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Chapter Fourteen: Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback
Fluffy seems to be keeping the Sorcerer’s Stone safe as Hermione nags the boys about exams approaching. Hagrid, who is hiding something behind his back and secretly researching dragons, delays conversation as Harry, Ron, and Hermione ask more about the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Later, the three go to visit Hagrid’s now sweltering hut to discover that Hagrid has acquired a dragon egg that needs to be kept incredibly warm. The three press Hagrid for more information about the enchantments protecting the stone and find out that many teachers, including Snape, have created some of the many protective enchantments. While they are there, the dragon hatches. Unfortunately, Malfoy is spying on them through the window.
In another week, the dragon has grown three times in length and has been named Norbert. Hagrid loves his Norwegian Ridgeback, but Norbert causes so much trouble (such as giving Ron a nasty bite, for example) that Harry, Ron, and Hermione convince Charlie (Ron’s brother who studies dragons in Romania) to take Norbert away from the tallest tower at midnight on Saturday. Hagrid reluctantly agrees. Unfortunately, Malfoy swipes the letter from Charlie containing that information, too.
Harry and Hermione use the invisibility cloak to smuggle Norbert up to the tallest tower at the appointed time. Meanwhile, Malfoy tries to sneak around in order to catch Harry and friends; however, Malfoy is caught by Professor McGonagall and given detention. After Charlie and his friends take Norbert to safety, Filch catches Harry and Hermione at the foot of the stairs because they left the invisibility cloak at the top of the tower.
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