Summary (Magill's Survey of World Literature, Revised 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...
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens with Harry Potter, a fifteen-year-old boy possessed with magical powers, spending another unhappy summer with his non-magical, or Muggle, guardians, the Dursleys. Still reeling from the previous school year's tragic events (chronicled in Rowling's fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Harry suffers recurring nightmares about his graveyard meeting with the dark Lord Voldemort where his friend Cedric was murdered. As a result of that encounter, Voldemort has now returned to bodily form, and Harry, with great anxiety, awaits news of the destruction Voldemort will inflict upon the wizardry and non-wizardry worlds. Harry finds there are no reports of unusual events despite his constant checking of the newspaper and television news, until one summer evening when he hears a sound that leads him to take a walk in the dark. Harry runs into his cousin Dudley while walking and as they taunt each other, two Dementors, the death-like, happiness-sucking prison guards from the wizardry world, attack the boys. Harry is able to fend them off with his sophisticated magic, only to find that he has been watched all summer by a neighbor as well as several incognito witches and wizards. Underage magic is banned in the Muggle world, thus Harry is threatened with expulsion from his wizardry boarding school, Hogwarts, and thrown out of his relatives' home for his defense against...
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Chapter 1 Summary
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.
When Harry hears a sound from the road (one that often means a wizard has apparated), he draws his wand, only to be grabbed by Uncle Veron and chided, yet again, for attempting to use magic.
Harry is beside himself with anger. Not only are his relatives abusing him, but his friends have neglected him all summer. Harry is truly in the dark on the subject of Voldemort. Harry breaks free of Uncle Vernon’s grasp and escapes into the neighborhood.
Soon Harry sees Dudley and a group of bullies that make up Dudley’s friends. When Dudley insults Cedric (whom Harry saw die at the hands of Voldemort during the Triwizard Tournament in the previous book), Harry cannot take it anymore. However, just as Harry pulls out his wand, a dementor appears to suck the happiness out of the entire area and make everyone feel cold.
The dementor swoops in on Dudley. However, before the dementor is able to perform “the kiss” that will suck out Dudley’s soul, Harry draws his wand, yells “EXPECTO PATRONUM,” and produces a Patronus Charm. Of course, Harry’s Patronus (a silver stag) “erupt(s) from the tip of Harry’s wand” and shoes the dementor away before it can kill Dudley.
Harry stands there feeling shocked that a dementor possibly could be on Privet Drive. Dementors are supposed to guard the wizarding prison called Azkaban.
The Dementor attack has a severe effect on Dudley, who is delirious. Harry is just about to put his wand away and figure out how to get the “demented” Dudley back home when the strange neighbor named Mrs. Figg comes running.
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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 Voldemort’s doings, but he also didn’t know that Albus Dumbledore was having him followed.
Harry finally takes Dudley back to Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. Of course Harry is blamed for Dudley’s delirium. As Harry and the Dursleys yell back and forth, an owl arrives carrying a message for Harry: Harry has performed magic while under age, is expelled from Hogwarts, and will have his wand destroyed momentarily.
As Harry panics and tries to leave, another owl arrives. This one is from Arthur Weasley (Ron Weasley’s father) and demands that Harry stay at the Dursleys, refrain from doing more magic, and not give up his wand to anyone.
A third owl arrives as well. The message from this final owl reveals that Harry’s expulsion from Hogwarts will depend on the outcome of a hearing at the Ministry of Magic on the twelfth of August 12.
Harry begrudgingly complies with Arthur Weasley’s request to stay at the Dursley’s house. A second screaming match ensues between Harry and the Dursleys. Because of Uncle Vernon’s repeated abusive requests for information, Harry finally tells him that Voldemort has returned.
Uncle Vernon knows that Voldemort killed Harry’s parents and sent creatures after Dudley (which is the reason why Uncle Vernon’s son is curled up in a fetal position and in a delirious state). To protect Aunt Petunia and Dudley, Uncle Vernon wants to throw Harry out on the street.
At that very moment, Aunt Petunia receives a special letter via owl called a “Howler” that says “REMEMBER MY LAST, PETUNIA.” Petunia, after looking “as though she might faint,” demands that Harry stay in his room and go to...
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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 downstairs, he finds a varied group of witches and wizards arriving. There are nine of them in all: Mad-Eye Moody, Remus Lupin, Dedalus Diggle, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Hestia Jones, Elphias Doge, Emmeline Vance, and Sturgis Podmore. They are all there as “the Advance Guard” to take Harry to a new and safe location.
Harry particularly enjoys meeting Nymphadora Tonks, who is an especially clumsy yet talented Auror. Because Harry wants to be an Auror (a dark-wizard hunter) as well, Harry enjoys talking with Tonks about her job. Harry also is interested to learn that Tonks is a Metamorphmagus, which simply means that she can change her shape any time she wants.
It is Mad-Eye Moody who seems to lead the Advance Guard. Moody is especially concerned that Voldemort is going to try to foil their attempt to remove Harry with an attack. As a result, all of the members of the Advance Guard as well as Harry Potter himself will be flying on brooms in a tight-knit group. To aid in their covert operation, Mad-Eye Moody also casts an invisibility spell over Harry Potter.
The varied group flies from Privet Drive all the way to London without much incident (except for the fact that the night is bitter cold and the trip is very long). Harry cannot wait for this particular trip to be over.
After touching down on a dirty street in what seems to be a lower-class Muggle neighborhood, Mad-Eye Moody hands Harry a piece of parchment. Moody simply tells Harry Potter to memorize what the parchment says. Written in Moody’s familiar handwriting, the note says the following: "The Headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix may be found at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, London."
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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.
Even though Harry is glad to see his friends, a screaming match ensues. Harry is livid with both Ron and Hermione for not telling Harry what was going on. Ron and Hermione try to reassure Harry that Dumbledore made them promise not to reveal anything, but Harry only partly forgives them. It is only when Hermione admits that she would feel the same way as Harry that he is able to recover from his anger.
As the meeting of the Order of the Phoenix continues on, Fred and George Weasley use their new invention, “Extendable Ears,” to eavesdrop as well as they can on the situation. It seems as though the Order is trying to recruit new members while following Voldemort’s Death Eaters and guarding “something” that Harry suspects is himself.
Ron and Hermione finally reveal their main chore of number twelve Grimmauld Place: decontamination. As they talk more about that, Harry also is able to catch up with the rest of the Weasley family. It is Percy Weasley who is causing the biggest problem. Percy has secured a position quite close to the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge. Percy wants his dad to be pleased and proud, but Arthur Weasley is not impressed. Mr. Weasley isn’t a fan of Cornelius Fudge because Fudge has been trying to disregard Dumbledore’s insistence that Voldemort is back. Percy and his father fight but do not reconcile.
Soon the discussion turns to the Daily Prophet newspaper and how that, too, is trying to discredit Harry. Harry renews his anger towards Dumbledore for not telling Harry any of these things, but then Harry begins to focus his attention on Kreacher, the house elf who lives at number twelve. Harry begins to think Kreacher isn’t the...
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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 Sirius has been stuck inside the gloomy house for a full month with nothing to do but clean.
