Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #7

Ron said, "One person can't feel all that at once, they'd explode."

"Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have," said Hermione nastily, picking up her quill again.

"[Cho] was the one who started it," said Harry. "I wouldn't've – she just sort of came at me – and the next thing she's crying all over me – I didn't know what to do —" (21.187-189)

When Harry debriefs Ron and Hermione about his first kiss with Cho, Hermione acts as a translator for all the feelings running through Cho – the conflicting feelings that made her kiss Harry and then cry all over him. Harry and Ron are both stunned that Cho could be feeling so much, but for Hermione, it seems obvious. J.K. Rowling is clearly playing on stereotypes that girls at fifteen are a lot more in touch with their own emotions (and those of other people) than boys are. In your experience, do you think that's true?

Quote #8

"See what they've named themselves?" said Fudge quietly. "Dumbledore's Army."

Dumbledore reached out and took the piece of parchment from Fudge. He gazed at the heading scribbled by Hermione months before and for a moment seemed unable to speak. Then he looked up, smiling.

"Well, the game is up," he said simply. "Would you like a written confession from me, Cornelius – or will a statement before these witnesses suffice?" (27.198-200)

In a split second, presented with the evidence that the D.A. has been calling itself Dumbledore's Army, Dumbledore decides to take the fall for Harry and his friends. What do you think his feelings are in reading the heading Hermione had written on top of the list of names? How do you think he feels about leaving the school at this juncture? We never really learn what Dumbledore was doing outside of Hogwarts – what do you think he was up to?

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