Chapter 3-6 Talons and Tea Leaves
- On the first day of school, Draco is heard mocking Harry's fainting
on the train at the Slytherin table. Ron notices the apparent mixup
in Hermione's timetable, having three classes at the same time, but
Hermione says it's all fixed with Professor McGonagall. Harry, Hermione and Ron set out for their first Divination class at the top of North Tower.
- They had never been to the North Tower before and need to ask directions.
Sir Cadogan, a personage in one of the
paintings on the wall, shows them the way.
- The teacher is Professor Sybill Trelawney. She starts telling
them about the Inner Eye, the ability to
penetrate the mysteries of the future. This term, they will be learning
to read tea leaves, next term they will start palmistry. Later on, they will progress to
fire-omens and the crystall ball. She scares
them with all kind of warnings and events, regarding the future. She
tells Lavender Brown that the
thing she is dreading will happen of Friday, the sixteenth of October.
They start reading tea leaves and interpret them using their book Unfogging the Future. Professor
Trelawney interrupts Ron and Harry, predicting terrible things to Harry
from his tea cup. She says Harry has the Grim, the giant, spectral dog that haunts churchyards;
an omen of death. Harry remembers the dog on the cover of Death
Omens in Flourish and Blotts and the dog in Magnolia Crescent. The whole class
is upset by the prediction of Harry's death.
- Next lesson is Transfiguration with Professor McGonagall.
She is telling them about Animagi, wizards
who can transform at will into animals, and she transforms into a tabby
cat to show them, but stops abrubtly, asking what is wrong with them,
showing no attention at all. Hermione tells what happened at divination.
Professor McGonagall tells them that Professor Trelawney predicts the
death of a student every year, but none of them has died yet. She also
questions her ability, saying that true Seers
are very rare.... Most students feel a bit relieved by her words.
- Ron is still upset. After asking Harry if he did see a great black
dog, Harry confirming, he tells them that his uncle Bilius once saw one and died twenty-four hours
- In the afternoon they have their first Care of Magical Creatures
class, taught by Hagrid. Hagrid tells them to open
their books, but everybody seems to have sealed their copy of The Monster Book of Monsters
with ropes. Hagrid showed them they could open them by stroking
them. Next he show them Hippogriffs, creatures with the body, hind
legs and tail of a horse, but with the front legs, wings and head of
a giant eagle. The way to deal with them is to never insult them; bow
to them and if they bow back you are allowed to touch them. Harry volunteers
to try first with a Hippogriff called Buckbeak.
He bows, it bows back and Hagrid has Harry ride it. After flying around
the paddock once they head back to the ground. Next the rest of the
class does the same.
- Malfoy insults Buckbeak and is attacked by it. He has to go to the
Hospital wing to have his arm taken care of.
- At night, Harry, Ron and Hermione go and see Hagrid again. Hagrid
reckons he will be fired soon. The school governors have been told and
they reckon he should have started smaller, with Flobberworms or something similar. Next
he takes them back to the castle, telling them off for wandering around