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->''"Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything."''
-->-- '''Albus Dumbledore''' (to Harry) and the Teaser for the book[[note]]It should not come as a surprise that [[TropesAreTools Dumbledore continues to withhold some VERY important information]], despite this statement.[[/note]]

''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'' is the fifth book in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series. Published June 21, 2003 after the longest gap between Potter books - three years. Some impatient fans speculated that Rowling was suffering from WritersBlock, but this was not the case - she simply felt she needed a break after the breakneck pace of writing the first four books, and had to play catchup to put in plot threads that ExecutiveMeddling had cut from earlier books. For the rest of the series there were only two-year gaps between books.

Voldemort's back, but the [[TheGovernment Ministry of Magic]] is in denial, so they decide the best solution is to start a GovernmentConspiracy and cover up all the evidence. Then they send one of their own, Dolores Umbridge, to Hogwarts to [[TyrantTakesTheHelm take over]]. At the end an even more major supporting character is KilledOffForReal, officially signaling that from now on AnyoneCanDie.

This entry was in the works longer than any other book in the series besides the first one. In the three-year gap between ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' and ''Order of the Phoenix'', speculation flew, {{Fanfic}}s such as ''Fanfic/TheDracoTrilogy'' reigned, and the franchise took off as a global entertainment brand after the release of the [[Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first]] [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets two]] films, which all led up to the release of ''Order'' becoming one of the biggest entertainment events of 2003.

CharacterDevelopment abounds, significantly for Ginny and Neville and particularly so for Harry, who also stops being a KnightInShiningArmor as his personal flaws are brought to light.

Followed by Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''.

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!!Tropes exclusive to this book or at least especially prominent:

* 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 out, makes the Prefect system completely superfluous. By that point, however, the school is in open rebellion and they end up making themselves targets.
* AdultsAreUseless: Throughout the book, Harry feels this way because the adults tend to keep him in the dark about what is happening, not to mention that the Ministry spends most of its energy making sure Harry and Dumbledore shut up about Voldemort by any means necessary. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the end when it's explained to him they had very, very good reasons for keeping him in the dark [[spoiler:-- namely, Voldemort has figured out how to read Harry's thoughts --]], and Harry's own plan backfired spectacularly [[spoiler:because Voldemort had also figured out how to ''influence'' his thoughts]]. That said, Dumbledore concedes to Harry that he, Dumbledore, could have handled the situation better and allowed Harry to get more help, and misunderstood how Voldemort was trying to manipulate him.
* AesopAmnesia: Throughout the book, Harry doesn't learn that speaking his mind or telling the truth about Voldemort around Umbridge is only going to get him into trouble. [=McGonagall=] calls him out on it at one point.
* AgeIsRelative: Harry doesn't initially think Ginny falls in the CompetenceZone. She points out that she's years older than he was during his first confrontation with Voldemort.
%%* AgentMulder: Luna Lovegood
* AnalogyBackfire: After Dumbledore gets ousted from Hogwarts, during Harry's career consultation meeting with [=McGonagall=] where Umbridge is also present, Umbridge makes more than one attempt to disparage Harry's desire to become an Auror, eventually going so far as to state he "has as much chance of becoming an Auror as Dumbledore has of ever returning to this school", to which [=McGonagall=] responds, "A very good chance, then."
* AnchoredShip: Harry and Cho. Her emotional issues over Cedric's death make it too difficult for her to be in a relationship. The end result is a [[AnchoredShip Type 2A]]. Not to mention that Harry, at that point in time, didn't have the emotional maturity to try and work Cho through her problems -- instead, he gets angry at her for always wanting to talk about Cedric, which made things a lot more difficult for them. HarsherInHindsight, in that if they had both waited until they were both more stable emotionally, they could have gotten together and had a happy relationship.
* {{Angrish}}: Harry being unable to finish sentences while tearing apart Dumbledore's office after [[spoiler:Sirius is killed]].
* AnonymousKillerNarrator: An in-universe example. Harry has ominous dreams of some type of creature trying to break into the Department of Mysteries. It turns out to be Voldemort's pet snake, Nagini, and occurs as a the result of Harry's magical connection to the Dark Lord.
* AnythingButThat: Being a Prefect, Hermione tries to get the Weasley twins to ease up on their rule-breaking. They laugh at the threat of detention or other punishment, but when Hermione says she'll write to their ''mother'', they back down.
-->'''Fred''': You wouldn't...
* ArcVillain: Dolores Umbridge, the only ArcVillain in the series who wasn't affiliated with Voldemort. Notably, she's also the ''last'' Arc Villain of the bunch, as for the rest of the series Voldemort takes his rightful place as the series' BigBad.
* ArrestedForHeroism: Harry is hit with this after the Dementor attack. The Ministry even declares him expelled from Hogwarts until Dumbledore reminds them that ''THEY'' had overstepped their authority and it's kind of ''his'' job to decide who's expelled from his own school.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: During the O.W.L.s astronomy finals (done at midnight on the Astronomy tower) the book has the students looking for the constellation Orion in June - Orion is ''behind the sun'' in June, so you couldn't see it even if you wanted to; and looking for Venus at midnight, which being the next planet closer to the sun is always well beneath the horizon at midnight.
* AssholeVictim:
** Montague - He's left in a "confused" state for weeks due to Fred and George's prank. Exactly what happened isn't revealed until the next book: the Vanishing Cabinet was actually broken, meaning that Montague was left trapped in some sort of limbo and could only escape by apparating. He barely managed it, despite having not yet passed his test, and it almost killed him. Presumably the Twins did not know this, as they assumed that all the cabinet would do was send him somewhere.
** The hospital wards we see seem to be named for high-profile patients. The one for long-term spell damage is named Janus Thickey, who faked having been eaten by a lethifold so he could desert his wife and move in with his mistress. The implication is that his wife hexed the bejabbers out of him when she found out.
* AssimilationAcademy: Umbridge tries her hardest to turn Hogwarts into this, but the tighter she squeezes the more the students (and other faculty) resist.
* AssuranceBackfire: When Harry is worried for his sanity, because he suddenly sees skeletal horses pulling the Hogwarts carriages, and nobody else can, CloudCuckooLander Luna Lovegood tells him that she can see them too, and he's just as sane as she is, and he is less than reassured.
