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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Summary

We start Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix back in Little Whinging, Surrey, where Harry is stuck for yet another summer with his awful relatives, the Dursleys. The Dursleys keep up their usual nonsense – wizards are freaks, Harry is a wizard, therefore Harry is a freak – but Harry seems to have changed. He simmers with fury all the time. None of his friends are writing to him about the war with Voldemort, and he feels isolated and resentful. Harry starts provoking fights with his dumb cousin Dudley. He wants to have a target for his rage. But in the middle of one of these confrontations with Dudley, something completely bizarre happens. In Little Whinging, Surrey, two dementors show up!

Dementors are the guards of the wizard prison Azkaban. They are also magical creatures that feed off fear. If they get the chance, they'll fasten their mouths over their victims' lips and suck the souls right from their bodies. Harry is fifteen, which means he's underage according to wizarding law, so he isn't supposed to use magic outside of Hogwarts. But he can't let the dementors suck his cousin's soul out. He casts a Patronus charm to repel the dementors. The Ministry of Magic immediately sends Harry a notice scheduling a hearing. If Harry is found guilty of the charge of casting a spell as an underage wizard (especially in a Muggle – non-wizarding – area), he'll get expelled from Hogwarts.

Hearing that Harry is struggling out in Little Whinging, the Order of the Phoenix turns up at the Dursleys' house to take Harry to their headquarters. The Order of the Phoenix is the group of wizards who resisted Voldemort during the first war against him fifteen years ago. They have reassembled thanks to Harry's news at the end of Book 4 that Voldemort is rising again. They bring Harry to Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, a dark and gloomy townhouse in a Muggle section of London. Harry is shocked not only to find his friends Ron and Hermione waiting for him, but also his godfather, Sirius Black.

In fact, the house belongs to Sirius. It has been in the Black family for ages. The Black family is a pureblood line of Dark wizards: Sirius was the first Black to be in Hogwarts' Gryffindor House, like, ever. Sirius's cousin, Bellatrix Lestrange, has become one of Voldemort's most powerful Death Eaters. And his other cousin Narcissa is mother to Harry's arch-nemesis at school, Draco Malfoy. Sirius has given the Grimmauld Place house to the Order because it's the biggest contribution he can make right now. Since Sirius is a convicted murderer (though falsely accused), he can't go out in public. He is also an Animagus who transforms into a dog (a form he calls "Snuffles"), but Voldemort is aware of his dog form, so Sirius can't use that either. He is trapped in Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, surrounded by memories of his unhappy childhood.

In fact, Sirius and Harry are experiencing similar feelings of grim misery right now: Sirius is stuck inside all the time, unable to do anything substantial to help the cause against Voldemort. And Harry feels left out of the planning of the war, even though he has faced Voldemort four times and survived! Both Harry and Sirius feel resentful and isolated from their friends, which makes the tone of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix much darker than previous installments in the Harry Potter series.

Eventually, Harry goes to his hearing. Thanks to the testimony of Arabella Figg, a Squib (non-magical person with magical parents) who has been living next to the Dursleys and watching out for Harry on Professor Dumbledore's orders, Harry can prove that there were dementors in Little Whinging and he was acting in self-defense. While Professor Dumbledore helps to prove Harry's innocence, Harry is angry that Dumbledore refuses to speak to or even look at Harry. Harry can't understand why Professor Dumbledore seems to have turned his back on Harry, so Harry decides to turn his back on Professor Dumbledore. He refuses to tell Dumbledore about any of the things he experiences during the school year, and in fact, the two don't speak properly until the very end of the novel.

This whole hearing business sets up one of the major plot lines of the novel: the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has decided to discredit Harry as much as possible. The Minister does not want to acknowledge that Voldemort has come back, so he insists on this hearing to try and get Harry kicked out of school. What's more, Fudge pressures the Daily Prophet newspaper to report that Harry is dangerously unstable. He also sends a Ministry representative, Dolores Umbridge, to Hogwarts as Defense Against the Dark Arts instructor. She is supposed to be teaching, but in fact, she's there as a spy for Fudge. She is keeping close watch on Harry and on Professor Dumbledore, whom Fudge suspects of trying to steal his post as Minister for Magic.

Professor Umbridge is a power-hungry monster who spends her time at Hogwarts tightening controls on every aspect of Hogwarts life: she gives Harry detentions in which she forces him to write with a Blood Quill that cuts into his hand every time he uses it. She gets herself appointed Hogwarts High Inquisitor, which gives her the authority to observe other professors and decide if they are doing their jobs properly. She forbids students from meeting in groups of three or more without official permission. And she appoints all of the worst bullies in the school, including Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson, to an Inquisitorial Squad with powers to punish their fellow students whenever they see fit. Professor Umbridge's power trip makes her incredibly unpopular with students and teachers alike, but with the backing of the Ministry of Magic, it seems impossible to curb her growing power.

Harry finds the pressure of dealing with Professor Umbridge unbearable. Not only does half the wizarding world think he's making up stories about Voldemort thanks to the Daily Prophet, but Professor Umbridge tells him to his face and in front of the student body that he is lying. The only relief Harry gets from all of this stress is from Dumbledore's Army. This is a student group suggested by Hermione; it's strictly forbidden by Umbridge, but they go ahead and start meeting in secret anyway.

Because Professor Umbridge refuses to allow them to practice defensive spells during Defense Against the Dark Arts, this inter-House group gathers together to study things like the Disarming Spell and the Patronus Charm with Harry as their leader. They call themselves Dumbledore's Army because they know that that is what the Ministry is most afraid of: that Dumbledore is using Hogwarts to train powerful wizards who are loyal to him. The name is a joke, though: this group meets without the direct authority of Dumbledore. Harry is proud of all of the progress his students are making, and he is delighted to resist Professor Umbridge right under her evil nose.

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At least Harry has the D.A. to look forward to; otherwise, his life continues to suck for most of the fifth book. Because Professor Umbridge has it in for him, she gives him a life-long ban from playing Quidditch. What's worse, Harry has been having terrible nightmares in which he seems to be looking through the eyes of Voldemort. Things come to a head in Chapter 21, when Harry sees Voldemort's huge snake attacking Mr. Weasley in the basement of the Department of Mysteries. Harry rushes to Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall to tell them that Mr. Weasley has been attacked. As soon as Professor Dumbledore hears what Harry has been seeing, he tells Harry to start studying Occlumency.

Occlumency is a little-known field of magic that is supposed to protect a wizard's mind from magical scanning. And who's the best Occlumens at Hogwarts besides Professor Dumbledore himself? That would be Professor Snape, of course – Harry's most-hated teacher. Professor Snape and Harry start their lessons in secret, on Dumbledore's orders. But the lessons leave Harry feeling like his mind is even more open than it was naturally. He is dreaming more vividly every night. And Professor Snape is also catching glimpses of Harry's most painful and embarrassing memories, things Harry doesn't want anyone to see, let alone Professor Snape.

One day, Harry happens to be in Professor Snape's office alone and he decides to get a bit of revenge. He looks into Professor Snape's Pensieve, which is a storage place for memories. In it, he sees Professor Snape's worst memory: fifteen-year-old Snape getting brutally bullied by Harry's father, James, and his three best friends, Sirius, Remus, and Wormtail. So not only has Harry started to resent Professor Dumbledore, but now he is starting to wonder if his own father and godfather are really good people. All of Harry's heroes and idols seem to be falling off their pedestals.

One of the members of the D.A. rats out her fellow members to Professor Umbridge, who comes down on their meeting like a ton of bricks. She finds the list of members under the joke heading, "Dumbledore's Army," and she and Minister Fudge take it very seriously. They use it as evidence to try and arrest Professor Dumbledore, but he leaves Hogwarts on his own power. This leaves Harry without any obvious mentors or allies at school.

Of course, all of these problems – Sirius's isolation, Harry's anger, and Harry's lack of trusted authority figures at Hogwarts – come to a head in the final chapters of the book. Sirius has grown so reckless after a year trapped in Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place that he will jump at anything to get out of the house. And Harry has grown so sure that Professor Dumbledore has been deliberately cutting him off from necessary information that Harry has been trying desperately to see things through his increasingly frequent nightmares.

Well, one night, Harry sees something extremely troubling: at the end of the corridor he keeps revisiting in his nightmares, he sees Voldemort torturing Sirius. Harry assumes that Voldemort must have Sirius, and he decides to ride to the rescue. Without Professors Dumbledore or McGonagall at Hogwarts (since McGonagall was injured trying to defend Hagrid from Aurors ordered to remove him Hogwarts by Professor Umbridge), he tries to pass the message on to Professor Snape (who is a member of the Order of the Phoenix). But Harry doesn't like or trust Professor Snape enough to believe that the man is going to help Sirius.

So Harry rushes to the Ministry of Magic accompanied by a few of his friends who are also members of the D.A.: Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, and Luna Lovegood. Once they get to the basement of the Department of Mysteries, they find a room full of glass balls that Harry has been seeing in his dreams. He searches everywhere, but there is no Sirius. In fact, the dreams have been sent by Voldemort all along. Voldemort has lured Harry to the Department of Secrets so that Harry can pull out a prophecy (in the form of a glass ball) kept there for him. Harry finds the prophecy, but he and his friends are ambushed by a circle of Death Eaters.

In the fight that ensues, Ginny breaks her ankle, Hermione gets horrible internal injuries, Ron grapples with a giant brain, Luna Lovegood gets Stunned, and Neville Longbottom breaks his nose and gets Crucio-d by the same Death Eater who tortured his parents to insanity. Harry has led his friends right into a trap and they are paying the price. But worst of all is that Sirius Black and the rest of the Order of the Phoenix ride to the rescue. Sirius slips through an apparently empty archway in the Department of Mysteries and never reappears. He is dead, killed recklessly trying to save Harry.

Professor Dumbledore arrives at the Department of Mysteries around the same time that Voldemort does. The two have a showdown that ends in Voldemort trying to possess Harry to force Dumbledore to kill the boy. But Harry's heart is too full of emotion for Voldemort to keep control, and he scurries off. But Voldemort doesn't disappear before Cornelius Fudge and a whole bunch of Ministry employees see old Voldy with their own eyes. So Fudge can no longer deny that Harry and Professor Dumbledore have been telling the truth and Voldemort is back. He removes Professor Umbridge from power and places Professor Dumbledore as Headmaster of Hogwarts once again.

Back at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore apologizes to Harry for keeping him in the dark for all of this year. Dumbledore explains that he was trying to protect Harry, the same way he tried to protect Sirius by leaving him in Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place. Now, Professor Dumbledore can see that leaving an active man to rot in a house by himself may not have been the best plan. But he had the best of intentions. Harry rages at Professor Dumbledore, but his anger is also a cover for his own guilt: why did he have to fall for Voldemort's trap and blunder into the Department of Mysteries in the first place?

Professor Dumbledore explains the prophecy to Harry. It was made in the year Harry was born, and it states that a boy born at the end of July to parents who have defied Voldemort three times will arrive with power that Voldemort doesn't have. There were two candidates to fill the prophecy, Harry and Neville Longbottom. But by attacking Harry when he was a baby and leaving Harry with his curse scar and magical connection to the Dark Lord, it's Voldemort who selected Harry to be the boy of prophecy. Now Harry must kill Voldemort or else be killed by him.

So now Harry knows why Voldemort has been coming after him: because Voldemort believes that Harry continues to present a danger to his rise to power. And it's Harry's fate to keep facing Voldemort until one or the other of them is dead. With this understanding of his fate, and with his guilt and sorrow over Sirius's death, Harry feels much less anger towards his friends. They all know that war is coming soon, and that the time for emo brooding is over: Harry has to start acting like an adult to face the challenges that are coming his way.

  • Chapter 1

    Dudley Demented

    • A certain "skinny, black-haired, bespectacled boy" (1.2) we all know and love is lying underneath the open front window of his aunt and uncle's house on Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey, England.
    • It is summer, and the boy (yes, it's Harry Potter) is stuck with his relatives while school (i.e. Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry) is out for vacation.
    • Harry is lying under this open window because his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon won't let Harry listen to the news.
    • But Harry has to listen to the news — he's worried that his nemesis, the evil wizard Lord Voldemort, is going to start going around killing people.
    • If Voldemort murders large groups of people, surely even Muggle (non-wizard) news would carry the story?
    • But there's nothing unusual on the news.
    • So, Harry has no idea what is going on with the war against Voldemort.
    • Harry hears a loud crack from the road and draws his wand for self defense.
    • Uncle Vernon grabs Harry by the throat through the open window and shouts, "Put — it — away! [...] Now! Before — anyone — sees!" (1.23).
    • Harry, Uncle Vernon, and Aunt Petunia all squabble over Harry's magic use, which Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia think is perverted and shocking.
    • Harry is furious: his relatives continue to be bullying and abusive, none of his friends have been writing to him, and he is totally cut off from the wizarding world.
    • At the end of Book Four, Harry saw Voldemort come back to life and murder one of Harry's Hogwarts classmates, Cedric Diggory.
    • Now, Harry is stuck by himself, with nothing to do but brood about Voldemort and what he might be doing while Harry is wasting time with his uncle and aunt.
    • No wonder Harry is fuming!
    • Harry sees his cousin Dudley with a group of his friends.
    • Dudley is a stupid, bullying brute.
    • Harry is looking for a fight, so he starts laughing at Dudley.
    • Dudley mocks Harry for crying out at night: "‛Don't kill Cedric! Don't kill Cedric!' Who's Cedric — your boyfriend?" (1.126).
    • Harry is so furious that Dudley dares to laugh about his nightmares and Cedric's death that he pulls his wand on Dudley.
    • Dudley suddenly gasps and cries out, "W-what are you d-doing? S-stop it!" (1.141).
    • But it's not Harry who is making Dudley feel cold — it's a Dementor, a magical creature that sucks the joy and life out of its victims.
    • Harry uses his wand to cast the Patronus spell at the Dementors, and finally, "an enormous silver stag erupted from the tip of Harry's wand; its antlers caught the Dementor in the place where the heart should have been; it was thrown backwards [... and] the Dementor swooped away, bat-like and defeated" (1.173).
    • Harry has no idea how a pair of Dementors got to Little Whinging — they're supposed to be acting as guards for Azkaban, the wizard prison.
    • Dudley is practically unconscious from excessive Dementor exposure.
    • Just then, Mrs. Figg, Harry's elderly neighbor, comes by and shouts something completely unexpected: "Don't put [your wand] away, idiot boy! [...] What if there are more of them around? Oh, I'm going to kill Mundungus Fletcher!" (1.181).
  • Chapter 2

    A Peck of Owls

    • Harry is completely stunned: "The revelation that his batty old cat-obsessed neighbor knew what Dementors were was almost as big a shock to Harry as meeting two of them down the alleyway" (2.3).
    • It turns out that Mrs. Figg is a Squib, a non-magical person born to a magical family.
    • She knows exactly who Harry is, and she has been watching him in secret on the orders of Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts.
    • Mundungus Fletcher suddenly appears.
    • Apparently, Mundungus was supposed to be on guard duty for Harry.
    • But he went AWOL, leaving Harry vulnerable to the Dementors.
    • Mrs. Figg shrieks at Mundungus furiously for abandoning Harry.
    • Meanwhile, Harry had no idea that Dumbledore has been having him followed.
    • Harry is getting pretty angry that he keeps being left out of the loop when it's his own life at stake.
    • Harry and Dudley make it back to Privet Drive.
    • Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon both blame Harry for Dudley's weakened state.
    • As they get into yet another screaming fight, a delivery of owl post arrives from the Ministry of Magic.
    • It accuses Harry of breaking the "Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Wizardry" (2.75) by casting the Patronus charm off school property and in front of a Muggle (Dudley).
    • Harry has been expelled from Hogwarts, and Ministry officials will be coming soon to destroy his wand.
    • Harry freaks out and tries to get out of his relatives' house.
    • But then, another owl post delivery comes from Arthur Weasley, the father of one of Harry's best friends.
    • The note says: "Dumbledore's just arrived at the Ministry and he's trying to sort it all out. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR AUNT AND UNCLE'S HOUSE. DO NOT DO ANY MORE MAGIC. DO NOT SURRENDER YOUR WAND" (2.88).
    • So, Harry decides to stay put, even though Uncle Vernon keeps screaming at him for the Dementor attack.
    • Harry gets another letter instructing him that, "the Ministry of Magic has revised its decision to destroy your wand forthwith. You may retain your wand until your disciplinary hearing on the twelfth of August" (2.135).
    • Uncle Vernon keeps pushing Harry until Harry tells Uncle Vernon that Voldemort is back.
    • The only thing Uncle Vernon knows about Voldemort is that Voldemort murdered Harry's parents "and now he's sending Dismembers after [Harry]" (2.201).
    • So, Uncle Vernon tries to toss Harry out of the house to keep Aunt Petunia and Dudley safe.
    • But Harry can't leave — he'll be a target for attacks as soon as he leaves the shelter of his relatives' house.
    • At this tense moment, Aunt Petunia receives an anonymous Howler that says only: "Remember my last, Petunia" (2.217).
    • As soon as Aunt Petunia hears this, she tells Uncle Vernon they will have to keep Harry (whether they want to or not).
    • Harry is totally confused.
  • Chapter 3

    The Advance Guard

    • Harry sends three copies of a letter to his godfather, Sirius Black, and his two best friends, Ron and Hermione: "I've just been attacked by Dementors and I might be expelled from Hogwarts. I want to know what's going on and when I'm going to get out of here" (3.1).
    • Harry waits, worrying, "What if they ruled against him? What if he was expelled and his wand was snapped in half? What would he do, where would he go?" (3.16).
    • Finally, after four nights of no news from the wizarding world, the Dursleys tell Harry they're going out.
    • Harry is so depressed that he just lies in bed looking at the ceiling.
    • That is, until he hears a loud cash from downstairs.
    • He sneaks downstairs with his wand and finds a group of nine people waiting for him.
    • There is Remus Lupin (see Book Two), Alastor Moody (see Book Four), Dedalus Diggle (see Book One), Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebot, Elphias Doge, Emmeline Vance, Sturgis Podmore, and Hestia Jones (all new friends!).
    • They're all there to escort Harry out of the Dursley house.
    • Tonks helps Harry pack up his things. Tonks is a Metamorphmagus, which means that she can change her shape at will.
    • Tonks is also an Auror, a Dark wizard hunter, along with her boss, Kingsley Shacklebot.
    • Moody is the leader of the group, and he is extremely paranoid that Voldemort might attack while they're traveling.
    • He insists that they all travel on brooms in close formation.
    • Moody also casts an invisibility spell on Harry.
    • They all fly off from Surrey to London.
    • Harry is relieved to be leaving the Dursleys, but this flight is also long, cold, and unpleasant.
    • Harry is glad to get to London at last.
    • They land on a dirty, dark Muggle street.
    • Moody hands Harry a bit of parchment to memorize.
    • It says, "The Headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix may be found at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, London."
  • Chapter 4

    Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place

    • Moody takes the parchment from Harry and burns it.
    • Harry looks around the street: "They were standing outside number eleven; he looked to the left and saw number ten; to the right, however, was number thirteen" (4.3).
    • Lupin tells Harry to think about what he has just memorized.
    • As Harry thinks about Number Twelve, suddenly "a battered door emerged out of nowhere between numbers eleven and thirteen" (4.6).
    • Moody and Lupin usher Harry into the house.
    • It's a dark, gloomy place with "peeling wallpaper" and "threadbare carpet" (4.15).
    • Mrs. Weasley is there to welcome Harry, but she can't talk long: the meeting of the Order of the Phoenix is about to start.
    • Harry isn't allowed to attend the meeting since he's not a member of the Order.
    • Harry goes upstairs to see Hermione and Ron. He finds his owl, Hedwig, waiting for him, too.
    • But their reunion goes sour pretty quick as Harry vents some of his anger at his friends for leaving him out of the loop: "SO YOU HAVEN'T BEEN IN THE [ORDER] MEETINGS, BIG DEAL! YOU'VE STILL BEEN HERE, HAVEN'T YOU? YOU'VE STILL BEEN TOGETHER! ME, I'VE BEEN STUCK AT THE DURSLEYS' FOR A MONTH! AND I'VE HANDLED MORE THAN YOU TWO'VE EVER MANAGED AND DUMBLEDORE KNOWS IT — WHO SAVED THE SORCERER'S STONE? WHO GOT RID OF RIDDLE? WHO SAVED BOTH YOUR SKINS FROM THE DEMENTORS?" (4.67).
    • Harry keeps ranting at Hermione and Ron because they are a safe target: they listen to what he has to say and they care about him.
    • Hermione finally gets in a word: "You're absolutely right, Harry — I'd be furious if it was me!" (4.79).
    • Harry starts to wind down, and Ron and Hermione explain what's been happening this summer.
    • They have both been at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place.
    • Fred and George (Ron's trickster older brothers) have invented these things called Extendable Ears.
    • They allow users to eavesdrop more effectively.
    • Using these Ears, Ron and Hermione have been able to overhear some of the Order's activities.
    • The Order is following known Death Eaters (supporters of Voldemort), recruiting more people for the Order, and "standing guard over something" (4.97).
    • Harry points out that that "something" under guard is probably Harry himself.
    • Hermione and Ron have been busy "decontaminating [the] house, it's been empty for ages and stuff's been breeding in here" (4.101).
    • Fred, George, and Ginny (Ron's younger sister) all come in to catch up with Harry.
    • The oldest Weasley boy, Bill, is also a member of the Order — and it turns out that he has started dating Fleur Delacour (the French exchange student from Book Four).
    • Charlie Weasley (the second oldest Weasley) is still in Romania working with dragons, but he's also trying to make contacts with foreign wizards in the fight against Voldemort "on his days off" (4.130).
    • And then there's Percy Weasley.
    • Percy and his father have had a fight.
    • Percy is a really ambitious young employee at the Ministry of Magic.
    • Ron explains, "[Percy] came home [one day] really pleased with himself [...] and told Dad he'd been offered a position in [Cornelius] Fudge's own office. A really good one for someone only a year out of Hogwarts: Junior Assistant to the Minister. He expected Dad to be all impressed, I think" (4.145).
    • But then Fred adds: "Only Dad wasn't" (4.146).
    • The reason Mr. Weasley isn't happy about Percy's promotion is that the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, is working hard to discredit Dumbledore and anyone else who believes that Voldemort is back.
    • Mr. Weasley "reckons Fudge only wants Percy in his office because he wants to use him to spy on the [Weasley] family — and Dumbledore" (4.153).
    • Percy is furious that Mr. Weasley doesn't believe he got his promotion on his own merit.
    • Percy tells Mr. Weasley some really horrible things: that Mr. Weasley "was an idiot to run around with Dumbledore, that Dumbledore was heading for big trouble and [Mr. Weasley] was going to go down with him, and that he — Percy — knew where his loyalty lay and it was with the Ministry. And if [Mr. and Mrs. Weasley[ were going to become traitors to the Ministry he was going to make sure everyone knew he didn't belong to [the Weasley] family anymore" (4.159).
    • So, Percy is the only member of the Weasley family not involved somehow with the Order of the Phoenix.
    • But there's more bad news: the Daily Prophet (the wizarding newspaper working closely with the Ministry of Magic) is conducting a subtle publicity campaign against Dumbledore — and against Harry himself.
    • Hermione breaks it to Harry: "They want to turn you into someone nobody will believe. Fudge is behind it, I'll bet anything. They want wizards on the street to think you're just some stupid boy who's a bit of a joke, who tells ridiculous tall stories because he loves being famous and wants to keep it going" (4.182).
    • Mrs. Weasley comes upstairs to call them to dinner.
    • Harry is still simmering with anger because Dumbledore has kept all of this news — some of which is about Harry himself — away from Harry.
    • So, Harry tries to change the subject. He asks who "Kreacher" is, since Mrs. Weasley mentions the name.
    • Kreacher is the house-elf who lives at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place. He seems a bit eccentric.
    • As they walk downstairs, they hear a crash.
    • Tonks has tripped over a piece of draping in the main hallway.
    • A painting of an old woman is exposed: "The old woman was drooling, her eyes were rolling, the yellowing skin of her face stretched taut as she screamed" (4.221).
    • The portrait shouts, "Filth! Scum! By-products of dirt and vileness! Half-breeds, mutants, freaks, begone from this place!" (4.223).
    • A man comes running into the hallway to cover up the painting.
    • It's Sirius Black, Harry's godfather.
    • He greets Harry grimly, "Hello, Harry [...] I see you've met my mother" (4.231).
  • Chapter 5

    The Order of the Phoenix

    • Apparently, Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, was Sirius's parents house.
    • Now that they're dead, it belongs to Sirius.
    • Sirius adds, "I offered it to Dumbledore for Headquarters — about the only useful thing I've been able to do" (5.4).
    • Harry is surprised by how bitter Sirius sounds.
    • In the basement kitchen, Mr. Weasley and Bill greet Harry.
    • Mundungus Fletcher is also there. He admits to Harry, "Owe you a 'pology" (5.24). He adds: "See, I wouldn't 'ave left [...] but I 'ad a business opportunity —" (5.36).
    • Sirius tells Harry he'd welcome a Dementor attack around now.
    • Sirius has been stuck inside for a whole month.
    • Dumbledore hasn't let Sirius go anywhere or do anything.
    • It's too risky since Sirius is a wanted criminal (the Ministry of Magic think he's a Voldemort supporter who killed Peter Pettigrew fourteen years ago). What's more, now it seems like Voldemort knows all about Sirius's Animagus form (he transforms into a giant black dog). So, Sirius can't disguise himself that way anymore.
    • All Sirius can do is help try, "to make this place fit for human habitation [...] No one's lived here for ten years, not since my dear mother died, unless you count her old house-elf, and he's gone round the twist — hasn't cleaned anything in ages" (5.51).
    • Mr. Weasley, Bill, and Lupin are all talking about whether or not the goblins will join Voldemort.
    • Lupin cautions: "I think it depends what they're offered [...] And I'm not talking about gold. If they're offered the freedoms we've been denying them for centuries they're going to be tempted" (5.76).
    • Meanwhile, Mundungus is telling the table about his shady business deals.
    • Sirius explains that Mundungus is in the order because he's "useful [...] Knows all the crooks — well, he would, seeing as he's one himself. But he's also very loyal to Dumbledore, who helped him out of a tight spot once" (5.86).
    • Mrs. Weasley tries to send the kids off to bed, but Sirius wants to talk about Voldemort first.
    • Mrs. Weasley throws a fit; she and Sirius get into a nasty argument over what Harry (and Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny) is old enough to know.
    • Sirius argues, "I don't intend to tell him more than he needs to know [...] But he was the one who saw Voldemort come back" (5.104).
    • And Mrs. Weasley replies, "He's not a member of the Order of the Phoenix [...] He's only fifteen and —" (5.105).
    • Lupin provides the voice of reason, "I think it better that Harry gets the facts — not all the facts, Molly, but the general picture — from us, rather than a garbled version from ... others" (5.121).
    • (Harry is sure Lupin knows about the Extendable Ears.)
    • So finally, Harry (and Fred, George, Ron and Hermione but not Ginny, who's the youngest) gets his news.
    • Voldemort is lying low.
    • While he has succeeded in coming back to life, his return was ruined by Harry's survival.
    • Sirius tells Harry, "Nobody apart from his Death Eaters was supposed to know he'd come back. But you survived to bear witness" (5.160).
    • Harry's warning gave Dumbledore the chance to call up the Order of the Phoenix.
    • Voldemort wants to build up his army again, so the Order has been trying to stop Voldemort from getting more followers.
    • The Order's efforts are made harder by the Ministry of Magic. Cornelius Fudge is "absolutely refusing to believe" (5.176) Voldemort has come back at all.
    • Fudge worries that, if Voldemort comes back, Dumbledore will become the next Minister for Magic.
    • So, to hold on to his power, Fudge is working hard to make both Dumbledore and Harry look unreliable and untruthful. He doesn't want anyone to believe their stories about Voldemort's return.
    • Lupin confirms, "You see the problem [...] While the Ministry insists there is nothing to fear from Voldemort it's hard to convince people he's back, especially as they really don't want to believe it in the first place. What's more, the Ministry's leaning heavily on the Daily Prophet not to report any of what they're calling Dumbledore's rumor-mongering, so most of the wizarding community are completely unaware anything's happened" (5.187).
    • The Order is trying to get the word out, but it's hard: Lupin is a werewolf, so he's on the margins of wizarding society.
    • And Sirius is still wanted for murder, so he's not exactly gaining the public's trust.
    • Tonks and Mr. Weasley would lose their jobs at the Ministry if they started speaking up too much.
    • Mr. Weasley worries, "If [Dumbledore] carries on defying the Ministry like this he could end up in Azkaban, and the last thing we want is to have Dumbledore locked up" (5.199).
    • Voldemort is also trying to put together a weapon he didn't have before.
    • At this news, Mrs. Weasley shouts, "That's enough! [...] I want you in bed, now. All of you" (5.208-10).
  • Chapter 6

    The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black

    • Mrs. Weasley wants them "all to go straight to bed, no talking" (6.2.).
    • But of course, as soon as the lights are out, they start talking over what they've heard.
    • Fred and George Apparate (a.k.a. use magic to appear) in Harry and Ron's room.
    • They start wondering about Voldemort's weapon: "But there can't be anything worse than the Avada Kedavra Curse, can there? [...] What's worse than death?" (6.29).
    • The next morning, Hermione, Harry, Ron, Fred, George, and Ginny help Sirius and Mrs. Weasley get rid of a Doxy infestation.
    • Sirius also finds a Boggart in an old writing desk.
    • Sirius and Mrs. Weasley are both using "carefully light, polite voices" (6.60) because they're feeling sensitive about their big fight the night before.
    • Kingsley Shacklebot comes to the door to leave a report for Dumbledore.
    • Fred and George pocket one of the Doxys to experiment on its poison for their "Skiving Snackboxes," which are a "range of sweets to make you ill" (6.79).
    • The idea is that you would take one of these candies to make you puke, you get to leave class, and then as soon as you're out of class, you can take the rest of the candy to make you feel better.
    • Fred and George are starting a practical joke shop, and they've been testing this range of candy on themselves.
    • They are old enough to start their own business, and they have the thousand galleons of start-up money Harry gave them at the end of previous year (see Book Four for details).
    • They have to keep these plans from Mrs. Weasley, or she will flip out.
    • Mundungus arrives at the house with a bunch of cauldrons.
    • Mrs. Weasley starts in on her usual screaming: "WE ARE NOT RUNNING A HIDEOUT FOR STOLEN GOODS!" (6.100).
    • An elderly house-elf walks into the room where Harry and the rest are cleaning.
    • It's muttering under its breath: "nasty old blood traitor with her brats messing up my mistress's house, oh, my poor mistress, if she knew, if she knew the scum they've let into her house, what would she say to old Kreacher, oh, the shame of it, Mudbloods and werewolves and traitors and thieves, poor old Kreacher, what can he do ..." (6.108).
    • Hermione tries to be kind to Kreacher (because better treatment for house-elves is Hermione's big cause), but he just keeps muttering, "... and there's the Mudblood, standing there bold as brass" (6.115).
    • Hermione whispers, "It doesn't matter [...] he's not in his right mind, he doesn't know what he's —" (6.120).
    • But Fred answers, "Don't kid yourself, Hermione, he knows exactly what he's saying" (6.121).
    • Sirius walks in. Sirius absolutely loathes Kreacher, but he can't let Kreacher leave the house, because he knows too much about the order.
    • So, Sirius and Kreacher are both trapped together in Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place.
    • Sirius shows Harry a tapestry on the wall. At the top, it says, "The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black. 'Toujours pur'" (6.148).
    • It's the Black family tree, but Sirius's name has been removed.
    • Sirius ran away when he was sixteen, because he couldn't stand his Dark magic-using family.
    • Sirius went to his best friend, James Potter (Harry's father). James's father put Sirius up until he was seventeen and legally old enough to claim his inheritance from his Uncle Alphard.
    • Sirius's brother, Regulus Black, is still on the family tree.
    • Regulus was a Death Eater, but he died about fifteen years before.
    • He tried to leave Voldemort's service, and Voldemort murdered him.
    • Sirius's cousin Andromeda (Nymphadora Tonks's mother) has also been removed from the family tree. She married a Muggle, Ted Tonks, so the pureblooded Black family disowned her.
    • Andromeda's two sisters, Narcissa and Bellatrix Black, are still on the family tree. They both married purebloods: Narcissa is now Narcissa Malfoy (mother to Harry's arch-nemesis Draco), and Bellatrix is Bellatrix Lestrange.
    • Bellatrix Lestrange and her husband Rodolphus are Death Eaters, and they're both in Azakaban.
    • Harry asks Sirius if he can come back to Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, if his hearing goes badly and Harry is expelled from Hogwarts.
    • Sirius doesn't answer directly.
    • Over the next few days, Mrs. Weasley keeps everyone working hard cleaning up the house.
    • Several times a day, the doorbell rings and people from the Order show up.
    • Harry is happy to have something to do at last, but whenever he stops to rest, "the thought of the looming Ministry hearing returned to him" (6.211).
    • Harry can't stop worrying about what will happen if he gets expelled from Hogwarts.
    • At last, the night before his hearing comes.
    • Mrs. Weasley tells Harry that he will go in to the Ministry with Mr. Weasley in the morning.
    • Sirius wants to come in his dog form, but Dumbledore has left a message saying it's not a good idea for Sirius to leave the house.
    • Apparently, Dumbledore came by Grimmauld Place the night before.
    • For Harry, the "thought that Dumbledore had been in the house on the eve of his hearing and not asked to see him made him feel, if it were possible, even worse" (6.224).
  • Chapter 7

    The Ministry of Magic

    • Harry wakes up at five thirty the next morning.
    • A lot of people are waiting for him in the kitchen: Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, Sirius, Lupin, and Tonks.
    • Harry starts in on breakfast.
    • Mr. Weasley informs Harry of the details: "The hearing's on my floor, in Amelia Bones's office. She's Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and the one who'll be questioning you" (7.21).
    • Sirius warns Harry, "Don't lose your temper [...] Be polite and stick to the facts" (7.24).
    • Everyone wishes Harry luck, and he and Mr. Weasley start walking to the Ministry.
    • As they enter the building, they walk past an enormous fountain. There is a sign: "ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE FOUNTAIN OF MAGICAL BRETHREN WILL BE GIVEN TO ST. MUNGO'S HOSPITAL FOR MAGICAL MALADIES AND INJURIES" (7.68). Harry swears that, if he is not expelled, he'll donate money.
    • Mr. Weasley works in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office.
    • Mr. Weasley heads past a number of colleagues and friends, including Kingsley Shacklebot, on his way to his office where he and Harry will wait for the hearing.
    • Mr. Weasley's colleague Perkins runs into the office panting.
    • He's been trying to track down Mr. Weasley to tell him that "the Potter boy's hearing" has been changed. Now, it is at 8:00 in Courtroom Ten.
    • So, Harry is already late!
    • Mr. Weasley drags Harry downstairs.
    • Mr. Weasley comments angrily, "Those courtrooms haven't been used in years!" (7.139).
    • Finally, they reach the right room.
    • Mr. Weasley wishes Harry luck — he is not allowed to accompany Harry to his hearing.
    • So, Harry turns "the heavy iron door handle and stepped inside the courtroom" (7.155).
  • Chapter 8

    The Hearing

    • When Harry walks through the door, he realizes that he recognizes Courtroom Ten.
    • This is the room Harry saw in Dumbledore's memories in Book Four, where "the Lestranges [were] sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban" (8.1).
    • The room is filled with about 50 people — the full Wizengamot, which is the wizarding council.
    • Harry sees Cornelius Fudge right away. Percy Weasley is writing down everything that is going on.
    • As Cornelius Fudge starts listing off Harry's interrogators, a voice interrupts him: "Witness for the defense, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore" (8.14).
    • Fudge looks absolutely surprised to see Dumbledore.
    • He clearly thought that changing the time and place of the trial would be enough to keep Dumbledore away.
    • Dumbledore answers, "due to a lucky mistake I arrived at the Ministry three hours early, so no harm done" (8.19).
    • Fudge accuses Harry of producing "a Patronus Charm in a Muggle-inhabited area, in the presence of a Muggle" (8.24).
    • The severe-looking witch next to Fudge seems impressed that Harry is able to produce a Patronus at fifteen.
    • Harry tries to explain that he only cast the charm because he saw Dementors.
    • The Wizengamot is silent at this.
    • The severe-looking witch, Amelia Bones, answers, "Dementors? [...] What do you mean, boy?" (8.56).
    • Fudge immediately starts smirking: "Let me explain. He's been thinking it through and decided Dementors would make a very nice little cover story, very nice indeed. Muggles can't see Dementors, can they, boy? Highly convenient, highly convenient" (8.60).
    • Harry insists that he's not lying.
    • Dumbledore offers that in fact, there is a witness.
    • The witness is Arabella Figg, Harry's old babysitter.
    • She claims that, since she's a Squib, she can still see Dementors even though she's not a witch.
    • (Harry suspects that Mrs. Figg is lying on this point — she sounds unsure when she says, "They were big. Big and wearing cloaks" (8.89).)
    • But she does describe how the Dementors feel: "Everything went cold, and this was a very warm summer's night, mark you. And I felt ... as though all happiness had gone from the world ... and I remembered ... dreadful things ..." (8.92).
    • Mrs. Figg testifies that the Dementors attacked Harry and his cousin.
    • Fudge dismisses Mrs. Figg's testimony, but Madam Bones speaks up, "She certainly described the effects of a Dementor attack very accurately. And I can't imagine why she would say they were there if they weren't" (8.102).
    • Fudge can't believe a pair of Dementors would make it to a Muggle suburb.
    • Dumbledore thinks it's no coincidence. The Dementors were ordered there by someone, which is a sign that, "the Dementors are taking orders from someone other than the Ministry of Magic" (8.109).
    • A witch sitting next to Fudge, a woman who looks "just like a large, pale toad" (8.113), giggles, "it sounded for a teensy moment as though you were suggesting that the Ministry of Magic had ordered an attack on this boy!" (8.117).
    • Dumbledore agrees that it's only logical that (a) either the Dementors are outside Ministry control, or (b) "somebody at the Ministry might have ordered the attacks" (8.118).
    • Fudge looks completely enraged at both suggestions.
    • Dumbledore argues that Harry has the right to defend himself even if he is underage, so the Patronus he cast is justified.
    • Finally, Madam Bones calls a vote.
    • More than half the Wizengamot votes for Harry, with some notable exceptions including Fudge and the toad-like witch.
    • Fudge announces, "Very well, very well ... cleared of all charges" (8.154).
    • Dumbledore leaves the courtroom without looking at Harry once.
  • Chapter 9

    The Woes of Mrs. Weasley

    • Harry walks out of the courtroom and tells Mr. Weasley he's been cleared of all charges.
    • Mr. Weasley is thrilled, and decides to bring Harry back home to tell all of his friends.
    • On their way out of the Ministry, they bump into Lucius Malfoy.
    • Malfoy is incredibly snide to Harry and Mr. Weasley (as usual).
    • Malfoy is there to see the Minister for Magic. His pockets are clinking with gold.
    • After Fudge and Malfoy go off together, Mr. Weasley comments angrily, "Malfoy's been giving generously to all sorts of things for years ... gets him in with the right people ... then he can ask favors ... delay laws he doesn't want passed ... oh, he's very well-connected, Lucius Malfoy" (9.32).
    • Harry wonders if Malfoy could have put Fudge under the Imperius curse to make him do Voldemort's bidding.

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    • Mr. Weasley says, "Dumbledore thinks Fudge is acting of his own accord at the moment — which, as Dumbledore says, is not a lot of comfort" (9.35).
    • As Harry walks past the fountain in the front hall, he donates all of the money in his pockets to St. Mungo's as promised.
    • Back at the house, Ron, Ginny, Fred, and George, all start dancing around singing, "He got off, he got off, he got off ..." (9.42).
    • Everyone congratulates Harry happily.
    • The only person who seems at all disappointed in the Wizengamot's decision is Sirius.
    • Hermione reckons that, even though Sirius knows it's better for Harry to be going back to Hogwarts, deep down inside, he wanted Harry to stay at Number Twelve. That way, Sirius would have company.
    • The day before they're set to go back to school, booklists arrive from Hogwarts.
    • But that's not all.
    • An envelope comes for Ron.
    • Inside is a letter informing Ron that he has been made a prefect — a student who is responsible for the behavior and conduct of other students.
    • Fred and George turn to Harry and shout, "We thought you were a cert [...] We thought Dumbledore was bound to pick you!" (9.102-3).
    • Hermione runs in, spots the prefect badge, and starts chattering, "I knew it! [...] Me too, Harry, me too!" (9.114).
    • Harry has to clarify, "Ron's prefect, not me" (9.117).
    • Hermione's jaw drops in surprise.
    • Mrs. Weasley is, of course, totally delighted.
    • She offers Ron any present he wants for getting the Prefect badge.
    • Ron wants a new broomstick.
    • Harry is trying to be happy for his friends.
    • When he and Hermione are left alone, he says, "Well done, Hermione [...] brilliant. Prefect. Great" (9.165). But even though Harry's doing his best to sound happy for her, he still can't quite manage it.
    • Why wasn't he chosen? Harry starts to wonder.
    • Even though Harry feels guilty for it, he still thinks about what Fred had said: that "no one in their right mind would make Ron a prefect" (9.181).
    • Mrs. Weasley puts up a banner in the kitchen that reads, "CONGRATULATIONS RON AND HERMIONE NEW PREFECTS" (9.194).
    • She wants to have a little party to celebrate.
    • Moody, Lupin, Tonks, and Kingsley Shacklebot all come.
    • Moody turns to Ron and offers these congratulations: "authority figures always attract trouble, but I suppose Dumbledore thinks you can withstand most major jinxes or he wouldn't have appointed you" (9.204).
    • Harry feels a bit comforted when he finds out that Sirius and his father got into too much trouble to become prefects themselves.
    • Harry circulates around the party.
    • He hears Mrs. Weasley scolding Bill for letting his hair get so long. He hears Fred and George bargaining with Mundungus for some Skiving Snackbox ingredients.
    • Harry overhears Kingsley Shacklebot asking, "why Dumbledore didn't make Potter a prefect?" (9.240).
    • Then, Moody approaches Harry with a picture album.
    • It's the original Order of the Phoenix, including Harry's mother and father.
    • Moody's picture album really freaks Harry out, since many of the people in those photos have died horribly. He thinks of all those Order of the Phoenix members "waving happily out of the photograph forever more, not knowing they were doomed" (9.268).
    • Harry tiptoes up to his room.
    • But as he goes upstairs, he hears sobbing.
    • Harry walks across the landing.
    • He sees a dead body. It's Ron.
    • And then the body turns into Bill, then Mr. Weasley, then Fred and George, then Percy, then Harry himself.
    • Mrs. Weasley is trying to get rid of the Boggart in the writing desk.
    • Boggarts turn into whatever a person most fears, so this Boggart has been turning into dead versions of Mrs. Weasley's family.
    • But as Mrs. Weasley tries to use the banishing spell on the Boggart, she's crying too hard at the sight of her dead family members to make it work.
    • Harry shouts; Lupin and Sirius come running into the room.
    • Lupin gets rid of the Boggart and then tries to comfort Mrs. Weasley.
    • She is deeply embarrassed that she couldn't even get rid of a Boggart by herself.
    • But she's so worried, all the time. Her whole family is in the Order, and "it'll b - b - be a miracle if we all come through this" (9.299).
    • Harry thinks about those pictures of the Order that Moody showed him.
    • He realizes that Mrs. Weasley's fears might just come true.
    • He feels a sudden sharp pain in his curse scar.
    • Harry feels "older than he had ever felt in his life, and it seemed extraordinary to him that barely an hour ago he had been worried about a joke shop and who had got a prefect's badge" (9.311).
  • Chapter 10

