Chapter 16 - "Professor Trelawney's Prediction" - In which OWLs and NEWTs are coming up and everyone is studying, exam week arrives, Buckbeak's appeal is scheduled, Professor Trelawney unknowingly predicts the return of the Dark Lord, HRH use the invisibility cloak to visit Hagrid, try to comfort him, Hermione finds Scabbers in a milk jug, men come to execute Buckbeak, HRH go out the back door under the cloak and Scabbers goes berserk.
All About Quidditch
The night before the big match against [Slytherin], even [Hermione] can't work as everyone is so nervous about the game - especially [Harry], who is relieved when [Oliver Wood] finally calls the team to bed.
At night, [Harry]'s dream about the [Quidditch] match going terribly awry ends when he wakes, and out the window, he sees [Crookshanks] meeting with a gigantic black dog. When he tries to wake [Ron] and show him, though, Ron falls back asleep and the dog, and Crookshanks, both vanish.
Both the [Great Hall] and the [locker rooms] are tense in anticipation of the big match against [Slytherin]. [Harry]'s nerves are a wreck, but before he knows it, he's walking out on the [pitch] to begin the match, with the [Slytherins] walking out from the other side.
The [Gryffindor]-[Slytherin] match begins, and it's a nasty one. After a number of illegal moves and penalty shots - including [Malfoy] dragging down the tail of [Harry]'s broom when he spots the [Snitch] - the [Gryffindors] finally pull ahead by fifty and Harry zips in front of Malfoy to grab the Snitch, winning the [Quidditch Cup] for Gryffindor at last.
With exams approaching, the weather is beautiful and the students wish they could spend their time outside, but instead are busy studying - even [Fred and George].
[Hermione] is nearly going insane with her schedule, which [Ron] and [Harry] still can't figure out. They also learn, while studying, that [Buckbeak]'s appeal date has been set - and that an executioner will be attending.
The third years' exams begin and seem to fly by: in [Transfiguration] they turn teapots into tortoises; in [Charms], it's [Cheering Charms], among other things; in [Care of Magical Creatures] [Hagrid] is so upset that all they need to do is keep [flobberworms] alive; in [Potions], [Confusing Concoctions] give [Harry] trouble, and [Astronomy], [History of Magic], and [Herbology] pass without incident, leaving only two exams to go.
The third years' second to last exam is [Defence Against the Dark Arts], for which [Lupin] rigs an obstacle course they must pass through. [Harry] gets full marks, but [Hermione] panicks when her [boggart] turns out to be [Professor McGonagall] telling her she's failed everything.
On the way from their [Defence Against the Dark Arts] exam, [Harry], [Ron], and [Hermione] run into [Cornelus Fudge], with an executioner. Though Ron is irate, Harry and Hermione manage to stop him, and they all go inside to eat lunch.