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The Trio [H/R/Hr] #32 ~ They help one another

Welcome to the Trio (Ron/Harry/Hermione) Appreciation Thread #31



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Their History:

The Trio’s story is one of deep loyalty and friendship. They’ve had their share of disagreements and also their share of victories and painful defeats, but one thing has stayed true and unyielding, it's their bond of friendship.

The Adventure of The Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone

The trio met on their first train ride to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter, who is the famed Boy Who Lived and Ron Weasley, the youngest son of a poor wizarding family, hit if off instantly but the same cannot be said of their meeting with Hermione Granger, a muggle-born witch. When arriving at Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy, the brat-prince of a rich pureblood wizarding family, introduces himself to Harry, whom he rebuffs because of Draco’s condescending attitude toward Ron, hence becoming his arch enemy and rival. Ron, Harry and Hermione are all sorted into Gryffindor House and Draco in Slytherin. During their first year, they learn what it is to be wizards and witches, and Harry is quickly introduced to the game of Quidditch, when he’s assigned to the Gryffindor team as the “youngest Seeker in a century”.

Ron and Hermione are not on the best of terms which is compounded by Hermione showing Ron up in Charms class performing the Levitation charm ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ and when Ron mocks her, she locks herself in the girls’ lavatory, crying. In the mean time, the school faculty and students learn a troll has escaped from the dungeon and is making its way through the school. When Ron and Harry find out the troll has gone into the girls’ lavatory, and fearing for Hermione’s safety, they head to the lavatory themselves. The troll tries to get to Hermione, and has her cornered, when Harry and Ron arrive on the scene. Harry jumps on the troll’s head and Ron performs the same Levitation charm Ron tried unsuccessfully earlier in class, knocks out the troll with its own falling club. When some of the teachers arrive on the scene, Harry and Ron find themselves in trouble but Hermione saves them in turn by lying to Prof. McGonagall about wanting to stop the troll by herself and that Ron and Harry just managed to save her in time. It’s fair to say that after this incident, the trio became fast and inseparable friends.

Later, they discover that a three-headed dog, named ‘Fluffy’, is guarding a trapdoor in a forbidden corridor of the school, which they later deduce must be guarding the legendary ‘Philosopher’s Stone’. They mistakenly believe that Prof. Snape is trying to steal it in order to help Lord Voldemort be restored to power.

Fearing the theft of the Stone to be imminent, they get through the trapdoor to get to it first. They must go through several special ‘security’ charms set up by some of the school’s staff and the last one is a giant charmed Chess board, with “live” pieces, which they have to play in order to get to the Stone. Ron, who is very proficient at the game, hops onto the horse of a Knight piece and directs the game which he ends up having to sacrifice himself, by being knocked out by the 'Queen', in order for Harry to get through the last barrier to the Stone. Harry succeeds in keeping the stone away from Voldemort, who had been living inside Prof. Quirrell in the back of his head, whom ends up getting killed and Voldemort is driven away in a ghostlike form. Thankfully, Harry comes out of this encounter virtually unharmed and later learns that Ron survived his own encounter and is safe.

The Adventure of The Chamber of Secrets

Second year starts off with Harry getting a visit from the elf ‘Dobby’ at the Dursleys, he has come to warn Harry that he’ll be in mortal danger if he returns to Hogwarts this year. Harry, however, is determined to go back to school despite Dobby’s advice, pleas, and attempts to stop him using magic. Harry gets in big trouble with the Dursleys, they lock away his books and wand and even Hedwig and he becomes a virtual prisoner at number four Privet Drive. However, Ron with the help of the twins come to his rescue when they show up in their dad’s flying Ford Anglia. After spending a pleasant summer with the Weasleys, the time to return to Hogwarts has arrived… only when they get to platform 9¾, neither Harry or Ron can get through the barrier. When they realize the train is about to leave without them, in desperation, they take Mr. Weasley’s car and fly to Hogwarts where they crash land into the Whomping Willow and during this unfortunate incident, Ron’s wand gets broken.

Second year also brings a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher in the form of vain and pretentious Gilderoy Lockhart. This is also Ron’s baby sister Ginny’s first year at Hogwarts. Things take a really bad turn during the start of the school year when the Chamber of Secrets is revealed to have been opened when a couple of students and Filch’s cat are ‘petrified’. According to legend, the chamber can only be opened by the true heir of Slytherin. Several occurences take place, most of which is Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, which has many start to suspect he is behind the attacks. Harry, Ron and Hermione spend a great deal of time trying to figure out who it could be.

