Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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Harry Potter Character Analysis

The novel’s protagonist, a teenaged wizard studying at Hogwarts and fighting the evil Lord Voldemort. Harry has been an orphan since his parents, Lily and James, were murdered by Lord Voldemort during his infancy; he has a poor relationship with Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, who raised him, and relies on his friends Ron and Hermione, as well as the Weasley family, for support and a sense of family. Because of his background and numerous encounters with Voldemort, Harry has become famous and admired by the Wizarding community. One of his most endearing qualities is his aversion to public attention and disregard for social status; more popular than ever in Half-Blood Prince, Harry stays close to people with whom he has genuine and loyal relationships, like Neville and Luna. Guided by a strong sense of right and wrong, Harry is always ready to take action when he sees something bad happening, but he can be overzealous in his pursuit of justice, and is often reluctant to acknowledge that people can have aspects of both good and evil at the same time. In Half-Blood Prince, Harry has to seriously grapple with romance for the first time, as he nurses a crush on Ginny Weasley but fears upsetting Ron if he pursues his feelings. Although he’s a brave and accomplished wizard, he proves markedly less emotionally mature than the women in his life, namely Ginny and Hermione. Harry also struggles with feelings of isolation and vulnerability as he realizes that the adults who have always supported him can no longer protect him or help him defeat Voldemort. Indeed, after suffering the death of Dumbledore, a trusted mentor and authority figure, Harry has to take on adult responsibilities in the fight against Voldemort long before he feels ready to do so.

Harry Potter Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince quotes below are all either spoken by Harry Potter or refer to Harry Potter. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince published in 2006.
Chapter Three: Will and Won’t Quotes

You did not do as I asked. You have never treated Harry as a son. He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty at your hands. The best that can be said is that he has at least escaped the appalling damage you have inflicted upon the unfortunate boy sitting between you.

Related Characters: Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Harry Potter, Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia
Page Number: 55
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Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn Quotes

“Is he…Do you think he’s good?” asked Harry.

“An interesting question,” said Dumbledore. “He is able, certainly. A more decisive and forceful personality than Cornelius.”

“Yes, but I meant – “

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Rufus Scrimgeour
Page Number: 61
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[Harry] could not quite keep a note of derision out of his voice; it was hard to sympathize with Slughorn’s cosseted existence when he remembered Sirius, crouching in a cave and living on rats. “Most of the teachers aren’t in it, and none of them has ever been killed – well, unless you count Quirrell, and he got what he deserved seeing as he was working with Voldemort.”

Page Number: 72
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In spite of the feeling of dread that had just swept through him, his spirits could not help but lift at the sight of it. Ron was in there…and so was Mrs. Weasley, who could cook better than anyone he knew…

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Molly Weasley
Page Number: 76
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His eyes burned suddenly and he blinked. He felt stupid for admitting it, but the fact that he had had someone outside Hogwarts who cared what happened to him, almost like a parent, had been one of the best things about discovering his godfather…and now the post owls would never bring him that comfort again…

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Sirius Black
Page Number: 77
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Chapter Five: An Excess of Phlegm Quotes

Harry did not really listen. A warmth was spreading through him…He knew that Ron and Hermione were more shocked than they were letting on, but the mere fact that they were still there on either side of him, speaking bracing words of comfort, not shrinking from him as though he were contaminated or dangerous, was worth more than he could ever tell them.

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger
Page Number: 99
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Moreover, it had seemed the right destiny for him since he had heard the prophecy a few weeks ago…Neither can live while the other survives…Wouldn’t he be living up to the prophecy, and giving himself the best chance of survival, if he joined those highly trained wizards whose job it was to find and kill Voldemort?

Page Number: 104
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Chapter Six: Draco’s Detour Quotes

It would have been a happy, peaceful holiday had it not been for the stories of disappearances, odd accidents, even of deaths now appearing almost daily in the Prophet…To Mrs. Weasley’s displeasure, Harry’s sixteenth birthday celebrations were marred by grisly tidings brought to the party by Remus Lupin, who was looking gaunt and grim, his brown hair streaked liberally with gray, his clothes more ragged and patched than ever.

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Molly Weasley, Remus Lupin
Page Number: 105
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Chapter Fourteen: Felix Felicis Quotes

He and Cho were too embarrassed to look at each other, let alone talk to each other; what if Ron and Hermione started going out together, then split up? Could their friendship survive it?...And then, what if they didn’t split up? What if they became like Bill and Fleur, and it became excruciatingly embarrassing to be in their presence, so that he was shut out for good?

Page Number: 283
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It was as though something large and scaly erupted into life in Harry’s stomach, clawing at his insides: hot blood seemed to flood his brain, so that all thought was extinguished, replaced by a savage urge to jinx Dean into a jelly. Wresting with this sudden madness, he heard Ron’s voice as though from a great distance away.

Page Number: 286
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But unbidden into his mind came an image of that same deserted corridor with himself kissing Ginny instead…the monster in his chest purred…but then he saw Ron ripping open the tapestry curtain and drawing his wand on Harry, shouting things like “betrayal of trust”… “supposed to be my friend”…

Related Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley
Page Number: 289
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Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas Quotes

I mean, anybody who has actually interviewed him agrees that he’s about as much a Death Eater as this Satsuma…but the top levels want to look as though they’re making some progress, and “three arrests” sounds better than “three mistaken arrests and releases”…

Related Characters: Arthur Weasley (speaker), Harry Potter, Stan Shunpike
Page Number: 331
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“You are determined to hate him, Harry,” said Lupin with a faint smile. “And I understand; with James as your father, with Sirius as your godfather, you have inherited an old prejudice. By all means tell Dumbledore what you have told Arthur and me, but do not expect him to share your view of the matter…”

Page Number: 333
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If you were to be seen popping in and out of the Ministry from time to time, for instance, that would give the right impression. And of course, while you were there, you would have ample opportunity to speak to Gawain Robards, my successor as Head of the Auror office. Dolores Umbridge has told me that you cherish an ambition to become an Auror.

Related Characters: Rufus Scrimgeour (speaker), Harry Potter, Dolores Umbridge
Page Number: 345
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Chapter Seventeen: A Sluggish Memory Quotes

“He accused me of being ‘Dumbledore’s man through and through.’”

