Snape's Worst Memory
Synopsis by Maureen Knight
Notes and links by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 624 - 650
U.K. hardcover edition: pages aaa - bbb
U.K. paperback edition: pages aaa - 715
Timeframe: a Tuesday and Wednesday in April,
In which Umbridge replaces
Dumbledore as Head of Hogwarts, the students (with the help of Fred's
and George's inventions) rebel while the staff sit back and watch, and
Umbridge tries to get Harry to tell her where Dumbledore is
hiding. Harry confronts Cho about her friend Marietta, continues
his Occlumency lessons with Snape, and while poking around in Snape's
Pensieve discovers that his father may have been every bit as arrogant
as Snape had previously told him.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
Still to come....
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
(as Padfoot, in
(also in Pensieve)
(as Moony, in
(as Wormtail, in Pensieve)
Potter, Lily Evans
(as Snivellus, in Pensieve)
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Links and Resources:
Harry overheard one second-year girl assuring another that Fudge was now
lying in St. Mungo's with a pumpkin for a head.
"Dear, dear," said Professor McGonagall sardonically, as
one of the dragons soared around her classroom, emitting loud bangs and
exhaling flame. "Miss Brown, would you mind running along to the
headmistress and informing her that we have an escaped firework in our
"Thank you so much, Professor!" said Professor Flitwick in his squeaky little
voice. "I could have got rid of the sparklers myself, of course, but I wasn't
sure whether I had the authority...."
Beaming, he closed the classroom door in her snarling face.
Harry could still hear the distant bangs of
escaped firecrackers when he and Ron went up to bed an hour later, and
as he got undressed a sparkler floated past the tower, still resolutely
spelling out the word POO.
"Did you like question ten, Moony?" asked Sirius as they
emerged into the entrance hall. "Loved it," said Lupin
briskly. "'Give five signs that identify the werewolf.'
Excellent question." "D'you think you managed to get all the
signs?" said James in tones of mock concern. "Think I did," said
Lupin seriously,k as they joined the crowd thronging around the front
doors eager to get out into the sunlit grounds. "One: He's
sitting on my chair. Two: He's wearing my clothes. Three:
His name's Remus Lupin...."
What was making Harry feel so horrified and unhappy was not
being shouted at or having jars thrown at him - it was that he knew how
it felt to be humiliated in the middle of a circle of onlookers, knew
exactly how Snape had felt as his father had taunted him, and that
judging from what he had just seen, his father had been every bit as
arrogant as Snape had always told him.
All we know is that, since the previous chapter took place on a Monday
in April, this chapter must take place Tuesday and Wednesday of the
same week. Hermione also says that the Easter holiday begins
Friday, but since the calendar doesn't align to a real-world calendar,
it still doesn't help determine exact dates.