The Man with Two Faces
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
and Steve Vander Ark
US hardcover edition: pages 288 - 309
UK hardcover edition: pages 209 - 223
UK paperback edition: pages 310 - 332
In which Harry discovers that it is Quirrell who is after the Stone and serving
Voldemort, not Snape. Quirrell tries to use the Mirror of Erised to find the
Stone but the Mirror gives it Harry. Voldemort realizes this and as part of
Quirrell orders the professor to kill Harry, who blacks out during the struggle.
He awakes in a hospital bed and hears many things from Dumbledore. At the end
of term banquet, Gryffindor is awarded the House Cup.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of chapter seventeen:
The choice of title for this chapter is lovely. In typical wizarding fashion,
both meanings of "two-faced" are meant in referring to
Quirrell: he has been two-faced
in that he has been deceiving people and leading a double life, and he has
been leading a double life literally, complete with two faces, since
his failure to steal the Stone from Gringotts.
"Yes, Severus does seem the type, doesn't he? So useful to have him
swooping around like an overgrown bat. Next to him, who would suspect
p-p-poor, st-stuttering P-Professor Quirrell?"
"She broke my eye contact with you."
"Another few seconds and I'd have got you off that broom."
muttering a counter-curse, trying to save you...
Why do you think he wanted to referee your next match?
Quirrell snapped his fingers. Ropes sprang out of the air and
wrapped themselves tightly around Harry.
This mirror is the key to finding the Stone...
"Tried to frighten me - as though he could, when I had
Lord Voldemort on my side..."
I'm presenting it to my master...
I met him when I travelled around the world
"When I failed to steal the stone from Gringotts, he was most
displeased. He punished me...decided he would have to keep a closer
watch on me..."
"Use the boy...Use the boy..."
It put its hand into its pocket and pulled out a blood-red
"He lies...He lies..."
"Now...why don't you give me that Stone in your pocket?"
"...not being truly alive, he cannot be killed."
Even Neville scraped
through, his good
mark making up for his abysmal
Hagrid was there to take them down to the fleet of boats that sailed across the lake
Characters introduced in this chapter:
(as Lord Voldemort, My Lord) (first actual appearance)
(unnamed) guard at the ticket barrier of Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
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:
Dumbledore, who has the
perfect moment to tell Harry all about Trelawney's first prediction -
when Harry actually asked the key question - but let the moment pass
because he cared more about allowing Harry to have a childhood than
about the fight against Voldemort, at that moment.
Dumbledore's outlook on
death, as being but the next great adventure.
Dumbledore, awarding the
decisive ten points not to Harry, but to Neville, who had never won any
points for Gryffindor before.
Hagrid, presenting Harry with
an album of wizarding photographs of Lily and James, since he knew
Harry didn't have any pictures of them.
Harry, who could face the
Mirror of Erised and want to find the Philosopher's Stone, the key to
immortality and wealth, without wanting to use it.
Quirrell, who drops his
stuttering, bumbling pose and reveals that he, not Snape, has been
after the Stone all along.
Snape, who has actually been
trying to protect Harry throughout the school year because he feels an
obligation to James Potter, and can't bear to be in debt to a man he
hated so much.
spell to change the appearance of the Great Hall hangings
(neither name nor incantation given)
spell to make a broomstick throw its rider
(neither name nor incantation given, possibly a
and countercurse (neither name nor incantation given)
Links and Resources:
"There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak
to seek it..." [Quirrell]
"After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great
adventure. You know, the Stone was really not such a wonderful thing. As
much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings
would choose above all - the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing
precisely those things which are worst for them." [Dumbledore]
"Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear
of the thing itself." [Dumbledore]
"The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and
terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution."
"I always said he was off his rocker," said Ron, looking quite
impressed at how mad his hero was.
"Second -- to Miss Hermione Granger...for the use of cool logic in
the face of fire, I award Gryffindor House fifty points." [Dumbledore]
"There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling.
"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but
just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points
to Mr. Neville Longbottom."
It seemed as though life would be back to normal next year, or as normal
as it ever was at Hogwarts.
It was Uncle Vernon, still purple-faced, still moustached, still looking
furious at the nerve of Harry, carrying an owl in a cage in a station
full of ordinary people.
The action of this chapter picks up immediately after that of
the preceding chapter, and continues through the remainder of term,
ending as Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave
Platform 9 and 3/4 at King's Cross.