“How very rude of him.”

“I told him I was.”

…To Harry’s intense embarrassment, he suddenly realized that Dumbledore’s bright blue eyes looked rather watery, and stared hastily at his own knees.

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Rufus Scrimgeour
Page Number: 357
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Chapter Twenty-Two: After the Burial Quotes

“I am not proud…” he whispered through his fingers. “I am ashamed of what – of what that memory shows…I think I may have done great damage that day…”

“You’d cancel out anything you did by giving me the memory,” said Harry. “It would be a very brave and noble thing to do.”

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Horace Slughorn (speaker)
Page Number: 490
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Chapter Twenty-Three: Horcruxes Quotes

“Yes, Harry, you can love,” said Dumbledore, who looked as though he knew perfectly well what Harry had just refrained from saying. “Which, given everything that has happened to you, is a great and remarkable thing. You are still too young to understand how unusual you are, Harry.”

Related Characters: Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Harry Potter
Page Number: 509
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It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew – and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents – that there was all the difference in the world.

Page Number: 512
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Chapter Twenty-Five: The Seer Overheard Quotes

“Watch it,” he said, pointing warningly at Harry and Ginny. “Just because I’ve given my permission doesn’t mean I can’t withdraw it – “

’Your permission,’” scoffed Ginny. “Since when did you give me permission to do anything?”

Related Characters: Ron Weasley (speaker), Ginny Weasley (speaker), Harry Potter
Page Number: 536
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Chapter Twenty-Six: The Cave Quotes

“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”

Related Characters: Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Harry Potter
Page Number: 578
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Chapter Thirty: The White Tomb Quotes

…People who cared about him had stood in front of him one by one, his mother, his father, his godfather, and finally Dumbledore, all determined to protect him; but now that was over. He could not let anybody else stand between him and Voldemort; he must abandon forever the illusion he ought to have lost at the age of one, that the shelter of a parent’s arms meant that nothing could hurt him. There was no waking from this nightmare, no comforting whisper in the dark that he was safe really…the last and greatest of his protectors had died, and he was more alone than he had ever been before.

Page Number: 645
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…In spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.

