History Recap / HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecretsC7MudbloodsAndMurmurs

19th Jan '17 9:53:46 AM JohnPrestwick
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Harry's school year resumes as normal, with the exception that he is now being regularly pestered by Lockhart and Colin Creevey. One morning, he is woken early by Oliver Wood for an early morning Quidditch practice. They are followed by Ron, Hermione and Colin Creevey. They go out to the Quidditch pitch, only to find that Snape has overruled them and given the practice slot to the Slytherins instead. It is revealed that Malfoy has joined the Quidditch team as seeker after his father brought new brooms for all the other players. Hermione retorts by saying that no-one had to buy their way onto the Gryffindor team. Malfoy replies by calling her a "mudblood".

An enraged Ron tries to curse Malfoy, but his damaged wand backfires. He ends up on the ground vomiting up slugs in front of the laughing Slytherin team. Harry and Hermione take him to Hagrid's hut. While Ron recovers, Hagrid grumbles about Lockhart and explains about the FantasticRacism that exists in the wizarding world. A minority in the wizarding world, like the Malfoys, believe that not being related to Muggles ("pure blood") makes them superior. "Mudblood" is a FantasticSlur for a Muggle-born witch or wizard. In fact, magical ability is not affected these factors at all, and Hagrid suspects that the wizarding race would have died out if they had never been allowed to marry Muggles and Muggle-borns.

Harry and Ron are summoned to [[Recap/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecretsC5TheWhompingWillow the detentions they earned two chapters ago]]. Ron goes off to do cleaning in the trophy room, while Harry has to help Lockhart answer his fan mail. After many tedious hours working in Lockhart's office, Harry briefly hears the voice of what sounds like a murderous monster. Lockhart did not hear it. He goes back to tell what he heard to Ron.
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