The attacks increase and a few other people become ‘petrified’, including Hermione. To top it all, a message was left on a wall that a student, Ginny, had been taken into the chamber where “her bones will lie forever”. With Ron’s help, Harry discovers the opening to the chamber and also discovers that Ginny is the one who initially opened it, but did not do so of her own free will. She was being possessed by Lord Voldemort, who had the name Tom Riddle when at school. He imprinted his memory into a diary which was left for Ginny. Riddle, in the hopes of the chamber being opened once again, fifty years later, becomes steadily more alive as he slowly steals away the life from Ginny.

Ron, naturally worried for his sister, and Harry forcefully enlist Prof. Lockhart’s help in rescuing Ginny. Once down in the chamber, Prof. Lockhart manages to steal Ron’s wand and when he’s about to hex them with an ‘erasing’ charm, Ron’s broken wand backfires and hits him instead, thus erasing all of his memories and causing part of the chamber to cave-in, cutting Ron off from going any further. Therefore, Harry must go ahead alone to face the Basilisk, a snake-like monster, which when looked at, kills you. He finds Ginny lying on the ground, cold and close to death. He also comes face to face with the memory, in human form, of one Tom Marvolo Riddle, whom Harry discovers is none other than Lord Voldemort himself. Harry must fight for his life when the Basilisk is let loose, and with the help of the Sorting Hat, which conjures the sword of Gryffindor, and Fawkes, Dumbledore’s pet Phoenix, he defeats the Basilisk by piercing his mouth with the sword, but not before one of the snake’s fangs, which is poisonous, penetrates his arm. Harry, tired and weakening, gets cured by Fawkes’ tears, which have healing powers. He then stabs the diary with the Basilisk’s fang and ink starts turning to blood and pours out of the diary, thus the memory of Riddle frails out of existence. Fawkes, then flies Harry, Ginny, Ron and Lockhart out of the chamber.

Back in the safety of the school, Harry and Ron learn that everyone who had been ‘petrified’ were cured and hence find their friend Hermione again, alive and well.

The Adventure of The Prisoner of Azkaban

Third year starts off with Harry spending his birthday alone, but this time receives gifts from his friends. Hagrid gives him The Monster Book of Monsters and Ron sent him a clipping of The Daily Prophet showing his family vacationing in Egypt, after his father had won the Grand Prize Galleon Draw. The news is filled with a story about escaped prisoner, Sirius Black, who had been held in the dreaded prison-fortress ‘Azkaban’. But, the most horrifying news of all is Aunt Marge, uncle Vernon’s sister, coming to stay, and during dinner one night, she insults Harry’s parents, and in a fit of anger, uses a spell which causes her to blow up like a balloon. Knowing he’s not to use magic outside school, and fearing his relatives’ wrath, he runs away from the Dursleys.

He feels he’s being watched and when he stumbles after seeing a large black dog, he unknowingly summons the ‘Knight Bus’. While on the bus, he learns that Sirius Black is a follower of Voldemort and that he had been sent to prison for killing thirteen people. He is taken to the Leaky Cauldron where he spends the rest of his holidays. He is joined there by the Weasleys and Hermione.
While buying school supplies in Diagon Alley, Ron decides to get something for his pet rat, Scabbers, who hadn’t been feeling well since the trip to Egypt, and Hermione buys herself a cat, whom she calls Crookshanks – he takes an instant dislike to Scabbers. It is a point of contention between the two friends for most of the school year.

On the night before going back to school, Harry overhears Ron’s parents arguing about Sirius Black and learns that Black is after him. On the train journey to school, the trio share a compartment with a Professor Lupin, whom they think is their new DADA teacher. Once on the train, the journey goes normally at first, but then it comes to an abrupt stop, when menacing hooded figures board the train and make for the trio’s compartment. Harry is strangely affected by these figures, so much so, he faints. When he comes to, Prof. Lupin informs the trio they were ‘Dementors’, guards of the Prison of Azkaban.

Once at school, the trio get into the routine of classes and have new subjects to learn, and Hermione has taken all of the available subjects she can take. This fully loaded timetable is a conundrum to the boys, but especially Ron. In one class with Hagrid, who is now the Care of Magical Creatures teacher, he introduces the students to Hippogriffs, large, deeply dignified creatures, a cross between horses and eagles. Malfoy insults one of these beasts, Buckbeak, and is attacked. Malfoy drags out the injury in an attempt to have Hagrid fired and Buckbeak put to sleep.

