“You c-can’t!” howled Professor Trelawney, tears streaming down her face from behind her enormous lenses, “you c-can’t sack me! I’ve b-been here sixteen years! H-Hogwarts is m-my h-home!”
-- Sybill Trelawney (OP26)
Hermione gives Harry advice on his love life, Gryffindor continues its losing streak at Quidditch, and Harry’s article is published in The Quibbler – which is quickly outlawed at Hogwarts by Professor Umbridge. Harry has another disturbing dream from Lord Voldemort’s point of view, Harry continues his Occlumency lessons with Professor Snape, Professor Trelawney is sacked, and Firenze the centaur is hired to teach Divination.
Calendar and Dates
The chapter begins at "dinner Monday night" following Harry's date; since Valentine's Day was Saturday, this must be Monday 16 February. The Quibbler is published the next Monday the 23rd. The chapter ends "a couple of weeks" later, on an evening with an Occlumency lesson, so that's most likely Monday 8 March.
Interesting facts and notes
Still to come...
Exceptional character moments
Luna Lovegood and her father's surprise that the March edition of The Quibbler had sold out and needed to be re-printed.
How Professor Umbridge banning The Quibbler meant that every student had read the article about Harry and many were carrying magically disguised copies.
The children of named Death Eaters - Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Theodore Nott and Gregory Goyle - together in the Library planning their revenge.
The other teachers, especially Professor McGonagall who doesn't "rate" Divination, supporting Professor Trelawney when she is sacked by Dolores Umbridge.
"Well, he can do it if he doesn't think anyone's watching him," said Fred, rolling his eyes. "So all we have to do is ask the crowd to turn their backs and talk among themselves every time the Quaffle goes up his end on Saturday."
The teachers were, of course, forbidden from mentioning the interview by Educational Decree Number Twenty-six, but they found ways to express their feelings about it all the same. Professor Sprout awarded Gryffindor twenty points when Harry passed her a watering can; a beaming Proefessor Flitwick pressed a box of squeaking sugar mice on him at the end of Charms, said "Shh!" and hurried away; and Professor Trelawney broke into hysterical sobs during Divination and announced to the startled class, and a very disapproving Umbridge, that Harry was not going to suffer an early death after all, but would live to a ripe old age, become Minister of Magic, and have twelve children
"Dad's reprinting!" [Luna] told Harry, her eyes popping excitedly. "He can't believe it, he says people seem even more interested in this than the Crumple-Horned Snorkacks!"
Harry was a hero in the Gryffindor common room that night; daringly, Fred and George had put an Enlargement Charm on the front cover of The Quibbler and hung it on the wall, so that Harry's giant head gazed down upon the proceedings, occasionally saying things like "The Ministry are morons" and "Eat dung, Umbridge" in a booming voice.
Words and phrases
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