This detention session was held in the Forbidden Forest on 26 May 1992.[1]



After finding both Harry Potter and Hermione Granger at the top of the Astronomy Tower, Argus Filch escorted them to Minerva McGonagall's office for punishment, with Minerva deciding they would be serving detention, joined by Draco Malfoy[2] and Neville Longbottom, who were also found out of bed. Missives were delivered the following morning, notifying them to meet up Filch eleven o'clock that night at the Entrance Hall.[1]

The detention

Harry Potter and Firenze in the Forbidden Forest

Firenze speaking to Harry Potter

Filch led the four serving detention to meet up with Rubeus Hagrid, who told them that a unicorn had been injured in the Forbidden Forest and that they were to search for it. After some initial difficulty with Malfoy's behaviour, Harry, Malfoy, and Hagrid's hound, Fang found the slain unicorn; however, before they could report their discovery to Hagrid, a hooded figure swept down upon them, causing Malfoy and Fang to flee. Harry was paralysed by fright and the pain in his scar and could not run away. As Harry collapsed to the ground, he was saved by the Centaur Firenze. Firenze explained to Harry the magical properties of Unicorn blood and how the hooded figure was Lord Voldemort. Hagrid and the others soon appeared and they all returned to the castle.[1]

Behind the scenes

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The Trio and Draco Malfoy in the film adaptation


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 (The Forbidden Forest)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 14 (Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback)
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