    Luna Lovegood

    • Harry wakes up to find the house totally chaotic.
    • Fred and George managed to knock Ginny down two flights of stairs. She's fine, but Mrs. Weasley is in a foul mood.
    • Moody is also worried because he wants there to be more guards to accompany Harry to Hogwarts. Sturgis Podmore is supposed to be there, but he has not turned up.
    • Sirius decides to accompany Harry in his Snuffles (i.e. dog) form even if it isn't totally safe.
    • Mrs. Weasley looks mad at this decision, but Sirius is delighted to be out of the house: "the great black dog gave a joyful back and gambolled around them, snapping at pigeons and chasing its own tail" (10.24)).
    • Harry's spirits are rising. He's going back to Hogwarts!
    • On the train, Harry asks Hermione, Ginny and Ron if they want to find a compartment.
    • Hermione and Ron look uncomfortable.
    • They have to go to the prefects' car on the train.
    • So Harry, Ginny, and Neville Longbottom (another of Harry's Gryffindor House friends) find the last seats on the train.
    • They sit next to a weird-looking Ravenclaw House student, Luna Lovegood.
    • She has "straggly, waist-length, dirty blond hair, very pale eyebrows, and protuberant eyes that gave her a permanently surprised look" (10.66).
    • She is reading a magazine called The Quibbler upside down.
    • Neville shows the group a birthday present he received: a grey plant covered with boils which is called a Mimbulus mimbletonia. (Neville's favorite subject is botany.)
    • He tells everyone, "It's got an amazing defensive mechanism" (10.88).
    • Neville pokes one of the plant's boils, and the plant explodes in "thick, stinking, dark green jets" (10.90) of liquid.
    • Harry "received a faceful" (10.90) of the stuff.
    • As luck would have it, just then, Cho Chang, a fifth-year Ravenclaw who Harry has a crush on, walks into their train compartment.
    • Covered in Stinksap, Harry manages to say, "Oh ... hi" (10.96).
    • Cho answers awkwardly, "Well ... just thought I'd say hello ... bye then" (10.97). And that's that.
    • Ginny cleans the Stinksap off Harry's face.
    • Ron and Hermione appear at last, with news about the prefects for the other houses.
    • Of course, the Slytherin House Prefect is Draco Malfoy, along with "that complete cow" (10.108) Pansy Parkinson.
    • Ron is sure that Draco is going to abuse his authority.
    • Ron makes a small joke. Luna Lovegood bursts out laughing incredibly loudly, which makes everyone else a bit uncomfortable.
    • Luna drops her Quibbler in her hysterical mirth.
    • Harry gets a look at the paper for the first time.
    • It's a tabloid like the National Enquirer.
    • The paper contains an article on Sirius Black, in which someone claims Black must be innocent because he is actually, "Stubby Boardman, lead singer of popular singing group The Hobgoblins" (10.138).
    • The Quibbler also claims that Fudge has ordered goblins to be baked into pies and that the Tutshill Tornados "were winning the Quidditch League by a combination of blackmail, illegal broom-tampering, and torture" (10.144).
    • Hermione tells Harry, "The Quibbler's rubbish, everyone knows that" (10.146).
    • Luna suddenly sounds very intent when she says, "Excuse me [...] my father's the editor" (10.147).
    • Hermione is clearly mortified.
    • Draco Malfoy comes into their compartment with his two cronies, Crabbe and Goyle.
    • Now that he's a prefect, he tells Harry, "Manners, Potter, or I'll have to give you a detention [...] You see, I, unlike you, have been made a prefect, which means that I, unlike you, have the power to hand out punishments" (10.152).
    • Draco then warns Harry, "Well, just watch yourself, Potter, because I'll be dogging your footsteps in case you step out of line" (10.157).
    • Harry hears that emphasis on "dogging" and suddenly worries that Draco recognizes Sirius's dog form.
    • The train starts to slow down. They're arriving at school.
    • Harry expects to be met by Hagrid, the Hogwarts groundskeeper, who meets the train every year to bring the first years to the Great Hall.
    • But this year, there is no Hagrid.
    • Harry sees Professor Grubbly-Plank, Hagrid's substitute teacher for Care of Magical Creatures, arriving to collect the first years.
    • That's not Harry's only surprise.
    • Harry sees that the Hogwarts carriages — which Harry had always assumed were horseless — are now being drawn by these weird, skeletal, horse-like things. They have giant bat wings, too. But no one else seems to notice these animals.
    • Even though Ron looks one right in the face, he still can't see it.
    • Luna reassures Harry, "I've been able to see them ever since my first day here. They've always pulled the carriages. Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am" (10.214).
    • Given Luna's weird behavior on the train, Harry does not find this comforting.
  • Chapter 11

    The Sorting Hat's New Song

    • Ginny points out that Hagrid is missing. She wonders if Hagrid has left the school.
    • Luna adds, "I'll be quite glad if he has [...] he isn't a very good teacher, is he?" (11.3).
    • Ginny, Harry, and Ron leap to Hagrid's defense.
    • They make it in to the Great Hall and Luna goes to join the Ravenclaws.
    • There is someone new at the staff table, someone who looks "like somebody's maiden aunt: squat, with short, curtly, mouse-bown hair [... and] a pallid, toadlike face" (11.27).
    • It's the witch from Harry's hearing, the one who laughed at Dumbledore for implying that the Dementors came to Privet Drive by order of someone in the Ministry.
    • Harry tells the table that her name is Umbridge.
    • The Hall quiets down as the Sorting begins.
    • The Sorting Hat bursts into song.
    • Usually, the Sorting Hat just tells the school about the characteristics of the four Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor (bravery), Slytherin (cunning), Ravenclaw (intelligence), and Hufflepuff (loyalty).
    • But this year, it offers something slightly different.
    • The Hat warns the students that they have to stick together, "For our Hogwarts is in danger/From external, deadly foes/And we must unite inside her/Or we'll crumble from within" (11.39).
    • Even though it's the Hat's job to split the first year students into four separate houses, the divisions between houses (Slytherin-Gryffindor) anyone might weaken Hogwarts against outside enemies.
    • After the first years are Sorted, the Gryffindor ghost, Nearly Headless Nick, tells Harry, Ron, and Hermione, "Yes, I have heart the Hat give several warnings before, always at times when it detects periods of great danger for the school. And always, of course, its advice is the same: stand together, be strong from within" (11.56).
    • After the feast, Dumbledore starts making school announcements:
    • (1) Professor Grubby Plank is going to teach Care of Magical Creatures.
    • (2) Professor Umbridge is going to be the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
    • Here, Professor Umbridge interrupts Dumbledore.
    • She launches into one of the most boring speeches anyone has ever heard.
    • Nearly everyone tunes out.
    • But Hermione is wise enough to keep listening.
    • After the speech, Hermione tells Ron and Harry: "How about: ‛progress for progress's sake must be discouraged'? How about: ‛pruning wherever we find practices that ought to be prohibited'? [...] I'll tell you what it means [...] It means the Ministry's interfering at Hogwarts" (11.104-6).
    • As Harry walks out of the Great Hall, he realizes that people are staring at him and whispering.
    • It makes sense that everyone is curious: "he had emerged from the Triwizard maze two months previously clutching the dead body of a fellow student and claiming to have seen Lord Voldemort return to power. There had not been time last term to explain himself before they'd all had to go home" (11.115).
    • Back in the Gryffindor dormitories, Harry sees the other Gryffindor fifth years, Seamus Finnegan and Dean Thomas.
    • Seamus tells his dorm mates that his mother didn't want him to come back to Hogwarts that year.
    • Mrs. Finnegan reads the Daily Prophet, so she's suspicious of both Dumbledore and Harry.
    • Harry is furious (of course).
    • Just as he's getting into bed, Seamus asks, "Look ... what did happen that night when ... you know, when ... with Cedric Diggory and all?" (11.141).
    • Harry retorts, "What are you asking me for? [...] Just read the Daily Prophet like your mother, why don't you? That'll tell you all you need to know" (11.143).
    • Things rapidly dissolve from there.
    • Seamus finally shouts, "I don't want to share a dormitory with him anymore, he's mad" (11.155).
    • Ron warns Seamus that he'll give him detention if Seamus doesn't shut up.
    • Neville pipes up, "My gran's always said You-Know-Who would come back one day. She says if Dumbledore says he's back, he's back" (11.164).
    • Harry is relieved to hear that someone in the wizarding world still believes in him.
    • Harry lies in bed worrying over this argument with Seamus, "whom he had always liked very much" (11.167).
    • How many more people out there think that he's crazy?
  • Chapter 12

    Professor Umbridge

    • In the Gryffindor Common Room, Hermione spots a sign advertising "a little extra gold" (12.7) for anyone who is willing to act as a test subject for Fred and George's practical joke experiments.
    • They warn, "We regret that all work is undertaken at applicant's own risk" (12.7).
    • Hermione takes the sign down, looking angry.
    • We also find out more about who believes Harry. Hermione breaks the news that Lavender Brown, another Gryffindor fifth year, thinks he's lying about Voldemort.
    • Hermione points out that this is exactly what Voldemort is best at: dividing good people against one another.
    • At breakfast, the new captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, Angelina Johnson, reminds Harry that there's room on the team for a new Keeper.
    • Tryouts will be that Friday and Harry (who is the Gryffindor Seeker) has to come.
    • Ron sounds interested at the news that there's an opening on the Gryffindor team.
    • Hermione scolds Fred and George for advertising for testers on the Gryffindor notice board.
    • Fred and George reply that she'll be begging for Skiving Snackboxes at the end of this year.
    • Fifth year is when Hogwarts students take their OWLs – Ordinary Wizarding Levels.
    • OWLs are major exams in every subject offered at Hogwarts, and the stress of preparation makes people crazy.
    • Fred and George kept their spirits up. They didn't do great on their own OWLs, but it doesn't matter: they "feel [their] futures lie outside the world of academic achievement" (12.74).
    • In fact, Fred and George are planning to complete their sixth year and then drop out of Hogwarts.
    • They'll both be seventeen and of age, so they can go ahead and start their business more seriously.
    • The first lesson of the day is History of Magic with (extremely boring) Professor Binns.
    • Cho approaches Harry after class and starts trying to strike up a conversation.
    • Ron (annoyingly) jumps in: "Is that a Tornados badge? [...] You don't support them, do you? [...] Have you always supported them, or just since they started winning the league?" (12.112-4).
    • Cho walks off, offended, and Hermione shouts at Ron for being tactless.
    • Then comes Potions class with Professor Snape.
    • He warns them that they have to pass their OWL in Potions if they expect to continue on in the sixth year.
    • Professor Snape singles out Harry's potion for mockery, which is to be expected because Snape hates Harry's guts.
    • Hermione and Ron start squabbling about Snape – whether he's truly on the side of good or not – until Harry tells them to shut up.
    • In Divination Class, Ron tells Harry, "Hermione thinks it would be nice if you stopped taking out your temper on us" (12.172).
    • Harry gets immediately defensive.
    • Professor Trelawney assigns them dream interpretation, but since Harry knows "perfectly well what his regular nightmare about a graveyard meant" (12.183), he's not too eager to do the assignment.
    • Then comes their lesson with Professor Umbridge: Defense Against the Dark Arts.
    • She tells them to put their wands away and take out their books.
    • Professor Umbridge wants to follow "a carefully structured, theory-centered, Ministry-approved course of defensive magic" (12.195).
    • Did you see that bit about "theory-centered"?
    • What she means is that she does not intend for them to practice the spells they're learning; she just wants them to read about them.
    • All the students are outraged – Hermione, Ron, Harry, Dean Thomas, and Parvati Patil all speak up (even though Professor Umbridge keeps trying to shut them down).
    • Finally, Harry breaks. When Professor Umbridge tells Harry "there is nothing waiting" (12.252) to attack the students of Hogwarts, he answers, "Hmm, let's think [...] Maybe ... Lord Voldemort?" (12.255).
    • Professor Umbridge takes points from Gryffindor and tells Harry he is lying.
    • Harry can't stop, though: "So, according to you, Cedric Diggory dropped dead of his own accord, did he?" (12.268).
    • Professor Umbridge hands Harry a note to take to his Head of House, Professor McGonagall, and kicks him out of class.
    • As Harry goes to Professor McGonagall, Peeves the Poltergeist starts singing to Harry, "Oh, most think he's barking, the potty wee lad" (12.280).
    • This does not improve Harry's temper.
    • Professor McGonagall reads the note and then tells Harry that he has to be more careful.
    • She warns, "Potter, use your common sense. [...] You know where she comes from, you must know to whom she is reporting" (12.305).
    • Apparently, Professor Umbridge has given Harry detention for every night that week.
  • Chapter 13

    Detention With Dolores

    • At dinner that night, Harry hears people muttering about his scene in Defense Against the Dark Arts.
    • Hermione finally levels with Harry: "It's just that before the truth [about the return of Voldemort] could sink in [at the end of the last school year], everyone went home for the summer, where they spent two months reading about how you're a nutcase and Dumbledore's going senile!" (13.13).
    • As they settle in to do homework in the Gryffindor common room, Hermione sees Fred and George up to something.
    • They're testing their Skiving Snackboxes on a bunch of first years.
    • Hermione shrieks, "I told you this morning, you can't test your rubbish on students!" (13.34).
    • Hermione agrees that she won't give them detention – she'll just write to their mother.
    • The twins "looked thunderstruck. It was clear that as far as they were concerned, Hermione's threat was way below the belt" (13.55).
    • After this confrontation, Hermione starts pulling out a couple of weird, woolly objects.
    • They're hats for the Hogwarts house-elves.
    • A house-elf can only be freed from its wizarding service if its Master gives it a gift of clothes.
    • Hermione thinks house-elf servitude is basically slavery.
    • So, she's trying to free them through trickery, by covering these hats she has knitted with trash so that the house-elves accidentally pick them up.
    • Ron does not approve: "You're setting them free when they might not want to be free" (13.65).
    • The next morning, both Professor Flitwick (Charms) and Professor McGonagall (Transfiguration) spend the beginning of class terrifying the students about how important their OWLs are.
    • At Care of Magical Creatures, Professor Grubbly-Plank introduces Bowtruckles, tree guardians that live inside trees and eat wood lice.
    • Harry asks where Hagrid is, but Professor Grubbly-Plank won't answer.
    • Draco says meaningly: "Maybe he's messing with stuff that's too big for him, if you get my drift" (13.98).
    • Luna Lovegood is coming from one of the nearby greenhouses when she stops, turns to Harry, and says, "I believe He Who Must Not Be Named is back and I believe you fought him and escaped from him" (13.111).
    • Unfortunately, this show of support doesn't do much good, since Luna is wearing a pair of radish earrings that make everyone laugh at her.
    • Still, it's nice to have someone who believes you, even if she does have a reputation for being crazy.
    • Angelina Johnson confronts Harry at dinner: "How come you've landed yourself in detention for five o'clock on Friday?" (13.124). He's going to miss Quidditch Keeper tryouts!
    • Angelina tells Harry to tell Professor Umbridge off: "Tell her You-Know-Who's a figment of your imagination if you like, just make sure you're there!" (13.128).
    • So, Harry reports to detention with Professor Umbridge and asks whether he can do his Friday detention another night.
    • He knows even before he finishes asking that she is going to say no. Of course, she flatly refuses.
    • Professor Umbridge wants Harry to write, "I must not tell lies[...] as long as it takes for the message to sink in" (13.154-6).
    • Professor Umbridge hands him a special quill to use.
    • This quill writes the message with Harry's own blood.
    • Every time he writes out this sentence, he feels pain on the back of his hand, as though the words are being cut into his skin. The wounds heal over, but they reappear when he starts writing again.
    • After hours of this, Professor Umbridge wants to see Harry's hand.
    • She says, "Tut, tut, I don't seem to have made much of an impression yet [...] Well, we'll just have to try again tomorrow evening, won't we?" (13.172).
    • Harry has to do all of his homework early the next morning thanks to Professor Umbridge's (horrible, horrible) detention, so all of his classes go badly.
    • The next detention is just as bad, but Harry is proud that he doesn't show the pain he's feeling. He doesn't even tell his friends the truth about the Blood Quill.
    • Harry is exhausted all the time with trying to fit his homework in when he can.
    • He can't figure out why Ron seems to be equally exhausted, though.
    • What is he up to?
    • Harry's hand is starting to scar from all of the lines Professor Umbridge makes him write.
    • On his way back from detention one night, he bumps into Ron.
    • Ron confesses that he "thought [he'd] try out for Gryffindor Keeper now that [he's] got a decent broom. There. Go on. Laugh" (13.209).
    • But Harry think it'd be great if Ron gets on the team. He's excited that Ron is practicing.
    • Ron notices the marks on the back of his hand, so Harry finally confesses what Professor Umbridge is having him do.
    • Ron sums up all of our feelings: "The old hag! [...] She's sick!" (13.221).
    • Harry won't go to Professor McGonagall or Dumbledore for help, though.
    • On Friday night, Harry starts writing out his lines again.
    • His hand bleeds freshly.
    • Harry is trying to watch the Quidditch tryouts through the window as he writes.
    • When Professor Umbridge takes Harry's hand to see how scarred it is, "pain seared, not across the back of his hand, but across the scar on his forehead" (13.246).
    • Professor Umbridge smiles and says, "Yes, it hurts, doesn't it?" (13.248).
    • Harry isn't sure if Professor Umbridge is aware of the pain from his curse scar.
    • Harry is so freaked out by his suspicion that Professor Umbridge is connected to Voldemort that he can't work up very much excitement over Ron being made Keeper on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
    • Angelina admits privately to Harry that Ron isn't the greatest player, but she's hoping he'll turn out all right with some training.
    • Harry tells Hermione his suspicion that Professor Umbridge is possessed by Voldemort.
    • Hermione wonders if it's a coincidence.
    • She suggests that Harry go to Dumbledore to say his scar hurts.
    • Harry retorts, "that's the only bit of me Dumbledore cares about, isn't it, my scar?" (13.278).
  • Chapter 14

    Percy and Padfoot

    • Harry wakes up early the next morning to write to Sirius.
    • He realizes that it's harder than he expected: how do you tell someone top secret information in a letter while still being secure?
    • He manages to get across that Professor Umbridge is a horrible person and that his scar ached while he was in detention with her.
    • He goes to the Owlery to find Hedwig.
    • Nearly Headless Nick warns him not to go up a certain flight of staircases because Peeves is acting up.
    • So, Harry goes up a different flight of stairs, where Mrs. Norris, caretaker Argus Filch's cat, sees him and trots off to "report to her boss" (14.11).
    • Harry gives Hedwig the letter for "Snuffles"/Sirius.
    • Cho Chang happens to walk into the Owlery just as Harry is looking out the window.
    • They start chatting.
    • Cho whispers to Harry, "That Umbridge woman's foul [...] Putting you in detention just because you told the truth about how – how – how he died. Everyone heard about it, it was all over the school. You were really brave standing up to her like that" (13.33).
    • Harry feels like a million bucks.
    • Suddenly, Filch comes running in to say, "Aha! [...] I've had a tip-off that you are intending to place a massive order for Dungbombs!" (14.36).
    • Harry flatly denies this, but Filch wants to search Harry's pockets.
    • Cho claims that she saw Harry send his letter away already – she's lying for Harry! She really likes him!
    • Harry has no clue who gave Filch the idea that he was ordering Dungbombs, since (obviously), he wasn't.
    • In that morning's Daily Prophet, there's an article that Sirius has been spotted in London.
    • Harry thinks it's Lucius Malfoy who tipped off the paper after recognizing Sirius's dog form on the train platform.
    • There is also an article about Sturgis Podmore, who has been charged with "trespass and attempted robbery at the Ministry of Magic" (14.85).
    • He's been sentenced to six months in Azkaban.
    • Ron is shocked because Sturgis is a member of the order.
    • Harry points out that Sturgis was supposed to be part of their guard to King's Cross train station, but he never showed up.
    • Then comes Quidditch practice.
    • And it's a complete, total, utter disaster.
    • The Slytherins are watching, and they all roar with laughter every time Ron makes a mistake, which is often.
    • Among many fumbles, he manages to throw the Quaffle so hard at Katie Brown that she gets a bloody nose.
    • Fred hands Katie something to take to make it clear up in no time.
    • But it doesn't clear up – she just keeps bleeding and bleeding.
    • Fred and George look at each other with shock.
    • (It looks like Fred handed Katie the wrong end of a Skiving Snackbox.)
    • The twins volunteer to take her to the hospital wing.
    • Ron and Harry spend all of Sunday trying to catch up on their stacks of homework.
    • Hermes, Percy's owl, arrives completely out of the blue with a letter for Ron.
    • The letter congratulates Ron for becoming a prefect.
    • He thinks Ron has "stopped flouting authority and [has] decided to shoulder some real responsibility" (14.189).
    • Percy believes that Ron's new job as prefect is a promising sign that Ron is thinking seriously about his future.
    • To protect that future, Percy continues, Ron should start separating himself from Harry.
    • He encourages Ron: "It may be that you are afraid to sever ties with Potter – I know that he can be unbalanced and, for all I know, violent – but if you have any worries about this, or have spotted anything else in Potter's behavior that is troubling you, I urge you to speak to Dolores Umbridge, a truly delightful woman" (14.193).
    • Percy tells Ron that, "Dumbledore's regime at Hogwarts may soon be over" (14.194), and that Ron should be loyal to the Ministry.
    • Ron tears the letter into little pieces and throws it on the fire.
    • Hermione is so moved by this that she agrees to correct both Ron and Harry's essays.
    • As they sit in front of the fire, Harry suddenly sees a flash of Sirius's face.
    • It is, in fact, Sirius! He has been "popping into the fire every hour" (14.221) to check if the coast is clear.
    • Sirius reassures Harry that the scar pain is probably nothing to worry about. Now that Voldemort's back, "it's bound to hurt more often" (14.235).
    • Sirius also tells Harry that, two years ago, Professor Umbridge was responsible for a piece of anti-werewolf legislation that makes it almost impossible for Lupin to get a job.
    • Apparently, Professor Umbridge "loathes part-humans; she campaigned to have merpeople rounded up and tagged last year" (14.244).
    • Sirius informs them that the reason Professor Umbridge isn't training them in real spells is because Fudge is afraid Hogwarts students are being trained in combat to form a private army for Dumbledore.
    • Sirius confirms that Hagrid was supposed to be back from his mission by now, but Sirius is sure that Hagrid is fine.
    • Sirius wants to meet Harry in Hogsmeade in his dog form during their next Hogsmeade weekend off campus.
    • Harry and Hermione both say it's too dangerous – didn't he see the Daily Prophet article about his whereabouts in London?
    • Sirius is clearly offended by Harry's refusal.
    • He tells Harry, "You're less like your father than I thought [...] The risk would've been what made it fun for James" (14.273).
    • Sirius leaves.
  • Chapter 15

