| Quote #4
"Hi, Harry, I'm Romilda Vane," she said loudly and confidently. "Why don't you join us in our compartment? You don't have to sit with them," she added in a strange whisper, indicating Neville's bottom which was sticking out from under the seat again as he groped around for Trevor, and Luna, who was now wearing her free Spectrespecs, which gave her the look of a demented multicolored owl.
Hogwarts is not immune to the petty drama and to the silly cliques that we experience all the time in school. We've seen Gossip Girl. There's something about the process of growing up that makes people terrified of being left out or of being considered "uncool." It's kind of comforting to know that even wizards and witches struggle with their own sense of coolness and sense of self sometimes.
| Quote #5
It was a mark of the strength of their friendship that Ron did not laugh. (8.116)
Ron doesn't laugh at the fact that Malfoy froze Harry and then broke his nose with his foot. At the time of the attack, this seemed like a pretty violent thing for Malfoy to do, and we were really worried for Harry. But, at the same time, it was kind of silly of Harry to wrap himself in his invisibility blanket just to sit in the luggage rack of the Slytherin compartment on the Hogwarts Express – his foolishness in this regard is a bit laughable. And yet, we've got to hand it to Harry for being in it to win it. He's willing to try anything in order to get the right information. Ron must recognize that too at this moment.
| Quote #6
Exactly what Hagrid would say when he realized his three favorite students had given up his subject, he did not like to think. (8.137)
Do you agree with the way Harry, Hermione, and Ron deal with Hagrid at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? Are they being good friends to Hagrid? What could they have done to be a better friend to him? What is the nature of the three's friendship with Hagrid: how long have they been friends, what have they experienced together, how have they helped each other?