At least Mundungus Fletcher gives Harry an apology for leaving his post and allowing the Dementor attack to happen. Sirious reveals to Harry the reason why Mundungus is in the Order: he “knows all the crooks” from his shady business deals. Furthermore, some of the members of the Order are discussing whether the goblins are going to join Voldemort. Lupin admits that it depends on what the reward will be.
Meanwhile, Sirius wants to tell Harry much more about Voldemort. Mrs. Weasley, however, does not want Harry to know anything (such is Mrs. Weasley’s protective nature). Much to Mrs. Weasley’s chagrin, Sirius begins revealing some important facts to Harry. Voldemort is hiding. His comeback was semi-ruined by Harry surviving in the graveyard (at the end of Book 5) and revealing everything to Dumbledore.
Dumbledore is the one who reinstated the Order of the Phoenix, and it is trying desperately to stop Voldemort from building up followers again. The Daily Prophet and the Ministry of Magic are not helping matters because both the newspaper and the organization are trying to deny that Voldemort has returned at all. With one of the Order’s members being a werewolf (Lupin) and one of its members being a convicted criminal (Sirius Black), the Order of the Phoenix is having trouble convincing the wizarding world that Voldemort’s return is a reality.
At just about the time that Sirius Black tells Harry Potter that Voldemort is now looking for a new “weapon,” Mrs. Weasley can stand it no longer and makes Harry and his friends go straight to bed.
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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 set of candies that will make one sick enough to get out of class but will cure the person a while later. The twins plan to sell these sweets (as well as many other similar items) in the new joke shop they want to start using the money Harry gave them from his Triwizard Tournament winnings.
Kreacher, the house elf of number twelve Grimmauld Place, begins walking around, muttering to himself insults against the house’s latest inhabitants, focusing his ire on witches and wizards who aren’t pure blooded. This is the same angst that Sirius’ mother (in the portrait) shares.
When Hermione tries to be nice to Kreacher, he simply calls her a Mudblood. Unlike Hermione, Sirius Black never tries to be nice to Kreacher. In fact, the only reason why Sirius makes Kreacher stay in the house is because he knows too much information about the Order of the Phoenix.
Sirius decides to show Harry an ancient tapestry hanging on the wall; it is the family lineage of “The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black.” Sirius Black’s name has been taken off (as well as a few other noteable family members) because Sirius ran away when he was a teenager to escape his family’s use of dark magic.
When Sirius ran away, he lived with James Potter. The family tree reveals that Sirius is related to some notable people: Regulus Black (a Death Eater turned good), Andromeda Black (Tonk’s mother, disowned because she married a Muggle), Narcissa Black (now Draco Malfoy’s mother), and Bellatrix Black (now Bellatrix Lestrange in Azkaban). After hearing all about the family, Harry secretly hopes that Grimmauld Place might become his new home if he is expelled from school.
Harry is beside...
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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 Ministry, and Harry is made to wear a large badge that proclaims “Harry Potter, Disciplinary Hearing.”
After Harry is registered as a visitor, Mr. Weasley and Harry begin walking beside a big fountain that features a house elf, a goblin, and a centaur, all of whom are looking up at a witch and wizard in adoration. The fountain is called The Fountain of Magical Bretheren. There are many wizard coins in the fountain, which has a sign declaring that the proceeds all go to Saint Mungo’s hospital. Harry promises to give the fountain ten galleons if he doesn’t get expelled.
Harry and Mr. Weasley meander through the Ministry of Magic and meet many of Mr. Weasley’s colleagues along the way. As Harry travels through the Ministry, he learns the names of many different floors and offices, all with interesting names such as the Department of Magical Games and Sports as well as the Department of Magical Transport.
While using the elevator, Harry sees memos in the form of magical paper airplanes that travel from department to department carrying information. Mr. Weasley reveals what a mess it was when they used to use owls for their memos.
They make their way over to the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office because that is where Mr. Weasley works. However, before they arrive, Mr. Weasley’s coworker, Perkins, rushes up to them in a panic. Perkins tells Harry and Mr. Weasley that the place of Harry’s hearing not only has been changed to Courtroom Ten but has been moved to an earlier time.
Harry and Mr. Weasley run down the stairs in a hurry. When they finally get to the courtroom, Harry has to enter alone (as Mr. Weasley is not invited to the hearing).
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Chapter 8 Summary
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, Albus Dumbledore still won’t look at Harry.
Albus Dumbledore uses his peaceful yet biting wit to explain how even a change of time and place so close to the hearing wouldn’t keep him away. In fact, Albus Dumbledore had to arrive at the Ministry of Magic no less than three hours early just to be sure that he could attend the hearing.
Dumbledore must have had an inkling that the meeting time was going to be changed to purposely make him late. Harry is, of course, accused of producing his silver stag Patronus in the presence of his cousin, Dudley Dursley, a Muggle. Even though some of the members of the Wizengamot are amazed that Harry can produce a Patronus already, Harry simply tries to explain that he only did it because he was trying to protect himself and Dudley from the dementors. The Wizengamot reacts with stunned silence.
At the mention of the dementors, the Wizengamot members are confused. Dementors are only supposed to be guards at Azkaban. When Cornelius Fudge tries to convince the Wizengamot that the dementors are just a “cover story,” Dumbledore produces the most important witness: Mrs. Figg. Mrs. Figg testifies that she both saw and felt the dementors as they attacked both Harry and Dudley.
When Albus Dumbledore suggests that the dementors are either taking orders from someone other than the Ministry of Magic or were ordered to attack by someone at the Ministry of Magic, Cornelius Fudge becomes really angry.
Albus Dumbledore succeeds in arguing that Harry Potter had a right to defend himself against the dementors that were only there to harm him and his cousin. Therefore, Harry is cleared of his charges and is allowed to go back to...
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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 Voldemort’s influence. Arthur Weasley admits that, at least at this point, Dumbledore doesn’t think so. This is a bit of a comfort to Harry.
When they get back to Grimmauld Place, the entire Weasely family (not to mention the Order of the Phoenix) is glad that Harry has been acquitted. Sirius Black, however, is a bit disgruntled because he won’t have his godson living with him anymore.
With attendance at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the near future, the lists of student books arrive along with letters for Ron and Hermione; they have been made prefects of Gryffindor house. Hermione and Ron are both thrilled (although Hermione is quite surprised that Ron was made a prefect over Harry).
Ron’s twin brothers, of course, use the prefect appointment as another excuse to make fun of Ron. Actually, Harry is surprised as well and wonders why Dumbledore didn’t choose Harry for this great honor. Still, he tries to get over his surprise and mild disappointment to share the happiness with his two best friends.
Mrs. Weasley is beside herself with pride for her son. She even offers to buy him a new broomstick and throw a party to congratulate both new prefects.
Harry is interested to learn from the members of the Order of the Phoenix who attend the party that James Potter as well as Sirius Black were too unruly at Hogwarts to become prefects. This makes Harry feel a bit better.
Unfortunately, as Mrs. Weasley goes upstairs to take care of a boggart, Mad-Eye Moody shows Harry an old picture of the Order of the Phoenix from when Voldemort first came to power. With his happy parents waving from the old picture, Harry feels quite upset that...
