"If you went out and got a bit of snogging done yourself you wouldn't mind so much that everyone else does it."
-- Ginny Weasley
Hermione and Ron discuss the Slug Club in Herbology and Harry notices an attraction between them. Dean takes Katie’s place on the Quidditch team, and Harry and Ron run into Ginny and Dean kissing. Ron gets upset and Ginny tells him off, but Harry starts thinking of kissing Ginny himself. Ron becomes angry and plays terribly next practice, but for the match Harry pretends to slip him Felix Felicis, giving him confidence, and Gryffindor wins. After the game, Ron is spotted kissing Lavender, leaving Hermione heart-broken.
Calendar and Dates
The chapter begins the morning after the end of the previous chapter, a Tuesday in mid-October. Then "one day" that we know nothing else about except that it's a weekday, Harry invites Dean Thomas to play on the Quidditch team; a "few days" later is the eve of the Quidditch match (a Friday) and the Quidditch match, on a Saturday, ends the chapter. Unfortunately, the references to passing time are all so vague it's impossible to put even relative dates on the events of this chapter.
"Ron... you're my best mate, but carry on treating the rest of them like this and I'm going to kick you off the team."
"Hark who's talking. Confunded anyone lately?"
With one last look of vindictive fury, Hermione wrenched open the door and disappeared through it. Harry thought he heard a sob before it slammed.