The Silver Doe
'Gosh, what a gripping story.'
Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 363 - 387
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 296 - 314
Timeframe: 26 December,
In which Hermione
Harry to the
Forest of Dean, where Harry,
keeping watch late at night, sees and follows a
Patronus in the
form of a silver doe to a frozen pool in which the
sword of Gryffindor
lies. He is nearly strangled by the
chain when he dives to retrieve it, and is saved from drowning by
Ron, who has been shown the way back
Ron then confronts and destroys
the Horcrux after
Harry commands it to open in
Parseltongue. They return
together to camp, where Harry
has to protect Ron from
Hermione for a while.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
Harry's dreams were confused and
Nagini wove in and out of
them, first through a gigantic, cracked ring
then through a wreath of Christmas roses
'The Forest of Dean,' she said. 'I came camping here once, with my mum
After two nights of little sleep
He remembered the sound of a cloak slithering over dead leaves many years ago
'I'm going to ask it to open, using
Behind both of the glass windows within blinked a living eye,
dark and handsome as Tom Riddle's
eyes had been before he turned them scarlet and slit-pupiled.
'My name. "Ron."'
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:
Ron's confrontation with the
Harry's remarks afterward.
Hermione tearing into
Ron, which I personally quite
Links and Resources:
blood status (blood traitor, Muggle-born)
Daily Prophet, the
items and devices
Ministry of Magic
Where "chivalry" entered into this, he thought ruefully, he
was not entirely sure, unless it counted as chivalrous that he was not
calling for Hermione
to do it in his stead.
"Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was," said
Harry. "I've been trying
to tell you that for years."
Her voice was now so shrill only bats would be able to hear it soon
arms and legs crossed so tightly it seemed unlikely that she would
unravel them for several years.
"Could've been worse. Remember those birds she set on me?"
"I still haven't ruled it out."
Begins at midnight, so it is the day after the preceding chapter,
Boxing Day (26 December), 1997.