The Woes of Mrs. Weasley
Synopsis by Maureen Knight
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 152 - 178
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 139 - 162
U.K. paperback edition: pages 171 - 200
Thursday, 12 August through 31 August,
In which Ron and Hermione become prefects, Harry is jealous,
and Mrs. Weasley's boggart is revealed.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
Harry's struggle with his feelings
when Ron is made Prefect is eloquently portrayed. Molly's encounter with
the Boggart is a fascinating moment as well. Rowling was wise to include
this passage, since the reader needs to have some deeper understanding
of Molly Weasley in order to accept the change in her personality between
the previous four books and this one. In OP, Molly is a crabby, shrill,
argumentative woman whose role in the story seems to have degenerated into
that of a person to outwit or fool, nothing more. In chapter 9, we discover
the weight of worry and fear which she has been carrying.
'Merlin's beard!' exclaimed Mr Weasley wonderingly,
pulling Harry aside to let them all pass. 'You were
tried by the full court?'
'Oh, its a simple enough anti-jinx,' said Mr Weasley
as they mounted the stairs, 'but it's not so much
having to repair the damage, it's more the attitude
behind the vandalism, Harry. Muggle-baiting might strike some wizards as
funny, but it's an expression of something much deeper and nastier, and
I for one -'
'Trying to sneak down to the courtroom, if you ask me,' said Mr Weasley...
Harry turned his moneybag upside-down and emptied not just ten Galleons, but
the whole contents into the pool.
'Booklists have arrived,' he said, throwing one of the envelopes
up to Harry, who was standing on a chair. 'About time, I thought
they'd forgotten, they usually come much earlier than this..."
Harry swept the last of the droppings into a rubbish bag
and threw the bag over Ron's head into the wastepaper basket
in the corner, which swallowed it and belched loudly.
One sacked, one dead, one's memory removed and one locked
in a trunk for nine months,' said Harry, counting them off
on his fingers.
George leapt forwards, seized the envelope in Ron's
other hand and turned it upside-down. Harry saw
something scarlet and gold fall into George's palm. Harry took
it. A large P was superimposed on the Gryffindor lion. He had seen a badge
just like this on Percys chest on his very first day at Hogwarts.
'Match his what?' said Mrs Weasley absently, rolling up
a pair of maroon socks and placing them on Ron's pile.
'I don't believe it! I don't believe it! Oh, Ron, how wonderful!
A prefect! That's everyone in the family!'
he could hear were the blank picture on the wall sniggering
'Drawing room...' he growled, as the pupil contracted.
'Desk in the corner? Yeah, I see it... yeah, it's a
Boggart... want me to go up and get rid of it, Molly?'
'We're having a little bit of a celebration, actually...'
She gestured at the scarlet banner. 'Fourth prefect in the
family!' she said fondly, ruffling Ron's hair.
No one would have made me a prefect, I spent too much time in detention with
James. Lupin was the good boy, he got the badge.'
This exchange is proof in the eyes of many fans (myself included) that
James, Sirius, and Lupin were in the same house. Not everyone was convinced,
however, but Rowling settled the matter in
'I think Dumbledore might have hoped I would be able
to exercise some control over my best friends,' said
Lupin. 'I need scarcely say that I failed dismally.'
Harry's mood suddenly lifted. His father had not
been a prefect either.
'nought to seventy in ten seconds, not bad, is it?
When you think the Comet Two Ninety's only nought
to sixty and that's with a decent tailwind according
to Which Broomstick?'
'Venomous Tentacula seeds,' said George. 'We need them for
the Skiving Snackboxes but they're a
Class C Non-Tradeable Substance so we've been having a bit
of trouble getting hold of them.'
Ten Galleons the lot, then. Dung?' said Fred.
'Yeah, his best one so far has been six Sickles
for a bag of Knarl quills,' said George.
From an inner pocket of his robes Moody pulled a very tattered
old wizarding photograph.
'Original Order of the Phoenix,' growled Moody.
Marlene McKinnon, she was killed two
weeks after this was taken, they got her whole family
Frank and Alice Longbottom
Benjy Fenwick, he copped it too, we
only ever found bits of him
Edgar Bones- brother of Amelia Bones,
they got him and his family, too, he was a great wizard
Caradoc Dearborn, vanished six months
after this, we never found his body
Gideon Prewett, it took five Death Eaters
to kill him and his brother Fabian, they fought like heroes
Dorcas Meadowes, Voldemort killed her personally
mother and father
Harry's body vanished. A silvery orb hung in the air over the spot
where it had lain. Lupin waved his wand once more and the orb
vanished in a puff of smoke.
'This isn't like last time. The Order are better prepared,
we've got a head start, we know what Voldemort's up to -'
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Pettigrew, Peter (as Wormtail)
Riddle, Tom Marvolo (as Voldemort)
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Links and Resources:
Fred and George
Apparated right beside Harry. He was so used
to them doing this by now that he didn't even fall off his chair.
Mrs. Weasley let out a
shriek just like
"I don't believe it! I don't believe it! Oh,
wonderful! A prefect! That's everyone in the family!"
"What are Fred and I, next-door neighbors?" said George indignantly, as
his mother pushed him aside and flung her arms around her youngest son.
Timeline/Calendar of the Chapter
Here we encounter an example of the impossiblility of the dates
in this book. Since we know from chapter 8 that August 12 was a
Thursday, August 31 has to be a Tuesday. September 1, then, is
a Wednesday, but we will discover in the next chapter that
September 2 is not a Thursday, as one might expect after a
Wednesday, but a Monday.