Page Number: 652
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Harry Potter Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Harry Potter appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two: Spinner’s End
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...many years living “in Dumbledore’s pocket,” doing nothing to help his previous master or kill Harry Potter. (full context)
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Next, Snape explains why he seemed to be aiding Dumbledore throughout the years of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts education. He thwarted Quirrell because he didn’t know that Quirrell was an agent... (full context)
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Finally, Bellatrix demands to know why he hasn’t killed Harry Potter yet. Snape admits that, like many of Voldemort’s followers, he once thought that, by... (full context)
Chapter Three: Will and Won’t
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In a chair next to his bedroom window, Harry Potter is snoring. The room is full of spellbooks, trash, and a pile of newspapers.... (full context)
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From inside her cage, Hedwig the owl clicks her beak impatiently, but Harry doesn’t wake up. In his hand is a note from Professor Dumbledore, communicating that he... (full context)
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Just as the clock strikes eleven, the streetlight outside goes off and Harry wakes up. Seeing Dumbledore striding up the path, Harry frantically begins throwing possessions into his... (full context)
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Harry runs downstairs to see Dumbledore politely greeting a dumbfounded Uncle Vernon and stepping without invitation... (full context)
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...their heads. Briskly, Dumbledore announces that Sirius’s will has been discovered. He’s left everything to Harry, including his house in Grimmauld Place, which the Order of the Phoenix has long used... (full context)
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...pass out of the family, they’re worried that some enchantment will kick in to prevent Harry’s ownership. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to test Harry’s claim: with a flick of his... (full context)
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When Harry orders Kreacher to shut up, the elf stops shouting, clearly against his will – his... (full context)
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To Dumbledore’s amusement, Harry scurries upstairs to finish packing his trunk; he returns with his things to find the... (full context)
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Icily, Dumbledore continues that the Dursleys have “never treated Harry as a son.” Rather, Harry has experienced only “neglect and cruelty” from them, although their... (full context)
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When he left Harry with the Dursleys, Dumbledore cast a powerful spell that gave Harry magical protection as long... (full context)
Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn
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Harry feels awkward walking down the road with Dumbledore – especially given that last time he... (full context)
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When Harry asks where they’re going, Dumbledore says that he’s hoping Harry can help persuade an old... (full context)
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Harry wants to know about the argument reported in the Prophet, but chooses not to pry.... (full context)
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Harry and Dumbledore turn to discussing the recent Ministry leaflet they’ve received, sharing a laugh over... (full context)
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...door looks like it was recently torn off its hinges. Full of fear and dread, Harry follows Dumbledore inside to see “a scene of total devastation” – broken chairs, a fallen... (full context)
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...the furniture and return the room to its original state. Having finished, the man glimpses Harry’s scar; his eyes widen and he makes a surprised exclamation. Dumbledore introduces them formally, telling... (full context)
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...Looking pointedly at Dumbledore’s blackened hand, Slughorn says he ought to think about retiring himself. Harry notices that Dumbledore is wearing a new ring with a cracked black stone in its... (full context)
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Dumbledore excuses himself to go to the bathroom and Slughorn turns to Harry, saying that he has his father’s looks and his mother’s eyes – a comment Harry... (full context)
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Slughorn continues that, given Lily’s academic abilities, he couldn’t believe she was Muggle-born. Coldly, Harry says that his best friend is both Muggle-born and the best witch in the class.... (full context)
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...like this than to join the Hogwarts staff and tacitly declare loyalty to the Order. Harry feels disdainful of Slughorn’s timidity – especially when contrasted to Sirius’s bravery and the hardship... (full context)
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...after them and shouts that he wants the job, after all. Dumbledore laughs and congratulates Harry as they walk away, although the boy doesn’t understand how he helped at all. (full context)
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When Dumbledore asks Harry’s opinion on Slughorn, the boy doesn’t know how to respond. Dumbledore fills the silence by... (full context)
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After another unsettling Apparition, Harry and Dumbledore arrive at the Burrow. Just looking at the building and knowing that Ron... (full context)
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First, the professor commends Harry on how he’s handling Sirius’s death. After hearing Uncle Vernon refer to this tragedy so... (full context)
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Harry tells Dumbledore that Sirius wouldn’t have wanted him to “crack up.” The best way to... (full context)
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...spring at the Ministry of Magic. No matter how much they pretend to know, only Harry and Dumbledore have actually heard the prophecy, which states that neither Harry nor Voldemort can... (full context)
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Changing the subject, Dumbledore says that this year he will be giving Harry private lessons. Harry is eager to know what he’ll be learning, but Dumbledore keeps mysteriously... (full context)
Chapter Five: An Excess of Phlegm
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...a young member of the Order of the Phoenix who looks thin and unwell. At Harry’s arrival she gets up to leave, turning down Mrs. Weasley’s invitations to dinner the following... (full context)
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Steering Harry to the kitchen table, Mrs. Weasley clucks over his height and thinness. As she pours... (full context)
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Knowing about Harry’s earlier errand, Mrs. Weasley reminisces about her own days at Hogwarts with Slughorn; she says... (full context)
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...Next, he asks what his private nickname for her is; reluctantly and clearly embarrassed at Harry’s presence, she whispers that it’s “Mollywobbles.” (full context)
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Satisfied, Mr. Weasley enters the house and shakes hands with Harry. He tells Mrs. Weasley about the latest fraud he’s identified: medallions that are supposed to... (full context)
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...on his bed, they quiz him on his journey and his stay with the Dursleys. Harry notices Hermione scrutinizing him and knows she’s looking for signs of grief over Sirius. Harry... (full context)
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...Umbridge.” Hermione rolls her eyes in agreement and says that “she’s so full of herself.” Harry thinks that they’re complaining about Mrs. Weasley and is astonished by this rudeness. Just then,... (full context)
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...about Voldemort. Ginny counters that Bill likes the adventure and glamor that “Phlegm” provides, and Harry and Hermione laugh. Ron looks punch-drunk, clearly overwhelmed by Fleur’s magical attraction. Hermione tells him... (full context)
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...girls take offense, pointing out that Tonks is much nicer and more intelligent than Fleur. Harry puts in that Fleur is intelligent too, but when Ginny turns on him, he wishes... (full context)
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Ron updates Harry on Fred and George’s new joke shop, which has turned out to be wildly successful.... (full context)
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Suddenly remembering last night’s most important development, Harry shares that Dumbledore is going to give him personal lessons. Ron and Hermione are impressed.... (full context)
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Ignoring her new black eye, Hermione looks sympathetically at Harry and asks if he’s scared. Ron points out that Dumbledore wouldn’t be giving Harry lessons... (full context)
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Suddenly, Harry remembers Dumbledore mentioning that their O.W.L. results would likely arrive today. When she hears this,... (full context)
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Harry sees three owls heading toward the Burrow, and Hermione grips him and Ron tightly. With... (full context)
Chapter Six: Draco’s Detour
