The Sacking of Severus Snape
'Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!'
Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 589 - 607
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 474 - 488
In which the Carrows are tied up,
Voldemort learns of both the
theft of the locket Horcrux
and Harry's arrival in
Snape takes a short break,
McGonagall rouses the castle,
and many alumni arrive to help defend Hogwarts from the Death Eaters.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
Slowly, they shuffled in around her, a savage beast that might wake at any
moment and attack them. Then one brave little first-year darted up to her
and prodded her backside with his big toe.
'Where do vanished objects go?'
We must alert the other Heads of House.
From the tip burst three silver cats with spectacle markings around their
Haven't you been complaining about him for a quarter of a century?
a tiny baby with a tuft of bright turquoise hair
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Nagini (in Harry's vision)
(as the Dark Lord, He Who Must Not Be Named, Voldemort, You-Know-Who)
(in Harry's vision)
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Sprout, without fanfare, saying
that the defenders could at least delay
Voldemort even if they couldn't stop him.
Filch, complaining about students
being out of bed in the preliminaries of a shooting war.
Aberforth, having permitted
Percy to make contact with him and
trusting him enough to tip him off.
Percy, choosing sides
before it's too late.
Molly, trying to protect the only
one of her children whom she has a chance of ordering out of harm's way.
Ginny, trying to sneak off to the
battle while everyone is distracted by
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'Couple of kids more or less, what's the difference?'
'Only the difference between truth and lies, courage and cowardice,' said
Professor McGonagall, who
had turned pale, 'a difference, in short, which you and your sister seem
unable to appreciate.'
'I see what Bellatrix meant,'
said Harry, the blood thundering
through his brain, 'you need to really mean it.'
'We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.'
'A little extra wisdom never goes amiss,
Potter, but I hardly think it
would be much use in this situation!'
'Now let's get upstairs and fight, or all the good
Death Eaters will be taken.'
Immediately follows the preceding chapter, so still later on the same night
Filch has been at
"a quarter of a century".