The Midnight Duel
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 143 - 162
UK hardcover edition: pages 107 - 120
UK paperback edition: pages 157 - 177
Timeframe: Thursday 12 September,
In which Gryffindor
have flying lessons together,
Neville injures himself
on his broom, and Harry and Draco fight it out on brooms over Neville's
resulting in Harry being made Seeker of the
Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Later, Draco challenges Harry to a wizard's duel, but instead of
dueling he tells Filch in hopes of Harry
being caught and expelled. Harry and his friends evade Filch and after
three-headed dog, are safely back in their dormitory.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
The midnight duel mentioned in the chapter's title never takes place,
but is responsible for Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville entering the forbidden
third-floor corridor for the first time.
Ironically, Draco Malfoy - Harry's arch-rival on the Quidditch pitch
- not only was the first person ever to mention Quidditch to Harry
but sets the events in motion that lead to Harry being made Seeker for
Still, first-year Gryffindors only had Potions with the Slytherins,
so they didn't have to put up with Malfoy much.
Dean's poster of the West Ham
Malfoy's eagle owl
...when Draco Malfoy, who was
passing the Gryffindor table, snatched the Remembrall out of his hand.
The Slytherins were already there
and so were twenty broomsticks lying in neat lines on the ground.
WHAM - a thud and a nasty crack and Neville lay facedown on the grass
in a heap.
Neville, his face tear-streaked, clutching his wrist, hobbled off with
Madam Hooch, who had her arm around him.
"Never thought you'd like fat little crybabies,
Now he'd done it. He hadn't even lasted two weeks.
"I shall speak to
Professor Dumbledore and
see if we can't bend the first-year rule. Heaven knows, we need a better
team than last year. Flattened in that last match by Slytherin,
I couldn't look Severus Snape in the face for weeks...."
"Anyway, we've got to go, Lee Jordan reckons he's found a new secret
passageway out of the school."
"Bet it's that one behind the statue of Gregory the Smarmy that
we found in our first week. See you."
We'll meet you in the trophy room; that's always unlocked.
...(Neville wasn't yet back from the hospital wing).
"All right, but I warned you, you just remember what I said when
you're on the train home tomorrow, you're so -"
They sped up a staircase to the third floor and tiptoed into the
"STUDENTS OUT OF BED DOWN THE CHARMS CORRIDOR!"
"We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled. Now if you
don't mind, I'm going to bed."
Ron stared after her, his mouth open.
in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Gregory the Smarmy
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Hermione's nervousness at being faced with lessons in a subject that
can't be learned by heart out of a book.
McGonagall, who turns out to care about Gryffindor's performance in
the Quidditch Cup at least as much as any of the students in her house,
and who is quite competitive with Snape on the topic.
Links and Resources:
Harry groped for the doorknob - between Filch and death, he'd take
"We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled." [Hermione]
The action of the chapter takes place on the second Thursday of the
term. Since 1 September was a Sunday, this fixes the date as 12 September.
Remembrall arrives for Neville
flying lessons at 3:30