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14th Mar '17 6:18:58 PM NightShade96
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* {{Foreshadowing}}
** Ginny is more present in this book than in the previous four combined, and often makes Cho look bad. It's Ginny's idea of "Dumbledore's Army" that is used, instead of Cho's more generic "Defense Association" and she's usually the one who snaps Harry out of his numerous funks over the course of the book, including when he's convinced he's being possessed by Voldemort. She ''has'' been possessed by him, and could have told Harry exactly what it felt like, if he'd bothered to ask. And the tender scene in the library as the two share candy together. And the line "Ginny got the Snitch right out from under [Cho's] nose" Could it be more obvious?
** Neville also begins to show signs of life as well; notably, he's still fighting when all the other kids, who are notably better wizards than him, have already been defeated. Unfortunately, this just shows the danger in relying on FridgeBrilliance[[invoked]]: Rowling did it all so subtly that a lot of people missed it.
** Snape, when talking to Harry about Legilimency: "The Dark Lord, for instance, almost always knows when somebody is lying to him." [[spoiler: He says "almost" because Snape is the one who (for a while at least) manages to get away with lying to Voldemort in the final two installments.]]
** There's a reason [[spoiler:Sirius's name]] is blacked out.
** The full prophecy's final line: [[spoiler:Neither can live while the other survives]] is misinterpreted by both Harry and [[spoiler:deliberately falsified by]] Dumbledore, as meaning one must kill the other. [[spoiler:It's actually a subtle foreshadowing of the fact that contained within Harry is a piece of Voldemort's soul, and he remains tied to Voldemort as a Horcrux.]]
** Early on Nearly-Headless Nick claims to have "never been guilty of cowardice in [his] life!" At the end [[spoiler: he reveals that the reason he's a ghost is because he was afraid of death.]]
** Whilst Sirius and Harry are examining the Black family tree, they come across Phineas Nigellus Black. Sirius states: "[he's the] least popular Headmaster Hogwarts ever had". In less than a year that title will go to Dolores Jane Umbridge.
** At Grimmauld Place, amid a Doxy infestation, Molly is noted to have consulted "Gilderoy Lockhart's Guide to Household Pests". Lockhart later makes his first appearance in the series since [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]] when the trio visit St. Mungo's and it is revealed he is writing his final book "Who Am I?".
** At one point, Phineas Nigellus Black tells Harry that the Slytherins can be brave, but don't go headlong into danger like the Gryffindors--they were more likely to retreat and come back with help. This foretells the climax of not only this book ([[spoiler:Harry rushes headlong into danger, a mistake that results in the death of his godfather]]), but also the climax of the seventh book ([[spoiler:Professor Slughorn leaves with the evacuating students, including the rest of the Slytherins, but returns later with reinforcements in the form of the students' parents and the citizens of Hogsmeade, later going up against Voldemort himself. WordOfGod is that some of the Slytherin students also returned with Slughorn, also with reinforcements]]).
** Harry, concerned that Hagrid's injuries aren't going away, wonders whether he was attacked by something with magical venom that prevents wounds from healing. Later in that same chapter, Mr. Weasley is attacked by Nagini, and we find out that Nagini possesses that very ability.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}
** Ginny is more present in this book than in the previous four combined, and often makes Cho look bad. It's Ginny's idea of "Dumbledore's Army" that is used, instead of Cho's more generic "Defense Association" and she's usually the one who snaps Harry out of his numerous funks over the course of the book, including when he's convinced he's being possessed by Voldemort. She ''has'' been possessed by him, and could have told Harry exactly what it felt like, if he'd bothered to ask. And the tender scene in the library as the two share candy together. And the line "Ginny got the Snitch right out from under [Cho's] nose" Could it be more obvious?
** Neville also begins to show signs of life as well; notably, he's still fighting when all the other kids, who are notably better wizards than him, have already been defeated. Unfortunately, this just shows the danger in relying on FridgeBrilliance[[invoked]]: Rowling did it all so subtly that a lot of people missed it.
** Snape, when talking to Harry about Legilimency: "The Dark Lord, for instance, almost always knows when somebody is lying to him." [[spoiler: He says "almost" because Snape is the one who (for a while at least) manages to get away with lying to Voldemort in the final two installments.]]
** There's a reason [[spoiler:Sirius's name]] is blacked out.
** The full prophecy's final line: [[spoiler:Neither can live while the other survives]] is misinterpreted by both Harry and [[spoiler:deliberately falsified by]] Dumbledore, as meaning one must kill the other. [[spoiler:It's actually a subtle foreshadowing of the fact that contained within Harry is a piece of Voldemort's soul, and he remains tied to Voldemort as a Horcrux.]]
** Early on Nearly-Headless Nick claims to have "never been guilty of cowardice in [his] life!" At the end [[spoiler: he reveals that the reason he's a ghost is because he was afraid of death.]]
** Whilst Sirius and Harry are examining the Black family tree, they come across Phineas Nigellus Black. Sirius states: "[he's the] least popular Headmaster Hogwarts ever had". In less than a year that title will go to Dolores Jane Umbridge.
** At Grimmauld Place, amid a Doxy infestation, Molly is noted to have consulted "Gilderoy Lockhart's Guide to Household Pests". Lockhart later makes his first appearance in the series since [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]] when the trio visit St. Mungo's and it is revealed he is writing his final book "Who Am I?".
** At one point, Phineas Nigellus Black tells Harry that the Slytherins can be brave, but don't go headlong into danger like the Gryffindors--they were more likely to retreat and come back with help. This foretells the climax of not only this book ([[spoiler:Harry rushes headlong into danger, a mistake that results in the death of his godfather]]), but also the climax of the seventh book ([[spoiler:Professor Slughorn leaves with the evacuating students, including the rest of the Slytherins, but returns later with reinforcements in the form of the students' parents and the citizens of Hogsmeade, later going up against Voldemort himself. WordOfGod is that some of the Slytherin students also returned with Slughorn, also with reinforcements]]).
** Harry, concerned that Hagrid's injuries aren't going away, wonders whether he was attacked by something with magical venom that prevents wounds from healing. Later in that same chapter, Mr. Weasley is attacked by Nagini, and we find out that Nagini possesses that very ability.
{{Foreshadowing}}: Has [[Foreshadowing/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix its own page]].
13th Mar '17 8:10:26 PM trulymadmoves
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* {{Doorstopper}}: Over 750 pages no matter which edition and the ''longest'' book in the series; nearly a quarter of the wordcount of ''the entire series'' is contained in this one book. Papers and magazines pointed out that the book wouldn't fit through most mail slots if mail ordered. Comedians had a field day joking that book 6 would be called ''Harry Potter and the End of Trees''.