    The Hogwarts High Inquisitor

    • Next morning, the front page article of the Daily Prophet is, "MINISTRY SEEKS EDUCATIONAL REFORM – DOLORES UMBRIDGE APPOINTED FIRST EVER HIGH INQUISITOR" (15.1).
    • The article claims that Professor Umbridge has been "an immediate success" (15.5) as Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher as Hogwarts.
    • So, the Ministry has appointed Professor Umbridge to inspect "her fellow educators and make sure they are coming up to scratch" (15.9).
    • The article also contains a quote from Lucius Malfoy saying that he's glad that there is someone in place at Hogwarts to oversee Dumbledore's decisions.
    • They get through History of Magic and Potions without seeing Professor Umbridge.
    • In Potions, Harry gets his essay back with a "D" on it – D for Dreadful.
    • Professor Snape claims to have graded according to OWL standard, where "O" is Outstanding, "E" is Exceeds Expectations, "A" is Acceptable, "P" is Poor, and "D" is Dreadful.
    • Fred and George claim that there is a grade called "T," Troll, but Harry isn't sure if they are joking.
    • Professor Umbridge does come to observe his and Ron's Divination lesson with Professor Trelawney.
    • Professor Umbridge turns on Professor Trelawney and demands that she demonstrate her psychic abilities right here, right now.
    • Of course, Professor Trelawney goes into her usual spiel about grave peril.
    • Professor Umbridge notes something down on her clipboard and says on, "Right [...] Well, if that's really the best you can do" (15.101).
    • Ron and Harry agree that Professor Trelawney is a fraud, but they still feel bad for her in this moment.
    • In Defense Against the Dark Arts, Professor Umbridge makes her class read again.
    • Hermione has already finished the whole book.
    • Professor Umbridge tries to stump Hermione with a question from Chapter Fifteen, but Hermione gets the question right.
    • Then, Hermione dares to disagree with the conclusions of the author.
    • Professor Umbridge takes Gryffindor points to punish Hermione for being outspoken.
    • She also says that the only decent Defense teacher they have ever had was Professor Quirrell (from Book One).
    • Harry shouts out, "Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher [...] there was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head" (15.127).
    • Of course, Professor Umbridge gives Harry more detention.
    • Angelina Johnson is also furious at Harry for getting detention, since he's missing more Quidditch practice.
    • And Professor McGonagall takes points from Harry for continuing to make Professor Umbridge angry.
    • Professor Umbridge comes to their next Transfiguration class to observe Professor McGonagall.
    • Professor Umbridge keeps trying to interrupt Professor McGonagall, but Professor McGonagall refuses to be put off.
    • She's too tough for Professor Umbridge to shake.
    • Professor Umbridge comes to Care of Magical Creatures and asks Professor Grubbly-Plank if she knows, "what is causing Professor Hagrid's very extended leave of absence?" (15.176).
    • Professor Grubbly-Plank says she doesn't know.
    • But Professor Umbridge keeps asking the students about what Hagrid's class was like.
    • Draco seizes the opportunity to talk trash about Hagrid, as he loves to do.
    • That night, when Harry leaves detention, his hand is bleeding so badly he needs to wrap it in a handkerchief.
    • Ron and Hermione are waiting with a Murtlap tentacle solution to make his hand feel better.
    • Harry continues to refuse to tell any of the professors what Professor Umbridge is doing to him.
    • Hermione is outraged that they don't have a decent Defense teacher during their OWL year.
    • What she wants is "a teacher, a proper one, who can show us how to use the spells and correct us if we're going wrong" (15.215).
    • Hermione wants Harry to teach them Defense Against the Dark Arts.
    • Harry is stunned. He thinks Hermione must be joking.
    • But Ron agrees with Hermione.
    • Harry tells them, "You don't know what it's like! You – neither of you – you've never had to face him, have you? You think it's just memorizing a bunch of spells and throwing them at him, like you're in class or something?" (15.247).
    • Hermione and Ron both assure Harry that that's why they need him. They need a teacher who knows what it's like to face Voldemort.
  • Chapter 16

    The Hog's Head

    • After about two weeks, Hermione brings up the extra Defense lessons with Harry again.
    • Harry asks, "You did listen to what I said about a load of it being luck, didn't you?" (16.12).
    • Hermione reassures him: "there's no point pretending that you're not good at Defense Against the Dark Arts, because you are. You were the only person last year who could throw off the Imperius Curse completely, you can produce a Patronus, you can do all sorts of stuff that full-grown wizards can't" (16.13).

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    • So finally, Harry agrees. But he doesn't think anyone will want to come to his lessons because everyone thinks he's crazy.
    • As their off-campus weekend to Hogsmeade approaches, Harry worries that Sirius will appear even though it's dangerous.
    • Finally, the morning of the Hogsmeade visit arrives.
    • Hermione leads Harry and Ron to the Hog's Head pub.
    • She thinks they'll be less likely to be seen at the Hog's Head because the Hog's Head isn't as popular (or as respectable) as the Three Broomsticks (their usual place).
    • The Hog's Head is a gloomy, filthy place with some odd customers – "a man at the bar whose whole head was wrapped in dirty grey bandages" and "two figures shrouded in hoods" (16.51) who look like Dementors.
    • Harry, Hermione, and Ron settle down at a table.
    • A crowd of people soon comes rushing in: Neville; Dean; Lavender; Parvati and Padma Patil; Cho and a friend; Luna; Katie Bell; Alicia Spinnet; Angelina Johnson; Colin and Dennis Creevey; Ernie Macmillan; Justin Finch-Fletchley; Hannah Abbot; a Hufflepuff girl; three Ravenclaws boys called Anthony Goldstein, Michael Corner, and Terry Boot; Ginny; a Hufflepuff Quidditch player; Fred and George; and Lee Jordan.
    • Harry is stunned by the turnout.
    • Hermione calls them to order: "I had the idea – that it might be good if people who wanted to study Defense Against the Dark Arts [...] took matters into our own hands" (16.83).
    • The blond Hufflepuff Quidditch player – Zacharias Smith – gets aggressive right away.
    • He demands evidence that Voldemort really has come back.
    • Harry announces, "If you've come to hear exactly what it looks like when Voldemort murders someone I can't help you [...] I don't want to talk about Cedric Diggory, all right? So if that's what you're here for, you might as well clear out" (16.100).
    • Hermione looks very uncomfortable.
    • Another girl asks Harry excitedly if he really knows how to produce a physical Patronus.
    • She is Madam Bones's niece, Susan Bones. Madam Bones told her all about Harry's trial.
    • Everyone is impressed at Harry's magical abilities.
    • Harry tries to be modest, but Zacharias takes it completely the wrong way: "we've all turned up to learn from him and now he's telling us he can't really do any of it" (16.133).
    • Fred and George threaten to thump Zacharias, and he shuts up.
    • Hermione wants to set up a schedule, but all of the Quidditch players insist that it can't interfere with practice for Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff.
    • Luna tells the assembled group that Cornelius Fudge has his own private army of Heliopaths, spirits of fire.
    • Hermione tells Luna almost point-blank that she's crazy.
    • They also can't figure out where they are going to meet.
    • Hermione promises to send around a message with their first meeting place and time.
    • Hermione hands around a list, but she also warns them, "if you sign, you're agreeing not to tell Umbridge or anybody else what we're up to" (16.131).
    • Some of the students look a little nervous about writing down their names, including Ernie Macmillan (since he's the Hufflepuff prefect).
    • The group starts to leave in twos and threes, but Cho also hangs back and waves at Harry.
    • Hermione makes a passing remark about Michael Corner dating Ginny.
    • Ron is outraged: how can Ginny not have told him? And he thought Ginny had a crush on Harry? (Ron is getting all protective-older-brothery.)
    • Hermione also asks what's going on between Cho and Harry? She tells him, "[Cho] just couldn't keep her eyes off you, could she?" (16.207).
    • Harry is thrilled.
  • Chapter 17

    Educational Decree Number Twenty-four

    • Harry feels cheered up for the rest of the week.
    • But of course, things don't keep going well for long.
    • One morning, there's a notice on the Gryffindor bulletin board: "BY ORDER OF THE HIGH INQUISITOR OF HOGWARTS all student organizations, societies, teams, groups and clubs are henceforth disbanded" (17.4).
    • Students are only allowed to meet in groups of three or more if they get official permission from Professor Umbridge.
    • Harry assumes Professor Umbridge knows about the meeting at the Hog's Head pub.
    • Hermione says no one can have blabbed – if they had, everyone would know because she put a jinx on the piece of paper they all signed.
    • Harry tells everyone it doesn't matter – they'll meet anyway.
    • Angelina informs Harry that the Gryffindor Quidditch team has also been disbanded. The Slytherin team has been allowed to continue, but not Gryffindor.
    • In History of Magic, Hedwig suddenly appears at the window. She has been hurt.
    • Harry rushes to the staff room with Hedwig. He wants to take her to Professor Grubbly-Plank.
    • Professor Grubbly-Plank believes that something has attacked Hedwig.
    • Harry manages to retrieve the letter Hedwig was carrying before Professor Grubbly-Plank takes her away.
    • Professor McGonagall warns Harry: "Bear in mind [...] that channels of communication in and out of Hogwarts may be being watched" (17.94).
    • Hedwig's letter is a message from Sirius: "Today, same time, same place" (17.96).
    • Hermione worries that the letter has been intercepted.
    • Draco is talking loudly outside of Snape's classroom: "... and as for Potter ... my father says it's a matter of time before the Ministry has him carted off to St. Mungo's ... apparently they've got a special ward for people whose brains have been addled by magic" (17.112).
    • Neville leaps on Draco and starts attacking him physically.
    • Ron and Harry do their best to hold him back.
    • Professor Snape comes by and deducts ten points from Gryffindor for fighting.
    • Professor Umbridge is there today to observe Professor Snape's class.
    • She actually dares to tell him, "I question whether it is advisable to teach them a potion like the Strengthening Solution. I think the Ministry would prefer it if that was removed from the syllabus" (17.133).
    • Professor Snape looks enraged.
    • Professor Umbridge keeps pressing him with questions. She wants to know why Professor Snape regularly submits an application to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts and why Dumbledore keeps rejecting his requests.
    • Professor Umbridge is very interested in Professor Snape's background.
    • In Divination, Professor Trelawney seems quite stressed: "Well, carry on! [...] you know what to do! Or am I such a sub-standard teacher that you have never learned how to open a book?" (17.159).
    • Professor Trelawney has, apparently, been put on probation.
    • She feels humiliated and insulted.
    • As usual, in Defense Against the Dark Arts, they sit quietly reading the textbook.
    • At dinner, Angelina tells Harry that there is still no Gryffindor Quidditch practice.
    • As they sit in the Gryffindor Common Room, Harry is having a hard time focusing on his essay on Strengthening Solution.
    • This is because Fred and George are demonstrating their Skiving Snackboxes: "First, Fred would take a bite out of the orange end of a chew, at which he would vomit spectacularly into a bucket they had placed in front of them. Then he would force down the purple end of the chew, at which the vomiting would immediately cease" (17.188).
    • Late that evening, Sirius appears in the Gryffindor fire.
    • Harry explains about Educational Decree Number Twenty-four preventing them from meeting in large groups.
    • Sirius already seems to know about Hermione's Defense Against the Dark Arts group.
    • Sirius laughs: if you want to stay incognito, it's a bad idea to go to a pub you don't usually visit where there aren't that many people.
    • In fact, Mundungus Fletcher was at the Hog's Head, and he overheard all of their plans.
    • Sirius passes on a message from Mrs. Weasley to Ron: "She says on no account whatsoever are you to take part in an illegal secret Defense Against the Dark Arts group. She says you'll be expelled for sure and your future will be ruined" (17.219).
    • For his part, Sirius thinks this group is a great idea – they know that Voldemort is back, so they all need to be able to defend themselves.
    • Suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, Sirius disappears.
    • Harry, Ron, and Hermione watch as a hand appears in the flames – "a stubby, short-fingered hand covered in ugly old-fashioned rings" (17.247). Umbridge is feeling around for Sirius.
    • They all run back up to their dormitories.
  • Chapter 18

    Dumbledore's Army

    • Hermione breaks it to Harry: "Umbridge has been reading your mail, Harry. There's no other explanation" (18.1).
    • Hermione thinks it was Professor Umbridge who told Filch Harry was ordering a large quantity of Dungbombs. It was just an excuse to get access to his mail.
    • At least Angelina has gotten permission to start up the Gryffindor Quidditch team again.
    • That night at 7:00 PM, Ron and Harry go down to the Quidditch pitch for practice.
    • It's pouring rain.
    • The practice is miserable and sodden.
    • After practice, Harry's scar starts to ache suddenly.
    • Harry tells Ron, "[Voldemort's] probably miles away. It hurt ... because ... he's angry" (18.84).
    • Ron looks horrified – Harry seems to be reading Voldemort's mind.
    • When his scar ached in Professor Umbridge's office, it was because Voldemort was "pleased [...] Really pleased. He thought ... something good was going to happen. And the night before [Harry] came back to Hogwarts [...] he was furious" (18.97).
    • Ron tells Harry he has to tell someone about this. Dumbledore would want to know.
    • But Harry stays stubborn.
    • As Harry tries to study for Charms, he keeps getting distracted by other thoughts.
    • Finally, he dozes off.
    • Harry dreams of a windowless corridor with a door at the end of it. Harry wants to get through that door desperately.
    • Dobby the house-elf wakes Harry out of this dream.
    • Dobby has come to return Harry's owl. Professor Grubbly-Plank says Hedwig is better now.
    • Dobby is wearing layers and layers of knitted things.
    • It turns out that it's Dobby and Winky (see Book Four) who have been taking all of Hermione's hats and gloves.
    • Winky is still depressed about being freed: "She still does not care for clothes" (18.145), observes Dobby.
    • In fact, none of the house-elves care for clothes: "None of them will clean Gryffindor Tower any more, not with the hats and socks hidden everywhere, they finds them insulting, sir" (18.145)
    • Harry asks Dobby if he knows of a place where 28 people can practice Defense Against the Dark Arts in secret.
    • Dobby does know a place: the Come and Go Room, a.k.a. the Room of Requirement.
    • This is a special room that can only be entered if a person has real need. So, "Dobby has used it [...] when Winky has been very drunk; he has hidden her in the Room of Requirement and he has found antidotes to Butterbeer there, and a nice elf-sized bed to settle her on while she sleeps it off" (18.158).
    • Harry asks Dobby to tell him exactly where the Room of Requirement is and how to get there.
    • Harry, Ron, and Hermione spend the day tracking down people to let them know where and when the meeting will be.
    • When the Room of Requirement appears, it is "lined with wooden bookcases and instead of chairs there were large silk cushions on the floor. A set of shelves at the far end of the room carried a range of instruments such as Sneakoscopes, Secrecy Sensors, and a large, cracked Foe Glass that Harry was sure had hung, the previous year, in the fake Moody's office" (18.190).
    • A lot of people start coming in: Ginny, Neville, Lavender, Parvati, Dean, Fred, George, Cho Chang, and all the others.
    • Hermione wants to elect a leader of the group.
    • Cho nominates Harry and everyone agrees.
    • They decide to call the group the DA. Cho wants it to stand for "Defense Association," but Ginny prefers "Dumbledore's Army," since that's what the Ministry of Magic is afraid of.
    • Harry splits everyone into pairs and starts teaching them Expelliarmus, the Disarming Charm.
    • Harry moves through the room giving pointers. Slowly, people start to get the hang of it.
    • When Harry comes around to watch Cho Chang, she suddenly sets her friend Marietta's sleeve on fire.
    • Harry says it was lousy, "but I know you can do it properly, I was watching from over there" (18.241).
    • Cho laughs. She tells Harry her parents have "forbidden [her] to get on the wrong side of Umbridge" (18.245) but she wants to keep fighting because of what happened to Cedric (her ex-boyfriend).
    • An awkward silence falls.
    • Luna pipes up, "my dad is very supportive of any anti-Ministry action" (18.247).
    • The lesson wraps up and they agree to meet again the following Wednesday.
    • Hermione is delighted with how the lesson has gone.
    • And Harry is distracted by the news that he makes Cho nervous.
  • Chapter 19

    The Lion and the Serpent

    • The DA changes Harry's life. He feels so pleased that he and the DA are resisting Professor Umbridge "under her very nose, doing the very thing she and the Minsitry most feared" (19.1).
    • Because it's so hard to find a regular, convenient meeting time for the DA, Hermione invents something awesome.
    • It's a fake Galleon coin with numbers that change to show the date and time of the next meeting.
    • The first Quidditch match of the season is approaching.
    • Both Professor McGonagall and Professor Snape are showing their house preferences: Professor McGonagall doesn't give the Gryffindors homework during the week leading up to the match, and Professor Snape has reserved the pitch solid for the Slytherin team.
    • Things are getting intense, and Ron is still struggling with his new role as Keeper.
    • His problem is that, when he makes a mistake, he loses confidence and gets worse and worse.
    • The Slytherin team is also targeting Ron with a "relentless campaign of insults, jeers, and intimidation" (19.24) which are ruining Ron's concentration.
    • On the day of the match, Luna bewitches her hat so that it roars like a lion.
    • But Luna's not the only one wearing team-specific clothes.
    • Hermione pulls Harry aside and tells him not to let Ron see what the Slytherins are wearing.
    • They are all wearing badges that say, weirdly, "Weasley is our King" (19.54).
    • Crabbe and Goyle, Draco's henchmen, have become the Slytherin team's Beaters.
    • The two teams get into position and start playing, with Lee Jordan commentating.
    • The Slytherin section of the stands starts singing: "Weasley cannot save a thing,/He cannot block a single ring,/That's why all the Slytherins sing:/Weasley is our King" (19.73).
    • Ron gets so distracted that he lets in an easy goal.
    • Harry sees the Snitch and nearly catches it, but then a Bludger slams him off his broom.
    • Luckily, Harry is only a few feet off the ground so he isn't badly injured.
    • The Bludger was from Crabbe.
    • But it doesn't matter – Gryffindor has won the game!
    • Draco comments meanly, "Saved Weasley's neck, haven't you? [...] I've never seen a worse Keeper ... but then he was born in a bin ... did you like my lyrics, Potter?" (19.99).
    • Draco then moves on to nasty comments about Mr. and Mrs. Weasley.
    • That's when George, and Harry lose it.
    • They leap for Draco, even though their teammates try to keep them back.
    • Madam Hooch, the flying instructor and Quidditch referee, sends Harry and George off the pitch to Professor McGonagall.
    • Professor McGonagall tears into them for "a disgraceful exhibition" (19.116) of two on one.
    • Harry exclaims that Draco provoked them.
    • Professor Umbridge appears and asks if Professor McGonagall needs "a little extra authority" (19.127) in dealing with these boys.
    • Professor Umbridge has just received a new Educational Decree (Number Twenty-five) giving her the direct power to "strip pupils of privileges" (19.141).
    • She uses this new power to give both Harry and George a lifelong ban on playing Quidditch. She throws in Fred, too, since "this young man's twin ought to be stopped, too – if his teammates had not restrained him, I feel sure he would have attacked young Mr. Malfoy as well" (19.146).
    • Angelina Johnson is heartbroken. The Gryffindor Quidditch team has now lost both its Beaters and its Seeker.
    • Hermione and Harry are sitting in the Common Room late that night.
    • Ron has disappeared.
    • He comes in soaked to the bone and frozen.
    • He apologizes to Harry for thinking he can play Quidditch.
    • Ron plans to resign the next day.
    • Harry points out, "If you resign [...] there'll only be three players" (19.168). He explains about his and the twins' lifelong ban.
    • Ron says this is the worst day of his life.
    • But Hermione has some unexpected news to cheer them up: Hagrid's back!
  • Chapter 20

