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Snape's Defence Against the Dark Arts Class

HBP: chapter 9, pp. 180-181      

On the way out of Snape's first Defence Against the Dark Arts class, Harry, Ron, and Hermione discuss Harry's reaction when Snape tried to jinx him, and Hermione compares Snape's love of the Dark Arts to Harry's from the previous year.

HBP: chapter 9, pp. 181-182      

During the break between classes, Harry learns his first lesson with [Dumbledore] will be on Saturday; the trio discusses what the lesson will entail and Harry and Ron do their Defence Against the Dark Arts homework.

Harry Receives Help From a Textbook

HBP: chapter 9, pp. 182-184      

As the first [N.E.W.T.]-level Potions class prepares to start, Harry notices the [potions] sitting on the desks, and Professor Slughorn gives Harry and Ron secondhand books to use until their new ones arrive.

HBP: chapter 9, pp. 184-188      

Horace Slughorn begins the first [N.E.W.T.]-level Potions class of the year by introducing the potions he's brewed - [Veritaserum], [Polyjuice Potion], Amortentia, and [Felix Felicis] - promising a vial of the [Felix] to the student who brews the best [Draught of Living Death].

HBP: chapter 9, pp. 188-191      

Harry starts brewing his [Draught of Living Death] - he has a little trouble at first, but soon starts following directions scrawled in the margins of his book, and produces the best potion in the class.

HBP: chapter 9, p. 191      

Slughorn surveys the finished potions, concludes that Harry's is the best, and awards him a bottle of [Felix Felicis].

HBP: chapter 9, pp. 192-193      

On the way out of Potions class, Harry, Ron, and Hermione - soon joined by Ginny - discuss the tips written in the margins of Harry's book. Harry then looks for the name of the book's previous owner, and discovers the notes were written by the Half-Blood Prince.

10. The House of Gaunt

Chapter 10 summary      

Chapter 10 - "The House of Gaunt" - In which Harry attends his first lesson with Dumbledore, who explains that they will be delving into Voldemort's past and takes Harry into the Pensieve. In Bob Ogden's memory they go to Marvolo Gaunt's house to see about his son, Morfin, who has committed a crime; there they see a mean, impoverished, racist Marvolo abusing his daughter Merope, who is watching muggle Tom Riddle. Dumbledore explains that Merope later used a love potion on Tom, and they became Voldemort's parents.

HBP: chapter 10, pp. 194-195      

As the week progresses, Harry continues to use the Half-Blood Prince's Potions book, and he, Ron, and Hermione wonder about who the previous owner was.

HBP: chapter 10, pp. 195-196      

As he heads to Dumbledore's office for his first private lesson, Harry runs into Professor Trelawney, who is reading [Tarot cards].

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