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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Chapter Twenty-Six:
Seen and Unforeseen


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

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 570 - 598
U.K. hardcover edition: pages aaa - bbb
U.K. paperback edition: pages aaa - bbb
Timeframe: 16 February - 8 March, 1996 [Y16]

In which Hermione gives Harry advice on his love life, Gryffindor continues its losing streak at Quidditch, and Harry's article is published in The Quibbler - which is quickly outlawed at Hogwarts by Umbridge. Harry has another disturbing dream from Voldemort's point of view, Harry continues his Occlumency lessons with Snape, Trelawney is sacked, and Firenze the centaur is hired to teach Divination.

Seen and Unforseen

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

Still to come....

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....

Spells:

Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "Well, he can do it if he doesn't think anyone's watching him," said Fred, rolling his eyes. "So all we have to do is ask the crowd to turn their backs and talk among themselves every time the Quaffle goes up his end on Saturday."

  • The teachers were, of course, forbidden from mentioning the interview by Educational Decree Number Twenty-six, but they found ways to express their feelings about it all the same. Professor Sprout awarded Gryffindor twenty points when Harry passed her a watering can; a beaming Proefessor Flitwick pressed a box of squeaking sugar mice on him at the end of Charms, said "Shh!" and hurried away; and Professor Trelawney broke into hysterical sobs during Divination and announced to the startled class, and a very disapproving Umbridge, that Harry was not going to suffer an early death after all, but would live to a ripe old age, become Minister of Magic, and have twelve children

  • "Dad's reprinting!" [Luna] told Harry, her eyes popping excitedly. "He can't believe it, he says people seem even more interested in this than the Crumple-Horned Snorkacks!"

  • Harry was a hero in the Gryffindor common room that night; daringly, Fred and George had put an Enlargement Charm on the front cover of The Quibbler and hung it on the wall, so that Harry's giant head gazed down upon the proceedings, occasionally saying things like "The Ministry are morons" and "Eat dung, Umbridge" in a booming voice.

Strictly British:

Timelines/Calendar:

The chapter begins at "dinner Monday night" following Harry's date; since Valentine's day was Saturday, this must be Monday, February 16. The Quibbler is published the next Monday, the 23rd. The chapter ends "a couple of weeks" later, on an evening with an Occlumency lesson, so that's most likely Monday, March 8.

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