History Literature / HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince

7th Dec '16 2:30:38 PM Javertshark13
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* InspectorJavert: Harry to Draco.

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* InspectorJavert: Subverted. Everyone ''thinks'' Harry is doing this to Draco.Draco, but his suspicions turn out to be right. He plays it straight with Snape, [[spoiler: as we learn in the next book]].


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* ThisIsUnforgivable: Harry, when he discovers that [[spoiler: Snape was the one (inadvertantly) responsible for Voldemort targeting his parents. Dumbledore actually has to get legitimately angry before Harry calms down. Of course, Snape killing Dumbledore in front of him mere hours later does not better Harry's opinion of him.]]


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** Harry gives one to Dumbledore for not telling him that [[spoiler: Snape gave Voldemort the information about the prophecy]], and letting Snape teach at Hogwarts despite that.
4th Dec '16 8:24:17 PM cokefizzpop
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** [[spoiler:Subverted in Deathly Hallows, when it turns out Snape killing Dumbledore was part of the latter's ThanatosGambit. Dumbledore was actually begging Snape to not back out of it.]]
21st Nov '16 9:38:32 AM brianify
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* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: The Gaunts can speak English, though their preferred language is clearly Parseltongue and flip back to it whenever possible. It shows: when speaking in English the male Gaunts sound crude and uneducated, but when in Parseltongue their vocabulary actually somewhat reflects the high-born lineage the Gaunts aspire to.
10th Nov '16 11:43:27 AM fruitstripegum
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* RealityEnsues: At the end of Book 4, Fudge was informed of the return of the most dangerous terrorist in Wizarding Britain. The Minster of Magic responded by not only covering it up, but also wasting valuable time and resources persecuting and harassing the very people who tried to warn him. When Voldemort’s return is confirmed beyond any doubt, it ignites a scandal of epic proportions. Quite understandably, Fudge loses all public and political support and is forced to resign in disgrace.

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* RealityEnsues: At the end of Book 4, Fudge was informed of the return of the most dangerous terrorist in Wizarding Britain. The Minster Minister of Magic responded by not only covering it up, but also wasting valuable time and resources persecuting and harassing the very people who tried to warn him. When Voldemort’s return is confirmed beyond any doubt, it ignites a scandal of epic proportions. Quite understandably, Fudge loses all public and political support and is forced to resign in disgrace.
30th Oct '16 10:58:33 AM DustSnitch
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* AccidentalMisnaming: [[spoiler:In the scene where Harry and Ron go to Slughorn and Ron accidentally drinks a bottle of poisoned mead,]] Slughorn calls Ron Ralph.

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* AccidentalMisnaming: [[spoiler:In In the scene where Harry and Ron go to Slughorn and Ron accidentally drinks to treat a bottle of poisoned mead,]] love potion, Slughorn calls Ron Ralph.



* AcquittedTooLate: Morfin Gaunt, who was framed by Voldemort for the murders of [[spoiler:Tom Riddle Sr. and his parents]]. Dumbledore found evidence Voldemort was the real culprit but Morfin didn't live long enough to see the verdict being overturned.

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* AcquittedTooLate: Morfin Gaunt, who was framed by Voldemort for the murders of [[spoiler:Tom Riddle Sr. and his parents]].murder Voldemort himself committed. Dumbledore found evidence Voldemort was the real culprit but Morfin didn't live long enough to see the verdict being overturned.



* AssassinationAttempt: A sub-plot in the book covers a variety of failed assassinations that end up hurting students instead. It's very unclear who's being targeted or who's carrying out the attacks for most of the book. Speculation abounds, from the idea that the Gryffindor Quidditch team is under attack to the idea that it's an attempt to kill Horace Slughorn for avoiding the Death Eaters. Harry adamantly holds that Draco is behind it, as he does with most thing. [[spoiler: It turns out Voldemort hired Draco to kill Professor Dumbledore, which he manages to do with assistance from Severus Snape.]]



** Played with. [[spoiler:Tom Riddle Sr.]] had a reputation as being [[RichBitch snobbish]], but [[spoiler:Merope effectively kidnapping and date-raping him with a LovePotion still comes off as morally wrong to many]].
** Also with [[spoiler:Morfin Gaunt]], {{Muggle}}-[[FantasticRacism hater]] who was framed with the murders of [[spoiler:Tom Riddle Sr. and his parents]], all of whom were [[AssholeVictim victims]] on their own right.