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* {{Doorstopper}}: Over 750 pages no matter which edition and the ''longest'' book in the series; nearly a quarter of the wordcount of ''the entire series'' is contained in this one book.book, since it usually has smaller print than the others [[UpToEleven but ends up with the highest page count anyway]]. Papers and magazines pointed out that the book wouldn't fit through most mail slots if mail ordered. Comedians had a field day joking that book 6 would be called ''Harry Potter and the End of Trees''.


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** Harry, concerned that Hagrid's injuries aren't going away, wonders whether he was attacked by something with magical venom that prevents wounds from healing. Later in that same chapter, Mr. Weasley is attacked by Nagini, and we find out that Nagini possesses that very ability.
2nd Mar '17 2:25:07 PM RaustBD
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* ChildSoldier: Part of Fudge's insane paranoid delusion regarding why Dumbledore's saying Voldemort is back, and the reason why Professor Umbridge is being deliberately obstructive in her own students' education, is that he believes that Dumbledore is building a private army out of the students of his own school with which to stage a coup d'etat against the Ministry of Magic.
1st Mar '17 6:36:37 PM RaustBD
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* GreyAndGrayMorality: The situation between humans and centaurs as alluded to in this book. On the one hand, the Ministry's laws regarding Centaurs clearly imply a very unfair situation [[InjunCountry similar to that of the Native Americans]] with a hefty dose of implied racism, and that Centaurs do not have anywhere near as many rights in the eyes of the law as they almost definitely deserve. On the other hand, the Centaurs aren't the most sympathetic people themselves. The Centaurs we see in the series are shown, with only one exception, to be [[SmallNameBigEgo pathologically arrogant assholes]] with backwards and barbaric cultural practices, and they're stirred to a murderous rage by anything even tangentially insinuating a master-slave relationship between humans and centaurs (a concept so loose that it includes a human admitting to performing a BatmanGambit on them or even a centaur ''accepting a paying job from a human''), and even the nicest one we see, Firenze, says some rather patronizing and offensive things about humans in the first lesson he teaches.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: The situation between humans and centaurs as alluded to in this book. On the one hand, the Ministry's laws regarding Centaurs centaurs clearly imply a very unfair situation [[InjunCountry similar to that of the Native Americans]] with a hefty dose of implied racism, and that Centaurs do not have anywhere near as many rights in the eyes of the law as they almost definitely deserve. On the other hand, the Centaurs centaurs aren't the most sympathetic people themselves. The Centaurs centaurs we see in the series are shown, with only one exception, to be [[SmallNameBigEgo pathologically arrogant assholes]] with backwards and barbaric cultural practices, and they're stirred to a murderous rage by anything even tangentially insinuating a master-slave relationship between humans and centaurs (a concept so loose that it includes a human admitting to performing a BatmanGambit on them or even a centaur ''accepting a paying job from a human''), and even the nicest one we see, Firenze, says some rather patronizing and offensive things about humans in the first lesson he teaches.
1st Mar '17 6:33:05 PM RaustBD
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* GreyAndGrayMorality: The situation between humans and centaurs as alluded to in this book. On the one hand, the Ministry's laws regarding Centaurs clearly imply a very unfair situation [[InjunCountry similar to that of the Native Americans]] with a hefty dose of implied racism, and that Centaurs do not have anywhere near as many rights in the eyes of the law as they almost definitely deserve. On the other hand, the Centaurs aren't the most sympathetic people themselves. The Centaurs we see in the series are shown, with only one exception, to be [[SmallNameBigEgo pathologically arrogant assholes]] with backwards and barbaric cultural practices, and they're stirred to a murderous rage by anything even tangentially insinuating a master-slave relationship between humans and centaurs (a concept so loose that it includes a human admitting to performing a BatmanGambit on them or even a centaur ''accepting a paying job from a human''), and even the nicest one we see, Firenze, says some rather patronizing and offensive things about humans in the first lesson he teaches.
26th Feb '17 6:44:56 AM Movienut376
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** Fudge gets one [[spoiler:at the climax when he appears in the Ministry just in time to see Voldemort make his exit, finally getting irrefutable proof that Harry was right all along.]]
24th Feb '17 9:28:17 PM JohnnyHuang
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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Hermione says to Ron upon the latter considering ordering harder drinks when the trio enter Hog's Head for the first time:
-->"You -- are -- a -- ''prefect''!"
23rd Feb '17 6:29:09 AM nighttrainfm
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* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: Umbridge attempts to create one with her "Inquisitorial Squad", who can take points off people for whatever they feel like and have greater authority than the Prefects - which, as Ernie indignantly points, makes the whole Prefect system completely superfluous. By that point, however, the school is in open rebellion and they end up making themselves targets.

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* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: Umbridge attempts to create one with her "Inquisitorial Squad", who can take points off people for whatever they feel like and have greater authority than the Prefects - which, as Ernie indignantly points, points out, makes the whole Prefect system completely superfluous. By that point, however, the school is in open rebellion and they end up making themselves targets.
20th Feb '17 8:46:20 PM DustSnitch
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* AscendedExtra: Mrs. Figg, the CrazyCatLady glimpsed briefly in ''Philosopher's Stone'' turns out to be a Squib -- a mundane child of magical parents, who retains the ability to see the magical world -- and to have been keeping an eye on Harry for years.
* AssholeVictim: Umbridge becomes this when she is kidnapped by a pack of centaurs after foolishly insulting them to their faces. They don't actually kill her, but whatever it is that they did was very nasty and the experience left Umbridge traumatized.

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* AscendedExtra: Mrs. Figg, the CrazyCatLady glimpsed briefly in ''Philosopher's Stone'' turns out to be a Squib -- a mundane child of magical parents, who retains the ability to see the magical world -- and to have been keeping an eye on Harry for years.
* AssholeVictim: Umbridge becomes this when she is kidnapped by a pack of centaurs after foolishly insulting them to their faces. They don't actually kill her, but whatever it is that they did was very nasty and the experience left Umbridge traumatized.
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** Marietta, Cho's friend who ratted out the DA and consequently got Dumbledore out of his job and Umbridge in it, is forever marked as a sneak.



