The Unbreakable Vow
Notes by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
Synopsis and links by John Kearns
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 303 - 324
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 284 - 304
Timeframe: Thursday-Friday, 19-20 December,
In which Hermione stays angry with Ron but Harry tries to stay friends
with both, Harry finds that girls are trying to seduce him, and Romilda
Vane tries to slip him a Love Potion. Harry then asks Luna to
Slughorn's Christmas party, and Hermione invites McLaggen to upset
Ron. After some general mingling at the party, Malfoy is caught
prowling the corridors and Snape takes him away to an empty classroom,
where Harry overhears Snape's offers to help Malfoy and Draco's
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Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
I thought Filch had banned anything bought at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes?
As part of their Owl Order Service, Fred and George send love potions
disguised as perfumes and cough potions, and make sure to put this
information on the back of the bottles.
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Lestrange, Bellatrix Black
(probably, though it could be Draco's other grandfather)
Patil, Mr. and Mrs.
Potter, Lily Evans
(unnamed) girls trying to slip Harry a
and meet him under mistletoe, and who watch Harry meet Luna
(unnamed) Romilda Vane's grandmother
(unnamed) two boys in Luna and Ginny's Transfiguration class
(unnamed) warlocks and house-elves at Slughorn's party
(unnamed) girls following the vampire at Slughorn's party
(unnamed) two members of the
and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Spells and Potions:
Links and Resources:
Harry had to put up with the frequent presence of Lavender Brown, who
seemed to regard any moment that she was not kissing Ron as a moment
It seemed extraordinary that Hermione's mania for upholding rules
could have abandoned her at this crucial juncture.
"What have you been doing to that book, you depraved boy?"
There was a noise like a plunger being withdrawn from a blocked sink
and Ron surfaced.
"Wow, you like your Quidditch players, don't you? First Krum, then
"I like really good Quidditch players," Hermione corrected her,
Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink
to get revenge.
"The Aurors are part of the Rotfang Conspiracy, I thought
everyone knew that. They're working to bring down the Ministry of
Magic from within using a combination of Dark Magic and gum disease."
An unspecified amount of time passes at the start of the
chapter, but finally we are put back on track: it takes place
the final two days of classes prior to Christmas break. According
to the calendar as we have thus far (based on the date and day of Ron's
birthday in HBP18),
these two days should fall on
Thursday and Friday, 19-20 December.