Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 14

I don’t think there are many people who would guess this, but the second-most-drawn chapter of the Harry Potter series (by my unscientific but nevertheless conclusive study) isn’t a climactic moment at the end of a book; or a Triwizard task; or even a chapter that bears particular relation to the plot of the books. No, the second most drawn chapter of Harry Potter is this one – little old HBP14 – wherein a good, old-fashioned, angsty teen relationship drama unfolds.

When the book was released, this chapter was something of a gift to a small but vocal segment of the fan population, for whom the relationship drama (that had thus far been fairly slow to develop) was by far the most important outcome of the characters’ lives. Some feelings were certainly hurt – including by Rowling herself, who had a laugh with some interviewers about the “delusional” nature of fans who had incorrectly predicted the future of her characters. But when the dust settled, this small but important subplot had jumped a long way forward, and we could all settle down, move on from our distraction, and get back to fighting Voldemort again.

Not unlike Harry and his friends, come to think of it. ;)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, chapter fourteen: ‘Felix Felicis’

~ by Josie on May 9, 2010.

2 Responses to “Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 14”

  1. And the MOST-drawn chapter of the Harry Potter series would be…?

  2. DH33 (Snape’s memories in the Pensieve). By a ridiculous, ridiculous margin. I have close to three times as many drawings for that chapter as for this one….

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