Chapter 2: The Phoenix Lament
- “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.”
- Harry thinking about Fawkes.
The empty Dumbledore’s office
After the battle, Ginny accompanies Harry to the hospital wing, where he learns that the only other person who died was a Death Eater. None of Harry’s friends are badly hurt, apart from Bill Weasley, the Weasleys’ oldest child who was attacked by an untransformed Greyback, although the only side effects are permanent scars across his face and a liking for rare steaks. Fleurexpresses her desire to marry Bill despite his potential transformations, and she and Mrs Weasley reconcile. Tonks reveals her love for Lupin, who had refused her because he was a werewolf and felt that she deserved someone young and whole, unlike himself. Professor McGonagall questions Harry about what he and Dumbledore were doing, but Harry, under orders from Dumbledore not to tell anyone except Ron and Hermione, refuses. The teachers then discuss the future of Hogwarts, and plans for Dumbledore’s funeral. Harry turns his back on the Half-Blood Prince’s book, and regrets ever possessing it, although Hermione and Ron comfort him, stating that while the Prince may have had a mean sense of humour, nothing in the book ever indicated that he was evil, or capable of murder.
Chapter 2: The Seer Overheard
- “You’d think people had better things to gossip about… Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it’s true you’ve got a hippogriff tattooed across your chest.”
- Ginny, to Harry.
Harry and Ginny together
Some time later, Dumbledore asks Harry to come to his office. On the way, he runs into his old Divination teacher Professor Trelawney, who was trying to hide sherry bottles in the Room of Requirement before being thrown out. She tells Harry that she heard a male voice whooping before she was ejected, and also reveals that Snape had told Voldemort about the prophecy concerning him and Harry, which caused him to murder Harry’s parents. Harry expresses outrage that Dumbledore later gave Snape a job at Hogwarts, but Dumbledore states that Snape felt great remorse for what he had done. He then asks Harry to join him in finding a Horcrux, Slytherin’s locket, which Harry agrees to. Before leaving, Harry tells Ron and Hermione that Malfoy’s almost certainly going to try something tonight, and gives them the remainder of the Felix Felicis.
Chapter : The Will Of Albus Dumbledore
- “I always said he was mental. Brilliant and everything, but cracked. Leaving Harry an old Snitch â what the hell was that about?”
- â Ron, about Dumbledore
Harry and Ginny embracing in Ginny’s Room on Harry Potter’s seventeenth birthday
The day before the wedding, Harry’s 17th birthday, he dreams of Voldemort searching for someone known as “Gregorovitch.” For his birthday, he receives a number of gifts, the most useful being a new sneakoscope from Hermione. Knowing that Harry was about to leave, Ginny Weasley passionately kisses him as something to remember her by, which Ron “accidentally” interrupts.
- To Ron, the Deluminator, with the power to douse all lights in the surrounding area.
- To Hermione, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a book of wizard-culture fairy tales written in Runes.
- To Harry, Godric Gryffindor’s Sword, and the first Golden Snitch Harry had ever caught in a Hogwarts Quidditch match.
The sword is withheld because, Rufus claimed, it was not Dumbledore’s’ to give. The three try to discover the purpose of the objects given to them, but are forced to give their attention to other matters, specifically Bill and Fleur’s wedding the following day.
Chapter 1: Hermione’s Helping Hand
- “Oh, come on, Harry, It’s not Quidditch that’s popular, it’s you! You’ve never been more interesting, and frankly, you’ve never been more fanciable.”
- Hermione about Harry.
