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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter 34

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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).

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