The Duelling Club
Synopsis by William Silvester, revised by Michele L. Worley
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
US hardcover edition: pages 182 - 204
UK paperback edition: pages 198 - 222
Sunday 8 November -
Monday xx December,
In which Harry, cured, goes looking
for Ron and
Hermione in the
where they are brewing the
boomslang skin from
while Harry creates a diversion in
class. A duelling club is
formed by Lockhart and
Snape, and during the first meeting
Harry learns that he is a
conjures a snake.
Rumours fly suggesting that Harry is
responsible for the attacks on students, a rumour which is strengthened when
Harry stumbles on the
Petrified forms of
Justin Finch-Fletchley and
Nearly Headless Nick.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
During my first reading of Order of the Phoenix, I (MLW) wondered whether
Harry, Ron, and Hermione would get around the ban on organizations
by reviving the Duelling Club, but disbanding all existing organizations
and requiring them to reform eliminated that possibility.
This chapter provides our initial introduction to the concept of
the language of Parseltongue
and of the people who speak it. The reader is at a disadvantage
regarding Parseltongue; Harry's status as a Parselmouth, coupled with
his being the viewpoint character for nearly the entire series, means
that we are not normally made aware of when Parseltongue is being spoken
and when it isn't, since Harry has generally spoken it without being aware
In the Muggle world, duelling has only really been out of style since
about the mid-nineteenth century, although it was made illegal before that
in many places. Flitwick's status as a duelling champion implies that it
is treated as a formal competitive sport in the wizarding world, as well
as a means of settling disputes (the latter is implicit in
"The Midnight Duel" in Philosopher's Stone).
...he clumsily fed himself porridge left-handed.
As Harry passed the library, Percy Weasley strolled out of it, looking
in far better spirits than last time they'd met.
Conjuring up portable, waterproof fires was a speciality of Hermione's.
"Wish Dobby'd told you what kind of monster's in there, though. I
want to know how come nobody's noticed it sneaking around the school."
"And you, Miss Granger - you can partner Miss Bulstrode."
Behind him walked a Slytherin girl who reminded Harry of a picture he'd
seen in Holidays with Hags. She was large and square and her heavy
jaw jutted aggressively.
Snape, too, was looking at Harry in an unexpected way: It was a shrewd and
calculating look, and Harry didn't like it.
Characters introduced in this chapter:
(unnamed) wizard, student who accidentally Transfigured his friend into a badger
(unnamed) student who was accidentally Transfigured into a badger, left with
black-and-white hair for a while
Characters returning in this chapter:
(petrified in the Hospital Wing)
de Mimsy-Porpington, Sir Nicholas (Nearly-Headless Nick)
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Links and Resources:
"You know what, Harry? If he doesn't stop trying to save your life
he's going to kill you." [Ron on Dobby]
Deliberately causing mayhem in Snape's class was about as safe as poking
a sleeping dragon in the eye.
Harry wondered why Lockhart was still smiling; if Snape had been looking
at him like that he'd have been running as fast as he could in the
The chapter begins on a Sunday in November, the morning after the
Gryffindor-Slytherin match. The chapter ends in December, on the
same day as what would have been the last Herbology lesson of the
term, the day after the first (and only) meeting of the Duelling Club.