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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


by J.K. Rowling

Suffering Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #7

Hatred rose in Harry such as he had never known before: he flung himself out from behind the fountain and bellowed, "Crucio!"

Bellatrix screamed: the spell had knocked her off her feet, but she did not writhe and shriek with pain as Neville had – she was already back on her feet, breathless, no longer laughing. [...]

"Never used an Unforgivable Curse before, have you, boy?" she yelled. She had abandoned her baby voice now. "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 is done, shall I? I'll give you a lesson —" (36.30-32)

Were you surprised when Harry Potter – our hero — tried to cast an Unforgivable Curse on Bellatrix Lestrange? Would you have thought Harry capable of casting a Cruciatus Curse in, say, Book 4? Are there points later in the series when you could imagine him crossing that line again? What does Harry's efforts to cast a Cruciatus Curse here tell you about his character? And about the spell itself?

Quote #8

"There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!" snarled Voldemort.

"You are quite wrong," said Dumbledore, still closing in upon Voldemort and speaking as lightly as though they were discussing the matter over drinks. Harry felt scared to see him walking along, undefended, shieldless; he wanted to cry out a warning, but his headless guard kept shunting him backwards towards the wall, blocking his every attempt to get out from behind it. "Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness —" (36.69-70)

(That "headless guard" is the golden statue from the Ministry's fountain that Professor Dumbledore has spelled to defend Harry from Voldemort's curses.) What evidence have we seen in Books One through Four of Voldemort's extreme fear of death? Do you agree with Voldemort that there is nothing worse than death? Or do you agree with Dumbledore that "there are things much worse than death"? What might be worse than death for Dumbledore, in particular? What do you think he's talking about here?

Quote #9

"People don't like being locked up!" Harry said furiously, rounding on him. "You did it to me all last summer —"

Dumbledore closed his eyes and buried his face in his long-fingered hands. Harry watched him, but this uncharacteristic sign of exhaustion, or sadness, or whatever it was from Dumbledore, did not soften him. On the contrary, he felt even angrier that Dumbledore was showing signs of weakness. He had no business being weak when Harry wanted to rage and storm at him. (37.131-132)

Why can't Harry rage and storm at Dumbledore properly if Dumbledore is being weak? Why do you think Dumbledore is suddenly willing to appear weak in front of Harry? And what changes do you think Dumbledore's appearance of weakness in front of Harry will bring for their future relationship?

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