Chapter 3-16 Professor Trelawney's Prediction
- Exams are near. Everybody is studying hard. Even Fred and George are
studying, as they are about to take their O.W.L.s. Percy is getting
ready for his N.E.W.Ts (Nastily
Exhausting Wizarding Tests). He hopes to enter the Ministry of Magic, so he needs top
- Hermione looks completely exhausted. Her exam timetable shows various
exams at the same time. Ron asks how she plans to do that but she does
not answer the question; asking instead if either of them has seen her
copy of Numerology and Grammatica.
- Exams start. For Charms exam they need to perform a Cheering Charm. Care of Magical Creatures
exam is easy but Potions is difficult. Harry has problems with his Confusing
Concoction. Then they have exams in Astronomy, Herbology and Defense
against the Dark Arts.
- Cornelius Fudge has come to
Hogwarts to serve as a witness to the possible execution of Buckbeak
by the Committee
for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures. Two other members of the
- Harry has his last exam, Divination. The students have to go to Professor
Trelawney's room seperately.
Ron goes first. After about twenty minutes it is Harry's turn. Harry
makes up a bogus story. He says he sees a Hippogriff in the Orb.
While Trelawney asks Harry questions about it, she suddenly starts talking
in a harsh voice, her eyes unfocused and her mouth sagging. She's saying
'It will happen tonight. The Dark Lord
lies alone and friendless, abandoned by his followers. His servant has
been chained these twelve years. Tonight, before midnight, the servant
will break free and set out to rejoin his mster. The Dark Lord will
rise again with his servant's aid, greater and more terrible then ever
before. Tonight ... before midnight ... the servant ... will set out
... to rejoin ... his master ...' After this, she snaps up again
and does not remember anything she has said.
- Back in Gryffindor Tower, Harry hears that Hagrid has sent a note saying Buckbeak
has lost the appeal and will be executed at sunset, and that he does
not want to talk to anybody. Hermione fetches the Invisibility cloak, wanting to go
and talk to Hagrid. Harry, Ron and Hermione go under the cloak together
to Hagrid's cabin. Hagrid looks like a beaten man. He tells them that
not even Dumbledore can overrule the Committee's decision. The executioner,
Macnair, is an old pal of Malfoy's. About
to go back to the castle, Hermione suddenly finds Scabbers in Hagrids milk bottle. Outside,
a group of people are coming. The three go out the back door. As they
leave towards the castle they hear the swish and thud of an axe.