Rereading Harry Potter – Week 17

Hi again my fellow bookworms/Potterheads! I’m ashamed to once again have to apologize for this post being late. Things have been crazy here lately with job changes and our search for a house, which has taken up a lot of my time. That being said, it’s time for another week of rereading Harry Potter! I had so much fun with this week’s reading again. Rereading these books has really been an amazing experience for me so far, so thank you for tagging along and reading these posts.

Last week, we read about the days that led up to the Quidditch World Cup. We’re starting today with Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys walking up to the Quidditch Stadium. The Stadium seats a hundred thousand wizards (where are all these wizards coming from? There are only 5 boys and 5 girls per year, per house at Hogwarts, where is the rest of them?) and the Weasleys are seated in the Top Box with the Minister of Magic, the Malfoys and Barty Crouch (not very likely, the movie version where they’re somewhere in the crowds is much more logical). In the Top Box they run into Winky the house-elf, who tells Harry that Dobby is demanding pay for his work now (how dare he), so he has some trouble finding a new position. Winky is Mr. Crouch’s house-elf and is being forced to save his seat, despite the fact that he is afraid of heights. Can you feel Hermione’s outrage yet?

The game starts and Ireland absolutely crushes Bulgaria. When Ireland is ahead by 170 points to 10, Krum catches the snitch to end the game. Seems like an illogical move to me, since they only need to score 2 goals (are they called goals?) to be able to win, but okay. Fred and George betted Ludo Bagman that Ireland would win, but Krum would catch the snitch, so they won quite some money from him. They tell Mr Weasley that they’ve got big plans for this money, so their mother will never hear about it. We all know that Fred and George start a joke shop after they graduate in the Order of the Phoenix, so I guess the money is going to that joke shop. Did Rowling already have their journeys planned out?

Harry is woken up by Mr Weasley shouting at him to get outside immediately. A bunch of wizards are setting fire to tents and floating the Muggle family who runs the campsite. They later discover that these wizards are Death Eaters, Voldemort’s followers. The trio run into Malfoy in the woods and he warns them that they probably wouldn’t want her getting spotted, since the Death Eaters are after Muggles and Hermione is a Mudblood. I’m not sure if Malfoy is trying to protect Hermione in his own weird way, or if he’s just insulting her. Maybe I’ve just read a few too many Dramione fan posts. They also run into some French speaking girl looking for Madame Maxime, who I’m guessing is Fleur Delacour’s younger sister. Hermione tells us that she is probably from Beauxbaton, this school of magic in France that we’ve never heard of before (same goes for Durmstrang).

The trio runs into Winky next, who can’t run properly because Mr Crouch hadn’t told her to hide (I kind of liked Barty Crouch, but not so much anymore) and one of the Veelas (the magical creatures that the Bulgarians brought with them for the opening show that resemble mermaids and have the power to lure men towards them), which did not leave Harry and Ron unaffected. They are hiding a bit farther into the woods when they suddenly hear someone Apparate near them and summon the Dark Mark. The Ministry appears soon after and of course assume that Harry, Ron and Hermione were responsible. Then they find Winky on the ground with Harry’s wand in her hand and they assume she is guilty. Harry’s wand was indeed the one used to conjure the Dark Mark, so it’s not looking good for Winky. Also, it’s not allowed for house-elves (or any non-human creatures) to carry a wand.

The Weasleys, Harry and Hermione go back to sleep for a few hours before returning home by Portkey. They spend the rest of their summer holidays playing Quidditch, waiting for Sirius’ letter and packing their trunks. Ron comes across his maroon velvet dress robes that make him smell like his great aunt Tessie. The dress robes are apparently on his school list for this year, though for unknown reasons (so far).

When they’re about to leave for the Hogwarts express, an urgent message comes in from the Ministry. Amos Diggery’s head is sitting in the middle of the fireplace and is talking to Mr Weasley. Apparently some guy named Mad-Eye did something he wasn’t supposed to and he is supposed to start his new job today (I wonder what that job might be). Since Mr Weasley has to go into work unexpectedly, Mrs Weasley and all of the kids have to take a Muggle taxi to King’s Cross. The train whistle blows and Harry, Ron and Hermione are off to another year at Hogwarts.

Well, that was it for this week! Next week (or this week, since I’m late again), we are finally going to find out about the Triwizard Tournament (spoiler alert). I’m looking forward to meeting Krum and Fleur and getting to know Cedric better! Have a great week and see you next post!

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