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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Chapter Thirty-Six:
The Only One He Ever Feared


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

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 807 - 819
U.K. hardcover edition: pages aaa - bbb
U.K. paperback edition: pages aaa - bbb
Timeframe:

In which Harry pursues Bellatrix and learns he is incapable of an Unforgivable Curse; Voldemort shows up; Dumbledore saves Harry from the Killing Curse; Fudge and other Ministry members witness Voldemort's return; and Dumbledore reinstates himself as Headmaster.

The Only One He Ever Feared

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

Still to come....

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:

  • accio

  • Anti-Disapparation Jinx

  • Avada Kedavra

  • Crucio

  • Finite

  • Portus

  • Protego

  • Stupefy

  • Wingardium Leviosa

  • Unforgivable Curses

  • (unnamed) curse Bellatrix shoots at Harry, knocking over the brain tank

  • (unnamed) Spells Dumbledore uses to animate the Fountain of Magical Brethren

  • (unnamed) Spell Dumbledore uses to move about the room "in a whirling of cloak"

  • (unnamed) Spell Dumbledore casts that Voldemort must conjure a shield to block

  • (unnamed) Spell Voldemort uses to conjure a shield

  • (unnamed) Flame Dumbledore conjures that wraps around Voldemort

  • (unnamed) Spell Voldemort uses to turn flame into a snake

  • (unnamed) Spell Dumbledore uses to vanish snake

Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • Hatred rose in Harry such as he had never known before. He flung himself out from behind the fountain and bellowed "Crucio!"

  • "Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness." [Dumbledore, to Voldemort]

  • "Cornelius, I am ready to fight your men - and win again!" said Dumbledore in a thunderous voice. "But a few minutes ago you saw proof, with your own eyes, that I have been telling you the truth for a year. Lord Voldemort has returned, you have been chasing the wrong man for twelve months, and it is time you listened to sense!"

Strictly British:

Timelines/Calendar:

The entire chapter takes place on the night of Thursday, the final day of O.W.L.s, and past midnight into early Friday morning. See OP31.

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