Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Summary

Summary (Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Having confronted Voldemort in person for the first time at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, unexpectedly surviving a second attempt to destroy him, Harry is in an awkward position at the beginning of the fifth volume in the series. The government of the hidden magical world, the Ministry of Magic, run by the bumbling Cornelius Fudge, refuses to admit that Voldemort is alive and has branded Harry a liar for asserting the opposite.

Harry’s adult supporters form the secret Order of the Phoenix to prepare for the impending war against Voldemort, but Harry’s safe refuge at Hogwarts is undermined when the ministry appoints one of its most officious bureaucrats, Dolores Umbridge, to overhaul its educational standards. Umbridge also turns out to be a sadist, inflicting painful punishments on Harry when he persists in his assertions.

When Defense Against the Dark Arts is dropped from the curriculum on Umbridge’s orders, Harry begins teaching the subject as best he can to a group of dissident students he calls Dumbledore’s Army. When his scheme is discovered and he is threatened with expulsion, this label enables Dumbledore to take responsibility instead. However, the headmaster’s subsequent sacking results in Umbridge being installed as High Inquisitor of Hogwarts, instituting a reign of persecution.

This time, Voldemort’s proximal target is not located at Hogarts but in the vaults of the Ministry of Magic, where a prophecy concerning his mysterious and potentially fatal relationship with Harry is secured. Hagrid’s crucial relationships with various fantastic creatures and his giant kinfolk prove crucial in permitting Harry, Hermione, and Ron to get out of Hogwarts in time to join the Order of the Phoenix in a pitched battle within the ministry. Although the Order of the Phoenix suffers serious fatalities, the ministry’s official position becomes untenable, and the battle against Voldemort becomes a matter of open warfare.

Review Sources

Booklist 99, no. 21 (July 1, 2003): 1842-1843.

New Statesman 132, no. 4645 (July 7, 2003): 49-50.

The New York Times, June 21, 2003, p. A1.

The New York Times Book Review, July 13, 2003, p. 13-14.

Publishers Weekly 250, no. 26 (June 30, 2003): 79.

Time 161, no. 26 (June 30, 2003): 60.

The Times Literary Supplement, July 4, 2003, p. 23.

The Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2003, p. W13.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Summary

Chapters 1-8

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens with Harry Potter, a fifteen-year-old boy...

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter Summaries

Chapter 1 Summary

Dudley Demented

Harry Potter lies underneath the window on the ground outside of his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon’s house on Privet Drive. He is trying desperately to listen to the news to hear anything about Lord Voldemort’s return.

The reason that he is outside is because the Dursleys have figured out why Harry is listening and have forbidden him to do so. Therefore, Harry has to do so in secret. Harry figures that if a powerful wizard like Lord Voldemort is truly wreaking havoc, then even the Muggle news would report at least something suspicious. Fortunately, there is nothing new or strange on the news, and so Harry continues to remain in the dark about his worst enemy.

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Chapter 2 Summary

A Peck of Owls

Harry is absolutely amazed that strange old Mrs. Figg has anything to do with the wizarding world at all. In fact, he is completely shocked that she even knows what a “dementor” is.

Mrs. Figg finally admits to Harry that she is “a Squib,” which is a person born to a wizarding family who is unable to do magic. It is Albus Dumbledore himself who asked Mrs. Figg to watch over Harry. Unfortunately, Mundungus Fletcher has left his post for the night.

Mundungus returns and Mrs. Figg yells at him furiously for leaving his post and putting Harry Potter in danger. This whole exchange makes Harry even more angry. A screaming match ensues. Not only does Harry not know anything about...

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Chapter 3 Summary

The Advance Guard

Harry is beside himself with worry about possibly being expelled from Hogwarts. In his panic, he writes three letters that he sends by owl: one to Sirius Black (Harry’s godfather), one to Ron Weasley, and one to Hermione.

They all say the same thing. Harry informs the three of what just happened and asks for more information (specifically about when he will be able to get out of the Dursley’s house). Harry waits and waits for days but hears nothing from anyone, not even from the three people to whom he so urgently wrote.

Finally, the Dursleys leave the house and Harry is left staring at the ceiling in his bedroom. When a strange crash beckons Harry...

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Chapter 4 Summary

Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place

Mad-Eye Moody immediately takes his wand out to set fire to the parchment Harry just read. As Harry looks around the street, he doesn’t see a number twelve Grimmauld Place. Seeing his confusion, Mad-Eye Moody asks Harry to think of what was on the piece of burned parchment. Suddenly, number twelve Grimmauld Place actually grows between number ten and number thirteen.

