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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter 22 Summary

How It All Goes Down

St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries

  • Harry jumps out of bed.
  • Professor McGonagall brings Harry and Ron to Dumbledore's office.
  • Harry explains: "I ... well, I was asleep [...] But it wasn't an ordinary dream ... it was real ... I saw it happen [...] Ron's dad – Mr. Weasley – has been attacked by a giant snake" (22.15).
  • Dumbledore asks a surprising question: from what perspective did Harry see this attack?
  • Harry confirms that he was the snake, which Dumbledore seems to be expecting.
  • Throughout this conversation, Dumbledore never even looks at Harry.
  • At the news that Mr. Weasley is injured, Dumbledore raises the alarm.
  • He asks two of the portraits in his office, Everard and Dilys, for help.
  • Because both of these people were famous Heads of Hogwarts in their time, they have paintings hanging in other places.
  • They can travel around these paintings to contact the right people.
  • While they wait for Everard and Dilys to come back to their portraits, Dumbledore looks at a special silver instrument for more information.
  • He doesn't address either Harry or Ron.
  • Everard comes panting back, informing Dumbledore that Mr.Weasley looks badly injured.
  • Dilys then confirms that they have taken Mr. Weasley to St. Mungo's hospital.
  • Professor McGonagall goes to gather the other Weasley children.
  • Dumbledore goes over to a portrait of a sleeping man wearing green and silver (Slytherin colors).
  • The portrait refuses to acknowledge Dumbledore for a long time.
  • This is Phineas Nigellus, another former Headmaster of Hogwarts.
  • Even though Phineas clearly doesn't want to help, he does agree to go to his portrait at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, to announce Mr. Weasley's injury to Sirius.
  • Sirius agrees to host the Weasleys so that they can visit their father in St. Mungo's easily.
  • As they all prepare to touch the portkey to go to Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, Harry suddenly feels this intense rage.
  • He wants nothing more than to strike Dumbledore down.
  • The feeling passes once he arrives at Grimmauld Place.
  • There, Harry tells Ginny, Fred, and George about his vision.
  • They want to sneak over to St. Mungo's Hospital right away, but Sirius prevents them.
  • He tells them it's too suspicious for them to visit their father right now – it will draw attention to Harry's vision and damage the Order.
  • Fred yells, "Easy for you to say, stuck here! [...] I don't see you risking your neck!" (22.107).
  • Sirius barely manages to keep his temper.
  • Fawkes the Phoenix arrives with a message from Mrs. Weasley.
  • It says, "Dad is still alive. I am setting out for St. Mungo's now. Stay where you are. I will send news as soon as I can" (22.118).
  • They all wait up through the night for news.
  • Mrs. Weasley arrives at 5:30 in the morning to tell them that Mr. Weasley is going to be all right. He's sleeping.
  • Sirius calls Kreacher to get breakfast prepared.
  • He doesn't answer, but Sirius doesn't seem to be concerned.
  • Harry draws Sirius aside to tell him all about his dream.
  • Then, Harry confesses: "Sirius, I ... I think I'm going mad. Back in Dumbledore's office, just before we took the Portkey ... for a couple of seconds there I thought I was a snake, I felt like one – my scar really hurt when I was looking at Dumbledore – Sirius, I wanted to attack him!" (22.140).
  • Sirius dismisses this as the aftermath of Harry's dream and tells him not to worry about it.
  • Of course, Harry does worry about it.
  • Moody and Tonks take Harry and the Weasleys to St. Mungo's.
  • The front desk directs them to the "'Dangerous' Dai Llewellyn Ward: Serious Bites" (22.178) to visit Mr. Weasley.
  • Mr. Weasley greets them cheerfully and says that he's feeling absolutely fine.
  • Fred is the one who guesses Mr. Weasley was on guard duty when he dozed off and got bitten.
  • Mrs. Weasley won't let them keep talking about this.
  • In fact, she sends Harry and the Weasley kids outside so that Moody and Tonks can have a word with Mr. Weasley.
  • Using Fred and George's Extendable Ears, they all listen at the door.
  • Moody says that Voldemort was probably using that snake to explore.
  • Mrs. Weasley wonders, "You know, Dumbledore seems almost to have been waiting for Harry to see something like this" (22.220).
  • Moody agrees that there's something weird about Harry: "'Course he's worried [...] The boy's seeing things from inside You-Know-Who's snake. Obviously, Potter doesn't realize what that means, but if You-Know-Who's possessing him —" (22.223).
  • Overhearing this, the Weasleys all stare at Harry and look a bit frightened.

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