"'Once we've left, the ghoul's going to come and live down here in my room' [...] 'I think he's really looking forward to it - well, it's hard to tell, because all he can do is moan and drool - but he nods a lot when you mention it.'"
-- Ron Weasley
Molly Weasley loads H.R.H. up with wedding-preparation chores in an attempt to stop them from making plans to leave. Ron and Hermione prove to Harry that they understand what’s involved in accompanying him and have taken steps to protect their families from retaliation. Hermione reveals that she has researched the problem of destroying Horcruxes using books stolen from Dumbledore’s office. Fleur’s parents arrive for the wedding, and simple plans are made to celebrate Harry’s birthday, which falls the day before the ceremony.
Calendar and Dates
Begins immediately after the previous chapter (27 July). Ends before Harry's birthday (31 July). The next chapter begins as Harry wakes up on 31 July.
Interesting facts and notes
slamming Travels with Trolls into the discarded pile
She should have done that years ago; that's one of Lockhart's books that was required as a second-year textbook.
as she pored indecisively over Break with a Banshee
Keeping reference books is one thing. Being a bibliophile is another. But girl, you've kept at least two of Lockhart's books.
tossing Defensive Magical Theory into the bin without a second glance
Umbridge's old textbook (OP9), and Hermione's quite right in her assessment of its usefulness.
Exceptional character moments
Hermione confesses that she summoned books on Horcruxes out of Dumbledore's office before Dumbledore's funeral.
Hermione tells Ron and Harry that she modified her parents memories so that they think they are Wendell and Monica Wilkins and they do not know that they have a daughter. She also has them move to Australia.
"Harry could not think of anything else to say, not least because it was highly unusual for Ron to be teaching anyone else tact."
"It's like being a house-elf...except without the job satisfaction."
"'Look, if I picked up a sword right now, Ron, and ran you through with it, I wouldn't damage your soul at all.' 'Which would be a real comfort to me, I'm sure,' said Ron."