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"Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything."
Albus Dumbledore: [to Harry] and the Teaser for the book

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, published on June 21, 2003 after the longest gap between Potter books — three years. Some impatient fans speculated that J. K. Rowling was suffering from Writer's Block, 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 catch-up to put in plot threads that Executive Meddling had cut from earlier books. It was also due to her focusing on the production of the first two films of the series, which were respectively released in 2001 and 2002. For the rest of the series, there were only two-year gaps between books.

Voldemort's back, but the Ministry of Magic is in denial, so they decide the best solution is to start a Government Conspiracy and cover up all the evidence. Then they send one of their own, Dolores Umbridge, to Hogwarts to take over. At the end an even more major supporting character is Killed Off for Real, officially signalling that from now on Anyone Can Die.

This entry was in the works longer than any other book in the series besides the first one. In the three-year gap between Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix, speculation flew, Fanfics such as The Draco Trilogy reigned, and the franchise took off as a global entertainment brand after the release of the first two films, which all led up to the release of Order becoming one of the biggest entertainment events of 2003.

Character Development abounds, significantly for Ginny and Neville and particularly so for Harry, who also stops being a Knight In Shining Armour as his personal flaws are brought to light.

Followed by Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Its film adaptation was released in 2007.

Tropes exclusive to this book or at least especially prominent:

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  • Absurdly Powerful School Jurisdiction: Professor Umbridge bans Harry and the Weasley twins from playing Quidditch for life for fighting on the pitch—arguably an unenforceable mandate, though one that still seems to be within her power—and she confiscates their brooms. And that's not even getting into her unilaterally instating Obvious Rule Patch policies (moreso in the movie than in the book) whenever anyone tries to undermine her authority; this is one of the main reasons that nearly everyone at Hogwarts, including the teachers, hate her.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: 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.
  • Accidental Truth: An article in The Quibbler suggests a rather convoluted and absurd theory as to why Sirius Black is innocent. Apparently he is secretly singer Stubby Boardman, and the author knows Stubby!Sirius is innocent because he happened to be having a romantic candlelit dinner with her at the time his alleged crimes were committed. Sirius really is innocent though, as we found out in the third book.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Before they settle on "Dumbledore's Army", one of the names Fred suggests is the "Ministry of Magic are Morons Group".
  • Adults Are Useless: 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. Subverted in the end when it's explained to him they had perfectly good reasons for keeping him in the dark (namely, Voldemort has figured out how to read Harry's thoughts), and Harry's own plan backfired spectacularly 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.
  • Aesop Amnesia: 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 more than once.
  • Age Is Relative:
    • Harry doesn't initially think Ginny falls in the Competence Zone. She points out that she's three years older than he was during his first confrontation with Voldemort.
    • At the beginning of the year, Harry thinks the new first-years look much younger than he did when he was the same age.
  • Agent Mulder: Luna Lovegood, who believes in all sorts of things that are weird even from a wizarding perspective.
  • All for Nothing: By the end of the story, more than a few characters are left reflecting upon just how pointless their actions were.
    • Voldemort failed to hear the prophecy in its entirety thus denying him important information that could have helped him defeat Harry. Worse still, some of his most loyal Death Eaters were captured and his return was publicly confirmed. On the downside, he had already built up a sizeable enough force to start his war anew.
    • Albus Dumbledore kept himself distant from Harry and made Harry learn Occlumency to shield his mind. He also forced Sirius to remain at home and kept important information from Harry to protect him and not burden him with his destiny. Unfortunately, all of this backfired horrifically as Dumbledore's actions left both Harry and Sirius isolated and angry, which resulted in Sirius dying and Harry not learning Occlumency due to Dumbledore choosing Snape (of all people) to be his teacher. All Dumbledore did by withholding information from Harry regarding his destiny was delay the inevitable, which Dumbledore admits to Harry near the end of the book.
    • Cornelius Fudge and, to a lesser extent, the Ministry of Magic. Fudge spent nearly twelve months trying to convince himself not only that Voldemort had not returned, but slandering Harry and Dumbledore's names. He did this because he thought that Harry was an insane glory hound and troublemaker and that Dumbledore was finally trying to usurp him. Fudge even manipulated and deliberately changed the law to his benefit, in an effort to oust both heroes, simply because he could not accept that Voldemort was back. By the end of the book, it is clear that all he did was delay the inevitable war and give Voldemort a chance to rebuild his army whilst denying the rest of Britain a chance to prepare for the coming conflict. Needless to say, his days as Minister are numbered.
    • On the same note, Dolores Umbridge's efforts to silence Harry's "lies", her general intervention at Hogwarts and her effort to prevent her students from learning any real magic, were all for nought. Within five minutes of Fudge confirming that Voldemort had indeed returned, Dumbledore was reinstated as the Headmaster. He immediately ordered her dismissal from the school, retracted all of her decrees and disbanded the Inquisitorial Squad, i.e. Umbridge's private police force.
    • Although not shown, all of Harry's detractors no doubt got a very nasty shock when they realized that he and Dumbledore had been right all along. This is especially true for Percy Weasley, who now had to face the reality that the family he had deserted for siding with Dumbledore against the Ministry were right and he wasn't.
    • The worst offender would be Cho's traitorous friend Marietta Edgecombe, who refused to believe and willingly sold Harry and the DA out to Umbridge out of hollow loyalty to the ministry of magic and to protect her mother's already very secure job. As it turns out, not only was Harry telling the truth, but her own treachery left Marietta scarred for life and the most hated person in Hogwarts, as her actions led to Umbridge becoming headmistress and Dumbledore being forced to leave the school. Marietta is left at the end of the book having to accept her actions were truly for nothing.
  • Almost Holding Hands: When Harry is on a date with Cho, he spends a long time working up the courage to hold her hand, but when he finally moves to do it, she pulls her hand away.
  • Amusing Injuries:
    • When one of the twins Apparates on Ron's knees (understandable since it's done in the dark).
    • The trio (with some adults acting as guards) encounter some people suffering from this at St. Mungo's Hospital.
      • A wizard hops from one foot to the other constantly due to a jinx in his shoes.
      • On Christmas, a witch shows up with a walnut jammed up her left nostril. The receptionist remarks that she's the third one on that day.
  • Analogy Backfire:
    • 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."
    • When Sirius suspects that Snape will use Occlumency lessons to give Harry a hard time, Snape says that Harry is very like his father. Sirius takes this as a compliment to Harry, until Snape says that like his father, Harry is so arrogant that criticism simply bounces off him.
  • Anchored Ship: Harry and Cho. Her emotional issues over Cedric's death make it too difficult for her to be in a relationship. Harry is suffering Survivor's Guilt over the fact that Cedric died because of him, and Dudley mentions he's heard Harry screaming for him in his sleep. 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. Had they both waited until they were both more stable emotionally, they could have gotten together and had a happy relationship.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Discussed as Harry, suffering from his Broken Pedestal for his father, wonders if he forced his mother Lily into marrying him.
  • Anger Is Not Enough: Harry attempts to use the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix Lestrange while burning with righteous anger at her for murdering his godfather — and this allows him to use the Curse at all, but Bellatrix notes it doesn't hurt her much, because a Cruiciatus Curse fuelled by anger pales in comparison to one fuelled by sadism, which she is used to slinging around.
  • Angrish:
    • Harry can't finish sentences while tearing apart Dumbledore's office after Sirius is killed.
    • Neville, of all people, when Draco Malfoy unknowingly slams hard into his Berserk Button.
  • Anonymous Killer Narrator: 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 result of Harry's magical connection to the Dark Lord.
  • Anything but That!: 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...
  • Arc Villain: Dolores Umbridge, the only Arc Villain 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' Big Bad.
  • Arrested for Heroism: 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.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When talking to Sirius and Lupin after seeing Snape's memory, Harry seems to be almost as upset about the fact that his father kept messing up his hair to look cool as about him having been a bully at school.
  • Artistic Licence - Space: 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. Likewise, it's a fool's errand looking for Venus at midnight, which being the next planet closer to the sun is always well beneath the horizon at midnight. Not to mention the fact that in the Highlands of Scotland in June, the sky never gets dark enough to see any but the brightest stars; according to one website, sunset would be at about 11 PM, the time the exam is supposed to start.
  • Ascended Extra: Many of the trio's classmates in Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw who were either bit players or only mentioned in passing in the previous books become members of the D.A. and get more prominence. Neville and Ginny in particular have their biggest roles since the first and second book, respectively.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: When the Dursleys demand to know why Harry wants to listen to the news every day, he replies, "Well, it changes every day, you see."
  • Assimilation Academy: Umbridge tries her hardest to turn Hogwarts into this, but the tighter she squeezes the more the students (and other faculty) resist.
  • Assurance Backfire: When Harry is worried for his sanity, because he suddenly sees skeletal horses pulling the Hogwarts carriages, and nobody else can, Cloud Cuckoo Lander 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.
  • Bad Date: Harry's first and only date with Cho is, by his own admission, "a complete fiasco".
  • Barred from the Afterlife: As Sir Nicholas explains, ghosts are created when a wizard or witch chooses not to pass on to the afterlife. Unfortunately, it seems one can't retract one's decision — Nick has had centuries to wonder if he chose well.
  • Batman Gambit: Voldemort luring Harry to the Department of Mysteries by making it seem that Sirius was in danger. 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.
  • Battle-Interrupting Shout: When Snape and Sirius are on the verge of duelling, Harry places himself between them, which makes little difference until the Weasley family walks in.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Cho's finally interested in Harry! Only she won't stop crying about Cedric, she's a Clingy Jealous Girl about Hermione, and her best friend tells Umbridge about 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.
    • Ron is excited to take the Knight Bus back to Hogwarts after Christmas, claiming that he's always wanted to ride it. After he gets thrown to the floor for the sixth time:
      Ron: I've changed my mind. I never want to ride on this thing again.
    • Throughout much of Harry's fifth year, he wishes that people would believe his claim that Voldemort has returned. At the end of the year, people finally believe him, but since the circumstances that led to people believing him also involves Sirius' death, by this point it doesn't seem so important to him now.
  • Beef Bandage: Hagrid does this using dragon meat.
  • "Begone" Bribe: When Ron complains about having spent so much time cleaning at 12 Grimmauld Place, saying that he feels like a house-elf, Hermione shoots back that now he understands what dreadful lives they lead. She suggests that he might now be a bit more active in S.P.E.W., suggesting that they do a sponsored scrub of the Gryffindor common room once they get back to Hogwarts, all proceeds to S.P.E.W. Ron mutters that he'll sponsor her to shut up about S.P.E.W., but only loudly enough for Harry to hear.
  • Berserk Button:
    • 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 he's holding while Molly starts crying.
