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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Ch. 10-13 Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Posted by ladyandrea in harry potter, Lady Andrea, summer of awesomeness, unhealthy obsessions.

Chapter 10: Kreacher’s Tale
Harry wakes in the morning and goes exploring around Grimmauld Place. He finds Sirius’ room, decorated with all his Gryffindor stuff and pictures of the Marauders. He also finds a bit of a letter on the floor from Lily to Sirius, saying 1 year-old Harry loved the toy broomstick for his birthday. She also mentions Bathilda Bagshot (in Godric’s Hollow) keeps coming by to tell them stories about Dumbledore that he probably wouldn’t want them hearing. The letter abruptly ends because it was torn. Harry can’t find any other pages of it. Finally Hermione and Ron come yelling for Harry, as they had awoken and found him gone. Harry wants to go to Godric’s Hollow to talk to Bathilda Bagshot about Dumbledore and his parents, but Hermione says he knew Dumbledore and they have to press on. On the way downstairs, Harry spies Regulus’s room and on the door it says “Do Not Enter Without the Express Permission of Regulus Arcturus Black.” The Trio gets to the place we all got last book in realize that RAB from the locket is Regulus. They search his room, but don’t find the locket. The Trio gets to another place we all got in realizing that the locket nobody could open from OOTP is the locket. They go to find Kreacher to ask him about it.

Kreacher is beats himself up over letting Mundungus steal the locket, though there’s nothing he really could’ve done. He then tells them his story: that Regulus told him the Dark Lord needed an elf, so Kreacher had to go along with Voldemort to the cave and had to drink all the poison so Voldemort could put the locket in the bottom of the basin. When he needed water, he crawled to the edge of the island and was dragged under the water by the Inferi. He apparated back to Grimmauld Place. And then later on, Regulus took him back to the cave and REgulus drank all the poison and Kreacher switched the lockets. (Kreacher is crying now). He was instructed to destroy the original locket and then Regulus was dragged into the lake. Kreacher tried to destroy it but couldn’t.

Hermione reminds Harry that Kreacher has been treated so horribly by everyone that he obeyed the people who were nice to him (Regulus, Narcissa, Bellatrix). She says that of course he betrayed Sirius; Sirius was horrible to him. FInally Harry asks Kreacher to please sit up. He asks him to go find Mundungus to get the locket back so they can finish the work Regulus started. Kreacher stands up and seems ready to go. Harry then gives Kreacher the fake locket, which belonged to Regulus, as a token of gratitude. “It took them nearly half an hour to calm down Kreacher, who was so overcome to be presented with a Black family heirloom of his very own that he was too weak at the knees to stand properly.” He tucks the locket into his blankets under the cupboard, gives two low bows to Harry and Ron, gives a funny little spasm to Hermione (mudblood) that might have been an attempt at a bow, and then vanishes.

Chapter 11: The Bribe
While they wait for Kreacher to come back, the Trio are visited by Lupin. He fills them in about the Death Eaters crashing the wedding. There’s a rumor before they killed Scrimgeour they tortured him for information about Harry, which he didn’t give up (earned some respect now, maybe). Lupin is very disturbed to hear two Death Eaters found them so quickly on Tottenham Court Road after they vanished. Lupin also tells them that the Prophet is running stories about wanting Harry for questioning in the murder of Albus Dumbledore, since he was seen fleeing the scene moments after it happened. He also tells them the Ministry is forcing Muggle-borns to “register” because they’ve now decided that magic powers can only be passed when Wizards reproduce, so Muggle-borns are under suspicion of having obtained powers by theft or force.

Lupin questions them about the mission again, saying he could come with and help them. They wonder about Tonks, but Lupin says she’ll be fine. At more questioning, he reveals she’s pregnant. Harry snaps and says some pretty harsh things about him abandoning his wife and kid. Lupin is worried the child will be a werewolf, or ashamed of him. Harry says he’d be ashamed because he wants to abandon his child. He calls him a coward and Lupin runs off. Hermione chastises him, but he says “Parents shouldn’t leave their kids unles — unless they’ve got to.” Awww.

In the Prophet that Lupin left, Harry reads an excerpt from Skeeter’s biography of Dumbledore. It’s more of the same about keeping the sister, Ariana, locked in the cellar because she was a Squib. Harry desperately wants to go to Godric’s Hollow and find out what’s up. Kreacher finally returns after 3 days gone, toting Mundungus with him. As they question him, Mundungus calls the stuff from the house “junk” and then: “there was a sound of pattering feet, a blaze of shining copper, an echoing clang, and a shriek of agony; Kreacher had taken a run at Mundungus and hit him over the head with a saucepan.” AWESOME. Mundungus reveals he sold the locket on Diagon Alley to…UMBRAGE! DUN DUN DUN!

