Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 228 - 241
UK hardcover edition: pages 167 - 176
UK paperback edition: pages 247 - 261
the end of March,
In which Hermione starts
the teachers pile on extra homework,
HRH visit Hagrid, discover he has a dragon's egg, and later watch it
hatch. As the dragon grows, it becomes harder to hide the illegal pet,
until Charlie Weasley agrees to have it sent to him in Romania.
Norbert is shipped off from the tallest tower, but Harry and Hermione
are caught by Filch on their way back to their dorm.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
As we learn in this chapter, dragons in JKR's world do not
share the characteristics of Tolkien's dragons (which, if Smaug is
typical, have human-level intelligence).
In the weeks that followed he did seem to be getting paler and thinner, but it didn't look as though he'd cracked yet.
"Hermione, the exams are ages away."
"Ten weeks," Hermione snapped.
"You realize we need to pass these exams to get into the second year?
the twelve uses of dragon's blood..."
"...who was looking up 'Dittany' in One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi..."
But it's against our laws," said Ron. "Dragon breeding was outlawed by the Warlocks' Convention of 1709, everyone knows that.
"Won it," said Hagrid. "Las' night. I was down in the village havin' a few drinks an' got into a game o' cards with a stranger. Think he was quite glad ter get rid of it, ter be honest."
"when it hatches, feed it on a bucket o' brandy mixed with chicken blood every half hour."
"Hagrid, you live in a wooden house," she said.
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:
- Hogsmeade (unnamed at this point)
Exceptional character moments:
Hagrid, who turns out to be somewhat susceptible to flattery.
Hagrid, who's too good a person to just dump a baby animal
in the wild when it becomes difficult to care for the creature.
Links and Resources:
Harry suddenly turned to Ron.
"Charlie," he said.
"You're losing it, too," said Ron. "I'm Ron, remember?"