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).