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- Chapter 31
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“Is that them? Is that the examiners?” - Hermione Granger (OP31)


Harry and Hermione tell Ron about Grawp, the fifth years take their O.W.L.s, Hagrid is sacked, McGonagall is stunned, and Harry dreams that Sirius is being tortured.

Calendar and Dates

The chapter starts from the day after Gryffindor's Quidditch Victory (Sunday, May 31), then goes through probably a week of studying for O.W.L.s and then almost two weeks of exams.  We do know that Harry's last exam day, on which the next few chapters take place, is Thursday of his second week of exams - probably June 18.

Interesting facts and notes

Still to come....

Exceptional character moments

Still to come....

Memorable lines

He might as well have tried to see moving pictures in the desktop as the stubbornly blank crystal ball; he lost his head completely during tea-leaf reading, saying it looked to him as though Professor Marchbanks would shortly be meeting a round, dark, soggy stranger, and rounded off the whole fiasco by mixing up the life and head lines on her palm and informing her that she ought to have died the previous Tuesday.

[Ron] made Harry feel rather better by telling him how he told the examiner in detail about the ugly man with a wart on his nose in his crystal ball, only to look up and realize he had been describing his examiner's reflection.

Other Canon Notes

Characters (notes and unnamed):

  • (unnamed) Plump little witch who examines Harry in Care of Magical Creatures
  • Black, Sirius (in Harry's vision)
  • Riddle, Tom Marvolo (as Voldemort, in Harry's vision)
  • (unnamed) gossiping third-year Hufflepuffs
  • (unnamed) students Hagrid was teaching about unicorns
  • (unnamed) first-years Hermione tells off for giggling too loudly in the common room



  • (unnamed) Spell Ron used to mutate a dinner plate into a large mushroom
  • (unnamed) Spell Hannah Abbott used to multiply her ferret into a flock of flamingos


Characters Introduced

OP 31 — O.W.L.s
Abbreviation OP31
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