    Hagrid's Tale

    • Harry, Ron, and Hermione immediately sneak out to Hagrid's hut.
    • Hagrid isn't looking so good: his hair is "matted with congealed blood and his left eye had been reduced to a puffy slit amid a mass of purple and black bruising" (20.12).
    • Hagrid doesn't want to talk about what's happened to him.
    • He takes a dragon meat steak and slaps it over his black eye to help the stinging.
    • Hagrid says he can't tell Harry what he's been doing; it's top secret.
    • But Hermione asks, "Did the giants beat you, Hagrid?" (20.29).
    • Hagrid drops his steak in his shock.
    • They all guessed where he has been.
    • So finally, Hagrid comes clean.
    • He and Madame Maxine (the Headmistress of the French school Beauxbatons and another half-giant like Hagrid) set off to find the giants right after school ended the year before.
    • The two of them pretend they were on a holiday so as not to arouse the Ministry's suspicions that Dumbledore is acting on his own to contact the giants.
    • They find seventy or eighty left in Europe, even though "there was loads once, musta bin about a hundred diff'rent tribes from all over the world [...] Wizards killed a few, o' course, bu' mostly they killed each other, an' now they're dyin' out faster than ever" (20.92).
    • Hagrid and Madame Maxine approach the Gurg, the chief giant, with gifts.
    • The Gurg's name is Karkus.
    • Dumbledore has given Hagrid and Madame Maxine gifts for the Gurg: a branch of everlasting fire and a battle helmet.
    • With these gifts in hand, the Gurg sits down and listens to what Hagrid and Madame Maxine have to say.
    • The Gurg has heard of Dumbledore and his support for the British giants.
    • But that night, it all goes wrong.
    • A fight breaks out, and the next morning, there is a new Gurg.
    • Karkus has been slaughtered in the night.
    • This new Gurg is named Golgomath.
    • Hagrid says, "I knew it was no go before I'd opened me mouth. He was sitting there wearing Karkus's helmet, leerin' at us as we got nearer. He's massive, one o' the biggest ones there. Black hair an' matchin' teeth an' a necklace o' bones. Human-lookin' bones, some of 'em" (20.134).
    • Hagrid still tries to be diplomatic. He hands Golgomath a gift of dragon skin.
    • But before he can finish his first speech, two of the Gurg's henchmen grab Hagrid.
    • Madame Maxine saves Hagrid with some fancy spellwork and the two run away.
    • Hagrid and Madame Maxine lie low and watch what Golgomath does.
    • They discover that it isn't wizards in general he hates; Golgomath is set against representatives of Dumbledore.
    • He is perfectly happy to receive Death Eaters from Voldemort.
    • So, Hagrid and Madame Maxine watch and wait to see if there are any giants who are set against Golgomath.
    • They find three badly injured giants who Golgomath had beaten unconscious.
    • They nurse these giants and manage to convince six or seven of them to join their cause.
    • But then, "Golgomath's lot [raid] the caves. The ones tha' survived didn' wan' no more ter do with us after that" (20.167).
    • So, there aren't any giants coming to join Dumbledore's side.
    • Still, Hagrid is proud that he has done what Dumbledore asked: he "gave 'em Dumbledore's message an' some o' them heard it an' [...] some o' them'll remember it" (20.169).
    • Hermione asks if Hagrid heard any word of his mother while he was there.
    • Hagrid answers, "Dead [...] Died years ago. They told me" (20.176).
    • Ron changes the subject: "But you still haven't explained how you got in this state, Hagrid" (20.180).
    • And Harry wants to know why Hagrid is coming back so late. He's heard that Madame Maxine got back to Beauxbatons ages ago.
    • Before Hagrid can answer, someone knocks at the door.
    • Harry, Ron, and Hermione hide under Harry's Invisibility Cloak.
    • It's Professor Umbridge.
    • She introduces herself to Hagrid and tells him that she is now the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and Hogwarts High Inquisitor.
    • She asks what has happened to Hagrid.
    • She sounds suspicious and cold, and she keeps peppering Hagrid with questions.
    • Harry suddenly realizes, "She knows" (20.229).
    • Professor Umbridge warns Hagrid, "I shall, of course, be informing the Minister of your late return [...] You ought to know, too, that as High Inquisitor it is my unfortunate but necessary duty to inspect my fellow teachers [...] The Ministry is determined to weed out unsatisfactory teachers, Hagrid" (20.232-4).
    • Once she leaves, Harry tells Hagrid that Professor Trelawney is already on probation on Professor Umbridge's order.
    • Hermione wants to know what Hagrid is planning.
    • Hagrid will say only that he wants to show the class something interesting.
  • Chapter 21

    The Eye of the Snake

    • The next morning, Hermione troops down to Hagrid's cottage to try and discuss his lessons with him again.
    • But Hagrid isn't even there, and then he won't listen to reason.
    • So, Harry goes to Care of Magical Creatures class worried about what will happen.
    • But Professor Umbridge isn't there.
    • Even so, Hagrid looks ghastly: "the bruises that had been purple on Saturday night were now tinged with green and yellow and some of his cuts still seemed to be bleeding" (21.12).
    • Hagrid leads the class into the Forbidden Forest to observe the subject of today's lesson in their natural habitat.
    • Hagrid lets out an odd whistle and dumps a shank of meat on the ground.
    • Soon, they start appearing: the skeletal, black, winged horse things he's started seeing.
    • Most of the people in the class still can't see them.
    • Hagrid asks the people who can see them to put their hands up.
    • Draco says snidely, "Excuse me [...] but what exactly are we supposed to be seeing?" (21.32).
    • Hagrid points at the meat on the ground.
    • Something is clearly eating it, even if most of the class can't see what it is.
    • Finally, the mystery is revealed: they are Thestrals. Only people who have seen death can see Thestrals.
    • At this moment, Professor Umbridge appears.
    • She starts talking to Hagrid as though he is an idiot who can't understand what she is saying.
    • Professor Umbridge asks if Hagrid knows that Thestrals have been classified by the Ministry as dangerous.
    • Hagrid laughs this off, but Professor Umbridge writes in her notes, "Shows ... signs ... of ... pleasure ... at ...idea ... of ... violence" (21.60).
    • Needless to say, the inspection does not go well.
    • Christmas holidays are coming up. Ron tells Harry that Mrs. Weasley has invited him to visit during the break.
    • Harry is thrilled, and wonders if he could possibly invite Sirius to get him out of Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place.
    • At the last DA meeting before the holidays, Angelina tells Harry that they have a new Seeker: Ginny Weasley.
    • She's not as good as Harry, but she's still pretty good.
    • All of the DA members have improved tons, but specially Neville Longbottom.
    • Harry encourages them: "You're getting really good [...] When we get back from the holidays we can start doing some of the big stuff – maybe even Patronuses" (21.121).
    • Cho Chang hangs back after the lesson.
    • Harry pretends to be straightening the cushions to give her time to talk.
    • But when he turns around, he sees that Cho is crying silently.
    • She apologizes and explains: "learning all this stuff ... it just makes me ... wonder whether ... if he'd known it all ... he's still be alive" (21.130). So she's talking about Cedric Diggory.
    • Cho compliments Harry on being a good teacher.
    • They're standing under the mistletoe.
    • Cho murmurs, "I really like you, Harry" (21.149).
    • Half an hour later, Harry gets back to the Gryffindor dorms "in a state of shock" (21.154).
    • Hermione guesses that Harry and Cho have kissed.
    • That's true – but she was also still crying.
    • Hermione reassures Harry that Cho wasn't crying because Harry is bad at kissing.
    • It's because she's filled with so many feelings: she's sad that Cedric is dead, confused that now she likes Harry, and worried that she's going to get kicked off the Ravenclaw Quidditch team for the bad flying she’s done recently.
    • Hermione asks if Harry is going to ask Cho out again.
    • But now Harry is confused. He still likes Cho, but the kiss was not all he'd imagined: "whenever he had imagined a scene involving the two of them it had always featured a Cho who was enjoying herself, as opposed to a Cho who was sobbing uncontrollably into his shoulder" (21.201).
    • For her part, Hermione is writing a long letter to Viktor Krum, the international Quidditch star who asked her out in Book Four.
    • They go to bed, and Harry drops off to sleep.
    • He dreams that he is in a snake's body.
    • He slithers up to a man, rears up and bites him hard in the chest.
    • His bites break the man's ribs.
    • There is blood everywhere.
    • Harry's forehead is aching horribly.
    • The boys in his dormitory are trying desperately to shake Harry awake.
    • The pain in Harry's head is so bad that he rolls over and throws up.
    • Harry tells Ron what he saw in his dream: Mr. Weasley has been attacked. He needs help right away because he is bleeding badly.
    • Ron thinks Harry was just dreaming, but Harry is clearly really sick.
    • Neville runs to Professor McGonagall for help.
    • She arrives, and Harry tells her, "It's Ron's dad [...] He's been attacked by a snake and it's serious, I saw it happen" (21.246).
    • Professor McGonagall takes Harry to see Dumbledore.
  • Chapter 22

    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.
  • Chapter 23

    Christmas on the Closed Ward

    • Harry feels contaminated by Voldemort.
    • He worries that he is the weapon Voldemort is developing.
    • Mrs. Weasley notices that Harry looks pale and sends him to nap before dinner.
    • But he doesn't sleep – he paces around worrying, "this is insane – if Voldemort's possessing me, I'm giving him a clear view into the Headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix right now! He'll know who's in the Order and where Sirius is ... and I've heard loads of stuff I shouldn't have, everything Sirius told me the first night I was here" (23.17).
    • Harry realizes that the only way he can keep everybody safe is to run away.
    • Harry is nearly out the front door with his trunk when he hears a voice.
    • It's Phineas Nigellus speaking from his portrait.
    • He mocks Harry for being a coward: "I thought [...] that to belong in Gryffindor you were supposed to be brave?" (23.18).
    • Phineas Nigellus then passes on a message from Dumbledore: "Stay where you are" (23.29).
    • Harry doesn't think much of this advice but he sticks around Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place.
    • Harry is afraid to sleep, and he's afraid to be around his friends. He stays in hiding in Buckbeak's room for much of the next day.
    • He is surprised when there is a loud knock on the door.
    • It's Hermione.
    • She was supposed to be skiing with her parents, but she has changed her mind and decided that she will spend the holidays at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, with Harry and the Weasleys.
    • She knows what Harry overheard the night before, and she thinks he's being silly.
    • Hermione leads Harry to Ron and Ginny.
    • Ginny flares up angrily: "Well, [hiding] was a bit stupid of you [...] seeing as you don't know anyone but me who's been possessed by You-Know-Who, and I can tell you how it feels" (23.66).
    • (Ginny is referring to Book Two, when she was possessed by Voldemort through his school diary.)
    • Harry apologizes and asks how he would know if he is possessed.
    • Ginny asks, "Well, can you remember everything you've been doing? [...] Are there big blank periods where you don't know what you've been up to?" (23.71).
    • Harry can't think of anything, and he starts to relax.
    • He realizes with relief, "I'm not the weapon after all" (23.82).
    • On Christmas morning, Harry gets loads of presents.
    • Fred and George warn them not to go downstairs, since "Mum's crying again" (23.90).
    • Apparently, Percy returned the sweater that she knitted for him for Christmas without even a note.
    • So, they decide to stay upstairs until Lupin finishes reassuring her.
    • Hermione has got a present for Kreacher that she intends to bring to his den under the boiler.
    • They go and explore Kreacher's living space.
    • It's lined with blankets and filled with stale crusts and relics from the Black family.
    • There is a photograph of Bellatrix Lestrange that Kreacher has put in front of all the others.
    • Hermione decides to leave the present for him to find later.
    • Sirius suddenly realizes, "Come to think of it [...] has anyone actually seen Kreacher today?" (23.111).
    • No one has seen him for ages.
    • Harry worries that, when Sirius said "out" (23.115), Kreacher took that as permission to leave the house.
    • Harry points out, "[House-elves] can leave the house of they really want to [...] Dobby did, he left the Malfoys' to give me warnings three years ago. He had to punish himself afterwards, but he still managed it" (23.117).
    • Sirius looks disturbed at this news, but then dismisses it.
    • After lunch, they all troop off to visit Mr. Weasley at St. Mungo's.
    • Mr. Weasley has been experimenting with Muggle medicine – stitches — and Mrs. Weasley flips out.
    • To escape her wrath, Ron, Harry, Hermione, and Ginny all go racing off to find a cup of tea.
    • As they are walking through the hospital, they see a familiar face in the SPELL DAMAGE wing.
    • It's Gilderoy Lockhart, their former Defense Against the Dark Arts instructor.
    • Lockhart is still obviously suffering from the memory charm he cast at the end of Book Two.
    • Harry and the rest get roped into visiting Lockhart for a bit.
    • Lockhart is certainly very cheerful and friendly, though he's still as vain as ever.
    • But as they visit Lockhart, they see someone completely unexpected in this wing of the hospital: Neville Longbottom, accompanied by an elderly witch.
    • Harry realizes exactly why Neville is there and tries to distract his friends, but it's too late: Ron jumps up and yells, "Neville" (23.187).
    • Neville's grandmother (that's the elderly witch) greets all of them.
    • She is surprised that Neville hasn't told them about his parents.
    • She announces, "Well, it's nothing to be ashamed of! [...] You should be proud, Neville, proud! They didn't give their health and their sanity so their only son would be ashamed of them, you know!" (23.200).
    • It turns out that Neville is at St. Mungo's visiting his parents, Frank and Alice Longbottom.
    • They were both tortured so long with the Cruciatus Curse at the end of the last war with Voldemort that they went insane.

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    • So now, they live at St. Mungo's in the ward for spell damage.
    • After Alice Longbottom hands her son a gum wrapper, "Neville looked around at the others, his expression defiant, as though daring them to laugh, but Harry did not think he'd every found anything less funny in his life" (23.210).
    • Ron, Hermione, and Ginny are shocked, but Harry admits that Dumbledore told him in Book Four: "I promised I wouldn't tell anyone ... that's what Bellatrix Lestrange got sent to Azkaban for, using the Cruciatus Curse on Neville's parents until they lost their minds" (23.218).
  • Chapter 24

    Occulumency

    • Kreacher has been hiding in the attic.
    • Sirius finds him covered in dust looking for more Black family relics.
    • Kreacher seems happier than usual, and he keeps staring at Harry with great interest.
    • Sirius's moods are going sour now that everyone is preparing to go back to Hogwarts.
    • On the last day of the holidays, Professor Snape comes to Number Twelve for a talk with Harry.
    • Harry finds Sirius and Professor Snape sitting at opposite ends of the kitchen table glaring at each other.
    • Professor Snape is there on Dumbledore's orders. Once school starts again, Professor Snape is going to be giving Harry extra lessons in Occlumency, which is the "magical defense of the mind against external penetration" (24.30).
    • Sirius shouts at Professor Snape, "If I hear you're using these Occlumency lessons to give Harry a hard time, you'll have me to answer to" (24.43).
    • Professor Snape claims that Harry is "so arrogant that criticism simply bounces off of him" (24.46).
    • Sirius draws his wand on Professor Snape, and Harry jumps over the table to get between them.
    • At this tense moment, the whole Weasley family comes bustling in.
    • Mr. Weasley announces, "Cured! [...] Completely cured!" (24.59).
    • Then they all notice that something seems to be wrong with this scene.
    • Sirius and Professor Snape lower their wands.
    • Professor Snape sweeps out after reminding Harry of his extra lessons.
    • The next day, they all head back to Hogwarts on the Knight Bus, escorted by Tonks and Lupin.
    • Before Harry leaves, Sirius gives him a package that contains "a way of letting [Sirius] know if Snape's giving [Harry] a hard time" (24.76).
    • On the Knight Bus, Stan Shunpike the conductor (see Book Three) starts asking questions: "You keepin' well, then, 'Arry? I seen your name in the paper loads over the summer, but it weren't ever nuffink very nice. I said to Ern, I said, 'e didn't seem like a nutter when we met 'im, just goes to show, dunnit?" (24.96).
    • Finally, the Knight Bus arrives at the gates of Hogwarts.
    • Lupin reminds Harry, "And listen [...] Harry, I know you don't like Snape, but he is a superb Occlumens and we all – Sirius included – want you to learn to protect yourself, so work hard, all right?" (24.107). Harry agrees.
    • Back at school, to cover up that he's taking Occlumency lessons, Harry has to tell everyone that he's doing remedial potions.
    • Harry asks Cho to come with him to Hogsmeade on Valentine's Day. She looks thrilled.
    • That night, Harry goes down to Professor Snape's office.
    • Professor Snape looks at Harry with visible dislike, and says, "The Headmaster has asked me to teach you Occlumency. I can only hope that you prove more adept at it than at Potions" (24.139).
    • The reason that Harry has to learn Occlumency is that he has "some kind of connection" (24.157) with Voldemort that Dumbledore wants Harry to block.
    • Harry doesn't understand why he should stop this link – after all, it's been useful, right? Thanks to the link, they were able to find Mr. Weasley in time to save his life!
    • Professor Snape warns Harry that now Voldemort knows Harry has seen through his mind.
    • The night when Harry saw through Voldemort's snake's eyes, Voldemort realized that they have this connection.
    • Professor Snape continues, "He has also deduced that the process is likely to work in reverse; that is to say, he has realized that he might be able to access your thoughts and feelings in return" (24.179).
    • Voldemort might be able to make Harry do things.
    • So, Harry has to learn Occlumency.
    • Professor Snape tells Harry to stay calm, purge himself of emotions, and do whatever he can to throw Professor Snape out of his mind.
    • Then, Professor Snape jumps into Harry's mind. Harry has difficulty resisting him, and it just gets worse and worse.
    • Harry sees Cedric Diggory lying dead on the ground, and Snape shouts, "Get up! You are not trying, you are making no effort. You are allowing me access to memories you fear, handing me weapons!" (24.210).
    • Professor Snape gives Harry one last try to repel him from Harry's mind.
    • Harry sees the long, windowless corridor he has been dreaming of.
    • He realizes that it is in the Department of Mysteries at the Ministry of Magic. Mr. Weasley had been there the night that he was attacked.
    • Professor Snape warns Harry not to think about the Department of Mysteries.
    • Professor Snape sends Harry off with the instruction, "You are to rid your mind of all emotion every night before sleep; empty it, make it blank and calm, you understand?" (24.239).
    • Harry's scar aches, and he feels shivery and strange.
    • He tells Hermione and Ron that the weapon Voldemort wants must be in the Ministry of Magic.
    • In his dormitory, Harry feels sick again. He suddenly feels intense pain in his scar: "He did not know where he was, whether he was standing or lying down, he did not even know his own name" (24.274).
    • Maniacal laughter rings out and he feels absolutely, totally happy.
    • Then, Ron slaps Harry in the face and the laughter dies away.
    • Harry realizes that he was the one laughing.
    • Something has happened, something that has made Voldemort very happy.
    • The Occlumency lesson seems to have weakened Harry's defenses rather than strengthening them.
  • Chapter 25