    • Dumbledore may be a nice guy, maybe a bit 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. When it turns out that Mundungus Fletcher skived off his watch on Harry because he wanted to see a fellow criminal about a bunch of presumably stolen cauldrons, Hermione also mentions that Dumbledore was very angry, though she doesn't specify whether he was angry about the failure of the known weak point in his defences, or because he had found out exactly how Mundungus was lured away.
    • Malfoy pushes Neville's early in the year, exploiting the rumours that Harry has gone insane via spell damage and suggesting that therefore he belongs in St. Mungo's Hospital. Neville's parents are there for that reason. It takes Harry and Ron's restraint for him not to beat Malfoy senseless.
    • Hagrid goes from merely resisting the Aurors attempting to arrest him to beating the hell out of them when they use Stunners to knock out Fang and McGonagall.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hagrid is generally seen as everyone's big jolly friend (or as a harmless oaf by people who dislike him such as the Slytherins), but when Umbridge comes with a bodyguard of Aurors to try and arrest him in the middle of the night, he fights them all off single-handedly due to his giant blood enabling him to shrug off their stunner spells. When the Aurors stun Fang and McGonagall, he completely loses what little restraint he had left and starts laying them out with his bare hands, as well as hurling the man who stunned Fang ten feet through the air, before escaping. The students watching from a tower top are actually quite frightened.
    None of them had ever seen Hagrid in a real temper before.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Hagrid is very protective of his little brother and he takes it bad when the centaurs say Grawp is not welcomed in the forest.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Twice in a row: Members of the Order (Sirius, Lupin, Tonks, Kingsley, and Mad-Eye Moody) save Harry and his friends from the Death Eaters. 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 Hermione from the centaurs.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Harry and Cho.
  • Big Entrance: 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.
  • Big Little Brother: Grawp for Hagrid. Lampshaded when Hagrid says that Grawp is his "little brother" and Harry and Hermione give him looks of confusion.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The House of Black was an extremely elitist family of wizard supremacists. Whenever a family member married anyone not pure-blood, tried to treat Muggles and Muggle-borns like human beings, or was a Squib (which couldn't be helped), they were disowned. Because of the dwindling number of pure-blood families, several times the Blacks resorted to incest, which only resulted in mental instability.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Mrs. Weasley when Fred, George and Ginny won't stop chanting "He got off, he got off, he got off..." after Harry's trial.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • Harry when Ron fills him in on why Percy has fallen out with the family, learning that he's sick of their reputation.
    • Ron when Ginny reveals she's stopped seeing Michael Corner and turned her affection towards Dean Thomas. He also moves so suddenly he upsets his and Harry's game of chess, Crookshanks, and Pigwidgeon.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Dolores Umbridge. Wearing all pink and having a sickeningly sweet façade doesn't change the fact that she's just plain evil.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Ministry is forced to accept that Voldemort has, in fact, returned, and the Wizarding World finally gives Harry and Dumbledore the admiration and respect they deserve after all they've been through. But Sirius Black is dead, and Harry doesn't get to enjoy his victory much due to the incredible pain of his loss. Dumbledore also finally tells Harry (some of) the truth, which he had anxiously been wanting to know the whole year, but with that comes the Awful Truth that Harry is the chosen one destined to oppose Voldemort, and as a result, one of them is fated to kill the other eventually. He's been locked into this fate ever since Voldemort attacked him as a baby, and cannot escape it.
  • Black Shirt: Filch and Malfoy's gang are happy to help Umbridge. Unfortunately for them, this makes them fair game when everyone starts rebelling against her.
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: Fred and George send a knife flying, which lands point down, quivering, where Sirius's hand had been seconds before.
  • Blunt "Yes": Mad-Eye Moody to Uncle Vernon at the end of the book:
    Uncle Vernon: Are you threatening me, sir?
    Mad-Eye: Yes, I am.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Oddly averted, where Voldemort apparently has learned his lesson and tries to kill Harry quickly, only to be stopped by Dumbledore.
  • Bothering by the Book: As Umbridge gets more and more power from the Ministry within Hogwarts, the staff resorts to this more and more to make their displeasure plain, frequently insisting that she handle various problems (most often cause by student pranks that are also a form of rebellion against her) and even stating that, while they could have handled it themselves, they just weren't sure anymore if they had the authority...
  • Brain in a Jar: The Ministry has a big tank full, which Ron falls foul of during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Trelawney's prediction that Umbridge would be in grave danger. Fulfilled by a herd of angry centaurs.
    • The remedy Hermione gives Harry to soothe his hand, which he recommends to Lee Jordan, is what Lee recommends to Fred and George for their Professor Guinea Pig-induced posterior boils.
    • Proofreading Astronomy homework (specifically, on The Moons of Jupiter) for badly-overworked Harry and Ron, Hermione discovers that Harry claimed Europa was covered with mice (instead of ice). Months later, Harry is reasonably confident he passed his Astronomy O.W.L., because he'd avoided any mention of mice on said moon.
    • On the train to Hogwarts, Luna is reading an edition of The Quibbler that claims that Sirius Black is really a wizard musician called Stubby Boardman. Near the end of the book, Harry goes off to rescue Sirius with Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny and Luna, and Luna asks, "When you say "Sirius", do you mean Stubby Boardman?"
    • Mundungus Fletcher is lured away from his post with cauldrons from a questionable source, presumed stolen. Almost one year earlier, Percy Weasley had been working on a report about cauldrons with slightly thin bottoms, which most buyers probably would not have objected to, but Percy did. It is left to the reader to connect the dots from Percy's efforts to take some cauldrons off the market, to the cauldrons that serve Umbridge's purpose a year later.
  • Broken Pedestal: Harry does not take it well when he discovers his father was quite the bully in his fifth year.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Harry forgets that three years before, Ginny was possessed by Lord Voldemort for the better part of a year. For Harry, it was just one detail of one of his many adventures, so Ginny's involvement wasn't a major event to him, but for Ginny, it's probably the most significant event of her life thus far. He says he forgot about it, and her reply is a cool "lucky you". Harry feels sincerely sorry and apologizes.
  • Butt-Dialing Mordor: Harry starts getting unintentional visions of Voldemort's doings through their Psychic Link, which he uses to save Mr. Weasley at one point. Dumbledore has Harry train in Occlumency to stop this from happening, but Harry thinks the visions are useful and doesn't put much effort into the lessons, resulting in Voldemort being able to use the link to set a trap for Harry.

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  • Call-Back:
    • Mrs. Weasley says witches and wizards can't join the order of the Phoenix until they're of age. Fred and George, who turned seventeen the previous April, protest in outrage, and Molly amends her statement to refer to witches and wizards who have left school. The twins end up leaving Hogwarts a few weeks early to start their own joke shop.
    • When forming their Defense Against the Dark Arts group in the face of Umbridge's insistence against practical knowledge, Hermione mentions that she put a spell on the paper they all signed so that they would know if anyone in the group ratted them out and, when asked, says that it would make Eloise Midgen's acne look like cute freckles. Eloise was mentioned a few times in the previous book as a student who was so desperate to get rid of her pimples that she tried to curse them off with magic. Hermione's payback for when Marietta Edgecombe betrays them is for boils spelling out "SNEAK" to appear on her face.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: 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 Arthur for the 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.
  • Caps Lock: Harry yells in ALL CAPS quite a lot here compared to other books. Having a Psychic Link to an Ax-Crazy sociopath who's deliberately trying to screw with him does wonders to your composure.
  • Cardboard Prison: Voldemort manages to turn Azkaban from The Alcatraz to this. Of course it helps when every guard is not-so-secretly on his side.
  • Care-Bear Stare: How Voldemort was driven out of Harry's mind after possessing him. A really dark example, actually, considering what finally ousts Voldemort is Harry wishing he could die, so that he could be with Sirius.
  • Cassandra Truth: Present from the very first chapter.
    • Harry's Aunt and Uncle refuse to believe he just wants to listen to the Muggle news; Petunia calls him a "nasty little liar".
    • Those present at Harry's trial are highly incredulous that a Dementor would be in Little Whinging, believing it to be a fabricated excuse for performing underage magic (although why he would decide to use that spell in any other circumstance is a mystery).
    • Harry's claims of Voldemort returning and anything Luna says are quickly blown off by others. With Harry there's really no excuse given his track record: the Philosopher's Stone being stolen, not being the one petrifying Muggle-borns, Sirius being innocent, et cetera. Though with Luna, it's really a toss-up. Some of her claims turn out to be true; others, less so.
    • 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.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: At the end, Fudge and his Aurors arrive too late to stop Voldemort escaping the Ministry with Bellatrix. However, they do arrive in time to actually see Voldemort, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that Voldemort has returned, which finally gets the Ministry to admit Harry and Dumbledore have been telling the truth and putting the Ministry and the Wizarding World on a war footing.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The Marauders get a major one. Their classic snarky banter among each other, immortalized in the Marauder's Map in Book 3, where it mockingly insults Snape for his appearance, gets played in a much darker light when that same banter is followed by them cruelly attacking Snape.
  • Chariot Pulled by Cats: It's revealed that the Wizarding School's "horseless" carriages are actually pulled by Thestrals — skeletal pegasus-like creatures only visible to those who have witnessed death. They're morbid, but friendly and Ugly Cute.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: While Zacharias Smith's comment about Expelliarmus not being useful against Voldemort is amusing, it also counts as a boomerang, because in Deathly Hallows Harry's identity is revealed by the fact that Expelliarmus is his signature move.
    • But then the boomerang comes back around again at the end of DH when Expelliarmus is the spell that Harry uses that leads to Voldemort's death in their final confrontation. It doesn't kill him, but it stops Voldemort's Killing Curse in its tracks during their brief Beam-O-War that leads to the Elder Wand flying out of Voldemort's hand and the Killing Curse rebounding.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The series has its own page. Subverted in two instances, though:
    • Sirius' gift of the penknife that can unlock doors goes mostly unused, although he uses it to break into 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 for Christmas remains unused until he remembers it after the climax. 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.
  • Child Soldier: 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'état against the Ministry of Magic.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Done by a centaur to Umbridge after she offends them — not that it stops her from insulting them some more.
  • Coat Full of Contraband: Hermione briefly watches Fred and George sell copies of one of their joke shop items from beneath their cloaks in this manner. To be fair, with Dolores Umbridge around, they had to be sneaky about selling their merchandise outside of the Gryffindor Common Room.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Done by both Umbridge to the students and Voldemort to his followers.
  • Les Collaborateurs: The Inquisitorial Squad, which seems to consist entirely of Slytherins, is a group of students who help enforce the tyrannical rule of the government's agent in Hogwarts, Professor Dolores Umbridge. Bites them in the ass once the school begins openly rebelling against her. The Squad gets the brunt of the school's ire, more so than even Filch, which is saying a lot, given how Umbridge made a point to get him on her side once she took over.