* {{Astrologer}}: Firenze and other centaurs, though their views differ substantially from Professor Trelawney.
* BadassGrandpa: Dumbledore. Although this is well known in the previous books, this is the book where he truly confirms that he deserves the title of "Most Powerful Wizard in the world", as it's the first time he appears in combat when he [[spoiler: duels with Voldemort in the Ministry of Magic. He also easily immobilises Fudge, Umbridge and two Aurors when they try to arrest him.]]



* BewareTheNiceOnes: "[[BadassGrandpa The Only One He Ever Feared]]."
* BigBadWannabe: Cornelius Fudge led the smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore, true enough, and he gave Umbridge all her powers as Inquisitor, but it all goes to hell once Voldemort returns ''in full view of the Ministry''. We learn in the next book that Fudge has to resign as Minister.



** Rowling may have felt NoSympathy for what happened to [[spoiler: Marietta, courtesy, of Hermione]], but both Harry and Cho make very good points during their last fight about [[spoiler: Marietta selling out the DA]].
** Cho: [[spoiler: Marietta was under family pressure]] due to her mother being part of the Ministry and checking the school fires, and what happened to her was DisproportionateRetribution, more so now that [[spoiler: her memory was modified]].
** Harry: [[spoiler: Marietta did more than give in to pressure]]; she also sold out Cho, her best friend, and was willing to get the latter expelled, as well as dozens of other Hogwarts students expelled, to save her own hide after nearly six months of covert DADA lessons that offered more benefit than harm. [[spoiler: Marietta]] also knew that Umbridge was a SadistTeacher and ObstructiveBureaucrat with no empathy or remorse, possibly even more evil than Voldemort. In addition, these actions also led to [[spoiler: Dumbledore having to go into hiding after taking the fall for the covert DADA lessons]], which leaves the school in a worse position. Not to mention that several other DADA members (the Weasleys, Susan Bones, etc.) have relatives in the Ministry and did not feel the need to [[spoiler: sell everyone out.]]

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** Rowling may have felt NoSympathy for what happened to [[spoiler: Marietta, [[spoiler:Marietta, courtesy, of Hermione]], but both Harry and Cho make very good points during their last fight about [[spoiler: Marietta [[spoiler:Marietta selling out the DA]].
** Cho: [[spoiler: Marietta [[spoiler:Marietta was under family pressure]] due to her mother being part of the Ministry and checking the school fires, and what happened to her was DisproportionateRetribution, more so now that [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her memory was modified]].
** Harry: [[spoiler: Marietta [[spoiler:Marietta did more than give in to pressure]]; she also sold out Cho, her best friend, and was willing to get the latter expelled, as well as dozens of other Hogwarts students expelled, to save her own hide after nearly six months of covert DADA lessons that offered more benefit than harm. [[spoiler: Marietta]] also knew that Umbridge was a SadistTeacher and ObstructiveBureaucrat with no empathy or remorse, possibly even more evil than Voldemort. In addition, these actions also led to [[spoiler: Dumbledore having to go into hiding after taking the fall for the covert DADA lessons]], which leaves the school in a worse position. Not to mention that several other DADA members (the Weasleys, Susan Bones, etc.) have relatives in the Ministry and did not feel the need to [[spoiler: sell everyone out.]]



* BrokenPedestal: James Potter. [[spoiler:He was a bully when he was Harry's age.]]



* ButtMonkey:
** The Auror Dawlish appears twice in this book: The first time, he is [[spoiler:effortlessly knocked out by Dumbledore during the latter's attempted arrest.]] The second time, he is [[spoiler:beaten to a pulp by Hagrid during ''his'' attempted arrest, and Dumbledore in ''The Half-Blood Prince'' hexed him again while tailing him. In ''Deathly Hallows'', he's beaten so soundly by Augusta Longbottom that he ends up in the hospital.]]
*** Dawlish's ButtMonkey status takes on a new meaning after you read book 7 [[spoiler: and learn he had been beaten with the Elder Wand, so it isn't surprising he wasn't quite the same after trying to take Dumbledore.]]
** Umbridge also serves as this thanks to the twins, Peeves, and a pack of centaurs, but she deserves every bit of it.



* TheCassandra: Harry, with his claims that Voldemort has returned.



* ChekhovsBoomerang: While Zachariah Smith's comment about Expelliarmus not being useful against Voldemort is HilariousInHindsight it's also counts as a boomerang, because in Deathly Hallows [[spoiler: Harry's identity is revealed by the fact that Expelliarmus is his signature move.]]
* ChekhovsGun: The series [[ChekhovsGun/HarryPotter has its own page.]]
** Subverted in two instances though. Sirius's gift of the penknife that can unlock doors goes mostly unused, although he uses it to break into [[spoiler: Umbridge's office]] until he brings it to the Ministry of Magic. However when he tries to use it, it melts and is never seen again. Secondly, the Mirror Sirius gives Harry remains unused until he remembers it after the climax. [[spoiler:However as Sirius is dead, it is useless and Harry throws it into his trunk where it breaks. It isn't seen again until the last book.]]

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* ChekhovsBoomerang: While Zachariah Smith's comment about Expelliarmus not being useful against Voldemort is HilariousInHindsight amusing, it's also counts as a boomerang, because in Deathly Hallows ''Deathly Hallows'' [[spoiler: Harry's identity is revealed by the fact that Expelliarmus is his signature move.]]
* ChekhovsGun: The series [[ChekhovsGun/HarryPotter has its own page.]]
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]] Subverted in two instances though. though:
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Sirius's gift of the penknife that can unlock doors goes mostly unused, although he uses it to break into [[spoiler: Umbridge's [[spoiler:Umbridge's office]] until he brings it to the Ministry of Magic. However when he tries to use it, it melts and is never seen again.
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Secondly, the Mirror Sirius gives Harry remains unused until he remembers it after the climax. [[spoiler:However as Sirius is dead, it is useless and Harry throws it into his trunk where it breaks. ]] It isn't seen again until the last book.]]



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Who else? Luna "Loony" Lovegood.



* LesCollaborateurs: The Inquisitorial Squad, which seems to be made up entirely of Slytherins.
* CombatPragmatist: Neville, unable to verbally cast a spell, stabs a Death Eater in the eye with the wand instead.
* CombatSadomasochist: Bellatrix, the Death Eater responsible for torturing Neville's parents, appears in person. [[spoiler: She outright critiques Harry's grief-driven attempt at Cruciatus, noting that righteous anger isn't enough to make it work.]]
* CommanderContrarian: Zacharias Smith



* CoolTeacher: Harry himself becomes this to the DA.



