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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Scene 12

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Scene 12

Scene 12

  • Harry sends a letter to Sirius because he's feeling pretty lonely and thinks his godfather can relate.
  • While he's outside, Harry sees the black horses from the carriages flying around the Hogwarts grounds and heads towards them.
  • There, he runs into Luna Lovegood, who's feeding the horses. She explains that they're called Thestrals and are only visible to people who've seen death.
  • Harry saw Cedric die and Luna saw her mother die when she was only nine years old, so that explains why they can both see them.
  • Luna tells Harry that she still has her father and that they both believe Harry about Voldemort being back.
  • It's not much of a comfort, but Harry will take it. Luna and her dad may be the only ones who don't think he's a liar.
  • That's probably just how You Know Who wants you to feel, Luna explains. If Harry feels alone and friendless and cut-off from everyone he loves, he's a lot easier to beat.
  • Hey, maybe Luna isn't so crazy after all.

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