Detention! (the quiz… and more)

Yes, detention.

No, not this kind. (sorry, detention junkies!)

Instead, here’s a quick pop quiz:

1. Who gives Harry his first detention?

2. What was Harry’s offense?

3. Who else serves the detention with Harry? (and what were their offenses?)

The comments thread is open. I will be awaiting your responses.

ETA (Quiz Answers!):

Iggy answered the challenge

Snarky Answer:
Clearly it was Snape, who woke up that morning, rubbed his hands together in an evil fashion, and cackled that his dastardly plan for the day was to put Potter in Detention because that’s his purpose in life.

Serious Answer:
I’m pretty sure it was…
1.McGonagall
2. Sneaking out at night (along with supposedly telling Draco about Nobert to get him in trouble)
3. Hermione, Neville, Draco (Hermione accompanied Harry, Neville went out to warn them, and Draco was trying to catch them.)

Both answers are correct.

No, Snape did not put Potter into his first detention. But it’s certainly the right answer for snark! And it’s probably the best answer if you’re just taking a wild guess. Given the number of times Harry ruminates on the possibility of Snape putting him into detention, it’s certainly the answer everybody would expect.

But it’s not true. Harry Potter’s first detention did not come from Professor Snape. In fact, so far as I can tell, Harry’s first Snape detention did not occur until well into his 4th year!

But Iggy’s “serious answer” is what actually happened in the book. Harry and Hermione took Norbert to the top of the Astronomy Tower underneath the Invisibility Cloak so that Charlie Weasley’s friends could take the illegal Dragon to Romania. Draco tried to catch them and got caught by McGonnagall:

Professor McGonnagall, in a tartan bathrobe and a hair net, had Malfoy by the ear.

“Detention!” she shouted. “And twenty points from Slytherin! Wandering around in the middle of the night, how dare you – ”

“You don’t understand, Professor. Harry Potter’s coming – he’s got a dragon!”

“What utter rubbish! How dare you tell such lies! Come on – I shall see Professor Snape about you, Malfoy!”

However, Harry and Hermione left the Invisibility Cloak behind and got caught by Argus Filch, who took them to McGonnagall. Meanwhile, poor hapless Neville got caught trying to warn them.

McGonnagall adds it all up as follows:

“I would never have believed it of any of you. Mr. Filch says you were up in the astronomy tower. It’s one o’clock in the morning. Explain yourselves.”

It was the first time Hermione had ever failed to answer a teacher’s question. She was staring at her slippers, as still as a statue.

“I think I’ve got a good idea of what’s been going on,” said Professor McGonnagall. “It doesn’t take a genius to work it out. You fed Draco Malfoy some cock-and-bull story about a dragon, trying to get him out of bed and into trouble. I’ve already caught him. I suppose you think it’s funny that Longbottom here heard the story and believed it, too?”

Okay, so she adds it up all wrong (and poor Neville believes her). But what she doesn’t add up wrong are the points from Gryffindor.

This little escapade costs her own House 50 points per each ickle firstie. And that’s 150 points total – putting Gryffindor into last place in the House Cup.

Anybody else like to play?

ETA 2 (More Snark!):

Referring to this post (as “next post”), Dags snarks:

[snarkII]And the correct answer to your next post is ‘the Dursleys’, BTW…[/snarkII]

Absolutely correct!
(That’s what I get for failing to specify “first detention at Hogwarts.”)

11 responses to “Detention! (the quiz… and more)

    • Snarky Answer:
      Clearly it was Snape, who woke up that morning, rubbed his hands together in an evil fashion, and cackled that his dastardly plan for the day was to put Potter in Detention because that’s his purpose in life.

      Serious Answer:
      I’m pretty sure it was…
      1.McGonagall
      2. Sneaking out at night (along with supposedly telling Draco about Nobert to get him in trouble)
      3. Hermione, Neville, Draco (Hermione accompanied Harry, Neville went out to warn them, and Draco was trying to catch them.)

  1. I just find it interesting that it’s similar to another incident involving Gryffindors, a Slytherin, and sneaking out at night.

    • Ooooh… good point! But in that incident, the Gryffs (or at least one of the Gryffs) really was up to no good!

      Here, the Gryffs are just trying to help Hagrid. Harry thinks it’s funny that Draco got caught. But he’s not putting Draco in direct danger!

      • Yup. Just one of those things that are similar on the surface. Harry and co are often doing things with good intentions in mind while the earlier Gryffindors often had other motives along with the good ones. IMHO.

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