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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Chapter Six:
The Ghoul in Pajamas (Pyjamas)

Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 86 - 110
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 76 - 94
Timeframe: 27 July - 30 July?, 1997 [Y17]

In which Molly Weasley loads HRH up with wedding-preparation chores in an attempt to stop them from making plans to leave, while Ron and Hermione prove to Harry that they understand what's involved in accompanying him and have taken steps to protect their families from retaliation. Hermione reveals that she has researched the problem of destroying Horcruxes using books stolen from Dumbledore's office. Fleur's parents arrive for the wedding, and simple plans are made to celebrate Harry's birthday, which falls the day before the ceremony.

illustration by Mary Grandpré

Interesting facts andnotes about the text of this chapter:

slamming Travels with Trolls into the discarded pile
She should have done that years ago; that's one of Lockhart's books that was required as a second-year textbook.

as she pored indecisively over Break with a Banshee
Keeping reference books is one thing. Being a bibliophile is another. But girl, you've kept at least two of Lockhart's books.

tossing Defensive Magical Theory into the bin without a second glance
Umbridge's old textbook (OP9), and Hermione's quite right in her assessment of its usefulness.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • Delacour, Apolline
    Blonde, beautiful.
  • Delacour, Monsieur
    Black haired, bearded, looks good-natured. Plump, and shorter than his wife.

Characters returning in this chapter:

  • Crookshanks
  • Delacour, Fleur
  • Delacour, Gabrielle
  • Granger, Hermione
  • Potter, Harry
  • Shacklebolt, Kinglsey
  • Weasley, Arthur
  • Weasley, Bill
  • Weasley, Ginny
  • Weasley, Molly
    Has brown eyes, like Ginny.
  • Weasley, Ron

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

  • Black, Regulus Arcturus (as R.A.B.)
  • Black, Sirius
  • Burbage, Charity (as the Muggle Studies professor)
  • Crouch, Barty (senior)
  • Dumbledore, Albus
  • Fletcher, Mundungus
  • Granger, Mr. (alias Wendell Wilkins)
  • Granger, Mrs. (alias Monica Wilkins)
  • Hagrid, Rubeus
  • Lupin, Remus
  • Merlin
  • Moody, Alastor ("Mad-Eye")
  • Ollivander
  • Potter, James (as one of Harry's parents)
  • Potter, Lily Evans (as one of Harry's parents)
  • Riddle, Tom (Voldemort)
  • Scrimgeour, Rufus
  • Slughorn, Horace
  • Snape, Severus
  • Tonks, Nymphadora
  • Tonks, Ted
  • Weasley, Charlie
  • Weasley, Fred
  • Weasley, George
  • Weasley, Percy

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

  • Burrow, the

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

  • Australia
  • Azkaban
  • Godric's Hollow
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

    • Gryffindor Tower - girls' dormitory
    • headmaster's study window
    • library

  • number twelve, Grimmauld Place
  • Romania

Exceptional character moments:

  • to come...


  • Accio
  • Avada Kedavra (mentioned as the Killing Curse)
  • Descendo
  • Fidelius Charm (also reference to Secret-Keeper)
  • memory charm (Hermione modified her parents' memories)
  • possession (reference to Chamber of Secrets)
  • Protego (as Shield Charm)
  • Tergeo
  • Transfiguration (mentioned)
  • Trace, the

Links and Resources:

  • Bestiary, the (basilisk, cats, ghouls, gnomes, house-elf, phoenixes)
  • blood status (Muggle-borns)
  • books

    • Break with a Banshee
    • Hogwarts, A History
    • Monster Book of Monsters, The
    • Numerology and Grammatica
    • Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland
    • Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts, The
    • Secrets of the Darkest Art
      Hogwarts library book, "a horrible book, really awful, full of evil magic". Gives explicit instructions on how to make a Horcrux, and supplies warnings about the dangers to the spell-caster.
    • Spellman's Syllabary
    • Travels with Trolls

  • Chocolate Frog
  • Daily Prophet, the
  • Death Eaters
  • items and devices

    • cauldrons
    • flying motorbike
    • Horcruxes (You-Know-Whats) - Riddle's diary
    • wands

  • medical magic (spattergroit)
  • Marquees, Millamant's Magic
  • Ministry of Magic
  • Order of the Phoenix, the
  • phoenix tears
  • plants (Flutterby bushes)
  • Polyjuice Potion
  • Puddlemere United
  • slang (two references to Merlin)

Memorable lines:

  • Harry could not think of anything else to say, not least because it was highly unusual for Ron to be teaching anyone else tact.
  • "It's like being a house-elf...except without the job satisfaction."

Strictly British:

  • drains
  • holiday
  • mangle
  • mum
  • poxy
  • pustules
  • pyjamas
  • rucksack
  • scullery
  • squit
  • vol-au-vents
  • Wellington boots


Begins immediately after the previous chapter (27 July). Ends before Harry's birthday (31 July). The next chapter begins as Harry wakes up on 31 July.


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