* BadDreams: Harry, displaying symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
* BarredFromTheAfterlife: As Sir Nicholas explains, ghosts are created when a wizard / witch chooses not to pass on to the afterlife. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any takebacks - Nick has had centuries to wonder if he made the right choice.
* BatmanGambit: Voldemort luring Harry to the Department of Mysteries by making it seem that Sirius was in danger. [[spoiler:He first attempted to lure him there by simply showing him the [=DoM=] and the Hall of Prophecy, counting on Harry's natural curiosity, but Harry had no idea there ''was'' a prophecy about him in the first place.]]
* BattleInterruptingShout: When Snape and Sirius are on the verge of dueling, Harry places himself between them, which makes little difference until the Weasley family walks in.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Cho's finally interested in Harry! Only she won't stop crying about Cedric, she's a ClingyJealousGirl about Hermione, and [[spoiler: her best friend sells out Harry to the DA]]. To make matters worse, as Hermione puts it, Cho's main interest in Harry lies in how he was the last person to see Cedric, her previous boyfriend, alive.
* BeefBandage: Hagrid does this using dragon meat.
* BerserkButton:
** Of a sort: badmouthing her father or ''The Quibbler'' appears to be one for Luna, although she isn't the type to fly into a rage. But it does cause a major change in demeanor, which, compared to her normal dreamy, imperturbable personality, is fairly noticeable.
** Saying Percy's name in front of Mr. and Mrs. Weasley after Percy's explosive argument with his father over the summer and his betrayal of the family. Mention his name and Arthur breaks whatever's he's holding while Molly starts crying.
** Dumbledore may be a nice guy, maybe a bit [[EccentricMentor eccentric]], but when he enters the battle at the Ministry after seeing four of his students injured or unconscious, he is described as having a face "white and furious", an extremely rare description for him. He also stands up and draws his wand when Umbridge physically accosts Marietta Edgecombe and warns her not to touch his students.
* BigDamnHeroes
** Twice in a row: Harry and his friends are saved from the Death Eaters by members [[TheCavalry of the Order]] (Sirius, Lupin, Tonks, Kingsley, and Mad-Eye Moody), then when the Death Eaters appear to gain the upper hand over the Order, Dumbledore himself arrives and saves the day, rounding up most of the Death Eaters within a matter of seconds.
** Grawp the Giant shows up to save Harry and Hermoine from the centaurs.
* TheBigDamnKiss: Harry and Cho.
* BigEntrance: Dumbledore makes one of these after professor Trelawney has been sacked, by opening the castle's huge double doors by himself and striding through them. Harry notes how impressive he can make the simple act of walking through a door.
* BigLittleBrother: [[spoiler:Grawp for Hagrid. Lampshaded when Hagrid ''says'' that Grawp is his "little brother" and Harry and Hermione give him weird looks.]]
* BigShutUp: Mrs Weasley when Fred, George and Ginny won't stop chanting "He got off, he got off, he got off..." after Harry's trial.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Dolores Umbridge. Wearing all pink and having a sickeningly sweet façade doesn't change the fact that she's just plain evil.
* BlackShirt: Filch and Malfoy's gang are happy to help Umbridge. Unfortunately for them, this makes them fair game when everyone starts rebelling against her.
* BluntYes: Mad Eye Moody to Uncle Vernon at the end of the book:
-->'''Uncle Vernon:''' [[IsThatAThreat Are you threatening me, sir?]]
-->'''Mad Eye:''' Yes, I am.
* BondVillainStupidity: Oddly averted, where Voldemort apparently has learned his lesson and tries to kill Harry quickly, only to be stopped by Dumbledore.
* BothSidesHaveAPoint:
** 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.]]
* BrainInAJar: The ministry has a big tank full, which [[spoiler: Ron]] falls foul of during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
* BrickJoke
** Trelawney's prediction that Umbridge would be in grave danger. Fulfilled by a herd of angry centaurs.
** The remedy Harry uses on his hand, which he recommends to Lee Jordan, is the same thing ''Lee'' recommends to Fred and George for their ProfessorGuineaPig-induced posterior boils.
* BrokenAesop: One of the reasons Harry and the others rebelled against Umbridge was her use of the Blood Quill, which scars students. This becomes hypocritical when Hermione sets up a Jinx on the sign-up sheet to Dumbledore's Army, which permanently disfigures traitors.
* BrokenRecord / HappyDance: "He got off, he got off, he got off..."
* ButtDialingMordor: Harry starts getting unintentional visions of Voldemort's doings through their PsychicLink, which he uses to save Mr. Weasley at one point. Dumbledore has Harry train in [[PsychicBlockDefense Occlumency]] to stop this from happening, but Harry thinks the visions are useful and doesn't put much effort into the lessons, resulting in [[spoiler:Voldemort being able to use the link to set a trap for Harry.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: A non-heroic version occurs when Percy Weasley gets into a shouting match with his father during the hiatus between Books 4 and 5. During the fight, Percy blames his father for their family's poverty and a lousy reputation he's had to fight against since joining the Ministry. He vows to end his association with their family in order to protect himself from what he views as their foolish support of Dumbledore.
* CapsLock: Some reviewers complained about Harry yelling IN ALL CAPS in the book. While they may have a point, you have to wonder if they've ever actually had to talk with an angsty, grumpy 15-year-old before. Let alone an angsty, grumpy 15-year-old who knows his life is in danger, and everyone he trusts to protect him are lying to him, or keeping secrets, ''and he knows it.''
* CardboardPrison: Voldemort manages to turn Azkaban from TheAlcatraz to this. Of course it helps when every guard is not-so-secretly on his side.
* CareBearStare: How Voldemort was driven out of Harry's mind after possessing him. A really dark example, actually, considering what finally ousts Voldemort is [[spoiler:Harry wishing he could die, so that he could be with Sirius.]]
* CassandraTruth:
** Both Harry's claims of Voldemort returning and pretty much anything [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Luna]] says. With Harry there's really no excuse given his track record; the Philosopher's Stone being stolen, not being the one petrifying Muggleborns, Sirius being innocent, etc. Though with Luna, it's really a toss up. Some of the stuff she claims turns out to be true. Others not so much.