Chapter 12: Magic is Might

The Trio hang at Grimmauld Place, with Kreacher being completely awesome to them now that they’re being nice to him. They’re plotting how they can get into the Ministry and steal the locket. And there are constantly two Death Eaters posted outside across the street, watching the place. So when they arrive, they have to apparate right on the front step so as not to be seen. They also see in the paper that Snape is the new headmaster at Hogwarts, so Hermione runs upstairs to shove the picture of Phineas Nigellus into her pouch, so Snape cannot spy on them. We find out they’ve been taking turns staking out the Ministry, recording details and comings and goings.

Suddenly, Harry has a vision when his scar hurts. He has gone to a house and is torturing a woman, trying to find out where Gregorovitch is. When he comes to, he tells Ron and Hermione that he saw Voldemort kill a woman and probably her whole family, looking for Gregorovitch. Harry thinks Voldemort, who also has Ollivander chained up somewhere, wants someone to explain why Harry’s wand did what it did when they fought the night he left Privet Drive.

They decide tomorrow is the day to infiltrate the Ministry. They apparate with their spare cloaks and polyjuice potion. Hermione stuns Mafalda Hopkirk and takes a hair from her head. Ron sends a wizard named home sick from a puking pastile and takes his. They get a hair for Harry from a tall, well-built wizard. Inside the Minstry, we learn Harry is a man named Runcorn and everybody seems to be afraid of him. A DE named Yaxley approaches Ron, calling him Cattermole, and telling him to take care of the rain in his office. He threatens that if Cattermole doesn’t get it done within the hour, Cattermole’s wife (who has a hearing) may not get blood status (which means she’d be under suspicion as a muggle-born). Hermione feverishly whispers spells to Ron that he can try and Ron goes off. Suddenly, Umbrage gets into the lift with Hermione and Harry. Dun dun dun!

Chapter 13: The Muggle-Born Registration Commission
Umbridge shuttles Hermione (as Mafalda Hopkirk) off to the hearings that Yaxley was talking about in regards to Catterpole’s wife. Harry heads for Umbridge’s office, where he finds Mad-Eye Moody’s eye affixed to her door. Gross. Out of curiosity, he starts looking at people’s files and sees that Arthur Weasley is being tracked because of his connection to Undesirable No. 1 (Harry). He looks around, but can’t find the locket anywhere. He takes Mad Eye’s eye and heads back to the lift, where he runs into Ron and then Mr. Weasley. Mr. Weasley gives Ron (Cattermole) the key to stop the rain in Yaxley’s office and he has a total Marty McFly moment where he says, “Thanks, d-dad-daddio.” (Not really.)

Harry heads down to the courtroom where he had his hearing in OOTP. Hermione is sitting by Umbridge, helping conduct the hearings, while Umbridge’s patronus (a fluffy cat, natch) patrols the bench they sit on so that the dementors don’t effect them. Umbridge starts grilling Mary Cattermole and she starts crying. Harry is under the Cloak, so he sneaks up and tells Hermione that he’s there. He then notices that Umbridge is actually wearing the locket. Considering what we find out later, that explains some of her behavior here. It takes the Umbridgeness of her and expands it.

Suddenly, Harry stupifies Umbridge and Hermione gets Yaxley. They run out with the HOocrux and Cattermole. In the hall they run into all the other Muggle-borns set for questioning and Harry tells them it’s been decided they should all go home and go into hiding with their families. Snerk. They take the lifts to the Atrium and run into Ron, but his counterpart (the real Cattermole) shows up. Yaxley has awoken and is trying to seal the exits, but Harry tells the Catterpoles to get their kids and go into hiding far away. The Trio apparate to Grimmauld Place, but there is a scream and a flash of light and they disapparate again.



1. DougOLis - Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A few things I thought of in HBP in the shower today: Why did the basin react to Harry saying Accio Horcrux when it was a normal locket? How did Regulus have time to put a new locket back and fill up the basin? How did he fill the basin with an unknown potion?

Ch. 11: Harry’s chastising was quite harsh and I felt really bad while it was happening, but it was certainly effective.
Kreacher hitting Mundungus over the head was awesome and made me laugh hard. One of my favorite parts of the book.

2. Andrea - Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I think the basin refills itself.

I don’t know why the basin reacted, maybe the whole place just reacts to magic spells.

Kreacher rules.

3. SKA2682 - Monday, June 23, 2008

Come on Andrea! More More More!

4. Keifer Nandez - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What happened to this? I loved it and it’s been gone for a month.

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