Chapter 7 - "Mudbloods and Murmures" - In which Harry begins Quidditch practice, words are exchanged with the Slytherin team, Ron's spell backfires, Harry and Ron serve detention, and Harry hears a voice.
Start of Classes
After he overhears [Malfoy]'s taunt about signed photos, [Lockhart] once again pulls [Harry] aside to discourage him from seeking publicity, signing a picture for [Colin] in the process.
The second years enter for [Defence Against the Dark Arts], where [Lockhart] gives them a quiz - on himself. He then unleashes [Cornish Pixies], fails to control them, and runs out, leaving [Harry], [Ron], and [Hermione] to take care of the creatures.
As his first week back at [Hogwarts] passes, [Harry] works hard to avoid [Lockhart] and [Colin Creevey], [Hedwig] is avoiding him, and [Ron] continues to struggle with his broken wand.
Quidditch Practice Interrupted
[Oliver Wood] unexpectedly awakens [Harry] for an early morning [Quidditch] practice. [Harry] sleepily agrees and gets out of bed to head downstairs.
[Colin Creevey] stops [Harry] on his way to [Quidditch] practice, pestering him endlessly with questions until [Harry] is finally able to ditch him to join the [Gryffindor] team in the [locker room].
[Oliver Wood] leads the [Gryffindor Quidditch team] through an exasperatingly boring lecture on strategy, and then out onto the [Quidditch pitch], where [Ron], [Hermione], and [Colin Creevey] are sitting, for the start of practice.
With the [Gryffindor Quidditch team] finally ready to begin practice, they are interrupted by the [Slytherin team], led by [Draco Malfoy]. [Malfoy], rude as ever, insults all of the [Gryffindors] and calls [Hermione] a [Mudblood] - prompting [Ron] to jinx him. The jinx, though, backfires, and [Ron] begins belching slugs, so [Harry] and [Hermione] drag him away.
Slugs at Hagrid's Hut
As [Harry] and [Hermione] drag a slug-belching [Ron] to [Hagrid's hut], they find [Hagrid] outside with [Gilderoy Lockhart] bragging about himself again.
[Hagrid] chats with [Harry], [Ron], and [Hermione] about [Lockhart]'s lies, [Malfoy]'s racism, [Hagrid]'s pumpkins, and [Ginny]'s fondness for [Harry].