  • Competing with a Corpse: Part of the reasons why Harry and Cho's relationship with Cedric doesn't work out is because she won't stop crying about her dead boyfriend Cedric. It doesn't help that she seems to be interested in Harry mainly because he was the last person who saw Cedric before he died.
  • Congestion Speak: In the final battle at the ministry, Neville gets punched hard by a death eater and obtains a bloody nose, giving him dialogue like "He's dot alone! He's still god be!" and also rendering him incapable of performing spells as a byproduct.
  • Continuity Nod: 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.
  • Conveniently Coherent Thoughts: Discussed and defied by Snape, who considers "mind reading" a hopelessly inaccurate term due to how messy people's brains actually are. Legilimency reveals memories in a disorienting rush and requires training to get anything specific.
  • Corporal Punishment: Umbridge does not hesitate to use it on "problematic" students... to the tune of Writing Lines with a quill that carves the words into their hand and uses their own blood as ink. According to Rowling, Umbridge invented that quill. Worse, once she takes over as Headmistress, she writes up an Educational Decree that allows Filch to torture students (though only stringing them up by their ankles and A Taste of the Lash are specifically mentioned). And he's delighted about it. Though we never see him actually punishing any students in that way, as Fred and George drop out of school before he can punish them for deploying their swamp and the subsequent open rebellion among most of the students leaves him overwhelmed with no idea which way to turn.
  • Crime Of Self Defence: The Ministry tries to nail Harry for breaking the Masquerade after he defends himself from a Dementor attack.
  • Crutch Character: 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. In the end, Ron comes through, and Gryffindor wins the Cup without Harry and will do so again in Book 6.
  • Curse Cut Short: Implied when Hermione starts to call Umbridge (presumably) a bitch, but Malfoy interrupts her and docks points from Gryffindor.
  • Cut Himself Shaving:
  • Cutting the Knot: Umbridge’s door is high-security, bewitched so not even Alohomora will open it, so everyone is utterly stumped when Nifflers keep turning up in there and tearing the place apart; no one can figure out how someone is getting them inside. Turns out Lee Jordan just levitated them through the open window.
  • Darkened Building Shootout: The climax of the book is this, as the Death Eaters and Dumbledore's Army have a shootout throughout the Department of Mysteries.
  • Darker and Edgier: Due to Nothing Is the Same Anymore being in full effect, taking a Deconstructor Fleet to the entire setting.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Thestrals are black, skeletal horses that are only visible after witnessing a human die, but they are friendly creatures who won't attack any students who approach them.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Phineas Nigellus Black, who appears in a portrait in Dumbledore's office, and in Grimmauld Place:
    • (Before Harry and his friends are about to arrive at Grimmauld Place) "My great-great-grandson [Sirius] has always had an odd taste in house-guests."
    • (To an angry Harry) "You know, this is precisely why I loathed being a teacher! Young people are so infernally convinced they are absolutely right about everything" and "I have better things to do than listen to adolescent agonising."
    • (After Dumbledore's dramatic exit) "You know Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts, but you can't deny he's got style."
  • Deconstructor Fleet:
    • The book deconstructs the notion of a Kid Hero fighting against a much older Evil Overlord 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 Heroic BSoD that harms his efficacy as a fighter, leading him to lash out in anger and make rash decisions. Subverted as the whole point of the book was a prophecy proclaiming Harry to be The Chosen One 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.
    • Also, 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 their mutual self-involvement, the relationship falls apart after only one date (an outcome that is Truth in Television in many cases). Of course, given their respective circumstances, both Harry and Cho have better reasons to be self-involved than most teenagers.
  • Deer in the Headlights: Harry Potter tries to make a stand in the climax, only for the situation to get drastically worse, causing him to freeze in fear as his life comes under threat. 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'll just kill Harry with no more theatrics. Oh, Crap! indeed for Harry.
  • Deliberately Bad Example: 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: Initially subverted. Harry becomes afraid that he's being possessed by Voldemort but after a talk with Ginny, who knows the difference from Chamber of Secrets, realises he's not. Voldemort tries to possess him in the climax.
  • Delinquent: The Dursleys' raising of Dudley has helped make him a juvenile delinquent. Him and his gang started vandalising public properties, terrorising children, and smoking.
  • Desperate Object Catch: A Death Eater tries to catch the sphere that holds the prophecy, but misses.
  • Developer's Foresight: In-Universe, magical edition. The Ministry of Magic visitor's entrance provides badges for visitors stating their name and their purpose for being there; i.e. Harry arrives for his hearing near the start of the book and receives a badge reading Harry Potter, Disciplinary Hearing. When six DA members arrive, Harry gives the purpose "We're here to save someone, unless your Ministry can do it first!" and gets a badge reading Harry Potter, Rescue Mission.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Umbridge sending the Dementors after Harry becomes this by the end of the book. Fudge is either an idiot or a Jerkass when he refuses to believe it since only a Ministry official or Voldemort would have the authority to order such an assassination. It convinces the Order that the Ministry has it out for Harry if they won't even ask why Harry cast a Patronus if it seemed unnecessary and they take precautions accordingly. The government gets incontrovertible proof at the end of the book that Voldemort is back, and Fudge goes Oh, Crap! as he realizes that if there were Dementors, they nearly de-souled the last hope of fighting the Dark Lord. Umbridge herself gets a demotion when Dumbledore firmly orders her removal from the school, though sadly isn't sacked from the Ministry or imprisoned.
    • Umbridge gets this again when she tries to intimidate the centaurs surrounding her, Harry and Hermione in the woods. She tries to intimidate them by stating her status as a Ministry Inquisitor and claims she has authority to boss them around. They tell her she doesn't because the forest belongs to the centaurs, and give her and the others a chance for a polite escort back to the school grounds. Umbridge proceeds to say they are not worth anything as "half-breeds". This gets her dragged off screaming.
    • In an effort to keep what becomes Dumbledore's Army a secret from Umbridge, Hermione has everyone meet at the Hog's Head, believing that since hardly anyone goes there they won't be overheard. As Sirius points out later, the bar is so sparsely crowded that anyone else who was there would hear everything they were discussing. The Three Broomsticks on the other hand would have been so loud and crowded that no one would be able to overhear them.
    • Played for Laughs with Arthur experimenting with medical treatments. He and his Healer agreed it would be a good idea to try out Muggle stitches. The kids conclude, after beating a hasty retreat to avoid Molly's subsequent lecture for Arthur, that Nagini's venom was so potent that it dissolved the sutures. That's why Mr. Weasley's bandages were changed and Mrs. Weasley noticed. Hermione does mention that stitches are pretty effective for non-magic injuries.
    • Harry suffers from this twice with regards to Snape. After having his vision of Sirius he forgets that Snape is also a member of the Order until he arrives in Umbridge's office. He also doesn't consider that Snape may have been pretending when he tried to give him a code.
  • Dirty Coward: Fudge changes the time and location of Harry's trial in the hopes that Harry and/or Dumbledore will miss it, severely weakening his defence, as he fears Harry getting off. When this fails, he then attempts to shut down Harry and prevent any witnesses from testifying.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • After Dolores Umbridge accuses Harry Potter of lying to her, she makes him write in his own blood not to be dishonest.
    • Marietta Edgecombe is scarred for life by Hermione for telling Umbridge about the DA, but only because she feared for her mother's job at the Ministry.
    • After James Potter humiliates 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' cheek (and even that was enough to get blood on his robes).
  • Divided We Fall: The Ministry of Magic, due to the rivalry that Fudge believes to exist between him and Dumbledore.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • Hogwarts Headmistress Umbridge is on the receiving end of an ensemble of pranks by the Weasley twins and other Hogwarts students alike, making her job more difficult for her. The Hogwarts staff indulge in a bit of this via Bothering by the Book.
    • Dumbledore solemnly notes that Sirius suffered this fate since he treated Kreacher poorly, due to him being a living manifestation of his hated family and home, as Kreacher ended up seeking comfort with Narcissa and Bellatrix, the last living Blacks who he respected. He's able to give them just enough information and cooperated with them enough to set up the gambit by Voldemort that results in Sirius's death.
  • Don't Tell Mama: Threatening Fred and George Weasley with detention or the like will never get them to stop their rule-breaking. However, when Hermione says she will write their mother, they are immediately scared into compliance, something that has never been seen before or since.
    Hermione: If you don't stop, I'm going to—
    Fred: Put us in detention?
    George: Make us write lines?
    Hermione: No, but I will write to your mother.
    Fred: You wouldn't...
  • Doorstopper: Over 750 pages in most editions and the longest book in the series; nearly a quarter of the word count of the entire series is contained in this one book, since it usually has smaller print than the others but ends up with the highest page count anyway. Fittingly, it has the longest gap between releases, coming three years after Goblet. The illustrated edition released in 2022 clocks in at a relatively slim 565 pages, but these pages are much taller and wider than those in other editions, with the end result being a single book that weighs over five pounds.
  • Double Standard: 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".
  • Double Take: 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.
  • Do Wrong, Right:
    • When Peeves tries to do a Falling Chandelier of Doom 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."
    • Villainous example; when Harry uses a Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix, she screams for a few seconds. Then the curse wears off. She shouts at him that righteous fury won't do the trick; he has to want to hurt her badly.
  • Dramatic Irony: A reverse example. When Petunia mentions "That horrible boy" telling Lily Evans (her younger sister and Harry's mother) about Dementors, he thinks she means James ... as we find out in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we learn she actually means Severus Snape.
  • Dream Spying: Harry can sometimes see through Voldemort's mind, but the link is two-way.

    E - H 
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Harry notices the barman at the Hog's Head looks vaguely familiar but can't put his finger on who he reminds him of. This particular character shows up again in Half-Blood Prince, but Harry doesn't find out that he's Dumbledore's brother Aberforth (who'd been mentioned once in Goblet of Fire and earlier in this book) until late in the seventh book.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: Invoked. When Harry's secret group of students are caught and brought before the headmaster, Dumbledore claims responsibility for the whole thing, noting how their charter specifically reads "Dumbledore's Army, not Harry Potter's Army."
  • Either/Or Prophecy: 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 else Voldemort must kill Harry. Until then, neither can be at 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.
  • Elevator Floor Announcement: 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.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Luna Lovegood, in spades. Several sentences in the narration are used to describe her eccentric appearance, including her having her wand behind her ear for safe keeping and reading her magazine upside-down. Later, she gives a comically long laugh at a joke Ron tells.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Averted by Cho, which Harry calls her out for, when her best friend Marietta sells out the DA to Umbridge after attending lessons for six months. As Harry rightly pointed out, Marietta was willing to let everyone involved, including Cho, get expelled.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • According to Sirius, his parents and many other pure-blood 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 pure-bloods in charge. However, they got cold feet when they realized the lengths to which he was willing to go to seize power.
