At Flourish and Blotts
"Together you and I are worth the front page."
Synopsis by William Silvester, as revised by Michele L. Worley
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 42 - 64
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 37 - 52
U.K. paperback edition: pages 50 - 73
In which Harry and
the Weasleys receive their required
book lists from Hogwarts and go to
Diagon Alley via
Floo powder. There Harry
arrives in Knockturn Alley,
overhears the Malfoys, is found by
Hagrid, meets author/teacher
Gilderoy Lockhart, and
Arthur Weasley comes to blows with
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
As hinted at by the chapter title, the main event of this chapter takes place
at Flourish and Blotts:
Lucius Malfoy planting
Riddle's diary among
Lockhart's grandstanding serves
primarily as a contrast to Harry's
attitude toward his own rather more substantial claim to fame, while the
fistfight between Lucius and
Arthur is only one (rather
dramatic) demonstration of their very different attitudes toward Muggles.
This chapter marks the first appearance of
Lucius Malfoy, as well as our first
glimpse of Knockturn Alley
and Harry's first encounter with the
Life at the Burrow was
as different as possible from life in
Privet Drive. The
Dursleys liked everything neat and
ordered; the Weasleys'
house burst with the strange and unexpected.
small explosions from Fred and George's bedroom were considered perfectly normal
Harry talked him through using a telephone
Five minutes later they were marching up the hill,
broomsticks over their shoulders.
They had asked Percy if he wanted
to join them, but he had said he was busy.
"He's not himself. His exam results came the day before you did; twelve
and he hardly gloated at all."
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Granger, Dr. and Dr.
unnamed witch, aged, selling human fingernails in
unnamed witches, attending
Lockhart's book signing
covering Lockhart's book signing
for the Daily Prophet
two unnamed wizards, shabby, in
unnamed wizard, shop assistant at
Flourish and Blotts
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Mr. Borgin, speaking his mind
once Lucius Malfoy is out of earshot.
Lucius Malfoy, who seems a far cry
from the kind of father who could be bullied into giving
Draco a racing broom (compare with
Draco's remarks the previous year).
To his credit, he's interested in seeing
Draco improve his academic
performance rather than, say, attempting to sabotage
Hermione's to make
Draco look better in comparison.
Links and Resources:
I've been really worried and if Harry
is all right, will you please let me know at once, but perhaps it would be
better if you used a different owl,
because I think another delivery might finish your one off.
"Oh, it's you," said Ron,
looking at Malfoy as if he were
something unpleasant on the sole of his shoe.
The main action of this chapter occurs on the August day on which the