As the group takes Harry into the house, Harry notices that it’s not a very happy place. Everything seems old and gloomy. After Mrs. Weasley welcomes Harry, it is time for the meeting of the Order of the Phoenix to begin. Harry isn’t invited, so he goes up to visit with Ron and Hermione....

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Chapter 5 Summary

The Order of the Phoenix

Sirius Black’s parents owned number twelve Grimmauld Place. Now that both of Sirius’ parents are dead, Sirius owns the house, which is now the headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix. It is obvious to Harry that Sirius feels cooped up in the house as well as quite useless to the Order.

In fact, Dumbledore suspects that Voldemort has figured out that Sirius is an Animagus, so Sirius can no longer turn into his black dog form and remain safe. Sirius’ only use right now (aside from offering the actual house as a headquarters) is to clean the place up for the Order of the Phoenix. This, of course, is a thankless job. Sirius admits that he would enjoy a dementor attack because...

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Chapter 6 Summary

The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black

Just because Mrs. Weasley makes Harry and his friends go to bed certainly does not mean that they won’t talk about what they heard. Even Fred and George Weasley appear in Harry’s room after they apparate.

The biggest subject of conversation is Voldemort’s new weapon. The friends are not able to figure out what that weapon could be.

The next day, Ron and Hermione enlist Harry to continue with the number twelve Grimmauld Place chore of decontaminating a room full of Doxies. It is tedious work, but at least Fred and George Weasley explain why they confiscate one of the Doxies to experiment with its poison: the twins are testing a new...

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Chapter 7 Summary

The Ministry of Magic

Harry wakes up very early on the day of his hearing at the Ministry of Magic. Ironically, most of the Order is already waiting for him to come down to breakfast.

Mr. Weasley tells Harry some of the specifics about the hearing, which is to be held in Amelia Bones’ office because she heads the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. After a few warnings from the members of the Order of the Phoenix, Harry and Mr. Weasley begin walking to the Ministry of Magic.

The visitor’s entrance to the Ministry of Magic is through an old red telephone box. Mr. Weasley is intrigued as to how it works. It isn’t long before Harry and Mr. Weasley are both inside the...

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Chapter 8 Summary

The Hearing

Harry immediately recognizes Courtroom Ten from Dumbledore’s pensieve, an object located inside his office at Hogwarts that holds many important memories. It was in this room that Bellatrix Lestrange as well as her husband were sent to Azkaban for life.

As Harry looks around, he realizes that the room is full of the members of the Wizengamot, or the wizarding council. The Ministry of Magic himself, Cornelius Fudge, is presiding with Percy Weasley taking notes on the proceedings.

As the wizards who will lead the interrogation are named, Albus Dumbledore appears, claiming that he is the witness for the defense of Harry Potter. Harry is completely surprised; however,...

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Chapter 9 Summary

The Woes of Mrs. Weasley

Even though Dumbledore wouldn’t look at Harry, Harry still feels thrilled that he can return to Hogwarts. Harry leaves Courtroom Ten and tells Arthur Weasley that he has been cleared of the charges.

The two walk out of the Ministry of Magic in rather good spirits, with Harry fulfilling his promise of donating many wizard galleons to Saint Mungo’s Hospital by throwing the money into the Fountain of Magical Bretheren and with Arthur Weasley briefly sparring with Lucius Malfoy, who has obviously brought his own gold to win influence over other members of the Ministry of Magic. Because of this, Harry wonders if Malfoy is controlling Cornelius Fudge magically through...

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Chapter 10 Summary

Luna Lovegood

Grimmauld Place is bustling with Hogwarts students ready to go back to school. The Weasley family tries to get itself together for the Hogwarts Express, while Mad-Eye Moody continues to worry about the number of guards that the Order of the Phoenix has posted for Harry’s transfer. Sirius Black is especially happy because he has decided to come with Harry to the train station disguised in his Animagus form as a large, dark dog.

Harry’s excitement builds about going back to Hogwarts until he realizes that he can’t sit with Ron and Hermione on the Hogwarts Express. Both Ron and Hermione have to sit in the prefect car. Harry sits with a few more of his Gryffindor friends in a...