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Chapter 10 Summary
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 car with one other strange occupant: Luna Lovegood. With her blonde hair, dreamy expression, “protuberant eyes,” and affinity for reading magazines upside down, Luna Lovegood definitely is one of the most eccentric students in Ravenclaw house.
Neville Longbottom, who also is sitting with Harry, is excited to show everyone his new plant. Unfortunately, Neville also wants to show everyone how his plant shoots stinksap as a defense mechanism. Harry gets the full brunt of the plant’s anger via a facefull of stinksap. Of course, this is the moment when another Ravenclaw, Cho Chang, decides to come and say hello to Harry. Harry is mortified but is still able to mumble a greeting.
Having been freed from the prefect car, Ron and Hermione appear and reveal the prefects for the other houses. Draco Malfoy is the Slytherin prefect (which surprises no one). As Ron tells a joke and Luna Lovegood drops her magazine as a result, everyone switches their conversation back to The Quibbler. Hermione insults The Quibbler (the magazine that Luna was reading upside down) until Luna reveals that her own father is its editor.
A visit from Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle bothers Harry quite a bit. Not only are the Slytherin prefects already threatening to abuse their power, but Draco also gingerly drops the phrase “I’ll be dogging your footsteps,” which shows that Draco most likely knows Sirius Black’s Animagus form.
More surprises await Harry as the train pulls into the station. First, Hagrid doesn’t come to greet them for the first time in years. Second, Harry finds some strange, skeletal, horse-like creatures pulling the carriages. These are animals Harry has never...
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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 sung directly by the hat. Although the Sorting Hat uses the middle of its song for its usual use (to describe the important qualities of the four Hogwarts houses), this year it begins and ends its song by stressing the concept of unity.
First it stresses the original idea that witches and wizards “together we will build and teach!” Later, it goes even further by saying that “Though condemned I am to split you / Still I worry that it’s wrong.” It further warns of “deadly foes” who will try to make Hogwarts “crumble from within.” The Sorting Hat insists that the students “unite inside her.” In fact the Gryffindor ghost, Nearly Headless Nick, admits that the Sorting Hat only changes the song when it believes the school is in grave peril.
Dumbledore then rises to make his traditional speech. A few new additions this year are that Professor Grubbly-Plank will be taking over Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class and that Professor Umbridge will be teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts.
At this point, Professor Umbridge actually interrupts Dumbledore (which is quite unheard of). She proceeds to make her own speech indicating that the Ministry of Magic will now be interfering in every aspect of Hogwarts life.
Another issue is waiting for Harry Potter as the sorting ends: many fellow students don’t believe Harry’s story about Voldemort returning. The articles in The Daily Prophet aren’t helping matters. By trying to discredit Dumbledore, they are trying to discredit Harry as well.
Even Seamus questions Harry’s story and admits that his own mother almost didn’t let him come back to Hogwarts because of Dumbledore and Harry....
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Chapter 12 Summary
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 Ministry of Magic that Voldemort has not returned, Harry starts to see the truth in the Sorting Hat’s song. Because of the influence of the Ministry of Magic as well as The Daily Prophet, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is becoming deeply divided.
Even the Gryffindor quidditch team needs a new Keeper. Angelina Johnson (the captain) asks Harry to be at practice to help her choose. The practice is on a Friday evening.
Soon classes begin. Harry has an encounter with Cho Chang after the History of Magic class. Snape mocks Harry during Potions class because of his lack of proficiency at potion making. Professor Trelawney has them do dream interpretation in Divination.
It is Professor Umbridge’s Defense Against the Dark Arts class that surprises Harry the most. It turns out that Umbridge isn’t planning on allowing Hogwarts students to use any real defensive magic. Her plan is to have them copy out of the book. When Harry gets angry, he insists that Voldemort has returned; Umbridge refuses to admit it.
Harry speaks with complete disregard for authority on this issue. After a particularly acrid outburst, Harry is sent with a very acerbic note to Professor McGonagall. Harry is so very angry that he has no patience even for Peeves in the hallway before he goes in to Professor McGonagall’s office.
Instead of being angry, McGonagall gives Harry a warning of exactly where Professor Umbridge comes from: the Ministry of Magic. Professor McGonagall wonders if Harry listened to Professor Umbridge’s big speech at the sorting, but then she realized that it was Hermione who was listening.
Even though Harry asks for a reprieve, Professor McGonagall...
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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. This stops Fred and George dead in their tracks.
Up to her own tricks, Hermione then takes out some strange knitted hats and begins leaving them around the common room. Her plan is to have the Hogwarts House Elves mistakenly pick them up as “clothes” to get free. (Obtaining clothes is the only way a House Elf can be freed from servitude.) Hermione’s cause for the Society for the Protection of Elvish Welfare, SPEW, continues.
As the professors continue to impress upon the students how important their O.W.L.s are, Harry is more worried about the absence of Hagrid and about the fact that none of the students at Hogwarts seems to believe him about Voldemort. When they go to their Care of Magical Creatures class, Professor Grubbly-Plank refuses to tell Harry where Hagrid is.
Suddenly, Harry is presented with one true believer: Luna Lovegood. She strides up to Harry and tells him in front of everyone that she believes his story. Unfortunately, she is wearing radish earrings that undermine her credibility.
After being told off in the Great Hall by Angelina for having to miss Quidditch tryouts due to detention, Harry heads off to Professor Umbridge’s office to serve out his punishment. Detention with Umbridge is unparalleled torture because of the special quill she has Harry use. As Harry begins to write what he thinks are regular “lines” (namely “I must not tell lies”), they magically become etched in the flesh on the back of Harry’s hand, causing excruciating pain. Professor Umbridge smiles at Harry’s discomfort, but Harry refuses to let her see his displeasure.
Professor Umbridge uses the horrible quill on Harry each night of detention....
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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 Sirius Black has been seen in London. Harry is convinced that the Malfoys are the ones who revealed that information. Second, the paper reports that a member of the Order named Sturgis Podmore was arrested for trespassing in the Ministry of Magic and sentenced to Azkaban.
When Harry attends Quidditch practice for the first time with Ron on the team, the practice is a complete disaster. As the Slytherins laugh at him, Ron is unable to perform. Further, Ron gets an upsetting letter from Percy that congratulates Ron on becoming a prefect and warns him of several things, including not to associate with Potter anymore, to trust Umbridge, and to realize that Dumbledore may not stay at Hogwarts for long. Ron is disgusted and gets rid of the letter.
As Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue with their homework by the fire in the Gryffindor Common Room, they suddenly see Sirius Black’s face appear in the fire. Sirius is using the Floo Network to check in on Harry after receiving his recent letter, sent by Hedwig.
Sirius tells Harry that the newest hurt in his scar is most likely nothing to worry about but that Umbridge is truly horrible. (She was at least partially responsible for making werewolves like Lupin unable to find work.) Sirius also reveals the real reason why students are only copying defensive spells out of books instead of learning to use them: Umbridge is worried about Dumbledore building up an army.
