Synopsis by Maureen Knight
Notes and links by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 59 - 78
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 58 - 75
U.K. paperback edition: pages 71 - 92
Timeframe: the evening of August 6,
In which Harry is reunited with
Hermione, learns of the
Order of the Phoenix, and
is reunited with his godfather,
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
a large umbrella stand that looked as though it had been made
from a troll's
On one level, this is analogous to an elephant's foot being made into
an umbrella stand. As far as I can determine, this kind of ornament
was fairly common in Britain during the Victorian era, and unfortunately
is still being produced today at the cost of various endangered species.
But this ornament goes beyond being a symbol of old-fashioned decor
that has become tacky by modern standards -
people, although wizards do not consider them to be very intelligent
and historically have resisted granting them 'being' status
Consequently, the umbrella stand is just as telling an indicator
of the family's prejudiced attitude as are the
house-elf heads on
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Moody, Alastor (Mad-Eye)
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Crouch, Barty Sr.
Potter, Lily Evans
Riddle, Tom Marvolo
(as Voldemort, You-Know-Who)
(unnamed) members of the Order of the Phoenix
(unnamed) Death Eaters
(unnamed) foreign wizards Dumbledore wants to recruit to the Order
(unnamed) Muggles inside #11 and #13, Grimmauld Place
house-elves whose heads
are on the wall
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Ginny, calmly flinging
the kitchen door, then lying bare-faced about it to her mum, blaming the cat
no big surprise: Fleur and
Bill are an item
Links and Resources:
"I don't want you to wake anything up."
"Hello, Harry," said
George, beaming at him. "We
thought we heard your dulcet tones." "You don't want to bottle up
your anger like that, Harry, let
it all out," said Fred, also
beaming. "There might be a couple of people fifty miles away who
didn't hear you."
Harry's impression was that
Percy had not made a great
success of his first job at the
Ministry of Magic.
Percy had committed the fairly
large oversight of failing to notice that his boss was being controlled
by Lord Voldemort.
"His life's ambition is to have his head cut off and stuck up
on a plaque just like his mother. Is that normal,
The old woman's screeches died and an echoing silence
fell. Panting slightly and sweeping his long dark hair out of his
eyes, Harry's godfather,
Sirius, turned to face him.
he said grimly, "I see you've met my mother."
The chapter picks up on the same night where the
previous one left off,
the evening of 6 August. The action happens
in real time through part of the evening.