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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Chapter Nine:
A Place to Hide

'Look, this will do, in here!'

Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 160 - 175
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 134 - 145
Timeframe: 1 August, 1997 [Y17]

In which HRH flee the Death Eaters by Apparating to Tottenham Court Road, Hermione's handbag turns out to have hidden depths, and HRH go to a Muggle café to plan their next move. Dolohov and Rowle arrive, they duel, and after cleaning up Harry recommends hiding out in Grimmauld Place.

illustration by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

I've never done a Memory Charm.

Technically true; his backfiring wand's effect on Lockhart at the end of his second year was accidental.

"Nor have I," said Hermione, "but I know the theory."

But just days before (DH6), she described in some detail how she had made her parents forget her existence and had given them memories of false identities instead.

The Trace breaks at seventeen, that's wizarding law, you can't put it on an adult.

It sounds to me as though Ron is confusing two different issues here - that using the Trace on an adult is illegal, as opposed to whether it is possible.

Number twelve was visible to them, for they had been told of its existence by Dumbledore, its Secret-Keeper

That sounds to me as though the Fidelius Charm is still in operation, even though the Secret-Keeper is dead. This was discussed a little in DH6.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • (unnamed) group of merry pub-goers

  • (unnamed) late-night revelers

  • (unnamed) laughing woman

  • (unnamed) wolf-whistling men

  • (unnamed) waitress

  • (unnamed) girl being yelled at by the whistling men

  • Rowle, Thorfinn
    A Death Eater teamed with Dolohov; together they are passing as a pair of burly workmen.

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:


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "Oh, damn, that'll be the books," she said, peering into it, "and I had them all stacked by subject..."
    [Where can I get one of those? - MLW]

Strictly British:


The same day as the previous chapter, so it is 1 August.


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