Sirius also admits that Hagrid should have returned by now. Harry, Ron, and Hermione nix Sirius’ idea to change into his Animagus form to accompany Harry to Hogsmeade. Before Sirius Black leaves, he is visibly disappointed in Harry, accusing him of not taking risks like...
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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 intense scrutiny and insistence on an immediate prediction, Professor Trelawney is nervous enough to foul up her teaching and her abilities. When Professor Trelawney finally mutters about imminent danger, Dolores Umbridge mocks Trelawney and scribbles notes down on a clipboard.
In Defense Against the Dark Arts, Hermione gets fairly brazen by telling Professor Umbridge that she has completed the entire book. Even when challenged with the hardest of questions, Hermione gets all of the answers correct. Umbridge is incensed; therefore, she takes points away from Gryffindor House for Hermione being too brazen and outspoken. When Professor Umbridge tries to commend Professor Quirrell as a Defense Agains the Dark Arts teacher, Harry boldly retorts that, unfortunately, that particular professor had Voldemort attached to the back of his head.
Harry, of course, receives more detentions with Umbridge as a result of this outburst. This infuriates both Angelina Johnson (who is upset at Harry for missing more Quidditch practice) and Professor McGonagall (who is upset at Harry causing problems with a Ministry of Magic official).
In Professor McGonagall’s Transfiguration class, Professor Umbridge observes the quality of Minerva’s teaching. Professor McGonagall is utterly disgusted at Professor Umbridge’s presence but maintains a semblance of decency to keep her job (and her head).
Then in Care of Magical Creatures class, it is obvious that Professor Umbridge is trying to find out why Hagrid isn’t teaching this year. When Professor Grubbly-Plank can’t answer Umbridge’s questions about Hagrid, she begins questioning the students. The Slytherin students, of course, use the...
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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 skeptics (like a student named Zacharias Smith), everyone seems intent on learning from Harry. They also are interested in hearing Harry’s side of the story about what happened during the Triwizard Tournament last year and the real happenings behind Cedric Diggory’s death during that tournament. Even though Harry is a bit disgruntled about having to tell his story to a bunch of gaping students who may or may not believe him, he tells them anyway and gains quite a few converts as a result.
All of the students are impressed that Harry can produce a Patronus; therefore, the group is ready to start “classes.” However, the group can’t figure out where or when to meet. They get tied up with worrying about conflicts during Quidditch practice and the fact that they can’t allow any of the professors (especially Umbridge) to find out what they are doing.
They agree to disband without finding a time and a place but with a promise from Hermione that she will send them all the message somehow. Hermione also makes everyone sign something saying that they are now part of this group and that they promise not to tell anyone what the group’s true purpose is.
As the students begin straggling out of the Hog's Head meeting, the talk turns to dating. Ron is upset with Ginny for not telling him that she is dating Michael Corner. Hermione tells Ron that his irate reaction is exactly why Ginny doesn’t let Ron in on that inside information: Ron gets too upset about it. Ron also thinks that Ginny truly likes Harry (and always has). Also, Hermione admits to Harry that Cho Chang kept her eyes locked on Harry during the meeting. This is something that truly lifts Harry’s spirits.
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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 committed to meeting with the group of loyal students.
Unfortunately, Umbridge’s new decree also affects Quidditch. The Gryffindor Quidditch team is not only disbanded but also not granted permission to reform. Angelina Johnson is beside herself with anger, expecially because the Slytherin Quidditch team is granted permission to reform.
During History of Magic class, an injured Hedwig appears at the window. Upset, Harry rushes Hedwig down to the new Care of Magical Creatures teacher, Professor Grubbly-Plank. Professor Grubbly-Plank admits that Hedwig has been attacked by something or someone.
Before Hedwig is taken away to be healed, Harry looks at the letter tied to Hedwig’s leg. It is a message from Sirius to meet him near the fire of the Gryffindor Common Room at the same place and time as the last time. Harry remembers Professor McGonagall’s warning that the owls at Hogwarts are being watched and thinks this is a clear indicator that Professor McGonagall is telling the truth about that.
Outside Potions Class, Malfoy insults Harry by saying that Harry is crazy and should be committed to St. Mungo’s hospital. Neville Longbottom will not stand for this kind of insult and therefore uses violence against Malfoy. Snape, of course, takes points away from Gryffindor as a result. Ironically, even Snape is disgusted with Professor Umbridge, who tries to tell Snape how to run his classroom.
In Divination class, the students learn that Professor Trelawney has been put on probation. In Defense Against the Dark Arts, as usual the class simply reads the textbook with no practical practice.
Later that night, Harry becomes distracted by Fred and...
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Chapter 18 Summary
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 that this probably means that Voldemort is angry. This connection with Voldemort worries Ron. Like Hermione, now Ron believes that this information is too much to be kept a secret: Dumbledore must be told. Harry remains obstinate.
One evening when Harry falls asleep studying Charms, he dreams of a black corridor with a door at the other end. Harry wants nothing more than to go through that door. It is Dobby who appears and wakes Harry. Harry is surprised that Dobby is wearing all of the little knitted hats that Hermione has been making for the Hogwarts House Elves. (Winky, another house elf, is also wearing Hermione’s items, but Winky isn’t as thrilled about her freedom as Dobby is.) In fact, Dobby admits that what was supposed to be a kind gesture by Hermione is actually considered an insult by the Hogwarts House Elves. They do not want to be freed.
The reason Dobby has appeared now is to return Hedwig, all healed, to Harry. Harry uses Dobby’s knowledge of Hogwarts to ask the pressing question about a place where a bunch of Hogwarts students could gather privately to learn Defense Against the Dark Arts from Harry. Dobby knows the perfect place: The Room of Requirement. This particular room will only appear if a person truly needs it. In fact, Dobby has hidden Winky there at times when she was indisposed and of no use to anyone.
With a meeting place finally set up, Harry tells the group how to find it and then goes to find it himself. The room is magically and perfectly set up to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts.
Hermione first insists on electing a leader of the group: Harry. Then she insists on naming the group: Dumbledore’s Army (DA for short). Harry begins...
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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 House isn’t helping matters by realizing Ron’s weakness and taunting him continually.
The day of the first match reveals some interesting attire worn by the Hogwarts students. Luna Lovegood obviously is supporting Gryffindor by wearing a large lion hat that really roars. It’s the Slytherin attire that bothers the Gryffindors the most: They are wearing badges that read “Weasley is our King” and they accompany these badges with a horrible song that further taunts Ron Weasley.
As a result of the Slytherin distraction (among other things), Ron plays horribly during the first match. Harry is determined not to let Ron’s lack of confidence ruin the Gryffindor chances this season and, even though he is distracted, Harry catches the snitch just as one of the Slytherins slams a Bludger into Harry. Because Harry has caught the snitch, Gryffindor wins the match.
When Malfoy insults Ron’s mom and dad with an intensity that cannot be denied, Harry is unable to stand it any longer and lunges at Malfoy. Professor Umbridge arrives just in time to inform Professor McGonagall that they are now allowed to take privileges away from unruly Hogwarts students.
