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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Scene 5

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Scene 5

Scene 5

  • Now we're with two suspicious-looking figures wandering through dark, rainy streets. They're speaking in whispers about someone who supposedly can't be trusted. Super mysterious stuff.
  • They arrive at a house, and Peter Pettigrew (a.k.a. Wormtail—remember him from previous films?) answers the door and brings the visitors in to see Snape. The visitors are Narcissa and Bellatrix and they're there against the Dark Lord's orders.
  • Narcissa wants Snape to help her son. He's been tasked with something, and Narcissa doesn't seem to want Draco to do it…whatever it is. Again, mysterious stuff.
  • Snape says he might be able to help. Bella seems suspicious of Snape's loyalty, but Snape tries to shrug off her doubts, saying that they're just proof that his performance as Dumbledore's ally was that good.
  • Nonetheless, Bellatrix tries to call his bluff and ask him to make an Unbreakable Vow. Much to her surprise, he says yes (crushing that bluff-call), vowing to Narcissa that he'll help Draco in whatever he's trying to do and protect him from harm.
  • Bella also asks Snape to finish the job if Draco is unable to do it.
  • Snape looks less than thrilled with all this (has Snape ever looked thrilled?), but he agrees. With some weird fiery rope things twisting around their handshake, Snape and Narcissa seal Snape's magical vow. Dun dun dun.

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