"It is my mercy, and not yours, that matters now." -- Albus Dumbledore
Harry and Dumbledore return to Hogsmeade and see the Dark Mark over Hogwarts. They fly to the top of the Astronomy Tower, where Draco appears and disarms Dumbledore, but can’t bring himself to kill him. Dumbledore tries to convince Draco to come to the good side. Before Malfoy can decide though, other Death Eaters show up – including Snape, who kills Dumbledore, blasting his body off of the tower.
Calendar and Dates
This chapter continues where the previous one left off, on an undetermined evening in June.
Interesting facts and notes
"The Lightning-Struck Tower"
Also known as "The Tower", is the name of one of the cards of the Major Arcana in a Tarot deck.
You almost killed Katie Bell and Ronald Weasley.
So it was Draco who arranged for the opal necklace to be planted on Katie and for the poisoned mead to be planted on Slughorn.
I had to mend that broken Vanishing Cabinet that no one's used for years.
Peeves broke a Hogwarts Vanishing Cabinet during Harry's (and Draco's) second year, at Nearly Headless Nick's request, to distract Filch from punishing Harry (CS8). This may be the same one; Draco probably would have known about that one.
"'... a clever plan, a very clever plan ... and, as you say, right under my nose...' 'Yeah,' said Malfoy who, bizarrely, seemed to draw courage and comfort from Dumbledore's praise. 'Yeah, it was!'"
"'I haven't got any options!' said Malfoy, and he was suddenly as white as Dumbledore. 'I've got to do it! He'll kill me! He'll kill my whole family!'"
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