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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Chapter Eleven:
The Sorting Hat's New Song


Synopsis by Maureen Knight
Notes and links by Steve Vander Ark and Michele Worley

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 200 - 220
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 181 - 199
U.K. paperback edition: pages 223 - 245
Timeframe: the evening of 1 September, 1995 [Y15]

In which the start-of-term feast takes place, the Sorting Hat gives warning in its new song, Harry recognizes Dolores Umbridge as she is introduced as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and Harry learns that not everyone believes that Voldemort is back.

The Sorting Hat's New Song

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

'What is going on?'
Ron had appeared in the doorway. His wide eyes travelled from Harry, who was kneeling on his bed with his wand pointing at Seamus, to Seamus, who was standing there with his fists raised.

Fight in the Dorm by Marta T.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

Characters returning in this chapter:

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

Exceptional character moments:

  • Still to come....

Spells:

  • food appears on the tables in the Great Hall

  • spell Seamus uses to restore his bed curtains - perhaps Reparo

Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "Ow kunnit nofe skusin danger ifzat?" said Ron. His mouth was so full Harry thought it was quite an achievement for him to make any noise at all.

  • "I'll be her friend as long as I don't have to borrow that cardigan."

  • "I'll tell you what it means," said Hermione through gritted teeth. "It means the Ministry's interfering at Hogwarts."

  • "Ron, we're supposed to show the first years where to go!"
    "Oh yeah," said Ron, who had obviously forgotten. "Hey- hey you lot! Midgets!"
    "Ron!"
    "Well they are, they're titchy...."

Strictly British:

Timelines/Calendar:

The entire chapter takes place the evening Harry arrives at school for the start of his fifth year, which we know from his Hogwarts letter is 1 September. Since classes start the next morning, it must be a Sunday, though there is a discrepency regarding the day of the week.

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