* CuteClumsyGirl: Tonks



* DarkActionGirl: Bellatrix



* DarkIsNotEvil: The [[HellishHorse Thestrals]].

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* DarkIsNotEvil: The [[HellishHorse Thestrals]].Thestrals]] are black, skeletal horses that are only visible after witnessing a human die, but they are friendly creatures who any students who approach them.



* DeerInTheHeadlights: [[spoiler:Harry taunts Bellatrix over how Voldemort can't hear her frantic apologies for losing the prophecy. Then Voldemort appears right in front of him and announces that ''this'' time, he's just going to kill Harry without any more theatrics. OhCrap indeed for Harry and Bellatrix alike.]]
* DeliberatelyBadExample: Dolores Umbridge's sadistic abuses of her position gave us one more reason to call into question whether Snape was really so villainous as he seemed; by comparison, he seemed almost a [[JerkassWoobie lovable grouch]].

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* DeerInTheHeadlights: Harry Potter tries to make a stand in the climax, only for the situation to get drastically worse, causing the titular protagonist to freeze in fear as his life comes under threat. [[spoiler:Harry taunts Bellatrix over how Voldemort can't hear her frantic apologies for losing the prophecy. Then Voldemort appears right in front of him and announces that ''this'' time, he's just going to kill Harry without any more theatrics. OhCrap indeed for Harry and Bellatrix alike.]]
* DeliberatelyBadExample: Dolores Umbridge's sadistic abuses of her position gave us one more reason to call into question whether Snape was really so villainous as he seemed; by comparison, he seemed almost a [[JerkassWoobie lovable grouch]].grouch.



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Phineas Nigellus Black basically means "Black Black Black".
* DerailingLoveInterests: While [[JustifiedTrope justified]], Cho becomes a ClingyJealousGirl after hooking up with Harry. They didn't last that long.



* DisproportionateRetribution: After Dolores Umbridge accuses Harry Potter of lying to her, she makes him write in his own blood not to be dishonest.
** When [[spoiler: Marietta Edgecombe betrays Dumbledore's Army she]] is scarred for life with the word "SNEAK" on her face by Hermione Granger.
** After humiliating Snape with some bullying, but physically harmless hexes, Snape retaliates with ''Sectumsempra'', a potentially lethal curse that luckily only grazed James's cheek (and even that was enough to get blood on his robes).

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* DisproportionateRetribution: DisproportionateRetribution:
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After Dolores Umbridge accuses Harry Potter of lying to her, she makes him write in his own blood not to be dishonest.
** When [[spoiler: Marietta [[spoiler:Marietta Edgecombe betrays Dumbledore's Army she]] is scarred for life with the word "SNEAK" on her face by Hermione Granger.
** After humiliating Snape with some bullying, but physically harmless hexes, Snape retaliates with ''Sectumsempra'', a potentially lethal curse that luckily causes the victim to bleed "as though he had been slashed with an invisible sword." Luckily, the curse only grazed James's cheek (and even that was enough to get blood on his robes).



* DragonInChief: Umbridge is nominally subservient to the Minister, who gave her access to those powers to start with, but she's far more of a personal antagonist than the Minster.



** In early drafts, "Dumbledore's Army" referred to what ended up as the Order of the Phoenix, and vice-versa.
* EitherOrProphecy: A two-for-one deal, to boot.

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** In early drafts, "Dumbledore's Army" referred to what ended up as the Order of the Phoenix, and vice-versa.
* EitherOrProphecy: A two-for-one deal, Of great concern to boot.Voldemort is a prophecy tying his fate to Harry Potter. The wise mentor reveals the prophecy to Harry, which says that Harry must kill Voldemort, or be killed by Voldemort in return. Until then, neither can be in peace. Harry is convinced this is some cosmic rule, but Dumbledore emphasizes the only reason that part of the prophecy is true is because Voldemort thinks it's true, so now he will not rest until he kills Harry.



* EtTuBrute: Averted by Cho, which Harry calls her out for, when [[spoiler: her best friend Marietta sells out the DA to Umbridge]] after attending lessons for six months. As Harry rightly pointed out, [[spoiler: Marietta]] was willing to let everyone involve get expelled, including Cho.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: According to Sirius, his parents and a lot of the Pureblood families initially supported Voldemort. While not Death Eaters, they still thought he had the right idea about purging Wizarding Britain of Muggle-borns and placing the Purebloods in charge. However, they got cold feet when they realized the lengths he was willing to go to seize power. [[spoiler:This turns out to be important]]

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* EtTuBrute: Averted by Cho, which Harry calls her out for, when [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her best friend Marietta sells out the DA to Umbridge]] after attending lessons for six months. As Harry rightly pointed out, [[spoiler: Marietta]] [[spoiler:Marietta]] was willing to let everyone involve get expelled, including Cho.
Cho.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: According to Sirius, his parents and a lot of the Pureblood families initially supported Voldemort. While not Death Eaters, they still thought he had the right idea about purging Wizarding Britain of Muggle-borns and placing the Purebloods in charge. However, they got cold feet when they realized the lengths he was willing to go to seize power. [[spoiler:This turns out to be important]]



* EvilTeacher: Dolores Umbridge
* ExactWords: The teachers had fun with this as soon as Umbridge was appointed to Headmistress in the fifth book. With the passage of Educational Decree Number twenty-Six which banned teachers from telling students anything that didn't have to do with their subject, they gleefully refused to extinguish the fireworks Fred and George released, expressing that they weren't sure they had the authorization to do so.
** Used to tragic effect when [[spoiler: Sirius orders Kreacher to "Get out" when Harry and the Weasleys arrive at Christmas. While he was ordering the House Elf to get out of the kitchen, Kreacher deliberately interprets it as an order to leave the house. It allows him to leave 12 Grimmauld Place and make contact with Narcissa Malfoy -- thus granting Voldemort an agent in the Order of the Phoenix's HQ and setting the stage for Sirius' death.]]
* [[ExitPursuedByABear Exit Pursued by a Poltergeist and a Mob of Cheering Students]]: Umbridge

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* EvilTeacher: Dolores Umbridge
* ExactWords:
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The teachers had fun with this as soon as Umbridge was appointed to Headmistress in the fifth book. With the passage of Educational Decree Number twenty-Six which banned teachers from telling students anything that didn't have to do with their subject, they gleefully refused to extinguish the fireworks Fred and George released, expressing that they weren't sure they had the authorization to do so.
** Used to tragic effect when [[spoiler: Sirius [[spoiler:Sirius orders Kreacher to "Get out" when Harry and the Weasleys arrive at Christmas. While he was ordering the House Elf to get out of the kitchen, Kreacher deliberately interprets it as an order to leave the house. It allows him to leave 12 Grimmauld Place and make contact with Narcissa Malfoy -- thus granting Voldemort an agent in the Order of the Phoenix's HQ and setting the stage for Sirius' death.]]
* [[ExitPursuedByABear Exit Pursued by a Poltergeist and a Mob of Cheering Students]]: Umbridge
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* TheFace: Dolores Umbridge exploited this trope. She doesn't want Hogwarts students trained in offensive magic so fills the Defense Against the Dark Arts class with lessons like "negiotation" and "non-retaliation" on the premise that these skills are just as important for future Auror teams as curses and counter-curses.

