Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by

J. K. Rowling

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One of the protagonists in the novel, Ron Weasley is one of Harry’s best friends, along with Hermione Granger. Ron is the youngest son in the Weasley family, and he has five older brothers. Ron feels that he is constantly outshone by their accomplishments, and his deepest desire is to achieve more than any of them. Ron and Harry meet on the train to Hogwarts and become fast friends. Ron serves as a gateway to help Harry learn about some of the customs of the wizarding world, and alleviates Harry’s fears that he won’t know how to do any magic because he didn’t grow up around it—everyone has a lot to learn, regardless of their background. Harry, in turn, makes Ron feel better about his family’s poverty when Draco Malfoy makes fun of Ron, and Harry remains loyal to Ron when Malfoy offers to help Harry become friends with the “right sort” of people. Ron accompanies Harry on nearly all of his adventures, and also picks up on Harry’s self-sacrificing tendencies: when Harry, Ron, and Hermione try to prevent someone (whom they wrongly assume is Snape) from stealing the Sorcerer’s Stone on Voldemort’s behalf, Ron sacrifices himself in a violent game of life-sized chess with living pieces so that Harry and Hermione can continue on and make sure that Voldemort does not get the Sorcerer’s Stone. Ultimately, Ron and Hermione’s friendship with Harry becomes the glue that holds the story together and propels it forward, as only with their help is Harry able to achieve his goals, protect the Stone, and become the hero of the story.

Ron Weasley Quotes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone quotes below are all either spoken by Ron Weasley or refer to Ron Weasley. 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 Sorcerer’s Stone published in 1997.
Chapter 6 Quotes

“Go on, have a pasty,” said Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry’s pasties, cakes, and candies (the sandwiches lay forgotten).

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Ron Weasley, Rubeus Hagrid, Draco Malfoy
Page Number: 102
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“Not Slytherin, eh?” said the small voice. “Are you sure? You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that — no? Well, if you’re sure — better be GRYFFINDOR!”

Harry heard the hat shout the last word to the whole hall. He took off the hat and walked shakily toward the Gryffindor table. He was so relieved to have been chosen and not put in Slytherin, he hardly noticed that he was getting the loudest cheer yet.

Page Number: 121
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Chapter 10 Quotes

Hermione hung her head. Harry was speechless. Hermione was the last person to do anything against the rules, and here she was, pretending she had, to get them out of trouble.

Page Number: 178
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Chapter 12 Quotes

“It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. You, who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who has always been overshadowed by his brothers, sees himself standing alone, the best of all of them. However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible.”

Related Symbols: The Mirror of Erised
Page Number: 213
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Chapter 16 Quotes

“SO WHAT?” Harry shouted. “Don’t you understand? If Snape gets hold of the Stone, Voldemort’s coming back! Haven’t you heard what it was like when he was trying to take over? There won’t be any Hogwarts to get expelled from! He’ll flatten it, or turn it into a school for the Dark Arts! […] I’m going through that trapdoor tonight and nothing you two say is going to stop me! Voldemort killed my parents, remember?”

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Page Number: 270
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“Oh, come off it, you don’t think we’d let you go alone?”
“Of course not,” said Hermione briskly. "How do you think you’d get to the Stone without us? I’d better go and look through my books, there might be something useful…”

Related Symbols: The Sorcerer’s Stone
Page Number: 271
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“That’s chess!” snapped Ron. “You’ve got to make some sacrifices! I’ll make my move and she’ll take me — that leaves you free to checkmate the king, Harry!”

“But —”
“Do you want to stop Snape or not?”
“Ron —”
“Look, if you don't hurry up, he’ll already have the Stone!”

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Ron Weasley (speaker), Hermione Granger (speaker), Voldemort / You-Know-Who, Professor Snape
Related Symbols: The Sorcerer’s Stone
Page Number: 283
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“Harry — you’re a great wizard, you know.”

“I’m not as good as you,” said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him.

“Me!” said Hermione. “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery and — oh Harry — be careful!”