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Chapter 11 Summary

The Sorting Hat’s New Song

The students discuss Hagrid’s mysterious absence from Hogwarts this fall. When Luna admits that she doesn't think Hagrid was very good at teaching, all three friends (Harry, Ron, and Hermione) become defensive about their big friend. As everyone searches the staff table for Hagrid, they notice a new person sitting there: a short and squat woman who closely resembles a toad. In fact, Harry Potter recognizes this woman from his hearing: Professor Umbridge. She was the only woman there who spoke from the Wizengamot and questioned Dumbledore.

As the Sorting Hat is brought to the forefront, the first-year students are ushered in. The sorting begins with a new song...

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Chapter 12 Summary

Professor Umbridge

Unfortunately for Hermione and Ron (the new prefects), Fred and George Weasley are planning to use as many young Gryffindor students as possible to test their new items for their planned joke shop. Hermione is angry, while Ron is mortified. Fred and George insist that even Hermione might want to use some of their products by the end of the year because of the  Ordinary Wizarding Levels, or O.W.L.s. These are special tests that witches and wizards take to determine in which subjects they are most proficient as well as which jobs might be right for them.

As more students take sides between those who believe Harry that Voldemort has returned and those who believe the...

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Chapter 13 Summary

Detention with Dolores

No one can stop talking about what happened between Harry Potter and Professor Umbridge in the Defense Against the Dark Arts class. It seems that all of the Hogwarts students truly want to know what is going on. After Dumbledore told the students the truth at the end of the school year the previous year, they all went home to their parents, all of whom were reading a Daily Prophet busy pandering to the Ministry of Magic and making Harry and Dumbledore sound like fools. 

When Fred and George try out their joke sweets on some first-year students, Hermione rounds on the twins. She threatens them not with detention but with a note to their mom, Mrs. Weasley....

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Chapter 14 Summary

Percy and Padfoot

Harry decides to write Sirius Black about the Umbridge detention and about his scar hurting as a result of touching her hand. Harry writes a very cryptic message to “Snuffles” about “that thing I wrote to you about last summer happen[ing] again” when he was with Umbridge. 

Hoping that Sirius will understand, Harry goes to find Hedwig at the Owlery, where he meets Cho Chang. Cho admits how much she hates Umbridge and tells Harry that she thinks Harry is brave for what he has done. Suddenly Filch arrives and accuses Harry of ordering Dungbombs. 

The Daily Prophet also contains some interesting news that morning. First, the paper reports that...

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Chapter 15 Summary

The Hogwarts High Inquisitor

The next day, the Owl post arrives with some interesting new news from the Daily Prophet. First, Professor Dolores Umbridge is now “Hogwarts High Inquisitor.” This article proclaims her success as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts as well as her new task of making sure the Hogwarts professors are performing well in their duties as teachers. The article also hints about Professor Umbridge’s power to keep watch over Dumbledore’s decisions as headmaster of Hogwarts.

Harry attends History of Magic and Potions but doesn’t see Professor Umbridge until Divination with Professor Trelawney. Because of Professor Umbridge’s...

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Chapter 16 Summary

In the Hog's Head

Harry Potter finally agrees to the idea of teaching Hogwarts students practical Defense Against the Dark Arts skills; however, he doesn’t think that anyone at Hogwarts will want to be taught by him. Furthermore, Harry is worried that Sirius might show up in his Animagus form at Hogsmeade even though he has been warned not to do so. 

Hermione has set up a meeting for anyone who is interested in Harry Potter’s Defense Against the Dark Arts lessons to come to the Hog's Head pub in Hogsmeade on the first Hogsmeade weekend for Hogwarts students. Harry is completely surprised at how many of his fellow students show up to show their interest.

Except for the...

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Chapter 17 Summary

Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four

Harry remains in a good mood until he sees an announcement posted “by order of the High Inquisitor of Hogwarts” that all student clubs are disbanded and must reapply for official status.

Harry believes that this means Professor Umbridge has found out about their meeting at the Hogs Head. He remembers a few shady-looking characters in there who may have been watching the proceedings and listening.

One thing Hermione does know is that none of the people who signed the sheet of parchment told Umbridge anything. The jinx that Hermione put on the parchment would show immediately if anyone had told. Despite the threat from Umbridge, Harry is...

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Chapter 18 Summary

Dumbledore’s Army

Harry Potter is forced to admit that Professor Umbridge now has resorted to rifling through the owl post to find information about him. This is why Filch appeared so quickly at the Owlery and accused Harry of ordering Dungbombs.

