The Whomping Willow
"MIND THAT TREE!"
Synopsis by William Silvester
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 65 - 85
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
and Steve Vander Ark
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 53 - 67
U.K. paperback edition: pages 74 - 95
In which the entire Weasley family and
Harry cram into the Ford Anglia and
King's Cross Station.
and Ron cannot get through to the train
and decide to fly the car to Hogwarts. The trip is uneventful until the end,
when they lose power and crash into
the Whomping Willow.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
This chapter introduces the
Whomping Willow. The tree
plays a relatively minor role in this book; it helps set up the situation
with Ron's broken
wand, and serves (through Lockhart's self-important remarks to
Professor Sprout) to help
character. Only in
Prisoner of Azkaban do we learn
of the secrets that the tree is hiding - the tunnel leading to the Shrieking Shack.
"Not a word to Molly," he whispered to Harry as he opened the. trunk and showed him how it had been magically expanded so that the luggage fitted easily.
They had almost reached the highway when Ginny shrieked that she'd left her diary.
I don't understand why the gateway's sealed itself
"The Dursleys haven't given me pocket money for about six years."
Ron unlocked the cavernous boot with
a series of taps from his wand.
Is the series of taps a way for an underage Wizard to legally cast a spell?
The Hogwarts Express was streaking along below them like a scarlet snake.
Hedwig was shrieking in terror...
"Reverse!" Harry yelled, and the car shot backward
dropping his trunk at the foot of the front steps and crossing quietly to look through a brightly lit window
Through the forest of black pointed Hogwarts hats
A very small, mousey-haired boy had been called forward to place
the hat on his head.
This wasn't the first time Snape had given Harry the impression of being able to read minds.
...as Snape unrolled today's issue of the Evening Prophet.
Mr Angus Fleet of Peebles...
"I noticed, in my search of the park, that considerable
damage seems to have been done to a very valuable
Whomping Willow," Snape went on.
A large plate of sandwiches, two silver goblets and a jug of iced pumpkin juice appeared with a pop.
But I must impress upon both of you the seriousness of what you have done.
"Can you believe our luck, though?...Fred and George must've flown that car five or six times and no Muggle ever saw them."
They hurried up it, right to the top, and at last reached the door of their old dormitory
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Fat Lady, the
unnamed fifth-year Gryffindor
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Harry and Ron, failing to think of sending an owl
rather than stealing the car.
Harry, who has seldom in his life before Hogwarts dealt with
adults whom he respected, finding Dumbledore's disappointment
at his behaviour harder to bear than outright rage would've been.
- fire spell - McGonagall uses this to set a fire in the cold fireplace in Snapes' office (probably Incendio).
- conjuring food (iced pumpkin juice and a plate of sandwiches)
Links and Resources:
"Of all the trees we could've hit, we had to get one that
hits back." [Ron]
A delicious smell of food was wafting from the Great Hall, but
Snape led them away from the warmth and light, down a narrow
stone corridor that led into the dungeons.
The entire action of the chapter takes place on