In the Hog's Head
Synopsis by Maureen Knight
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 330 - 349
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 295 - 311
U.K. paperback edition: pages 366 - 387
Timeframe: September - October,
In which Harry, Hermione, and Ron hold a meeting at
the Hog's Head to discuss with other students the
possibility of Harry giving them Defence lessons,
and Hermione tells Ron and Harry that Ginny is dating
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
The main event of this chapter is the meeting at the Hog's Head, which
marked the founding of the DA.
...for two whole weeks after her original suggestion.
...Ron had had four more Quidditch practices...
...all three of them had managed to Vanish their mice in Transfiguration
(Hermione had actually progressed to Vanishing kittens)...
"Did you know the first weekend in October's a Hogsmeade weekend?"
...they both had Quidditch practice twice a week....
I suppose he was checking for the smell of Dungbombs...
...a small inn. A battered wooden sign hung from a rusty bracket over the door,
with a picture on it of a wild boar's head, leaking blood onto the white cloth
The Hog's Head bar...smelled strongly of something that might have been goats.
There was a man at the bar whose head was wrapped in dirty grey bandages...
...two figures shrouded in hoods sat at a tale in one of the windows...
...a witch with a thick black veil that fell to her toes.
I specifically asked Professor Flitwick whether students were
allowed to come to the Hog's Head, and he said yes, but he
advised me strongly to bring our own glasses.
The barman...was a grumpy-looking old man with a great deal
of long grey hair and beard. He was tall and thin and looked
vaguely familiar to Harry.
...the incoming rush of a crowd of people.
...Colin and Dennis Creevey...
Possibly he had never seen his pub so full.
"And did you kill a basilisk with that sword in Dumbledore's office?"
demanded Terry Boot. "That's what one of the portraits on the wall told me
when I was in there last year."
Justin Finch-Fletchley whistled; the Creevey brothers exchanged awestruck
"...he saved that Philological Stone - "
"Philosopher's," hissed Hermione.
"What are Heliopaths?" asked Neville, looking blank.
"They're spirits of fire...great tall flaming creatures
that gallop across the ground burning everything in front of -"
"They don't exist, Neville," said Hermione tartly.
"They met at the Yule Ball and got together at the end of last year..."
In fact, since he was in Harry's sixth year Potions class, we have
confirmation (in addition to HPM)
that Michael is in Harry's year.
There was an odd feeling in the group now. It was as though they had
just signed some kind of contract.
...she paused outside Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop, where there was a handsome
display of pheasant feather quills in the window.
"Which one was Michael Corner?" Ron demanded furiously.
"The dark one," said Hermione.
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Exceptional character moments:
Harry, who is horrified at the idea of making a speech
in front of so many people.
Ginny, who breaks up the argument between Hermione and
Luna with a very funny imitation of Umbridge - simultaneously
making everybody laugh and reminding them of what they're
supposed to be doing in the Hog's Head in the first place.
Hermione, who within a month's time goes stammering
Voldemort's name to chastising Ron for flinching
every time she says it.
Ron, who puts his finger on the reason for Sirius' restlessness:
that although he's been on the run for two years, at least he was
free before moving back into Grimmauld Place.
Ron, freaking out at the idea of his little sister having a
boyfriend. It probably doesn't help that he hasn't managed
to get a girlfriend himself yet...
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"Would you like us to clean out your ears for you?" enquired George,
pulling out a long and lethal-looking metal instrument from inside one of the
"Or any part of your body, really, we're not fussy where we stick this,"
"Hem, hem," said Ginny, in such a good imitation of Professor
Umbridge that several people looked around in alarm and then laughed.
The action of the chapter covers about three weeks, from the middle of
September to the first weekend of October.