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* TheFace: Dolores Umbridge exploited this trope. She doesn't want Hogwarts students trained in offensive magic so fills the Defense Against the Dark Arts class with lessons like "negiotation" "negotiation" and "non-retaliation" on the premise that these skills are just as important for future Auror teams as curses and counter-curses.



* FantasticRacism: Umbridge hates "filthy half-breeds" and is quite intent of firing Hagrid because of this prejudice, and its implied she does take stock in the idea of blood purity.



* TheFriendNobodyLikes: After going from misunderstood (Prisoner of Azkaban) to semi-respected (Goblet of Fire), Sirius Black ends up becoming the ButtMonkey of the "Order of the Phoenix" submitted to condescending comments from Snape but also Mrs. Weasley and Hermione, with lot of his advice submitted to InformedWrongness.



* HairTriggerTemper: Harry develops this in this book, providing more fuel for those who say he has post-traumatic stress disorder on account of the BadDreams he has of his encounter in the graveyard in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire the previous book]].



* HateSink: Umbridge's character pretty much exists solely to be this.



* TheHeavy: Dolores Umbridge is this to Cornelius Fudge.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:The spell James uses to make Snape hang upside down in the air? In the next book, we find out Snape invented it.]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:The HoistByHisOwnPetard:
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spell James uses to make Snape hang upside down in the air? In the next book, we [[spoiler:we find out Snape invented it.]]



* IdiotBall
** A minor example with major consequences: Harry forgetting Snape's membership in the Order. (He calls himself on it too.)
** Harry also forgets about the two-way mirror Sirius gave him after Christmas. He doesn't know exactly what it is, but he does know it's a communication device. This could be because he was determined not to use it before even finding out what it was, thinking that he didn't want to be the one to lure Sirius out of hiding (and look how well that works out for him!).
** Dumbledore grabs hold of this by admitting to Harry that [[LockedOutOfTheLoop keeping Harry out of the loop]] was wrong on his part to the point of taking partial blame for [[spoiler: Sirius' death.]]
** Nearly '''everyone''' buys the cock and bull story that Dumbledore is a senile old crackpot, despite his well-earned reputation as one of the wisest and greatest wizards of the age.

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* IdiotBall
** A minor example with major consequences: Harry forgetting Snape's membership in the Order. (He calls himself on it too.)
** Harry also forgets about the two-way mirror Sirius gave him after Christmas. He doesn't know exactly what it is, but he does know it's a communication device. This could be because he was determined not to use it before even finding out what it was, thinking that he didn't want to be the one to lure Sirius out of hiding (and look how well that works out for him!).
** Dumbledore grabs hold of this by admitting to Harry that [[LockedOutOfTheLoop keeping Harry out of the loop]] was wrong on his part to the point of taking partial blame for [[spoiler: Sirius' death.]]
**
IdiotBall: Nearly '''everyone''' buys the cock and bull story that Dumbledore is a senile old crackpot, despite his well-earned reputation as one of the wisest and greatest wizards of the age.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Though the concept of stitches had been around for years prior to the mid 90s (since at least 500 BCE), it had never been picked up by the wizarding world, where much better healing methods made stitches look primitive. As a result, Molly scoffs at Arthur for using stitches as a method to try to close his venom wound that magic couldn't close. Unfortunately for him, stitches don't work either.
** This could possibly be because the venom dissolved them, or just Arthur's... deficient... understanding of Muggle technology.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Though the concept of stitches had been around for years prior to the mid 90s (since at least 500 BCE), it had never been picked up by the wizarding world, where much better healing methods made stitches look primitive. As a result, Molly scoffs at Arthur for using stitches as a method to try to close his venom wound that magic couldn't close. Unfortunately for him, stitches don't work either.
**
either. This could possibly be because the venom dissolved them, or just Arthur's... deficient... understanding of Muggle technology.



* IWarnedYou: [[spoiler: Prior to Harry's arrival at 12 Grimmauld Place, Dumbledore warned Sirius Kreacher needed to be treated with kindness and to be careful with him. He was afraid something like Kreacher's betrayal would happen, but Sirius ignored Dumbledore.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Good God, '''Umbridge'''.
** Percy and Fudge, two characters who were mildly annoying at worst up until now, [[TookALevelInJerkass take several level in Jerkass]] in this book.
** Dudley when he's mocking Harry over talking in his sleep about what happened in the Little Hangleton graveyard.
** Harry himself acts as one towards his friends throughout the book. However, this is mitigated by the fact that it was to cover up the inferiority complex he felt after being subjected to the blood quill torture by Umbridge. It doesn't help that he's SurroundedByIdiots who are in complete denial of Voldemort's return.
** Snape, as per usual, gets his quota in (not including his usual to do with Harry). Consider the below example in the runup to the first Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin;
-->''"Snape was no obviously less partisan...He was also turning a deaf ear to the many reports of Slytherin attempts to hex Gryffindor players in the corridors. When Alicia Spinnet turned up in the hospital wing with her eyebrows growing so thick and fast they obscured her vision and obstructed her mouth, Snape insisted she must have attempted a Hair-Thickening Charm on herself and refused to listen to the fourteen eye-witnesses who insisted they'd seen the Slytherin Keeper, Miles Bletchley, hit her from behind with a jinx while she worked in the library"''.

