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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Chapter Thirty-Eight:
The Second War Begins

Synopsis by Maureen Knight, revisions by Michele L. Worley
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 845 - 870
U.K. hardcover edition: pages aaa - bbb
U.K. paperback edition: pages 929 - 956
Timeframe: Sunday, xx June, 1996 [Y16]

In which Ron and Hermione are recovering from their injuries, Fudge publicly admits to Voldemort's return, McGonagall returns from St. Mungo's, and Harry asks Nearly-Headless Nick about ghosts. Harry rides home with Ron, Hermione, Neville, and Luna on the train; Moody, Lupin, and Tonks meet him at King's Cross Station and warn the Dursleys to be good to him during the summer.

The Second War Begins, OP38, by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

The chapter title is interesting. In a way, the war actually began in July or August of 1994 [Y14], when Wormtail lured Bertha Jorkins into a trap, then turned her over to his master.

In the Hospital Wing (OP38) by Marta T.

The Ministry is currently publishing guides to elementary home and personal defence which will be delivered free to all wizarding homes within the coming month.

If "wizarding home" is defined as any household with at least one wizarding person living in it, Dean Thomas' family are in for a shock. The Dursleys won't be too happy, either.

"You think you're such a big man, Potter" said Malfoy, advancing now, Crabbe and Goyle flanking him.

Ironic, that Malfoy uses the same words that Dudley used to Harry at the beginning of the school year.

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  • unspecified hexes and jinxes

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