During a Hogwarts visit to Hogsmeade, a wizard village which Harry is unable to visit because he has no permission slip, Harry has tea with Professor Lupin. During their talk, Snape brings Lupin a steaming potion, which he drinks, much to Harry's alarm. Later that night, Sirius Black breaks into Hogwarts and destroys the Fat Lady portrait that guards Gryffindor Tower.

During the next Hogsmeade visit, from which Harry is forbidden, Fred and George Weasley give Harry the Marauder's map, written by the mysterious quartet of Moony, Prongs, Wormtail and Padfoot. This map leads him through a secret passageway into Hogsmeade, where he joins up with Ron and Hermione. Inside the Hogsmeade tavern, Harry overhears that Sirius Black is responsable for Harry's parents' deaths, as well as for the death of another Hogwarts student, Peter Pettigrew. Back at Hogwarts, Harry learns that Buckbeak is going to be put on trial, and Hagrid is inconsolable.

Harry starts working with Professor Lupin to fight Dementors with the Patronus charm; he is moderately successful, but still not entirely confident in his ability to ward them off.

Ron discovers evidence that Scabbers has been eaten by Crookshanks, which prompts Ron and Hermione to fight. One night, when all of the students have gone to bed, Sirius Black breaks into Harry's dormitory and slashes the curtain around Ron's bed. Several days later, Hagrid invites Harry and Ron over for tea and scolds them for shunning Hermione on account of Scabbers and having Harry’s new ‘Firebolt’ broom confiscated when she feared it might have been sent by Sirius Black.

Soon Harry, under his invisibility cloak, meets Ron during a Hogsmeade trip; when he returns, Snape catches him and confiscates his Marauder's Map. Lupin saves Harry from Snape's rage. When leaving his office, he then runs into Hermione, who informs him that Buckbeak's execution date has been set. Ron, Hermione, and Harry are reconciled in their efforts to help Hagrid. Around this time, Hermione is exceptionally stressed by all of her work, and in a day she slaps Malfoy for picking on Hagrid and she quits Divination.

Ron, Hermione, and Harry shield themselves in Harry's invisibility cloak and head off to comfort Hagrid before the execution. While at his cabin, Hermione discovers Scabbers in Hagrid's milk jug. They leave, and Buckbeak is executed. As Ron, Harry and Hermione are leaving Hagrid's house and reeling from the sound of the axe, the large black dog approaches them, pounces on Ron, and drags him under the Whomping Willow. Harry and Hermione and Crookshanks dash down after them; oddly, Crookshanks knows the secret knob to press to still the flailing tree. They move through an underground tunnel and arrive at the Shrieking Shack. They find that the black dog has turned into Sirius Black and is in a room with Ron. Harry, Ron, and Hermione manage to disarm Black, and before Harry can kill Black, avenging his parents' deaths, Professor Lupin enters the room and disarms him. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are aghast as Lupin and Black exchange a series of nods and embrace.

Once the three students calm down enough to listen, Lupin and Black explain everything. Lupin is a werewolf who remains tame through a special steaming potion made for him by Snape. While Lupin was a student at Hogwarts, his best friends, James Potter, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew, became animagi (humans able to take on animal forms) so that they could romp the grounds with Lupin at the full moon. At this moment, Snape reveals himself from underneath Harry's dropped invisibility cloak, but Harry, Ron, and Hermione disarm him, rendering him unconscious. Lupin and Black then explain that the real murderer of Harry's parents is not Black, but Peter Pettigrew, who has been presumed dead but really hidden all these years disguised as Scabbers. Lupin transforms Scabbers into Pettigrew, who squeals and hedges but ultimately confesses, revealing himself to be Voldemort's servant, and Black to be innocent. They all travel back to Hogwarts, but at the sight of the full moon, Lupin, who has forgotten to take his controlling tonic, turns into a werewolf. Sirius Black responds by turning into the large black dog in order to protect Harry, Ron, and Hermione from Lupin. As Black returns from driving the werewolf into the woods, a swarm of Dementors approaches, and Black is paralyzed with fear. One of the Dementors prepares to suck the soul out of Harry, whose Patronus charm is simply not strong enough. Out of somewhere comes a Patronus that drives the Dementors away. Harry faints.

