Talons and Tea Leaves
Synopsis: William Sylvester
Notes and links: Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 96 - 122
UK hardcover edition: pages 75 - 93
Timeframe: xx September,
In which students begin the new year of classes,
Hermione is taking a
very full course load and in
Professor Trelawney predicts
hippogriffs at his
first class, Buckbeak is
insulted, Malfoy is injured, and HRH go to console Hagrid.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
quotation still to come
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations:
corridors and stairways leading to North Tower
Professor Trelawney's classroom at the top of North Tower
Professor McGonagall's classroom
the Great Hall
outside of Hagrid's hut at the edge
of the Forbidden Forest (Hagrid's "classroom")
Outside of a kind of paddock
Gryffindor common room
Exceptional character moments:
At breakfast Fred and George telling Harry, Ron, and Hermione
how Malfoy had reacted to the dementor on the train.
Harry and Ron discussing with Hermione
her very full class schedule.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione meeting Sir
Cadogan in his painting while trying to get to North Tower.
third years in their first Divination class
Harry and Ron trying to read each other's tea leaves.
Professor finding the Grim in Harry's tea leaves and predicting Harry's death.
Professor McGonagall explaining to her Transfiguration class
about Professor Trelawney and Divination.
Professor Hagrid's first Care of Magical
Creatures class learning about hippogriffs.
Harry meeting Buckbeak and getting to ride him.
Malfoy insulting a hippogriff and being attacked by it.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione's visit to see Hagrid in his hut.
Hagrid's anger at Harry for coming to visit him after dark.
Links and Resources:
"Hermione, they've messed up your schedule. Look -- they've got you down for
about ten subjects a day. There isn't enough time." Ron
"I'll manage. I've fixed it all with Professor McGonagall."
To Harry in Divination class: "The Grim, my dear, the Grim!
The giant, spectral dog that haunts churchyards! My dear boy, it
is an omen -- the worst omen -- of death!" Professor Trelawney
"Then you should know, Potter, that Sibyll Trelawney has predicted the
death of one student a year since she arrived at this school. None of them
has died yet. Seeing death omens is her favorite way of greeting
a new class." Professor McGonagall
"I think Divination seems very woolly. A lot of guesswork, if you ask me."
"Now, firs' thing yeh gotta know abou' hippogriffs is , there're proud.
Easily offended, hippogriffs are. Don't never insult one, 'cause
it might be the last thing yeh do." Hagrid
"That was a really bad thing to happen in Hagrid's first class, though,
wasn't it? Trust Malfoy to mess things up for him. . ." Ron
"He's faking it. Madam Pomfrey can mend anything. She regrew half
my bones last year. Trust Malfoy to milk it for all it's worth."
Timeline of the chapter