Professor Umbridge then bans Harry Potter from Quidditch for life: the biggest blow to Harry yet. Umbridge is sure to ban George Weasley as well as he also was involved in the fight with Malfoy.
Back in the Gryffindor Common Room, Ron and Harry feel utterly depressed about what is going on in Quidditch. Harry is upset at his lifetime ban, and Ron feels he can never make it up to his team. Hermione, trying to cheer the two of them up, tells them something they have been hoping to hear for some time: Hagrid is back at...
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Chapter 20 Summary
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 vacation, Hagrid and Madame Maxime found one of the colonies of Giants in Europe and approached the head Giant, the “Gurg.”
Gifts were presented to the Gurg, Karkus, to placate him. Karkus received both an ever-burning fire and a large war helmet (both Dumblodore's ideas). Karkus was happy to accept these favors and it looked as though the Giants could be won.
Unfortunately, a new Gurg named Golgomath killed Karkus. Golgomath was not as open to siding with Dumbledore, even with the offer of dragon skin. In fact, Hagrid and Madame Maxime had to flee far enough away just to observe Golgomath. Unfortunately, Golgomath had already been wooed by Death Eaters, supporters of Voldemort.
Hagrid and Madame Maxime tried to get in league with some Giants who were beaten to a pulp by Golgomath, but even after taking care of those same Giants, Golgomath had the caves raided. The Giants who weren’t killed in the raid want nothing to do with Dumbledore.
Even after hearing all of Hagrid’s story, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are still confused as to why Hagrid is so beaten up. Before Hagrid can answer completely, Professor Umbridge shows up. The three cover themselves with Harry’s Invisibility Cloak and spy on Umbridge.
Professor Umbridge questions Hagrid incessantly after explaining her new position at Hogwarts as High Inquisitor. Harry thinks that Professor Umbridge knows that Hagrid is taking orders from Dumbledore and that Hagrid has been associating with Giants. Finally, Professor Umbridge tells Hagrid that he will be privy to one of her famous observations of his teaching quite soon.
Hermione is quite worried that Hagrid won’t pass under Professor...
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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 creatures that were pulling the “horseless” carriages at the beginning of the school year, the same creatures that most Hogwarts students couldn’t see. Sure enough, most of the people in the class can’t see them either. The reason why is intriguing: the only people who can see Thestrals are those who have seen death.
Unfortunately, Professor Umbridge chooses this precise moment to begin an observation of Hagrid’s teaching methods. In addition to talking down to Hagrid, Professor Umbridge makes sure that every aspect of the class is recorded in the observation notebook in the worst possible way. It is no surprise that Professor Umbridge has a bias against Hagrid who, of course, has been working for Dumbledore while Umbridge works for the Ministry of Magic.
With the Christmas holidays quickly approaching, Harry is in fairly good spirits because the Weasleys have invited him to spend the holidays with them. Harry also is glad that Ginny Weasley has joined the Gryffindor Quidditch team as the new Seeker.
The DA meetings are going well, too. All of the students have improved greatly. Harry is particularly impressed with the skills of Neville Longbottom. After class, Cho Chang hangs back to speak with Harry. She is conflicted by her feelings for Harry and her feelings for Cedric Diggory, who died last year. After complimenting Harry’s teaching, Cho Chang cries as she and Harry share a first kiss under the mistletoe.
When Harry returns to the common room, Hermione guesses what happened between Cho and Harry. Hermione is frustrated with both Ron and Harry for not understanding the reason why Cho Chang would feel conflicted and cry as a result.
With all of these...
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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 wall) and asks them to go and observe things in other places. The various headmasters return with the information that Arthur Weasley does, in fact, look gravely injured; that the family has taken him to St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries; and that Sirius Black also has been informed of the issue and is ready to welcome the Weasleys at Grimmauld Place so they can have easy access to the hospital.
Dumbledore prepares a portkey for the transportation of Harry and the Weasley children to Grimmauld Place. Immediately before everyone touches the portkey, Harry looks into Dumbledore’s eyes and feels intense, indescribable rage. Harry wants nothing more than to kill Dumbledore at that very moment. He immediately feels confusion and regret for these thoughts.
The mood in Grimmauld Place is quite tense as the Weasleys, Sirius, and Harry wait for the okay to visit the hospital where Arthur Weasley is being treated. After a while, Fawkes appears with a message from Mrs. Weasley: Arthur Weasley is still alive and she will come to Grimmauld Place to get them soon.
When Harry pulls Sirius aside to tell him about the strange rage he felt upon looking into Dumbledore’s eyes, Sirius brushes the experience aside. Harry is a bit upset at Sirius’ nonchalant attitude and continues to worry about the experience. No one can sleep at all until Mrs. Weasley arrives in the wee small hours of the morning.
It isn’t long before Tonks, the Auror, and Mad-Eye Moody come to take Harry and the Weasley children to the hospital to see Arthur Weasley. After exploring the front desk and the names of the various wards in the hospital, they realize that Arthur Weasley is on the floor...
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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 tries to sleep but only has the dream again about the door that won’t open. Harry vows to stay locked in his room, convinced that he is a danger to everyone.
As everyone else continues to hang Christmas decorations, Harry stays locked up in the same room most of the next day. Hermione arrives to spend Christmas at Grimmauld Place and knocks on Harry’s door.
Finally, Harry meets with Ron, Ginny, and Hermione. It’s Ginny who is quite angry with Harry. She is the only one who actually has been possessed by Voldemort and therefore, “I can tell you how it feels.”
Harry feels quite badly that he has forgotten this fact. After hearing Ginny’s description of being possessed by Voldemort, Harry feels a bit better that this is not what is happening to him.
Christmas arrives and everyone opens presents. Hermione even gets a present for Kreacher, the house elf of Grimmauld Place. When they find Kreacher’s living space, everyone begins to question his loyalty as Kreacher is nowhere to be found. They still can’t find him as they prepare to leave for the hospital to visit Mr. Weasley.
At St. Mungo’s, Mr. Weasley is thrilled to be trying out the very Muggle medicine of “stitches” to help heal his snake wound. Mrs. Weasley is less than thrilled, so the friends explore the hospital. In their exploration, they find Gilderoy Lockhart, who is thrilled to see some visitors and is still hospitalized because the Memory Charm that he meant to hit Ron backfired on him.
After seeing Lockhart, they are surprised to see Neville Longbottom. Neville is visiting his parents, who were both permanently damaged by the Cruciatus Curse inflicted by Bellatrix...
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Chapter 24 Summary
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 that Snape tells Harry that he has to hide his Occlumency lessons from his classmates by telling them he is taking remedial potions (a true insult to Harry’s intelligence). Sirius threatens Snape as a result. Harry is just about to jump between the two of them when Mr. Weasley arrives at Grimmauld Place completely cured of his Voldemort injuries.
Harry and his friends return to Hogwarts on the Knight Bus, but not before Sirius gives Harry a strange package that is supposed to contain a method for Harry to contact Sirius in case Snape does cause problems. Before Harry enters Hogwarts, Lupin reminds him to listen to Snape because learning the skill of Occlumency will help in Harry’s protection.