Harry awakens in the hospital wing to hear Snape and Cornelius Fudge discussing the fact that Sirius Black is about to be given the fatal Dementor's Kiss. Harry and Hermione protest, claiming Black's innocence, but to no avail; then Dumbledore enters the room, shoos out the others, and mysteriously suggests that Harry and Hermione travel back through Hermione's time-turning device, and save both Black and Buckbeak. Hermione turns her hour-glass necklace back three turns, and Harry and Hermione are thrust into the past, where they rescue Buckbeak shortly before his execution. From a hiding place in the forest, Harry watches the Dementor sequence and discovers that he had been the one who conjured the Patronus, and he is touched and confused to note that his Patronus had taken the shape of a stag that he recognizes instantly as Prongs, his father's animagi form. After saving his past self from the Dementors, Harry and Hermione fly to the tower where Black is imprisoned, and they rescue Black, sending him away to freedom on Buckbeak's back.

The next day, Harry is saddened to learn that Professor Lupin is leaving Hogwarts because of the previous night's scare. Dumbledore meets with Harry and gives him wise fatherly advice on the events that have happened. On the train ride home, Harry receives an owl-post letter from Sirius that contains a Hogsmeade permission letter, words of confirmation that he is safe in hiding with Buckbeak and that he was, in fact, the sender of the Firebolt, and a small pet owl for Ron.

The Adventure of The Goblet of Fire

Fourth year starts, fifty years before the present day, with a description of how the Riddle family was mysteriously killed at supper, and their groundsman, Frank Bryce, was suspected of the crime, then declared innocent. Frank Bryce, now an elderly man, wakes in the night to see a light in the window of the abandoned Riddle House. He investigates and overhears Voldemort and Wormtail plotting to kill a boy named Harry Potter. Voldemort takes note of him and kills him on the spot. Harry Potter suddenly wakes up in the night with a throbbing pain in the scar Voldemort gave him. He worries that Voldemort is nearby, and he writes to Sirius Black, his godfather, mentioning the pain in his scar.

The next morning Harry's Uncle Vernon grudgingly agrees to let Harry go to the Quidditch World Cup, after receiving a letter from the Weasleys.

Early the next day, the Weasleys, Harry and Hermione head off to the World Cup. They meet up with Cedric Diggory, another Hogwarts student and his dad, and travel by Portkey. Together they are carried to the World Cup campground. Upon arrival, the Weasleys, Harry and Hermione head off to pitch their tent. Soon, Ludo Bagman arrives, jubilant at the festivities, and makes a wager with the twins on the outcome of the Cup. Soon afterward, Mr. Crouch arrives, throwing Percy into a great reverent fuss. Before they leave, they allude to a mysterious event that will happen at Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione buy souvenirs and troop to the Top Box, where they meet Winky, a house-elf who is saving a seat for her master. The game begins, after a show from the respective mascots. In the end, Ireland wins, but Viktor Krum, the Bulgarian Seeker, catches the Snitch.

The night after the game, a crowd of Death Eaters, followers of Voldemort who escaped punishment, torture four Muggles by levitating them in the air. Harry, Hermione and Ron escape by fleeing into the woods, where Harry discovers that his wand is missing. Moments later someone fires the “Dark Mark” using his or her wand. Winky the house-elf is found holding a wand at the scene of the crime. Mayhem ensues at the Ministry of Magic through the week.

Ron is upset when he receives horrible second-hand robes from his mother. The Weasleys, Harry, and Hermione take taxis to the train station and board the train to Hogwarts. Upon arriving, after the Sorting ceremony and in the middle of dinner in Hogwarts' Great Hall, Dumbledore announces that the Triwizard Tournament between schools will take place this year at Hogwarts, and also that a certain Mad-Eye Moody will be the new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher.

Mad-Eye is a competent teacher. He turns Malfoy into a ferret for trying to attack Harry while Harry's back is turned. In class, Moody teaches Gryffindor the three unforgivable curses, Imperius, Cruciatus, and Avada Kedavra – the Killing Curse. As Defense Against the Dark Arts progresses, Harry learns to successfully ward off the Imperius Curse.

In late October, the delegates from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang arrive, and Ron is thrilled to see that Viktor Krum, the famous Bulgarian Quidditch player, has come with Durmstrang. On halloween night, the Goblet of Fire spits out the names of the champions who will compete in the Triwizard Tournament; along with Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, and Viktor Krum, Harry Potter is selected. Mass chaos ensues, since Harry is too young. But because the Goblet's decision is final, it is generally decided that Harry is obligated to compete. Gryffindor House is triumphant, but Ron is sullen and envious, and he doesn't speak to Harry for quite some time. School resumes, and Harry is frustrated that few people believe he didn't place his own name in the Goblet of Fire. The first task approaches, and Harry is fretful; during the weighing of the wands, a reporter named Rita Skeeter accosts Harry and interviews him for what she says is a story about the tournament, but instead publishes a sappy, exaggerated article about Harry's tragic past.