Confunded McLaggen during the Quidditch tryout
Harry, the new Gryffindor QuidditchCaptain, holds trials to select the team for the annual Quidditch Cup. Due to Harry’s popularity, it proves to be extremely taxing and difficult, with even first-years, Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs turning up for the trials. In the end, Harry selects a team which includes among others, seventh-year Katie Bell, the only member remaining from the Quidditch team Harry joined in his first year, Ginny, who returned as a chaser, and Ron, who returned to his position as Keeper, staving off competition from another seventh-year and Slug Club member Cormac McLaggen. Later Harry, Ron and Hermione go visit Hagrid, who is upset at them as they had dropped his subject, Care of Magical Creatures. After lying to Hagrid that they had dropped Care of Magical Creatures as they could not fit it into their timetables, Hagrid reconciles with them. When the trio return to the Great Hall for dinner, Harry finds out that Hermione had used the Confundus Charm on McLaggen so that Ron would become Keeper, but he does not tell Ron this. Slughorn then invites Harry and Hermione for dinner with the other Slug Club members in his office, which Harry declines as he has to do his detention with Snape.
Chapter 2: The Lost Diadem
- “Blimey, Neville, thereâs a time and a place for getting a smart mouth.”
- â Ron, to Neville
Neville greets the trio
After sharing this sad story and being told by Harry that his brother regretted that moment to his death, Aberforth opens a secret passageway to Hogwarts, where Neville Longbottom greets them. The trio learn that Neville, Ginny, and Luna had restarted Dumbledore’s Army to resist the regime of Severus Snape, who was made headmaster following Voldemort’s takeover of the Ministry and that the members of the reconstituted Dumbledore’s Army have taken shelter in the Room of Requirement to hide from Snape’s forces.
Believing that Harry’s return meant revolution, Neville summons members of the D.A. who have been forced to leave the school, including Ginny, Luna, and Dean, or those who had graduated previously, such as Fred and George Weasley, Harry’s old Quidditch team, and his first girlfriend, Cho Chang. Harry asks them what they know about any artefact that belonged to Ravenclaw, which Dumbledore believed to be a Horcrux. However, the only known relic is Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem, which has been lost for centuries. Wishing to see what the diadem looks like, Harry and Luna venture under Harry’s Invisibility cloak to Ravenclaw Tower. He reveals himself to get a closer look at the diadem but is seen by Alecto Carrow who had been stationed to watch the room.
- “We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.”
- â Professor McGonagall, to Harry
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Chapter : Horace Slughorn
- “He seemed remarkably unabashed for a man who had just been discovered pretending to be an armchair.”
- Description of Horace Slughorn.
The Slughorn Armchair
Harry notices Dumbledore has received a serious injury to his right hand, but the Headmaster dismisses it as unimportant. Dumbledore then asks Harry’s help in convincing an old Hogwarts teacher, Horace Slughorn, to come out of retirement. They pay him a visit, but Slughorn is reluctant to return to the school, fearing it may put his life in danger from Death Eaters. Harry tells him that no teachers have died since Dumbledore became Headmaster, except Professor Quirrell, who was working for Voldemort, and reassures him that teachers at the school do not have to be members of the Order of the Phoenix. This dubious comfort, and the opportunity to get Harry to join his Slug Club, persuades Slughorn to return to Hogwarts. Dumbledore then drops Harry off at The Burrow, praising him for the way he has handled his godfather’s untimely death and reveals that he would take private classes for him in the forthcoming academic year.
Chapter 1: A Very Frostychristmas
- “Dumbledore’s man through and through, aren’t you, Potter?”
- Rufus Scrimgeour, after Harry negation to work for the Ministry.
Burrow’s Christmas Tree
During the Christmas holidays at the Burrow, Harry tells Ron, his father Arthur Weasley and Remus Lupin what he overheard, but they believe that Snape was trying to find out Malfoy‘s plan so he could tell Dumbledore. Later, Rufus Scrimgeour visits the Burrow, and requests that Harry appear to work alongside the Ministry, to boost the morale of the public. Harry turns it down, knowing that the Ministry is arresting and imprisoning innocent people and remembering how they persecuted him last year.
