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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Chapter Thirteen:
The Muggle-born Registration Commission

"Just get well away from the Ministry. That's the - er - new official position."

Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 246 - 267
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 203 - 220
Timeframe: 2 September, 1997 [Y17]

In which Hermione accompanies Umbridge to court while Harry breaks into Umbridge's office, to find Mad-Eye's eye mounted on her door, while inside she has a file on Arthur Weasley and a copy of Rita Skeeter's book. Harry retrieves the eye and heads back downstairs to the courtroom, where he and Hermione Stun the Ministry workers, take the locket, and release the prisoners, telling them to go into hiding. They collect Ron and attempt to return to Grimmauld Place, but must abandon it when they realize they've accidentally brought a Death Eater with them into its protections.

illustration by Mary Grandpré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

To come...

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • Alderton (son of Arkie Alderton)
  • Cattermole, Mary Elizabeth
  • (unnamed) a dozen witches and wizards creating pamphlets
  • (unnamed) eight Muggle-born witches and wizards accused of "stealing magic"
  • (unnamed) Ministry wizards sealing the Atrium exit

Characters returning in this chapter:

  • Cattermole, Reginald ("Reg")
  • Granger, Hermione (as Hopkirk, Mafalda)
  • Potter, Harry (as Runcorn, Albert)
  • Thicknesse, Pius
  • Umbridge, Dolores
  • Weasley, Arthur
  • Weasley, Percy
  • Weasley, Ron (as Cattermole, Reg)
  • Yaxley
  • (surname unknown) Wakanda

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

  • Alderton, Arkie
  • Bletchley
  • Cattermole, Alfred
  • Cattermole, Ellie
  • Cattermole, Maisie
  • Cresswell, Dirk
  • Cresswell, Mrs.
  • Cresswell (male, more than one - sons of Dirk)
  • Dippet, Armando
  • Doge, Elphias
  • Dumbledore, Albus
  • Grindelwald (not named)
  • Krum, Viktor
  • Moody, Alastor ("Mad Eye")
  • Pillsworth, Bernie
  • Selwyn family
  • Skeeter, Rita
  • Travers
  • Weasley, Bill
  • Weasley, Charlie
  • Weasley, Fred
  • Weasley, George
  • Weasley, Ginny
  • (unnamed) wizard who faked Cresswell's family tree

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

  • London

    • Ministry of Magic
    • number twelve, Grimmauld Place

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

  • Azkaban
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - DADA office

Exceptional character moments:

  • to be added


  • Accio
  • Apparition
  • Diffindo
  • Expecto Patronum
  • Geminio
  • Muffliato charm (mentioned)
  • Meteolojinx Recanto (mentioned)
  • Relashio
  • Stupefy

Links and Resources:

  • Bestiary (poisonous duck from Experimental Charms, dementors, unicorns)
  • blood status
  • items and devices
    • broomsticks
    • eye, magical (now with telescopic attachment)
    • Horcruxes (Slytherin's locket)
    • invisibility cloak
    • plates, magical
    • Spellotape
    • wands
    • Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes (Decoy Detonator)
  • Order of the Phoenix

Memorable lines:

  • It was Umbridge's lie that brought the blood surging into Harry's brain and obliterated his sense of caution; that the locket she had taken as a bribe from a petty criminal was being used to bolster her own pure-blood credentials.

Strictly British:

  • greengrocers
  • lifts


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