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Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place

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"His life's ambition is to have his head cut off and stuck up on a plaque just like his mother. Is that normal, Hermione?" - Ron Weasley referring to Kreacher (OP4)

OP4

Harry is reunited with Ron and Hermione, learns of the Order of the Phoenix, and is reunited with his godfather, Sirius Black.

Calendar and Dates

The chapter picks up on the same night where the previous one left off, the evening of 6 August. The action happens in real time through part of the evening.

Interesting facts and notes

A large umbrella stand that looked as though it had been made from a troll's leg

On one level, this is analogous to an elephant's foot being made into an umbrella stand. As far as I can determine, this kind of ornament was fairly common in Britain during the Victorian era, and unfortunately is still being produced today at the cost of various endangered species.

But this ornament goes beyond being a symbol of old-fashioned decor that has become tacky by modern standards - trolls are people, although wizards do not consider them to be very intelligent and historically have resisted granting them 'being' status (FB, OP31). Consequently, the umbrella stand is just as telling an indicator of the family's prejudiced attitude as are the house-elf heads on the wall.

Exceptional character moments

Ginny, calmly flinging Dungbombs at the kitchen door, then lying bare-faced about it to her mum, blaming the cat

No big surprise: Fleur and Bill are an item

Memorable lines

"I don't want you to wake anything up."

"Hello, Harry," said George, beaming at him. "We thought we heard your dulcet tones." "You don't want to bottle up your anger like that, Harry, let it all out," said Fred, also beaming. "There might be a couple of people fifty miles away who didn't hear you."

Harry's impression was that Percy had not made a great success of his first job at the Ministry of Magic. Percy had committed the fairly large oversight of failing to notice that his boss was being controlled by Lord Voldemort.

"His life's ambition is to have his head cut off and stuck up on a plaque just like his mother. Is that normal, Hermione?"

The old woman's screeches died and an echoing silence fell. Panting slightly and sweeping his long dark hair out of his eyes, Harry's godfather, Sirius, turned to face him. "Hello, Harry," he said grimly, "I see you've met my mother."

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Other Canon Notes

Characters (notes or unnamed):

  • Mrs. Black (Walburga Black) -  Sirius's mother, in her portrait
  • Unnamed members of the Order of the Phoenix
  • Unnamed Death Eaters
  • Unnamed foreign wizards Dumbledore wants to recruit to the Order
  • Unnamed Muggles inside #11 and #13, Grimmauld Place
  • Unnamed deceased house-elves whose heads are on the wall

 

Spells

  • Incendio may or may not be the spell Moody uses; in the text, it's an unnamed nonverbal fire spell Moody uses to burn Dumbledore's parchment - perhaps Incendio
  • Lupin may or may not use Alohomora to lock and unlock the front door - perhaps Alohomora, but possibly something more complex, given the security precautions on the place)

 

Settings and locations mentioned:

  • We visit number twelve, Grimmauld place, but we specifically see these other places inside: drawing room, kitchen, and other bedrooms.

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