    The Beetle at Bay

    • The next morning, they find out what has made Voldemort so happy.
    • The Daily Prophet front page carries an article about the biggest Azkaban breakout ever: ten Death Eaters, including Antonin Dolohov, Augustus Rookwood, and Bellatrix Lestrange, have all escaped.
    • Harry is shocked to find that Fudge is blaming the breakout on Sirius.
    • Hermione replies, "he can hardly say, 'Sorry, everyone, Dumbledore warned me this might happen, the Azkaban guards have joined Lord Voldemort'" (25.14).
    • The Daily Prophet has further bad news: Broderick Bode, a Ministry employee who was laid up at St. Mungo's, has been killed by a Devil's Snare plant left at his bedside.
    • The plant was supposed to be a Christmas present.
    • Harry suddenly realizes that Bode was the man lying in bed next to Gilderoy Lockhart when they went to St. Mungo's to visit Mr. Weasley.
    • They were there when the plant was delivered!
    • Ron remembers that Bode was an Unspeakable, an employee of the Department of Mysteries.
    • Hermione rushes off mysteriously to send a letter, but she won't explain why.
    • Hagrid greets Ron and Harry in passing. He's still covered with bruises and cuts.
    • Hagrid is now on probation.
    • The news of the ten Death Eaters' escapes is all anyone can talk about.
    • Everyone is also wondering about Harry's response to the news, but Harry thinks the tone of the whispering about him is changing: "They sounded curious rather than hostile now, and once or twice he was sure he overheard snatches of conversation that suggested that the speakers were not satisfied with the Prophet's version of how and why ten Death Eaters had managed to break out of the Azkaban fortress" (25.48).
    • Professor Umbridge continues to try and clamp down on the school.
    • Her latest Educational Decree requires that, "Teachers are hereby banned from giving students any information that is not strictly related to the subjects they are paid to teach" (25.52).
    • Professor Umbridge also insists on being present at every session of Divination and Care of Magical Creatures, which is making Professor Trelawney crazy.
    • The only thing that Harry is really enjoying right now at school is the DA.
    • Everyone is working hard and improving, even Zacharias Smith.
    • Harry's Occlumency lessons are continuing, but he is not getting better – in fact, he is growing increasingly sensitive to Voldemort.
    • On Valentine's Day, Harry gets ready for his date with Cho.
    • That morning, Hermione gets a letter. She insists that Harry has to meet her at the Three Broomsticks at noon – he can even bring Cho, if he likes.
    • Ron can't go to Hogsmeade at all. The Gryffindor Quidditch team is having an all-day practice, since they are so terrible.
    • In Hogsmeade, Harry and Cho start off talking (relatively) easily about Quidditch.
    • Cho notices that there are no Dementors looking for the ten escaped Death Eaters. When Sirius Black escaped two years before, there were Dementors everywhere, but now, none.
    • Harry thinks to himself that the Dementors must be totally out of Ministry control if they're not even bothering to look around.
    • The date starts to go sour when they wind up at a cutesy little teashop called Madam Puddifoot's.
    • There are other couples there, which makes Harry feel self-conscious.
    • Harry tells Cho that he is supposed to meet Hermione at noon that day.
    • She gets very angry very quickly, and Harry can't figure out why.
    • Then, Cho starts to cry yet again. She actually asks Harry, "I've been meaning to ask you for ages ... did Cedric – did he - m - m - mention me at all before he died?" (25.141).
    • This is pretty much the last thing Harry wants to talk about, so he tries to change the subject.
    • Cho is upset that Harry doesn't understand how she's feeling.
    • She shouts, "Go on, leave! [...] I don't know why you asked me out in the first place if you're going to make arrangements to meet other girls right after me" (25.153).
    • Then she storms off in tears.
    • Harry is baffled and upset.
    • He heads over to the Three Broomsticks, where he finds Hagrid sitting by himself.
    • Hagrid seems to be in a grim mood and keeps talking about the importance of family.
    • Again, Harry has no clue what's going on.
    • Hermione waves Harry over. He finds her sitting with Luna Lovegood and journalist Rita Skeeter.
    • (Hermione has control over Rita Skeeter because she has found out that Skeeter is an unregistered Animagus. Skeeter's animal form is a beetle, and she has been using this form to spy on people for her stories. At the end of Book Four, Hermione demands that Skeeter not publish any lies about people for a full year in exchange for Hermione's silence about her Animagus form.)
    • Hermione's proposition is this: she wants Rita Skeeter to write an article.
    • This article will tell the exact truth about Harry's experiences at the end of last year when Voldemort rose again.
    • Obviously, the Daily Prophet won't run such a piece since (a) Fudge won't let them, and (b) "it's against the public mood" (25.211).
    • Hermione agrees, which is why they are going to print the article in the Quibbler.
    • Rita Skeeter laughs at the idea that anyone would believe anything that appears in a tabloid like the Quibbler.
    • Hermione agrees, "Some people won't [...] But the Daily Prophet's version of the Azkaban breakout had some gaping holes in it. I think a lot of people will be wondering whether there isn't a better explanation of what happened, and if there's an alternative story available, even if it is published in a – [...] well, an unusual magazine – I think they might be rather keen to read it" (25.214).
    • Eventually, Rita Skeeter says she'll do it.
  • Chapter 26

    Seen and Unforeseen

    • Luna doesn't know when Harry's interview will appear, but it'll be soon.
    • Neville admires Harry's bravery. He knows that it's important for people to understand what Voldemort is capable of – "and his Death Eaters, too ... people should know" (26.6).
    • Hermione asks about Harry's date with Cho.
    • She scolds Harry for telling Cho about Hermione's meeting so tactlessly and so early in their date.
    • Harry does not get girls at all.
    • Ron and Ginny come back from a nightmarish Quidditch practice.
    • Fred and George both confirm that it was the worst.
    • Fred rolls his eyes: "Well, [Ron] can do it if he doesn't think anyone's watching him [...] So, all we have to do is ask the crowd to turn their backs and talk among themselves every time the Quaffle goes up his end on Saturday" (26.37).
    • Fred and George are talking seriously about leaving school before exams, now that they don't even have Quidditch to look forward to.
    • The Quidditch match on Saturday is indeed dire: "It was hard to say what the worst thing was: Harry thought it was a close-run contest between Ron's fourteen failed saves, Sloper missing the bludger but hitting Angelina in the mouth with his bat, and Kirke shrieking and falling backwards off his broom when Zacharias Smith zoomed at him carrying the Quaffle" (26.52).
    • After the match, Ron is obviously miserable.
    • Harry dreams again of the corridor with the door at the end of it. This time, the door is partly open, and Harry almost goes through it before a snore from Ron wakes him.
    • The next morning at breakfast, Harry receives loads of letters.
    • The reason becomes clear soon: Harry's interview has appeared in the Quibbler.
    • Luna's father has sent Harry a free copy, so he shows it to all of his friends.
    • A lot of the letters say that Harry is crazy, but some of them are statements of support.
    • Professor Umbridge sees the commotion and demands that Harry explain.
    • Harry shows her the Quibbler with his interview on the front page.
    • Professor Umbridge forbids Harry from going to Hogsmeade again. She also takes fifty points from Gryffindor and gives him another week of detention.
    • The next Educational Decree says, "Any student found in possession of the magazine The Quibbler will be expelled" (26.102).
    • Of course, this just makes the students even more curious about Harry's interview.
    • Soon, it seems that everyone has read it.
    • Finally, Seamus approaches Harry and says, "I just wanted to say [...] I believe you. And I've sent a copy of that magazine to me mam" (26.111).
    • Harry feels on top of the world.
    • He goes off to nap in his dorm, and he dreams of a man kneeling in front of him.
    • The man is Rookwood, and he is apologizing desperately for a mistake.
    • Harry speaks in a high cold voice: "Avery told me Bode would be able to remove it" (26.126).
    • Rookwood protests, "Bode could never have taken it, Master ... Bode would have known he could not ... undoubtedly, that is why he fought so hard against Malfoy's Imperius Curse" (26.127).
    • Harry tells him, "You have done well to tell me this [...] Very well ... I have wasted months on fruitless schemes, it seems ... but no matter ... we begin again, from now. You have Lord Voldemort's gratitude, Rookwood" (26.130).
    • Once again, Ron wakes Harry from his nightmare.
    • Harry tells Ron that he was Voldemort in the dream, and that Rookwood has put Voldemort on the right track to get something.
    • Ron wants Harry to tell someone, but Harry refuses.
    • Hermione figures out that that's why Bode was murdered: he resisted the Imperius Curse and it messed with his mind, but he was getting better.
    • If he had recovered, he could have accused Lucius Malfoy of casting an Unforgivable Curse. The Death Eaters had to shut him up.
    • Hermione and Harry also realize that it must have been Lucius Malfoy who put Sturgis Podmore under the Imperius Curse to steal the weapon.

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    • Then, abruptly, Hermione scolds Harry for seeing all of this in the first place – obviously, he's not working hard enough on Occlumency.
    • During one of Harry's Occlumency sessions with Professor Snape, Snape sees the dream Harry had of Rookwood kneeling before him.
    • Professor Snape reminds Harry, "you are neither special nor important, and it is not up to you to find out what the Dark Lord is saying to his Death Eaters" (26.193).
    • At last, Harry manages to push Professor Snape out of his mind and enter into Snape's own.
    • Harry feels on edge: "It was unnerving to think that the little boy who had been crying as he watched his parents shouting was actually standing in front of him with such loathing in his eyes" (26.206).
    • But what makes Professor Snape really angry is that he sees Harry in his dreams trying to go down the hallway in the Department of Mysteries.
    • They start fighting yet again, but they are interrupted by a woman screaming.
    • Upstairs, students and teachers are surrounding the scene.
    • In the Entrance Hall stands Professor Trelawney with her two trunks.
    • Professor Umbridge mocks Professor Trelawney for not having foreseen that this day was coming.
    • Professor Umbridge gloats as she tells Professor Trelawney that she has been dismissed.
    • Professor McGonagall goes over to Professor Trelawney and tries to comfort her.
    • Dumbledore tells Professor Trelawney she must not leave.
    • After all, while Professor Umbridge may have the right to fire Hogwarts instructors, she has no right to have people removed from the castle.
    • He, Dumbledore, is still Headmaster, and he wants Professor Trelawney to keep living at the castle.
    • What is more, Dumbledore has already found a suitable replacement for Professor Trelawney.
    • That replacement is Firenze, a centaur from the Forbidden Forest.
  • Chapter 27

    The Centaur and the Sneak

    • Lavender and Parvati both think their new centaur Divination professor is hot.
    • Their Divination class has been moved to the ground floor to accommodate their hoofed instructor.
    • Firenze greets Harry by name.
    • (He rescued Harry from Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest in Book One, so they go way back).
    • Harry notices that Firenze has a hoof-shaped bruise on his chest.
    • The classroom has been spelled to look like the Forbidden Forest to make him feel more comfortable living in Hogwarts.
    • Firenze tells them that his herd expelled him on Monday "because [he has] agreed to work for Professor Dumbledore [...] They see this as a betrayal of [their] kind" (27.36).
    • Firenze explains, "I [...] am here to explain the wisdom of centaurs, which is impersonal and impartial. We watch the skies for the great tides of evil or change that are sometimes marked there. It may take ten years to be sure of what we are seeing" (27.49).
    • Firenze doesn't seem interested in whether or not they understand what he's saying, nor does he seem too definite about his own predictions.
    • At the end of class, Firenze calls Harry over to give Hagrid a message: "His attempt is not working, and he would do better to abandon it" (27.61).
    • Hagrid listens to the message, but disregards it.
    • OWL preparation is heating up, and all of the fifth years are looking more and more stressed out.
    • At least DA continues to go well: they have started on Patronus charms.

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    • One night, Dobby comes racing in to the Room of Requirement.
    • He warns Harry and the others that Professor Umbridge is coming.
    • Harry shouts to everyone to run.
    • But Harry gets tangled up in a Trip Jinx.
    • The jinx was cast by Draco Malfoy, who is helping Professor Umbridge break up the meeting.
    • Professor Umbridge grabs Harry by the arm and drags him to Dumbledore's office.
    • Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, Cornelius Fudge, Percy Weasley, Kingsley Shacklebot, and another Auror named Dawlish are all assembled.
    • Cornelius Fudge is "glaring at [Harry] with a kind of vicious satisfaction on his face" (27.120).
    • Harry firmly denies that he knows anything about why he has been brought in. He claims to know nothing about a student defense group.
    • Professor Umbridge brings in her witness: it's Marietta, Cho's friend.
    • Across her forehead is "a series of close-set purple pustules" (27.146) that read "SNEAK."
    • Marietta can't speak in response to Professor Umbridge's questions.
    • But Professor Umbridge already knows about Harry's meeting at the Hog's Head back in October.
    • Willy Widdershins, a wizard who had been caught spelling Muggle toilets to "regurgitate" (27.157), apparently plea-bargained his way out of punishment by ratting out Harry to the Ministry.
    • Dumbledore points out gently that there was no rule in place preventing student groups during Harry's Hog's Head gathering.
    • So, Marietta will have to testify to six months' worth of meetings for any charges against Harry to stick.
    • But Marietta won't testify – she looks blank as she keeps shaking her head in response to every question.
    • Professor Umbridge gets so frustrated that she physically shakes Marietta hard.
    • The other people in the room warn her to get ahold of herself.
    • Professor Umbridge recovers. Even if there is no evidence of six months of meetings, Professor Umbridge did recover a sign-up list of names.
    • The list of names comes under the heading "Dumbledore's Army."
    • Dumbledore offers Cornelius a confession.
    • Harry is utterly confused, and Professor McGonagall and Kingsley Shacklebot look fearful.
    • Dumbledore takes all of the blame on himself: "Tonight was supposed to be the first meeting [...] Merely to see whether they would be interested in joining me" (27.211).
    • He claims to have been plotting against Fudge.
    • Fudge is delighted. He tells Dumbledore that he will be escorted to the Ministry to be charged, then sent to Azkaban until his trial.
    • Dumbledore refuses to come quietly.
    • He casts a sudden spell, knocking out Professor Umbridge, Fudge, Dawlish, and Kingsley all at once.
    • Professor McGonagall and Harry are both still conscious.
    • Dumbledore comments, "Unfortunately, I had to hex Kingsley too, or it would have looked very suspicious [...] He was remarkably quick on the uptake, modifying Miss Edgecombe's memory like that while everyone was looking the other way" (27.244).
    • Dumbledore turns to Harry and makes him promise that he will practice Occlumency as hard as he can. It's important – he'll understand why soon!
    • Dumbledore disappears with his phoenix, Fawkes.
    • Fudge demands to know where Dumbledore has gone.
    • Dawlish rushes out to the stairs, followed closely by Kingsley and Professor Umbridge.
    • Professor McGonagall leads Harry and Marietta out.
    • As they leave, Harry hears Phineas Nigellus's voice: "You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts ... but you cannot deny he's got style" (27.265).
  • Chapter 28

    Snape's Worst Memory

    • Fudge signs a new Educational Decree making Professor Umbridge Head of Hogwarts.
    • Everyone in school knows that Dumbledore took on a whole office-full of important people and still escaped.
    • Ernie Macmillan insists that Dumbledore will be back soon.
    • Apparently, the office of the Headmaster itself has sealed itself against Professor Umbridge.
    • Hermione sputters, "Oh, I expect she really fancied herself sitting up there in the Head's office [...] Lording it over all the other teachers, the stupid puffed-up, power-crazy old —" (28.3).
    • Draco Malfoy warns Hermione not to finish that sentence.
    • He takes points from Gryffindor and Hufflepuff.
    • Ernie Macmillan protests that prefects can't take points from other prefects.
    • But Draco is no longer just a prefect; now he is a member of the newly formed Inquisitorial Squad.
    • The Inquisitorial Squad can do whatever it likes.
    • With Dumbledore having left the school, Fred and George have now decided that it's time for a bit of real mayhem. They won't say what, though.
    • Filch calls Harry into Professor Umbridge's office.
    • He is all for the new Head of Hogwarts – he thinks she'll be harsher with the students than Dumbledore was.
    • Completely unexpectedly, Professor Umbridge offers Harry something to drink.
    • He finally accepts some tea.
    • But Harry only pretends to sip it.
    • Professor Umbridge begins to ask him questions: where is Dumbledore? Where is Sirius Black?
    • Harry keeps saying he doesn't know.
    • There is a sudden, loud boom.
    • One floor down, there is a huge fireworks display going off.
    • Both Professor Umbridge and Filch look utterly shocked.
    • When Professor Umbridge tries to stun one of the fireworks, it explodes.
    • Harry finds Fred and George laughing so hard they're wiping tears away.
    • Professor McGonagall and the other teachers all take up a form of passive resistance.
    • They call on Professor Umbridge to clear their classrooms every time a firework appears.
    • As Professor Flitwick says, "I could have got rid of the sparklers myself, of course, but I wasn't sure whether or not I had the authority" (28.100).
    • Fred and George get tons of orders for their enchanted fireworks.
    • That night, Harry manages to get through the door in his dream.
    • There are rows and rows of glass spheres.
    • Before he gets to his destination, the BANG! of a firework wakes him up.
    • The next day, Cho tries to tell Harry that Marietta is a lovely person really.
    • Harry isn't buying it, the two of them fight yet again, and it looks like things are over between Harry and Cho.
    • Harry goes to his Occlumency lesson with Professor Snape, where Harry finds him pulling memories out of his head and putting them in a Pensieve.
    • Draco interrupts them with a message that Professor Umbridge needs Professor Snape.
    • Professor Snape tells Harry to come back tomorrow.
    • Harry lingers in Professor Snape's office, though.
    • He wants to get a glimpse at the memories in Professor Snape's Pensieve, the ones that he didn't want Harry to see.
    • Harry sees his father, Sirius, Lupin, and Wormtail (a.k.a. Peter Pettigrew, the traitor who will eventually sell out James and Lily Potter to Voldemort) taking their Charms OWL with Professor Flitwick.
    • James Potter is playing with a golden Snitch and boasting about his marks on his OWLs.
    • The group sits down under a tree.
    • There's nothing to do.
    • That is, until Sirius and James see "Snivellus" (28.216). It's Professor Snape at age 15.
    • Sirius and James stand up and stalk towards him.
    • Lupin stays under the tree reading while Wormtail looks on at the scene eagerly.
    • Sirius and James ambush Snape and cast Impedimenta: he struggles, but it's like he’s tied by invisible ropes.
    • They laugh at him and bully him.
    • Just then, someone shouts, "Leave him ALONE!" (28.234).
    • It's Lily Evans, Harry's mother.
    • She tells James that he's "an arrogant, bullying toerag" (28.242) who should let Snape go.
    • While James's back is turned, Snape throws a spell at James.
    • James retaliates by hanging Snape upside down in the air, "his robes falling over his head to reveal skinny, pallid legs and a pair of greying underpants" (28.247).
    • The crowd that has gathered cheers and laughs.
    • Lily draws her wand and threatens to curse Sirius and James if they don't knock it off.
    • As soon as Snape is free, he shouts, "I don't need help from filthy little Mudbloods like her!" (28.256).
    • James tries to make Snape apologize to Lily, but Lily turns on James: "You're as bad as he is [...] Messing up your hair because you think it looks cool to look like you've just got off your broomstick, showing off with that stupid Snitch, walking down corridors and hexing anyone who annoys you just because you can [...] You make me SICK" (28.260-2). Lily stalks off.
    • James doesn't get what's wrong with Lily.
    • James is frustrated with Lily, so he goes back to torturing Snape.
    • This time, he plans to take Snape's underwear off.
    • But Harry doesn't get to see what happens next because someone is pulling him out of the Pensieve.
    • It's Professor Snape.
    • He is so angry that he shakes Harry before sending Harry out of his office for good.
    • Professor Snape throws a jar of cockroaches behind him.
    • Harry feels appalled not because of Snape's violence, but because he knows what it's like to be bullied, and it looks like his father was an arrogant jerk.
  • Chapter 29

    Careers Advice

    • Hermione asks why Harry doesn't have Occlumency lessons anymore.
    • Harry claims that it's because Snape thinks he "can carry on by [himself] now that [he's] got the basics" (29.2).
    • Harry can't stop thinking about this new, unflattering picture he's getting of his dad.
    • Harry also can't stop wondering how his mother ever learned to love his dad when "she had clearly loathed James" (29.29).
    • Ginny comes to see Harry after Quidditch practice.
    • She gives him an Easter egg from Mrs. Weasley.
    • Harry is humiliated to realize that he is starting to tear up.
    • Ginny asks if he's okay.
    • The thing is, Harry really wants to talk to Sirius.
    • Ginny says she'll put her mind to it.
    • With OWLs coming up, all of the fifth years also have to attend mandatory career meetings with their Heads of House.
    • Harry's appointment is during Divination class the following day.
    • Fred and George approach Harry in the Gryffindor Common Room that evening.
    • Ginny has mentioned to them that Harry would like to get in touch with Sirius.
    • Fred and George tell Harry that they would be happy to provide a diversion the next day to distract Professor Umbridge.
    • Hermione points out that a diversion won't matter – Professor Umbridge is keeping all of the fireplaces and owls strictly under watch.
    • Fred and George have thought of that, too: the only fireplace Professor Umbridge won't have under surveillance will be her own.
    • Harry can use Fred and George's diversion to get into Professor Umbridge's office and use her fireplace to Firecall Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place.
    • Hermione spends the whole of the following day trying to persuade Harry not to break into Professor Umbridge's office.
    • Harry has his first Potions class with Professor Snape since he looked into Dumbledore's Pensieve and saw Snape's worst memory.
    • Professor Snape decides to ignore Harry, which is actually better than his usual pattern of outright mockery.
    • Draco breaks Harry's potion container, so Harry gets a zero for his potion even though he thought he had made it properly this time.
    • Harry is in such a foul mood thanks to Potions class that he almost forgets his career appointment with Professor McGonagall.
    • When Harry gets to his career meeting, he sees that it's not just Professor McGonagall. Professor Umbridge is also there with a clipboard.
    • Harry tells Professor McGonagall he wants to be an Auror.
    • Professor McGonagall begins giving advice: "You'll need top grades for that [...] They ask for a minimum of five NEWTs, and nothing under ‛Exceeds Expectations' grade, I see. Then you would be required to undergo a stringent series of character and aptitude tests at the Auror office" (29.114).
    • Professor Umbridge gives a little cough.
    • Professor McGonagall ignores her and continues with her advice.
    • Professor Umbridge keeps coughing to interrupt her, and finally, Professor McGonagall offers her a cough drop.
    • Professor Umbridge comments, "I was just wondering whether Mr. Potter has quite the temperament for an Auror?" (29.125).
    • Professor McGonagall ignores her once more.
    • At last, Professor Umbridge provokes Professor McGonagall into saying that Harry "has achieved high marks in all Defense Against the Dark Arts tests set by a competent teacher" (29.135).
    • At this jab at her competence, Professor Umbridge looks extremely angry.
    • She tells Harry and Professor McGonagall that "this boy has as much chance of becoming an Auror as Dumbledore has of ever returning to this school" (29.142).
    • Professor McGonagall interprets this as "a very good chance, then" (29.143).
    • This fight ends with Professor Umbridge swearing Harry will never work for the Ministry of Magic and Professor McGonagall promising Harry that she will not rest until he becomes an Auror.
    • At 5:00, when the twins' diversion is supposed to start, Harry grabs his invisibility cloak and the knife Sirius gave him that can open any lock.
    • He rushes into Professor Umbridge's office and Firecalls Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place.
    • He finds Lupin and Sirius both at home.
    • Harry asks them about Professor Snape's memory: "he just attacked Snape for no good reason, just because – well, just because you said you were bored" (29.193).
    • Both Lupin and Sirius assure Harry that it was just a phase James was going through: yeah, he was an arrogant jerk, but he was fifteen.
    • James got over it in a couple of years and started dating Lily.
    • Harry still feels unconvinced at this news.
    • Lupin asks how Professor Snape responded to Harry's Pensieve discoveries.
    • Lupin and Sirius both freak out and insist that Harry must continue with his Occlumency lessons.
    • Lupin tells him, "Harry, there is nothing so important as you learning Occlumency [...] Do you understand me? Nothing!" (29.228).
    • Harry is annoyed, but agrees.
    • Harry hears a rustle on his side of the fire and rushes back to Professor Umbridge's office.
    • He's there just in time to throw on his Invisibility Cloak before Filch comes in.
    • Filch is looking for an "Approval for Whipping" (29.237) form. He's been waiting for years to be allowed to whip the students, and at last he thinks he's going to be able to do it.
    • Harry rushes past Filch down to the Entrance Hall to see what's going on.
    • There is a huge crowd collected in a circle around Fred and George.
    • Professor Umbridge shouts, "So – you think it amusing to turn a school corridor into a swamp, do you?" (29.243).
    • Fred and George turn to each other and agree, "I think we've outgrown full-time education" (29.249).
    • They both call their brooms (using the Accio spell), jump on them, and shout, "We won't be seeing you" (29.256).
    • They announce that Weasley's Wizard Wheezes have new premises – number ninety-three, Diagon Alley – and they'll give "special discounts to Hogwarts students who swear they're going to use our products to get rid of this old bat" (29.260).
    • Even though Professor Umbridge tries to catch them, she and the Inquisitorial Squad are too slow.
    • Fred tells Peeves the Poltergeist to give Professor Umbridge hell.
    • Peeves salutes and the students applaud as Fred and George ditch Hogwarts.