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* IWarnedYou: [[spoiler: Prior [[spoiler:Prior to Harry's arrival at 12 Grimmauld Place, Dumbledore warned Sirius Kreacher needed to be treated with kindness and to be careful with him. He was afraid something like Kreacher's betrayal would happen, but Sirius ignored Dumbledore.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Good God, '''Umbridge'''.
** Percy and Fudge, two characters who were mildly annoying at worst up until now, [[TookALevelInJerkass take several level in Jerkass]] in this book.
** Dudley when he's mocking Harry over talking in his sleep about what happened in the Little Hangleton graveyard.
**
Harry himself acts as one towards his friends throughout the book. However, this is mitigated by the fact that it was to cover up the inferiority complex he felt after being subjected to the blood quill torture by Umbridge. It doesn't help that he's SurroundedByIdiots who are in complete denial of Voldemort's return. \n** Snape, as per usual, gets his quota in (not including his usual to do with Harry). Consider the below example in the runup to the first Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin;\n-->''"Snape was no obviously less partisan...He was also turning a deaf ear to the many reports of Slytherin attempts to hex Gryffindor players in the corridors. When Alicia Spinnet turned up in the hospital wing with her eyebrows growing so thick and fast they obscured her vision and obstructed her mouth, Snape insisted she must have attempted a Hair-Thickening Charm on herself and refused to listen to the fourteen eye-witnesses who insisted they'd seen the Slytherin Keeper, Miles Bletchley, hit her from behind with a jinx while she worked in the library"''.



* JerkJock: James Potter is revealed to have been this as a teenager.



** As the next book reveals, [[spoiler:Umbridge is still working at the Ministry despite the fact that she tortured children and knows how to work a Cruciatus Curse. ''Pottermore'' revealed the reason was because the Ministry was too busy reorganizing itself to fight Voldemort and the Death Eaters to deal with it]].
** Cho for [[spoiler:dragging Marietta to DA classes when Marietta was unwilling, leading to the latter betraying everyone in the DA.]] The worst that happens is that [[spoiler:Harry calls her out for trying to justify Marietta's behavior, which would have gotten Cho expelled as well if Dumbledore hadn't covered for the students.]]



** Snape for [[spoiler:kicking Harry out of his office and refusing to teach him Occlumency. Dumbledore blames himself for setting up the situation in the first place when Harry yells at the Professor about it.]]
** Kreacher is never punished for blatantly lying to Harry and leading to the book's central CharacterDeath.



* LastNameBasis / DoNotCallMePaul: Tonks, who hates her first name, Nymphadora (who can blame her, really?) and insists on being addressed only by her last. A fan once asked Rowling why Tonks didn't go by her middle name. Rowling's response was "Her middle name is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulpecula Vulpecula]]," which isn't much better.



* LesCollaborateurs: The Inquisitorial Squad, which seems to be made up entirely of Slytherins, is a group of students who help enforce the tyrannical rule of the government's agent in Hogwarts, Professor Dolores Umbridge.



* LiminalBeing: Nick, speaking with Harry, reveals himself as this, stuck between life and death.



* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Harry isn't allowed to attend the Order's meetings.
* LoopholeAbuse: As noted in Exact Words, [[spoiler: Kreacher deliberately misinterprets Sirius' command of "Get out" at Christmas to leave Order HQ and make contact with Narcissa Malfoy. While Sirius' orders prevent Kreacher from relaying information on the Order's activities to Voldemort, he's still able to give intel that Sirius didn't consider important enough to classify -- namely that Harry loves his Godfather and would go to any length to rescue him. This is key to the trap Voldemort lays in the Department of Mysteries.]]

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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Harry isn't allowed to attend the Order's meetings.
* LoopholeAbuse: As noted in Exact Words, [[spoiler: Kreacher [[spoiler:Kreacher deliberately misinterprets Sirius' command of "Get out" at Christmas to leave Order HQ and make contact with Narcissa Malfoy. While Sirius' orders prevent Kreacher from relaying information on the Order's activities to Voldemort, he's still able to give intel that Sirius didn't consider important enough to classify -- namely that Harry loves his Godfather and would go to any length to rescue him. This is key to the trap Voldemort lays in the Department of Mysteries.]]



* MildlyMilitary: The Order. Despite fighting against a powerful dark wizard with mind control they employ very few precautions besides the Fidelius charm. Among other examples, Moody comes to escort Harry, then realizes that he has no way of confirming Harry's identity besides using Veritaserum, which Rowling confirms is unreliable against a prepared dark wizard.



* TheMole: [[spoiler:Kreacher and Marietta Edgecombe.]]



* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Filch almost manages to become this - after four books of being an empty threat, he's given the authority to hand out the sadistic punishments he's always dreamed of once Umbridge takes over. The only problem is that, by that point, there are so many troublemakers he doesn't know who to go after first.
* TheOathBreaker: Marietta; told the location of their secret hideout to Umbridge after signing a magical contract claiming she wouldn't do that. As a result she had the word "SNEAK" appear on her face in pimples and was shunned by her classmates. Several books later, it's still visible. Making Hermione angry is a very ''very'' bad idea.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Snape pulls this in Umbridge's office when Harry [[spoiler: passes him a coded message that he's seen Sirius being tortured by Voldemort in the Department of Mysteries. This does backfire somewhat when Snape, unable to confirm that he understood the message in Umbridge's presence, dismisses it and Harry in his usual abrasive manner and Harry assumes Snape has just ignored him]].



* OurGhostsAreDifferent: According to Nearly Headless Nick, only wizards in the HP-verse can become ghosts. Becoming a ghost is also explicitly stated to be [[WhoWantsToLiveForever a bad decision]] and considered [[FaceDeathWithDignity a show of cowardice]].



* OutOfContextEavesdropping: It turns out [[spoiler: Snape]] was the one who told the prophecy to Voldemort, which lead him to try to kill Harry. However, [[spoiler: he only heard the part labeling Harry, and not why he would be dangerous, leading to his initial downfall.]]

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* OutOfContextEavesdropping: It turns out [[spoiler: Snape]] [[spoiler:Snape]] was the one who told the prophecy to Voldemort, which lead him to try to kill Harry. However, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he only heard the part labeling Harry, and not why he would be dangerous, leading to his initial downfall.]]



* PerformanceAnxiety: Ron suffers from this when playing Keeper - he can't defend well when he knows that people are watching. He gets better, resulting in [[spoiler:Gryffindor winning the Quidditch Cup.]]
* PinballProtagonist: Harry. Due to a combination of {{Angst}}/{{Wangst}} and being LockedOutOfTheLoop, Harry rarely does anything active unless Dumbledore orders him to do it (Occlumency) or Hermione convinces him that it's a good idea (Dumbledore's Army, the interview).