    • It's worth noting that even Umbridge looks nervous the morning after the Death Eaters escape from Azkaban. (This crosses over with Oh, Crap! too.)
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • At the beginning of the book, Aunt Petunia of all people is shocked when Uncle Vernon casually and joyfully decides to kick Harry out to the streets immediately after Harry tells him an extremely powerful and dangerous wizard wants him dead.
    • Harry invokes this on Fudge's behalf after reading an article in The Quibbler accusing him of ordering the assassinations of goblins. Where he stops specifically is the accusation that "'he's had them cooked in pies.'"
  • Everyone Is Related: In this book, we belatedly find out that Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange are sisters and Sirius Black is their cousin, and that Arthur Weasley is a distant relative of all of them. Part of this is related to pureblood supremacy; such families want to keep their lines pure, and as more and more witches and wizards marry half-bloods, Muggleborns, and outright Muggles, the number of purebloods diminishes. That Arthur is related to them is coincidence, as they consider the Weasleys blood traitors. Also, in a hand-drawn family tree of the most recent generations of Blacks made by Rowling herself, Dorea Black married Charlus Potter (Oddly, she wasn't disowned despite the Potters also being pro-Muggle), making Harry and James distantly related to Sirius as well as the Weasleys, the Malfoys, the Lestranges, and other pure-blood families.
  • Evil Plan: For this book, Voldemort 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.
  • Exact Words:
    • Fred and George, upon Hermione threatening to tell Mrs. Weasley on them for their rule-breaking antics (specifically, having underclass members as their joke item test subjects), get around the ban by testing the items on themselves, which Hermione concedes is within the rules, if reluctantly at first.
    • After Umbridge fires Trelawney, Dumbledore pisses her off supremely by hiring Firenze the centaur. He reminds her that Educational Decree Number Twenty-Two gives the Ministry the right to appoint a teacher only if the Headmaster cannot find one.
    • 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 Sirius orders Kreacher to "Get out" when Harry and the Weasleys arrive at Christmas. While he was ordering the house-elf 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 giving Voldemort an agent in the Order of the Phoenix's HQ and setting the stage for Sirius' death.
    • Near the start of the book, Nearly Headless Nick tells Ron indignantly that he has never been guilty of cowardice in his life. As we find out near the end of the book, he was only guilty of cowardice in death — he chose to become a ghost because he was afraid of death.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Harry greets the Order's advance guard with his wand raised. Moody greets him thusly: "Lower your wand, boy, before you take someone's eye out."
    • Moody has trouble with his magical eye because it keeps sticking (this is apparently been a problem after being revived from being impersonated for a year in the last book). So he pops it out of his head and later moistens it in water so it can move better, as he wants 360 degree visibility. Later during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, he loses it again after getting beaten by Dolohov.
    • One of the Death Eaters, MacNair, is stabbed in the eye with a wand during the final battle.
  • The Face: Dolores Umbridge exploits this trope. Not wanting Hogwarts students trained in offensive magic, she fills the Defence Against the Dark Arts curriculum 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.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Dolores Umbridge's introduction, as a member of the tribunal trying Harry for use of magic while underage.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Umbridge and her minions attempt to stun Hagrid, but overlook that his giant blood makes him immune to their spells. This mistake costs them dearly.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: Peeves attempts to pull a manual Phantom of the Opera. And gets help from McGonagall!
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • 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, and that merely killing Voldemort wouldn't satisfy him.
    • Nick ponders at times if being a ghost is this, as it's not only irreversible but a testament that the wizard was too afraid to move on.
  • Feed It with Fire: Fred and George's trick fireworks.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: At the beginning of the book, Harry is embarrassed to be seen in public with Neville and Luna, and the main trio are exasperated to have to bring them and Ginny along on the mission to rescue Sirius. After the events at the Ministry, the six of them are now firm friends as they discuss Voldemort's return in the Hospital Wing, and Hermione even resists the urge to challenge Luna's latest rambling about Crumple-Horned Snorkacks.
  • Fired Teacher: Three examples. Professor Trelawney and Hagrid during the story, and Umbridge at the end.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: 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.
  • First Kiss: Harry has this with Cho Under the Mistletoe.
  • Five Stages of Grief: Harry goes through them during the climax. His immediate reaction to Sirius' death is denial, followed by explosive anger at Bellatrix and, later, Dumbledore. Bargaining comes when he assumes Sirius will return as a ghost. He spends the next few days dealing with depression, unable to decide if he wants company and silently sitting by the lake (it's left somewhat ambiguous as to whether he actually cries, but it seems he at least comes close). The book ends with him approaching acceptance.
  • Fooled by the Sound: Ginny has a habit of Copycat Mockery of people of whom she disapproves. At one point in this book, she imitates Dolores Umbridge's cough so convincingly that several people look round in alarm.
  • Foreshadowing: Has its own page.
  • Forgot About His Powers Harry had a direct line to Sirius stashed in his trunk - the two way mirror. If he'd remembered, the rescue mission wouldn't have happened and Sirius would not have been killed at the Ministry, amongst other things.
  • Fountain of Youth: One of the items in the Time Room at the Department of Mysteries is a bell jar containing a hummingbird that goes between fully-fledged bird to egg. During the Battle at the Department of Mysteries, one of the Death Eaters, presumably Crabbe, winds up with his head inside the bell jar and gets his head transformed into that of a baby. He pulls his head out at that point, and spends most of the rest of the battle blundering around the offices, his baby head grotesquely contrasting with his fully-grown body.
  • Get Out!: When Harry sees Snape's worst memory, Snape throws him out of his classroom while screaming at him to get out and never come back.
  • Give Chase with Angry Natives: Hermione attempts this, running through the centaurs' territory in the hopes that they will deal with Umbridge. However, it turns out the centaurs do not appreciate being used that way, even if the target is the villainous and vile Dolores Umbridge. They carry off Umbridge, but then turn on Hermione and Harry.
  • Golden Mean Fallacy: 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.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Why Harry's attempt at the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix is a No-Sell. He simply cannot bring himself to want to cause pain for its own sake.
    Bellatrix: You need to really mean them, Potter! You need to really want to cause pain... to enjoy it... righteous anger won't hurt me for long!
  • Good Is Not Soft: Hermione:
    • She permanently scars Marietta Edgecombe for betraying the DA by magically branding her forehead, and takes vindictive pleasure in doing so.
    • She blackmails Rita Skeeter into writing positive articles about Harry for the Quibbler, gleefully threatening to reveal her secret if she doesn't comply.
    • She tricks Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest in the hope that the centaurs and/or Grawp will act as The Cavalry.
  • Gossip Evolution: The tale of Fred and George's escape from Umbridge gets retold so often that within a week even eyewitnesses are convinced they pelted her with Dungbombs before flying off.
  • Government Conspiracy: The Ministry of Magic's cover-up of Voldemort's return, including Malicious Slander against Harry and Dumbledore.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Harry is initially jealous that Dumbledore appointed Ron as Prefect instead of him. Once he's by himself however, he realizes that he and Ron are almost equals academically, and that it does no one any good for him to harbor resentment about Ron finally receiving some acclaim. When he and Ron meet again, Harry sincerely congratulates him. At the end of the novel, Dumbledore finally gives Harry his perfectly justified reason: he thought Harry had enough to deal with in his world without another responsibility to bear, and it's at this point, Albus breaks into a tearshed to end the emotional chapter.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: 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 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 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 without prompting to performing a Batman Gambit 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.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: These three words sum up Umbridge's personality quite aptly. Exemplified by how she passed legislation making it even harder for Lupin to get a job.
  • Happy Dance: After Harry is cleared of all charges, Fred, George, and Ginny do one when he returns. "He got off, he got off, he got off..."
  • Hate Sink: Umbridge's main role in the story is to prove the Death Eaters don't have a monopoly on awful people.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: A highly unusual and anachronistic use of "ejaculate" in its old meaning of "exclaim."
    "We're not going to use magic?" Ron ejaculated loudly.
  • Heroic BSoD: Harry briefly experiences this when he thinks Voldemort might be possessing him. He has a bigger one at the end after Sirius dies.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: When Ron and Hermione recite Harry's combative accomplishments in the last four years, he finally interrupts them to admit he owed his success more to lucky guesses and the convenient arrival of assistance. "I just blundered through it all, I didn't have a clue what I was doing..."
  • "The Hero Sucks" Song: The Slytherins make up a song taunting new Quidditch 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 Ironic Echo when Ron leads Gryffindor to beating Ravenclaw and win the Cup.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • The spell James uses to make Snape hang upside down in the air? In the next book, 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 tactics don't work against very angry, very intelligent centaurs, who have had plenty of experience with people like Umbridge.
    • Umbridge's decrees that limit the authority of the other teachers bite her in the ass when the students raise hell against her, and none of the other teachers deal with it because they don't have the authority to do so.
  • The Horseshoe Effect: Umbridge pursues an insanely harsh and fundamentalist interpretation of law and order. Despite her self-proclaimed virtue, she is incredibly guilty of numerous sins while trying to carry out "the Ministry’s work", including pride. By the end of the novel she goes so far as to try to use the Cruciatus Curse on Harry, becoming the very “naughty person” she claimed to oppose, only not following through because Hermione interrupts her.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Araminta Melliflua (a member of the House of Black) wanted this legalized. On Muggles, of course.
  • Hypocritical Humour: 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.

    I - L 
  • Idiot Ball: Nearly everyone buys the ludicrous story that Dumbledore is a senile old crackpot, despite his well-earned reputation as one of the wisest and greatest wizards of the age.
  • If We Survive This: 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 into the fountain instead.
  • I Hate Past Me: After Harry confronts him about how he and James acted when they were teenagers, Sirius admits he's not proud of his behaviour and calls the two of them "arrogant little berks".
  • I Have No Son!: Sirius explains that this was his family's standard reaction whenever they produced someone halfway decent.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Fudge tenaciously refuses to believe Harry and Dumbledore's pleas that Voldemort is back for three reasons: 1, he thinks Harry is a glory hound after reading Rita Skeeter from the last book; 2, he thinks Dumbledore is after his job even though he turned down the position of minister and 3, he believes they are trying to cause a panic that will destabilize the Ministry after thirteen years of maintaining the peace. While it's understandable, given that Voldemort gave the Ministry a lot of grief during the First Wizarding War, his refusal serves as the main driving force behind the story's conflict and why Harry must form Dumbledore's Army after putting up with the more detestable Umbridge. It isn't until the end that Fudge finally sees Voldemort for himself and karma comes back to bite him hard when we learn he got fired in the following book.
