The Weighing of the Wands
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 288 - 312
UK paperback edition: pages 316 - 343
Sunday, 1 November -
Friday, 13 November
In which Hermione tries to help Harry, persuading him to write to Sirius.
The other Houses (Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw) are no longer friendly to
Harry, but he finds an ally in Hagrid. As the situation in the school
grows worse, Malfoy taunts Harry into throwing a curse; Malfoy responds,
the curses clash, and hit Goyle and Hermione. Harry is called out of
Potions for the Weighing of the Wands and meets Rita Skeeter, who is
covering the ceremony for the Daily Prophet. Later in the day,
an owl arrives from Sirius asking Harry to meet him.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
The chapter title is using "weighing" in the figurative
sense of "evaluating".
He had already struggled through one Friday's worth
He was very fond of his wand, and as far as he was concerned its
relationship to Voldemort's wand was something it couldn't help -
rather as he couldn't help being related to Aunt Petunia.
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Crouch, Bartemius (junior)
(as "Mad-Eye Moody)
Crouch, Bartemius (senior)
(names unknown) gang of sixth-year girls susceptible to fame and glamour
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:
The chapter begins on Sunday morning, the morning after the Hallow'een
feast, which dates it as Sunday, 1 November
Weighing of the Wand takes place on the second Friday after that,
which dates the end of the chapter as Friday, 13 November.