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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Scene 3

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Scene 3

Scene 3

  • Now we're in a little café in the London underground and someone's sitting at a table reading a newspaper. Oh, hey, it's Harry, and the paper is The Daily Prophet. (Eeep, according to the headline, it looks like Lucius Malfoy is in prison.)
  • The waitress asks Harry about this "Harry Potter" bloke mentioned in the paper (she can see the front page as she faces him).
  • Harry deflects the question, saying Harry Potter is a "tosser." Sick self-deprecating burn. The waitress seems unconvinced…kinda seems like she knows Harry Potter is the guy sitting in front of her. And she's very interested in knowing more about him.
  • To that end, she tells him she gets off work at 11. Looks like Harry might have a date tonight. Another Milhouse moment?
  • Well, not so fast. Harry looks out the window of the café and seems transfixed by something flickering across the way. A train passes, and Dumbledore suddenly appears at the opposite track.
  • Harry joins him, and notices Dumby's sporting a pretty gnarly hand injury. Dumbledore then Apparates (kind of like teleporting) with Harry to a dark street.
  • Dumbledore has brought Harry to the village of Budleigh Babberton, where he leads him to a house. They enter. Dumbledore calls out for someone named Horace.
  • The house appears to have been completely ransacked, so we're not feeling too good about their chances of finding Horace…or, at least, not in one piece.
  • Harry looks up and realizes that blood is dripping through the ceiling above. Gross. Really not feeling good about poor Horace's prospects now.
  • Dumbledore spies an armchair and starts moving carefully toward it. He aims his wand at the chair and suddenly, a head comes out of it.
  • Well, that was unexpected.
  • It turns out that the armchair is Horace—Horace Slughorn, to be exact. Apparently he's an old friend of Dumbledore's. He's been hiding from Death Eaters, which is why the house is in such bad shape.
  • Dumbledore puts the whole house to rights again, Mary Poppins-style, and we learn that he's there to ask Horace for something. Horace immediately shuts him down, saying the answer is still no. But wait, what's the question?
  • Horace used to teach Harry's mother. He shows Harry pictures of his former students, many of whom Harry has heard about before.
  • Dumbledore then pretends to be ready to leave without badgering Horace anymore, but suddenly Horace agrees.
  • Dumbledore then ships Harry straight to the Burrow, the residence of Harry's superfriends, the Weasleys.
  • Harry lands in a puddle. He's pretty annoyed until he sees Ginny in an upstairs window. Uh-oh, he's looking all googly-eyed…romance is definitely in the air.
  • Inside, Ginny finds Harry's things in the house—Dumbledore had sent them ahead because he's not only magical but also super thoughtful.
  • The word spreads throughout the house that Harry might be there somewhere, and adorable confusion ensues, since no one knew he was coming (Dumbledore didn't call ahead?).
  • Harry heads inside, and the Weasleys and Hermione (who's also chilling in the Burrow, natch) are very excited to see him.

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