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Hermione Granger (speaker), Ron Weasley
Related Symbols: The Sorcerer’s Stone
Page Number: 287
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Ron Weasley Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The timeline below shows where the character Ron Weasley appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
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...Molly, and she assumes that he must be a first year, like her youngest son Ron. She kindly teaches Harry how to get to the platform: walk straight at the barrier... (full context)
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...empty compartment near the end. He tries to push his cart onto the train, and Ron appears, offering to help him lift it onto the train (with some aid from Fred... (full context)
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Harry watches Fred, George, Ron, and Percy say goodbye to their mother, Molly. Percy says he can’t stay long, as... (full context)
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...and Harry feels a “leap of excitement” about the future. Then, the youngest red-headed boy, Ron, enters the compartment, asking to sit with Harry because all of the other cars are... (full context)
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Harry, in turn, asks Ron if all his family are wizards. When Ron says yes, Harry says he must know... (full context)
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Ron goes on to say that any of his accomplishments at school would be “no big... (full context)
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Harry comforts Ron, saying that he had never had any money or gifts or clothes of his own... (full context)
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...The candies are all new to Harry, and so he buys a bit of everything. Ron declines, saying he has sandwiches. Harry offers to share his candy, happy to have something... (full context)
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As Harry and Ron eat more candy, a boy named Neville asks if they’ve seen a toad he’s lost.... (full context)
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When Hermione sees Ron about to do magic, she grows excited and asks to see it. Ron recites a... (full context)
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Ron and Harry introduce themselves, and Hermione is amazed to meet Harry (she’s learned about him... (full context)
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After Hermione leaves, Ron comments that he hopes he’s not in whatever house she’s in. Ron’s whole family is... (full context)
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This sparks Ron’s memory: someone just tried to rob a high security vault at Gringotts and didn’t get... (full context)
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A little while later, three boys enter Harry and Ron’s compartment: Draco Malfoy, the boy from Madame Malkin’s shop, and two mean-looking, “thickset” boys Draco... (full context)
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...more polite, or else he will “go the same way as [his] parents.” Harry and Ron stand up, ready to fight. But before they can start to fight, Scabbers bites Goyle’s... (full context)
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A short time later, the train arrives. Harry and Ron join the crowd on the platform, where Hagrid is calling for first years to follow... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat
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Ron and Harry worry about how they sort the students into Houses, exactly—wondering whether they might... (full context)
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Ron is relieved that they won’t have to do something like wrestle a troll, as Fred... (full context)
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...are sorted in alphabetical order. When it is Hermione’s turn, she is placed into Gryffindor. Ron groans. Harry notes that sometimes the hat takes a while to choose a student’s House,... (full context)
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Only a few people are left. Ron is the second-to-last student, and he has tuned “pale green” by the time he steps... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Potions Master
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...else in his classes. Lots of people came from Muggle families, like Harry, and even Ron didn’t have much of a head start. (full context)
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At the end of their first week, Harry and Ron eat breakfast before their first potions lesson with the Slytherins. Snape, who is the Head... (full context)
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...Harry himself look good. Snape takes another point from Gryffindor. Harry tries to protest, but Ron tells him not to push it. (full context)
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After the lesson, Harry’s spirits are low. But afterward he and Ron make their way to Hagrid’s wooden house at the edge of the forest. Hagrid welcomes... (full context)
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Hagrid and Ron start to talk about Charlie’s work with dragons, as Hagrid liked Charlie when he was... (full context)
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As Harry and Ron head back to the castle for dinner, Harry thinks again about what he had read,... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Midnight Duel
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Seamus and Ron are also excited for flying lessons, but Neville is nervous about it. Hermione, too, is... (full context)
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At dinner, Harry tells Ron all about what happened, explaining that Wood told him he’s the youngest House player in... (full context)
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...Harry by himself, challenging him to a wizard’s duel at midnight in the trophy room. Ron quickly accepts the challenge for Harry. (full context)