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** Played with. [[spoiler:Tom Tom Riddle Sr.]] Sr. had a reputation as being [[RichBitch snobbish]], but [[spoiler:Merope effectively kidnapping and date-raping him with a LovePotion still comes off as morally wrong to many]].
** Also with [[spoiler:Morfin Gaunt]], Morfin Gaunt, {{Muggle}}-[[FantasticRacism hater]] who was framed with the murders of [[spoiler:Tom Riddle Sr. and his parents]], some of Voldemort's victims, all of whom were [[AssholeVictim victims]] on in their own right.



*** YMMV here, but remember Malfoy was also cheering when he got the vanishing cabinet to work?
** Also, [[spoiler:Aragog]].

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*** YMMV here, but remember Malfoy was also cheering when he got the vanishing cabinet to work?
** Also, [[spoiler:Aragog]].Aragog, who dies in this book of old age. Harry and co. find it hard to feel sympathy for him, considering he did try to eat Ron and Harry when they were twelve.



** As revealed by a memory given by [[spoiler:Slughorn]], one of the steps in creating a [[spoiler:Horcrux]] is to [[spoiler:commit murder.]]

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** As revealed by a memory given by [[spoiler:Slughorn]], Slughorn, one of the steps in creating a [[spoiler:Horcrux]] Horcrux is to [[spoiler:commit commit murder.]]



* CallBack: And lots of them, some easy to miss. Why so many? Because [[spoiler: this is Harry's last year at Hogwarts.]]

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* CallBack: And lots of them, some easy to miss. Why so many? Because [[spoiler: this is Harry's last year at Hogwarts.]]CallBack:



* CallingYourAttacks: Mostly played straight, as in the previous books, but [[AvertedTrope averted]] when [[spoiler:Snape begins teaching non-verbal spells in Defense Against the Dark Arts.]]

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* CallingYourAttacks: Mostly played straight, as in the previous books, but [[AvertedTrope averted]] when [[spoiler:Snape begins teaching non-verbal spells begin to be taught in Defense Against the Dark Arts.]]Arts. Special mentions to the spell Levicorpus, which can ''only'' be cast non-verbally.



** The first is when Hermione [[spoiler:uses a Confoundus charm on Cormac to make him miss his last block, ensuring Ron gets the position of Gryffyndor Quiddich Team keeper]].
** The second is when Harry puts Felix Felicis in Ron's drink, which is forbidden; however, [[spoiler:it turns out he didn't actually put it in. Ron only thought it did, [[MagicFeather and it gave him the confidence boost he needed to win]]. While the plan worked, Ron mocks Hermione's earlier attempts to stop Harry from putting the potion in his drink and then makes out with Lavender, hurting her badly]].

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** The first is when Hermione [[spoiler:uses uses a Confoundus charm on Cormac to make him miss his last block, ensuring Ron gets the position of Gryffyndor Quiddich Team keeper]].
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** The second is when Harry puts Felix Felicis in Ron's drink, which is forbidden; however, [[spoiler:it turns out he didn't actually put it in. Ron only thought it did, [[MagicFeather and it gave him the confidence boost he needed to win]].win. While the plan worked, Ron mocks Hermione's earlier attempts to stop Harry from putting the potion in his drink and then makes out with Lavender, hurting her badly]].



* ContrivedCoincidence: If it is indeed chance and not one of Dumbledore's {{Gambit Roulette}}s, Harry happening to find [[spoiler: Snape's]] old potions book, which won him Felix Felicis ''and'' saved [[spoiler: Ron]] from dying, would qualify. In addition, both of Draco Malfoy's assassination attempts only fail due to contrived coincidences.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: If it is indeed chance and not one of Dumbledore's {{Gambit Roulette}}s, Harry happening to find [[spoiler: Snape's]] the Half-Blood Prince's old potions book, which won him Felix Felicis ''and'' saved [[spoiler: Ron]] Ron from dying, would qualify. In addition, both of Draco Malfoy's assassination attempts only fail due to contrived coincidences.



* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Harry vs. Snape is quite possibly the single most one-sided duel in the book besides Snape's earlier bouts with [[FakeUltimateHero Lockhart]]. The fact that Snape is using Legilimency to see what spells Harry is going to cast ''before he casts them'' just makes it even more pathetic.: Made worse still in that Snape kept telling Harry to clear his mind if he wanted any chance on beating him; i.e. attempting to teach him a lesson while kicking his ass.]]

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* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Harry vs. Snape is quite possibly the single most one-sided duel in the book besides Snape's earlier bouts with [[FakeUltimateHero Lockhart]].Lockhart. The fact that Snape is using Legilimency to see what spells Harry is going to cast ''before he casts them'' just makes it even more pathetic.: Made worse still in that Snape kept telling Harry to clear his mind if he wanted any chance on beating him; i.e. attempting to teach him a lesson while kicking his ass.]]