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Umbridge's FantasticRacism against non-humans and Muggle-borns is just one more of her many abhorrent character traits.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Basis of the plot really.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Umbridge's FantasticRacism against non-humans and Muggle-borns is just one more of her many abhorrent character traits.
*
%%* PoorCommunicationKills: Basis of the plot really.



*** Subverted, as Montague's "ordeal' will be foreshadowing for the tragic events of Book 6.



* TheQuisling: It turns out that after the end of the TriWizard Tournament Percy Weasley has become this in the course of his Ministry job, when he previously had nothing but respect for Harry and loved his family despite Fred and George constantly playing pranks on him.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Harry, at Dumbledore after [[spoiler:Sirius' death]].

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* TheQuisling: It turns out that after the end of the TriWizard Tournament Percy Weasley has become this in the course of his Ministry job, when he previously had nothing but respect for Harry and loved his family despite Fred and George constantly playing pranks on him.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Harry, Harry screams at Dumbledore and tears apart his office after [[spoiler:Sirius' death]].



%%* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Harry receives an ''epic'' one from Prof. Phineas Nigellus Black.



* LaResistance: Dumbledore's Army, comprising Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, and Ravenclaws.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The visions of the hallway were projected into Harry's mind by Voldemort, who was trying to lure him out of the safety of Hogwarts. Voldemort was showing him the Hall of Prophecy in the Ministry's Department of Mysteries, which houses a recording of the Prophecy that led him to try to murder Harry as an infant; Harry and Voldemort were the only two people in the world capable of retrieving the Prophecy without going mad.]]
** More of a minor one compared to the upper Reveal, but still pretty significant. [[spoiler: When Umbridge is interrogating Harry on why he was using her Floo Network to try to contact Sirius, she reveals that SHE was the one to send the Dementors to attack Harry at the beginning of the book, not Voldemort like everyone had believed up until that point. She did this to force Harry into a position of either being removed from the Ministry's hand by Dementor's Kiss, or get him expelled and get him out of their hands in a less lethal way.]]

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* LaResistance: Dumbledore's Army, comprising Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, and Ravenclaws.
* TheReveal:
TheReveal:
**
[[spoiler:The visions of the hallway were projected into Harry's mind by Voldemort, who was trying to lure him out of the safety of Hogwarts. Voldemort was showing him the Hall of Prophecy in the Ministry's Department of Mysteries, which houses a recording of the Prophecy that led him to try to murder Harry as an infant; Harry and Voldemort were the only two people in the world capable of retrieving the Prophecy without going mad.]]
** More of a minor one compared to the upper Reveal, but still pretty significant. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Umbridge is interrogating Harry on why he was using her Floo Network to try to contact Sirius, she reveals that SHE was the one to send the Dementors to attack Harry at the beginning of the book, not Voldemort like everyone had believed up until that point. She did this to force Harry into a position of either being removed from the Ministry's hand by Dementor's Kiss, or get him expelled and get him out of their hands in a less lethal way.]]



* SadistTeacher:
** Umbridge. Could be The Trope Namer, and is unquestionably the Trope Codifier for anyone who grew up reading the books. She is second only to [[{{Matilda}} The Trunchbull]] as a fearsome fictional teacher.
** Snape is his usual unpleasant self throughout the book. He lets Malfoy sabotage Harry's work and takes every opportunity to insult him in their Occlumency lessons, outright enjoying watching his memories of the Dursleys. Funnily enough, the simple fact that he ''isn't there'' makes the Potions exam more relaxing than any class Harry or Neville ever had with him.
* SchoolClubFront: Dumbledore's Army was formed with this intention (although they weren't keeping its purpose a secret, they weren't exactly openly advertising for members), but Umbridge got wind of it and had a rule allowing her to veto clubs introduced. As a result it became more of a secret club, the only one openly acknowledging Voldemort's return, and [[spoiler:La Résistance in the 7th book.]]



* ShipperOnDeck: After finding out that Ginny broke up with Michael Corner, Ron tells her to choose someone better next time, while giving an "oddly furtive look" at Harry.



* ShutUpKirk / TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Harry receives an ''epic'' one from Prof. Phineas Nigellus Black.
* SingleTear: Dumbledore

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* ShutUpKirk / TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Harry receives an ''epic'' one from Prof. Phineas Nigellus Black.
* SingleTear: DumbledoreDumbledore sheds a silent tear as Harry rips into him after the tragedy in the climax of the book.



* StepfordSmiler: Again, Umbridge.



* TakingTheBullet: Fawkes (a phoenix) is able to [[spoiler: swallow an ''Avada'' Voldemort fired off at Dumbledore]], expire as a result, and then return to life.

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* TakingTheBullet: Fawkes (a phoenix) is able to [[spoiler: swallow [[spoiler:swallow an ''Avada'' Voldemort fired off at Dumbledore]], expire as a result, and then return to life.



* TemptingFate: Sirius, right before [[spoiler:Bellatrix kills him]].

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* TemptingFate: Sirius, Sirius taunts his dueling opponents about their incompetence, right before [[spoiler:Bellatrix kills him]].



* TimeTravel: No one time travels in this book, but there was time travel in book 3. Notice how Rowling has an errant spell hit the case filled with time turners? Rowling says this destroyed the contents of the case that this was to ensure the reader knew she wasn't going to use TimeTravel as an AssPull in any of the final books. And a good thing, too - would you want ''Voldemort'' to have a time turner?

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* TimeTravel: No one time travels in this book, but there was time travel in book 3. Notice how Rowling has an errant spell hit the case filled with time turners? Rowling says this destroyed the contents of the case that this was to ensure the reader knew she wasn't going to use TimeTravel as an AssPull a plot device in any of the final books. And a good thing, too - would you want ''Voldemort'' to have a time turner?books.



