The Second Task
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 479 - 508
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 416 - 441
U.K. paperback edition: pages 522 - 553
Friday 22 January -
In which HRH discuss the situation in Charms class, HRH search for spells
to help with the second task, and Hagrid returns to
Care of Magical Creatures.
Harry continues his studying all
through the night before the second task, to be
awakened by Dobby (who gives him gillyweed for breathing underwater).
Harry performs the second task:
to recover from the merpeople what was taken from each Champion.
Fleur's sister, tying with Cedric on points.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
This chapter echoes the pattern of the
first task: frantic
preparation at the last minute, and the unexpected attendance of one of
the three elder Weasley brothers.
"You said you'd already worked out that egg clue!"
said Hermione indignantly.
He, Ron, and Hermione were sitting at the very back of the
Charms class with a table to themselves.
Neville's aim was so poor that he kept accidentally sending much heavier things
flying across the room - Professor Flitwick, for instance.
...as Professor Flitwick went whizzing resignedly past them,
landing on top of a large cabinet.
Harry had been recounting his adventures of the previous night in
whispered installments for the last half hour.
"If only we'd done human Transfiguration already! But I don't think
we start that until sixth year, and it can go badly wrong if you don't
know what you're doing..."
...two unicorn foals. Unlike full-grown unicorns, they were pure gold.
Parvati and Lavender went into transports of delight at the sight of them,
and even Pansy Parkinson had to work hard to conceal how much she liked them.
"Easier ter spot than the adults," Hagrid told the class. "They
turn silver when they're abou' two years old, an' they grow horns at aroun'
"Don' go pure white 'til they're full-grown, round about seven.
They're a bit more trustin' when they're babies...don' mind boys so
much...c'mon, move in a bit, yeh can pat 'em if yeh want...give 'em a
few o'these sugar lumps..."
'Take two pints of water, half a pound of shredded mandrake leaves and
"It takes years to become an Animagus, and then you have to register
yourself and everything," said Hermione vaguely, now squinting down
the index of Weird Wizarding Dilemmas and Their Solutions.
"Professor McGonagall told us, remember...you've got to register
yourself with the Improper Use of Magic Office...what animal you become,
and your markings, so you can't abuse it..."
...snapping Weird Wizarding Dilemmas shut.
"Who on earth wants to make their nose hair grow into ringlets?"
By eight o'clock, Madam Pince had extinguished all the lamps and came to
chivvy Harry out of the library.
Wand tip alight, he crept along the bookshelves, pulling down more books -
...books of hexes and charms, books on merpeople and water monsters, books
on famous witches and wizards, on magical inventions, on anything at all
that might include one passing reference to underwater survival.
Four people were bound tightly to the tail of the stone
Ron was tied between
Cho Chang. There was also a girl who
looked no older than eight, whose clouds of silvery hair made
Harry feel sure that she was
Fleur Delacour's sister. All
four of them appeared to be in a very deep sleep. Their heads were lolling
onto their shoulders, and fine streams of bubbles kept issuing from their
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
(not mentioned) the remaining fifth-year Gryffindors in Charms and CMC class:
Seamus, and Dean
(not mentioned) the remaining fifth-year Slytherins in CMC class
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:
This chapter begins the morning after Harry's visit to the prefects' bathroom,
and ends just after the Second Task on the 24th of February.