* DarkIsNotEvil / DarkIsEvil: The new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher [[spoiler:Severus Snape]] imparts his personality onto the classroom and adorns the walls with plenty of pictures showing the various horrid things that happen to anyone who runs afoul of the Dark Arts.
** According to WordOfGod, Slughorn's character exists for the express purpose of showing that not all Slytherins are assholes.

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* DarkIsNotEvil / DarkIsEvil: The new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher [[spoiler:Severus Snape]] imparts his personality onto the classroom and adorns the walls with plenty of pictures showing the various horrid things that happen to anyone who runs afoul of the terror of the Dark Arts.
** * DarkIsNotEvil: According to WordOfGod, Slughorn's character exists for the express purpose of showing that not all Slytherins are assholes.



* DemotedToExtra: Defence Against the Dark Arts class. Snape (a teacher readers are already familiar with) teaches it this year and the overall threat level throughout the book is relatively low for the time being [[spoiler:except at the end]], so there's little need to go over any teacher (re)introductions and course material.

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* DemotedToExtra: Defence Against the Dark Arts class. Snape (a teacher readers are already familiar with) teaches it With the help of the Half-Blood Prince, Potions is Harry's star class this year and year, putting less focus on his expertise in DADA. Also, the overall threat level threats against Hogwarts are less present this year, meaning there's less reason to use defensive magic throughout the book is relatively low for the time being [[spoiler:except at the end]], so there's little need to go over any teacher (re)introductions and course material.book.



* DespairSpeech: Slughorn gives one of these when he agrees to give Harry his memory about [[spoiler:the time he told Tom Riddle about Horcruxes.]]

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* DespairSpeech: Slughorn gives one of these when he agrees to give Harry his memory about [[spoiler:the time he told Tom Riddle about Horcruxes.]]Riddle.



* DueToTheDead: Many students attend [[spoiler:Dumbledore's funeral]].

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* DueToTheDead: Many students attend [[spoiler:Dumbledore's funeral]].Most of the wizarding community attends the funeral at the end of the book.



* EnlightenedSelfInterest: Practiced by Professor Slughorn. Being a NiceGuy from the otherwise unsavory and self-interested Slytherin House, he'll often help people he thinks would have potential to become great (like Harry) so that he will gain some benefit some way or another later. [[spoiler:This backfired with [[BigBad Tom "Lord Voldemort" Riddle]], to whom he provided information on dark magics such as the Horcrux, and he regards it as MyGreatestFailure.]]
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:Snape's murder of Dumbledore plays with it, although it is ultimately revealed as a subversion in the next book.]]

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* EnlightenedSelfInterest: Practiced by Professor Slughorn. Being a NiceGuy from the otherwise unsavory and self-interested Slytherin House, he'll often help people he thinks would have potential to become great (like Harry) so that he will gain some benefit some way or another later. [[spoiler:This This backfired with [[BigBad Tom "Lord Voldemort" Riddle]], to whom he provided information on unspeakable dark magics such as the Horcrux, and magic, which he regards it as MyGreatestFailure.]]
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* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:Snape's murder of [[spoiler:When Dumbledore plays sees Snape rearing to kill him, Dumbledore can do little but beg Snape not to carry through with it, although it is ultimately revealed as a subversion in the next book.act.]]



* EvilIsCool: Used InUniverse with [[spoiler:Snape as the Dark Arts teacher]]. Harry, upon hearing him talk about the Dark Arts thinks, "''It was surely one thing to respect the Dark Arts as a dangerous enemy, another to speak of them, as Snape was doing, with a loving caress in his voice?''"

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* EvilIsCool: Used InUniverse with [[spoiler:Snape as the new Dark Arts teacher]]. teacher. Harry, upon hearing him talk about the Dark Arts thinks, "''It was surely one thing to respect the Dark Arts as a dangerous enemy, another to speak of them, as Snape [the teacher] was doing, with a loving caress in his voice?''"



* FakeMemories: Horace has covered up his own memories of [[spoiler:giving the young Voldemort information about the Horcruxes]].

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* FakeMemories: Horace has covered up his own memories of [[spoiler:giving giving the young Voldemort information about the Horcruxes]].dark magic.



** During the argument in Spinner's End, Bellatrix claims that Voldemort, at some point, entrusted her with his most precious ''something''. [[spoiler: It won't be clear until the next book that she's talking about the Hufflepuff Cup-turned-Horcrux in the Lestrange's Gringotts vault.]].

