Mudbloods and Murmurs
"Can you hold him still, Harry?"
Synopsis by William Sylvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 104 - 121
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 81 - 93
U.K. paperback edition: pages 115 - 133
Saturday, 5 September,
In which Harry begins Quidditch practice, words are exchanged with the
Slytherin team, Ron's spell backfires, Harry and Ron serve
and Harry hears a voice.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of chapter seven:
This chapter marks the first incident in which the epithet
"Mudblood" is used, the first appearance of
Draco Malfoy in the role of Seeker for Slytherin, and
the first time Harry hears the voice of the monster of
He had been unconscious in the hospital wing for the final match of the previous year, meaning that Gryffindor had been a player short and had suffered their worst defeat in three hundred years.
Several people in green robes were walking onto the field, broomsticks
in their hands.
"Flint!" Wood bellowed at the Slytherin Captain.
"This is our practice time! We got up specially!"
Angelina, Alicia, and Katie had come over too.
There were no girls on the Slytherin team, who stood shoulder to shoulder,
facing the Gryffindors, leering to a man.
And from behind the six large figures before them came a seventh,
smaller boy, smirking all over his pale, pointed face. It was
"Very latest model. Only came out last month."
"Givin' me advice on gettin' kelpies out of a well,"
growled Hagrid, moving a half-plucked rooster off his scrubbed table
and setting down the teapot. "Like I don't know."
"An' bangin' on about some banshee he banished."
"He was the on'y man for the job...an' I mean the on'y
one. Gettin' very difficult ter find anyone fer the Dark Arts job. People
aren't too keen ter take it on, see. They're startin' ter think it's
jinxed. No one's lasted long fer a while now."
Fourteen times he made me buff up that Quidditch cup before he was
And then I had another slug attack all over a
Special Award for Services to the school.
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
five unnamed wizards on the Slytherin House team
(see remarks above, however)
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Oliver Wood's fanaticism, going through three animated diagrams -
at twenty minutes apiece - at dawn on a Saturday morning to a
Ron, pulling a wand and
attempting to curse Draco Malfoy for insulting Hermione.
The twins, attempting to pound Malfoy for insulting
Ron, offering to swap
detentions with Harry to avoid Filch and "Muggle cleaning"
in the trophy room.
Harry, offering to swap detentions with Ron to avoid
McGonagall, for having assigned those detentions
in the first place.
Hagrid, teasing Harry about the signed photos and
about Ginny hanging around.
Links and Resources:
Timeline / Calendar:
The entire action of the chapter takes place during a single day, the
first Saturday of the
Y12 - Y13