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When the Dark Lord arrived at Godric's Hollow on October 31st, James told Lily to take Harry and run, and stood to face the darkest wizard in a century on his own in order to give his wife and child time to escape, but leaving his wand in the living room, where he had been entertaining his young son with it. Voldemort murdered him with the Killing Curse , so James died first, and then Lily died in Harry's bedroom protecting him.

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