"OH, NOT AGAIN!"
-- Molly Weasley
Calendar and Dates
The action of this chapter takes place later in the afternoon and evening of the same day as the preceding chapter: on a Sunday, the day before the Quidditch World Cup.
Interesting facts and notes
This chapter features the first mention of the Weasley twins' efforts to start a joke shop: Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.
...to prevent himself falling face forward out of the Weasleys' kitchen fire.
"Ton-Tongue Toffee," said Fred brightly. "George and I invented them, we've been looking for someone to test them on all summer..."
Charlie was built like the twins, shorter and stockier than Percy and Ron, who were both long and lanky.
Bill came as something of a surprise. Harry knew that he worked for the wizarding bank, Gringotts, that he had been Head Boy of Hogwarts, and had always imagined Bill to be an older version of Percy; fussy about rule-breaking and fond of bossing everyone around. However, Bill was - there was no other word for it - cool.
He was tall, with long hair that he had tied back in a ponytail.
...Harry recognized his boots to be made, not of leather, but of dragon hide.
Before any of them could say anything else, there was a faint popping noise, and Mr. Weasley appeared out of thin air at George's shoulder.
"It was four feet long before his parents would let me shrink it!"
She was a short, plump woman with a very kind face, though her eyes were presently narrowed with suspicion.
The other, who was small and red-haired, was Ron's younger sister, Ginny.
And Ginny appears to take after her mother's build, not her father's.
"Great long price-lists for stuff they've invented. Joke stuff, you know. Fake wands and trick sweets, loads of stuff."
"We've been hearing explosions out of their room for ages..."
For at least the last two years, in fact (CS4).
"Its proper name is Pigwidgeon."
Big name, small owl.
"You realize Bertha Jorkins has been missing for over a month now?"
We can deduce from the lack of fuss over Bertha's disappearance that she was unmarried and had no close relatives - a stroke of luck for Voldemort.
"Went on holiday to Albania and never came back?"
"I hear she's been shunted from department to department for years, much more trouble than she's worth...but all the same, Bagman ought to be trying to find her. Mr. Crouch has been taking a personal interest - she worked in our department at one time, you know, and I think Mr. Crouch was quite fond of her -"
Hmpf. So Mr. Crouch was responsible for damaging Bertha's memory when she worked for him (GF35, and now takes a personal interest in her - but he apparently shunted her off onto another department when her damaged memory affected her job performance.
"Went down to Transylvania, three hundred and ninety to ten," said Charlie gloomily. "Shocking performance."
Exceptional character moments
Mr Weasley, whose first reaction was that his own sons had been guilty of Muggle-baiting when they went after Dudley.
Mr Weasley, who was angry with the twins about the Ton-Tongue Toffee but wasn't really planning on setting off Molly by telling her all about it.
Molly Weasley's rant about Fred and George having no ambition - when that is exactly what they do have.
Bill and Charlie Weasley play-fighting with the tables in the Burrow garden - being childishly silly about setting them up for dinner.
Percy Weasley's complete dedication to his job at the Ministry and new boss Mr Crouch - providing almost equally amusement and annoyance to the rest of the family.
Molly Weasley wanting Bill to look a bit more respectable.
Percy trying to drop huge hints about a secret event taking place after the Quidditch World Cup.
"Ton-Tongue Toffee," said Fred brightly. "George and I invented them, we’ve been looking for someone to test them on all summer …"
"We didn't give it to him because he's a Muggle!" said Fred indignantly.
"No, we gave it to him because he's a great bullying git," said George. "Isn't he, Harry?"
"Yeah, he is, Mr. Weasley," said Harry earnestly.
"We've been hearing explosions out of their room for ages, but we never thought they were actually making things," said Ginny, "we thought they just liked the noise."
"… with a horrible great fang on it, really, Bill, what do they say at the bank?"
"Mum, no one at the bank gives a damn how I dress as long as I bring home plenty of treasure...."
"Yeah, someone might slip dragon dung in it again, eh, Perce?" said Fred.
"That was a sample of fertiliser from Norway!" said Percy, going very red in the face. "It was nothing personal!"
"It was," Fred whispered to Harry, as they got up from the table. "We sent it."
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