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12. The Mirror of Erised
Chapter 12 summary      

Chapter 12 - "The Mirror of Erised" - In which Harry, Ron and Hermione (HRH) start searching the library for facts on Flamel, the school empties for Christmas, Ron teaches Harry wizard chess, Harry gets his father's invisibility cloak for Christmas, tries it out at night and finds the Mirror of Erised, sees his family and is cautioned by Dumbledore.

PS: chapter 12, pp. 194-195      

As Christmas approaches, snow covers the grounds and the castle begins turning cold. Malfoy makes fun of Harry for having to stay over Christmas, but Harry thinks about how excited he is not to have to return to Privet Drive.

An Eventful Christmas

PS: chapter 12, pp. 195-197      

Hagrid walks up carrying a Christmas tree, and soon Malfoy arrives and starts making fun of Ron, whose attempt at retaliation loses him points from Snape. To cheer him up, Hagrid invites the trio to see the beautifully decorated Great Hall and they tell him they've been looking for information on Nicholas Flamel.

PS: chapter 12, pp. 197-199      

Frustrated by an inability to figure out the identity of Nicholas Flamel, Harry, Ron, agree to keep searching the library over Christmas break, as Hermione prepares to head home.

PS: chapter 12, p. 199      

The Christmas holidays begin and Harry begins learning [Wizard's Chess] from Ron.

PS: chapter 12, pp. 200-203      

On Christmas morning, Harry awakens to presents for the first time, including his father's Invisibility Cloak and a sweater matching those of the rest of the Weasley boys.

PS: chapter 12, pp. 203-204      

Harry enjoys his first Hogwarts Christmas dinner and then spends the afternoon with the Weasleys, having a snowball fight and playing [wizards' chess] before heading off to bed.

PS: chapter 12, pp. 204-209      

Before falling asleep, Harry decides to use his Invisibility Cloak to walk the castle, heading for the [Restricted Section] of the library. After almost being caught and running from Snape and Filch, he accidentally discovers the Mirror of Erised, and sees his family for the first time.

PS: chapter 12, pp. 209-210      

Harry tells Ron about the Mirror of Erised and together they decide to go visit it again. Harry is so anxious to return he has trouble eating and has an odd look.

PS: chapter 12, pp. 210-211      

Harry brings Ron to the Mirror of Erised, but instead of seeing his family Ron sees himself as [Head Boy]. After Mrs. Norris spies them though, they run back to their [dormitory].

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