Chapter Eleven – “Quidditch”

Yay, I get to talk even more about Quidditch! I bet you are all really excited…

Okay, I have a confession: I’ve never fully read any of JKR’s companion books, so maybe this is answered in Quidditch through the Ages, but why do Qudditch refs sometimes disappear and then reappear in the Sahara months later? (181). Magic is weird, you guys.

I love that Hermione loses 5 points in the last chapter for trying to fight a troll by herself, and in this chapter, Snape takes 5 points from Harry for taking a library book outside. Yup, those are definitely comparable crimes.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione are quite clever to connect the third corridor to the package from vault 713 to a professor – they just assume the professor is Snape. It is quite upsetting that the fate of the wizarding world depends on the investigative skills of three 11 year olds, but they do seem more equipped to handle it than most of the adults in the series.

I like the effort Ron, Hermione, Neville, Seamus, and Dean to support Harry during his first Quidditch match. It’s very sweet. I just don’t really understand why they chose “Potter for President” to write on their sign. Although I especially love the moment that Harry says he feels braver when he spots the sign in the crowd. It’s always nice to know that your friends really believe in you.

Once again, JKR subtly tells us that Quirrell is the bad guy in this book, not Snape. “She didn’t even stop to say sorry as she knocked Professor Quirrell headfirst into the row in front.” (191). While trying to save Harry, Hermione inadvertently…saves Harry. This also leads to him “catching” the Snitch, which ultimately becomes a major plot point in the seventh book.

Of course Hagrid let it slip that the dog is named Fluffy and what it is guarding belongs to Nicolas Flamel. They would never find anything out if it wasn’t for Hagrid. Maybe that’s why Dumbledore tells Hagrid so much – he wants Harry to find everything out. No matter the reason, I think we can all agree that Hagrid is the most lovable plot device of all time, yes?

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