A few nights before the task, Hagrid invites Harry for a late night walk, which ultimately turns into a glimpse of the first task: dragons. Harry hurries home, and in the Gryffindor common room fireplace, Sirius's head appears, warning Harry that Karkaroff, the head of Durmstrang, was a Death Eater and possibly still is dangerous, and that Moody was the Ministry's best dark wizard catcher ever, and is probably at Hogwarts for a reason. The next day, Harry warns Cedric about the first task; Moody hints that Harry should use his broomstick to get past the dragon. Harry and Hermione spend hours practicing summoning charms, and the day of the first task, Harry summons his broomstick and flies past the dragon, capturing the golden egg and receiving high marks. Everyone in Gryffindor is ecstatic, and Ron and Harry reconcile.

In class, Professor McGonagall announces that the Yule Ball is approaching and that the champions must find partners; this is an unexpected and difficult task. Harry gathers his courage to ask Cho Chang, a beautiful Ravenclaw student, whom Harry instantly fancied, but finds out that she has already agreed to go with Cedric. Hermione has a date, but won't say who it is; and she is annoyed when Ron asks her as his last-resort date. Finally, Harry and Ron procure the pretty but annoying Patil twins as their partners for the Yule Ball.

On Christmas, the night of the ball, Ron wears his awful dress robes and spends the entire night staring at Hermione, who is there as Viktor Krum's date. Harry spends the whole night feeling miserable about Cho and Cedric. After the ball, Cedric hints for Harry to take a bath with the golden egg, but Harry is wary of this advice. Harry returns to Gryffindor tower to find that Hermione and Ron are having a huge fight about why she went to the ball with Krum instead of with him.

The next day, Hagrid is not teaching class. Rita Skeeter has written an article saying that his ancestors, who are giants, give him a violent and dangerous nature. Hermione insults Rita for writing such horrible articles. Harry, Ron, and Hermione return to Hogwarts, visit Hagrid, and persuade him to return. Hagrid is grateful for their loyalty, and he begs Harry to win the tournament.

That night Harry takes the egg into the bathtub. It sings that he will have an hour to reclaim something valuable that has been taken into the lake.

The night before the second task, Harry still has not figured out how to breathe under water. He falls asleep in the library and is awakened in the morning by Dobby, who gives him a ball of gillyweed and sends him off to the lake, where the task is starting. The gillyweed gives Harry gills, so he swims easily through the lake, finding Hermione, Ron, Cho, and Fleur's sister asleep and tied together in a merpeople village. Harry waits to make sure all of the champions rescue their hostages before returning to the surface. Fleur never comes, so he returns with her sister and with Ron, coming up last, but gaining high marks for his moral fiber in his completion of the task.

The following day, Harry, Ron, and Hermione meet Sirius Black, disguised as a large black dog named Padfoot, in Hogsmeade. He informs them that Mr. Crouch's son was convicted as a Death Eater.

In Divination class, Harry falls asleep and dreams about Voldemort, and he wakes up screaming and clutching his scar. He leaves and goes to see Dumbledore in order to tell him what happened. He fears that Voldemort is getting stronger.

The evening of the third task, the four champions enter the maze, and Harry finds his path relatively manageable. Soon both Fleur and Krum are out of the running, and Harry and Cedric, the only remaining contestants, arrive at the trophy at the same time, and they both agree to touch it together. The trophy turns out to be a portkey, and it takes both boys to a far away graveyard, where a man in a hood instantly kills Cedric and ties up Harry. The man, Wormtail, drops the bundle he is carrying, Voldemort's current form, into a cauldron, as well as ashes from Voldemort's father, blood from Harry's arm, and Wormtail's own right hand. Voldemort resumes his body and rises from the cauldron. Voldemort presses a tattoo of the Dark Mark on Wormtail's arm, and suddenly Death Eaters begin appearing in a circle around them. Voldemort explains to Harry and his Death Eaters his fall from and rise back to power, and then he challenges Harry to a duel.

Harry prepares for death, but he manages to use the disarming spell on Voldemort just as Voldemort cries "Avada Kedavra!" at Harry. The light from the two wands meets in midair and remains connected. Voldemort's past victims emerge from his wand and protect Harry once the wand connection is broken, giving him time to grab Cedric's body and touch the trophy, thus returning to Hogwarts.