  • I'll Kill You!:
    • And played with in the dénouement:
      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..."
  • Impaled Palm: Narrowly averted in Chapter 5 when Fred and George attempt to make the dinner (stew and bread) float to the table at Grimmauld Place; the knife slips off the breadboard and lands point down right where Sirius's hand was a second before.
  • Incapable of Disobeying: Kreacher was able to betray Sirius and, by extension, the Order of the Phoenix by utilizing Exact Words. As Dumbledore explains at the end of the book, he took advantage of an angry command by Sirius to "Get Out!" to leave his home for the first time in years, ran straight to a member of the extended Black family, and spilled what he could. Fortunately, his ability to do so was hampered by being unable to reveal anything Sirius had specifically forbidden him to speak of, but he was still able to do irreparable damage with what little he could, as it led directly to Sirius' death.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Averted. Harry feels uncomfortable and wants to leave the room after Moody shows him a picture of the original Order of the Phoenix, many of whose members had died shortly after the photo was taken. He starts to pretend that he forgot to pack something (the school year started the next day), but Moody turns away before he finishes his sentence.
  • The Inspector Is Coming: Played for Drama with Umbridge's inspections. She's been appointed by the Ministry to improve Hogwarts' education quality and become the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. Unofficially, she's there to undermine Headmaster Dumbledore and Harry Potter, both of whom have become the Minister's political enemies. While some of her assessments are correct (such as Trelawney's subpar curriculum), she's unnecessarily cruel about it. Most of them are still either biased by her pureblood prejudice (e.g., hating Hagrid for being half-giant) or just baseless nitpicking to the teachers most loyal to Dumbledore. The Minister as a whole deems the previous Defense Against the Dark Arts classes unsuitable (which is not entirely untrue), so it's implied that they carried out an inspection off-screen about that too.
  • I See Them, Too: Harry, Luna, and the Thestrals. She was also the only other character to hear the same murmuring from behind the veil that Harry did.
  • It's All About Me: Even when a threat to the Wizarding World is imminent, Fudge retains a shockingly solipsistic attitude.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Though the concept of stitches had been around since at least 500 BCE, it had never been picked up by the wizarding world even into the 1990s, 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 be because the venom dissolved them, or Arthur just does not understand Muggle technology very well.
    "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 —"
    "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?"
  • I Warned You:
    • Prior to Harry's arrival at 12 Grimmauld Place, Dumbledore warned Sirius that 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.
    • Of course, it also goes the other way. Sirius warned Dumbledore that keeping Harry Locked Out of the Loop about Voldemort's plans would lead to disaster. After Voldemort lures Harry into a trap and Sirius is killed as a result, Dumbledore admits he was right.
    • And of course, when Fudge finally sees Voldemort with his own eyes at the Ministry, Dumbledore doesn't waste any time to remind him that he's been telling him all the year that the Dark Lord was back, and Fudge refused to listen.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • After Ron and Hermione begin suspecting Fred and George may have done something illegal to get their funding for their joke shop, Harry finally tells them he gave them his Triwizard Tournament winnings.
    • Harry tells everyone he knew about Neville’s parents for quite some time after they run into him and his grandma visiting them at the hospital.
  • Insult Backfire: After Ron becomes the new Gryffindor keeper, the Slytherins create the song "Weasley is Our King" to mock him during matches. But once Ron gets over his nerves and and proves to be a excellent player, the Gryffindors adopt the song and change the lyrics to praise his skills.
  • Ironic Echo: At his trial, Harry is asked by one of the Wizengamot (Madame Bones) if his use of underage magic involved a "corporeal" Patronus, which he was at first confused by. And during Dumbledore's Army's first meeting at the Hog's Head, her niece Susan Bones is one of the people who showed up, and she asks him if he can do a "corporeal" Patronus as well, with their exchange almost exactly identical. However, Madam Bones' questioning comes during a trial prosecuting Harry, while Susan's questioning comes in support of Harry. Harry instantly makes the connection between those two, and deduces that the two are related, which she confirms.
  • 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 Surrounded by Idiots who are in complete denial of Voldemort's return. He also seems to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and it's also rather heavily implied that sharing thoughts with Voldemort isn't doing his mental state any favours.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • The way she did it was completely unjustified and just goes to show how horrible she is, but Umbridge 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 mid-1970s memory of himself and the Marauders as youngsters in the Pensieve, he realises Snape was right about his father being arrogant. He also sees that Snape has good reasons for disliking his father.
    • Harry spots Lavender and Parvati looking distraught about Hagrid's return to teaching and concedes that at least in his substitute's classes, there's no chance of someone getting their head bitten off.
    • When Hagrid starts leading everyone to see the Thestrals and assures them they're safe, Malfoy points out that Hagrid's brought wild stuff to class that he considered safe but turned out to be dangerous to the class before. Even a few of the Gryffindors silently acknowledge he has a point. Of course, the "jerkass" part comes back with a vengeance minutes later when he and the other Slytherins outright lie about Hagrid to Umbridge.
    • Harry during his fight with Cho, while he tells her not to run off crying, points out several facts: Marietta sold out everyone, including Cho, to Umbridge, who would have expelled them all. Also, her wanting to save her mother's job is a terrible excuse; Arthur Weasley works for the Ministry as well and Fred, George, Ginny and Ron didn't feel the need to betray anyone. He doesn't even have to bring up Susan Bones and her aunt Amelia.
  • Jerkass Realization: Harry acts as a jerk towards his friends throughout the book, especially near the beginning when he's seething at being Locked 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.
  • Jingle the Coins: As Harry is walking to his hearing, he passes Cornelius Fudge talking to Lucius Malfoy. He hears the clink of coins from under Malfoy's cloak, implying he was about to give Fudge a bribe.
  • Just a Kid: Molly and Lupin invoke this when the Order withholds information from Harry, much to his displeasure.
  • Kangaroo Court: 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 (and keep Dumbledore from showing up with evidence and a witness who can exonerate Harry).
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Every member of the Inquisitorial Squad suffers Amusing Injuries, but none of them is punished for acting like Umbridge's Secret Police and engaging in active torture. In fact, their points removal lasts through the end of the year so that McGonagall has to add points for Snape to want to deduct.
    • The Aurors that sent McGonagall to the hospital with their Stunners aren't fired.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Mrs. Weasley telling Sirius that he was a poor godfather because he was in prison for twelve 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 taunting Harry about Sirius' death up until he tries the Cruciatus Curse on her.
    • 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 ask about his father being in the hospital.
  • Killed Off for Real: A major supporting character (Sirius Black) dies in the climax, and doesn't come back in the form of a ghost, portrait, Priori Incantatem shade or Pensieve memory. This devastates Harry, and it's only furthered when Nearly Headless Nick explains that even if the character did return by any of these methods, it would only be as a pale imitation of their original self.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: In the book, Cho leans in to kiss Harry, and the scene ends, then cutting to a few minutes later when he returns to the Gryffindor common room and discusses it with Ron and Hermione.
  • Klingon Promotion: Hagrid describes how Karkus, the Gurg (chief) of the Giants who was sympathetic to their overtures of wanting giant allies in the fight against Voldemort, was beheaded and replaced by a Gurg with ties to Death Eaters.
  • I Know What You Fear: Molly Weasley's Boggart, which shapeshifts into one dead family member after another, starting with Ron and ending with Harry himself. Just to rub salt in the wound, Sirius arrives in time to see that last one, and is clearly shaken.
  • Known by the Postal Address: The Black family house is also usually referred to as "number twelve, Grimmauld Place"; this is significant as it is only possible to access it when specifically told the address by the secret-keeper.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • 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.
    • Dudley counts as this as well, as he had helped make Harry's life miserable for literally over a decade. He gets serious comeuppance when The Dementors force him to face the worst memories of his life and make him see what a complete Jerkass he's been. If not for Harry, Dudley would have faced a Fate Worse than Death. Lucky for him Harry is a hero through and through.
    • Umbridge spends the whole book referring to giants and centaurs as half-breeds. She tries it at the end of the book with a herd of centaurs that surround her and a captive Harry and Hermione, claiming she has the power to order them around. They point out she has no authority in the Forbidden Forest because it's their territory, and they have dealt with people like her before. Cue them carrying her off screaming after disarming her. Dumbledore goes to bargain with the centaurs and comes back with Umbridge who is physically unharmed but catatonic but has ordered her removal as DADA teacher, letting her stay long enough to get medical treatment.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • The book opens with Harry dealing with his frustrations over going so long without knowing what Voldemort is up to following his resurrection during the events of Goblet of Fire, similar to how readers had to wait three years following Goblet of Fire's release to find out what would happen in this book.
    • Moody telling Vernon, "I expect what you're not aware of would fill several books."
  • Lending a Backhand: Discussed when Snape trains Harry in Occlumency and Ron theorizes that he's actually trying to weaken Harry's mind to make it easier for Voldemort to read it. This is quickly refuted by Hermione, who points out that they've made similar accusations against Snape every year, only to realize Snape was trying to help them all along.
  • Let Me at Him!:
    • In a bit of role-reversal, Harry and Ron have to hold Neville back when Malfoy makes a crass remark about magic-induced brain damage.
    • Fred and George have to be held back from punching Malfoy when he starts badmouthing their parents. When Malfoy insults Harry's mother, Harry tackles him.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Lucius Malfoy tells the remaining Death Eaters to split into pairs and search the various chambers for Harry and his friends. Suffice to say, it goes badly for the Death Eaters.
    Lucius: Leave Nott, leave him I say! The Dark Lord will not care for Nott's injuries as much as losing that prophecy. Jugson, come back here, we need to organize. We'll split into pairs and search and remember, be gentle with Potter until we've got the prophecy, you can kill the others if necessary. Bellatrix, Rodolphus, you take the left; Crabbe, Rabastan, go right; Jugson, Dolohov, the door straight ahead; Macnair and Avery, through here; Rookwood, over there; Mulciber, come with me!
  • Like an Old Married Couple: 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.
  • Like a Son to Me: Molly about Harry, as if it wasn't clear already. Despite the huge fight going on when she says it, it's a rather heartwarming moment.
  • Listing the Forms of Degenerates: When Kreacher the house-elf 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..."
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Deconstructed. Harry is subjected to this throughout most of the book by a variety of adults with very good reasons for doing so, all of whom genuinely have his best interest at heart. At the beginning of the novel, all this does is worsen Harry's growing sense of isolation in the wake of Cedric's death. By the end, it leads to Harry dragging his friends on a mission to rescue Sirius from the Department of Mysteries, which turns out to be a Death Eater ambush set up by Voldemort and leads to Sirius being killed in the ensuing battle.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • As noted under "Exact Words", 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 could divulge intelligence 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.
