The Servant of Lord Voldemort
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 358 - 377
UK hardcover edition: pages 263 - 276
UK paperback edition: pages 386 - 406
In which Snape threatens
Black with the
Dementors, HRH disarm
Snape with a spell,
Black tell the truth about
Harry's parents' deaths,
Scabbers reverts back to
Peter Pettigrew, the truth
comes out about all the players in the drama, revealing that
Pettigrew was responsible for
the Potters' deaths, and Harry keeps
Black from killing
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
The chapter title is a reference to
Trelawney's second prediction
back in PA16.
This chapter, together with the preceding chapter, has provided readers
with much of the information we know about
Animagi to date.
He clicked his fingers, and the ends of the cords that bound
Lupin flew to his hands.
"He's got a toe missing," said Black.
"...he stole the passwords into Gryffindor Tower for me...
As I understand it, he took them from a boy's bedside table."
"Force him to show himself," said Lupin. "If he really is a rat,
it won't hurt him."
It was like watching a speeded-up film of a growing tree.
"Voldemort's been in hiding for fifteen years, they say he's half dead."
"They could tell that my feelings were less - less human, less complex
when I was a dog...but they thought, of course, that I was losing my mind
like everyone else in there..."
Sirius, what could I have done?"
"The Dark Lord...you have no idea..."
"YOU'D BEEN PASSING INFORMATION TO HIM FOR A YEAR BEFORE
LILY AND JAMES DIED! YOU WERE HIS SPY!"
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations:
Exceptional character moments:
The depth of Snape's and
Sirius Black's mutual dislike is
shown, as Snape prepares to turn
Sirius over to the
Dementors without further ado,
despite the protests of four other people present.
Pettigrew's confession, which
has to be squeezed out of him point by point despite the damning fact that
he's been alive and in hiding all this time.
Harry's determination - to the
point of blocking Pettigrew
with his own body - that his father's best friends shouldn't become killers
just for Pettigrew's sake.
Harry is shown thinking of
Sirius Black as
'Black' throughout this chapter.
Only in the next chapter, after he has been convinced of
does he begin thinking of his godfather by his given name.
Ron taking the revelation of
Scabbers' true identity as a
personal insult. For this, he became estranged from
Hermione for so many weeks.
Links and Resources:
"Well, hello, Peter," said Lupin pleasantly, as though rats frequently
erupted into old school friends around him. "Long time, no see."
(One of MLW's personal favourites, particularly on the
Jim Dale recording of the book. Is Remus Lupin seriously cool, or
what? -- MLW
"I've heard them screaming all sorts of things in their sleep."
"I must admit, Peter, I have difficulty in understanding why an innocent
man would want to spend twelve years as a rat," said Lupin evenly.
The entire action of this chapter takes place later on the same
evening as that of the previous chapter.