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  • Chapter 30

    Grawp

    • Fred and George's escape from Hogwarts becomes a legend within a week of its happening.
    • Professor Umbridge can't get rid of the swamp they made, so it becomes Filch's job to row students down the hallway to their classes.
    • A lot of students step up to prank in the absence of Fred and George.
    • They also use Skiving Snackboxes to get out of Professor Umbridge's class in huge groups.
    • It's not just the students who are revolting against Professor Umbridge; the teachers refuse to help her at all.
    • Hermione starts to worry about whether she should do something.
    • She's worried about where Fred and George got the money to start their joke shop – could they have done something illegal with Mundungus Fletcher?
    • Harry finally comes clean: he gave them the thousand Galleons in prize money that he won from the Triwizard Tournament last year.
    • Hearing that Fred and George haven't stolen anything, Hermione switches her worries.
    • Now, she's on about Harry's lack of Occlumency practice.
    • She asks, "You are trying to block your mind, aren't you? [...] You are keeping going with your Occlumency?" (30.45).
    • Harry doesn't want to admit that he is really curious about what is at the end of that long hall he keeps seeing in his dreams.
    • The final match of the Quidditch season is set to take place at the end of May, between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw.
    • Ron seems to be feeling a bit better about his goalkeeping: "I mean, I can't get any worse, can I? [...] Nothing to lose now, is there?" (30.53).
    • As Harry and Hermione settle in to the stands to watch the Quidditch game, they hear a voice.
    • It's Hagrid, and he wants them to come with him right away while everyone else is distracted by the Quidditch game.
    • Hagrid brings them into the Forbidden Forest.
    • Hagrid brings his crossbow with him: they're going deeper into the forest than usual, and he can't trust the centaurs now that Firenze is gone.
    • Hagrid protected Firenze from the rest of the herd when they attacked him for working with Dumbledore.
    • So the centaurs aren't too happy with Hagrid, or with humans in general these days.
    • Before they get to their destination, Hagrid stops and explains: "Well, there's a good chance I'm goin' ter be gettin' the sack any day now" (30.111).
    • He's worried that, if he gets fired, there will be no one to look after ...
    • Hagrid brings them deeper into the forest, where they see a large figure lying on its side, sleeping.
    • It's Hagrid's giant half-brother, Grawp.
    • He is a full-blooded giant, the son of Hagrid's mother with another giant.
    • Even so, he's a runt by giant standards (only sixteen feet tall).
    • Because Grawp is small, he gets bullied by the other giants.
    • Hagrid felt that he couldn't leave his only brother there, to be injured by everyone else.
    • So, Hagrid brought Grawp home with him. That's why it took him two months to travel back to Hogwarts – because Grawp didn't want to come.
    • Hermione asks an excellent question: "What do you think you're going to do with a violent giant who doesn't even want to be here!" (30.154).
    • Hagrid claims that he's not violent – he just doesn't know his own strength!
    • Grawp can hunt just fine for himself, but if Hagrid gets sent away, he worries about what will happen to his brother without company.
    • So, Hagrid makes Harry and Hermione promise to come and keep Grawp company in the forest.
    • Then, Hagrid introduces Harry and Hermione to the now-awake Grawp.
    • Hagrid points to Hermione and says, "This is Hermy, Grawp! An' she's gonna be comin' an' all! Is'n' tha' nice? Eh? Two friends fer yeh ter – GRAWPY, NO!" (30.191).
    • Grawp tries to grab Hermione, but Harry manages to drag her behind a tree.
    • Hagrid takes Harry and Hermione back to the school.
    • But before they manage to leave the Forbidden Forest, the centaurs ambush Hagrid.
    • One of the centaurs, Magorian, warns Hagrid, "You ought not to have meddled, Hagrid [...] Our ways are not yours, nor are our laws. Firenze has betrayed and dishonored us" (30.208).
    • Hagrid disagrees with the idea that working for Albus Dumbledore could ever be a dishonor.
    • The centaurs also aren't too thrilled about having Grawp around, but Hagrid insists that it's Grawp's forest, too. He has as much of a right to it as the centaurs do.
    • Bane, an even more human-hating centaur than Magorian, keeps egging Magorian on to kill Hagrid, Hermione, and Harry.
    • Magorian refuses: "the slaughter of foals is a terrible crime – we do not touch the innocent" (30.218).
    • But he promises Hagrid that, if Hagrid comes back to the Forest in the future, it will be a different story.
    • Hermione pulls Hagrid away and they return to the Quidditch stands.
    • After Hagrid leaves, Hermione says, "I don't believe him. I really don't believe him [...] A giant! A giant in the Forest!" (30.234-6).
    • As they argue about what to do next, they overhear a crowd singing, "Weasley is our King!" (30.242).
    • Hermione thinks it's the Slytherins being nasty, as usual.
    • But then Harry and Hermione listen more closely.
    • It's the Gryffindors chanting, "Weasley is our King,/He didn't let the Quaffle in" (30.245).
    • Ron shouts as he sees them: "HARRY! HERMIONE! [...] WE DID IT! WE WON!" (30.247). He's waving the silver Quidditch Cup over his head.
    • Harry and Hermione decide to wait a bit before breaking the news about Grawp to Ron.
  • Chapter 31

    OWLs

    • Finally, after giving Ron a day to gloat over their Quidditch triumph, Hermione confesses, "As a matter of fact, the only bit of the match Harry and I saw was Davies's first goal" (31.9).
    • Ron is obviously disappointed – until he hears about Grawp, when he becomes horrified.
    • Things are also getting stressful, as the OWLs are just around the corner.
    • Hermione gets anxious when she overhears Draco boasting, "Of course, it's not what you know [...] it's who you know. Now, Father's been friendly with the head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority for years – old Griselda Marchbanks – we've had her round for dinner and everything" (31.38).
    • The fifth years are also doing heavy trade in memory enhancers and potions to keep you awake. Hermione starts confiscating them because (a) they don't work, and (b) they're sometimes dangerous.
    • Professor McGonagall announces their OWL schedules, which are spread over two weeks. They'll hear the results in July.
    • The first exam is Theory of Charms, administered by Professor Marchbanks.
    • They watch Professor Marchbanks arrive.
    • She announces to Professor Umbridge: "No idea where [Dumbledore] is, I suppose? [...] I doubt [you'll find him] [...] not if Dumbledore doesn't want to be found! I should know ... examined him personally in Transfiguration and Charms when he did NEWTs ... did things with a wand I'd never seen before" (31.33).
    • Finally, the Charms exam comes. The first question is about Wingardium Leviosa – the Levitation Charm.
    • Harry remembers Ron using that charm to levitate a troll's club in first year (see Book One). He smiles and starts writing.
    • After the exam, all Hermione wants to do is talk about it. Ron just wants her to be quiet.
    • They have their Charms practical exam after the written.
    • Next up, Herbology, then Defense Against the Dark Arts.
    • At the DADA exam, Harry's examiner leans in and asks, "I heard, from my dear friend Tiberius Ogden, that you can produce a Patronus? For a bonus point ...?" (31.98).
    • Harry does, and Professor Tofty congratulates him with, "Excellent! [...] Very well, Potter, you may go!" (31.102).
    • For most of the weekend, Hermione is in a bad mood because she mixed something up on her Ancient Runes OWL.
    • Harry's Potions exam on Monday goes surprisingly well – "With Snape absent from the proceedings, he found that he was much more relaxed than he usually was while making potions" (31.115).
    • The first really disastrous exam Harry has is Divination: "he lost his head during tea-leaf reading, saying it looked to him as though Professor Marchbanks would shortly be meeting a round, dark, soggy stranger, and rounded off the whole fiasco by mixing up the life and head lines on her palm and informing her that she ought to have died the previous Tuesday" (31.122).
    • Still, at least that's the end of Divination – they can give it up now that they've finished their OWL.
    • During their Astronomy OWL that evening, Harry points his telescope over to Venus.
    • But he gets distracted by movement near the Forbidden Forest.
    • He sees Professor Umbridge with about half a dozen other people.
    • He hears "a roar from the distant cabin that echoed through the darkness right to the top of the Astronomy tower" (31.137).
    • Suddenly, there is a loud "BANG" (31.143).
    • Everyone in the class looks over to Hagrid's hut, where there are jets of red light indicating that these wizards are trying to Stun him.
    • Hagrid shouts, "Reasonable be damned, yeh won' take me like this, Dawlish!" (31.147).
    • Professor McGonagall rushes over and shouts, "Leave him alone! Alone, I say! [...] On what grounds are you attacking him?" (31.155).
    • Then the wizards attacking Hagrid turn on Professor McGonagall!
    • The wizard administering their Astronomy exam seems to have forgotten about the test completely: "Galloping gargoyles! [...] Not so much as a warning! Outrageous behavior!" (31.157).
    • Seeing them turn on Professor McGonagall only makes Hagrid angrier.
    • He knocks out all of the wizards Professor Umbridge brought with her and runs out of the Hogwarts gates.
    • Everyone is shocked at this late-night attack on Hagrid.
    • Hermione explains that it's total prejudice on Professor Umbridge's part – she "hates part-humans [...] She was always going to try and get Hagrid out" (31.174).
    • They're also worried about Professor McGonagall, since she took four Stunning spells to the chest.
    • Harry is absolutely furious.
    • The next day is their final OWL: History of Magic.
    • As Harry starts the written test, he suddenly sees himself "walking along the cool, dark corridor to the Department of Mysteries again, walking with a firm and purposeful tread, breaking occasionally into a run, determined to reach his destination at last ... the black door swung open for him as usual, and here he was in the circular room with its many doors ..." (31.199).
    • This time, though, when he reaches two rows of glass spheres, he sees the shape of a man in black.
    • He hears a high voice shouting Crucio.
    • The man writhing on the floor in pain is Sirius Black.
    • Harry shouts and falls sideways onto the floor.
  • Chapter 32

    Out of the Fire

    • Harry tells a concerned Professor Tofty that he's fine – he just needs to go and lie down.
    • Harry races up to the hospital wing to see Professor McGonagall, but she's already been sent to St. Mungo's.
    • Harry rushes back to see Hermione and Ron.
    • Harry tells them what he saw: "There's a room in the Department of Mysteries full of shelves covered in these little glass balls and they're at the end of row ninety-seven – he's trying to use Sirius to get whatever it is he wants from in there ... he's torturing him ... says he'll end up by killing him!" (32.29).
    • Hermione asks Harry timidly if he is sure he saw what he thinks he saw? What if this vision really is a dream?
    • Ron agrees with Harry: "Sirius's brother was a Death Eater, wasn't he? Maybe he told Sirius the secret of how to get the weapon!" (32.48).
    • Hermione insists that they get proof before rushing off to the Department of Mysteries.
    • She thinks Harry has a "saving-people thing" (32.57) that Voldemort might be using to trick Harry into a trap.
    • Harry shouts at Hermione that his visions are real and that Hermione "didn't have a problem [his] saving-people thing when it was [Hermione he] was saving from the Dementors" (32.67) (at the end of Book Three).
    • Ginny and Luna walk into the middle of this fight, having overheard Harry's shouting.
    • Hermione suggests that they use Professor Umbridge's fireplace to get in touch with Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place again.
    • They can use Ginny and Luna as lookouts.
    • Harry agrees, but insists that they hurry. He believes that Voldemort is torturing Sirius right now, as they speak.
    • Harry grabs his Invisibility Cloak from the Gryffindor dorms and rushes back out to his friends.
    • Ron goes to head off Professor Umbridge while Ginny and Luna stand guard.
    • Hermione and Harry get under the Invisibility Cloak and go into Professor Umbridge's office.
    • Harry's head appears in the fireplace at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place.
    • He doesn't see anyone there (as he expected).
    • Kreacher soon wanders into view looking pleased.
    • Kreacher tells Harry, "Nobody here but Kreacher! [...] Kreacher thinks he will have a little chat with his mistress now, yes, he hasn't had a chance in a long time, Kreacher's master has been keeping him from her" (32.142).
    • Kreacher claims that Sirius won't come back from the Department of Mysteries.
    • Before Harry can finish shouting at Kreacher, he feels himself being dragged back through the flames.
    • It's Professor Umbridge.
    • She has installed Stealth Sensoring Spells all around her door, so she knew the moment Harry and Hermione broke in.
    • Professor Umbridge demands to know what Harry has been doing.
    • Millicent Bulstrode (a Slytherin fifth year) is holding Hermione against the wall while Draco holds on to Harry's wand.
    • Several Slytherins troop in with Luna, Ginny, Ron, and Neville. All four have been gagged.
    • Professor Umbridge demands once more, "Clearly, it was very important for you to talk to somebody. Was it Albus Dumbledore? Or the half-breed, Hagrid?" (32.164).
    • Professor Umbridge plans to force Harry to spill his secrets.
    • She sends Draco for Professor Snape.
    • Professor Snape looks profoundly uninterested in everything that is going down in Professor Umbridge's office.
    • She demands that he give her Veritaserum, his most potent truth potion.
    • He can't – she used the last of it when she tried to interrogate Harry before (see Chapter 28). It will take a month to brew more.
    • Professor Umbridge shrieks, "You are on probation! [...] You are being deliberately unhelpful! I expected better, Lucius Malfoy always speaks most highly of you!" (32.155).
    • As Professor Snape turns to leave, Harry realizes that he is Harry's only chance to get in touch with the Order.
    • He shouts, "He's got Padfoot! He's got Padfoot at the place where it's hidden!" (32.157).
    • Professor Snape tells Professor Umbridge he has no idea what Harry is talking about.
    • Professor Snape leaves with a flourish.
    • Professor Umbridge decides to cast Crucio on Harry to get the truth out of him.
    • She mutters, "What Cornelius doesn't know won't hurt him [...] He never knew I ordered Dementors to go after Potter last summer, but he was delighted to be given the chance to expel him, all the same" (32.201).
    • Just as Professor Umbridge starts to cast the spell, Hermione interrupts and promises to confess.
    • Hermione tells Professor Umbridge that they were trying to contact Dumbledore.
    • She claims that they don't know where he is, so they have been trying "the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley and the Three Broomsticks and even the Hog's Head —" (32.236).

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    • Professor Umbridge calls Hermione an idiot girl and looks disappointed at this news.
    • Hermione says that they needed to tell Dumbledore something important: "it's r – ready! [...] The ... the weapon!" (32.219-21).
    • Professor Umbridge looks extremely excited.
    • She wants Hermione to take the Inquisitorial Squad to inspect this weapon.
    • Hermione weeps, "I hope they use it on you! In fact, I wish you'd invite loads and loads of people to come and see! Th - that would serve you right [...] then if you annoy any of them they'll be able to s - sort you out!" (32.231).
    • At Hermione's words, Professor Umbridge decides that it should just be the two of them – Hermione and Professor Umbridge – who go and see this weapon (to limit any potential damage to Professor Umbridge herself).
    • Professor Umbridge wants to bring Harry, too.
    • She leaves Luna, Ron, Ginny, and Neville in the custody of the Inquisitorial Squad.
  • Chapter 33

    Fight and Flight

    • Harry has no idea what Hermione is planning, but he goes along with it.
    • Hermione heads to the Forbidden Forest with Harry, Professor Umbridge's wand pointed at both of their backs.
    • Hermione keeps leading them deeper and deeper into the forest.
    • At first, Harry thinks that Hermione is leading Professor Umbridge to Grawp, but they're going the wrong way.
    • Suddenly, a voice rings out, "Who are you?" (33.26).
    • It's Magorian, along with a number of other centaurs.
    • Professor Umbridge shouts, "be very careful! By the laws laid down by the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, any attack by half-breeds such as yourselves on a human —" (33.31).
    • Bane takes offense at the description "half-breed," while Magorian is enraged that Professor Umbridge thinks centaurs have "near-human intelligence" (33.34).
    • They charge Professor Umbridge, who keeps shrieking and trying to stun them.
    • Bane carries Professor Umbridge away.
    • The other centaurs debate about what they should do with Harry and Hermione.
    • One of them, Ronan, protests that, "We do not attack foals" (33.48).
    • Another centaur thinks Harry's pretty darn close to being an adult, and anyway, they're trespassing in the forest.
    • Before the centaurs can attack Harry and Hermione, "there came a crashing noise on the edge of the clearing so loud that all of them, Harry, Hermione, and the fifty or so centaurs filling the clearing, looked around" (33.62).
    • It's Grawp!
    • He's shouting for "HAGGER!" (33.69).
    • He misses Hagrid and wants "Hermy" (33.74) to tell him where Hagrid has gone.
    • The centaurs begin to shoot at Grawp with their arrows, injuring him and making him bleed.
    • Grawp grabs at the centaurs and throws them around.
    • Harry and Hermione run away.
    • Harry feels his scar throbbing and worries that Sirius is getting closer to death.
    • But how are they supposed to get to the Ministry of Magic now that they don't even have their wands?
    • Out of the trees suddenly appear Ron, Ginny, Luna, and Neville.
    • They managed to escape the Inquisitorial Squad, spotted Hermione and Harry going into the forest, and followed them.
    • Now, they all want to know what to do next.
    • Ginny, Luna, and Neville insist on accompanying Harry to the Department of Mysteries even though he thinks it isn't safe.
    • It's Luna who has an idea of how to get there: they should just ride the Thestrals.
    • They are attracted to the smell of blood, and both Hermione and Harry are covered in Grawp's blood.
    • Eventually, six Thestrals land in front of the group.
    • Harry tells them, "All right [...] pick one and get on, then" (33.139).
  • Chapter 34

    The Department of Mysteries

    • Ron can't figure out how to get on his Thestral if he can't even see it.
    • Eventually, everyone manages to get their seats.
    • They tell their Thestrals to take them to the Ministry of Magic.
    • The Thestrals set off, moving faster than Harry has ever moved in his life.
    • At last, they land on the pavement in front of the Ministry visitor's entrance.
    • They rush down into the Ministry.
    • Harry tries to get a few of his friends to stay behind, but they all insist on coming with him.
    • They walk down into the Department of Mysteries.
    • As soon as they get through the door to the Department, the circular wall of the room seems to rotate on some unknown trajectory.
    • Ginny realizes that it's "to stop us knowing which door we came in through" (34.59).
    • So, they don't know how to get out of this room now that they've gotten in.
    • Harry tries a door at random.
    • It's got jars full of softly glowing brains in it.
    • They try another door.
    • It's larger than the last room, and it contains only one thing: "Unsupported by any surrounding wall, the archway was hung with a tattered black curtain or veil which, despite the complete stillness of the cold surrounding air, was fluttering very slightly as though it had just been touched" (34.85).
    • Harry moves towards the archway.
    • He is attracted by the sound of voices from beyond the veil.
    • No one else can hear these voices except for Luna Lovegood.
    • Harry almost moves through the archway, but Hermione grabs his arm and shouts, "Harry, we are supposed to be here for Sirius!" (34.103).
    • Harry nods and leaves the room.
    • The next door they try is locked.
    • Harry uses Sirius's knife to try and open the lock.
    • But the knife melts in the door.
    • Hermione tells them, "Right, we're leaving that room" (34.117).
    • They try the next door.
    • Harry recognizes the long corridor on the other side of the door at once.
    • His heart pumps with adrenaline as he walks down the hallway.
    • Harry goes through the doorway at the end, which leads to the giant room full of glass baubles.
    • He finds row 97, the row from his dream.
    • Harry keeps expecting to find Sirius at any moment.
    • But even in row 97, there is no sign of Sirius, or of any kind of struggle.
    • What they do find is a label under "one of the small glass spheres that glowed with a dull inner light, though it was very dusty and appeared not to have been touched for many years" (34.164).
    • The label says, "S.P.T. to A.P.W.B.D. Dark Lord and (?)Harry Potter" (34.166).
    • Slowly, Harry takes the glass sphere from its shelf.
    • A voice from behind him says, "Very good, Potter. Now turn around, nice and slowly, and give that to me" (34.177).
  • Chapter 35

    Beyond the Veil

    • The voice belongs to Lucius Malfoy.
    • The way out of the room is blocked by a ring of Death Eaters.
    • Malfoy wants the prophecy.
    • A woman standing to Malfoy's left – Bellatrix Lestrange – laughs at Harry for thinking that Sirius is at the Department of Mysteries.
    • Harry's dream wasn't true.
    • Malfoy wants the prophecy, which gives Harry some protection. The Death Eaters can't just attack him without risking shattering the glass ball.
    • So, Bellatrix suggests that they torture Ginny to make Harry give up his prophecy.
    • Harry promises that, if they hurt his friends, he'll shatter the prophecy.
    • Bellatrix tells Harry to shut up – how dare he speak Voldemort's name?
    • Harry tells Bellatrix Voldemort is "a half blood, too [...] Yeah, his mother was a witch but his dad was a Muggle – or has he been telling you lot he's pure-blood?" (35.43).
    • Bellatrix is so outraged that she tries to stun Harry, but Malfoy deflects the spell.
    • It hits one of the shelves and shatters some of the glass balls.
    • Ghostly figures rise up speaking from the glass balls.
    • Harry gets an idea.
    • Harry tries to stall Malfoy and the rest of the Death Eaters.
    • Malfoy suddenly says something that catches Harry's attention: apparently, the reason for Voldemort's attack on Harry can be found in the glass ball Harry holds.
    • Harry puts together that Bode and Sturgis Podmore were trying to get this glass ball, but they failed.
    • Harry wants to know why Voldemort needs Harry to get it.
    • Bellatrix laughs, "The Dark Lord, walk into the Ministry of Magic, when they are so sweetly ignoring his return? The Dark Lord, reveal himself to the Aurors, when at the moment they are wasting their time on my dear cousin?" (35.71).
    • In the middle of this talking back and forth, Harry suddenly shouts, "NOW!" (35.74).
    • His friends all aim for the glass shelves filled with prophecies.
    • Amid the shattering glass and the sounds of voices, they run for the door.
    • Somehow, Harry, Ginny, Hermione, and Neville get separated from Ron and Luna.
    • They sneak through the Department of Mysteries, trying to avoid the Death Eaters.
    • Harry surprises a Death Eater with a Stunning spell before another Death Eater tries to cast Avada Kedavra (the Killing Curse) on Hermione.