    • When Fred and George start selling their Skiving Snackboxes after demonstrating them in the common room, Hermione can't do anything about it because they're free to test the products on themselves and it's only against the rules for the two to sell them if they're dangerous (which is proven not to be the case).
  • Love Doodles: Teenage James Potter writes Lily Evans' initials inside a drawing of a Golden Snitch during the Pensieve flashback.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: During Voldemort's duel with Dumbledore, Voldemort conjures a silver shield, different from the Protego charm, to deflect Dumbledore's spells.
  • Lured into a Trap: Despite Harry's vision, Voldemort isn't holding Sirius in the Department of Mysteries. Instead, it's a Death Eater ambush.

    M - O 
  • Madness Shared by Two: Harry is now able to see the horses which pull the normally-horseless carriages for returning students to the school. Neither Ron nor Hermione or any of Harry's circle of friends (save Neville) can see them, and Harry wonders if he's having hallucinations, only for Luna Lovegood to say she can see them too and reassure him that he's just as sane as she is. Subverted when it turns out the horses (called Thestrals) can only be seen by those who have watched someone die in front of them, and both Harry and Luna are perfectly sane; in the book, Neville can also see them, making this technically a madness shared by three. The film plays this straighter, as it's suggested Harry and Luna are the only two of the group who can see the thestrals.
  • Magic Fire: Antonin Dolohov uses a curse that forms purple flames that are implied to cause internal injury, as Hermoine is knocked unconscious and is on a regimen of numerous healing potions for a while afterwards, despite lacking any outward physical injuries.
  • Mars and Venus Gender Contrast: Harry slams headlong into this trope like a brick wall during his first date with Cho (on Valentine's Day, no less), though Hermione is kind enough to explain Cho's reactions after the fact.
    • First Hermione insists that Harry meet her at noon in the Three Broomsticks, saying it's important. Even when Harry tells Hermione he's planning to spend the day with Cho, Hermione says Harry can bring her, too. When Harry tells Cho, she seems to be a bit thrown but otherwise okay. Hermione explains that Harry should have sold the meeting to Cho as a real chore, but Hermione made him promise, and he'd try and get it done quickly, and should have mentioned how ugly he thinks Hermione is.
    • Then, when they stop to have tea, Roger Davies from the Ravenclaw Quidditch team is present, and Cho mentions that he'd asked her out, too, but she turned him down. Hermione explains that Cho said this because, still a bit annoyed that Harry had agreed to meet another girl on his Valentine's Day with her, she was trying to make him jealous. And Harry did get a bit jealous, but he's nonconfrontational enough that he didn't let it show.
    • Then Cho starts talking about Cedric, which really throws Harry for a loop, since every time Cho talks about Cedric she starts crying, and Harry doesn't want her to be sad. He also hasn't come close to processing his own feelings about Cedric's death, and doesn't want to think that Cho would rather be here with Cedric instead of him. Hermione explains that Cho needs to try and work out her feelings about Cedric's death, and Harry's the only one she feels she can talk to, since they're the two who were most affected by it (Cho was dating him, Harry was there when he was killed and indirectly caused his death). She also genuinely likes Harry, and is having a lot of very confusing feelings between her attraction to him and her mourning for Cedric, and just needs to talk some things out. Ron suggests Hermione should write a book explaining how girls think so boys can understand.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Weasley is our King", doubles an Ironic Echo to the Slytherins.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Dolores Umbridge. "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 subhuman, that "he is to be pitied". A little reminiscent of Frankenstein's Monster — or "creature" in the original novel.
    • Grimmauld Place: "grim old place".
  • Mind Rape: Revealed to be an important plot point. Snape reveals that Voldemort loves doing this to his victims, and his teaching Harry Occlumency is the defence against it. Voldemort does attempt this on Harry near the end of the book but fails.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: 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.
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Umbridge, again, combining it with Sadist Teacher, while addressing the students like they're five-year-olds. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows shows that she still acts this way outside of the classroom as well.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Cho gets this impression of Harry on their date, thanks to his poor choice of words in describing his meeting with Hermione later. Though one may wonder how exactly she arrived at that conclusion, since Harry told her Hermione said he could bring her, too...
  • Mistaken for Gay: Dudley mocks Harry for yelling "Don't kill Cedric!" in his sleep, wondering, "Who's Cedric — your boyfriend?"
  • Mistaken for Insane: Harry spends almost the entire book labelled as an attention-seeking crazy person because he keeps insisting that Voldemort is back and the Minister for Magic simply doesn't want it to be true.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Umbridge begins her start-of-the-year speech in her normal Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher persona (itself unprecedented since, as Harry notes, only Dumbledore had ever done this before), then switches to a Purple Prose-laden explanation of her plans for the school. Hermione summarizes it as "the Ministry's interfering at Hogwarts."
    • 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 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 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 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 From Bad to Worse, with Harry's image about his parents (especially James) 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.
  • Motivational Kiss: Hermione gives Ron a kiss on the cheek before his first Quidditch game.
  • Mugging the Monster: The attempt of Umbridge and her Aurors to arrest Hagrid doesn't go according 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 culprit and throws him ten feet. He knocks out two more of his attackers before fleeing the castle grounds with Fang on his back.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Draco threatening Harry at the end of the book, with his father in jail, which was Lucius' own fault for not being able to handle a group of children in the Ministry of Magic.
    • Once Harry and Dumbledore's claim that Voldemort has returned is confirmed beyond all question, The Daily Prophet writes an article commending Harry on his bravery for sticking to his story while "forced to bear ridicule and slander". As Hermione notes, they were the ones who did all of the ridiculing and slandering in the first place.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Becomes an issue with Harry's father. Up until now, Harry has only been exposed to a spotless, eulogized version of James. When he witnesses some of his father's very human flaws such as his arrogance and tendency towards bullying, Harry goes into an emotional tailspin.
  • New Ability Addiction: For all their complaining about Percy Apparating 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Hermione tries to help the Hogwarts house-elves by hiding articles of clothing around the Gryffindor Common Room for them to pick up while cleaning rubbish so they'll be freed. All she succeeds in doing is causing them to further resent her for insulting their intelligence and leaving Dobby to have to clean the entire room by himself.
    • Nice job finding the prophecy so that the Death Eaters can take it and drawing Sirius out of hiding so that he's killed, Harry!
    • Fudge's refusal to heed Harry and Dumbledore's warnings allows Voldemort to increase his power virtually unchecked and causes discord between the Minister and the general public.
  • Nice to the Waiter: 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.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Sirius to Kreacher, with tragic consequences. Of course, Kreacher's opinion of him had been pretty low ever since Sirius ran away from home.
  • No Mere Windmill: 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 Windmill Crusader and Dumbledore of being a Manipulative Bastard using this Windmill Political for some shadowy political game. It backfires when they learn both were telling the truth.
  • Noodle Incident: Hagrid had a "slight disagreement" with a vampire in a pub near Minsk.
  • Noodle Implements: The spell that Ron is hit with that makes him giggle and laugh at everything has never been revealed, and causes him to bleed from his mouth.
  • Nose Shove: When Harry and the Weasley family go to St. Mungo's on Christmas Day to visit Arthur, who's still recovering from his snakebites, Harry witnesses a witch with a walnut jammed up her nostril at the lobby.
    St. Mungo receptionist: Family argument, eh? You're the third I've seen today. Spell damage, fourth floor.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: In-universe. Umbridge's ban of Harry's interview with The Quibbler only ensures that everybody reads it. Seamus apologizes to Harry for not believing him after reading it.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: No one knows what the centaurs did to Umbridge to make her catatonic. Madam Pomfrey notes that she's physically unharmed. Ron does troll her, however, by making clip-clopping sounds with his tongue (and it's well-deserved) which causes her to snap out of it.
  • Not Me This Time: After Harry and Dudley are attacked by Dementors in Little Whinging, everyone suspects Voldemort has secretly persuaded them to his side and ordered the attack. It turns out it was actually Umbridge who secretly ordered the attack behind her superiors' backs, as Fudge was looking for a way to keep Harry quiet and Umbridge figured the attack would either result in a Kiss or Harry being expelled for performing underage magic.
  • The Not-So-Harmless Punishment: Harry is punished for speaking out against Umbridge in class by being made to write lines ... with a magic quill that cuts his skin and takes his own blood as ink.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Barkeeping: As the Power Trio and the rest of the students that will eventually take Defence Against the Dark Arts lessons with Harry meet at the Hog's Head, the bartender is described as clearly listening in, and continually scrubbing a glass with a dirty rag, which is actually making the glass dirtier. Harry notes he looks familiar but doesn’t know he’s Dumbledore’s brother who tells him what they’re up to and that they need help.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • 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. Naturally, a lot of fans wish it had been featured onscreen, both to give Ron focus and to let the Quidditch scenes be more diverse.
    • Umbridge tried to do something to Hedwig to steal her letter to Harry. Hedwig escapes, albeit injured, and makes it to Professor Binns' class. While Hermione concludes that Umbridge has been reading Harry's mail, the owl didn't make it easy for the lady.
    • The centaurs drag away Umbridge when she tries her Fantastic Racism plot on them and shoots magic when they show they're no Gentle Giant group like Hagrid. We don't know what they did to her to make her catatonic, but the whole school is celebrating minus the Slytherins.
    • Dumbledore goes to bargain with the centaurs for Umbridge's release. He returns in a short amount of time with the woman in tow.
    • Peeves chases out Umbridge using a bag of chalk and Minerva's walking stick. We don't see it, but Minerva snarkily remarked she would have stopped Peeves if the latter hadn't taken her cane.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Dumbledore, the most powerful wizard on the planet, causes this reaction 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... 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 the prophecy Voldemort sent her to retrieve has been destroyed.
    • All the Death Eaters except Bellatrix have this reaction when Dumbledore joins the fight.
    • Fudge gets one at the climax when he appears in the Ministry just in time to see Voldemort make his exit, finally getting irrefutable proof that Harry and Dumbledore were right all along.
  • Only Sane Man: Madame Bones compared to the rest of the Ministry.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • 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 presumably 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.
    • Played for Laughs on the day Fred and George release the fireworks. Later that day Hermione tells Harry and Ron, who stare morosely at their pile of homework, to take a break, reasoning that they have the upcoming Easter holidays to do their homework.
      Ron: Are you feeling all right?
      Hermione: Now you mention it... d'you know... I think I'm feeling a bit... rebellious.
    • Bellatrix spends most of her page time laughing at Harry and Neville and mocking them about their traumas. Then Harry tries the Cruciatus Curse on her; while it only causes her momentary pain, she drops the act and tells him how to do it properly, that he has to want to be sadistic. Then she freaks out when he reveals the prophecy got smashed.
    • Neville apparently attacking Malfoy for no reason is seen as this by everyone save Harry, who knows why jokes about mentally disturbed and the mental ward in St. Mungo hits too close to home for Neville.
