Chapter 2-11 The Dueling Club
- Harry is healed and is excused from the Hospital wing. Harry looks
for Hermione and Ron
and finds them in Moaning Myrtle's bathroom. They already started
on the Polyjuice Potion. Harry tells
them what happened to Colin, which they already overheard Professor
McGonagall telling Professor Flitwick. He also tells them about Dobby.
Now they know the Chamber of Secrets has been opened before. They speculate
about what kind of monster is in there. Hermione thinks it might be
able to make itself invisible or maybe it can disquise itself.. She
read about Chameleon Ghouls who can
- Everybody at Hogwarts is getting afraid and suspicious.
- Christmas is near and the holiday will be the perfect time to use
the Polyjuice potion to get a confession from Malfoy. They still need
the Boomslang skin and the Bicorn
horn and will try to get it in next Potions
class from Professor Snape. On Thursday afternoon, the
lesson goes as usual, Draco harrassing
Ron by flickering puffer-fish eyes at Ron and Harry. They
are making a Swelling Solution.
To create a diversion so that Hermione can sneak into Snape's private
stores, Harry throws one of Fred's Filibuster fireworks into Goyle's
cauldron. It explodes, showering the whole class, Malfoy's nose and
Goyle's hands swelling. Professor Snape calls for order and for everyone
who has been affected to come to him for a Deflating Draft. Hermione manages to
get the ingredients.
- A week later, there's an announcement on the notice board that a Dueling
Club will be started; first meeting that night. The trio decide
to go, wondering who will be teaching. Hermione was told Professor Flitwick was a dueling champion when he was
young. Entering, they find out it is Professor Lockhart and that Professor
Snape will be his assistant. They start the Wizard's Duel demonstration. On the count
of three, Professor Snape uses a Disarming Charm ¤ Expelliarmus to blast Lockhart off
his feet. Next they will duel in pairs. Neville with Justin Finch-Fletchley, Ron
with Seamus Finnigan, Harry
with Draco and Hermione with Millicent Bullstrode. They
are supposed to start on the count of three. Draco cheats and starts
on 2, Harry is hit with a spell but manages to cast a counter Tickling
Charm ¤ Rictusempra. Draco casts a spell
again, ¤ Tarantallegra and Snape
stops all duels by casting a ¤ Finite Incantatem. All stop,
Lockhart helps up Ernie Macmillan
and Miss Fawcett. Next Neville and Justin have to
volunteer for a spell blocking demonstration, but Snape has Draco and
Harry do it. Snape whispers a curse to Draco and when they start Malfoy
casts a ¤ Serpensortia and a
black snake comes out of his wand. Lockhart,
trying to get rid of the snake, blows the snake ten feet into the air
and it falls down again. Enraged, it slithers toward Justin. Harry,
sprinting after it, comands it to 'leave him alone!' and miraculously
it stops. Everybody is upset and Ron takes Harry away to the Gryffindor
- Ron explains to Harry that he is a Parselmouth, someone who can talk to snakes.
Speaking the snake language, Parseltongue, is not considered a good
quality in general, since Salazar Slytherin was famous for it.
The whole school will think Harry is a decendant. Harry is afraid of
this, since the Sorting Hat had wanted
to put him in the Slytherin house.
- The next day he wants to explain what really happened to Justin. He
goes to seek him in the library. A group of Hufflepuffs are talking and Harry overhears
their conversation. He hears Ernie Macmillan trying to convince the
others that Harry is the Heir of Slytherin.
Harry shows himself and tries to convince them of what he really did
at the Dueling Club, with no effect, and goes away.
- Leaving, he bumps into Hagrid
who tells Harry that his roosters are being killed. He continues and
finds Justin and Nearly Headless
Nick petrified solid. Peeves appears and starts to shout "ATTACK!
ATTACK! ...." Professor McGonagall appears to the spot and takes Harry
with her. Justin is taken to the hospital wing by Professor Flitwick
and Professor Sinistra of the Astronomy
Department. Harry is taken by McGonagall to Dumbledore's office
by entering through a stone gargoyle with
the password "lemon drop" and up a spiral staircase.