The chapter beings with a description of the changing season at Hogwarts. By this point the story has moved into November, when the mountains around the school looked more picturesque and the lake was extra cold.
With November, the reader learns, comes the start of Quidditch season. Harry, whose first match was to be against Slytherin, would be at the end of the week. Due to Harry’s Quidditch abilities being unknown to other students, many either tell him that he will do well or that ‘they’d be running around underneath him holding a mattress.
Besides Quidditch, Harry is finding an appreciation for his new found friendship with Hermione as she has been helping him with his homework. Hermione also decides to lend Harry a copy of ‘Quidditch Through the Ages’ in hopes that Harry can catch up in terms of knowing the rules, positions, and fatality of the sport.
The day before the first Quidditch match, while Harry, Ron, and Hermione are enjoying a magically induced fire in a jam jar, Snape hobbles over to the trio due to them acting guilty about practicing magic. Instead of scolding them for the flame, Snape berates Harry for having ‘Quidditch Through the Ages’ in his possession, outside of the school, and following the confiscation of the book, takes five points away from Gryffindor.
Following the altercation, the trio returns to the common room, where it is noted that the atmosphere is one of excitement. Harry, a tad nervous about the prospect of playing in his first match, tells Ron and Hermione his plans to go ask Snape for his book back.
After Harry arrives at the staffroom, he knocks, and when there is no answer he pushes the door open and is met with Filch applying bandages to a wound on Snape’s leg. When Snape realizes that Harry is snooping, he yells for Harry to get out and before Snape can take any more points away from Gryffindor Harry flees to his common room.
When Harry arrives back he tells Ron and Hermione what he witnessed and Hermione tries to calm the boys down by saying that Snape probably wasn’t trying to steal whatever the three-headed dog was guarding.
The next morning, in the Great Hall, Hermione and Ron are desperately trying to make a nervous Harry eat before his first Quidditch match. Following breakfast, Harry makes his way to the locker room where after changing into his scarlet robes, Wood’s makes an impassioned speech about playing hard, and after that it is time for the match to begin.
At this point, the reader is introduced to Lee Jordan, a Gryffindor student and friend to the Weasley twins, who is set to do the commentary for the game. The game begins and it looks to be going in Gryffindor’s favour. Hagrid joins Ron and Hermione in the Gryffindor bleachers to watch the game, and he, Ron and Hermione discuss Harry’s current game play, or lack there of.
Meanwhile, Harry is watching the action from his broom, until he sees a flash of gold and dives towards it in hopes of catching the snitch. It is then a race between Harry and Terence Higgs, the Slytherin seeker, as to who will get to it first. After being fouled by Slytherin Captain, Marcus Flint, Harry tries to regroup only to fight to stay atop of his jinxed broom.
Seeing their friend in danger, Hermione and Ron scan the crowd to find Snape muttering something that looks like a jinx. Before Ron could talk to Hermione about what they should do, she fights her way across to the stand where Snape resided, and after whispering a spell, blue flames shot from her wand and lit Snape’s robes alight.
Able to get back on track Harry speeds towards the ground, and catches the snitch in his mouth. The game ends, and though Flint challenges the manner in which the snitch was caught, Madame Hooch declares Gryffindor the winners.
Following the victory, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are whisked away to Hagrid’s hut for a cup of tea. During tea, Ron and Hermione argue with Hagrid about how they believe Snape was the one to jinx Harry’s broom and following Hagrid’s questioning, the trio tell him about how they also believe Snape is trying to get past the three-headed dog, revealed to be named Fluffy. Hagrid quickly tells the students that what Fluffy is guarding is top secret but let’s it slip that whatever it is has something to do with Nicolas Flamel.
The chapter ends with Harry commenting on Nicolas Flamel and Hagrid looking furious with himself for letting sensitive information slip.
In chapter eleven, Quidditch, I found that there really weren’t many illustrations that stood out for me.
Out of the handful of illustrations included, my favourite has to be the depiction of Harry and Higgs in pursuit of the snitch.
My hope is that this chapter is a one of in terms of the lack of illustrations and that the next chapter ramps up for Kay.
Hermione had become a bit more relaxed about breaking rules since Harry and Ron had saved her from the mountain troll, and she was much nicer for it.
Could you image what kind of character Hermione would have been had she not become a bit more relaxed about breaking school rules?
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