Flight of the Fat Lady
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 141 - 161
UK hardcover edition: pages 107 - 121
UK paperback edition: pages 154 - 175
xx September - 31 October,
Defence Against the Dark Arts
remains a favorite, Quidditch practice begins, Crookshanks
goes after Scabbers, tension builds between Ron and Hermione, Harry
is denied permission to visit Hogsmeade, Lupin talks to him about fear,
Snape brews a potion for Lupin, Hallowe'en feast, and Black slashes
the Fat Lady's portrait.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
This chapter gives us our first glimpse of
"Gryffindor haven't won for seven years now."
"Staying here Potter? Scared of passing the
"Professor Snape has very kindly concocted a potion for me. I've
been feeling a bit off-color, this potion is the only thing that helps.
I am very lucky to be working alongside Professor Snape; there aren't many
wizards who are up to making it."
Professor Lupin took another sip and Harry had a crazy urge to knock
the goblet out of his hands.
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Oliver Wood's pep talk regarding his last year to win the Quidditch Cup.
Gryffindors discussing first Hogsmeade weekend visit.
Crookshanks attacking Scabbers in Ron's bag.
Lavender Brown telling students in Transfiguration class about her rabbit,
Binky, dying on 16 October.
Harry asking Professor McGonagall to sign his permission slip for visiting
Hogsmeade, and her refusal to sign it.
Halloween morning and all the students with partent/guardian permission
leaving for Hogsmeade visit.
Harry running into Professor Lupin outside his office.
Professor Lupin inviting Harry into his office to see a grindylow and
have a cup of tea.
Harry asking Professor Lupin why he was not allowed to fight the
boggart in the wardrobe.
Harry telling Professor Lupin that his boggart would have taken the
shape of a Dementor, not Lord Voldemort.
Harry telling Ron and Hermione about Professor Snape giving
Professor Lupin a potion and Lupin drinking it.
All attending the Halloween feast in the Great Hall.
Gryffindors discovering that the portrait of the fat lady has been slashed and she is missing.
Peeves the Poltergeist telling Dumbledore and all others around
the slashed portrait that the portrait was slashed by an angry Sirius Black.
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"But we also know we've go the best -- ruddy -- team -- in -- the --
"I need to visit Zonko's, I'm nearly out of Stink Pellets."
"They're bound to catch Black soon. He's been sighted once already."
"There's something funny about that animal!"
[Ron referring to Crookshanks after he attacked Scabbers in Ron's bag]
"That cat's got it in for Scabbers!"
"The form clearly states that the parent or guardian must give permission.
I'm sorry, Potter, but that's my final word."
"You know that day we fought the boggart? Why didn't you let me fight
it?" [Harry] to [Professor Lupin]
"I assumed that if the boggart faced you, it would assume the shape of
Lord Voldemort." [Professor Lupin]
"I didn't think of Voldemort, I -- I remembered those
"Well, well . . .I'm impressed. That suggests that what you fear
most of all is -- fear. Very wise, Harry." [Professor Lupin]
"Lupin drank it? Is he mad?" [Ron]
". . .if he was trying to -- to poison Lupin -- he wouldn't have done it
in front of Harry." [ Hermione]
"Oh yes, Professorhead, he got very angry when she wouldn't let him, you
see. Nasty temper he's got, that Sirius Black."
[Peeves the Poltergeist
to Professor Dumbledore regarding the Fat Lady]
The action of this chapter begins immediately after the preceding
chapter, and ends late on Hallowe'en night.