** During the final confrontation in the Department of Mysteries, Harry tries to sow discord among the Death Eaters by revealing Voldemort's lied to them and that he's really a Half-Blood. It buys him enough time to come up with an alternative escape plan.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: While Zachariah Smith's comment about Expelliarmus not being useful against Voldemort is amusing, 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.
* 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.
* CloseCallHaircut: Done by a centaur to Umbridge after she offends them -- not that it stops her from [[TooDumbToLive insulting them some more]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Done by both Umbridge to the students and Voldemort to his followers.
* 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.
* ContinuityNod: When Harry reads the very first question on his first O.W.L. exam, asking about levitation spells, he thinks back to when Ron used it to help defeat the troll five years previously in the first book.
* ConvenientlyCoherentThoughts: Discussed and defied by Snape, who considers "mind reading" a hopelessly inaccurate term due to how messy peoples' brains actually are. Legilimency reveals memories in a disorienting rush and requires training to get anything specific.
* CorporalPunishment:
** Umbridge does not hesitate to use it on "problematic" students... to the tune of WritingLines with a quill that ''carves the words into their hand and uses their own blood as ink''.
** According to Rowling, the quill was ''invented by Umbridge''.
* CrimeOfSelfDefense: The ministry tries to nail Harry for breaking the {{Masquerade}} after he defends himself from a dementor attack.
* CrutchCharacter: Harry winds up being this from the perspective of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Ron has crippling confidence issues interfering with his ability to play keeper, not helped by the Slytherins' bullying strategy of singing a sarcastic idolization song painting him as Slytherin's greatest weapon because he sucks so badly. Harry manages to save the first game of the year from Ron's poor performance by catching the snitch, but when he's banned from quidditch due to the events after the match, the team is scrambling to replace him, Fred and George while Ron needs to improve quickly. [[spoiler:In the end, Ron does come through, and Gryffindor wins the Cup without Harry, and would do so again in Book 6]].
* CurseCutShort: Implied when Hermione starts to (presumably) call Umbridge a bitch, but Malfoy interrupts her and docks points from Gryffindor.
* CutHimselfShaving:
** Hagrid attempts to pass off the injuries he got [[spoiler:from his younger full-blooded giant brother Grawp]] by telling Umbridge that he tripped.
** When Harry returns to the Gryffindor common room with a bleeding hand after his detention with Umbridge, Ron notices and Harry claims that "it's nothing." Ron, however, refuses to believe this.
* DarkenedBuildingShootout: The climax of the book is this, as the Death Eaters and Dumbledore's Army have a shootout throughout the Department of Mysteries.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Due to NothingIsTheSameAnymore being in full effect, taking a DeconstructorFleet to the entire setting.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The [[HellishHorse 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.
* DeconstructorFleet:
** The book deconstructs the notion of a KidHero fighting against a much older EvilOverlord by showing that adults would be much better equipped to fight a large scale war, or at least think they are more competent and shut the kid out. Because of his youth, Harry has trouble dealing with the traumas of war, resulting in a HeroicBSOD that harms his efficacy as a fighter, leading him to lash out in anger and make rash decisions. [[spoiler: Subverted as the whole point of the book was a prophecy proclaiming Harry to be the ChosenOne destined to stand against Voldemort. This makes Dumbledore, who knew this all along, realize that he was wrong to shut Harry out of the business of fighting Voldemort as it deprives him of the necessary preparation for his eventual encounter.]]
** Additionally, the book deconstructs teen romance. The Harry/Cho pairing has been built up over the previous two books, with Cho giving Harry his first kiss in this book. Unfortunately, due to Harry's inexperience, Cho's over-sensitivity, and the self-involvement of both of them, the relationship falls apart after only one date (an outcome that is TruthInTelevision in many cases). Of course, given their circumstances, both Harry and Cho have better reasons to be self-involved than most teenagers.
* 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 lovable grouch.
%%* Demonic Possession:%%
* DesperateObjectCatch: A Death Eater ''tries'' to catch the sphere that holds the prophecy, but misses.
* 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 curse that 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).
* DividedWeFall: The Ministry of Magic, due to the rivalry that Fudge believes to exist between him and Dumbledore.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
** Hermione's suggestions of treating house elves better in Book 4 were mostly treated for comedy. In this book, the [[FantasticRacism inequalities between humans and centaurs, house elves and indeed any non-human sapient magical creature]] start getting ''much'' more spotlight, and a lot of it is reminiscent of real-world racism both historical and current: oh, the Ministry of Magic "permits" centaurs to live in "[[InjunCountry certain areas of land]]", hmmmm...
** The movie in particular emphasizes how [[TheWarOnTerror the Ministry of Magic sees the reports of Voldemort's return as little more than fear-mongering, and interfere with Hogwarts' attempts at what they see as building an army in Dumbledore's name.]]
* {{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, 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''.
-->'''Creator/StephenFry''': So if any of you hear someone pronounce her name [[Creator/JKRowling "Rohw-ling"]], you have my permission to hit them over the head with — not with ''Order of the Phoenix'', that would be cruel. Something smaller; like a fridge.
* DoubleStandard: In-universe. Girls are allowed to enter the boys' dormitories, but try to do the opposite and you get magically rebuffed. Ron finds this out the hard way and immediately points out the double standard. Hermione admits it's an "old-fashioned rule".
* DoubleTake: Harry notices that coaches are no longer horseless upon arrival to Hogwarts in exactly this way. Plain out called a "double take" in the book.
* DoWrongRight: When Peeves tries to do a FallingChandelierOfDoom to Umbridge...
-->...Harry witnessed Professor [=McGonagall=] walking right past Peeves, who was determinedly loosening a crystal chandelier, and could have sworn he heard her tell the poltergeist out of the corner of her mouth, "It unscrews the other way."
* DramaticIrony: A ''reverse'' example. When Petunia mentions "That ''horrible'' boy" telling Lily Evans (Harry's mother) about Dementors, we think she means James...as we find out in ''HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' we learn she actually means [[spoiler:Severus Snape.]]
