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"The sky was a clear, misty, opalescent blue. Directly ahead of him, Harry could see the towering beech tree below which his father had once tormented Snape."
— Description.[src]

There was a towering beech tree on one of the banks of the Black Lake, at the Hogwarts Grounds, in Scotland.[1]



After his Defence Against the Dark Arts Ordinary Wizarding Level exam in 1976, Severus Snape sat under the shade of this beech tree to read through his exam paper. Moments later, James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew arrived. Noticing Snape, James and Sirius started bullying him, having turned him upside-down in midair and exposing his "pair of greying underpants" to the laughing student crowd that had assembled there. Lily Evans came to Severus's defence, but this only made things worse: in a subsequent lashing out at James in an attempt to recover his lost dignity, Severus inadvertently called Lily a Mudblood. Lily refused to forgive him for it, even after his repeated apologies. This would forever be Severus's worst memory.[1]


On 6 October, 1995, Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger spent their Sunday catching up with their homework in the shade of this tree. Hermione, however, had already done all her homework, so she brought wool with her and bewitched her knitting needles so that they would produce hats and scarves for the school house-elves, as per her Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare initiative.[2]


Later that school year, on 31 May, 1996, the trio spent the warm day revising for their own Ordinary Wizarding Levels under this tree. Ron, however, found it hard not to talk about helping Gryffindor scrape the Quidditch Cup, but Harry and Hermione, who had missed the game, told him all about Grawp.[3]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 17 (Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)