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** During the argument in Spinner's End, Bellatrix claims that Voldemort, at some point, entrusted her with his most precious ''something''. [[spoiler: It won't be clear until the next book that what she's talking about the about: [[spoiler:the Hufflepuff Cup-turned-Horcrux in the Lestrange's Gringotts vault.]].



** Horace Slughorn says he had a house-elf test every one of his remaining bottles of mead for poison. Later on, Harry learns that [[spoiler:Voldemort once used Kreacher to test the potion defense for the Horcrux locket in the cave. Hopefully Slughorn would not have left a poisoned house-elf to die like Voldemort did to Kreacher.]]

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** Horace Slughorn says he had a house-elf test every one of his remaining bottles of mead for poison. Later on, In the next book, Harry learns that [[spoiler:Voldemort once used Kreacher to test the potion defense for the Horcrux locket in the cave. Hopefully Slughorn would not have left a poisoned house-elf to die like Voldemort did to Kreacher.]]



* GottaKillThemAll: The quest to find and destroy all of the Horcruxes.

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* GottaKillThemAll: The quest Dumbledore reveals to find Harry the reason for his disappearances throughout the school year is in part that he's been searching and destroying for something very dear to Voldemort. He eventually recruits Harry in his effort and the book ends with Harry resolute to complete the mission in the next book. [[spoiler:The plan is to destroy all of the Horcruxes.four remaining Horcruxes, objects which contain fragments of Voldemort's soul, in order to render Voldemort mortal.]]



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: Harry does a stupid, stupid thing and tries out a spell on another human being despite the only thing he knew about the spell was that it was marked "For enemies". Harry learns a lesson in responsible spellcasting and how dangerous casting unknown spells can be. He pays for this in the book, and is ''darn'' lucky a person was nearby who could set it right. ([[KarmaHoudini In the movie, he doesn't have any comeuppance]].)]]

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: Harry does a stupid, stupid thing and tries out a spell on another human being despite the only thing he knew about the spell was that it was marked "For enemies". Harry learns a lesson in responsible spellcasting and how dangerous casting unknown spells can be. He pays for this in the book, and is ''darn'' lucky a person was nearby who could set it right. ([[KarmaHoudini In the movie, he doesn't have any comeuppance]].)]]



* InvertedTrope: In the previous book, Harry was wrong and everyone else was right [[spoiler: That Voldemort was trying to lure Harry into the Department of Mysteries - Harry's being mislead resulted in the death of Sirius]]. This is switched around in this book, as Harry is right and everyone else is wrong, and again resulting in the death of a major character.
* {{Irony}}: Snape stops teaching Potions class and teaches Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts and is replaced by Professor Slughorn. Previously Potions was Harry's least favourite subject because of Snape's behaviour. In his first class with Slughorn he finds a second-hand book labelled as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince". Inside the book are vast amounts of hints that help Harry in his Potions classes, making it his best subject. Then the big reveal is that [[spoiler:Snape is the Half Blood Prince.]] At one point in the book Harry even makes a throwaway remark that The Prince was a much better teacher than Snape. Dramatic irony at its finest.

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* InvertedTrope: In the previous book, Harry was wrong and everyone else was right [[spoiler: That that Voldemort was trying to lure Harry into the Department of Mysteries - Harry's being mislead resulted in the death of Sirius]]. This Sirius. [[spoiler:This is switched around in this book, as Harry is right and everyone else is wrong, and again resulting in the death of a major character.
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* {{Irony}}: Snape stops teaching Potions class and teaches Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts and is replaced by Professor Slughorn. Previously Potions was Harry's least favourite subject because of Snape's behaviour. In his first class with Slughorn this year he finds a second-hand book labelled as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince". Inside the book are vast amounts of hints that help Harry in his Potions classes, making it his best subject. At one point in the book Harry even makes a throwaway remark that The Prince was a much better teacher than Snape. Then the big reveal is that [[spoiler:Snape is the Half Blood Prince.]] At one point in the book Harry even makes a throwaway remark that The Prince was a much better teacher than Snape. Dramatic irony at its finest.]]



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** [[spoiler:In addition, this seems to be the entire reason that Lord Voldemort exists in the first place, as his mother had used a Love Potion on a snobbish {{Muggle|s}} -- Tom Riddle Senior]].

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** [[spoiler:In addition, this seems to be the entire reason that Lord Voldemort exists in the first place, as his mother had used a Love Potion on a snobbish {{Muggle|s}} Muggle -- Tom Riddle Senior]].



