"Tell us about your summer and I'll tell you about mine."
Synopsis by Maureen Knight
Notes and links by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 420 - 440
U.K. hardcover edition: pages aaa - bbb
U.K. paperback edition: pages 464 - 485
Saturday, 7 November,
In which Hagrid returns and
tells the story of his journey with
Madame Maxime to the
land of the giants, where
they were unsuccessful in gaining an alliance.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
This chapter is our first source of real information about the
We chanced a bit o' magic after that an' it wasn' a bad journey.
Ran inter a couple o' mad trolls on the Polish border an' I had a sligh'
disagreement with a vampire in Minsk -
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
de Mimsy-Porpington, Sir Nicholas (Nearly-Headless Nick)
(as Harry's cousin)
(as "the Minister")
(referred to as covering Hagrid's
Riddle, Tom Marvolo
(unnamed) Death Eater travelling with Macnair
(unnamed) Karkus's wife
(unnamed) other giants
(unnamed) someone from the Ministry who tailed
Olympe as far as Dijon
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Hagrid's observation that
despite her usual elegance of dress,
Olympe never complained
once about the long, hard journey to the
speaks to Hagrid as
though he were mentally afflicted.
Links and Resources:
"So why don't Muggles -?"
"They do," said Hagrid darkly. "On'y their deaths are
always put down ter mountaineerin' accidents, aren' they?"
"Er - I don' want ter be rude," said Hagrid, staring at her,
"but who the ruddy hell are you?"
The entire chapter takes place the evening of the Gryffindor-Slytherin
Quidditch match, 7 November,
(see previous chapter). The
next chapter confirms that the meeting
with Hagrid took place on a Saturday.