Once Harry returns, he is weak and shaken. Moody carries him into the castle, where Moody reveals that he is in fact a Death Eater, and that he was responsible for placing Harry's name in the Goblet and for turning the trophy into a portkey. Moody prepares to kill Harry when Dumbledore and other teachers burst into the room, stunning Moody and saving Harry. Dumbledore explains to Harry that Moody's body is a disguised version of Mr. Crouch's son, the young Barty, and that he has made the switch by drinking Polyjuice potion every hour.

Dumbledore takes Harry into his own office, where he asks Harry to explain what he saw in the graveyard to him and to Sirius.

During the night, Harry is awakened by an argument between Cornelius Fudge and Dumbledore, in which Dumbledore tries unsuccessfully to persuade Fudge to take precautions against Voldemort's new power. Fudge refuses to believe that the Dark Lord has returned. Soon the term ends, and at the final dinner Dumbledore tells everyone how Cedric was murdered by Voldemort, and how the future looks bleak and would require them to join together. As the students leave the train, on their return to London, Harry gives his tournament winnings to the Weasley twins to help start their practical joke enterprise, and he asks that they use some of it to buy Ron a new pair of dress robes.

The Adventure of The Order of the Phoenix

As fifth year begins, Harry is spending another tedious summer with his dreadful relatives, when a group of ‘Dementors’ stage an unexpected attack on Harry and his cousin Dudley. After using magic to defend himself, Harry is visited by a group of wizards and whisked off to number twelve, Grimmauld Place, London. Number twelve is the home of Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, and the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix. The Order is a group of wizards, led by Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, dedicated to fighting evil Lord Voldemort and his followers. The Order is forced to operate in secrecy, outside of the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Magic, which is headed by the dense and corrupt Cornelius Fudge, whom refuses to believe that Lord Voldemort has returned.

Harry used magic to fight off the Dementors, and since underage wizards are not permitted to use their wands outside of school, he must face a disciplinary hearing at the Ministry. With Dumbledore’s help, Harry is cleared and permitted to return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Reunited with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, Harry returns to Hogwarts and learns that Dolores Umbridge, an employee of Fudge, will be his new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Meanwhile, the wizard newspaper, the Daily Prophet, continues printing untrue and unfair stories about Harry. Many of his classmates are whispering about him behind his back, but Harry ignores them and tries to concentrate on his studies, since all fifth-year students at Hogwarts are required to take O.W.L.s, or Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations.

Umbridge refuses to teach her students how to perform Defense spells, and before long, Fudge appoints her High Inquisitor of Hogwarts, giving her the authority to inspect all faculty members and evaluate their skills. In desperation, Harry, Hermione, and Ron form their own Defense Against the Dark Arts group, also known as the D.A., or Dumbledore’s Army. Twenty-five other students sign up, and they meet as often as possible to learn and practice Defense spells. Harry wishes desperately to contact his godfather Sirius to discuss the situation, but Umbridge is inspecting all Owl Mail and patrolling the fires that students can use to make contact with wizards residing outside of Hogwarts. Umbridge openly dislikes Harry, whom she considers a liar, and eventually bans him from the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Ron’s twin brothers, Fred and George, storm out of Hogwarts in protest, moving to London where they plan to open a joke shop using the money Harry won last year in the Triwizard Tournament.

Harry has upsetting dreams about walking down a corridor at the Department of Mysteries, deep inside the Ministry of Magic. At the end of the corridor, Harry goes through several doors and enters a room full of dusty glass spheres. Harry always wakes up before he finds out what the dream means or what the spheres signify. One night, Harry has a vision where he inhabits the body of a large snake, and attacks Ron’s father. Harry wakes up horrified, and Professor McGonagall takes him to Dumbledore immediately. Dumbledore uses the portraits on the walls of his office to raise an alert, and Mr. Weasley is promptly rescued by two members of the Order. Dumbledore then demands that Harry take Occlumency lessons with Professor Snape, which should help Harry protect his mind against further invasions by Lord Voldemort.

Harry is unsuccessful at Occlumency as he has difficulty clearing his mind of all thoughts and outside influences. Meanwhile, his scar burns horribly every time Voldemort experiences a powerful emotion. The D.A. continues to meet regularly, and Harry’s peers show great improvement until they are caught by Umbridge. Dumbledore takes full responsibility for the group and resigns as Headmaster. Umbridge takes over his position. The students begin taking their O.W.L. exams, and Harry has another vision, this time about Sirius being held captive and tortured by Voldemort. Horrified, Harry becomes determined to save him. Hermione warns Harry that Voldemort may be deliberately trying to lure Harry to the Department of Mysteries, but Harry is too concerned about Sirius to take any chances.

