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24. Sectumsempra
Chapter 24 summary      

Chapter 24 - "Sectumsempra" - In which Ron and Ginny are both single again, Katie Bell returns to Hogwarts but can't remember what happened to her, and Harry sees Malfoy with Moaning Myrtle on the Marauder's Map and runs to eavesdrop - but when Malfoy tries to hex Harry, Harry uses Sectumsempra on him without knowing what it does and slashes him apart. Snape heals Malfoy but gives Harry detention during the Quidditch match, which Gryffindor wins anyway. Then, when Harry arrives at the party, he finally kisses Ginny.

HBP: chapter 24, pp. 513-515      

In Charms class, Harry tells Ron and Hermione about the Horcruxes, Ron makes Lavender cry by brushing snow off of Hermione's shoulders, and Harry learns that Ginny and [Dean] have had a row. Professor Flitwick then sets homework for Ron and Harry, who have been so busy talking they haven't practiced the charm.

The Quidditch Final Approaches

HBP: chapter 24, pp. 515-518      

Harry, Ron, and Hermione sit in the common room, each thinking about recent developments in relationships. Katie Bell then returns, but can't remember the details of her [Imperius Curse], and the trio thinks very briefly of brewing more [Felix Felicis].

HBP: chapter 24, pp. 518-519      

The [Gryffindor Quidditch Team] has a great practice thanks to Katie's return and Ginny's impersonations of Ron.

HBP: chapter 24, pp. 519-521      

As time passes, Harry continues thinking about Ginny and wondering whether Ron would be upset if they got together. Meanwhile, the whole school is focusing on the final [Quidditch] match of the year, which will determine the winner of the [Quidditch Cup], and Harry is still thinking about what Malfoy is up to and how to stop him.

Harry Versus Draco

HBP: chapter 24, pp. 521-523      

Harry spots Malfoy in the bathroom with Moaning Myrtle, and immediately Draco springs up to curse Harry; Harry then uses the [Sectumsempra] curse, springing gashes in Malfoy. Myrtle then freaks out and goes screaming to the whole school.

HBP: chapter 24, pp. 523-528      

Snape rushes into the bathroom, quickly healing the gashes Harry has made in Malfoy. He sends Harry to get his textbooks, and when Harry returns, gives him detention every Saturday for the rest of the school year.

HBP: chapter 24, pp. 524-527      

Harry runs and quickly borrows Ron's [Advanced Potion-Making] and hides his own in the Room of Requirement before returning to show his books to Snape.


HBP: chapter 24, pp. 528-531      

Back in the common room, Hermione refuses to lay off Harry as they talk about the Half-Blood Prince, eventually prompting Ginny to yell at her as well.

Detention and an Overdue Kiss

HBP: chapter 24, p. 531      

With the [Quidditch] match approaching, Gryffindors are all quite frustrated with Harry for landing himself in detention with Snape.



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