Cat, Rat, and Dog
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 332 - 348
UK paperback edition: pages 358 - 375
In which HRH start back to the castle, Crookshanks chases Scabbers, and
a big black dog drags Ron into a tunnel under the Whomping Willow.
Crookshanks stops the tree from attacking Harry and Hermione, and they
follow the cat down the tunnel to emerge in the Shrieking Shack outside
Hogsmeade. They find Ron a captive of Black, who disarms them. Harry
attacks Black, and with Ron and Hermione overpowers him, but Crookshanks
stands between Harry and Black when Harry threatens to kill him. Lupin
arrives and admits that he's Black's friend and a werewolf. It is
revealed that Scabbers is an Animagus named Peter Pettigrew.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
The chapter title on one level is an obvious reference to, respectively,
Crookshanks (the cat), Scabbers / Pettigrew (the rat), and Sirius Black
On another level, the title is a quotation from an old, old political
jingle about Richard III: The cat, the rat, and Lovell our dog/
Rule all England under a hog. In the rhyme, as in this chapter,
the animals referred to are actually people (Catesby, Ratscliff,
and Lovell were all high-ranking political figures of Richard III's
reign, while Richard's own badge featured a boar.)
This chapter is a beautiful piece of work, when we consider
what Harry - and we - thought was going on upon a first
reading, and what was really going on when one re-reads
Sirius' and Remus' dialogue with fuller knowledge of the situation.
Something was bounding toward them, quiet as a shadow - an enormous,
pale-eyed, jet-black dog.
"The point is, even if you're wearing an Invisibility Cloak,
you still show up on the Marauder's Map."
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:
Harry is shown thinking of Sirius Black as 'Black' throughout
this chapter. Only two chapters later, after he has been
convinced of Sirius' innocence, does he begin thinking of
his godfather by his given name.
Without exchanging a word, Ron and Hermione grabbed Harry
simultaneously to keep him from throwing himself at Black.
Ron, standing despite his broken leg, and saying that if Black
wants to kill Harry, he'll have to kill all three of the trio.
Harry can't bring himself to kill Sirius if it means going
Links and Resources:
The entire action of this chapter takes place later on the same
evening as that of the previous chapter.