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 the entire event, and Dumbledore demands that Fudge listen to reason about Voldemort coming back. Dumbledore offers to give only thirty minutes of time to explain and then return to Hogwarts. Dumbledore then sends Harry back to Hogwarts via portkey, staying to give Fudge the explanation promised.