Chapter 2-8 The Deathday Party
- October arrives and there is a spate of colds among the staff and
students. Madam Pomfrey has a
Pepperup Potion to deal with it. Squelching
along the deserted corridors one day Harry encounters Nearly
Headless Nick, the ghost of Gryffindor Tower. He looks troubled.
He's disappointed because he was not allowed to enter the Headless Hunt, an event a group of ghosts
participate in who have been completely decapatated. In their letter
they say that to be allowed to join, "one's head needs to be completely
parted with their body", which Nearly Headless Nick's is not. "Otherwise
it would be impossible for other members to participate in hunt activities
as Horseback Head Juggling and
Head Polo". The note is signed by Sir
- At the end of his conversation with Nearly Headless Nick, Filch burst in the corridor and takes
him to his office for dripping mud from his shoes all over the castle.
While Filch is thinking about an appropriate punishment for Harry, there's
a loud bang and he speeds upstairs to catch Peeves, presumed guilty of this mischief.
- Harry sees a purple envelope on Filch's desk. On it, he reads the
words "Kwikspell, A Correspondence Course
in Beginners' Magic". Intrigued, he opens it and reads the parchment.
It is a beginner's course in magic with comments from those who have
taken the course. Some of these read: Madam Z.
Nettes of Topsham who used to be really poor in doing magic; now
"her friends even beg her for the recipe of her Scintillation Solution" ...Warlock
D. J. Prod from Didsbury improved his spells
drastically with the course. Filch gets back to his office, and seeing
the envelope in a different place, angrily sends Harry away, bewildered,
- Afterwards he finds out that Nearly Headless Nick persuaded Peeves
to make the noise Filch heard to create a diversion for Harry. He asks
Harry to come to his five hundredth Deathday Party on Halloween, together
with Ron and Hermione.
- Ron and Hermione hear about the invitation in the common room where
Fred and George are trying to find out what would happen if you feed
a Filibuster Firework to a salamander, which they "rescued" from a Care
of Magical Creatures class.
- On Halloween they go to the party. The room is filled with ghosts;
among which them Fat Friar, the Hufflepuff
ghost, the Bloody Baron, the Slytherin
Ghost, Moaning Myrtle and Peeves. Peeves tells
Moaning Myrtle some unkind things Hermione said about her and she bursts
into one of her usual sobs and flees from the dungeon. The trio lie
to Nearly Headless Nick that they are having a great time. Nick is proud
of himself, telling them the Wailing Widow
came all the way from Kent. A group of Head Polo playing ghosts on horses
gallop into the room, Sir Patrick at the front.
- They decide to leave and suddenly Harry hears the voice again he heard
in Lockhart's office saying "... rip ... tear ... kill ..." and "...
so hungry ... for so long ..." and ".. kill ... time to kill ...". They
follow the voice and Harry hears it say "... I smell blood ... I SMELL
BLOOD!". Then suddenly they see written on the wall "THE CHAMBER
OF SECRETS HAS BEEN OPENED, ENEMIES OF THE HEIR, BEWARE." Underneath the sighn,
hanging on a tornch bracket by her tail, is Mrs. Norris. Before they can get away from
the place the corridor is crowded with students, trying to see what