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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Chapter Twenty-Two:
After the Burial

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

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 469 - 491
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 439 - 459
Timeframe: Monday, 21 April, 1997 [Y17]

In which Aragog dies, Ron and Hermione have their apparition test, and Harry makes a Euphoria potion in a class with just Slughorn, Ernie and Draco, after which he tries to corner Slughorn but fails. Hermione passes her test and convinces Harry to take Felix Felicis to get Slughorn's memory; Harry does, and goes down to Hagrid's, meeting and inviting Slughorn along the way. There they bury Aragog together, Slughorn and Hagrid become drunk, and Harry convinces Slughorn to give him the memory.

After the Burial

No comments on the chapter title as yet.

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

There were only three of them in Potions that afternoon: Harry, Ernie, and Draco Malfoy.

This implies that the birthdays of every other sixth-year Potions student in the class fall on or before 21 April, since the absences today are presumably all due to the Apparition test. It also implies that Ernie and Draco have birthdays between 21 April and 1 September.

Euphoria, I take it?

Slughorn's expertise is actually being reinforced in an understated way, here; he can recognize the potion by its smell and appearance, before reeling off his evaluation of Harry's work.

I do thank you for taking the time, Pomona

Contrast Slughorn's courtesy with Professor Sprout with Lockhart's arrogance four years earlier.

I'll be reporting that man, he's more concerned about litter than about proper security if you ask me...

At least Slughorn has his priorities in order (not surprising in a man who spent a year on the run and imitated an armchair to avoid Death Eaters).

Had a house-elf taste every bottle

As Harry immediately reflects upon hearing this, this says a great deal about Slughorn's attitude toward house-elves.

your friend Rupert

We've been hearing a lot about this at the Lexicon. Since Slughorn is shown throughout the book as having difficulty remembering Ron's name, apart from the fact that it begins with an 'R', this isn't a typo. Yes, we know the name of the actor cast as Ron in the films.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

Characters returning in this chapter:

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

Exceptional character moments:

  • Still to come....

Spells and Potions:

Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "You didn't meet him, Hermione. Believe me, being dead will have improved him a lot."

Strictly British:


The entire chapter takes place on the day of the Apparition tests, which we know from HBP21 to be 21 April. According to the date and day of Ron's birthday in HBP18, this day would be a Monday.


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