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Order of the Phoenix 28-38 Canon Celebration

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Order of the Phoenix 28-38 Canon Celebration

A lot has happened so far this year. Fred and George have butted heads with Hermione over their product testing, and Ron has butted heads with her over the Hogwarts house-elves. Harry has struggled with both his relationship with Cho and, thanks to Umbridge, (not) getting to play Quidditch. Hagrid and Madame Maxime, after a long absence, have returned unsuccessful in their mission to recruit a colony of giants. After having several visions and one of them–Mr. Weasley being critically injured–coming true, Harry has been having lessons with Professor Snape in Occlumency. Umbridge has set up several decrees that prevent students and teachers alike from speaking, reading or gathering freely; in addition, she has replaced Professor Trelawney with Firenze the centaur as Divination teacher. Harry has at last gotten to put out his side of the story via an article in the Quibbler.

Most recently, Harry and a large group of friends, frustrated with Umbridge‘s deliberate choice to not teach any Defence Against the Dark Arts lessons, have taken it upon themselves to meet and create their own. One of the members of this “Dumbledore’s Army” gave in to pressure and betrayed the group to Umbridge. To protect Harry and the others from Umbridge’s wrath–and that of her boss FudgeDumbledore has taken the blame and left Hogwarts.

Ready to find out how this year’s adventure ends? Here we go!


OP 28: Fireworks and Holidays by Steve VanderArk

OP 29: If You’ve Got Enough Nerve by Steve VanderArk

OP 30: Teacups, Quidditch, and Worries by Steve VanderArk

OP 31: The Problem with Astronomy by Steve VanderArk

OP 32: That “Saving People Thing” by Steve VanderArk

OP 33: What Was She Thinking by Steve VanderArk

OP 34: Angrier than the Occasion Warranted by Steve VanderArk

OP 35: Who’s Going to Die? by Steve VanderArk

Who Can Take Away Points? by hpboy13

Episode 11: “What Happened the the Whimsy?!” by Steve VanderArk

Episode 12: Why Weren’t We Told About This Sooner? by Steve VanderArk

Reader’s Guides:

Ron wins quidditch match.These guides were originally written in March of 2002. Since that time, a few edits were made here and there but basically the text remained the same. To get ready for this Canon Celebration, our editors have been revising each one. We’ve added fan artwork to the Guide which illustrates the text. At the bottom in the Commentary section we’ve added a gallery of additional artwork. So even if you’ve read our guides before, please give them another look. And if you’re doing a re-read of the first book, have the Guide to each chapter open as you go! I’m sure you’ll find a lot of information you didn’t know.

Reader’s Guide to Chapter 28

Reader’s Guide to Chapter 29

Reader’s Guide to Chapter 30

Reader’s Guide to Chapter 31

Reader’s Guide to Chapter 32

Reader’s Guide to Chapter 33

Reader’s Guide to Chapter 34

Reader’s Guide to Chapter 35

Reader’s Guide to Chapter 36

Reader’s Guide to Chapter 37

Reader’s Guide to Chapter 38


Fitting the books into the real-life calendars isn’t easy! In fact, it’s impossible. But that didn’t stop us:

Day by day calendar of events in the book

Text Changes of the Editions and the Years

Two wizards dueling with wands.

Differences between the British and American versions

Edits and changes to the text


How Do Duels Work? by Hugo Costa Paes

The Ethics of Rowling by Anonymous

Love and Death in Harry Potter by Paul Spilsbury

Sensitive Writing on a Difficult Topic by Mary Jo Neyer

George Weasley by Jana Tucker

Interesting Artwork

We have hundreds and hundreds of pieces of fan artwork in our collection. Some subjects get a lot of depictions — Diagon Alley is a favorite topic, for example, and, well, of course it is! But there are a few pieces which illustrate more unusual moments in the text. Here are a few examples:

A young Snape hung upside-down by James and Sirius (OP28)

“Give her hell from us, Peeves.” (OP29)

Flying to London on thestrals (OP33, OP34)

Finding the prophecy in the Department of Mysteries (OP34)

Battle of the Department of Mysteries (OP36)

Harry feeling sad after Sirius' death.Harry mourning by the lake (OP38)

Artwork Challenge

Our Artwork Challenge for all you fan artists out there is to depict one of the lesser-known characters and scenes in the series. If we really like your work, we may feature it in the Lexicon! Here are some suggestions from these chapters:

Send your artwork to [email protected]. By submitting it, you are giving us permission to display your work on the Lexicon. We would like to include your name with your artwork so you are properly credited, so when you send your work let us know what name to use. Please also include a way to get a hold of you so that if we decide to feature your work as part of our regular collection we can contact you for more details. All artwork we display remains the property of the artist and they retain all copyright.

Special Feature: The Prophecy

The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches … born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not … and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives … the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies …

We finally hear the whole of this prophecy that had set Lord Voldemort on the path that would lead to the death of Lily and James Potter, his own defeat and also to baby Harry becoming “The Boy who Lived” (OP37). Like most prophecies it is a bit vague. Albus Dumbledore tells Harry that the prophecy could have been about Neville Longbottom, whose birthday is also at the end of the “seventh month” of July like Harry’s. As an inherently “inexact science”, all prophecies can be circumvented or changed – or they may not mean what you think they do. This is something the Harry must remember as he works to defeat Voldemort.

From the Atlas: The Department of Mysteries

The idea that there are rows and rows of prophecies on shelves, weird deathly archways, brains floating around in tanks and other “mysteries” lurking in the basement of the Ministry of Magic headquarters is certainly intriguing. What do all these things do? What do they mean? Why are they there?

Coming up next week…

We will be taking a look at “Wizarding Life and Organisations” next week, before starting on the sixth book. Come and join us while we explore more corners of the wizarding world.

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