- "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death."
- —The inscription[src]
Following their deaths on 31 October, 1981, James and Lily Potter were buried under a white marble headstone in the churchyard at Godric's Hollow. The substance of which the stone was created made it very easily read, even late at night, shining in the dark. Their names and the dates of their lives were engraved in the stone, as was a passage from the 1 Corinthians 15:26 in the Bible.
On 24 December, 1997, the Potters' son Harry returned to Godric's Hollow alongside his best friend Hermione Granger, and the two of them visited both the Potter memorial and their gravesite behind the church. Harry felt such strong grief upon seeing his parents' grave that it seemed to weigh on his heart and lungs. He panicked upon reading their inscription, not recognising its religious significance and believing for a moment that it was a Death Eater ideal, before being corrected by Hermione, whereupon he began crying. The couple left a wreath of Christmas roses at the gravesite when they left it.