Luckily, and probably against Umbridge’s better judgment, Angelina Johnson finally has permission to reassemble the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Unfortunately, their first practice is in a dreadful rainstorm. In fact, even with the use of the “Impervius” spell to repel the rain off of their faces, they don’t play very well.

Angelina finally calls off the practice, when suddenly Harry’s scar starts hurting. Harry admits to Ron...

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Chapter 19 Summary

The Lion and the Serpent

Harry is thrilled because “he and the DA were resisting [Umbridge] under her very nose, doing the very thing that the Ministry most feared.” This allows Harry to resist outbursts and avoid detentions.

In addition, Hermione has devised an absolutely ingenious way of letting members of the DA know when the next meeting will be: she magically inscribes fake Wizard coins (one for each person) with changing numbers.

Suddenly, the focus turns to Quidditch as the first match of the season is coming up soon. Ron is not doing very well at his new role as Keeper because he has no self confidence. Every mistake seems to make Ron get worse in his role. Slytherin...

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Chapter 20 Summary

Hagrid’s Tale

The three friends immediately run down to see Hagrid, but Hagrid looks quite the worse for wear. Hagrid is bleeding and bruised. He refuses to tell Harry, Ron, and Hermione what happened.

Hagrid admits that he is doing Dumbledore’s work and promised to keep the entire mission a secret. But Hermione guesses what Hagrid has been up to anyway and mentions Hagrid possibly meeting with Giants. Hagrid is surprised and uses this moment to go ahead and tell Harry, Ron, and Hermione everything.

Dumbledore sent Hagrid and Madame Maxime (the headmistress from Beauxbatons) to recruit the Giants for Dumbledore so they would not be recruited by Voldemort. Pretending to go on...

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Chapter 21 Summary

The Eye of the Snake

Harry, Ron, and Hermione dread the moment when Professor Umbridge shows up in Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class because Hagrid still will not listen to the three of them about changing his teaching methods. They are afraid that Hagrid will be fired as a result. Luckily, Professor Umbridge does not show up to Hagrid’s first class.

Hagrid takes the class into the forest to observe some special creatures Hagrid has prepared for them. The class is curious (and a bit frightened) when Hagrid calls these creatures with a special sound and a large chunk of meat.

Harry is amazed when one of the creatures approaches because it is a Thestral: the same...

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Chapter 22 Summary

St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries

Professor McGonagall ushers Harry directly to Dumbledore’s office, where Harry proceeds to tell Dumbledore all about the dream. Harry is fairly embarrassed that he “was” the snake that attacked Arthur Weasley, so Harry tries to avoid that fact in the first explanation. Of course, Dumbledore immediately asks Harry from what perspective he had this dream. Similar to what happened in Courtroom Ten in the Ministry of Magic, Dumbeldore never looks Harry in the eye.

As soon as Dumbledore realizes that Arthur Weasley is most likey in grave peril, he enlists the help of the former headmasters of Hogwarts (from their portraits on the...

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Chapter 23 Summary

Christmas on the Closed Ward

On the way back to Grimmauld Place from the hospital, Harry spends lots of time thinking about what he just heard. He wonders if that was the reason Dumbledore didn’t want to look him in the eye and if Harry is the weapon that Voldemort is trying to possess.

When Harry doesn’t look well, Mrs. Weasley sends him upstairs for a rest. Harry’s worry continues, and he realizes that he is putting everyone in danger by staying at Grimmauld Place.

Just when he is about to leave, one of the former headmasters of Hogwarts gives Harry a message from Dumbledore: “Stay where you are.” Harry stays at Grimmauld Place but is more frustrated than ever. He...

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Chapter 24 Summary

Occlumency

Harry Potter finally finds an oddly happy Kreacher in the attic of Grimmauld Place. It is Sirius who seems to be in a foul mood more often now, mostly because all of his Christmas house guests are about to return to Hogwarts School. It doesn’t help Sirius’ mood that Professor Snape arrives to speak directly with Harry.

It turns out that Dumbledore has ordered Snape to give Harry lessons in something called Occlumency, which is supposed to help Harry shield his mind from Voldemort’s mental attacks. Because of Snape’s usual condescending attitude, Sirius thinks that Snape might use these lessons to cause trouble for Harry.

There seems to be some truth to this in...