    • Peeves takes orders from no one, except the Bloody Baron. Fred and George, however, order him to "give hell" to Umbridge before they fly out of the school in style. Peeves salutes them in respect and proceeds to do just that.
    • Likewise, normally Minerva McGonagall is about upholding the rules and will punish her Gryffindor students if they fall out of line. This year, however, she offers Harry a biscuit when Umbridge sends him over for punishment and warns him to be careful about what he says. Later, she absolutely refuses to help with the twins' fireworks or their swamp, despite having the power to handle either. Then she advises Peeves that a chandelier unscrews the other way, much to Harry's surprise.
    • When Umbridge and Fudge confront Dumbledore in his office with Harry after Mariettasells out the DA, Dumbledore remains perfectly calm and civil during their questioning. However, as soon as Umbridge physically grabs Marietta and begins throttling her, Dumbledore immediately points his wand at her, and it's perhaps the first time in the series where he's described as being genuinely angry.
  • Our Founder: The statue at the Ministry of Magic.
  • Out-Gambitted: Dumbledore, who acknowledges that his hiding of information made it considerably easier for Voldemort to trick Harry.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: It turns out Snape was the one who told the prophecy to Voldemort, which led him to try to kill Harry. However, he only heard the part labelling Harry, and not why he would be dangerous, leading to his initial downfall.
  • Overt Rendezvous: Hermione tells people who are interested in a defence group to meet at the Hog's Head, rather than the more crowded Three Broomsticks. Unfortunately, not only does the Order still have someone following Harry, but so does Umbridge — and in the relatively deserted pub, they can hear everything being discussed.

    P - R 
  • Pair the Spares: Inverted, in a piece of foreshadowing so indirect that Rowling probably put it in just to amuse herself. You start by asking yourself what exactly the purpose of Michael Corner and Cho Chang hooking up was...
  • Pants-Positive Safety: Defied by Moody, who chews out Harry for storing his wand in his back pocket. Apparently, it's quite common to lose a buttock that way.
  • Papa Wolf: 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.
  • Paper Destruction of Anger: When Ron receives a letter from his pompous brother Percy, congratulating him on becoming a Prefect and advising him to stay away from Harry, whom Percy's bosses at the Ministry of Magic are currently trying to discredit, Ron furiously tears the letter in half three times while insulting Percy in a manner much like Punctuated Pounding.
    "He is —" Ron said jerkily, tearing Percy's letter in half, "the world's" — he tore it into quarters — "biggest" — he tore it into eighths — "git". He threw the pieces into the fire.
  • Pass the Popcorn: The Weasley Twins' reaction to Molly shouting at someone else (Mundungus in this instance) rather than them for once.
  • Perception Filter: There's implied to be something like this on the entrance to Saint Mungo's as Harry notices that none of the Muggles on the busy shopping street seems to see them stepping through the front window of a shop.
  • Pet the Dog: The centaurs Took a Level in Jerkass in this book; they threw out Firenze for defending Hagrid and wanting to help the wizards against Voldemort, threaten Hagrid for bringing Grawp into the woods, and debate if Harry and Hermione are old enough to be treated the way adult wizards are usually treated. Even so, they still respect Dumbledore; when he goes to politely ask them to return Umbridge, he returns with her looked unscathed.
  • Phone Word: Not used to make a call, but the visitor entrance to the Ministry of Magic is hidden in what appears to be a telephone booth with a broken phone. Dialing 62442 (MAGIC) summons a voice that welcomes you to the Ministry and opens the way in.
  • Playing Sick: The Skiving Snackboxes (and joke candies contained within), invented by Fred and George, serve this purpose for their takers.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The basis of the plot, really. The ill-fated "rescue mission" at the Department of Mysteries, and by extension the death of Sirius, never would have happened had Dumbledore told Harry about the prophecy surrounding him and Voldemort, and that Voldemort would try to lure him to the Department of Mysteries in order to obtain said prophecy for himself. Dumbledore had good reasons for not filling Harry in — he was aware that Voldemort had begun figuring out how to use his mental link with Harry for his own benefit — but ultimately admits that he could have handled the situation better, and that on some level his motivation was protecting the boy he had grown to care for from the knowledge that he was fated to face Voldemort in the end.
  • Precision F-Strike: Somewhat downplayed, though it helps establish Ginny’s Fiery Redhead persona, when she finds herself with chocolate in the library.
    Ginny: Oh damn, I forgot.
  • Pregnant Badass: Both Lily Potter and Alice Longbottom survived three confrontations each with Riddle. Given their young ages, at least one confrontation by each would likely have been during pregnancy.
  • Prison Break: Part of the plot when Voldemort breaks a number of Death Eaters out of Azkaban. Most notably, Bellatrix Lestrange.
  • Protagonist-Centred Morality:
    • When the Weasley twins shove 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 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 until Book Six, when Malfoy uses the cabinet to bring Death Eaters into Hogwarts.
    • Marietta Edgecombe betrays Dumbledore's Army, essentially a self-defence club, apparently very reluctantly, for fear of endangering her mother's job. Hermione Granger jinxes her face to erupt in huge, irremovable pimples that spell "SNEAK."note  She, Harry, and, not surprisingly J.K. Rowling, think this is completely justified. Hermione refuses to remove them, and the girl is left with scars for the rest of her life.
  • Proportional Article Importance: Harry notices an article in the paper concerning the arrest and imprisonment of a member of the Order and points it out to his friends. Ron at first only notices an advertisement for robes. Justified, since the article is "barely an inch long'' and the advertisement is nearly full page.
  • Protectorate: Harry is this when Dumbledore defends him from Voldemort, beyond question.
  • Publicly Discussing the Secret: When setting up the DA, Hermione tries to avert this by having their first meeting in the Hog's Head instead of the Three Broomsticks. As Sirius later points out, while more people would have seen them at the Three Broomsticks, it would've been much harder for anyone to make out what they were saying.
  • Public Secret Message: 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.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • When Ron receives a congratulatory letter from Percy (due to Ron being made Prefect) and realizes that the letter contained an advice to sever ties with Harry in order to not jeopardize his own career outlook, Ron tears the letter into pieces and throws said pieces into the fire, muttering as he does so:
      Ron: He is — the world's — biggest — git.
    • Hermione says to Ron upon the latter considering ordering harder drinks when the trio enter the Hog's Head for the first time:
      Hermione: You — are — a — prefect!
  • Putto: There are golden cherubs throwing petals over couples in Madame Puddifoot's on Valentine's Day. It's not clear if these are alive or some kind of magical special effect.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Harry screams at Dumbledore and tears apart his office after Sirius' death. Dumbledore persuades him to hear the full story by saying he isn't angry enough.
  • Random Passerby Advice: Peeves is allowed to cause chaos in the school with impunity since the other teachers enjoy watching Umbridge suffer. At one point he is trying to drop a large and dangerous chandelier, and Harry could swear he heard a passing Professor McGonagall mutter "it unscrews the other way."
  • Reading Tea Leaves: It's part of the Divination O.W.L.s. Harry messes it up completely and tells his examiner that she'll be meeting "a round, dark, soggy stranger".
  • Real Dreams are Weirder: Used for Mood Whiplash 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 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.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Harry receives an epic one from Prof. Phineas Nigellus Black, who explains in no uncertain terms that Dumbledore is a wise and experienced wizard while Harry is an inexperienced teenager, and Dumbledore has his reasons for what he does.
  • Red Herring:
    • Early on we are led to believe that Umbridge is a Death Eater. Subverted when we learn that she was responsible for many of the events early in the book, but under her own agenda.
    • An unintentional one that demonstrates what happens when you train readers to spot a Chekhov's Gunman. Early on in the book, Harry notes that Dudley bragged about having beat up a boy called 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.
    • Zacharias Smith is the DA's knee-jerk Commander Contrarian and, in his Establishing Character Moment, expresses skepticism about Harry's story that Voldemort used the Triwizard Tournament to resurrect himself. He's also noted as the last person to sign the membership parchment. Marietta Edgecombe is the eventual traitor.
    • 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.
  • Remembered Too Late: Harry forgets a gift Sirius gave him that could have allowed him to see through a trap.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Molly accuses Sirius of viewing Harry as a replacement for James. Sirius does not take kindly to this accusation, though it is shown to be partially true.
  • Resign in Protest: Several figures within the Ministry of Magic do this when Fudge pushes Dumbledore aside and installs Umbridge at Hogwarts.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: 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 Curious Qualms of Conscience.
  • The Reveal:
    • 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. 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.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Rereading this book after reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows puts all of Dumbledore's fancy wandwork in a whole different light.
    • The Harry/Ginny scenes take on new meaning after they become a couple in the sixth book.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What did the Death Eaters hit Ron with to make him all giggly and think it a good idea to summon a brain?
  • Rules Lawyer: Literally, as Dumbledore acts as Harry's lawyer ... er, Witness for the Defence, during Harry's hearing. In a rather unusual take on this trope, Dumbledore is forced to play Rules Lawyer because the Wizengamot are deliberately ignoring their own laws.

    S - T 
  • Same Surname Means Related: It's mentioned that Dudley beat up a boy called Mark Evans. J. K. Rowling admitted she'd forgotten that Evans was Harry's mother's maiden name and that Mark is no relation.
  • Save the Villain: No one would have blamed Dumbledore had he left Umbridge to the centaurs' mercy. Regardless, he goes to rescue her after securing her dismissal as DADA teacher from Fudge, and bargains with the centaurs. They like him more than they like any other wizard, so Dumbledore returns quickly with Umbridge and gets her medical treatment before she leaves.
  • A Scar to Remember: Umbridge's magic quill cuts the lines that she makes students write as punishment into their own hand. Harry's lines and scar consists of "I must not tell lies" for his insistence that Voldemort has come Back from the Dead.
  • Scotty Time: Umbridge apparently thinks brewing Veritaserum works this way. It doesn't: Snape informs her it needs a full cycle of the moon to brew and therefore would take at least a month. She depleted Snape's stock herself, by putting the entire vial (when she only needed a few drops) in Harry's tea (which he is intelligent enough not to drink, and which in any case was fake) while she's interrogating him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: In the run-up to OWLs, Malfoy enjoys messing with people by bringing up his father's friendship with Griselda Marchbanks, head of the examination authority. Neville says he's almost certainly bluffing, as his grandmother actually is a friend of Marchbanks' and she's never mentioned the Malfoys.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here:
    • Percy breaks all ties with his family early on over an ideological disagreement, while also thinking they've all fallen for a ploy by Dumbledore to take over the Ministry of Magic, or at least remove the current Minister of Magic.
