"I feel that if a single pupil wants to come, then the school ought to remain open for that pupil."
-- Pomona Sprout
Ginny leads Harry to the hospital wing, where the Order discusses Bill, Dumbledore, Snape, and the events of the evening. We also learn that Fleur still wants to marry a disfigured Bill, and Tonks is in love with Lupin. McGonagall takes Harry to her office (formerly Dumbledore’s) and asks where he was, but Harry refuses to say; the heads of houses then arrive and discuss closing the school. Finally, as Scrimgeour arrives, Harry leaves to Gryffindor Tower, where he updates Ron on the Horcrux.
Calendar and Dates
The chapter takes place the same evening as the previous three and continues into the early morning hours of an evening in June.
Interesting facts and notes
"We all wondered ... but he trusted ... always ... Snape ... I can't believe it ..."
So McGonagall , along with some of the other professors and members of the Order, were sceptical of Snape's allegiance.
"And then - Harry did not quite see how it happened - both women were crying and hugging each other."
It seemed like Mrs. Weasley needed Fleur to give an emotional declaration of love to Bill in order to accept their engagement.
She let out a wail and, without waiting for the password, swung forwards to admit him.
It appears that the Fat Lady can let students to enter the Common Room without the password (at least when a tragic incident has occurred at the school).
Exceptional character moments
Minerva McGonagall shows great strength of character during this chapter. She has just heard of the murder of one of her closest friends and confidantes, yet she takes control of the situation; she asks Harry for details of the events, arranges a meeting with the Heads of the Houses to discuss the future of Hogwarts and meets with the Minister of Magic.
"Dumbledore believed Snape was sorry James was dead? Snape hated James...."
"Well, I'm stayin'," said Hagrid, fat tears still leaking out of the corners of his eyes and trickling down into his tangled beard. "It's me home, it's bin me home since I was thirteen. An' if there's kids who wan' me ter teach 'em, I'll do it."
And he knew, without knowing how he knew it, that the phoenix had gone, had left Hogwarts for good, just as Dumbledore had left the school, had left the world ... had left Harry.