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For the next several weeks, Harry relaxes at the Burrow and plays Quidditch with Ron, Hermione, and Ginny. However, the peaceful... (full context)
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Soon afterward, the students’ booklists arrive from Hogwarts. With pleasant surprise, Harry finds out that he’s been made Quidditch Captain. The letters mean that the family has... (full context)
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This year the Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley’s most popular pub, is grim and empty. Harry and the Weasleys pass through to find that Hagrid is waiting to accompany them on... (full context)
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...reluctant permission, the group splits up: Ginny and her parents go to the bookstore, while Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid set off to buy new robes. When the trio enters Madam... (full context)
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Unfazed, Narcissa says that Harry derives his false sense of security from Dumbledore, who won’t always be there to protect... (full context)
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Showing him around the shop, Fred and George show Harry their more “serious” products, like hats that protect their wearers against jinxes and Instant Darkness... (full context)
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...to mind their own business, the trio glimpses Draco outside, hurrying down the street alone. Harry knows there must be some special and nefarious reason for Draco to escape his mother,... (full context)
Chapter Seven: The Slug Club
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Harry can’t stop thinking about Malfoy’s excursion to Knockturn Alley, but to his frustration, Ron and... (full context)
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Suddenly, it occurs to Harry that Draco has replaced Lucius as a Death Eater in Voldemort’s army, but Ron and... (full context)
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Annoyed, Harry stalks downstairs, where Fleur is musing to a bad-tempered Mrs. Weasley about her wedding plans... (full context)
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After a kiss goodbye from Fleur, Harry sets off to Kings Cross Station the next day with the rest of the Weasleys.... (full context)
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...and have to patrol the train, and Ginny is off to meet her boyfriend Dean, Harry has to find a compartment by himself. Walking down the hall, he’s disturbed to see... (full context)
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As they’re settling down, a group of stylish fourth-year girls enters the compartment, inviting Harry to ditch Neville and Luna and sit with them. Coldly, Harry responds that he wants... (full context)
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As Neville chatters about the upcoming year, Harry muses that the infamous prophecy could have applied to Neville, as well – both boys... (full context)
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...instead of doing his duty as a prefect. Since Draco usually loves bullying younger students Harry feels that he must be up to something; but before he has time to think... (full context)
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Although Harry looks for Draco along the way, he can’t catch a glimpse. Instead, he notices that... (full context)
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Arriving in Slughorn’s compartment, Harry and Neville find it populated by a couple of Slytherins, a popular boy named Cormac... (full context)
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To Harry’s intense embarrassment, Slughorn turns eagerly to him and comments on his unwanted new moniker, “The... (full context)
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Neville, Harry, and Ginny are relieved when they can finally slip away. Ginny explains that Slughorn invited... (full context)
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Waiting for a good moment to leave the carriage, Harry draws his wand. But after the other Slytherins leave, Malfoy steps back into the compartment... (full context)
Chapter Eight: Snape Victorious
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Feeling blood run down his face, Harry lies on the floor and wonders if and when someone will find him. As time... (full context)
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As they walk up to the school, Harry looks curiously at Tonks. Last year, she’d been smiling and full of jokes most of... (full context)
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When they reach Hogwarts, Harry tries to open the gates with magic, but Tonks flatly points out that the school... (full context)
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As Harry walks up the hill with Snape, it seems that his body is “generating waves of... (full context)
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From the head table, Harry sees Hagrid waving at him, next to a disapproving Professor McGonagall and an oblivious Professor... (full context)
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...the Dark Arts. Shocked that his nemesis is getting the powerful role he’s always wanted, Harry shouts aloud in surprise. Turning to the others, he “savagely” remarks that no Defense Against... (full context)
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As they walk out of the Great Hall, Harry tells Ron what he overheard Malfoy say. However, Ron insists that Draco was just showing... (full context)
Chapter Nine: The Half-Blood Prince
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In the morning, Harry repeats his story to Hermione, but she too seems to agree with Ron. In any... (full context)
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Next, McGonagall turns to Harry and informs him that while Snape only accepts advanced students with Outstanding O.W.L. results, his... (full context)
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...In his sinister voice, Snape describes the Dark Arts as “many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal;” Harry is disturbed by the “loving caress” in the professor’s voice. Snape continues that, in fighting... (full context)
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...Hermione manages the feat in twenty minutes, but Snape ignores her work and maliciously watches Harry and Ron struggle to succeed. (full context)
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Grabbing Ron’s wand, Snape turns on Harry to “demonstrate;” reacting instinctively, Harry casts a Shield Charm that knocks Snape off his feet.... (full context)
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As they’re talking, another Gryffindor runs up with a note from Dumbledore, summoning Harry to his office this Saturday. Harry is pleased, since the lesson is scheduled at the... (full context)
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In the afternoon, the friends scurry to the dungeon Potions classroom, where Slughorn greets Harry warmly. Nearby, a cauldron is emitting some of the best scents Harry has ever smelled,... (full context)
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...a wizard he knows named Granger; when she responds that she’s Muggle-born, he crows that Harry must have been referring to her when he talked about “the best witch in our... (full context)
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Harry is annoyed to find that his loaned book is so crammed with annotations that the... (full context)
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...to share, he takes note of the additional marginalia. Hermione is frustrated to see that Harry’s potion is rapidly exceeding her own, while he is shocked to find himself succeeding in... (full context)
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When Slughorn calls time and surveys the potions, he instantly declares Harry’s the winner, saying it’s clear that he inherited his mother Lily’s talent for Potions. Harry... (full context)
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Catching up with him, Ginny admonishes Harry for “taking orders” from anything written in a book – she’s referring to her own... (full context)
Chapter Ten: The House of Gaunt
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To Hermione’s increasing frustration, Harry continues to follow the Half-Blood Prince’s instructions and becomes even more beloved by Professor Slughorn.... (full context)
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On Saturday night, Harry arrives promptly at Dumbledore’s office and gives the password to his gargoyle sentry; he finds... (full context)
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...country road behind Ogden, who is very poorly disguised as a Muggle. With Dumbledore and Harry in pursuit, Ogden trots off down the lane towards the town of Little Hangleton. (full context)
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Harry can see the entire village in the valley below, with an impressive manor house standing... (full context)
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Now completely unhinged, Mr. Gaunt throttles Merope, eliciting a yell from Harry. Ogden jinxes Gaunt, causing him to fall back; but when Morfin leaps up, Ogden has... (full context)
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Immediately, Harry asks if Merope survived. Dumbledore responds that Ogden soon returns with reinforcements; both Morfin and... (full context)
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...the Muggle attacked by Morfin is Tom Riddle Sr., Merope’s secret love and Voldemort’s father. Harry can’t believe that two such mismatched people got married, but Dumbledore hypothesizes that, without her... (full context)
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With that, Dumbledore concludes the lesson and Harry stands up. Before leaving, he asks Dumbledore again if it’s important to know about Voldemort’s... (full context)
