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18. Birthday Surprises
Chapter 18 summary      

Chapter 18 - "Birthday Surprises" - In which Harry gives Slughorn a bezoar instead of an antidote in Potions class, then asks him unsuccessfully about Horcruxes. The sixth-years then have their first apparition lesson, where Harry overhears Malfoy saying Crabbe has been acting as his lookout, and Harry starts watching the Marauder's Map. Then, on Ron's birthday, Ron accidentally consumes Romilda Vane's love potion and Harry takes him to Slughorn to get an antidote; there, Slughorn gives Ron some poisoned mead and Harry saves his life with a bezoar.

HBP: chapter 18, pp. 373-374      

[Harry] discusses his new homework for [Dumbledore] - obtaining the memory from [Slughorn] - first with [Ron] and then with [Hermione].

The Bezoar Solution

HBP: chapter 18, pp. 374-375      

In [Potions] class, [Professor Slughorn] assigns students to brew antidotes to poisons, which excites [Hermione] because [Harry] won't be able to get help from the [Half-Blood Prince].

HBP: chapter 18, pp. 376-379      

Without the help of the [Half-Blood Prince], [Harry] is unsuccessful in brewing an [antidote] to his poison. However, at the end of the lesson, he presents [Slughorn] with a [bezoar] instead - delighting [Slughorn] and infuriating both [Ron] and [Hermione].

HBP: chapter 18, pp. 379-380      

After [Potions] class, [Harry] stays back to ask [Slughorn] about [Horcruxes] - but [Slughorn] gets upset and storms off.

HBP: chapter 18, p. 380      

[Harry] tells [Ron] and [Hermione] about his failure to retrieve the memory from [Slughorn], but they are unsympathetic thanks to his triumph with the [bezoar] in [Potions] class.

HBP: chapter 18, pp. 380-381      

As time passes, [Professor Slughorn] stops issuing [Slug Club] invitations, but otherwise resumes his normal glowing treatment of [Harry].

HBP: chapter 18, p. 381      

[Hermione] gets frustrated when, for the first time [Harry] can remember, she is unable to find something in the [Hogwarts] [library] - the definition of a [Horcrux].

The Apparition Lesson

HBP: chapter 18, pp. 381-386      

The sixth years have their first [Apparition] lesson with [Wilkie Twycross] in the [Great Hall]. [Harry] overhears [Draco] arguing with [Crabbe], but other than that and [Susan Bones]'s [splinching], nothing interesting happens.

HBP: chapter 18, pp. 386-388      

After overhearing [Malfoy] and [Crabbe] during [Apparition] lessons, [Harry] is convinced that [Malfoy] is using [Crabbe] and [Goyle] as lookouts - but he doesn't know for what - and he and [Ron] run up to their [dormitory] to look for them on the [Marauder's Map].

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