* DreamSpying: Harry can sometimes see through Voldemort's mind, but the link is two-way.
* DwindlingParty: Harry goes to the Ministry with Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny and Luna to rescue Sirius. When the Death Eaters are revealed and Harry's group gets into a shootout, they're picked off one by one.
** Hermione: Severely injured by Antonin Dolohov.
** Ron: Hit with an unknown curse that causes him to laugh at everything, then is entangled by the brains when he summons one.
** Ginny: Ankle broken, then shot in the face by a Stunning Spell.
** Luna: Shot with a spell by Death Eaters.
** Neville: Nose and wand broken, but the only member besides Harry who remains conscious.
* EgocentricTeamNaming: Invoked. When Harry's secret group of students was caught and brought before the headmaster, Dumbledore claimed responsibility for the whole thing, noting how their charter specifically read "Dumbledore's Army, not ''Potter's'' Army".
* EitherOrProphecy: Of great concern to 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.
* ElevatorFloorAnnouncement: In the Ministry of Magic, a voice describes the departments on each floor until Harry and Mr. Weasley get to the floor that has both the courtroom and the Department of Mysteries.
* 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.
* EveryoneIsRelated: In this book, we belatedly find out that Sirius Black, Draco Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange are all cousins, and that Arthur Weasley is a distant relative of all of them. Eagle-eyed readers might have noted that the first three characters are all [[StellarThemeNaming named after constellations]], save for Bellatrix which is a star in the Orion constellation.
* EvilPlan: For this book, Voldemort [[spoiler:has his sights set on a prophecy stored in the Ministry of Magic that could give him an edge in killing Harry.]] Other than that he has to rebuild his organization.
* 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.]]
* EyeScream: A Death Eater is stabbed in the eye with a wand during the final battle.
* 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 "negotiation" and "non-retaliation" on the premise that these skills are just as important for future Auror teams as curses and counter-curses.
* FaceFramedInShadow: Dolores Umbridge's introduction.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Peeves attempts to manually pull a Phantom of the Opera.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Whatever that mysterious spell Dumbledore fired was, it causes no damage to a shield but produces a "chilling", gong-like sound. Voldemort mocks Dumbledore for not going straight for the kill, but Dumbledore calmly replies that there are other ways of destroying a person.
* FeedItWithFire: Fred & George's trick fireworks.
* FiredTeacher: Three examples. [[spoiler:Professor Trelawney and Hagrid]] during the story, and [[spoiler:Umbridge]] at the end.
* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: Cho has a lot of difficulty being able to have a relationship with Harry due to Cedric's death. Harry also has to deal with this after Cho breaks up with him.
* FirstKiss: Harry has this with Cho UnderTheMistletoe.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Has [[Foreshadowing/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix its own page]].
* GiveChaseWithAngryNatives: Hermione attempts this, running through the centaur's territory in the hopes that Umbridge will be dealt with by them. However, it turns out the centaurs do ''not'' appreciate being used that way, even if the target is the villainous Delores Umbridge. They carry off Umbridge, but then turn on her and Harry.
* GoldenMeanFallacy: Umbridge uses this in her opening speech, suggesting that she represents a middle ground between tradition and change. If that's so, we'd hate to see what "change" looks like.
* GovernmentConspiracy: The Ministry of Magic's coverup of Voldemort's return.
* 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 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.
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: These three words sum up Umbridge's personality quite aptly. Exemplified by how she passed legislation making it hard for Lupin to get a job.
* HaveAGayOldTime: A most unusual and anachronistic use of "ejaculate" in its old meaning of "exclaim."
--> "We're not going to use magic?", Ron ejaculated loudly.
* HeroicBSOD: Harry briefly experiences this when he [[spoiler:thinks Voldemort might be possessing him.]]
* TheHeroSucksSong: The Slytherins make up a song taunting new Qudditch player Ron, mocking his frequent goofs:
-->Weasley cannot save a thing,\\
He cannot block a single ring,\\
That's why Slytherins all sing:\\
Weasley is our King.
** Later given an IronicEcho when Ron leads Gryffindor to beating Ravenclaw and win the Cup.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** The spell James uses to make Snape hang upside down in the air? In the next book, [[spoiler:we find out Snape invented it.]]
** Umbridge successfully intimidates and shocks Hagrid with her bigoted tactics, enabling her to manufacture reasons to have him fired. It turns out that those same tactics don't work against very angry, very intelligent centaurs who've had plenty of experience with people like Umbridge.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: Araminta Melliflua (a member of the Black Family) wanted this legalized. On Muggles, of course.
* HypocriticalHumor: While Harry is listening to the television at Privet Drive, there is a mention of a socialite, and Petunia says "As if we were going to be interested in her sordid affairs", while Harry internally notes that Petunia has been following said "sordid affairs" with great interest.
* 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.
* IfWeSurviveThis: Before his trial, Harry mentally promises to add ten galleons to the charity fountain if he's found not guilty. He ends up emptying his whole money-bag.
* IHaveNoSon: Sirius explains that this was his family's standard reaction whenever they produced someone halfway-decent.
* IllKillYou:
** Harry: "SHE KILLED [[spoiler: SIRIUS]]! SHE KILLED HIM - I'LL KILL HER!"
** And played with at the end of that book:
--->Malfoy glanced around. Harry knew he was checking for signs of teachers. Then he looked back at Harry and said in a low voice, "You're dead, Potter."\\
Harry raised his eyebrows. "Funny," he said, "you'd think I'd have stopped walking around..."
* ISeeThemToo: Harry, Luna, and the Thestrals. She was also the only other character to hear the same murmuring from behind the veil that Harry did.
* 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.
--->"Well... well, I don't know whether you know what -- what stitches are?"\\
"It sounds as though you've been trying to sew your skin back together," said Mrs. Weasley with a snort of mirthless laughter, "but even you, Arthur, wouldn't be that stupid --"\\
"[[INeedToGoIronMyDog I fancy a cup of tea too]]," said Harry, jumping to his feet.\\
Hermione, Ron, and Ginny almost sprinted to the door with him. As it swung closed behind them, they heard Mrs. Weasley shriek, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN, THAT'S THE GENERAL IDEA?"
