The Lightning-Struck Tower
Notes by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
Synopsis and links by John Kearns
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 579-596
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 541-556
Timeframe: an evening in June,
In which Harry and Dumbledore return to Hogsmeade and see the Dark Mark
over Hogwarts. They fly to the top of the Astronomy Tower, where Draco
appears and disarms Dumbledore, but can't bring himself to kill him and
Dumbledore tries to convince Draco to come to the good side. Before
Malfoy can decide, though, other Death Eaters show up - including
Snape, who kills Dumbledore himself, blasting the body off of the tower.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
"The Lightning-Struck Tower", also known as "The Tower",
is the name of one of the cards of the Major Arcana in a Tarot deck.
You almost killed Katie Bell and Ronald Weasley.
So it was Draco who arranged for the opal necklace to
be planted on Katie and for the poisoned mead to be planted on Slughorn.
I had to mend that broken Vanishing Cabinet that no one's used for years.
Peeves broke a
Hogwarts Vanishing Cabinet during Harry's (and Draco's) second
year, at Nearly Headless Nick's request, to distract Filch from
punishing Harry (CS8).
This may be the same one; Draco probably would
have known about that one.
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Malfoy, Narcissa Black
Riddle, Tom Marvolo (as Dark Lord, Lord Voldemort)
Weasley, Bill (as the one Greyback bit)
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:
"No, Draco," said Dumbledore quietly. "It is my mercy, and not yours,
that matters now."
This chapter continues where the
previous one left off,
on an undetermined evening in June.