"What was it, Potter? A premonition? An apparition? What did you see?"
-- Sybill Trelawney
Calendar and Dates
This chapter begins the day after the previous chapter.
Interesting facts and notes
"Maybe he didn't want you to get there!" said Ron quickly. "Maybe - hang on - how fast d'you reckon he could've gotten down to the forest? D'you reckon he could've beaten you and Dumbledore there?"
"Not unless he can turn himself into a bat or something," said Harry.
For many years, fans debated the possibility that Snape was a vampire. Tidbits like this just fed that debate. Rowling eventually stated clearly in her writing about vampires on Pottermore that no, Snape was not a vampire (CMB).
"You're starting to sound a bit like our dear older brother, you are, Ron. Carry on like this and you'll be made a prefect."
"No, I won't!" said Ron hotly.
Oh yes he will! It happens in chapter 9 of the very next book (OP9).
Harry was concentrating on the Stunning Spell, which he had never used before.
How odd to think that at this point, Harry had yet to use a Stunning spell! He will learn and mature a lot in the next year or so.
He was riding on the back of an eagle owl,
Draco Malfoy's owl is an Eagle owl.
The dream of Voldemort in the Riddle House
This is not a dream, of course, it's an example of the connection between Harry and Voldemort which happens frequently in the next three books.