Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 249 - 264
UK paperback edition: pages 269 - 285
15 February - xx,
In which HRH decide not to confront Hagrid, as time passes and there are no
more attacks. Second-year students choose their courses for the next year,
Quidditch practice becomes more frequent, Harry returns to his dormitory
to find his belongings ransacked and the diary gone. Harry hears the voice
again, Hermione runs to the library, and Gryffindor's match with Hufflepuff
is cancelled when Hermione and another girl are attacked. Harry and Ron
visit Hagrid and overhear a conversation between Dumbledore,
Fudge, Hagrid, and Lucius Malfoy. Hagrid
is taken away and Dumbledore suspended as the Ministry tries to stop the
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
We first meet Cornelius Fudge in this chapter, and learn that
he responds far better to political pressure than to any
abstract demands of justice.
"Maybe it was some other monster attacking people..."
"How many monsters d'you think this place can hold?"
Ron asked dully.
Ernie Macmillan asked Harry quite politely to pass a bucket of
leaping toadstools in Herbology one day...
...and in March several of the mandrakes threw a loud and raucous
party in Greenhouse Three. This made Professor Sprout very happy.
"The moment they start trying to move into each other's
pots, we'll know they're fully mature," she told Harry.
"We keep all our old subjects, or I'd've ditched
Defence Against the Dark Arts."
"But that's very important!" said Hermione, shocked.
"Not the way Lockhart teaches it," said Ron. "I
haven't learned anything from him except not to set pixies loose."
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Hermione voiced the knottiest question of all in a hesitant voice:
"Do you think we should go and ask Hagrid about it all?"
"That'd be a cheerful visit," said Ron. "Hello, Hagrid,
tell us, have you been setting anything mad and hairy loose in the
"I haven't learned anything from him [Lockhart] except not to set