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Dumbledore’s Army (The D.A.)

Dumbledore’s Army (The D.A.)

The D.A., or Dumbledore’s Army, was a group of students who were trained by Harry Potter in magical combat during the 1995-1996 school year at Hogwarts. The D.A. fought in several battles against the Death Eaters and suffered casualties. The group loosely reformed during the 1997-1998 school year, led by Neville Longbottom and Ginny Weasley, as a resistance against the regime of Severus Snape and the Carrows at Hogwarts. More commonly referred to as the D.A., the name of the organization was chosen by Ginny Weasley to go with the initials (suggested by Cho Chang as an acronym for another possible name). The name “Dumbledore’s Army” was selected because it signified the worst fear of certain high-ranking officials in the Ministry of Magic at the time.


When Professor Umbridge refused to allow her students to actually perform any magic but merely to read the theory behind it, Hermione Granger came up with the idea of asking Harry to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts to a group of willing students outside of class. He agreed somewhat reluctantly and the group held an initial meeting on October 5th at the Hog’s Head tavern in Hogsmeade (OP16). After that, Dobby helped Harry find a room called the Room of Requirement and the group began to hold regular training sessions. They decided to call themselves the “DA,” which initially stood for Defence Association but which quickly was changed to Dumbledore’s Army (OP18).

The members of the group signed a parchment which, unbeknownst to them, was jinxed. If any of them revealed what was happening, they would suffer a serious attack of pimples on their faces. In order to alert the members to an upcoming meeting, each person was given a fake Galleon. The serial numbers of the fake Galleon would change to show the date and time of the upcoming session and the Galleon would become warm (OP19).

Over the course of the year, the members of the DA learned a variety of spells, jinxes, and charms, including the simple ones like Expelliarmus, and some very difficult ones, like the Patronus Charm. Even Neville and the Creevey brothers became quite accomplished, thanks to patient, careful teaching by Harry.

Meetings ended in April when Marietta Edgecombe betrayed them to Umbridge and they were raided by Umbridge’s Inquisitorial Squad. The discovery of the DA eventually led to the dismissal of Albus Dumbledore as Headmaster of Hogwarts (OP27).

In June, when several members of the DA accompanied Harry, Ron, and Hermione to London on thestrals to attempt to rescue Sirius Black, they found themselves engaged in a pitched battle with a group of Death Eaters in the Department of Mysteries. They fought bravely and well, suffering a number of injuries while defending Harry. None of the group was killed, thankfully, due to the timely arrival of members of the Order of the Phoenix (OP34).

Members of Dumbledore’s Army

  1. Abbott, Hannah Hufflepuff House.
  2. Brown, Lavender Gryffindor House.
    Wounded during the Battle of Hogwarts
  3. Bell, Katie Gryffindor House.
  4. Bones, Susan Hufflepuff House.
    Had heard about Harry’s Patronus from her Aunt, Amelia Bones.
  5. Boot, Terry Ravenclaw House.
  6. Chang, Cho Ravenclaw House.
    Cho produced a full Patronus, a silver swan (OP27).
  7. Corner, Michael Ravenclaw House.
    Only came in the first place because he was going out with Ginny.
  8. Creevey, Colin Gryffindor House.
    Killed during the Battle of Hogwarts
  9. Creevey, Dennis Gryffindor House.
    Who as a second-year student should not have been able to go to Hogsmeade and visit the Hog’s Head, much less do the spells!
  10. Edgecombe, Marietta Ravenclaw House.
    Turned traitor and reported the group to Umbridge and suffered for it.
  11. Finch-Fletchley, Justin Hufflepuff House.
  12. Finnigan, Seamus Gryffindor House.
    Joined later in the year
  13. Goldstein, Anthony Ravenclaw House.
  14. Granger, Hermione Gryffindor House.
    Organized things and created the clever charms and jinxes which protected them. At the last meeting, she produced a full Patronus, an otter. Wounded in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  15. Johnson, Angelina Gryffindor House.
  16. Jordan, Lee Gryffindor House.
    Operated an underground radio broadcast to speak out against the Ministry under the Death Eaters
  17. Longbottom, Neville Gryffindor House.
    Suffered a broken wand and a broken nose in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, but was the only student left standing besides Harry.
  18. Lovegood, Luna Ravenclaw House.
    Fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, the only non-Gryffindor D.A. member to do so.
  19. Macmillan, Ernie Hufflepuff House.
    Considered this to be the most important thing they were doing this year, not excepting O.W.L.s.
  20. Patil, Padma Ravenclaw House.
  21. Patil, Parvati Gryffindor House.
  22. Potter, Harry Gryffindor House.
    Served as the leader and the teacher for the group.
  23. Smith, Zacharias Hufflepuff House.
    Initially reluctant, but he came around.
  24. Spinnet, Alicia Gryffindor House.
  25. Thomas, Dean Gryffindor House.
    Operated an underground radio broadcast to speak out against the Ministry under the Death Eaters
  26. Weasley, Fred Gryffindor House.
    Killed in the Battle of Hogwarts
  27. Weasley, George Gryffindor House.
    Wounded in the Battle of the Seven Potters
  28. Weasley, Ginny Gryffindor House.
    Wounded in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  29. Weasley, Ron Gryffindor House.
    Wounded in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.

Notes and interesting facts

Rita Skeeter wrote a tell-all book about the group entitled Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob which was published 31 July 2014 (QWC).

Rita self-promoted her new book in a Daily Prophet gossip column article published on 8 July 2014 "Dumbledore’s Army Reunites At Quidditch World Cup Final" (QWC).



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