The exciting journey of Harry Potter came to an end with the death of Voldemort. Though the last part of the exotic series featured the story of the elder wand; yet the major show was the return of the Gryffindor Sword and the exhilarating moment that Neville used it to behead Nagini. This was the moment that transformed Neville into the war hero.
The sword made its first appearance in the second instalment of the series, The Chamber of Secrets. The sword was fashioned from pure silver by the goblins, who are the best metalworkers. The sword has initially been designed for the Ragnuk the First. The sword was then sold to Gryffindor; however, the Goblin history claims that Godric stole it from Ragnuk. But these suspicions can neither be confirmed nor asserted since the goblin history tends to portray wizards as the bad guys.
Physical Description of Gryffindor Sword
Godric Gryffindor was the founder of one of the four Hogwarts houses which were named after him. The qualities that set the Gryffindors apart are their valour and bravery. The sword itself was fashioned from pure silver. The name of its owner Godric Gryffindor is engraved just beneath the sword hilt. The hilt of the Gryffindor’s sword is set with rubies. Rubies are the same stones which are used to represent the points of Gryffindor house in the considerable hourglass outside the Great Hall.
Properties of the Gryffindor’s Sword
The sword has magical properties. Being goblin made, it imbibes all those things that impart its strength. The first time that Harry pulls the sword out of the hat was in the Chamber of Secrets when he had to battle the Basilisk. Though Harry is confused by Tom’s remarks about their apparent similarity of character between them; Dumbledore reassures Harry asserting that only a true Gryffindor could have pulled it out of the hat. The sword was then used by Harry to kill the Basilisk after an exhausting fight. Thus the Gryffindor’s sword was imbued with Basilisk’s venom.
After that the Gryffindor sword stayed in Dumbledore’s study. The Basilisk’s venom gave the Gryffindor sword the ability to destroy Horcruxes and hence the same sword was used by Dumbledore to destroy the Horcrux in the Gaunt’s house. The sword was left to Harry after Dumbledore’s death however Scrimgeour, the then Minister for Magic, declared the Gryffindor sword a historical relic and not Dumbledore’s property to pass on to anyone thus refusing to hand it over to Harry.
However, Dumbledore, wise and clever as he was, had anticipated this turn of events and had hidden the original sword replacing it with a replica. The task of delivering the sword to Harry without him being any wiser about it was assigned to Snape. However, Snape had to plan it thoroughly to ensure that the conditions of winning the sword could be met, i.e. it should be won under the conditions of genuine need and bravery.