Sure enough, Professor Snape is less than thrilled to have to teach Harry Occlumency. In fact, Snape begins the first evening Occlumency lesson by insulting Harry’s potion skills. Harry is quite confused about why he must take these lessons. He thinks any connection he has with Voldemort has already proved useful because it saved Mr. Weasley from certain death by snake at the Ministry of Magic. Snape insists that particular night in question is the very problem: that is the night when Voldemort also realized that he and Harry share this connection.
Harry learns that the key to Occlumency is to empty the mind of all emotion. Snape gives Harry no other instruction except to try to get Snape out of Harry’s mind once Snape yells the incantation.
Harry is ill prepared for what happens next. Snape penetrates Harry’s mind quite easily, first seeing the death of Cedric Diggory in the graveyard and then seeing the hall from the Ministry of Magic. Snape is especially concerned at the...
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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 thoughts turn to Hagrid as he observes Hagrid as beat-up as ever, with more bruises and lacerations. In addition, Professor Umbridge has put Hagrid on probation. Of course, no one else seems to notice Hagrid as they all want to hear what Harry thinks about the Azkaban escape.
Professor Umbridge tightens her grip on Hogwarts with more “Educational Decrees,” the latest one forbidding teachers to give students any information not relating to their subject. She is also suffocating any teacher on probation by observing them for every class period. Harry is suffocating as well from Professor Snape’s Occlumency lessons. Luckily, Harry always has the DA to look forward to, as well as his Valentine's Day date with Cho Chang to Hogsmeade.
Unfortunately, Harry’s Hogsmeade date with Cho does not go as he would have hoped. It begins easily enough with the two of them talking about Quidditch, but it deteriorates rapidly when the two of them enter a very pink tea parlour with couples kissing all around them. Harry makes the mistake of telling Cho that he is supposed to meet Hermione in the middle of the day. Cho counters with asking about Cedric’s thoughts before he died. The two part in very bad form before Harry goes to meet Hermione.
It turns out that Hermione has asked Rita Skeeter to write an article telling the truth of Harry’s story. Rita Skeeter has no choice other than to tell the truth because if she doesn’t, Hermione will tell everyone that she is an unregistered Animagus.
Unfortunately the Daily Prophet (that has been trying to discredit Harry) would never publish the article, so they decide to publish it in the Lovegood’s tabloid, the Quibbler. Rita...
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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 diverted by a slew of letters arriving from all over the world after Rita Skeeter published her article in the Quibbler. His fan mail is split between those who are “for” Harry and those who are “against” Harry.
Professor Umbridge is absolutely furious at the publishing of this article right under her nose and does everything she can to make it horrible for Harry: she takes points from Gryffindor House, gives Harry more detentions, and threatens to expel any student who has that particular newspaper in his or her possession. Of course, this makes the students at Hogwarts only want to read the article more.
Unfortunately, Harry has another dream of Voldemort first chiding and then congratulating one of his Death Eaters, Rookwood. The dream shows Harry that Bode was killed because he actually was recovering from his injuries at St. Mungos’s and might have been able to reveal some of Voldemort’s precious information.
It is this dream that Professor Snape sees during Harry’s next lesson in Occlumency. It is also the lesson when Harry succeeds in penetrating Snape's mind.
Harry’s Occlumency lesson is thwarted by screams from Professor Trelawney, who has just been fired in front of the whole school. Professor Trelawney cowers under the looks of both her elders and her students as Professor McGonagall tries to comfort the sniveling Divination teacher. Professor Umbridge looks over Trelawney with smug indignation and insists that she be kicked off the grounds.
Dumbledore appears and trumps Umbridge by insisting he still has the power to allow Professor Trelawney to reside at Hogwarts and hire a new replacement: the centaur named Firenze. Professor...
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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 their own kind.
Firenze offers to share the wisdom of the centaurs but is about as clear on all points as Professor Trelawney. Firenze promises no facts and no certainties. At the end of class, Firenze wants Harry to pass something on to Hagrid: that what Hagrid is trying in the forest has not worked and that therefore Hagrid should stop trying.
Amid worries about their approaching O.W.L. tests, the students of the DA continue practicing with Harry as their teacher in the Room of Requirement. During one particular lesson, Dobby appears and shouts a warning that Umbridge is coming.
Harry is captured by Umbridge and brought directly to Dumbledore. He denies all charges to the different professors and Aurors present. It turns out that a friend of Cho Chang, Marietta, turned Harry in and as a result has a set of boils on her forehead that spell out the word “sneak.”
Professor Umbridge mentions Harry’s meeting in Hogsmeade in the fall, but Dumbledore reminds her that there was no decree at the time banning student meetings. Umbridge is absolutely livid that this interrogation isn’t going well. She is especially enraged that Marietta won’t tell her account of the story in front of all of these other people. Marietta simply keeps shaking her head “no.”
Umbridge finally loses her temper and begins to shake Marietta quite violently. Finally, she brings out her trump card: an actual list of students under the heading of “Dumbledore’s Army.” Suddenly Dumbledore begins talking about making that list of students himself: the list of Hogwarts students he is recruiting for his “Army.” Harry is completely confused. The Minister of Magic threatens to arrest...
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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.
Fed up with the way the school is being run and with only average grades, Fred and George decide to make their way in the world in a method that doesn’t need higher education or even the degree from their Hogwarts schooling. They warn Harry and many others that exciting pandemonium is coming and to stay clear of the aftermath.
Fairly suddenly, Umbridge calls Harry to her office and offers him some very suspicious tea. Harry only pretends to drink as Umbridge shouts questions at him about the locations of Black and Dumbledore.
Right in the middle of the interrogation, there is a large explosion and Umbridge rushes off to see the result. Fred and George have supplied the first dose of pandemonium: huge fireworks. Umbridge struggles to get rid of the fireworks as the other teachers only pretend to help disperse them.
Harry continues to have his dream about the long corridor and the door that won’t open. The only difference is that now he is able to open the door. The room beyond contains rows and rows of shelves with glass balls upon them.
The next day, Harry tries Occlumency again with Professor Snape. Snape must have more confidence in Harry at this point because Harry finds Snape depositing memories into Dumbledore’s pensieve. As Umbridge unexpectedly calls for Snape, Harry steals a look at Snape's memories in the pensieve.
What Harry sees in the pensieve is his own dad, James Potter, and Sirius Black making fun of and even bullying Snape when he was a teenager. It is Harry’s mother, Lily, who defends Snape (at the time, her best friend). However when Snape in frustration screams that he doesn’t need Lily’s help because she’s a “Mudblood,” Lily...
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Chapter 29 Summary
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 Umbridge’s own office. Therefore, that is the fireplace that Harry will have to use for this meeting. The only person who is not in favor of this plan is Hermione.
Another thing that is looming, in addition to the O.W.L. exams, is the special meeting with Professor McGonagall as the head of Gryffindor house to determine what career Harry might like or be best suited for. There is a meeting like this planned for every fifth-year student at Hogwarts. Harry has such a rough time in Potions with both Snape ignoring him and Malfoy bullying him that Harry almost forgets to go to his career appointment.