Harry sneaks into Umbridge’s office, and, using her fireplace, transports himself to Twelve Grimmauld Place to look for Sirius. Kreacher, the Black house elf, tells Harry that Sirius is at the Ministry of Magic. Harry returns to Hogwarts to find that he and his friends have been caught in Umbridge’s office. Hermione and Harry convince Umbridge to follow them into the forest, where they claim to be hiding a weapon for Dumbledore. Once in the forest, Centaurs carry Umbridge away. Harry and his friends climb aboard flying horses called thestrals and speed off to the Ministry.

Once they arrive, Harry cannot find Sirius and realizes that Hermione was right. Harry also sees that one of the glass spheres has his name on it, as well as Voldemort’s. Harry grabs the sphere, and Death Eaters surround to attack, demanding that Harry hand over the prophecy. Employing all of their Defense skills, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna, and Neville have moderate success fighting the Death Eaters, but they are ultimately helped enormously by the arrival of several members of the Order. In the midst of the fight, Ron, under a spell, summons a brain-like form, which grabs onto him which he tries to fight off and Hermione is hurt by a spell from the Death Eater Dolohov, and Harry drops the glass sphere, and it shatters.

Meanwhile, Sirius’ own cousin, Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange, kills Sirius. Harry is devastated.

Dumbledore appears and corrals the Death Eaters. Voldemort and Lestrange escape, just as Fudge shows up. Dumbledore sends Harry back to school, where he explains how the sphere was a prophecy, which stated that Harry has a power that Voldemort does not know about – love. Ron and Hermione recuperate in the Infirmary, Hermione has no outward wounds but Ron is left scarred with deep, red welts on his arms.

The Adventure of The Half-Blood Prince

In sixth year, Harry and his friends are 16 now and this year at Hogwarts is shaping up to be a big one for them. It starts with an increase in Death Eater activity in the Wizarding World but which also affects the Muggle World. A new Minister of Magic is in place, Rufus Scrimgeour and they increase the security measures at Hogwarts. Snape is given his coveted Defence Against the Dark Arts post while Dumbledore and Harry persuade Horace Slughorn to return from retirement to replace Snape as Potions teacher.

Dumbledore tells Harry that he will be giving him private lessons of a sort and advises him to tell Ron and Hermione about the prophecy.

Because Slughorn only requires an "E" in the Potions O.W.L. for N.E.W.T. students, Harry and Ron find out that they are able to continue Potions, initially using the school's supplies. During the first Potions class, Slughorn lends Harry an old textbook marked as the property of the "Half-Blood Prince". Its handwritten notes help Harry to outdo even Hermione in Potions, and his performance in the first Potions class earns Harry a twelve-hour dose of Felix Felicis, a potion that gives the drinker extreme good luck for a period of time.

Due to a marked change in behavior, Harry suspects that Draco has become a Death Eater. He confides his suspicions to Dumbledore, who appears to pay no attention. Later, it is revealed that Dumbledore was trusting Snape to investigate.
Meanwhile, Harry finds himself the object of even more attention, particularly from teenage girls. After a victorious Quidditch match for Gryffindor that Harry had to miss because of a detention with Snape, Ginny won the game for Gryffindor by catching the Snitch. Upon his return to the common room and the victorious celebration, Ginny approches him and they kiss. From that moment, they start dating.

Meanwhile, there was also an increase in tension between Ron and Hermione during the school year, compounded by Ron’s discovery, in a fight with Ginny, that Hermione had kissed Krum two years before when the TriWizard Tournament took place. In a fit of jealousy, and because of his insecurities and the sense of betrayal, he takes up with another Gryffindor student, Lavender Brown, whom had previously shown interest and openly fancied him. This only caused even more grief and tension between the two heartbroken young would-be lovers. It was so bad between them, they stopped speaking, putting Harry in a very awkward position.

The lessons with Dumbledore turn out to be looking into Pensieve memories, where Harry learns more about Voldemort's past, especially his mother, Merope Gaunt, a basically powerless and abused witch who uses magic to force muggle Tom Riddle to marry her. We also learn that Voldemort likes to collect things.

A fellow student of Harry's, Katie Bell, gets cursed by an opal necklace that she is forced to pick up by the Imperius curse while away from the school. Harry suspects Draco Malfoy, but he has an alibi. Harry starts learning many hexes and spells from his potions book.

Just before Christmas, Harry overhears Draco Malfoy and Snape talking about the help Snape promised Malfoy in the unbreakable vow with his mother, Narcissa Lestrange.

