"Fellow seems quite unbalanced. I'd watch out for him, if I were you, Dumbledore."
-- Cornelius Fudge
Harry and Hermione safely return to the hospital wing, where Snape arrives to blame them for Black’s escape but cannot prove it. Lupin resigns, returning the invisibility cloak and Marauder’s Map to Harry. Term ends, HRH return home on the Hogwarts Express, Harry gets owl post from Black, and Ron gets a new owl.
Calendar and Dates
This chapter begins immediately after the previous chapter, although in this case that statement is more complicated than it at first appears to be.
- The End of PA
- The End of PA: Chart Showing the Events of the Evening of June 6
Interesting facts and notes
The chapter title refers back to that of chapter 1, Owl Post.
They slipped through the doorway behind them and down a tightly spiralling stone staircase.
Although we will learn the following year that the Owlery is at the top of West Tower (GF15), there is no mention of it here.
...then started to run in the opposite direction. Down one staircase, then another, along a new corridor -
We note that the entrance of the staircase leading up to the top of West Tower is two floors above where Harry and Hermione encounter Peeves.
They had reached the end of the corridor with the hospital-wing entrance.
We're not sure whether this is still the same corridor in which Harry and Hermione encountered Peeves, since the pair have been running for some little time before they reach this point. However, even if they ran through some intervening corridors that haven't been mentioned, it seems likely that they're still on the same floor as that corridor, since no staircases are mentioned during their race to the entrance.
"HE DID IT, I KNOW HE DID IT -"
And of course, Snape is quite right.
"Unless you are suggesting that Harry and Hermione are able to be in two places at once, I'm afraid I don't see any point in troubling them further."
Dumbledore, you are a bad man. :)
"When one wizard saves another wizard's life, it creates a certain bond between them..."
As has been pointed out by many people, Harry is Snape's debt, just as Snape was in James', to name two such debt relationships.
"But trust me...the time may come when you will be very glad you saved Pettigrew's life."
Harry couldn't imagine when that would be.
Book 7, from the look of things. This is somewhat reminiscent of the complicated situation between Bilbo Baggins, his cousin Frodo, and Gollum in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
"Yeah...I bet the Dursleys would be pleased to let me come...especially after what I did to Aunt Marge..."
Personally, in Petunia's place I might even give Harry a bit of a break just for that.
Exceptional character moments
Fudge, whose reaction to the capture of a supposedly dangerous and insane murderer is relief - not at the end of a public danger, but that he can now boast about the capture to the Daily Prophet. He has no qualms at all that we can see at the idea of having the Kiss administered.
Lupin, resigning from a job he badly needs (and wants) because the precautions protecting others from his werewolf state have been shown to be inadequate.
Lupin's opinion that James would have been "highly disappointed if his son had never found any of the secret passages out of the castle".
Ron, who asks for Crookshanks' opinion of Pigwidgeon before committing to keeping him.
"Unless you are suggesting that Harry and Hermione are able to be in two places at once, I'm afraid I don't see any point in troubling them further." [Dumbledore]
"Fellow seems quite unbalanced. I'd watch out for him, if I were you, Dumbledore." [Cornelius Fudge]
"I was worried this mornin', mind...thought he mighta met Professor Lupin on the grounds, but Lupin says he never ate anythin' las' night..." [Rubeus Hagrid]
"Who'd have thought it? That brings her total of real predictions up to two." [Dumbledore]
"Hasn't your experience with the Time-Turner taught you anything, Harry? The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed..." [Dumbledore]
"You haven't got a godfather!"
"Yes, I have," said Harry brightly. "He was my mum and dad's best friend. He's a convicted murderer, but he's broken out of wizard prison and he's on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though...keep up with my news...check I'm happy..." [Vernon] and [Harry]