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Chapter 1: The Muggle
- “Oh yes â an old family heirloom. The S stands for Selwyn… I am related to the Selwyns… Indeed, there are few pure-blood families to whom I am not related… A pity, that the same cannot be said for you. âParentsâ professions: greengrocers.â ”
- â Umbridge, about the locket
After being separated, Harry discovers Alastor’s magical eye has been taken by Umbridge. Thinking it a disgrace to Alastor’s memory to keep it stuck in Umbridge’s door, he steals the eye, so as to give it a proper burial and the respect it deserves. Once Harry reunites with Hermione, he witnesses the Muggle-Born Registration Commission, set up to convict Muggle-borns of “stealing” magic, at work. Enraged by what he sees, Harry stuns Umbridge and the Death Eater Corban Yaxley, who is now head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Hermione takes the Horcrux, which Umbridge had falsely used to bolster her Pure-blood credentials, from Umbridge. By the time Harry and Hermione begin freeing the Muggle-borns, the Ministry knows that there are intruders in the building, having discovered Alastor’s eye missing. Once they reunite with Ron, they encourage the Muggle-borns to flee the country.
Chapter 1: The Life And Lies Of Albus Dumbledore
- “He changed, Harry, he changed! Itâs as simple as that! Maybe he did believe these things when he was seventeen, but the whole of the rest of his life was devoted to fighting the Dark Arts! Dumbledore was the one who stopped Grindelwald, the one who always voted for Muggle protection and Muggle-born rights, who fought You-Know-Who from the start, and who died trying to bring him down!”
- â Hermione, to Harry
Harry looking at his broken wand
Harry was briefly incapacitated following the incident in Godric’s Hollow, and he and Hermione spend Harry’s few days convalescing in the Forest of Dean where Harry sits down to vindictively read Rita’s book The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore. He discovers that the boy he saw in Voldemort’s mind is none other than Gellert and that Dumbledore and he had been good friends as teenagers and had shared the idea that wizards should rule over the Muggles. Making this discovery, Harry reaches a new level of disillusionment with his former mentor.
Chapter : Kreacher’s Tale
- “Kreacher failed to obey orders, Kreacher could not destroy the locket!”
- â Kreacher, about Regulus Black’s order to destroy the locket
The first morning there, Harry finds the name Regulus Arcturus Black, the deceased younger brother of Sirius and a former Death Eater, on a bedroom door. Harry realises that Regulus was the “R.A.B.” from the faux-Horcrux Harry found with Dumbledore, and he, Hermione, and Ron begin searching the house for the real one. They soon surmise that the locket had indeed been in the house, at one time. Unable to find it, they call upon Kreacher, the Black family’s house-elf. Kreacher tells the trio that he had helped Voldemort place the real Horcrux in the cave. After Regulus learned of this, however, he had ordered Kreacher to return with him to the cave in order to substitute a fake locket for the real one, as the Black family would have been safer not involved in Voldemort’s affairs. Regulus was killed in the process while Kreacher escaped with the Horcrux locket. Kreacher also tells them that Mundungus stole the locket, and they send Kreacher to find him.
Chapter : The Dark Lord Ascending
The Dark Lord holding Nagini
- “That Potter lives is due more to my errors than to his triumphs… I have been careless, and so have been thwarted by luck and chance, those wreckers of all but the best laid plans. But I know better now. I understand those things that I did not understand before. I must be the one to kill Harry Potter, and I shall be.”
- â Lord Voldemort, to the Death Eaters
The seventh and final book begins with Voldemort and his Death Eaters having a meeting at Malfoy Manor. They are beginning to plan out how to kidnap Harry Potter during his evacuation from 4 Privet Drive when he will be vulnerable. After “borrowing” Lucius Malfoy‘s wand in order to annihilate Harry once and for all â Voldemort does so in a way that indicates Malfoy has no choice â Voldemort kills his captive, Charity Burbage for teaching the subject and penning an article suggesting that Muggles should be treated as equals to pure-bloods. It’s revealed during this meeting that Lucius has lost all of Voldemort’s respect and that the Dark Lord’s favour has shifted to Lucius’s sister-in-law Bellatrix Lestrange, who has helped wreak chaos on the wizarding community Severus Snape, who has enabled a clear field for his master’s rise to power with his murder of Albus Dumbledore at Hogwarts and Corban Yaxley, who has enabled the Death Eaters to infiltrate the Ministry of Magic by means of the Imperius Curse.
