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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by J.K. Rowling

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Quote #7

[Professor McGonagall] strode around behind her desk and faced them, quivering with rage as she threw the Gryffindor scarf aside on the floor.

"Well?" she said. "I have never seen such a disgraceful exhibition. Two on one! Explain yourselves!" (19.115-116)

After the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin, Draco taunts Harry, Fred, and George into attacking him. This is nothing new – Draco is always mocking Harry, and Harry often rises to the bait (especially now that his temper is on such a hair trigger). What's surprising about this scene is how very angry Professor McGonagall seems to be. Why do you think Professor McGonagall gets so riled up about this particular fight? What does Professor McGonagall seem most concerned about as she yells at the boys?

Quote #8

The teachers were of course forbidden from mentioning the interview [in The Quibbler] by Educational Decree Number Twenty-six, but they found ways to express their feelings about it all the same. Professor Sprout awarded Gryffindor twenty points when Harry passed her a watering can; a beaming Professor Flitwick pressed a box of squeaking sugar mice on him at the end of Charms, said, "Shh!" and hurried away; and Professor Trelawney broke into hysterical sobs during Divination and announced to the startled class, and a very disapproving Umbridge, that Harry was not going to suffer an early death after all, but would live to a ripe old age, become Minister for Magic and have twelve children. (26.108)

These are great examples of passive resistance: the teachers hate Professor Umbridge's guts and they believe in Dumbledore, so they do their best to show their support for Harry after he gives an interview about Voldemort to The Quibbler. But they keep their support for Harry under cover, and they don't rise up against Professor Umbridge openly. Why not? Why do the teachers choose to go along with Professor Umbridge for most of her stay as Headmistress? And how do they show their disapproval for Professor Umbridge? How do they attempt to undermine her authority?

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