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When the bullies leave, Ron explains to Harry that a wizard’s duel is a magical duel, but that he and... (full context)
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That night, Ron and Harry leave for the duel just before midnight. When they reach the portrait hole,... (full context)
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When Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville arrive at the trophy room, Malfoy isn’t there yet. Filch, on the... (full context)
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The dog starts to growl menacingly, and Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville immediately fling themselves back out the door, flying down the hall once... (full context)
Chapter 10: Halloween
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By the next morning, Harry and Ron look back on the midnight outing with the dog as an “excellent adventure.” Harry also... (full context)
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Harry and Ron return upstairs, and Hermione, who’s overheard their conversation, angrily quips, “I suppose you think that’s... (full context)
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...make objects fly, beginning with feathers. Harry and Seamus are paired up, and so are Ron and Hermione. When Ron waves his wand around and says the spell, Hermione pretentiously corrects... (full context)
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As Harry and Ron walk from the classroom, Ron says, “It’s no wonder no one can stand her,” referring... (full context)
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...breaks out, and Dumbledore instructs prefects to lead students back to their dormitories. Harry and Ron start to follow Percy, but realize that Hermione doesn’t know about the troll. They hurry... (full context)
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As Harry and Ron run to the bathroom, they see Snape heading to the third floor. But before they... (full context)
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Hermione is pressed against a wall, the troll advancing on her. Ron hastily grabs a metal pipe and throws it at the troll; it roars and turns... (full context)
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...Snape, and Quirrell dash into the bathroom. McGonagall is livid, demanding to know what Harry, Ron, and Hermione were thinking. Hermione lies and says that she went looking for the troll... (full context)
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...her “foolish” behavior and sends her back to her dorm. She then awards Harry and Ron five points each, but states that they were all very lucky. When Harry and Ron... (full context)
Chapter 11: Quidditch
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...more relaxed about breaking rules: for instance, the day before Harry’s first Quidditch match, Hermione, Ron, and Harry sit in the freezing courtyard during a break, and she conjures a fire... (full context)
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Back in the common room, Harry relays what he saw to Ron and Hermione, concluding that Snape must have tried to steal whatever the three-headed dog was... (full context)
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...not hungry at breakfast. By eleven o’clock, the whole school is at the Quidditch field. Ron, Hermione, Neville, and Seamus have painted a Potter for President banner to surprise Harry. In... (full context)
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...him off.” No one seems to have noticed it, until Hagrid, who is sitting with Ron and Hermione, points out that it seems like Harry’s lost control of his broom. (full context)
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Later, Harry returns to Hagrid’s hut with Ron and Hermione for tea. Ron explains that Snape was the one jinxing the broom, but... (full context)
Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised
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...Privet Drive; instead he will stay at Hogwarts for the holidays. Harry is excited, because Ron and his brothers George, Fred, and Percy are staying at school as well—their parents are... (full context)
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One day, as Harry, Ron, and Hermione return from a Potions lesson, Hagrid is bringing in an enormous tree to... (full context)
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...tells the kids to cheer up—it’s the holidays after all. Hermione then reminds Harry and Ron that they should head to the library before lunch. They’re trying to find out who... (full context)
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The next day, Hermione goes home for the holidays. Harry and Ron spend their days sitting by the fire in the Gryffindor common room, roasting foods, plotting... (full context)
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...whittled. The second is from Vernon and Petunia: fifty pence, which he promptly gives to Ron once he sees how excited Ron is by Muggle money. The third present is from... (full context)
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Harry opens his last present, which contains a “shining, silvery cloth.” Ron is in awe: it’s an Invisibility Cloak, which he says is extremely rare. Harry throws... (full context)
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...on the grounds, and later Harry breaks in his chess set by losing badly to Ron. At the end of the day, everyone climbs into bed, full and sleepy. (full context)
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...makes him realize he has to go back to bed. The next day, Harry tells Ron what happened, saying that he wants to go back and show Ron his family. Harry... (full context)
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That night, Ron and Harry return to the Mirror. Harry once again sees Lily and James. But Ron... (full context)
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Harry asks to have another look, but Ron wants to look a little longer. They start to push each other out of the... (full context)