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    • Neville casts a Disarming Spell that hits both Harry and the Death Eater, sending Harry's wand back in the direction of the Hall of Prophecy.
    • Hermione casts Stupefy on the Death Eater, and he stumbles into the large crystal bell jar near the Hall of Prophecy.
    • Inside the bell jar, his head suddenly starts to shrink rapidly, until it's the head of a baby.
    • He ages back to adulthood and then returns to babyhood a second time.
    • By the time he gets the bell jar off, he is left with the head of a baby on an adult's body.
    • One of the Death Eaters manages to surprise Harry and his friends with an Impedimenta curse, but they throw it off and fight back.
    • Antonin Dolohov, one of the Death Eaters who escaped Azkaban, tears off his mask and reveals his face.
    • He casts a spell on Hermione that knocks her right out.
    • Dolohov promises that, if Harry gives him the prophecy, he'll let them go free.
    • Neville, bleeding from a clearly broken nose, shouts, "Whaddever you do, Harry [...] don't gib it to him!" (35.134).
    • Harry casts Petrificus Totalis – the Binding Spell – on Dolohov.
    • Neville and Harry check Hermione, and she's still alive.
    • Neville picks up Hermione and Harry keeps his wand at the ready as they go searching for their friends.
    • A door springs open and three people come through it: it's Ginny, Ron, and Luna.
    • Ginny's ankle is broken.
    • And something has definitely gone wrong with Ron: he's babbling and there's a bit of dark liquid dripping from his mouth.
    • He giggles, "Harry [...] you know who this girl is, harry? She's Loony ... Loony Lovegood ... ha ha ha" (35.174).
    • Luna helps Ginny walk while Harry supports Ron.
    • But before they get much further, Bellatrix bursts in and shouts, "There they are!" (35.179).
    • They try to run and seal the door behind them, but five Death Eaters manage to get through and knock out Luna.
    • Ron keeps giggling. He notices that they are in the room full of brains, and he chuckles, "Honest, Harry, they're brains – look – Accio brain!" (35.194).
    • The brain sends out tentacles that wrap around Ron's chest and start hurting him.
    • Harry tries to help Ron, but he can't get the brain to let go.
    • Harry decides to distract the Death Eaters by holding the prophecy above his head and streaking out of the room.
    • He goes through a door and falls down a staircase into a stone pit.
    • It's the room with the empty archway standing in it.
    • The Death Eaters gather around Harry.
    • Malfoy says, "Potter, your race is run [...] now hand me the prophecy like a good boy!" (35.210).
    • Neville follows Harry and tries to fight.
    • Bellatrix grins evilly: "Longbottom? [...] Why, I have had the pleasure of meeting your parents, boy" (35.220).
    • Bellatrix decides to torture Neville with Crucio until Harry agrees to give up the prophecy.
    • Bellatrix casts Crucio on Neville.
    • Just then, members of the Order of the Phoenix sprint into the room: Lupin, Sirius, Moody, Tonks, and Kingsley.
    • Harry crawls over to reach Neville, trying to stay out of the way of the spells exchanged between the Death Eaters and Order members.
    • Macnair, a Death Eater, tackles Harry and demands that he give up the prophecy.
    • Neville Stuns him.
    • Harry sees Dolohov bearing down on him.
    • Dolohov casts Tarantallegra on Neville so that he can no longer control his legs.
    • Harry manages to cast a Shield Spell before Stunning Dolohov.
    • Sirius shouts, "Harry, take the prophecy, grab Neville, and run!" (35.251).
    • Harry pulls Neville's arm over his shoulder, but Malfoy gets to him before he can leave.
    • Harry drops the prophecy.
    • Harry casts Impedimenta on Malfoy and Neville manages to catch the prophecy before it shatters.
    • But then a spell hits the stone bench they're hiding behind, and the prophecy falls and breaks.
    • The ghostly figure inside tells its prophecy without either Harry or Neville able to hear it.
    • Neville points to the doorway and shouts, "Dubbledore!" (35.265).
    • Dumbledore is there! Harry thinks they're all saved.
    • Only one pair is still fighting: Sirius and Bellatrix.
    • Sirius is laughing at Bellatrix as he dodges her spell.
    • But a second spell hits him in the center of the chest, and Sirius falls backwards through the empty archway.
    • He disappears.
    • Harry runs to reach through the archway, but Lupin holds Harry back.
    • Lupin tells Harry, "There's nothing you can do [...] nothing ... he's gone" (35.286).
  • Chapter 36

    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.
  • Chapter 37

    The Lost Prophecy

    • Harry lands in Dumbledore's office.
    • Dumbledore's office is empty and peaceful.
    • Harry paces around, thinking "it was his fault Sirius had died; it was all his fault" (37.4).
    • Voldemort took advantage of Harry's "love of playing the hero" (37.4), and Sirius died as a result.
    • Harry cannot bear to think about this any longer.
    • A picture behind him suddenly addresses him: it's Phineas Nigellus, Sirius's ancestor.
    • He asks Harry snidely, "And what brings you here in the early hours of the morning? [...] This office is supposed to be barred to all but the rightful Headmaster. Or has Dumbledore sent you here? Oh, don't tell me [...] Another message for my worthless great-great-grandson?" (37.8).
    • Harry can't bring himself to tell Phineas Nigellus that Sirius is dead. He can't say the words aloud, or they'll be real.
    • Dumbledore appears in the fireplace of his office, welcomed by the portraits of the wizards and witches on his wall.
    • Dumbledore assures Harry that none of his fellow students are going to be permanently damaged by their injuries this evening.
    • Dumbledore tells Harry, "There's no shame in what you're feeling [...] the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength" (37.29).
    • But Harry can't hear what Dumbledore is saying right now – he is in so much pain that he just wants it to stop.
    • He starts tearing up Dumbledore's office and shouting that he doesn't understand, he can't understand.
    • Dumbledore informs Harry, "It is my fault that Sirius died [...] Or should I say, almost entirely my fault – I will not be so arrogant as to claim responsibility for the whole. Sirius was a brave, clever and energetic man, and such men are not usually content to sit at home in hiding while they believe others to be in danger. Nevertheless, you should never have believed for an instant that there was any necessity for you to go to the Department of Mysteries tonight. If I had been open with you, Harry, as I should have been, you would have known a long time ago that Voldemort might try and lure you to the Department of Mysteries [...] That blame lies with me, and with me alone" (37.58).
    • Harry stands stunned, his hand on the doorknob.
    • He sits back down to hear Dumbledore out.
    • Phineas Nigellus asks, "Am I to understand [...] that my great-great-grandson – the last of the Blacks – is dead?" (37.62). He can't believe it, and leaves his portrait frame to look for Sirius.
    • Dumbledore explains that, recently, he has become concerned that Voldemort would become aware of Harry's connection with him through his curse scar.
    • He has worried that Voldemort would use that connection to possess Harry and provoke a confrontation between Harry and Dumbledore himself.
    • Dumbledore points out, "On those rare occasions when we had close contact, I thought I saw a shadow of him stir behind your eyes" (37.80).
    • Harry feels numb as he listens to all of this. Sirius's death makes it all seem so unimportant.
    • After the attack on Mr. Weasley, Dumbledore was sure that Voldemort would try to possess Harry fully.
    • So, he told Professor Snape to train Harry in Occlumency.
    • Through these Occlumency lessons, Professor Snape learned that Harry had been dreaming of the Department of Mysteries for months.
    • Dumbledore realized that Voldemort would try to use Harry to gain access to his prophecy, making Harry's Occlumency training all the more important.
    • But, Harry confesses, "I didn't practice, I didn't bother. I could've stopped myself having those dreams, Hermione kept telling me to do it, if I had he'd never have been able to show me where to go, and – Sirius wouldn't – Sirius wouldn't —" (37.87).
    • But Harry did try to check beforehand, and Kreacher told him that Sirius had gone!
    • Dumbledore confirms that Kreacher lied.
    • For months, ever since Sirius told Kreacher to "get out" (23.115), Kreacher used that as an excuse to leave the house. Kreacher has been visiting Bellatrix Lestrange on the sly.
    • After all, Bellatrix Lestrange was originally Bellatrix Black – the only member of Kreacher's master's family for whom he still has any respect.
    • So all of this time, Kreacher has been serving two masters.
    • When Harry came to Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, Sirius was upstairs tending Buckbeak, whom Kreacher had injured.
    • Harry is filled with rage at Kreacher, but Dumbledore reminds him, "I warned Sirius when we adopted twelve Grimmauld Place as our Headquarters that Kreacher must be treated with kindness and respect. I also told him that Kreacher could be dangerous to us. I do not think Sirius took me very seriously, or that he ever saw Kreacher as a being with feelings as acute as a human's —" (37.111).
    • Harry rages at Dumbledore for blaming Sirius for Kreacher's behavior.
    • He demands to know why Dumbledore isn't angry at Professor Snape. After all, "When [Harry] told him Voldemort had Sirius he just sneered at [Harry] as usual —" (37.116).
    • Of course Professor Snape couldn't respond openly, since Professor Umbridge was there. Still, he went immediately to the Order to check on Sirius.
    • Once the Order realized that Harry thought Sirius was in the Ministry of Magic, they mobilized.
    • Harry is still furious that Professor Snape kept goading Sirius for not joining in the action. Without that provocation, maybe he wouldn't have gone to the Department of Mysteries.
    • Dumbledore admits, "I trust Severus Snape [...] But I forgot – another old man's mistake – that some wounds run too deep for the healing. I thought Professor Snape could overcome his feelings about your father – I was wrong" (37.124).
    • Dumbledore also acknowledges, "Sirius was not a cruel man, he was kind to house-elves in general. He had no love for Kreacher, because Kreacher was a living reminder of the home Sirius had hated" (37.128).
    • Harry then accuses Dumbledore, "You made him stay shut up in that house and he hated it, that's why he wanted to get out last night —" (37.129).
    • People don't like being locked up, as Harry knows all too well from his own summer experiences with the Dursleys.
    • Dumbledore buries his face in hands and then levels with Harry.
    • Five years ago, Harry came to Hogwarts looking thin and unhappy.
    • Harry had had ten years of neglect and abuse with the Dursleys, so why did Dumbledore make Harry stay there?
    • Dumbledore wanted to keep Harry alive, so he needed to find a safe place for Harry over the summers.
    • That place was the Dursley household, where his Aunt Petunia's blood connection to Harry's mother, Lily, protected Harry with ancient magic.
    • Dumbledore explains, "While you can still call home the place where your mother's blood dwells, there you cannot be touched or harmed by Voldemort. He shed her blood, but it lives on in you and her sister" (37.145).
    • Harry realizes that it was Dumbledore who sent Aunt Petunia that Howler, "Remember my last" (2.217), the one that made Aunt Petunia keep Harry.
    • At the end of Harry's first year, when he lay in the hospital wing after his first fight with Voldemort, he asked Dumbledore why Voldemort had come after Harry in the first place.
    • Even now, Dumbledore wonders if he should have told Harry then about the connection between Voldemort and Harry.
    • But Dumbledore decided to protect Harry.
    • And again, in Harry's second year, Dumbledore chose not to tell Harry about their connection.
    • And again in third year, and even at the end of his fourth year, after Harry watched Cedric Diggory die, Dumbledore decided not to tell Harry the whole truth about his link to Voldemort.
    • Finally, Dumbledore opens up: "Voldemort tried to kill you when you were a child because of a prophecy made shortly before your birth. He knew the prophecy had been made, though he did not know its full contents. He set out to kill you when you were still a baby, believing he was fulfilling the terms of the prophecy. He discovered, to his cost, that he was mistaken, when the curse intended to kill you backfired" (37.183).
    • The glass ball in the Department of Mysteries was only a record of the prophecy.
    • Dumbledore was there when the prophecy was first uttered.
    • He had gone to the Hog's Head Inn to interview an application for the post of Divination teacher, Sybill Trelawney.
    • Dumbledore didn't see a trace of the gift in Trelawney, so he thanked her for her time and turned to go.
    • But then, he heard a strange voice coming from Trelawney.
    • She said, "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches ... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies ... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not ... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives ... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies" (37.191).
    • There were two boys born in July of that year whose parents had defied Voldemort three times: Harry and Neville Longbottom.
    • But it is Voldemort who made the choice about which boy would fill the prophecy.
    • Voldemort marked Harry with his curse scar, leaving them forever connected – Harry, a half-Muggle just like Voldemort himself.
    • The one good thing about this prophecy business is that the guy who told Voldemort about the prophecy had only been able to overhear the beginning, about the boy being born in July to parents who had thrice defied him.
    • Voldemort doesn't know that Harry "would have power the Dark Lord knows not —" (37.210).
    • Harry protests that he hasn't got any special or secret powers.
    • Dumbledore tells Harry that's not true: Harry's heart is what saved him tonight from Voldemort's possession.
    • Harry asks, so, does this prophecy mean that one of us has to kill the other?
    • Dumbledore says yes.
    • He then continues hesitantly, "I feel I owe you another explanation, Harry [...] You may, perhaps, have wondered why I never chose you as a prefect? I must confess ... that I rather thought ... you had enough responsibility to be going on with" (37.218).
    • And a tear trickles down Dumbledore's face.
  • Chapter 38

    The Second War Begins

    • The Daily Prophet reports that Voldemort has returned.
    • The article quotes directly from Fudge, who admits that Lord "Thingy" (38.2) is back.
    • Fudge also acknowledges that the Dementors have left Azkaban to join Voldemort.
    • The Daily Prophet also calls Harry "A lone voice of truth ... perceived as unbalanced, yet never wavered in his story ... forced to bear ridicule and slander" (38.10).
    • Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Ginny, and Neville are all sitting in the hospital wing at Hogwarts catching up.
    • Hermione is still stuck in bed recovering from Dolohov's curse, but she's improving quickly.
    • Ginny tells them that Professor Flitwick has gotten rid of Fred and George's swamp at last, though he has left a bit of it roped off as a monument to such a good piece of magic.
    • Everything seems to have settled back down to normal.
    • Professor Umbridge is also lying in a bed in the hospital wing.
    • She seems to be in shock from her run-in with the centaurs.
    • Professor Trelawney is coming back to Hogwarts to teach Divination; she's going to be sharing duties with Firenze, the centaur (who still can't go back to his herd).
    • Harry hasn't told his friends the exact content of the prophecy yet, so they don't know that he's destined to either kill or be killed by Voldemort.
    • As Harry goes down to the Entrance Hall, he bumps into Draco, Crabbe, and Goyle.
    • Draco warns Harry that he's going to pay for what has happened to Lucius Malfoy (who is now in Azkaban).
    • After all, with the Dementors gone, Azkaban is going to be a lot easier to get out of.
    • Professor Snape comes over to interrupt the developing fight between the four.
    • Professor Snape tries to take points from Gryffindor, but there are actually no points left to take.
    • Professor McGonagall comes in just at this moment, returning from St. Mungo's mostly back to normal.
    • She awards fifty points apiece to Harry and his friends "for alerting the world to the return of You-Know-Who" (38.73).
    • Professor Snape agrees gracelessly to this points addition, but he still takes ten points from Harry for fighting.
    • Professor McGonagall sends Harry outside to enjoy the sunshine.
    • He troops down to Hagrid's cabin, where Hagrid greets him happily.
    • Hagrid has been hiding in a cave in the mountains, but he's back now.
    • He also claims that Grawp has settled down lots, and Hagrid is considering finding him "a lady friend" (38.89).
    • Hagrid assures Harry that Sirius would have wanted to die like he did, in battle.
    • But Harry can't take this reassurance right now and leaves quickly.
    • He sits for a long time looking at the lake and thinking about Sirius.
    • Hermione and Ron are released from the hospital wing three days before the end of term.
    • Hermione keeps wanting to talk about Sirius, but Ron shushes her every time she brings him up.
    • Professor Umbridge leaves Hogwarts during dinnertime the night before the end of term, apparently in the hopes of going unnoticed.
    • But Peeves chases her from the premises "whacking her alternately with a walking stick and a sock full of chalk" (38.109).
    • Harry starts to pack up his stuff before the Leaving Feast.
    • As he packs, he finds the package Sirius gave him over Easter, which he never opened.
    • It's a two-way mirror that Harry could have used to talk to Sirius whenever he wanted.
    • Harry tries the mirror to see if he can get in touch with Sirius now, but of course he can't.
    • Then, Harry has an even better idea: he sprints out of the dormitory to find the ghost, Nearly Headless Nick.
    • Harry wants to ask Nearly Headless Nick, "it's just – you're dead. But you're still here, aren't you? [...] You died, but I'm talking to you ... you can walk around Hogwarts and everything, can't you?" (38.146-8).
    • Nearly Headless Nick agrees that he can walk around, but that's because he's a ghost. When the time came for him to move on, he was too afraid to see what comes next after death. So, he chose to stay around.
    • But, Nearly Headless Nick tells Harry, Sirius Black would never have made the same choice. Sirius Black has gone on, and no one knows what's waiting for us there.
    • Harry feels utterly miserable as he walks back to the dorms.
    • He bumps into Luna, who is putting up signs asking for the return of a lot of her books and clothes.
    • People take things from her to tease her because they think she's crazy.
    • Harry feels sorry for Luna.
    • He remembers that she can also see the Thestrals and asks Luna who she lost.
    • It was her mother. But, Luna continues, "I've still got Dad. And anyway, it's not as though I'll never see Mum again, is it?" (38.189).
    • Luna knows that Harry heard the voices on the other side of the veil, too.
    • They're just out of sight – not gone.
    • Harry feels a little bit better.
    • On the Hogwarts Express back to Platform Nine and Three Quarters, Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle try to ambush Harry in the hallway.
    • Unfortunately for them, they plan their ambush right outside a compartment full of D.A. members.
    • The combined powers of Ernie Macmillan, Hannah Abbott, Susan Bones, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Anthony Goldstein, and Terry Boot are way too much for Malfoy and his cronies.
    • Harry thanks them and heads back to his compartment.
    • Harry and Ron sit playing wizard chess while Hermione reads out bits of the Daily Prophet, which is "now full of articles about how to repel Dementors, attempts by the Ministry to track down Death Eaters, and hysterical letters claiming that the writer had seen Lord Voldemort walking past their house that very morning" (38.203).
    • War is on its way, comments Hermione. It's all starting.
    • Ron sees Cho walking past with her friend, Marietta.
    • Harry tells them that his relationship with Cho is over.
    • Hermione confirms that Cho is dating someone new: Michael Corner.
    • Ginny apparently dumped Michael when he got huffy after Gryffindow beat Ravenclaw in Quidditch.
    • Ron looks happy at this news. He wants Ginny to find someone better (and he looks at Harry as he says this).
    • Ginny asks if Ron thinks Dean Thomas is better?
    • Ron goes into protective-older-brother outrage.
    • At the station, Harry finds, Moody, Tonks, Lupin, Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, and Fred and George all waiting for them.
    • They want to have "a little chat" (38.230) with the Dursleys before Harry goes away for the summer.
    • Mr. Weasley tells Uncle Vernon, "We thought we'd just have a few words with you about Harry" (38.239).
    • Moody follows up, "Yeah [...] About how he's treated when he's at your place" (38.240).
    • They warn the Dursleys that if they hear any hint that Harry's being treated badly in their home, they'll have to answer to Harry's wizard friends.
    • Moody tells Harry, "give us a shout if you need us. if we don't hear from you for three days in a row, we'll send someone along" (38.255).
    • Aunt Petunia whimpers pathetically.
    • Lupin tells Harry to keep in touch, and Mrs. Weasley promises that they'll have Harry to visit at their house as soon as they can.
    • Harry is so choked up with feeling at this show of caring that all he can do is smile and wave goodbye to his friends.