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What Do I Read Next
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book in Rowling’s series and appeared in England under the title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997. Harry Potter learns he is a wizard when he is eleven years old and finds that there is a place where he fits in: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He helps keep the Sorcerer’s Stone safely out of Voldemort’s reach by the end of the year, with the help of new friends, Ron and Hermione.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets represents the second year of schooling for Harry. He learns how Voldemort opened the Chamber of Secrets at Hogwarts fifty years earlier, and he must figure out how to close it again before it kills another muggle-born student.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban takes place during Harry’s third year of school. He learns about a godfather he never knew he had during this eventful year, and he also discovers how a friend betrayed his father many years before.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire takes a significantly darker tone than the previous three novels. In it, Harry enters the Tri-Wizard tournament at Hogwarts, but he faces his most difficult challenge in a graveyard with Voldemort. When Harry’s friend is murdered, he knows that Voldemort has regained full strength at last.
Ross D. Douthat, “Redemption at Hogwarts,” in the National Review, Vol. 57, No. 16, September 12, 2005, p. 48.
Chapter : The Other Minister
- “The trouble is, the other side can do magic too, Prime Minister.”
- Rufus Scrimgeour, to the Muggle Prime Minister.
The Muggle Prime Minister receives a notice that Cornelius Fudge is to meet him. He then recollects Fudge’s earlier meetings with him: his first meeting with Fudge soon after he became the Prime Minister, Sirius Black‘s escape from Azkaban, the Quidditch World Cup, the Triwizard Tournament and the 1996 Azkaban mass breakout. When Fudge finally arrives, he reveals a number of incidents which had occurred in the Muggle world and for which the Prime Minister is forced to owe responsibility: the collapse of the Brockdale Bridge, a supposed hurricane in the West Country, the deaths of Amelia Bones and Emmeline Vance and the insanity of Junior Minister Herbert Chorley which have all been caused by Lord Voldemort, his followers the Death Eaters and their Giant allies. In short, the Second Wizarding War has begun. Fudge also reveals that he has been sacked and replaced by Rufus Scrimgeour as Minister for Magic. Scrimgeour too meets the Prime Minister and discusses security arrangements with him. He also reveals that Fudge will be a laison between them.
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Chapter : Draco’s Detour
- “WHY ARE YOU WORRYING ABOUT YOU-KNOW-WHO? YOU SHOULD BE WORRYING ABOUT U-NO-POO THE CONSTIPATION SENSATION THAT’S GRIPPING THE NATION!”
- Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes poster.
Draco proving a robe at Madam Malkin’s
After spending the next few weeks at The Burrow, Harry and Hermione go with the Weasleys to Diagon Alley to get school supplies. Rubeus Hagrid is entrusted with providing security to the group. After a fight with Draco Malfoy and his mother at Madam Malkin’s, the entire group go to Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Fred and George’s successful joke shop. Harry insists on paying for the merchandise, but Fred and George refuse his money as he was the one who gave them the money to start the joke shop, and Ginny buys a Pygmy Puff as a pet. While still in the store, Harry, Ron, and Hermione spot Malfoy walking through Diagon Alley without his mother and follow him under the Invisibility cloak to Knockturn Alley and see him enter Borgin and Burkes, a shop that sells dark artefacts. The trio wait outside, listening to Draco by Extendable Ears and watching him through a window. They hear Malfoy talking with the owner Borgin, about repairing an object and keeping another object safe. Malfoy also shows Borgin something which Harry suspects is the Dark Mark , and threatens Borgin by referring to the werewolfFenrir Greyback. Harry comes to the conclusion that Malfoy has become a Death Eater and is up to no good, a theory which is dismissed by Ron and Hermione.