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Chapter 25 Summary

The Beetle at Bay

The owls bring the mail to the Great Hall the next morning and Harry finds out exactly why Voldemort is full of joy: the Daily Prophet reports that lots of Death Eaters, including Bellatrix Lestrange, have escaped from Azkaban. Sirius Black is blamed for these escapes.

The Daily Prophet also contains news of the death of Broderick Bode, a patient at St. Mungo’s. Harry and his friends fleetingly remember Bode receiving a strange plant as a Christmas gift while they were there exploring the hospital. It was this Devil’s Snare Christmas gift that killed Bode, who worked in the Department of Mysteries in the Ministry of Magic.

Harry’s...

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Chapter 26 Summary

Seen and Unforeseen

Just as Hermione is chiding Harry for not handling Cho correctly on their date (and Harry is confused about girls in general), Ron returns from the worst Quidditch practice ever. It turns out that Ron only plays well if he doesn’t think anyone is watching.

The actual match that weekend is even worse, however. Various players get knocked in the teeth by rogue bludgers, and Ron allows the opposing team fourteen goals! Gryffindor is certainly not doing well this Quidditch season. Of course, Harry and the Weasley twins still have a lifetime ban on playing the sport.

Harry continues to dream about the hall in the Department of Mysteries, but his thoughts are...

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Chapter 27 Summary

The Centaur and the Sneak

The students at Hogwarts enter a room enchanted to look like the Forbidden Forest, complete with large trees and soft moss, and are now about to meet their new Divination teacher: Firenze, the centaur. The ladies in the class think Firenze is quite handsome.

Firenze, of course, knows Harry Potter because of their experience in the Forbidden Forest with Voldemort during Harry’s first year. Harry notices a large bruise on Firenze’s chest and wonders why it is there.

Firenze soon explains that he has been shunned for listening to and working for Dumbledore. The other centaurs consider this type of loyalty to Dumbledore, a wizard, to be a betrayal of...

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Chapter 28 Summary

Snape’s Worst Memory

The newest Educational Decree declares Professor Umbridge to be Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Most of the students at Hogwarts are on Dumbledore’s side and are happy and proud that he escaped into hiding. Even Dumbledore’s office seems to have obtained a mind of its own and prevents Umbridge from entering.

When Hermione insults Umbridge, Draco Malfoy begins taking points away from the various Hogwarts’ houses. When the Gryffindor students protest, Draco Malfoy informs them that in addition to being a prefect, he is also now a member of the Inquisitorial Squad, a special group formed by Umbridge to spy on fellow students.

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Chapter 29 Summary

Career Advice

Hermione remains very interested in Harry’s Occlumency lessons and why Harry isn’t going to them. However, Harry is more fixated upon the fact that his dad was not the grand person who always gave Harry hope. As a result of his new feelings toward his mom and dad, Harry has a burning desire to talk with Sirius.

Fred and George Weasley immediately offer to create a distraction for Professor Umbridge so that Harry can contact Sirius via floo powder and Umbridge’s own fireplace. After Sirius was almost captured in the Gryffindor Common Room fire, Harry determined (and later Umbridge actually said) that all of the fireplaces were being monitored except for the one in...

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Chapter 30 Summary

Grawp

Fred’s and George’s swamp remains in the Hogwarts corridor and gives the twins a certain kind of infamy within the school. Many students seem to be turning against Umbridge by following the Weasley twins’ lead. Even the teachers seem to turn a deaf ear to Professor Umbridge's complaints. Further, because Hermione is worried about where Fred and George got the money for their new joke shop, Harry finally tells his friends that he gave the twins his Triwizard Tournament money.

Just as Hermione and Harry are about to settle in to watch the last Quidditch game and cheer on a slightly more confident Ron, Hagrid appears and insists that they accompany him to the Forbidden Forest....

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Chapter 31 Summary

O.W.L.s

When Ron finally learns that both Harry and Hermione missed his big Quidditch match, he is quite upset with them. However, Ron feels even worse when he finds out the reason why: Hagrid’s half-brother, Grawp. Ron is absolutely convinced that a giant living that close to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is very dangerous.

Everyone feels a great deal of stress about O.W.L. tests approaching. Hermione is particularly worried when she hears Malfoy talking about how important it is to know the right people as well as to wine and dine the examiners.

The two weeks of O.W.L. testing begin. Even the examiners of the O.W.L. testing admit that Dumbledore was quite clever...