Umbridge is there to observe both Professor McGonagall and Harry as he has his career meeting. Harry wants to be an Auror (a person who catches dark wizards), and McGonagall explains the grades and the classes that Harry must have to achieve his goal.
Professor Umbridge, however, keeps interrupting and insisting that Harry should not be an Auror. This presumptuousness on the part of Umbridge absolutely infuriates Professor McGonagall. The two spar verbally until Umbridge insists that Harry will never be an Auror and McGonagall insists that Harry absolutely will.
The late afternoon rolls around and Harry dashes in to Umbridge’s office when Fred and George begin their diversion: a magical swamp that is almost impossible to get rid of. Harry immediately uses the floo network to contact Sirius at Grimmauld Place and finds Sirius to be less than worried about Harry’s ideas about the memory from the pensieve. Sirius insists that James matured a bit later.
Much to Harry’s surprise, both Sirius and Lupin are very upset that the Occlumency lessons have stopped as a result of the...
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Chapter 30 Summary
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. Hermione and Harry go with Hagrid, who insists that he is going to be fired and that he needs someone to look after his charge.
The being that Hagrid wants Harry and his friends to look after is Hagrid’s half-brother, Grawp: a giant. Grawp is rough and violent, not only with Hagrid (who has so many bruises and lacerations as a result of Grawp’s care) but also with his surroundings.
Hermione and Harry wonder what they are to do with a being like this if Hagrid leaves. Hagrid simply wants Grawp to continue to have company. Both Harry and Hermione promise to keep Grawp company if Hagrid is fired.
Unfortunately, the meeting with Grawp ends with Grawp trying to grab Hermione and with Hagrid having a confrontation with the now-irate centaurs of the forest. The centaurs verbally spar with each other about what to do with Hagrid and Harry and Hermione. Some consider the murder of “foals” to be quite foul while still others think they would be a fitting sacrifice for Firenze’s betrayal. Hagrid warns Harry and Hermione that the forest won’t be safe for them if they meet the centaurs.
Harry and Hermione return to the Quidditch Match to discover that Ron has been an outstanding Keeper and helped Gryffindor not only win the game but the Quidditch Cup for the year as well.
Ron is elated and being hoisted on the backs of his teammates shoulders. This time when they hear the song “Weasley is Our King,” it is in praise of Ron. As a result of Ron’s moment of glory, both Harry and Hermione wait to tell Ron about Hagrid’s half-brother hidden in the Forbidden Forest.
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Chapter 31 Summary
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 to escape from Hogwarts. Their discussion on the subject ruffles the feathers of Dolores Umbridge.
Harry becomes consumed with his O.W.L. tests. He takes the written Charms exam (where Harry is tested on Wingardium Leviosa) and then the practical Charms exam.
Next Harry has Herbology and Defense Against the Dark Arts, where Harry’s examiner asks Harry to produce a Patronus for a bonus point. Next comes Harry’s Potions exam, which goes much better than Harry expected. Snape, of course, is Harry’s only real problem with the subject of Potions. Unfortunately, Harry’s Divination exam does not go well, with Harry making some outright strange predictions in tea leaves.
It is during the students’ Astronomy O.W.L. exam that Harry notices something strange going on in Hagrid’s hut. People are attempting to stun Hagrid, who is being fired and not taking the news well. In the fray, multiple wizards stun Professor McGonagall, who now lies motionless on the ground.
This attack against McGonagall makes Hagrid even angrier. He incapacitates the wizards trying to capture him and runs away from Hogwarts. Everyone at Hogwarts is shocked that Hagrid would be attacked in this way. The students determine that the attack on Hagrid was quite covert as it was held in the dead of night and during the Astronomy exam.
It is during Harry’s last O.W.L. exam (History of Magic) that he falls asleep and has one of his strange Voldemort dreams. This time Harry dreams about the strange, dark hall again and goes into the room with the glass orbs. In one of the rows of glass balls, Harry sees his godfather, Sirius Black, being tortured with the infamous Cruciatus Curse. Harry awakens...
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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 Mysteries immediately, but Hermione puts her foot down. She demands that Harry seek more proof and suggests that he might just be wanting to save people, something that Voldemort knows Harry is fond of doing. Voldemort might be luring Harry to the Ministry of Magic on purpose.
As a result of this conversation, they stage a diversion that will get Professor Umbridge out of her office for a few minutes so that Harry can visit Grimmauld Place via floo powder and the fire. The diversion works at first and Harry is able to use floo powder, stick his head in the fireplace, and appear again at Grimmauld Place.
Harry looks around, but he sees no one but Kreacher, the house elf. Kreacher looks a lot happier than Harry remembers him. Kreacher insists that no one is there and that Sirius won’t come back from the Ministry of Magic either. Suddenly Harry is pulled out of the fire by Professor Umbridge, who has placed spells on her office to have it watched after the last incident.
As Harry looks around, he notices that Umbridge has gagged everyone who was helping him create the diversion. Umbridge demands to know what Harry was doing and who he was trying to contact. She calls Snape into her office and demands Veritaserum to force Harry to tell the truth.
Snape informs Umbridge that she used the last of it in her previous attempt, so Umbridge puts Snape on probation. Suddenly Harry realizes that Snape is also a member of the Order of the Phoenix. In a last ditch effort, Harry yells, “He’s got Padfoot! He’s got Padfoot at the place where it’s hidden!” Snape shows no signs of recognition and tells Umbridge that he doesn’t know what Harry is talking about.
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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 immediately insults the Centaurs by calling them “half-breeds,” hinting that the Centaurs don’t really have as much intelligence as humans do, and insinuating that the Centaurs’ main purpose is to attack her.
Professor Umbridge’s insults go too far and the group of Centaurs lunges at her. Umbridge’s attempts to escape and fight back are foiled as all she can do is scream and try to stun the group of Centaurs, which doesn’t work. The fight ends with Bane running off with Professor Umbridge.
The Centaurs then discuss what should be done with the “foals” named Harry and Hermione. Before anything can be done, Grawp shows up looking for Hermione; he simply wants to know what happened to Hagrid. When the Centaurs attack Grawp, this gives Harry and Hermione their chance to make their escape.
As Harry and Hermione exit the forest, Harry’s hurting scar alerts him that Sirius is still in trouble. Harry and Hermione meet up with Neville, Ginny, Luna, and Ron. The Inquisitorial Squad of Slytherin students were unable to hold the four as they stood there, captives after helping Harry create a diversion to use the fire in Professor Umbridge’s office. After escaping the Inquisitorial Squad, the four of them insist on going with Harry to the Department of Mysteries in the Ministry of Magic.
The only issue is transportation. No one is quite sure how to get there. Luna makes a good suggestion to make use of the Thestrals. Enticed by the smell of Grawp’s blood, which is all over Harry and Hermione from the Centaur attack, a group of Thestrals arrives and the friends plan to travel to the Department of Mysteries in the Ministry of Magic.
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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 the number, and out pop badges that say “HARRY POTTER: Rescue Mission.” Even though Harry was asked to register his wand at the security desk, when the group descends into the Ministry of Magic and gets out of the phone booth, there is no one at the security desk at all. Harry takes this as a bad sign.