* 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}}: 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.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** The way she did it was completely unjustified and just goes to show how horrible she is, but Umbridge [[spoiler:sacking Trelawney made sense. Practically everybody knew that she was a bad teacher with no more ability to predict the future than anyone else. The only reason she was appointed in the first place because she made one accurate prophecy (that she wasn't even aware of making). Dumbledore, however, kept her around in part for her safety, which is why he insisted she continue to reside in the castle.]]
** When Harry watches Snape's memories of James, Sirius and Lupin as youngsters in his pensive, he realises Snape was right about his father being arrogant. He also sees that Snape has good reasons for disliking his father.
* JerkassRealization: Harry acts as a jerk towards his friends throughout the book, especially near the beginning when he's seething at being left out of the loop after nearly dying to let everyone know Voldemort's back. When he realizes what a moody person he was, he tries to reel himself in.
* JustAKid: Molly and Lupin invoke this when the Order withholds information from Harry, much to his displeasure.
* KangarooCourt: Fudge's attempt to discredit Harry is so biased that it's easy for Dumbledore to point out gaping holes in the court procedure, to say nothing that even before Harry gets to the trial the Ministry attempts to expel him without a trial, then changes the time of the trial and the location to try and make him look bad by being late.
* KarmaHoudini:
** The entire Inquisitorial Squad suffers AmusingInjuries, but they don't receive any punishment for acting like Umbridge's SecretPolice and engaging in active torture. In fact, their points removal last through the end of the year so that [=McGonagall=] has to add points for Snape to want to deduct.
** The Aurors that [[spoiler:sent [=McGonagall=] to the hospital with their Stunners still have their job.]]
* KickTheDog
** Mrs. Weasley telling Sirius that he was a poor godfather because he was in prison for 13 years. She was motivated out of concern for Harry, and they do make up at Christmas, but seriously: not cool, Mrs. Weasley.
** EVERYTHING Umbridge does. She can't walk down a hallway without finding a dog to kick.
** Bellatrix Lestrange taunts Neville by saying that she's had the pleasure of meeting his parents. She then follows by [[spoiler:taunting Harry about Sirius's death up until he tries the Cruciatus curse on him.]]
** Percy's treatment of his parents at Christmas. He sends back the sweater Molly made for him without an explanation, and doesn't bother to [[spoiler:ask about his father being in the hospital.]]
* KilledOffForReal: A main character dies in the climax, and doesn't come back in the form of a ghost, portrait, Priori Incantum shade or Pensieve memory. This devastates Harry, and its only furthered when Nearly Headless Nick emphasizes that even if the character did return by any of these methods, it would only be a pale imitation of the original.
* KissingDiscretionShot: In the book, Cho leans in to kiss Harry, and the paragraph ends, then cutting to a few minutes later.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Moody telling Vernon, "what you don't know could fill several books."
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: When Hermione demands to know what Ron thinks about Harry's plan to contact Sirius via Umbridge's fire, Harry is reminded of a similar argument between Molly and Arthur at the beginning of the book.
* LikeASonToMe: Molly about Harry, as if it wasn't clear already. Despite the huge fight going on when she says it, it's something of a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* ListingTheFormsOfDegenerates: When a house-elf by the name of Kreacher rants about how Sirius Black is not as strict about the company he keeps as Walburga Black was.
-->"...smells like a drain and a criminal to boot, but she’s no better, nasty old blood traitor with her brats messing up my mistress’s house, oh, my poor mistress, if she knew, if she knew the scum they’ve let into her house, what would she say to old Kreacher, oh, the shame of it, Mudbloods and werewolves and traitors and thieves, poor old Kreacher, what can he do..."
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: This book introduces more major (or at least plot-important) characters than any book since the first. Luna Lovegood, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Mundungus Fletcher, Dolores Umbridge, Kreacher, Arabella Figg, Amelia Bones, Zacharias Smith, Phineas Nigellus Black, Bellatrix Lestrange...
* 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.]]
* LuredIntoATrap: [[spoiler:Despite Harry's vision, Voldemort isn't holding Sirius in the Department of Mysteries. Instead, it's a Death Eater ambush.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: "Weasley is our King", doubles an IronicEcho to the Slytherins.
* MeaningfulName:
** Detention with Dolores. "Dolores" means "pains" in Latin and Spanish, and "Umbridge" is a pun on "umbrage".
** Kreacher. At the end, Dumbledore emphasises that Kreacher "is what he has been made by wizards" treating him as sub-human, that "he is to be pitied". A little reminiscent of Frankenstein's Monster -- or "creature" in [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} the original novel]].
* MindRape: Revealed to be an important plot point. Snape reveals that Voldemort loves doing this to his victims, and his teaching Harry Occlumency is the defense against it. [[spoiler:Voldemort does attempt this on Harry near the end of the book but fails.]]
* MiscarriageOfJustice: Dumbledore observes that the Minister should be willing to question witnesses as long as is necessary to prevent a miscarriage of justice. Thus lampshading the obvious purpose of Harry's hearing.
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Umbridge, again, combining it with SadistTeacher, while addressing the students like they're 5-year-olds. ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' shows that she still acts this way outside of the classroom as well.
* MistakenForCheating: Cho gets this impression of Harry on their date, thanks to his poor choice of words in describing his meeting with Hermione later.
* MoodWhiplash
** Harry's rather humorous dream about him entering the Room of Requirement to put up some Christmas decoration shaped like Dobby's head abruptly changes into a vision about [[spoiler:Voldemort's serpent Nagini brutally wounding Mr Weasley.]]
** The montage following Umbridge's promotion to High Inquisitor is played for laughs, especially the scenes where she mocks Snape and Trelawney on their teaching credentials. Cut to [[spoiler:Trelawney being fired and nearly thrown out of Hogwarts]], which isn't funny at all.
** The notorious Pensieve scene starts out like this. Harry is delighted [[spoiler: to see his father and his friends, goofing off and relaxing after the exams. He's a little miffed about his father showing off and acting like a ponce with the snitch but he and Sirius are cool, and then they spot Severus and the scene goes FromBadToWorse, with Harry's image about his father and his parents shattering, with Snape turning out to be right all this time about his father's ego.]]
