17. Ron follows the spiders

After Hermione is petrified, Ron is in shock. There are talks about the school closing. This drives Harry to confront Hagrid. When Ron and Harry visit Hagrid, they observe that he is oddly jittery. They don’t have to wait long to find out why.

Hagrid is visited by Cornelius Fudge and Albus Dumbledore. Fudge, the minister of Magic wants to send Hagrid to Azkaban, the wizard prison, because they have to be seen “doing something” to prevent the attacks. Lucius Malfoy also arrives and tells Dumbledore that he is suspended. Malfoy thinks that Dumbledore was not a good headmaster that year and we kinda agree. Dumbledore and Hagrid leave the hut but not before delivering cryptic messages to Harry and Ron who were hiding there the whole time.

Of those, “follow the spiders”, the message Hagrid gives them is the one relevant to this episode. Ron displays immense courage and loyalty when he decides to follow the spiders in spite of being mortally afraid of them. The spiders lead them deep into the forbidden forest where they are abducted by elephant-sized spiders. They take them to meet Aragog who clears Hagrid’s name from the whole chamber of secrets ordeal. Aragog mentions that Hagrid gave him life and a family and promptly orders the said family to kill and feed on Hagrid’s friends… and you thought Ron’s fear was irrational. Tut tut.

How they escape the most horrifying kind of death forms the rest of the episode.

PREPARATION

You can prepare for this episode by reading:

  • Chapter 14: Cornelius Fudge

  • Chapter 15: Aragog

of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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