His eyes peeled for Sirius, Harry walks his friends down to the corridors of the Department of Mysteries. They are immediately greeted with a room of circular doors that spin and stop at will such that they are unable to figure out which door is the exit.
The group begins to try and open doors. The first door contains a large tank of green liquid with white slimy brains floating around inside. This is obviously not the right room, so the group retreats and Hermione marks the door they just tried with a magical “X.”
Harry suggests trying a second door from the circular room. The next door that they open contains a strange archway with a rippling veil. Harry moves toward the archway and hears whispering voices. No one else hears the whispering except for Luna Lovegood, who also moves toward the strange veil in the archway.
Hermione notices something amiss here and demands that Harry return to his original mission: to rescue Sirius. As they retreat to the circular room again and after Hermione marks the door, they choose yet another. They come upon a locked door that they try to open with Sirius’ special knife, but the knife is ruined in the process.
The final door they open reveals the corridor from Harry’s dream. Harry immediately begins walking down the corridor, excited finally to be here. As he enters the room with the glass spheres, Harry proceeds...
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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 the sphere breaking.
Because the Death Eaters desperately want the prophesy in the glass sphere for Voldemort, Harry can think of nothing else to do but to keep talking to them. He asks why Voldemort wants this prophesy and Bellatrix Lestrange is surprised and disgusted that a “half-breed” like Harry would even speak Voldemort’s name.
Harry reminds Bellatrix that Voldemort himself is a “half-breed” with a Muggle father; she gets so angry that she begins a spell, but Lucius Malfoy deflects it. The deflected spell hits a few of the shelves, and some other glass spheres begin to shatter. Out of the spheres come ghostly figures that begin to speak the prophesies involved.
Harry continues to ask the Death Eaters why the prophesy is so important. As the Death Eaters continue talking and mocking Harry, Harry gives the signal and all of his friends cast spells against the shelves in the room holding all of the glass spheres. As the shelves fall and the sphere’s shatter, the group tries to run for the exit.
All of the friends do a good job disarming and jinxing the Death Eaters. In fact, when Hermione disarms one, he falls into a strange jar that shrinks his head to the size and temperament of a baby. Eventually the Death Eater named Dolohov uses a spell that makes Hermione fall to the ground, unconscious. Harry responds with a spell that makes him as stiff as a board.
Neville, who now has a broken nose, picks up Hermione and the group goes on. When Ron appears, he has a strange liquid seeping out of his mouth and is giggling uncontrollably. Ron uses his wand and magically calls the white brains in the green liquid. The brains immediately begin wrapping...
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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 further by telling him that he needs to want to cause pain and enjoy causing pain for that curse to work. Bellatrix accuses Harry of having “righteous anger” instead.
Now it is Harry’s turn to taunt Bellatrix. He tells her the prophesy has been smashed and that Voldemort will not be pleased. Bellatrix becomes more and more fearful, and Harry’s scar hurts more and more, until Harry notices that Voldemort stands before them.
Voldemort brushes Bellatrix aside before he tries to kill Harry Potter with another spell. Fortunately, Dumbledore uses his own magic to make the wizard in the Fountain of Magical Breathren leap in between Voldemort and Harry to deflect the spell.
Voldemort and Dumbledore continue to duel, sporting some highly spectacular magic. Dumbledore waves his wand and makes a firey rope come out of the end and tie around Voldemort. Voldemort turns that rope into a snake about to strike Dumbledore, casting another killing curse at the same time.
This time it is the phoenix named Fawkes who swoops down and swallows the green light of the curse whole. Fawkes bursts into flames and turns to ashes. At the same moment, Dumbledore uses his own magic to turn the snake into a simple wisp of smoke and encase Voldemort in the water from the fountain.
At this point, Harry’s scar causes him worse pain than ever before in his life. Voldemort both possesses and speaks through Harry, telling Dumbledore to kill him. Harry, his insides writhing in intense pain, agrees, hoping to see Sirius again. As feelings for Sirius enter Harry, Voldemort is forced to leave and the real Harry is again on the floor.
Cornelius Fudge and the Aurors have just witnessed...
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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 to react violently to the pain he is feeling, destroying both objects and furniture in Dumbledore’s office and declaring that Dumbledore cannot possibly understand what he is feeling. Harry tries to leave Dumbledore’s office, but Dumbledore won’t let him go. The door won’t open.
Dumbledore insists that it is his own fault that Sirius died because he did not tell Harry the full truth about the prophecy and that Voldemort would try to lure Harry to the Department of Mysteries as a result.
Harry learns of Dumbledore’s worry about Harry’s scar and its connection with Voldemort. Dumbledore knew that once Voldemort discovered the connection, he would use it to try to control Harry. As a result, Dumbledore avoided eye contact with Harry as much as possible, but when Harry was close, Dumbledore could almost sense Voldemort’s presence. Voldemort wanted the prophecy and would use Harry as a result. Therefore, Dumbledore asked Snape to give Harry Occlumency lessons.
When Harry admits that he didn’t try hard enough at Occlumency, Dumbledore reminds Harry that he checked with Kreacher at Grimmauld Place before going to the Ministry of Magic. Kreacher lied when he said that Sirius had gone. In fact, Kreacher had been secretly meeting with Bellatrix Lestrange every time that Sirius Black told Kreacher to “get out.”
Harry is angry at Kreacher and then angry at Snape for disregarding Harry’s warning about “Padfoot” being taken. Dumbledore tells Harry that Snape did, in fact, alert the Order of the Phoenix.
Dumbledore admits that he knew Sirius Black didn’t like being locked up at Grimmauld Place. No one likes to be locked up; Harry didn’t like it at...
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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 up in a panic.
Even with all of this news, Harry stops short of telling his friends that he either has to kill Voldemort or be killed by him.
After a brief spar with Draco Malfoy and Snape, Professor McGonagall saves the day by awarding fifty points to each of Harry’s Gryffindor friends as well as to Luna, from Ravenclaw, for telling the world about Voldemort’s return.
Harry goes to visit Hagrid, who tells him that Sirius would have wanted to die casting spells at Death Eaters.
Harry has a hard time enjoying what most students enjoy these days. Harry finds himself wanting simply to be alone with his thoughts. He can’t even bring himself to attend the feast in the Great Hall.
While Harry packs, he finds something Sirius gave him: a mirror that would have allowed Harry to talk with Sirius. The mirror, of course, no longer works.
Suddenly Harry has an idea. Harry goes to find Nearly Headless Nick and asks if Sirius Black might come back as a ghost. Nearly Headless Nick admits that being a ghost at Hogwarts means that a spirit is not ready to let go of its earthly presence. It’s not the best option as Sirius Black would have chosen to “go on.”
Harry feels drained of all hope. Ironically, it’s Luna Lovegood who raises Harry’s spirits a bit when he meets her in the hall. She talks about her mom’s death and admits, “In that room with the archway. They were just lurking out of sight, that’s all. You heard them.” Harry feels better as a result.
On the Hogwarts Express riding home, Hermione admits that the new war against Voldemort is beginning again. Harry is not looking forward to spending yet another summer...
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