HP Re-read: 1.9 The Midnight Duel

This chapter lets us take a peek into Harry’s (and the rest of the Slytherin and Gryffindor first years’) first ever flying lesson!

Stick out your right hand over your broom,“ called Madam Hooch at the front, “and say ‘Up!’”

“UP!” everyone shouted.

Harry’s broom jumped into his hand at once, but it was one of the few that did.

I’m not much into sports. Thus, I haven’t been very fond of the Quidditch scenes in either the books or the movies. I did like that Harry was such a complete ace at flying and that it’s the first thing that came naturally to him in his new world. Flying has become and continued to be a genuine source of happiness and relief for him throughout his stressful Hogwarts years.

This is a pretty short chapter, and I’m not surprised that the actual midnight duel part didn’t make it in the movie adaptation.

I do would like to talk about some interesting points I found throughout this portion of the book:

  • Draco is just a complete bully overall. He just torments everyone – including poor Neville. Neville gets a Remembrall from his gran, which Draco tries to snatch from him initially, but Professor McGonagall got invloved. During their flying lesson, Neville dropped the Remembrall when he shoots straight up into the air, falls to the ground, and breaks his arm. Madam Hooch had to take him to the hospital wing. Sleazeball Malfoy takes it, in which Harry just exclaims “aw bitch hell nawwww!” He didn’t really uttered those words, but I’d like to believe he did lol.
  • Malfoy tossing the Remembrall away up in the air prompts Harry to dive for it, catching it just a foot from the ground. McGonagall sees this. Harry thinks he’s about to be expelled for flying without supervision. Turns out McGonagall wants him to be the Seeker for the Gryffindor Quidditch team! Talk about a relief for Harry. Reading about Seeing his first flight is exciting! It has that “discovering your superpower” tone to it. Especially since apparently it doesn’t come naturally for magical folks. Plus it’s flying!  Such a cool ability. Also showing up sleazaball Malfoy is always a plus.
  • Ron is funny in this chapter. It also establishes a clear friendship dynamic for them, particularly Ron’s instant aid when Malfoy taunts Harry about not knowing what a wizard duel is. Ron insists Harry does, and offers to be his second. It’s even funnier when Ron explains to Harry that in wizard duels you fight to the death, but no death will happen because none of them really have the skills to fight lol. Thanks for the comforting words, Ron!

“And what if I wave my wand and nothing happens?”

“Throw it away and punch him in the nose,” Ron suggested.

 

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