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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Chapter Nineteen:
The Lion and the Serpent

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

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 397 - 419
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 352 - 371
U.K. paperback edition: pages 439 - 463
Timeframe: 10 October - 2 November, 1995 [Y15]

In which Gryffindor defeats Slytherin, but Harry, Fred, and George are given a lifetime ban from Quidditch by Umbridge for fighting with Malfoy.

The Lion and the Serpent

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

'I'm supporting Gryffindor,' said Luna, pointing unnecessarily at her hat. 'Look what it does...'

And a Lion Roars in the Great Hall by Marta T.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • none

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....


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • When Alicia Spinnet turned up in the hospital wing with her eyebrows growing so thick and fast that they obscured her vision and obstructed her mouth, Snape insisted that she must have attempted a Hair-Thickening Charm on herself and refused to listen to the fourteen eyewitnesses who insisted that they had seen the Slythrein Keeper, Miles Bletchley, hit her from behind with a jinx while she worked in the library.

  • Even Fred had said that Ron might yet make him and George proud, and that they were seriously considering admitting that he was related to them, something he assured Ron they had been trying to deny for years.

  • "Well, [Crabbe and Goyle] don't look bright enough to tell one end of a broom from another," said Angelina, "but then I was always surprised Derrick and Bole managed to find their way onto the pitch without signposts."

Strictly British:


The chapter picks up where the previous one leaves off, at the end of the first D.A. meeting.  It then speeds through the next two weeks and spends the majority of the chapter on the day of the Gryffindor-Slytherin Quidditch match, on the 2nd of November, 1995 [Y15].


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