* TooDumbToLive:
** Fudge thinks that ''[[BadassGrandpa Albus freakin' Dumbledore,]] the greatest wizard in the world, is going to come quietly.''
** Fudge's overall stupidity on Voldemort's return ends up being a subversion of this trope. Voldemort realizes that it's actually in his own best interst to leave Fudge alone and allow him to continue to misrule the Ministry and persecute the people who'd stand the best chance against Voldemort.
** Calling a group of centaurs armed with bows and arrows "filthy half-breeds"? Really, Umbridge, you've got no-one to blame but yourself for that one.
* TookALevelInBadass
** Ginny, after having been DemotedToExtra for the two previous installments, reveals she is a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass with her memories of being possessed by Tom Riddle, as well as taking inspiration from her brothers.
** Neville begins to really show his Gryffindor merit, especially in the final battle. Besides Harry, Neville is the only member of Dumbledore's Army to escape the Department of Mysteries in one piece.
* TookALevelInJerkass: While dealing with Voldemort's return and PTSD, Harry spends most of the book chewing out his friends, though at times JerkassHasAPoint. Being smack-dab in the middle of his teen years probably doesn't help either.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: Dumbledore's Army.
* TranquilFury: It is not a good idea to harm Dumbledore's students, but he doesn't have to raise his voice to express it. [[spoiler:At the end of the fifth book, with most of Harry's friends injured or incapacitated in the Ministry and Voldemort's return made public, Fudge is quelled by Dumbledore's DeathGlare and quiet order to "remove Delores Umbridge from the school" and to have his Aurors stop chasing Hagrid]].

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* TooDumbToLive:
** Fudge thinks that ''[[BadassGrandpa Albus freakin' Dumbledore,]] the greatest wizard in the world, is going to come quietly.''
** Fudge's overall stupidity on Voldemort's return ends up being a subversion of this trope. Voldemort realizes that it's actually in his own best interst to leave Fudge alone and allow him to continue to misrule the Ministry and persecute the people who'd stand the best chance against Voldemort.
**
TooDumbToLive: Calling a group of centaurs armed with bows and arrows "filthy half-breeds"? Really, Umbridge, you've got no-one to blame but yourself for that one.
* TookALevelInBadass
** Ginny, after having been DemotedToExtra for the two previous installments, reveals she is a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass with her memories of being possessed by Tom Riddle, as well as taking inspiration from her brothers.
** Neville begins to really show his Gryffindor merit, especially in the final battle. Besides Harry, Neville is the only member of Dumbledore's Army to escape the Department of Mysteries in one piece.
* TookALevelInJerkass: While dealing with Voldemort's return and PTSD, Harry spends most of the book chewing out his friends, though at times JerkassHasAPoint. Being smack-dab in the middle of his teen years probably doesn't help either.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: Dumbledore's Army.
* TranquilFury: It is not a good idea to harm Dumbledore's students, but he doesn't have to raise his voice to express it. [[spoiler:At the end of the fifth book, with most of Harry's friends injured or incapacitated in the Ministry and Voldemort's return made public, Fudge is quelled by Dumbledore's DeathGlare and quiet order to "remove Delores Umbridge from the school" and to have his Aurors stop chasing Hagrid]].
one.



* TraumaCongaLine: Deathly Hallows is the only other book in the series that piles as much misery on the protagonist, and it's still a pretty close call. It starts with Harry dealing with [=PTSD=], recurring nightmares and no company but his abusive relatives. Every time he thinks it can't get worse, it does.

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* TraumaCongaLine: Deathly Hallows ''Deathly Hallows'' is the only other book in the series that piles as much misery on the protagonist, and it's still a pretty close call. It starts with Harry dealing with [=PTSD=], recurring nightmares and no company but his abusive relatives. Every time he thinks it can't get worse, it does.



* VillainWithGoodPublicity
** As a high-ranking and distinguished Ministry official, Umbridge is held in high regard by many, including [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Percy Weasley and her boss, Cornelius Fudge]]. Because of this, her [[SadistTeacher child abuse]] and FantasticRacism are either overlooked or ignored.
** Subverted with Lucius Malfoy, who is thrown into Azkaban at the end of this book.



* WhamLine: ''Petunia'' explaining what Dementors are.

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* WhamLine: ''Petunia'' ''Petunia'', a character who spent eleven years doing everything in her powers hiding magic from Harry Potter, explaining what Dementors are.



* WhiteSheep: [[spoiler: Sirius.]]



* WritingLines: Umbridge forces Harry to do this every day for a week, with a [[CorporalPunishment painful twist]] - the quill magically carves the words being written into his hand, and the ink is ''his own blood''. It leaves a permanent scar on the back of his hand that is mentioned multiple times throughout the rest of the series, usually when a member of the Ministry asks Harry to do something that he believes to be wrong. Why he didn't have it removed is never really mentioned since it probably wasn't a curse scar, though since it is Umbridge, anything could be possible.
** Why ''would'' he have it removed, when he can show it to a member of the Ministry when they ask him to do something he believes to be wrong...
* XanatosGambit: Umbridge tries this [[spoiler: at the beginning of the book when she sends a pair of Dementors after Harry. If they administer the Kiss, then he's out of the Ministry's hair. If he manages to drive them off with a Patronus charm, then they can prosecute him for underage magic violations and expel him from Hogwarts.]]
** Ultimately subverted because she didn't anticipate [[spoiler: Mundungus Fletcher tipping off Dumbledore about the attack, allowing him to fight and block the expulsion.]]

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* WritingLines: Umbridge forces Harry to do this every day for a week, with a [[CorporalPunishment painful twist]] - the quill magically carves the words being written into his hand, and the ink is ''his own blood''. It leaves a permanent scar on the back of his hand that is mentioned multiple times throughout the rest of the series, usually when a member of the Ministry asks Harry to do something that he believes to be wrong. Why he didn't have it removed is never really mentioned since it probably wasn't a curse scar, though since it is Umbridge, anything could be possible.
** Why ''would'' he have it removed, when he can show it to a member of the Ministry when they ask him to do something he believes to be wrong...
wrong.
* XanatosGambit: Umbridge tries this [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at the beginning of the book when she sends a pair of Dementors after Harry. If they administer the Kiss, then he's out of the Ministry's hair. If he manages to drive them off with a Patronus charm, then they can prosecute him for underage magic violations and expel him from Hogwarts.]]
** Ultimately subverted because she didn't anticipate [[spoiler: Mundungus Fletcher tipping off Dumbledore about the attack, allowing him to fight and block the expulsion.
]]
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* AscendedExtra: Mrs. Figg, the CrazyCatLady glimpsed briefly in ''Philosopher's Stone'' turns out to be a Squib -- a mundane child of magical parents, who retains the ability to see the magical world -- and to have been keeping an eye on Harry for years.)

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* AscendedExtra: Mrs. Figg, the CrazyCatLady glimpsed briefly in ''Philosopher's Stone'' turns out to be a Squib -- a mundane child of magical parents, who retains the ability to see the magical world -- and to have been keeping an eye on Harry for years.)
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