A Very Frosty Christmas
Notes by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
Synopsis and links by John Kearns
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 325 - 348
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 305 - 326
Timeframe: 21-25 December,
In which Harry and Ron discuss Malfoy and Snape, Harry tells Mr.
Weasley his suspicions and hears about the Ministry's poor fight
against Death Eaters, Lupin talks about Snape and Greyback, and Harry
discovers that the Half-Blood Prince's book was fifty years old. Percy
shows up on Christmas with Scrimgeour, who then asks Harry to support
the Ministry, and Harry refuses strongly, saying he disapproves of the
actions the Ministry has been taking.
The chapter title has a double meaning that may be lost in translation.
The surface meaning refers to typical winter weather in England; the
next layer refers to the emotional atmosphere between the characters
in the chapter (Harry and Scrimgeour, mainly, but to a lesser degree
Molly and her daughter-in-law-to-be).
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
Oh, my poor heart, where has it gone?
Another candidate for jokes to be lost in translation.
It's left me for a spell...
Greyback is, perhaps, the most savage werewolf alive today. He regards
it as his mission in life to bite and to contaminate as many people as
possible; he wants to create enough werewolves to overcome the wizards.
Voldemort has promised him prey in return for his services. Greyback
specializes in children...Bite them young, he says, and raise them away
from their parents, raise them to hate normal wizards. Voldemort has
threatened to unleash him upon people's sons and daughters; it is a
threat that usually produces good results.
"It was Greyback who bit me."
bit Remus because Remus' father had offended him. Remus didn't know for
a long time the identity of the werewolf who bit him. Outline of
Greyback's tactics to get around the mindless violence of the werewolf
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Crouch Sr., Bartemius
Riddle, Tom Marvolo
(as Voldemort, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named)
(unnamed) pretty girl in the paper shop in Ottery St. Catchpole
(unnamed) two non-Death Eaters arrested besides Stan Shunpike
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:
"Well, you can't break an Unbreakable Vow...."
"I'd worked that much out for myself, funnily enough."
And speaking of hitherto unsuspected skills, Ronald," said George,
"what is this we hear from Ginny about you and a young lady called -
unless our information is faulty - Lavender Brown?"
Ron turned a little pink, but did not look displeased as he turned back to the sprouts. "Mind your own business."
a snappy retort," said Fred. "I really don't know how you think of
them. No, what we wanted to know was...how did it happen?"
"What d'you mean?"
"Did she have an accident or something?"
"Well, how did she sustain such extensive brain damage?"
"Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it
my 'furry little problem' in company. Many people were under the
impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit."
"Classy. You should definitely wear it in front of Fred and George."
"Dumbledore's man through and through, aren't you, Potter?"
The first part of the chapter takes place on an unspecified
day near the start of winter break, though since it says afterward that
"Harry did not get a chance to speak to Mr. Weasley... until Chrismas
Eve night" it was probably one of the first days back at the Burrow,
likely 21 or 22 December. The chapter then continues through Christmas
day, 25 December.