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"We'd be best pals if they didn't keep trying to do me in." -- Harry Potter

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Harry tries one of the Half-Blood Prince’s spells while reading in bed and levitates Ron by accident. He argues with Hermione over the danger of the Prince, and gets word of his next lesson with Dumbledore. The trio then walks to Hogsmeade, where Slughorn corners Harry in Honeydukes and Harry sees Mundungus with things stolen from Grimmauld Place. On the way home, an Imperiused Katie Bell touches a cursed necklace and is gravely injured; Harry then suspects Draco and tells McGonagall this, though Ron and Hermione don’t believe him.

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The entire chapter takes place in one day, which we know is "halfway through October," and which is almost certainly a Saturday like all Hogsmeade days have been. The date is most likely either 12 or 19 October, but as the dates get even more difficult to determine in the next two chapters, there's no way to determine for sure.

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He did not usually lie in bed reading his textbooks; that sort of behavior, as Ron rightly said, was indecent in anybody except Hermione, who was simply weird that way.

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  • jensenly

    I have always been perplexed as to how the opal necklace got into the hands of Madam Rosmerta. We know she was Imperiused to pass the necklace along to Katie Bell ( who was also Imperiused to pass it along to Dumbledore), but by whom? It couldn’t have been Draco, because he was in detention that day and didn’t go into Hogsmeade. And it doesn’t seem probable that he went on another day, as Hogwart’s was under heavy duty security spells/charms and sneaking out of the castle wouldn’t have been possible. Also, there were Aurorers stationed in Hogsmeade who would have surely seen him if he managed to sneak out of the castle. And what if Katie had managed to get it back to the castle? Wouldn’t have Filch discovered it through his Secrecy Sensor? Any thoughts/theories?

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