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As he turns to go, Harry notices that Dumbledore’s new black ring looks very similar to Marvolo Gaunt’s. When he points... (full context)
Chapter Eleven: Hermione’s Helping Hand
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Harry finds that his workload as a sixth-year is much more strenuous than expected. Even Hermione... (full context)
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Harry is puzzled that so many people are trying out this year, but Hermione impatiently informs... (full context)
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That morning, Hedwig arrives carrying Harry’s new copy of Advanced Potion-Making. Hermione is triumphant that Harry will finally have to return... (full context)
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...has been arrested after being heard talking about Death Eaters’ “secret plans” in a pub. Harry feels that Stan, a big talker, was mostly likely trying to impress people by pretending... (full context)
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...for the team, including the swaggering Cormac McLaggen, who is going for Keeper, Ron’s position. Harry quickly weeds out most of the entrants by posing some basic tests. Two hours and... (full context)
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Harry has left the Keeper tryouts for last, hoping that the stadium might empty out and... (full context)
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Harry turns to greet the new team and Hermione runs onto the pitch to congratulate Ron.... (full context)
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...forest, Hagrid gives the trio an angry glance and slams the door of his cabin. Harry bangs on the door and threatens to blow it open until Hagrid finally opens up.... (full context)
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Since Harry has detention with Snape soon, the trio hurry up to the Great Hall for dinner.... (full context)
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As soon as he walks into the Great Hall, Harry is waylaid by Professor Slughorn, who genially invites him and Hermione to a special supper... (full context)
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...Weasley’s office has just searched the Malfoy house on the basis of a “confidential tip-off.” Harry reveals that the “tip” came from him, and insists that if nothing was found in... (full context)
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Grumpily, Ron tells Harry to drop his obsession with Draco; when Hermione snaps at him that it’s not their... (full context)
Chapter Twelve: Silver and Opals
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For several weeks, Dumbledore seems to be absent from the castle, and Harry wonders whether he has forgotten about their lessons. Meanwhile, the school’s first Hogsmeade outing is... (full context)
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Now, Harry spots a new incantation, Levicorpus. Flicking his wand in the air, he thinks the spell... (full context)
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Suddenly, Harry remembers seeing his father perform this very spell when he briefly dived into Snape’s memories... (full context)
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Ginny arrives with a letter for Harry, summoning him to Dumbledore’s next lesson. He invites her to join them in Hogsmeade, but... (full context)
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...at the sweet shop, the trio heads towards the Three Broomsticks, but on the way, Harry spots Mundungus Fletcher, one of the Order’s seedier members, selling antiques out of an old... (full context)
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...his neck to catch sight of Madame Rosmerta, the pretty bartender, and Hermione jibes him, Harry drinks his butterbeer and reminisces about Sirius, who always hated his family’s pretentious possessions. Gloomily,... (full context)
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Ahead of them, Harry sees Katie Bell, one of his Quidditch players, arguing with her friend Leanne. They appear... (full context)
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Harry wraps up the necklace in his scarf and takes it with him. He points out... (full context)
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Harry asks to see Dumbledore, but as the professor is away, he’s forced to confide his... (full context)
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Although he’s annoyed at Ron and Hermione for refusing to back him up, Harry eagerly joins in as they discuss whom the necklace was meant for. Harry suggests that... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen: The Secret Riddle
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By the time Harry arrives at Dumbledore’s office the next night, the school is abuzz with rumors about Katie... (full context)
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Harry repeats his suspicions about Draco to Dumbledore, but the professor merely says that he will... (full context)
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Harry is indignant that Merope didn’t get more for the necklace, and wonders why she didn’t... (full context)
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Now, Dumbledore draws Harry into one of his own memories, in which he visits a grimy London orphanage to... (full context)
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As Tom bids the professor farewell, Harry and Dumbledore step out of the memory, discussing Tom’s extreme readiness to believe in his... (full context)
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...to “trophies” from his exploits. He says this characteristic will prove important later. Before leaving, Harry asks why Dumbledore is no longer wearing Marvolo’s ring, but the professor just waves him... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen: Felix Felicis
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During Herbology the next day, Harry updates Ron and Hermione on his lesson – although everyone is intrigued by Voldemort’s youth,... (full context)
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...announces that Slughorn is hosting a Christmas party and has explicitly charged her with checking Harry’s free evenings. Grumpy as always when this topic comes up, Ron sarcastically says that Hermione... (full context)
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Harry isn’t exactly surprised to see these issues come up, but he doesn’t know how he... (full context)
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Meanwhile, now that Katie is out of commission, Harry has to find a new Chaser for the Quidditch team. Conquering the “sinking feeling” in... (full context)
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Harry is walking back to Gryffindor Tower with Ron, trying to encourage him, when they stumble... (full context)
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After Ginny storms off, Harry calms Ron down and walks him back to the common room. He tries to tell... (full context)
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...Quiddtich play even more inconsistent and worsens morale among the team – so much that Harry threatens to kick him off the team. At this, Ron deflates immediately and says that... (full context)
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Harry desperately wants to beat Slytherin and prove himself as a captain, and that night he... (full context)
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...get to the locker room, Ginny announces that Draco isn’t playing today, having become ill. Harry wonders if he’s faking and feels distracted. As the game begins, commentator Zacharias Smith derides... (full context)
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In the locker room, Hermione confronts Ron and Harry, accusing them of using the Felix Felicis potion to win the game. Grinning, Harry pulls... (full context)
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Harry arrives at Gryffindor Tower to find a party in full swing and Hermione nowhere in... (full context)
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Harry finds Hermione in an empty classroom, glumly conjuring up yellow birds. Harry is wondering what... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen: The Unbreakable Vow
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...is decorated for Christmas – complete with groups of girls swarming under the mistletoe when Harry goes past. He’s increasingly annoyed by the constant presence of Lavender Brown, who sees “any... (full context)
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Since Hermione will no longer sit in the common room, Harry can only speak with her in the library, where she insists that she has no... (full context)
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Remembering that love potions from Fred and George’s store have been banned at school, Harry realizes that people are still succeeding in bringing in illicit objects. Eagerly, he tells Hermione... (full context)
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When they return to Gryffindor Tower, Romilda Vane immediately gives Harry a box of chocolates. Hermione throws him a smug look; but when she sees Ron... (full context)
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Darting out of class in search of Hermione, Harry finds her being comforted by Luna. Impulsively, he invites Luna to Slughorn’s party. She’s delighted... (full context)
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...with Cormac McLaggen, whom she’s now dating. Ron looks after her as she leaves and Harry muses upon “the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.” (full context)
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...arrive, they find the room enchanted to look like a lavish tent; Slughorn immediately corners Harry and introduces him to several famous people. To Harry’s discomfort, one of them immediately asks... (full context)