* MindRape: Dumbledore goes through this while [[spoiler:drinking the potion guarding the locket Horcrux]].

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* MindRape: Dumbledore goes through this while [[spoiler:drinking drinking the potion guarding the locket Horcrux]].Voldemort's locket.



** [[spoiler:Slughorn revealing information about Horcruxes to a young Tom Riddle.]]

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** [[spoiler:Slughorn Slughorn revealing information about Horcruxes to a young Tom Riddle.]]



* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: The protection around the Horcrux ensures that it's impossible for anyone (including Voldemort himself) to get at it without [[spoiler:hideously torturing them]].
** Well, anyone who didn't think to bring along a second person (or elf) with them. Dumbledore sacrificed himself but could've made Harry drink the potion. R.A.B. had [[spoiler:Kreacher]]. It's reasonably easy to imagine that Voldemort would likely just imperius a muggle [[spoiler:or turn the potion clear to check, as he does in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'']].

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* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: The protection around the Horcrux ensures that it's impossible for anyone (including Voldemort himself) to get at it without [[spoiler:hideously hideously torturing them]].
** Well, anyone who didn't think to bring along a second person (or elf) with them. Dumbledore sacrificed himself but could've made Harry drink the potion. R.A.B. had [[spoiler:Kreacher]]. It's reasonably easy to imagine that Voldemort would likely just imperius a muggle [[spoiler:or turn the potion clear to check, as he does in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'']].
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* SoulJar: [[spoiler:The Horcruxes.]]

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* SoulJar: [[spoiler:The Horcruxes.[[spoiler:Horcruxes are objects meant to hold a piece of someone's soul away from their body. The only way to rip out a part of one's soul is to commit murder in cold-blood, so even creating a single Horcrux is a terrible thing. Voldemort has ''six'' of them.]]
30th Oct '16 5:46:34 AM Kitchen90
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''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' is the sixth and second-to-last ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book, published July 16, 2005.

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''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' is the sixth and second-to-last penultimate ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book, book in the series, published July 16, 2005.
5th Oct '16 11:53:25 PM foxley
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* DeadAnimalWarning: A flashback shows Dumbledore visiting the orphanage where [[BigBad Tom Riddle]] was raised, and the matron discusses an incident in which he was accused of hanging another child's pet rabbit from the rafters after the rabbit's owner annoyed him. The accusations had to be dropped because they couldn't prove that he climbed into the rafters to do it, not realizing he was a wizard.
5th Oct '16 5:21:17 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even most dark spellbooks are reluctant to elaborate on the nature or creation of Horcruxes. This is subverted in the next book, when it turns out that some books actually do cover it. Dumbledore was GenreSavvy enough to pull them from the shelves after Voldemort came to power; Hermione only found them by summoning them from his office.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even most dark spellbooks are reluctant to elaborate on the nature or creation of Horcruxes. This is subverted in the next book, when it turns out that some books actually do cover it. Dumbledore was GenreSavvy savvy enough to pull them from the shelves after Voldemort came to power; Hermione only found them by summoning them from his office.
3rd Oct '16 9:28:33 AM nighttrainfm
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* {{Irony}}: Snape stops teaching Potions class and teaches Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts and is replaced by Professor Slughorn. Previously Potions was Harry's worst subject because he hated Snape and never made the effort in class. In his first class with Slughorn he finds a second-hand book labelled as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince". Inside the book are vast amounts of hints that help Harry in his Potions classes, making it his best subject. Then the big reveal is that [[spoiler:Snape is the Half Blood Prince]]. At one point in the book Harry even makes a throwaway remark that The Prince was a much better teacher than Snape. Dramatic irony at its finest.

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* {{Irony}}: Snape stops teaching Potions class and teaches Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts and is replaced by Professor Slughorn. Previously Potions was Harry's worst least favourite subject because he hated Snape and never made the effort in class.of Snape's behaviour. In his first class with Slughorn he finds a second-hand book labelled as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince". Inside the book are vast amounts of hints that help Harry in his Potions classes, making it his best subject. Then the big reveal is that [[spoiler:Snape is the Half Blood Prince]]. Prince.]] At one point in the book Harry even makes a throwaway remark that The Prince was a much better teacher than Snape. Dramatic irony at its finest.
29th Sep '16 11:30:51 AM Nepsis
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** Horace Slughorn says he had a house-elf test every one of his remaining bottles of mead for poison. Later on, Harry learns that [[spoiler:Voldemort once used Kreacher to test the potion defense for the Horcrux locket in the cave. Hopefully Slughorn would not have left a poisoned house-elf to die like Voldemort did to Kreacher.]]
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