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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 11

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Chapter 11

The Firebolt

  • Harry returns to the castle in shock over what he's heard.
  • He's angry that no one ever told him the full story.
  • Harry goes up to his room to look at the photo album Hagrid made for him, full of old pictures of his parents.
  • He searches through it until he finds his parents' wedding photo. And standing next to his dad is none other than a young and happy Sirius Back.
  • Harry has nightmares all night about Black.
  • The next day is the start of the holiday break and the three friends go visit Hagrid.
  • Harry plans to angrily confront Hagrid about Black.
  • But Hagrid is so upset when they arrive that Harry doesn't have the heart to do it.
  • Turns out, Buckbeak has to go on trial for his attack on Malfoy, and Hagrid is really upset.
  • They agree to help Hagrid with his case, and the project helps distract Harry.
  • On Christmas morning, the gang check out their presents.
  • Harry has an anonymous gift that turns out to be a Firebolt broomstick.
  • The boys flip out in excitement, but Hermione finds the whole thing shifty.
  • That night, they head down for Christmas dinner with the few other students still at the castle and the professors.
  • Professor Trelawney decides to join them, after having a vision where she did just that. How convenient.
  • McGonagall and Trelawney provide the dinner entertainment as they proceed to bicker.
  • Snape glares at everyone and Dumbledore acts cheerfully oblivious to everyone.
  • Finally, the world's most awkward dinner ends and Hermione stays behind to chat with McGonagall.
  • The boys go back to the common room to gaze at the Firebolt some more.
  • They're about a few minutes away from composing sonnets to it.
  • But then McGonagall arrives to break up the love fest. She's come to confiscate the Firebolt.
  • The boys are furious with Hermione and McGonagall.
  • Hermione defends herself: "Because I thought – and Professor McGonagall agrees with me – that the broom was probably sent to Harry by Sirius Black!" (11.2.204).

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