Chapter Fifteen: The Forbidden Forest
Cornered by McGonagall, Harry and Hermione allow her to believe that they lied to both Neville and Malfoy about the dragon. Everyone gets detention in addition to 150 points being taken from Griffindor. As a result of this, Griffindors start to despise Harry even though he was one of their most admired after his last Quidditch match. As Harry and Hermione are taunted by classmates, Harry overhears Quirrell sobbing and believes that Snape is torturing him again for information about how to get to the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Harry, Hermione, Neville, and Malfoy all serve their detention with Hagrid in the forbidden forest looking for a wounded unicorn. The group splits up with Hagrid leading Harry and Hermione and Fang leading Neville and Malfoy. Hagrid’s group has rotten luck getting any specific unicorn information from Ronan and Bane who are centaurs. After Neville sends up red sparks in a panic, Hagrid has them switch groups. Now working with Malfoy and Fang, Harry finds the dead unicorn and a cloaked shadow figure drinking the unicorn’s blood. Fang and Malfoy run as Harry stands paralyzed with fear and with a terrible pain in his scar. As the figure moves toward Harry, a centaur named Firenze charges to stop it. Firenze puts Harry on his back to carry him to safety. After being chided by his fellow centaurs for doing this, Firenze reveals that drinking a unicorn’s blood allows a being to live a cursed life, but a life just the same, until something else can bring more strength and power. Harry’s heart sinks as he realizes that it was Voldemort drinking the blood and awaiting the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Harry paces the common room thinking that Snape could steal the Sorcerer’s Stone for Voldemort at any moment. Hermione reminds Harry that he’s safe as long as Dumbledore is around. Then Harry goes to bed only to find that someone has anonymously returned the invisibility cloak.