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Extricating himself, Harry drags Luna towards a very disheveled Hermione, who’s just escaped Cormac’s embrace. She admits that... (full context)
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Slughorn reappears and begins telling the crowd what a gifted potioneer Harry is. To Harry’s horror, Snape appears and remarks suspiciously that he’s never shown much aptitude... (full context)
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Harry slips away from the party, as well, donning his Invisibility Cloak and following Snape and... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas
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...tease Ron about his new relationship. When they leave, Ron points out that even if Harry tells Dumbledore about what he heard, the professor will insist that Snape was just trying... (full context)
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...loudly over the music, Fred and George play card games, and Mr. Weasley chats with Harry about his work. Although they’ve made several arrests, Mr. Weasley doesn’t think any of the... (full context)
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Harry tells Mr. Weasley – as well as Remus Lupin, who is listening in – about... (full context)
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As the broadcast finally ends, Harry asks Lupin what he’s been doing. Lupin reveals he’s been undercover among the werewolf population,... (full context)
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Harry asks Lupin if he’s ever heard of the Half-Blood Prince and explains about the mysterious... (full context)
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Harry falls asleep thumbing his copy of Advanced Potion-Making, which turns out to have been published... (full context)
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Harry looks through his own pile of presents, which include a sweater from Mrs. Weasley, a... (full context)
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...they were working in the area and “couldn’t resist” stopping by. Feigning casualness, he asks Harry to show him the garden while Percy catches up with his family. Lupin and Mr.... (full context)
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In the garden, Scrimgeour tells Harry that he’s been anxious to talk to him, but Dumbledore has prevented him from doing... (full context)
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Harry says that he has no desire to endorse the Ministry, especially given the continued scapegoating... (full context)
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Changing tactics, Scrimgeour asks what Dumbledore does when he’s away from Hogwarts; Harry responds that even if he knew, he wouldn’t tell. He reminds Scrimgeour that Fudge also... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen: A Sluggish Memory
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A few days later, Harry and the Weasleys return to Hogwarts through the Floo Network. Mrs. Weasley bids them a... (full context)
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Instead, Harry updates her on the events of the holidays. When he mentions Lupin’s account of Fenrir... (full context)
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...to transport themselves at will, like their parents and older siblings. When Ron mentions that Harry has already Apparated alongside an adult, everyone makes him recount the sensation. Hermione and Ron... (full context)
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That night, Harry goes to Dumbledore’s office for another lesson. Dumbledore is unsurprised when Harry reports his conversation... (full context)
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However, when Harry repeats the overheard conversation between Snape and Draco, Dumbledore seems unsurprised and urges Harry to... (full context)
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Although Harry is still annoyed, Dumbledore changes the subject to the memories he wishes to share tonight.... (full context)
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Entering the Pensieve, Harry sees that he’s again in the Gaunt cottage, which is occupied by Morfin, now old... (full context)
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...the most important of his collection – into the Pensieve, and the two dive in. Harry immediately recognizes a young Professor Slughorn relaxing in his office, surrounded by several teenage boys... (full context)
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...office and asks Slughorn what he knows about Horcruxes. Again, fog fills the room and Harry hears Slughorn say sternly that he knows nothing about them and wouldn’t tell Riddle if... (full context)
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Harry doesn’t understand what’s so important about this memory – until Dumbledore explains that Slughorn has... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen: Birthday Surprises
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Although Ron and Hermione still aren’t speaking, Harry tells them both about his new assignment. Ron is sure that Harry can get anything... (full context)
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...no one  understands the principles behind the task; without precise instructions from his book, even Harry can’t perform it. He doesn’t want to be revealed as a fake, especially not today,... (full context)
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When the bell rings, Harry lingers behind and without preamble asks Slughorn what he knows about Horcruxes. Slughorn grows pale... (full context)
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Meanwhile, the sixth-years gather for their first Apparition lessons. As everyone spreads out to practice, Harry positions himself right behind Draco, who is having a heated argument with Crabbe. He hears... (full context)
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As he leaves the Great Hall, Harry sees Draco rushing off ahead. He runs to his dormitory and produces the Marauders’ Map,... (full context)
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...scheduled for his birthday has been cancelled due to security concerns. On Ron’s birthday morning, Harry watches him open presents while rummaging through his trunk for the Maruader’s Map. He barely... (full context)
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In frustration, Harry finally puts the map away; but when he turns back to Ron, his friend is... (full context)
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Harry thinks Ron is joking and turns to leave – only for his friend to punch... (full context)
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Harry is tempted to laugh at Ron and see what he does under the effects of... (full context)
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When a bleary-eyed Slughorn answers his office door, Harry quietly asks if he can brew an antidote for the potion. Reluctantly, he lets them... (full context)
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...mead before the other two, Ron falls to the floor immediately, foaming at the mouth. Harry yells for Slughorn to do something, but the professor just looks on in horror. Frantically,... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen: Elf Tails
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That night, Harry sits by Ron’s bed in the infirmary with Ginny, Hermione, Fred and George. The twins,... (full context)
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...someone so inoffensive as Ron. Next to arrive are Mr. Weasley and Mrs. Weasley. Hugging Harry, Ron’s mother says that he’s saved the lives of half their family. Harry is embarrassed... (full context)
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As Harry walks out of the hospital wing with Hermione and Hagrid, the giant says that Dumbledore... (full context)
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While Hermione goes to bed, Harry sits in the common room to think. He hypothesizes that Dumbledore is angry because Snape... (full context)
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For once in his life, Harry doesn’t care that much about Quidditch; he’s too busy stalking Draco’s location on the map... (full context)
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On the morning of the match, Harry reassures Ron that he’s not going to keep Cormac as Keeper and advises him to... (full context)
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Harry is shocked but amused to find that Luna has replaced Zacharias Smith as commentator. With... (full context)
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Harry wakes up several hours later in the hospital wing next to Ron, who is thrilled... (full context)
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However, it seems that Ginny only visited to tell Ron that Harry was almost late for the match. Harry confesses that he ran into Draco and almost... (full context)
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...in the midst of a fistfight with Dobby, who has apparently attacked him for insulting Harry’s honor. Harry pulls them apart and forbids them from fighting. To Dobby’s delight and Kreacher’s... (full context)
Chapter Twenty: Lord Voldemort’s Request
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...better, she tells them that Ginny has fought with her boyfriend because Dean laughed at Harry’s injury. As Harry digests this information – claiming to a suspicious Hermione that he only... (full context)
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Luna arrives with a message from Dumbledore, summoning Harry to another lesson. Ron is flustered to see Lavender approaching behind her. Harry and Ron... (full context)
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Harry arrives in Dumbledore’s office as he’s finishing a meeting with Professor Trelawney. When Dumbledore asks... (full context)