Harry looks inside the Potions textbook and sees that it is 50 years old, which he thinks eliminates his father and friends from being the Half-Blood Prince. Hermione does some research showing that the Half-Blood Prince could be anyone, even a girl, showing him something about a former Hogwarts student, Eileen Prince.

In one of the lessons Dumbledore shows Harry about how young Voldemort covered killing his muggle father and muggle grandparents by pinning it on his wizard uncle. Dumbledore also shows Harry a memory where teenage Voldemort asks Slughorn about Horcruxes, but the memory has obviously been altered by Slughorn. Dumbledore sets Harry on finding out what really happened. We also see how a younger Voldemort killed a woman to get a locket owned by Slytherin and a cup owned by Hufflepuff.

When Harry at first tries to interrogate Slughorn about the Horcrux, he refuses to talk. Then, on Ron’s 17th birthday, he mistakenly eats love potion laced chocolate frogs which had been left for Harry by one of his female admirers. When Harry discovers the truth, he takes him to Slughorn in order for the Potions teacher to cure him of his ‘love’ affliction. Slughorn takes out a bottle of mead which he received as a present, and gives it to the boys. When Harry attempts again to ask about the Horcrux, Ron who instantly drank his glass, gags and has a seizure. Harry realizes he drank poison and quickly shoves a bezoar in his mouth and rushes him to the Infirmary. Harry’s quick thinking and prompt action saved Ron’s life. Needless to say, Hermione was very worried and anxious of losing Ron, which leads the two friends to reconcile, and with Ron later calling things off with Lavender, the long-suffering and long-hidden feelings between Ron and Hermione come to the surface, or so it is implied.

Finally Harry goes to see Slughorn again and uses guilt about his mother, who was a favorite of his, to get the real memory. Therefore, we learn that Horcruxes are divisions of the soul that can be created when a person murders someone. Voldemort killed and divided his soul 6 times, so he with the piece inside himself, he has seven pieces of his soul around, thus making him immortal.

Dumbledore tells him that he has a choice to help him destroy the Horcruxes, and that he can choose to follow the prophecy or not. Harry knows because he loves his friends, mentors, and dead parents, that he must fight Voldemort.
While two of Voldemort's Horcruxes have already been destroyed (Tom Riddle's diary by Harry and Marvolo Gaunt's ring by Dumbledore), Dumbledore believes that there are four more that must be destroyed. He and Harry set off to retrieve one (Salazar Slytherin's locket), and are successful in retrieving a locket from the expected location, though Dumbledore is heavily weakened in the process.
The two return to find the Dark Mark over Hogwarts. As they investigate, they are surprised by Draco Malfoy. Dumbledore paralyzes Harry, who is wearing his Invisibility Cloak, allowing Harry to witness all the events that follow while remaining invisible and unable to interfere. The time taken to paralyze Harry prevents Dumbledore from defending himself against Draco, who disarms him. Draco reveals that he has allowed Death Eaters to have access to Hogwarts by using a Vanishing Cabinet in the Room of Requirement.

Other Death Eaters soon arrive and urge Draco to fulfill his mission, but he hesitates. Snape arrives shortly thereafter, and after Dumbledore pleads with him, kills the headmaster with the Killing curse. The Death Eaters then flee. With Dumbledore's death, his paralyzing spell is broken, and Harry is again free to move. Harry pursues Snape, who identifies himself as the Half-Blood Prince before fleeing Hogwarts with Malfoy.

While this was taking place, Ron and Hermione, along with some D.A. Members, after each taking a portion of the remaining Felix Felicis potion, were involved in a harrowing fight of their own, but they managed to hold their own and fight off the Death Eaters that had besieged the school, with the help of several Order members.

Harry recovers the locket from Dumbledore's body, and discovers that it is a fake. He finds a note inside to the Dark Lord, from someone with the initials "R.A.B.", who has "stolen the real Horcrux", intending "to destroy it as soon as possible", with the hope that when Voldemort meets his match, that he "will be mortal once more".

Many prominent members of the Wizarding world including Rufus Scrimgeour attend a funeral in Dumbledore's honor. Harry, fearing Voldemort would attempt to hurt the girl he loves to get to him, breaks things off with Ginny. Meanwhile, Ron and Hermione show a closer intimacy, when in their shared grief, take comfort in each other by holding each other and crying together.

Minerva McGonagall becomes the interim headmistress of Hogwarts, but she and the other teachers fear that the school may have to be closed down.

After Dumbledore's funeral, Harry decides not to return to school so that he can devote his time to destroying the remaining Horcruxes and defeating Voldemort. He informs Ron and Hermione of his decision, and the two insist on coming with him to seek out Voldemort.


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