaters Disapparated, smashing through the windows and burning the house to the ground.