History Recap / HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenixC27TheCentaurAndTheSneak

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Harry and Ron have their first lesson with Firenze, who teaches them some different types of divination. At the end of class, he gives Harry a message to send to Hagrid: "His attempt is not working. He would do better to abandon it." It is not easy to deliver the message to Hagrid, given that Umbridge is still breathing down his neck, but Harry manages during a brief gap after one class. Hagrid is adamant that he will continue with whatever it is, saying it is more important than even his job.

For now, the DA sessions are the only thing Harry is really enjoying at the moment. Lately, they have been joined by a few new recruits such as Seamus and have moved on to Patronuses. Dobby comes in to one session to tell him that Umbridge has found them out. They hurry out the exit and flee, but Harry is caught by Malfoy and Umbridge. Umbridge takes him to Dumbledore's office, which is full of people: Dumbledore, [=McGonagall=], Fudge, Percy, Kingsley and a second Auror who is later named as Dawlish.

Fudge tries to question Harry but Harry won't say anything. Umbridge fetches the informant. It's Cho's friend Marietta, who seemed [[Recap/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenixC16IntheHogsHead reluctant from the start]] to take part in the DA. She's hiding her face, which is covered in spots that spell out the word "SNEAK". Umbridge says Marietta came to her office to tell her about the DA, before a jinx caused her to erupt in spots and made her too humiliated to say anything else. She continues to stay silent, so Umbridge fills in.

Umbridge knew about [[Recap/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenixC16IntheHogsHead Harry's meeting in the Hog's Head]]. An informant called Willy Widdershins told her, the same person behind [[Recap/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenixC7TheMinistryOfMagic the regurgitating toilets of the last summer]] who [[Recap/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenixC22StMungosHospital was mysteriously went unpunished for it]]. Something that Umbridge overlooks, but Dumbledore quickly points out, was that what Harry did in the Hog's Head was perfectly legal. Kingsley quietly casts some sort of spell on Marietta.

Umbridge then points out that any meetings since would have been illegal. She asks Marietta if there have been any meetings since. To her frustration, Marietta shakes her head. Harry realises Kingsley has modified her memory. All Umbridge has to go on is evidence of today's meeting. She went with a squad of Slytherins to the Room of Requirement to catch the group. It doesn't appear that anyone else was captured, but that doesn't matter, they found the list of members of Dumbledore's Army.

"Not Potter's Army," notes Dumbledore. "Dumbledore's Army." He falsely confesses to starting the group. Harry tries to stop him, but soon realises it is futile. Fudge's worst fears seem to be confirmed, but he seems delighted at having finally having a reason to have Dumbledore arrested and imprisoned. Dumbledore points out one problem however: he's not interested in being arrested and prepared to fight his way out. Fudge orders his two Aurors (unaware of Kingsley's loyalties) to arrest Dumbledore. There is a flash of light as Dumbledore knocks both of them out, plus Fudge and Umbridge. Including Kingsley, because it would have looked suspicious if he hadn't.

Harry wants to apologise but has too much going through his head to say anything. In his parting words, Dumbledore tells Harry to practice his Occlumency. Harry again gets the [[Recap/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenixC22StMungosHospital the sensation he had earlier]] of being a snake that wants to attack Dumbledore. The headmaster vanishes with the aid of Fawkes just as the four ministry wizards wake up.
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