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The Seven Potters

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"Wow - we're identical!" -- Fred and George Weasley

DH4

Mad-Eye arrives with Ron, Hermione, and various Order members in tow, announcing a change in plans. Six of them are to use Polyjuice Potion to act as decoy Harry Potters while seven act as protectors. Each protector/Potter pair would head to a different safe-house. Upon getting airborne and splitting up, all of them are attacked, and Hedwig is killed. Harry gives himself away by using the Disarming Charm. Voldemort appears and nearly succeeds in killing Harry, but Harry’s wand acts of its own accord. It sends golden fire at Voldemort, causing Lucius’s wand to break. This gives Harry the time he needs to escape, crashing the motorbike through the Protection Charms and into the Tonks’ back garden.

Calendar and Dates

Same day as the previous chapter, so it is 27 July. Note that Tonks and Lupin are already married, which helps confirm that chapter 1's action has already taken place.

Interesting facts and notes

Hermione and Mundungus were shooting upwards

So both of them are shorter than Harry.

Ron, Fred, and George were shrinking

All three of them, therefore, are taller than Harry.

and rammed Hedwig's cage between his knees

Having Harry carry Hedwig (and being further marked out by being the only Harry Potter travelling like this) seems like a bad plan to me if the ide is to confuse the Death Eaters as to which Harry Potter stands out as the real one. I concede that having the others carry stuffed owls helps cover this up, though, provided the Death Eaters don't notice that one owl is alive and the rest are stuffed.

As it develops later, the plan depended on the Death Eaters assuming that the heaviest protection and most formidable protectors would be on the real Harry Potter rather than any of the fakes, which is why Mad-Eye drew a particularly heavy attack (DH5).

Exceptional character moments

Hagrid jumps off the motorbike onto a Death Eater in order to protect Harry.

Memorable lines

"If you think I'm going to let six people risk their lives -!"
"- because it's the first time for all of us," said Ron.

"Yeah, thirteen of us against one bloke who's not allowed to use magic; we've got no chance," said Fred.

"Even You-Know Who can't split himself into seven."

"Wow - we're identical!"
"I dunno, though, I think I'm still better looking," said Fred, examining his reflection in the kettle.

"Bah," said Fleur, checking herself in the microwave door. "Bill, don't look at me - I'm 'ideous."

"I knew Ginny was lying about that tattoo."

"Why'm I with you?" grunted the Harry nearest the back door.
"Because you're the one that needs watching," growled Moody, and sure enough, his magical eye did not waver from Mundungus...

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DH 4 — The Seven Potters
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Commentary

When the Advanced Guard comes to escort Harry to the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix in OP3, they are prepared to be attacked on their journey. They are lucky and arrive safely at their destination. Mad-Eye takes the mission very seriously and tells the guards not to break ranks even if one of them is killed. While reading this for the first time, I thought this scene was funny. I believe JKR meant for readers to find it funny; Mad Eye is overly cautious. Tonks sarcastically tells him, not to be so "cheerful" and Kingsley assures Harry that no one will die. Then you read DH (this chapter and the next), and realize that Mad-Eye had a right to be so cautious. There are great risks in transferring Harry to a safe-house. They are attacked and people are killed. I've come to the conclusion that Mad-Eye was very aware of the risks and was prepared for the consequences. Tonks even says in DH5 that Mad-Eye expected Voldemort to go for him because he is the most experienced Auror. Mad-Eye sacrificed himself to protect Harry. He truly is a fallen warrior. - C.M.

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