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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Scene 6

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Scene 6

Scene 6

  • We switch over to a happier, less scary scene…phew. We're in the joke shop that Ron's brothers, Fred and George, started when they left Hogwarts. As per usual, the twins have all sorts of magical swag for sale, including Peruvian darkness powder and love potions, which Hermione and Ginny seem to be attempting to check out on the down-low.
  • On their way out of the shop, a girl makes a point of saying hi to Ron in a kind of moony way. Looks like someone has a crush on our favorite redhead. Ah, refreshing normal teenager stuff.
  • The kids wander out into Diagon Alley, which is basically deserted, other than the joke shop (guess people really need their jokes right now?), and find the old wand shop (Ollivander's) destroyed. Hmmm. This looks like the shop we saw getting pummeled by Death Eaters in the first scene. Guess we can understand why other shop owners have cleared out.
  • Harry, Hermione and Ron head inside to check out the damage.
  • Through the "window" (or what's left of it), they see Draco Malfoy and his mother out on the street looking sneaky. A dark, deserted alleyway with some Voldemort cronies acting shady? Obviously, our magical friend trio decides to snoop around and see what's going on.
  • (Oh, and on the wall of the alley, there's a "Wanted" poster for a guy named Fenrir Greyback. He's one of the Death Eaters we saw in the first scene—you know, the charming guy who was dragging a hooded prisoner out of Ollivander's.)
  • Eeep, the alleyways are super dark, there are strange people and even some wild-seeming dogs wandering about. We're feeling pretty uneasy about this whole following Malfoy plan.
  • Draco and his mom enter a shop called Borgin & Burke's and meet up with some other evil-looking folks.
  • The kids go to a building above to spy on them through the windows.
  • Weird—it looks like Draco is messing around with…some kind of cabinet?
  • Oh, and yikes, there's that Greyback dude—and he almost catches a glimpse of Harry and the gang.
  • They duck down in time, but sheesh, that was close.
  • Greyback seems to sense something fishy's going on and closes all the shades. Guess we aren't going to find out what Malfoy and friends are doing with that cabinet. For now.

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