** "Christmas on the Closed Ward". The chapter starts with Molly and Arthur bickering, moves on to memoryless Gilderoy Lockhart, both of which are funny and/or heartwarming, then ends with the trio and Ginny meeting Neville and his parents, who have been tortured into insanity, to the point they can't even recognise him.
* MuggingTheMonster: The attempt of Umbridge and her Aurors to arrest Hagrid doesn't go to plan, due to his great size and strength, and the fact that his giant blood makes him immune to their stunning spells. When one of them stuns Fang, Hagrid picks up the individual responsible and throws him ten feet. He knocks out two more of his attackers before fleeing the castle grounds with Fang on his back.
* NewAbilityAddiction: For all their complaining about Percy apperating everywhere in the last book, Fred and George are doing exactly the same (and annoying Ron), albeit on the basis that "time is galleons", rather than to show off.
* NeverMyFault: Draco threatening Harry at the end of the book, with [[spoiler:his father in jail, which was Lucius's own fault for not being able to handle a group of children in the Ministry of Magic.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job [[spoiler:finding the prophecy so that the Death Eaters can take it and drawing Sirius out of hiding so that he's killed, Harry!]]
* NiceToTheWaiter: Sirius fails to live up to the advice he gave the trio in the last book. He has nothing against house-elves in general, but can't stand the way Kreacher constantly parrots the beliefs of the family he hated. Rowling herself stated this particular trait of Sirius in her official website.
* NoHeroToHisValet: Sirius to Kreacher, [[spoiler:with tragic consequences]]. Of course, Kreacher's opinion of him had been pretty low ever since Sirius ran away from home.
* NoMereWindmill: People cling on to the belief that Voldemort cannot have returned. Thus they let the dark lord grow in power undisturbed, while they accuse Harry of being a WindmillCrusader and Dumbledore of being a ManipulativeBastard using this WindmillPolitical for some shadowy political game.
* NoodleIncident: Hagrid had a "slight disagreement" with a vampire in a pub near Minsk.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: In-universe. Umbridge's ban of Harry's interview with ''The Quibbler'' only ensures that everybody reads it. This could possibly be a TakeThat to all the MoralGuardians who've attacked the series, only ensuring it became more successful. This is a textbook example of the StreisandEffect, and without the internet, to boot.
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Harry is punished for speaking out against Umbridge in class by being made to write lines... [[DisproportionateRetribution with a magic quill that cuts his skin and takes his own blood as ink.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome:
** [[HeroicBSOD Harry destroying Dumbledore's office]] was cut out of TheFilmOfTheBook. Possibly with good reason. While it's kind of awesome in the book, it's likely that actually seeing Harry ranting and yelling while breaking stuff, with Dumbledore just standing there watching, could very easily have become {{Narm}} of the highest order. ''Especially'' for people who thought the scene in the book was Narm anyway.
** Ron's finest hour as Gryffindor keeper, when he helps them win the Cup, is never seen as during the match Harry and Hermione are away in the Forbidden Forest with Hagrid meeting his giant half-brother Grawp.
* OhCrap
** Dumbledore, the most powerful wizard on the planet, causes this reaction [[spoiler:when Fudge comes to arrest him]].
-->'''Dumbledore:''' Well, it's just that you seem to be labouring under the delusion that I am going to... what is the phrase? Ah, "Come quietly".
** Also, Bellatrix, described continuously as extremely evil and sadistic and seemingly not afraid of anything, has this reaction when Harry reveals to her that [[spoiler:the prophecy Voldemort sent her to retrieve has been destroyed]].
** All the Death Eaters except Bellatrix have this reaction [[spoiler: when Dumbledore joins the fight]].
** 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.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Ron and Hermione talk about Dumbledore being this once he finds out Mundungus Fletcher abandoned his watch on Harry in order to talk to someone about stolen cauldrons. Hermione simply says that he was "scary" during it. It also comes up during the school year, as the formerly personable Dumbledore constantly ignores Harry, but it turns out at the end he has his own reasons.
* OnlySaneMan: Madame Bones compared to the rest of the Ministry.
* OurFounder: The statue at the Ministry of Magic.
* OutGambitted: Dumbledore, who acknowledges that his [[PoorCommunicationKills hiding of information made it considerably easier]] for Voldemort to trick Harry.
* 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.]]
* PairTheSpares: {{Inverted}}, in a piece of foreshadowing so indirect that it was probably put in by Rowling just to amuse herself. You ''start'' by asking yourself what exactly the purpose of Michael Corner and Cho Chang hooking up was....
* PapaWolf: When Umbridge goes rough on one of the students, we find out why Dumbledore is respected and feared. He drops the nice act and gives her a clear warning.
* PlayingSick: The Skiving Snackboxes (and joke candies contained within), invented by Fred and George, serve this purpose for their takers.
%%* PoorCommunicationKills: Basis of the plot really.
* PrisonBreak: Part of the plot when Voldemort breaks a number of Death Eaters out of Azkaban. Most notably, Bellatrix Lestrange.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality:
** When the [[TricksterTwins Weasley twins]] shove [[VillainByDefault Slytherin]] Graham Montague in the broken Vanishing Cabinet, he is trapped in a Limbo-like realm for a day, and his miraculous escape nearly kills him. His ordeal is [[PlayedforLaughs played for laughs]]. When the trio see him in the Hospital Wing, Hermione suggests that they tell Madam Pomfrey what happened to him in order to help her heal him. Ron and Harry convince her not to. There are no apparent consequences for this.
** Marietta Edgecombe [[spoiler: grudgingly betrays [[LaResistance Dumbledore's Army]], essentially a self-defense club, for fear of endangering her mother's job]]. Hermione Granger jinxes her face to erupt in huge, irremovable pimples that spell "SNEAK." She, and, not surprisingly J.K. Rowling, think this is completely justified. Hermione refuses to remove them, and the girl is [[ScarsAreForever left with scars for the rest of her life]].
*** Possibly case of YMMV since what Marietta did ,could (& almost did) result in expulsion & subsequent destruction of future prospects for a large number of students including her best friend , '''at the very least'''. And it should be pointed out ( & has been, elsewhere in this page) that several other students had parents working in the Ministry & did not rat out their friends. So many might understandably find Marietta's pimples a just dessert.
