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Neville was trying to remember what he'd forgotten when Draco Malfoy, who was passing the Gryffindor table, snatched the Remembrall out of his hand.

In PS9 we read, “Neville was trying to remember what he’d forgotten when Draco Malfoy, who was passing the Gryffindor table, snatched the Remembrall out of his hand.” Since the Slytherin table is on the opposite side of the room from the Gryffindor table, and is actually the table closest to the doors, one has to wonder why Malfoy was “passing the Gryffindor” table at all.

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How do we know the arrangement of tables?

"Harry, Ron, and Hermione walked past the Slytherins, the Ravenclaws, and the Hufflepuffs, and sat down with the rest of the Gryffindors at the far side of the Hall..." (GF12)

"Harry saw Viktor Krum rise from the Slytherin table and slouch up toward Dumbledore; he turned right, walked along the staff table, and disappeared through the door into the next chamber." (GF16)

"Harry got to his feet, trod on the hem of his robes, and stumbled slightly. He set off up the gap between the Gryffindor and Hufflepuff tables." (GF16)

note: in PS7, the table positions differ slightly. When Harry stands in front of the High Table, facing the students, he sees the Hufflepuff table on the right, Ravenclaw as second from the left, and Gryffindor on the far left. That makes the order in 1991 (starting from the doors): Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Gryffindor. Apparently they changed places by 1994.

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