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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Chapter Eighteen:
Birthday Surprises

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Notes by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
Synopsis and links by John Kearns

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 373 - 398
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 350 - 373
Timeframe: 7 January - 1 March, 1997 [Y17]

In which Harry gives Slughorn a bezoar instead of an antidote in Potions class, then asks him unsuccessfully about Horcruxes. The sixth-years then have their first apparition lesson, where Harry overhears Malfoy saying Crabbe has been acting as his lookout, and Harry starts watching the Marauder's Map. Then, on Ron's birthday, Ron accidentally consumes Romilda Vane's love potion and Harry takes him to Slughorn to get an antidote; there, Slughorn gives Ron some poisoned mead and Harry saves his life with a bezoar.

Birthday Surprises

The usual sense of a "birthday surprise" would be a surprise gift, not accidentally being fed candy spiked with love potion, then poisoned mead...

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