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The Second War Begins

- Chapter 38
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"Are you threatening me, sir?" - Vernon Dursley
"Yes, I am" - Mad-Eye Moody (OP38)


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.

Interesting facts and notes

The chapter title is interesting. In a way, the war actually began in July or August of 1994, 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.

Exceptional character moments

Filch, quoted as saying that Umbridge was the best thing that ever happened to Hogwarts.

Memorable lines

According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scarring than almost anything else...

"Hmmm," she said, frowning, "I notice they don't mention the fact that it was them doing all the ridiculing and slandering in the Prophet..."

"Are you threatening me, sir?" he said, so loudly that passers-by actually turned to stare.
"Yes, I am," said Mad-Eye Moody, who seemed rather pleased that Uncle Vernon had grasped this fact so quickly.

Words and phrases

Other Canon Notes

Characters (notes or unnamed):

  • (unnamed) ticket inspector
  • de Mimsy-Porpington, Sir Nicholas (Nearly-Headless Nick)
  • Potter, Harry (as the Boy Who Lived)
  • Riddle, Tom Marvolo (as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, Voldemort, Lord Thingy, You-Know-Who)


  • unspecified hexes and jinxes

Characters Introduced

OP 38 — The Second War Begins
Abbreviation OP38
Canonicity Primary Canon


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