Synopsis by Maureen Knight
Notes and links by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 137 - 151
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 126 - 138
U.K. paperback edition: pages 155 - 170
Thursday, August 12,
In which Harry attends his hearing,
Fudge continues to disbelieve him
about Voldemort's return, and
Dumbledore arrives to assist
Mrs. Figg testifies and
Harry is cleared of all charges.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
In this chapter, we have our second experience of the wizarding
criminal justice system, the first having been through Dumbledore's
Pensieve in GF30. Instead of
just flashes of the high points of the ending of various trials,
this time we experience an entire hearing, and it does not bode
well for the fate of civil rights in the wizarding world.
We also learn a number of small details, such as the full names
(including middle names) of various members of the court and of
those speaking before it.
The walls were bare; there were no windows and no doors apart from
a plain black one set at the very end of the corridor.
This is the corridor toward the Department of Mysteries - Harry's seeing
this corridor is an important moment upon which the rest of the plot rests,
although he doesn't realize it at the time.
The large dungeon he had entered was horribly familiar. He had not only seen
it before, he had been here before. This was the place he had visited inside
Dumbledore's Pensieve, the place where he had watched the Lestranges
sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban.
A cold male voice rang across the courtroom. "You're late."
"An owl was sent to you this morning. Take your seat."
It would seem that Dumbledore was expecting a trick
of this kind from Fudge. It's a bit surprising that he didn't
warn Arthur to make sure that he and Harry arrived early as well.
When he sat gingerly on the edge of the chair the chains clinked
threateningly, but did not bind him.
Percy's eyes, behind his horn-rimmed glasses, were fixed on his
parchment, a quill poised in his hand.
Harry James Potter, resident at number four, Privet Drive, Little Whinging,
Cornelius Oswald Fudge, Minister for Magic
Amelia Susan Bones, Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Dolores Jane Umbridge, Senior Undersecretary to the Minister
Court Scribe, Percy Ignatius Weasley
A powerful emotion had risen in Harry's chest at the sight of Dumbledore,
a fortified, hopeful feeling rather like that which phoenix song gave him.
a squashy chintz armchair appeared out of nowhere
"We have no record of any witch or wizard living in Little Whinging,
other than Harry Potter," said Madam Bones at once. "That
situation has always been closely monitored, given...given past
Even Bagman wouldn't have bet...
"Oh, I don't think any of us believe the Dementors were there by
coincidence," said Dumbledore lightly.
The witch sitting to the right of Fudge, with her face in shadow, moved
slightly but everyone else was quite still and silent.
"But naturally, you would not care how many times you heard from
a witness, if the alternative was a serious miscarriage of
justice," said Dumbledore.
"...he blew up his aunt, for God's sake!"
"Oho!" said Fudge. "Not our business what he
does at school, eh? You think so?"
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Characters returning in this chapter:
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Links and Resources:
Timeline/Calendar of the Chapter
The action takes place on 12 August,
which in the wizarding world was a Thursday.
Sunday, Aug 8
Monday, Aug 9
Tuesday, Aug 10
Wednesday, Aug 11
Thursday, Aug 12
Friday, Aug 13
Saturday, Aug 14
approx. 8:20 am
Harry appears before the Wizengamot