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After an uncomfortable silence, Harry apologizes sincerely for not having given the matter more attention. Dumbledore quietly acknowledges this and... (full context)
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...sent to persuade people to sell their valuable antiques. Standing by the Pensieve, Dumbledore draws Harry into the memory of a house-elf Hokey, who is tying the shoelaces of her mistress,... (full context)
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...himself acquired it from a poor woman who had no idea what it was worth. Harry sees Riddle’s eyes go “scarlet,” and for a moment he thinks that Riddle won’t return... (full context)
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Dumbledore pulls Harry out of the memory and tells him that Hepzibah Smith died two days after this... (full context)
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...but to gain trophies – the same reason that he bullied children in his orphanage. Harry remarks that this behavior is insane, but Dumbledore says he probably thought the locket was... (full context)
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...Dumbledore produces one of his own recollections, the last thing he has to share with Harry until they obtain Slughorn’s memory. Harry dives into the Pensieve and finds himself back in... (full context)
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As Voldemort leaves, Harry and Dumbledore exit the memory. Dumbledore says that he doesn’t know exactly why Voldemort wanted... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One: The Unknowable Room
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For the next week, Harry wonders how he can achieve success with Slughorn. He takes to leafing through his Potions... (full context)
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Hermione argues that if Dumbledore thinks only Harry can acquire the memory, the task has to do with his personal characteristics, not with... (full context)
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...gone to bed except the trio, Kreacher and Dobby suddenly appear in the common room. Harry hasn’t told Hermione about his investigations, since she strongly disapproves of house-elf labor; indeed, she’s... (full context)
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...to get into the Room of Requirement without knowing why Draco is using it, so Harry releases the elves for now. Hermione kindly commends Kreacher on his work, but he calls... (full context)
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Before going to bed, Hermione reminds Harry that his job is to get Slughorn’s memory, not track Draco. Still, he lies awake... (full context)
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Under the Invisibility Cloak, Harry approaches the Room of Requirement and paces outside of it, thinking determinedly that he needs... (full context)
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Trying to ditch Lavender after class, Ron and Harry duck into a bathroom, where they run into Moaning Myrtle. She’s disappointed to see them,... (full context)
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...practice. Since he can’t take the test until he turns seventeen later in the summer, Harry tries to enter the Room of Requirement again – even though Hermione insists he should... (full context)
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Just as he’s losing hope, Harry sees Tonks walking towards him. He’s surprised to find her in the castle, but she... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two: After the Burial
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The subject turns to Slughorn, whom Harry still hasn’t approached successfully. Struck by an idea, Ron suggests that Harry use his Felix... (full context)
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Harry heads to Potions, which is mostly empty due to the Apparition test; Slughorn tells them... (full context)
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After dinner, the trio climbs to the boys’ dormitory and Harry retrieves his bottle of Felix Feilicis from his trunk, drinking a tiny gulp. After a... (full context)
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...common room they meet Lavender, who only sees Ron and Hermione and immediately becomes upset. Harry breezes through the portrait hole, brushing past Dean and Ginny. Sounding annoyed, Ginny accuses Dean... (full context)
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Harry decides to reveal himself and confides smoothly to Slughorn that he’s on his way to... (full context)
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As Hagrid leads Harry out to the pumpkin patch where he plans to bury Aragog, Slughorn arrives bursting with... (full context)
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...ceiling, Slughorn devotes himself to flattering Hagrid and exchanging tales of illegal dragon egg trading. Harry refills the bottles of wine until both of them are extremely drunk and singing old... (full context)
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Leaning close to Slughorn, Harry whispers that he is, in fact, the Chosen One, and that he needs the memory... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three: Horcruxes
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By the time Harry arrives at Gryffindor Tower, the potion has mostly worn off and the Fat Lady refuses... (full context)
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Dumbledore and Harry exit the memory. Dumbledore says that this episode confirms his theories: that as a teenager,... (full context)
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Harry asks why Voldemort didn’t just use a Sorcerer’s Stone to guarantee immortality, rather than this... (full context)
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To cheer him up, Dumbledore points out that Harry has already destroyed one Horcrux, the diary, while he has eliminated another – Marvolo’s ring,... (full context)
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Overwhelmed, Harry points out that any object could technically be a Horcrux. But Dumbledore responds that Voldemort... (full context)
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...Voldemort did manage to procure something belonging to Ravenclaw, the remaining Horcrux remains unclear to Harry – until Dumbledore says he’s long suspected that it’s Nagini, Voldemort’s prized snake, whom he... (full context)
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Harry asks if Voldemort can tell when a Horcrux is destroyed, and Dumbledore responds that he’s... (full context)
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...Voldemort can be killed – but only by someone with “uncommon skill or power.” Discouraged, Harry says that he’s not the one who can do it. He’s unimpressed by Dumbledore’s response... (full context)
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In fact, Dumbledore says that Harry’s ability to love is the power referenced in the prophecy. However, the prophecy is only... (full context)
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By trying to kill Harry, Voldemort actually paved the way for his own defeat. Dumbledore points out that, although Harry... (full context)
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Dumbledore says it’s not the prophecy that requires Harry to fight Voldemort – it’s his sense of injustice and all the terrible deeds he... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four: Sectumsempra
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During the next day’s Charms lesson, Harry relates the newest developments to Ron and Hermione. Ron is so impressed that he waves... (full context)
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...rest of the morning both Ron and Hermione are in excellent moods and oblivious to Harry’s inner turmoil – now that Ginny’s free it seems like he could make a move,... (full context)
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Dean isn’t pleased to give up his temporary position as Chaser, but Harry is glad to see his Quidditch team back together and flying well. Apparently unfazed by... (full context)
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...team has to win by three hundred points in order to win the Championship. For Harry, success or failure in the match has become “inextricably linked” with his feelings about Ginny,... (full context)
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One day, Harry is walking to dinner alone, checking the Marauder’s Map for Draco’s location. With a start,... (full context)
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Enraged, Draco draws his wand and the two begin fighting. Harry slips on the floor and Draco is about to use the Cruciatus curse when Harry... (full context)
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Shocked at what he’s done, Harry obeys. When Snape returns, he coldly asks where Harry has learned this spell, and Harry... (full context)
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Panting, Harry finally arrives at the bathroom and presents his book to Snape, who immediately discerns that... (full context)
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...Prince must be a sinister character to come up with such spells. As she and Harry are arguing furiously, Ginny interrupts, pointing out that Draco was about to use an Unforgivable... (full context)
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However, by the time Harry arrives at detention on Saturday morning, he’s regretting his actions and desperately wishing he were... (full context)
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As Harry reads through his father’s petty offenses he wonders how the match is going, especially with... (full context)
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After a long time, Harry and Ginny finally move apart. The whole room is silent except for a few wolf-whistles.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Seer Overheard