* {{Protectorate}}: Harry is this when Dumbledore defends him from Voldemort, beyond question.
* PublicSecretMessage: Harry alerts Snape while making it possible to convince Umbridge he was shouting gibberish, by yelling "He's got Padfoot at the place where it's hidden!" to the entire room. Snape understands that "Padfoot" was Sirius' old nickname and "the place" was a location that Snape knows Harry's been seeing in his dreams -- unfortunately, Harry doesn't understand that Snape understood.
* 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''!"
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Harry screams at Dumbledore and tears apart his office after [[spoiler:Sirius' death]].
* RandomPasserbyAdvice: [[{{Poltergeist}} Peeves]] is allowed to cause chaos in the school with impunity since the other teachers enjoy watching [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Umbridge]] suffer. At one point he is trying to [[FallingChandelierOfDoom drop a large and dangerous chandelier]], and [[TheHero Harry]] could swear he heard a passing [[SternTeacher Professor [=McGonagall=]]] mutter "it unscrews the other way."
* RealityEnsues: No matter how much Harry has trained Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny and Luna, they're still picked off one by one (non--fatally) by the Death Eaters during the climax.
* RealDreamsAreWeirder: Used for MoodWhiplash when Harry, before seeing Mr. Weasley attacked by Nagini, has a dream in which Cho Chang finds him in the Room of Requirement and demands Chocolate Frog cards while he's trying to put up Christmas decorations shaped like Dobby's head. Also his dream of watching Neville and Professor Sprout waltz in the Room of Requirement while Professor [=McGonagall=] [[EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes plays the bagpipes]]. And Ron and Hermione wearing crowns after they get named Prefect and Mrs. Weasley sobbing over Kreacher's corpse. There was also the dream where he nearly got shot by a walking cannon.
%%* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Harry receives an ''epic'' one from Prof. Phineas Nigellus Black.
* RedHerring:
** An unintentional one that demonstrates what happens when you train readers to stop a ChekhovsGunman. Early on in the book, Dudley brags about having beat up a boy by the name of Mark Evans. Later, "Evans" is revealed to be the maiden name of Harry's mother, Lily. Rowling states that she made up a name on the fly for the less-important character and didn't notice the issue until fans started trying to connect the two.
** A minor one shows up later; when Hermione takes Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest, Harry realizes that she's blindly wandering straight to Aragog's lair. "Luckily", the centaurs catch them before the spiders can.
* RememberedTooLate: Harry forgets a gift Sirius gave him that could have allowed him to see through a trap.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: Sirius notes that the Death Eaters work like this while discussing his late brother Regulus. Unsurprisingly, Voldemort isn't inclined to let people go if they have a sudden crisis of conscience.
* 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.]]
* RightForTheWrongReasons: In the film, Finnegan's mother changes her (and her son's) mind about Harry telling the truth after the Ministry says Sirius Black engineered the Death Eaters' escape from Azkaban, although from her viewpoint this should be valid reasoning.
* RulesLawyer: Literally, as Dumbledore acts as Harry's lawyer...er, Witness for the Defense, during Harry's hearing. In a rather unusual take on this trope, Dumbledore is ''forced'' to play Rules Lawyer because the Wizengamot [[KangarooCourt are deliberately ignoring their own laws.]]
* ScottyTime: Umbridge apparently thinks brewing Veritaserum works this way. [[SubvertedTrope It doesn't,]] Snape informs her it needs a full cycle of the moon to brew and therefore would take at least a month. In both the movie and book she depleted Snape's stock herself; in the book by putting the entire vial in Harry's tea (which he is intelligent enough not to drink, and which in any case was fake) while she's interrogating him, and in the movie by interrogating every student in the school. It's revealed in the movie that the reason that the DA is found out is that she uses it on Cho, forcing her to give up the location of the Room of Requirement.
* ShipSinking: Harry had been crushing on Cho Chang since ''Prisoner of Azkaban''. By the end of ''Order of the Phoenix'', that ship was sent to a watery grave.
* ShootTheMessenger: Averted. Voldemort does not punish Rookwood for informing him that his plan to retrieve [[spoiler:the prophecy]] could never have worked. The man who [[YouHaveFailedMe gave him the wrong information in the first place, however...]]
* SingleTear: Dumbledore sheds a silent tear as Harry rips into him after the tragedy in the climax of the book.
* SixStudentClique: In the Ministry of Magic scenes.
** The Head: Harry
** The Muscle: Ron
** The Smart One: Hermione
** The Quirk: Neville
** The Pretty One: Ginny
** The Wild One: Luna
* SkewedPriorities: During Fudge's campaign to undermine him, Dumbledore is demoted from Chief Warlock on the Wizengamot and is threatened with being stripped of his Order of Merlin. Dumbledore's response, according to Bill Weasley, is he doesn't care what they do so long as they don't take him off the Chocolate Frog cards.
* SoapPunishment: Casting the cleaning spell ''Scourgify'' on a human will result in their mouth being washed out with soap. James Potter used it this way on Snape in the "Snape's Worst Memory" flashback.
* StreisandEffect: InUniverse example: Umbridge issues a decree that any student found in possession of ''The Quibbler'' magazine containing an interview with Harry will be expelled. This, of course, guarantees that all the students in the school buy the issue in question in order to read the interview and learn why she would have it forbidden.
* SuddenlyShouting: The infamous scene in Grimmauld Place where Harry starts shouting at Ron and Hermione, rendered as a full page of dialogue in block capitals. It's even a meta example: the shouting starts at the top of the page, which means that the reader, after getting through a rather sedate conversation, are suddenly assaulted by an eye-searing passage when they turn the page.
* SurpriseWitness: Mrs. Figg during Harry's trial.
* 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.
* TantrumThrowing: Harry begins throwing and smashing random objects in Dumbledore's office, wanting an explanation about everything that's been going on from Dumbledore, [[spoiler:who realizes that he must finally tell Harry the AwfulTruth.]]
* TastesLikeDiabetes: In-universe examples:
** Part of the reason Harry hates Umbridge's collection of porcelain plates with kittens painted on them is because he finds them sickeningly cute.
** Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop, where Harry and Cho go to on Valentine's Day. Cho thinks the shop is cute; Harry finds it sickening.
* TemptingFate: Sirius taunts his dueling opponents about their incompetence, right before [[spoiler:Bellatrix kills him]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists
** Shouldn't Cho have someone to talk to about her boyfriend's death besides Harry? That could have spared them both a lot of pain.
** Not to mention Harry and his post-traumatic stress disorder after what happened in the graveyard.
* ThereShouldBeALaw: Played with twice by Fudge and Umbridge. During Harry's trial Dumbledore states that there is no law stating that the Ministry can hand out school punishment; Fudge murmurs "Laws can be changed". When Dumbledore over-rules Umbridge, forcing her to reform the Gryffindor Quidditch team, she calls up Fudge and receives a nice educational decree ([[LampshadeHanging "Oh not another one!"]]) giving her absolute power.
* ThrowEmToTheWolves: Or any quadruped of equivalent grouchiness (centaurs). Hermione tricks Umbridge into entering the Forbidden Forest while concurrently tricking the centaurs into finding them, and Umbridge's FantasticRacism did the rest. The herd of Centaurs [[ExitPursuedByABear carries her away]]. [[spoiler: It gets a little dark if you know anything about the legends of centaurs, specifically what they do to women. But Hermione wouldn't know that obscure detail about a magical species, right?...right?...If she did she wouldn't have...would she?]]
* 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 a plot device in any of the final books.
* TonightSomeoneDies: There was a lot of speculation about this before the book's release, with many in the media suggesting that Ron would die. Rowling may have been playing with this expectation in an early chapter when Harry walks in on Ron's bloodied corpse as though it's a SurprisinglySuddenDeath (in reality it was Mrs Weasley's worst fear made manifest by a Boggart). When the actual death turned out to be [[spoiler:the ''comparatively'' minor character of Sirius Black, many decided to take a LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt attitude to any future claims that a main character would be killed off, only to be shocked by Book 6]].
* 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.
* TranslationByVolume: Umbridge maliciously speaks to Hagrid in loud, slow and unpleasant manner in order to make him look dumb and oafish, setting him up so she can fire him later. Hagrid responds in the same manner while trying to communicate what thestrals are, albeit in a confused and would-be helpful manner rather than a malicious 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.
* TraumaSwing: Harry does one of these at the start of the book (it's the only swing in the park that Dudley and his gang haven't broken).
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Dolores Umbridge's horrible misrule. So much in fact, that she was the former TropeNamer.
* UnderTheMistletoe: Harry gets his first kiss with Cho in this manner. In the book, just prior to it, he's under it with Luna, who doesn't kiss him, much to the dismay of their shippers. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Luna, however, doesn't even seem to understand what mistletoe is for.]]
* UnstoppableRage: When Umbridge attempts to sack Hagrid, he loses his temper and the team of Auror's she brought along for it attempt to arrest him, but [[NoSell their spells just bounce off him]]. When Fang gets blasted trying to defend him, [[BerserkButton Hagrid LOSES it]] and throws the man responsible around like a rag doll. He only gets angrier when they stun [=McGonagall=] when she tries to intervene and knocks two more men senseless with a single blow each before picking up Fang and simply leaving. The students who witness it are slightly scared by the display.
-->None of them had ever seen Hagrid in a real temper before.
* UnwantedAssistance: Even though Harry wholeheartedly appreciates their courage later and they eventually become more competent in later books, it’s rather hard to say exactly how much use his friends really were during the Department of Mysteries. Neville and Luna probably stumble the hardest, as the former accidentally disarms Harry during a fight and later unintentionally lands himself over as a hostage to force Harry into surrender (after Harry had bought them an opening to flee), and the latter breaks Ginny’s ankle trying to help her, effectively knocking one of the DA's best fighters out of the battle.
* TheWarHasJustBegun: There's a reason why the final chapter is titled The Second War Begins. [[spoiler:And the war's first casualty is Sirius.]]
* WeDoNotKnowEachOther: Fellow Order members Arthur and Kingsley have to act rather cordial to each other on Ministry grounds, since as far as anyone else knows they barely know each other.
* WhamLine: ''Petunia'', a character who spent eleven years doing everything in her powers hiding magic from Harry Potter, explaining what Dementors are.
* WhatTheHellHero
** Harry gives Hermione and Ron this (as a proxy to Dumbledore) in the form of a rant about how much he deserves to know what's going on, considering that his life is just crap, especially considering the last book.
** Phineas' portrait gives Harry the WhatTheHellHero treatment when he's about to flee at Christmas, taking his ChronicHeroSyndrome too far.
** One that ''might'' have been this was the first night in Hogwarts when Seamus tells Harry that his mother didn't want him to come back to Hogwarts because of him. Harry starts insulting her, which, even though it's pretty low on the "Hero" scale, would be justified to the readers because he's being called a liar for telling the truth.
** Ginny calls Harry out for forgetting she was possessed by Voldemort, and thus knows what it feels like, while he was trying to hide from his friends. This ends up comforting him, as he realizes that he's not the weapon and he won't be used against them.
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Mrs Weasley hasn't heard of a branch of Muggle medicine called 'stitches' when Arthur brings it up in conversation, but it sounds like he wants to sew his skin back together and not even he's stupid enough to consider that...
--> "WHAT DO YOU MEAN THAT'S THE GENERAL IDEA?"
* WorldsShortestBook: Inverted.
-->''"I am not aware that it is any of your business what goes on in my house--"\\
"I expect what you're not aware of would fill several books, Dursley," growled Moody.''
* 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.
* 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.]]
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: In the final chapter, the trio talk about how Harry had been "forced to bear ridicule and slander," and Hermione mentions that the Daily Prophet failed to mention that it was they themselves that had ridiculed and slandered Harry. In fact, what the Daily Prophet had done to Harry was not '''slander''', but '''libel'''.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Hermione does not want to proceed with having Harry teach their classmates how to defend themselves, which was her idea in the first place, just because Sirius thinks it's a good idea. This gets her a brief WhatTheHellHero from Harry and Ron.
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