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Chapter 32 Summary

Out of the Fire

Harry immediately excuses himself from the exam and runs to the hospital wing, desperately trying to find Professor McGonagall. Unfortunately, her injuries are so serious from being stunned four times that she has been moved to St. Mungo’s Hospital. 

Unable to find Professor McGonagall, Harry finds Hermione and Ron to tell them what he has seen in his dream: the room in the Ministry of Magic Department of Mysteries that has lots of glass spheres where Sirius Black is being tortured by Voldemort. Ron immediately sides with Harry, but Hermione is skeptical and wonders whether this vision was really just a bad dream. 

Harry insists on going to the Department of...

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Chapter 33 Summary

Fight and Flight

Hermione leads both Harry and Professor Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest, still promising Umbridge the special “weapon” that has been prepared. Professor Umbridge continues to threaten both Harry and Hermione with her wand pointed at both of their backs.

Harry has no idea where Hermione is taking them, but he knows that she is leading them in the opposite direction of Grawp, which surprises Harry. After a while, the three of them hear a voice demanding to know who they are and what they are doing there. It is quite a large company of Centaurs lead by Bane, who is often particularly abrasive towards humans in the Forbidden Forest.

Professor Umbridge almost...

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Chapter 34 Summary

The Department of Mysteries

Only half of the friends are able to see the Thestrals, so many of them struggle to mount the strange animals. Ron is particularly nervous, but Luna helps them all get on. Then Harry leans down and whispers to his Thestral that he wants to go to “Ministry of Magic, visitor’s entrance, London.”

The Thestral pauses for a moment and then swoops into the air, and it is not long before the entire group of friends are soaring through the sky. The Thestrals move through the air faster than any other creature or broom that Harry has ridden.

After the group lands, they all cram into the old telephone booth that constitutes the visitor’s entrance, dial...

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Chapter 35 Summary

Beyond the Veil

The evil, “drawling voice” demanding the glass sphere from Harry was from none other than Lucius Malfoy. He demands the glass sphere, which contains a prophesy, again, and the friends notice that their way out is blocked by a large ring of Voldemort’s supporters: the Death Eaters.

Harry demands to know where Sirius is and Bellatrix Lestrange, a Death Eater, mocks Harry. Sirius is not at the Ministry of Magic at all; the dream was to lure Harry here to get this prophesy.

Harry threatens to destroy the prophesy if any of his friends are hurt. When a few of the Death Eaters try to use spells to get the prophesy, Lucius Malfoy stops them because of the risk of...

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Chapter 36 Summary

The Only One He Ever Feared

Harry refuses to believe that Sirius has died. Harry continues to panic and try to get to the archway and the veil to retrieve his godfather. Remus Lupin keeps hold of Harry to prevent him from doing so.

After Lupin finally drags Harry away from the archway, Harry becomes bent on revenge towards Bellatrix. Bellatrix escapes and leads Harry on a chase through various parts of the Ministry of Magic.

Near the Fountain of Magical Brethren, Harry and Bellatrix spar again. Bellatrix taunts Harry and  he tries to use the Cruciatus Curse. The spell knocks Bellatrix down but doesn’t make her writhe in pain like it does other people. Bellatrix taunts Harry...

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Chapter 37 Summary

The Lost Prophesy

The portkey Dumbledore created transports Harry directly to the Office of the Headmaster. Harry walks back and forth, thinking about how Sirius’ death was his own fault since he was the one who fell for Voldemort’s trick.

Suddenly Dumbledore appears in the fireplace and is greeted warmly by all of the portraits hanging in the office. The first thing that Dumbledore tells Harry is that none of his friends has been seriously injured. Dumbledore recognizes the great pain that Harry is in and tells Harry that strong feelings like pain are his “greatest strength.” Harry is in so much pain that he is almost numb; he just wants the pain to cease.

Harry begins...

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Chapter 38 Summary

The Second War Begins

The Daily Prophet finally admits that “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Returns” and reveals that the dementors work for Voldemort, thus clearing Harry and Dumbledore of all slanders uttered against them.

Harry and his friends, most of whom are still recovering from Death Eater curses, reminisce in the hospital wing. Professor Flitwick finally got rid of Fred’s and George’s swamp in the hall but left a small area roped off because it was such spectacular magic.

Professor Trelawney and Hagrid were welcomed back as teachers. Professor Umbridge lies in the hospital wing too, quiet until she hears anything about centaurs (even a hoofbeat), when she sits straight...

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