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For the next few weeks everyone gossips about Harry and Ginny’s new romance, but Harry doesn’t care – it’s a nice change to find... (full context)
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However, Harry and Ginny can’t spend that much time together, as she has to study for her... (full context)
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As Harry is mulling over the Prince’s identity another student arrives with a letter summoning Harry to... (full context)
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Deducing that Draco is celebrating something inside the Room of Requirement, Harry persuades Trelawney to come with him and relate the story to Dumbledore. Lecturing Harry on... (full context)
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Harry leaves Professor Trelawney in the hallway barges into Dumbledore’s office, intending to confront him. However,... (full context)
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Quietly, Dumbledore tells Harry that Snape made a “terrible mistake” by working with the Death Eaters and revealing the... (full context)
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Dumbledore continues that if Harry accompanies him, he must be prepared to obey any order given – even if Dumbledore... (full context)
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Back in the office, Harry dons his cloak and leaves the castle with Dumbledore, who says he’s going to Hogsmeade... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six: The Cave
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Harry finds himself standing on a rocky cliff lapped by dark waves. Dumbledore says this site... (full context)
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...examines the walls of the cave until he senses the existence of a concealed door; Harry is impressed to see him work simply by instinct and knowledge, rather than fancy incantations.... (full context)
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A large arch appears in the wall and fades away, allowing Harry and Dumbledore to pass through and see an enormous black lake with a vague green... (full context)
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...as they’re inside it the creatures of the lake won’t guess that they’re not him. Harry and the headmaster cram inside the boat, which moves across the water without help. (full context)
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Looking down, Harry sees a human hand in the water; shocked, he realizes that the lake is full... (full context)
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Reaching a tiny island, Harry and Dumbledore climb out of the boat and examine a stone basin full of glowing... (full context)
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...frightened voice to stop drinking the potion. Even though he hates himself for doing it, Harry gently brings the glass to his lip and makes him drink it. The professor seems... (full context)
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...the potion, Dumbledore faints briefly and then comes to his senses and begs for water. Harry finds himself unable to conjure water and is forced to dip the goblet into the... (full context)
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Dumbledore grabs a locket from the bottom of the stone basin and moves with Harry’s help toward the boat, still surrounded by the protective fire. As soon as they reach... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Lightning-Struck Tower
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Concentrating with all his might, Harry Apparates back to Hogsmeade with Dumbledore, who immediately sinks to the ground and tells Harry... (full context)
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...still, he thinks he saw a body in one of the corridors as he passed. Harry can hear fighting from below and wonders who has died. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight: Flight of the Prince
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Harry can’t believe his eyes. He sees Snape grab Draco and lead him down the stairs... (full context)
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Pursued by two Death Eaters, Harry runs toward the entrance of the castle behind Snape and Draco. The doors have been... (full context)
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Another Death Eater hits Harry with the Cruciatus Curse and he falls to the ground, screaming – only to hear... (full context)
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Hagrid’s cottage is burning, but to Harry’s relief the giant staggers out of it unharmed. Harry helps him put out the flames.... (full context)
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When they reach the body, Hagrid howls in grief while Harry leans down to wipe some blood off the professor’s mouth. It’s almost impossible to believe... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine: Phoenix Lament
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Ginny appears and gently leads Harry away from Dumbledore’s body. She says that McGonagall has ordered everyone from the Order to... (full context)
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...cure, forcing Ginny to reveal that Dumbledore is dead. Devastated, Lupin staggers into a chair; Harry has never seen him “lose control” and feels as though he’s watching something “indecent.” They... (full context)
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...enters the hospital to announce that Mr. Weasleyand Mrs. Weasley are on their way. Again, Harry has to tell her that Snape killed Dumbledore. McGonagall is astonished, since the headmaster always... (full context)
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...of the Order when the Death Eaters arrived and she summoned Snape for extra help. Harry explains that they used the Vanishing Cabinet to enter the castle. Ron and Ginny admit... (full context)
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Ron, Ginny, and the other Order members discuss the details of the battle, while Harry imagines Snape running towards the battlements. When he emerged from the tower, none of the... (full context)
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...a werewolf, just as Fleur doesn’t care about Bill’s bites. Suddenly, it becomes clear to Harry why Tonks has been so low and why her Patronus has changed. Looking at the... (full context)
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...the window, McGonagall sees Scrimgeour arriving with his entourage; not wanting to see the Minister, Harry ducks out and returns to Gryffindor Tower, which is packed with people. Without talking to... (full context)
Chapter Thirty: The White Tomb
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...Important wizards from across the world arrive, as well as large delegations from the Ministry. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny spend all their time together in the fine summer weather, which... (full context)
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...new deaths Hermione reports that she’s found some important information in the library this morning. Harry hopes it’s about the Horcruxes, which he can’t stop thinking about even when he’s asleep. (full context)
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...Muggle, Snape took his mother’s name when coming up with a new identity for himself. Harry reflects that, although he’s been unable to stop thinking about Dumbledore’s mistaken trust in Snape,... (full context)
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Harry bitterly reflects that he should’ve shown the book to Dumbledore, who might have recognized Snape’s... (full context)
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The next day, Harry finds the entire student body glumly eating breakfast in the Great Hall, joined by Rufus... (full context)
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...out of the castle towards the lake, where many witches and wizards are already gathered. Harry sees Luna helping Neville into a chair and feels intense gratitude to them for helping... (full context)
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A small man in black robes gives a long eulogy to which Harry doesn’t listen. Instead, he watches the merpeople and remembers seeing Dumbledore crouch down to speak... (full context)
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Harry remembers the advice Dumbledore gave him during his first year: that it’s always important to... (full context)
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...looks to be on the verge of tears, Ginny is wearing the same “blazing look” Harry remembers from the moment he first kissed her. Bracing himself, Harry tells Ginny that they... (full context)
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...happen, Hermione advised her to date other people so she could feel more relaxed around Harry. Harry says that he should have asked her out sooner so they could have more... (full context)
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Seeing Ron stroking Hermione’s hair while she cries, Harry gets up and walks away. To his displeasure, Scrimgeour soon flags him down. Harry brusquely... (full context)
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As Scrimgeour stalks off, Ron and Hermione hurry towards Harry. Ron is begging Hermione to let him punch Percy, and she almost laughs as she... (full context)
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After a moment of silence, Ron says quietly that he and Hermione will accompany him. Harry is startled, not having expected them to risk themselves, but Hermione says that they know... (full context)
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...off they have to return to the Burrow once more, for Bill and Fleur’s wedding. Harry concurs. It seems almost incomprehensible that weddings can occur in this new world. Still, even... (full context)