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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 36 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Only One He Ever Feared

  • Harry won't believe that Sirius is dead. He thinks that Sirius is just out of sight.
  • Lupin keeps holding Harry back from the archway.
  • Lupin insists, "He can't come back, Harry [...] He can't come back, because he's d—" (36.4).
  • Lupin drags Harry away from the veil.
  • Neville tells Harry, "I'b really sorry [...] Was dad man – was Sirius Black a – a friend of yours?" (36.12).
  • Harry nods.
  • Kingsley hits the floor as Bellatrix Lestrange bolts for the door.
  • Harry chases after her, intent on getting revenge for Sirius's death.
  • Harry keeps following her throughout the Ministry.
  • Finally, they reach the front Atrium, where Harry crouches behind the statues in the Fountain of Magical Brethren.
  • Bellatrix calls out, "Come out, come out, little Harry! [...] What did you come after me for, then? I thought you were here to avenge my dear cousin!" (36.27).
  • Harry jumps out and tries to cast Crucio.
  • The spell knocks Bellatrix over, but it doesn't really seem to work.
  • She gets up and taunts, "Never used an Unforgivable Curse before, have you, boy? [...] You need to mean them, Potter! You need to really want to cause pain – to enjoy it – righteous anger won't hurt me for long – I'll show you how it's done, shall I?" (36.32).
  • They trade spells and dodge one another as Bellatrix makes another demand for the prophecy.
  • Harry feels a surge of pain from his scar, and knows that Voldemort is already aware that the prophecy's glass ball has been broken.
  • He mocks Bellatrix, "Your dear old mate Voldemort knows it's gone! He's not going to be happy with you, is he?" (36.41).
  • Bellatrix refuses to believe it, begging, "MASTER, I TRIED, I TRIED – DO NOT PUNISH ME —" (36.48).
  • The pain in Harry's scar gets worse and worse.
  • Harry looks up and finds Voldemort standing in the middle of the hall.
  • Voldemort is pointing his wand at Harry.
  • He tells Harry, "I have nothing more to say to you, Potter [...] You have irked me too often, for too long. AVADA KEDAVRA!" (36.58).
  • But something stands in front of Harry and protects him: a golden statue, spelled by Dumbledore.
  • Dumbledore tells Voldemort, "It was foolish to come here tonight, Tom [...] The Aurors are on their way —" (36.64).
  • Voldemort keeps trying to cast Killing Curses at Dumbledore, but he can't quite catch him.
  • Voldemort disappears and a snake rears in his place.
  • Voldemort is standing in midair above Dumbledore.
  • Voldemort sends another Killing Curse at Dumbledore while his snake strikes at the same time.

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  • The phoenix, Fawkes, appears in front of Dumbledore and appears to swallow the Killing Curse whole.
  • Dumbledore sends the snake off "in a wisp of dark smoke" (36.76) and the pool of water in the Fountain rises up to cover Voldemort "like a cocoon of molten glass" (36.76).
  • Harry starts to go to Dumbledore, but Dumbledore warns Harry to stay where he is.
  • Suddenly, Harry feels a burst of pain from his scar worse than anything he has ever felt.
  • He feels "locked in the coils of a creature with red eyes, so tightly bound that Harry did not know where his body ended and the creature's began: they were fused together, bound by pain, and there was no escape —" (36.83).
  • The creature speaks through Harry, demanding, "Kill me now, Dumbledore [...] If death is nothing, Dumbledore, kill the boy" (36.85-7).
  • Harry thinks, yes, let me die – this hurts too much, and then I'll be close to Sirius again.
  • As Harry's heart fills with feeling, "the creature's coils loosened, the pain was gone" (36.90).
  • Harry finds himself lying on the floor.
  • The Atrium is full of people, including Cornelius Fudge.
  • Fudge finally admits that he has seen Voldemort.
  • Fudge glimpses Dumbledore and orders the Aurors to seize him.
  • Dumbledore thunders, "But a few minutes ago you saw proof, with your own eyes, that I have been telling you the truth for a year. Lord Voldemort has returned, you have been chasing the wrong man for twelve months, and it is time you listened to sense!" (36.100).
  • Fudge sends two Aurors down to the Department of Mysteries to find the Death Eaters Dumbledore says are there.
  • Dumbledore promises he will explain everything, but first he has to get Harry back to Hogwarts.
  • Dumbledore lays down his demands to Fudge: "You will give the order to remove Dolores Umbridge from Hogwarts [...] You will tell your Aurors to stop searching for my Care of Magical Creatures teacher so that he can return to work. I will give you [...] half an hour of my time tonight, in which I think we shall be more than able to cover the important points of what has happened here" (36.110).
  • Fudge stares at Dumbledore, but can't think of anything to say.
  • Dumbledore transports Harry back to Hogwarts and stays to talk to Fudge.

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