Will and Won't
Notes by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
Synopsis and links by John Kearns
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 38 - 56
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 42 - 58
Timeframe: Friday, 12 July,
In which the Daily Prophet
tells us about the wizarding public's perception of
Harry and the steps the
Ministry has taken to
provide safety in the war, and
Dumbledore returns to
Privet Drive. Before leaving,
Dumbledore sits with
Harry and the
Harry on his inheritance from
Sirius and gives him
that he has indeed come into Harry's
possession. Dumbledore then
chastises the Dursleys for their
treatment of Harry but asks that he
be allowed to return to
Privet Drive one final time,
and he and Harry depart.
The chapter title is reminiscent of first word we ever heard
Dudley say in the books
("won't" in the U.S. edition); here it's a reference to
at being inherited by Harry.
"Will" refers to Sirius'
last will and testament, which
Dumbledore discusses with
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
An alarm clock, repaired by Harry
several years ago
This may be the repaired clock referred to during
Harry's first few days in
Dudley's second bedroom.
Harry had read this letter so often
since its arrival three days ago
Since the scene occurs on Friday night, the letter arrived on Tuesday.
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Buckbeak (as Witherwings)
Lestrange, Bellatrix Black
Longbottom, Augusta (Gran)
Riddle, Tom Marvolo
Death Eaters captured at the Ministry of Magic
(unnamed) Obliviator who refused to give his name to the Daily Prophet
(unnamed) Ministry spokeswizards, highly placed sources, etc.
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Spells and Potions:
Links and Resources:
- "It is a long
time since my last visit," said Dumbledore, peering down his crooked
nose at Uncle Vernon. "I must say, your agapanthus are
Harry looked around; all three of the Dursleys were
cowering with their arms over their heads as their glasses bounced up
and down on their skulls, their contents flying everywhere.
"And now, Harry, let us
step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure."
Dumbledore's letter states that he's picking Harry up on a Friday.
The rest of the evidence pertaining to the exact date of this Friday
is in the next chapter - but it's most likely 12 July.