Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 211 - 232
UK paperback edition: pages 229 - 252
xx December - 25 December,
In which Harry mulls over what he heard about Black, almost everyone has gone on
holiday, HRH go to visit Hagrid, find him distraught about Buckbeak's hearing
before the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures, and HRH begin
seeking precedents to help Buckbeak's case. Christmas comes and Harry gets a
Firebolt broom from an unknown (Black) benefactor, Crookshanks goes after
Scabbers again and revives bad feelings between Ron and Hermione, dinner is
taken with the teachers, and McGonagall confiscates the Firebolt to check for jinxes.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
The arrival - and nearly immediate confiscation - of
Firebolt drives a
wedge between Hermione
and the boys.
Hagrid talks for the first time
about what Azkaban is
"Another jumper from Mum...maroon again..."
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Hagrid, Mr. (Rubeus' father)
(unnamed) school governors
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
what the Dementors are like.
Hermione offering to
look up case histories for Hagrid;
of the three members of the trio, only she persists with her promise to help
with Buckbeak's defence before
his first hearing past the Christmas holidays. (However, see
PA15 for later stages of the case, when
Ron took over the research).
Links and Resources:
why hadn't anyone ever mentioned the fact that
Harry's parents had died because
their best friend had betrayed them?
"Think that matters to them? They don' care. Long as they've got a
couple o' hundred humans stuck there with 'em, so they can leech all the
happiness out of 'em, they don' give a damn who's guilty an' who's not."