"It is my job to arm you against the foulest creatures known to
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 86 - 103
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 68 - 80
U.K. paperback edition: pages 96 - 114
In which Ron receives a
they learn about mandrakes
Colin Creevey asks
for an autographed photo, Lockhart
is the new
Defence Against the Dark Arts
teacher, and they learn about
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
Unlike many of the chapters named after individual characters
(e.g., C14, C15,
OP10), this chapter
isn't the first in which Harry (or the readers) encounter
the character face-to-face. Instead, the most spectacular incident of
the chapter involves Lockhart's first lesson in Defence Against the Dark Arts.
This chapter introduces Howlers and mandrakes. It also contrasts Harry's
attitude toward fame and adoration (as reflect in his dealings with
Colin Creevey) with Lockhart's attitude.
"Just been showing Professor Sprout the right way to doctor a Whomping Willow! ... I just happen to have met several of these exotic plants on my travels..."
About twenty pairs of different-colored ear muffs
The Mandrake forms an essential part of most antidotes.
Harry snapped the earmuffs over his ears. They shut out sound completely.
"...be careful of the Venomous Tentacula, it's teething."
She gave a sharp slap to a spiky, dark red plant as she spoke, making it draw in the long feelers that had been inching sneakily over her shoulder.
He was supposed to be turning a beetle into a button
"Eat slugs, Malfoy," said Ron angrily.
they'll be starting a Harry Potter fan club
"And a few of you need to read Wanderings with Werewolves
more carefully - I clearly state in chapter twelve that my ideal
birthday gift would be harmony between all magic and non-magic peoples..."
Two of them seized Neville by the ears and lifted him into the air.
one of the pixies seized his wand and threw it out of the window
Characters introduced in this chapter:
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:
in a situation where her reliance on and trust
of books has led her to believe Lockhart's reputation
against all direct evidence to the contrary. Because she
read about it, she believes it must be true.
lecturing Sprout (the real expert) on how to do
her job, all the while making her late for class - then
implying that he is the more expert herbologist
in front of the entire class of Gryffindor second-years.
Links and Resources:
"Awfully brave chap. Have you read his books? I'd have died of fear
if I'd been cornered in a telephone box by a werewolf, but he stayed cool
and zap - just fantastic."
[Justin Finch-Fletchley on Lockhart]
Timeline / Calendar:
The entire action of this chapter takes place on the first day
of classes of the
1992 - 1993
[Y12 - Y13]
school year. The date is September 2. Typically, in Harry Potter's world, September 2 is a Monday. There is nothing to indicate that for this book, however.