Happy Hallowe’en boys and ghouls.
The chapter begins with a dumbstruck Malfoy when Harry and Ron are revealed to still be at Hogwarts following the ‘midnight duel.’ Ignoring their rival, Harry fills in Ron about how the three-headed dog was guarding the packaged moved from Gringotts to Hogwarts. The two spend a lot of time wondering what would need THAT much protection, much to the indifference of both Neville, who hopes to never run into the dog again, and Hermione, who has resorted to not speaking to her fellow classmates.
Moving along, Harry and Ron make there way to the Great Hall where it is mail day. Previously wondering how they can stick it to Malfoy, Harry receives a parcel containing a Nimbus Two Thousand from Professor McGonagall with instructions to not open the broom in the company of the Great Hall and to meet Oliver Wood later that night at the Quidditch pitch.
Due to his excitement, Harry and Ron attempt to beeline it back to the Gryffindor Common room, only to be intercepted by Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle. Malfoy, the smug boy that he is, tells Harry that he has finally done something that will result in his expulsion, as first years are not permitted to own a broom. Ron, wanting to stick up for his friend, tells Malfoy that he’s just jealous that Harry has the best broom on the market. Malfoy retaliates, pointing out that Ron’s family is too poor for any type of good broom, but before Ron or Harry can form a rebuttal the altercation is interrupted by Professor Flitwick. Malfoy, seeing his opportunity, tattles on Harry’s recent gift, only to hear that the Professor already is aware and instead turns into a conversation about what model it is.
Following the conversation between Harry, Ron, and Flitwick, the two Gryffindors head up the marble staircase, intent on finally getting to the common room. As they discuss how if Malfoy hadn’t stolen Neville’s Remembrall Harry would be on the Quidditch team, Hermione interrupts with a quip about Harry being rewarded for breaking school rules. Ron, annoyed at Hermione, points out how the previous evening, Hermione had promised not to speak with them. Dejected, Hermione stomps off to be alone.
The day passes, without much more excitement, and at seven, Harry leaves the castle and heads towards the pitch, eager to learn about Quidditch and flying. When Oliver arrives, and after compliments Harry’s natural affiliation for flying, its time for a Quidditch lesson. Wood goes through the various positions that are expected: three chasers, two beaters, a keeper, and a seeker. He also, for Harry and the readers benefits, goes through the different-sized balls: the Quaffle, the Bludgers, and the Golden Snitch.
Following the lesson, time passes until the reader is introduced to Halloween at Hogwarts, and we find our beloved characters in Charms class where they are trying to make a feather float with the help of the ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ spell. After Hermione corrects Ron on the proper use of the spell she overhears him calling her a nightmare and runs away upset.
At dinner the same evening, Professor Quirrell runs in, in a panic, telling both students and teachers alike that there is a troll loose in the castle. Dumbledore tells the students to go back to their common rooms, and as Harry and Ron make their way with their fellow Gryffindors, they realize Hermione is locked in the bathroom with said troll. They run back and with luck Harry, Ron, and Hermione are able to stun the troll by using the beast’s club against him. As they decide whether or not to check if the troll is out for the count, Professors McGonagall, Snape, and Quirrell show up and the conversation results in Hermione having five points taken away for ‘going after the troll’, and five points each being awarded to Harry and Ron.
The chapter ends with the formation of the Golden Trio.
In chapter ten, Hallowe’en, four illustrations stuck out among the rest.
First, the chapter page with its illustration of a pumpkin and spider really set the mood for me in terms of what spooky goodness awaits in this particular section of the novel.
Second, there was a gorgeous illustration featuring the Quidditch hoops with Hogwarts in the back set in a black and orange colour scheme. It is another one of those illustrations that I wouldn’t mind having as a full scale image on my apartment walls.
Of course, the last two images have to deal with the troll featured at the end of the chapter. First, Harry fighting the troll has me giggling in terms of the facial expression Kay chose for our titular hero. Lastly, Kay also chose to include a two page illustration of what Newt Scamander included in his guide on trolls. Definitely wondering if this was also included in the Fantastic Beasts Illustrated Edition, any know?
‘”You’re saying it wrong,” Harry heard Hermione snap. “It’s Wing-gar-dium LEvi-o-sa, make the ‘gar’ nice and long.'” – Hermione Granger
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