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Detention With Dolores

- Chapter 13

“I want you to write ‘I must not tell lies'" - Professor Umbridge (OP13)

OP13: Detention with Dolores

Hermione stops the twins from experimenting on first-years, Ron tries to stop unknowing house-elves from taking Hermione’s knitted hats, and Professor Grubbly-Plank teaches Care of Magical Creatures as there is still no sign of Hagrid. Harry serves Umbridge’s detentions, in which an enchanted quill cuts lines into the back of his hand, and Ron tries out for and makes the Gryffindor team as Keeper.

Calendar and Dates

The chapter begins at dinner on the first day of classes (Monday) during Harry's fifth year. It then continues steadily through the rest of the week, ending as Harry and Hermione go to bed on Friday night. The dates this week covers is the 2nd through 6th of September, 1995 [Y15].

Interesting facts and notes

Still to come.

Exceptional character moments

Still to come.

Memorable lines

[Ron, talking about Hermione's hats] "They might not count as clothes. They didn't look anything like hats to me, more like woolly bladders." Hermione did not speak to him all morning.

Ernie might be pompous on occasions like these, but Harry was in a mood to deeply appreciate a vote of confidence from somebody who was not wearing radishes in their ears.

One one of the walls was a collection of ornamental plates, each decorated with a large technicolor kitten wearing a different bow around its neck. These were so foul that Harry stared at them, transfixed, until Professor Umbridge spoke again.

Words and phrases

Other Canon Notes

Characters (notes or unnamed):

  • (unnamed) students who whisper about Harry in the Great Hall
  • (unnamed) first-years who test Fred and George's Fainting Fancies and Nosebleed Nougats
  • (unnamed) Slytherins who laugh at Malfoy's joke
  • (unnamed) fourth years who leave Herbology with Ginny
  • (unnamed) Hogwarts house-elves
  • (unnamed) Students who Harry watched try out for
  • Gryffindor Quidditch Team


Settings and locations mentioned:

At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, classes aren't always inside.

  • Care of Magical Creatures is on school grounds
  • Herbology is in the greenhouses

Characters Introduced


The detention scene is reminiscent of Act 1, scene 5, of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe: Faustus cuts his arm in order to write with his own blood a deed promising his soul to the devil. After writing the document, Faustus realizes that a cryptic inscription has appeared on his arm. -BB

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