"This is how it is - this is why you're not in the Order - you don't understand - there are things worth dying for!" - Sirius Black (OP22)
Arthur Weasley is rushed to St. Mungo’s Hospital, Dumbledore sends Harry and the Weasleys back to Sirius’ house, and they visit Arthur in hospital as he makes his recovery.
Calendar and Dates
We know that the Harry's vision of Arthur Weasley and the snake happens on a Wednesday night, since they visit Arthur in the hospital the next day (Thursday) and Hermione shows up the following day (Friday) saying it was the last day of term. We also know that this takes place the final week before Christmas, so using September 2 as a Monday - the first day of term - we can deduce that this chapter takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, December 18 and 19.
Interesting facts and notes
The floor guide of St. Mungos gives us quite a lot of information about the place in addition to the parts actually visited by Harry and his friends. The patients and their problems are an interesting source of medical magic information.
In passing, we also encounter the first werewolf we've met up to this point other than Remus Lupin (though not the last we're going to meet).
raising an unusually thick wand that looked not unlike a birch rod
This is consistent with JKR's remarks elsewhere that birch is a wand wood (JKR).
If Harry had ever sat through a longer night than this one he could not remember it.
a station in the very heart of London
So wherever St. Mungo's is, it's far enough from Grimmauld Place that it's faster to take the Underground than to walk.
One of his jinxes backfired, the toilet exploded and they found him lying unconscious in the wreckage covered from head to foot in -
Exceptional character moments
Arthur, who even in hospital on a course of Blood-Replenishing Potion still manages to work up enthusiasm for the idea of possibly meeting a few Muggle patients.
"Your father knew what he was getting into, and he won't thank you for messing things up for the Order!" said Sirius angrily in his turn. "This is how it is - this is why you're not in the Order - you don't understand - there are things worth dying for!"
They greeted Tonks and Mad-Eye, who had turned up to escort them across London, gleefully laughing at the bowler hat Mad-Eye was wearing at an angle to conceal his magical eye and assuring him, truthfully, that Tonks, whose hair was short and bright pink again, would attract far less attention on the underground.
"The shoes don't prevent you reading, do they?"
A very old, stooped wizard with a hearing trumpet had shuffled to the front of the queue now. "I'm here to see Broderick Bode!" he wheezed. "Ward forty-nine, but I'm afraid you're wasting your time," said the witch dismissively. "He's completely addled, you know, still thinks he's a teapot.... Next!"
"Yeah, well," said Moody, "there's something funny about the Potter kid, we all know that."
Words and phrases
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