The Hungarian Horntail
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 313 - 336
UK paperback edition: pages 344 - 369
Saturday, 14 November -
Sunday, 22 November
In which an article by Rita Skeeter
fuels the taunts of the students against Harry and Hermione. Hermione tries
and fails to reunite Harry and Ron. Harry hides under his
Invisibility Cloak to accompany Hermione to Hogsmeade, but Moody sees him
anyway. Hagrid asks to meet Harry at midnight, when he reveals the dragons
of the First Task. Back in the common room, Sirius issues some warnings
through the fire.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
The chapter title is a little "previous", since it
calls our attention particularly to the Horntail among the dragons
of the first task before Harry draws the Horntail by lot.
The prospect of talking face to face with Sirius was all that
sustained Harry over the next fortnight
The article had appeared ten days ago
On the Saturday before the first task
or Hagrid had managed to buy another giant three-headed dog off a
stranger in a pub.
"Bong-sewer," said Hagrid
He was in Azkaban with me
Moody caught Karkaroff, put him into Azkaban in the first place.
You need about half-a-dozen wizards at a time to overcome a dragon -
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Crouch, Bartemius (junior)
(as "Mad-Eye" Moody)
(as the Beauxbatons champion, Madame Maxime's champion)
(as the Durmstrang champion)
Moody, Alastor "Mad-Eye"
Potter, Lily Evans
(in Skeeter's article)
(in Skeeter's article, by Sirius)
Riddle, Tom Marvolo
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
common room, Gryffindor Tower, Hogwarts School
Honeydukes Sweetshop, Hogsmeade
the Three Broomsticks, Hogsmeade
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Bertha Jorkins, who according
to Sirius was "very nosy, but no brains, none at all".
Molly Weasley, who according to
accepted Rita's account of
Harry's supposed fits of
crying over his parents, even though she herself knows Harry far better
than Rita does. We're being shown that Molly has an unfortunate tendency
to trust what she reads in the paper even when she knows that the writer
is untrustworthy. This will be relevant later on when Hermione is the
target of one of Rita's attacks.
Links and Resources:
Harry was finding it difficult to think about the future at all,
he felt as if his whole life had been leading up to, and would
finish with, the first task...
Quite apart from liking to get Quidditch terms correct, it caused
him another pang to imagine Ron's expression if he could have
heard Hermione talking about Wonky Faints.
It is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and
would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit
of speeding up.
Since the chapter begins after the preceding chapter,
which ended on the night of Friday the thirteenth,
it begins on Saturday, 14 November
Sirius' note places the end of the chapter sometime after one o'clock
in the morning on Sunday, 22 November.