Chapter 13: Nicolas Flamel
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...bed three nights in a row and still didn’t find out who Flamel is. Harry, Ron, and Hermione return to scanning books during their breaks. (full context)
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Later that afternoon, when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in the common room, Neville returns with his legs invisibly bound together... (full context)
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Ron and Harry don’t know what the Sorcerer’s Stone is. Hermione explains that it transforms any... (full context)
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The day of the Quidditch match, Harry feels incredibly anxious. Hermione and Ron have secretly been practicing the Leg-Locker Curse to use on Snape if necessary. To add... (full context)
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...“like a hawk.” Up in the stands, Malfoy makes fun of Harry, and then of Ron and Neville, who are sitting nearby. Neville stands up, and stutters that he’s “worth twelve... (full context)
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Harry returns to the castle, and Ron and Hermione meet him, asking where he’s been. They tell him everyone is waiting in... (full context)
Chapter 14: Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback
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Every time Harry, Ron, and Hermione pass the third-floor corridor, they check that Fluffy is still there. But Hermione... (full context)
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Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to go down to Hagrid’s hut. They start to ask Hagrid more... (full context)
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A few days later the dragon hatches, but when Harry, Ron, and Hermione sneak down to see it happen, Malfoy also ends up following them and... (full context)
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The following week drags on. Harry, Ron, and Hermione help take care of Norbert (even though he bites Ron’s hand). Then Hedwig... (full context)
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By the next morning, Ron’s hand has swollen to twice its size, forcing him to go to the hospital wing.... (full context)
Chapter 15: The Forbidden Forest
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Harry tells Hermione and Ron what he heard, wondering if Snape convinced Quirrell to tell him how to get past... (full context)
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Firenze and Harry gallop back, but are interrupted by Bane and Ronan, who criticize Firenze for behaving like a “common mule” with Harry on his back. Firenze... (full context)
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...path, happy to that he’s okay. Back in the Gryffindor common room, Harry  tells both Ron and Hermione what he saw, concluding that Snape is trying to steal the Stone for... (full context)
Chapter 16: Through the Trapdoor
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...going to get the Stone. He is plagued by nightmares, and a little frustrated that Ron and Hermione don’t seem as worried about the Stone. They try to comfort him again,... (full context)
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...dragon, and a stranger just happens to show up in town with an egg. Harry, Ron, and Hermione visit Hagrid, who reveals that the stranger’s face had been hidden by a... (full context)
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After hearing this information, Harry, Ron, and Hermione bolt inside, figuring that Snape or Voldemort must have been the hooded stranger.... (full context)
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...the Stone that night. Harry resolves to get to the Stone before Snape. Hermione and Ron warn that he’ll be expelled if he’s caught, but Harry is adamant. He gives an... (full context)
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Hermione and Ron acknowledge that Harry is right, and decide to go with him. That night, they take... (full context)
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When Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrive at the third-floor corridor, the door is already open. Fluffy is there,... (full context)
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Harry, Ron, and Hermione land on a snakelike plant, which starts to wind around them and constrict... (full context)
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...air and a locked wooden door on the other side. Harry spots broomsticks, and he, Ron, and Hermione each mount one, realizing that they have to find the correct key. Harry... (full context)
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In the next chamber, Harry, Ron, and Hermione find a huge, life-sized wizard’s chess set, and Ron concludes that they have... (full context)
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Harry and Hermione continue on, though they’re shaken by what happened to Ron. In the next room, they find that a troll has already been dealt with, so... (full context)
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...one that will allow her to go back, so that she can take care of Ron and then send an owl to Dumbledore. Worried that Voldemort will be waiting for Harry,... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Man with Two Faces
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After Dumbledore leaves, Ron and Hermione visit Harry, relieved to see that he’s okay. Harry explains what happened to... (full context)
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...last-minute points to award before the House Cup is awarded. Dumbledore awards fifty points to Ron for the “best-played game of chess Hogwarts has seen in many years,” and fifty points... (full context)
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...hours later arrive at King’s Cross station. Lots of students say goodbye to Harry, and Ron makes Harry and Hermione promise to visit him over the summer. Vernon arrives to take... (full context)