    • When Dumbledore shows up at the Ministry and joins the battle against the Death Eaters, one of them completely freaks out and attempts to escape. He doesn't get far and is bound by Dumbledore near effortlessly.
    • Voldemort himself does this after realizing that he cannot defeat Dumbledore and his plans to obtain the prophecy are ruined anyway.
  • Secret Society Group Picture: Alastor Moody shows Harry a photograph of all the members of the original Order of the Phoenix the last night before the Trio return to Hogwarts. Moody thought it might be a treat for Harry, but it's in-universe Accidental Nightmare Fuel instead.
  • Separated by a Common Language: After the Dementor attack, the Ministry of Magic sends Harry a premature notice of his expulsion. He tells his aunt and uncle who sent the letter and why. Vernon assumes the "Ministry of Magic" is a department of the Muggle British government and Harry doesn't correct him that it is its own apparatus.
    Vernon: Ministry of Magic? People like you in government? Oh, this explains everything, everything, no wonder the country's going to the dogs.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Hagrid's trip to recruit the giants was one of these. He and Madame Maxime spent the entire previous summer trekking to the place where the giants live and spent many days presenting the leader of the giants gifts in hopes of winning him and the giants he led to the Order's side. Their efforts were wasted when another giant backed by the Death Eaters killed that leader and took over, forcing Hagrid and Maxime to make a hasty retreat. The only real long-term effect their trip had on the story was Hagrid finding and bringing his half-brother Grawp home with him.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Harry starts showing most of the medically accepted signs of chronic complex PTSD, including nightmares, irritability, mood swings, and agitation. It takes reprimands from his friends to stop him from lashing out at them. Books 6 and 7 continue with this.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ron takes an immediate dislike to Ginny's boyfriend, Michael Corner, having been under the impression she still liked Harry. He's quite happy when they break up, and suggests she can do better while giving Harry a meaningful look. Harry misses these hints, and when he does start falling for Ginny mere months later, spends a lot of time worrying Ron will kill him for it.
  • Ship Sinking: 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.
  • Shoot the Messenger: Averted. Voldemort does not punish Rookwood for informing him that his plan to retrieve the prophecy could never have worked. Avery, the man who gave him the wrong information in the first place, however...
  • Sickbed Slaying: This happens to Broderick Bode, a Department of Mysteries employee whom Voldemort tried to use in his Evil Plan du jour, when he's given a bouquet of flowers while hospitalized at St. Mungo's. One of the flowers turns out to be Devil's Snare, which strangles him to death.
  • Sickeningly Sweet: An Invoked Trope with Umbridge's pink, kitten-decorated office. Also, when Harry and Cho go to Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop, on Valentine's Day, Cho says thinks the shop is cute, but Harry lies in agreement, as he is unpleasantly reminded of Umbridge's office.
  • Single Tear: Dumbledore sheds a silent tear as Harry rips into him after the tragedy in the climax of the book.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • 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 trading cards.
    • When Luna gives a speech to Harry about how she believes him, Hermione just has to attack her about the silly things she believes in. Harry understandably calls her out for this: "Mind not offending the only people who believe me?"
    • Hours before that, Ron has to interrupt Cho and Harry's conversation to attack her about supporting the Tutshill Tornadoes, her favoured professional Quidditch team. After Cho leaves, Hermione scolds Ron for his tactlessness.
  • Sneaky Departure: When Harry believes that his presence at Grimmauld Place will put the others at risk, he decides to sneak away; but he is intercepted by Phineas Nigellus, appearing to him in a picture.
    Phineas: Going somewhere? ... I have a message for you from Albus Dumbledore: stay where you are.
    Harry: I haven't moved! So what's the message?
    Phineas: I have just given it to you, dolt. The message is: stay where you are.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Harry's escape from Voldemort at the end of the last novel is stated in-universe to be one for the Death Eaters. Nobody outside of their ranks was suppoused to learn what had happened to Harry during the final Task of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, or that Voldemort had come back to full life and power. The last person Voldemort wanted to learn of his return was Dumbledore (who already had his supsicions thanks to events over the course of Goblet, but only had pieces of the puzzle rather than the full picture). Thanks to Harry's escape and testimony, Dumbledore wasted no time reactivating the Order of the Phoenix and making the opening moves of his counter-campaign.
    • Of course, then Fudge turning on Dumbledore was one the heroes didn't expect either.
    • While downplayed, Percy's row with Molly and Arthur derails Fudge's plan for the Weasleys. The whole point of Fudge bailing Percy out from the Barty Crouch Sr. scandal and promoting him was to place a spy inside the Weasley family (and confirm their 'conspiring' with Dumbledore). Fudge didn't realize Percy had long-simmering resentments towards his father, or that the promotion would bring it all boiling to the surface and lead to a schism.
  • Soap Punishment: 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.
  • Something-itis: When students use Fred and George's illness-faking sweets to get out of class in protest of the new headmistress, they say they're suffering from "Umbridge-itis".
  • So Proud of You: When the Order briefs Harry on what Voldemort has been doing over the summer, Sirius tells Harry that Voldemort messed up his resurrection plan. Lupin, with a satisfied smile, immediately corrects this to Harry messed up Voldemort's plan for him.
  • Spit Take: Ron spits Butterbeer on himself when Hermione mentions that Ginny is going out with Michael Corner.
  • Stealth Pun: Harry is touched by Mrs Weasley calling him "as good as" her son, but is "impatient with her mollycoddling". Molly is Mrs Weasley's forename.
  • Stress Vomit: Dudley, after the encounter with Dementors, promptly upchucks all over the doormat as soon as Harry gets him back home.
  • Streisand Effect: In-Universe 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.
  • Students' Secret Society: One of the subplots revolves around Harry, Ron, and Hermione starting a secret student club called Dumbledore's Army note  to teach combat magic, sparked by the refusal of Professor Dolores Umbridge to actually teach useful defensive magic. Once Umbridge becomes the new headmistress, Dumbledore's Army evolves into a makeshift La Résistance undermining Umbridge's administration.
  • Suddenly Shouting: 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 readers, after getting through a rather sedate conversation, are suddenly assaulted by an eye-searing passage when they turn the page.
  • Surprise Witness: Mrs. Figg during Harry's trial.
  • Symbolically Broken Object: Sirius gives Harry a magic mirror that will allow them to communicate. Harry tries using it after Sirius' death but it doesn't work, so he throws it in his trunk and it smashes. It later becomes a Chekhov's Boomerang.
  • Taking the Bullet: Fawkes (a phoenix) can swallow an Avada Kedavra curse, expire as a result, and then return to life as a chick.
  • Taking the Heat: After Harry is taken to Dumbledore's office by Umbridge and a few Aurors on charges of raising an army in the name of Dumbeldore's Army, Dumbledore instead takes the blame and accepts full responsibility as he wants to keep Harry safe at the school and Dumbledore knows they won't be able to bring him into Azkaban, nor keep him in there.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Harry begins throwing and smashing random objects in Dumbledore's office, wanting an explanation about everything that's been going on from Dumbledore, who realizes that he must finally tell Harry the Awful Truth.
  • Tastes Like Disdain: During the summer following Cedric's murder and Voldemort's return, Harry is stuck at his abusive aunt's and uncle's house, suffering from nightmares about the incident and being kept out of the loop by his friends and allies. Dumbledore won't let them tell him anything, so all he gets are letters with vague statements like "We can't say much about you-know-what, obviously" and "We've been told not to say anything important incase our letters go astray." He's so mad at all of them that when Ron and Hermione send him Honeydukes chocolates in the mail for his birthday, he throws the packages in the trash without opening them.
  • Taught by Television: When Snape describes Legilimency to Harry at the start of their first Occumulency lesson, Harry tries to sum it up as "mind-reading". Snape's response amounts to "Every Legililmens wishes that viewing the thoughts of others was as clear as the Muggle conception of mind-reading" and scolds him for trying to simplify it where Voldemort is concerned.
  • Teach Me How To Fight: Dumbledore's Army is born when Ron and Hermione ask Harry to teach them how to use advanced defensive magic.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Sirius taunts his duelling opponents about their incompetence, right before Bellatrix kills him.
    • After Bellatrix realises Harry isn't bluffing and the prophecy has been destroyed, she freaks out and starts begging Voldemort not to punish her for the failure.
      Harry: Save your breath! He can't hear you!
      Voldemort: (from behind Harry) Can't I, Potter?
  • There Are No Therapists:
    • 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.
    • For that matter, this book may have ended a bit differently if Sirius could have gotten some counselling.
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: Defied by Sirius, who agrees with Harry that Umbridge is as bad as any of Voldemort's servants, but that "the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters."
  • There Should Be a Law: 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 overrules Umbridge, forcing her to re-form the Gryffindor Quidditch team, she calls up Fudge and receives a nice educational decree (McGonagall: "Oh, not another one!") giving her absolute power.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When Harry sees Neville and his grandmother at St. Mungo's and instantly realizes who they're there to visit he starts frantically thinking of a way to keep the rest of the group from seeing Neville. When this fails and Augusta invites them over, Harry is all but cringing at what's about to happen.
  • Throw 'Em to the Wolves: Or any quadruped of equivalent grouchiness (centaurs in this case). Hermione tricks Umbridge into entering the Forbidden Forest while concurrently tricking the centaurs into finding them, and Umbridge's Fantastic Racism did the rest. The herd of Centaurs carries her away.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Hermione, who has been made one of Gryffindor's new Prefects and therefore is tasked with enforcing rules, chooses good over lawfulness, thinking up the DA and committing to it after Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four retroactively forbids it.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: 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 Surprisingly Sudden Death (in reality it was Mrs. Weasley's worst fear made manifest by a Boggart). The actual death turned out to be the comparatively minor character of Sirius Black.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Calling a group of centaurs armed with bows and arrows "filthy half-breeds"? Really, Umbridge, you've got only yourself to blame for that one.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Cornelius Fudge. In previous appearances he was quite amiable and always greeted Harry with a smile. Now his unfounded fears about Dumbledore taking over the Ministry and his determination to ignore the evidence of Voldemort's return leave him openly hostile to Harry and Dumbledore.
    • Harry in this novel in particular as part of his character development. Throughout the book, he's incensed that the adults in his life are treating him with kid gloves after the events of Goblet and keeping him out of the loop on matters he's insistent to know. In turn, Harry lashes out continuously at his friends for being meddlesome or unsupportive when he decides to take matters into his own hands. Because of the distrust sown, he even disregards Dumbledore's vague but important instructions to take his Occlumency lessons with Snape seriously and with genuine effort, and ignores Hermione's sound logic Voldemort could be baiting him with the visions Harry sees. The Trauma Conga Line he suffers finally teaches him the hardest lesson that his impulsiveness and stubbornness led to catastrophic consequences, and in the following books, he's slightly more level-headed and receptive to the idea he doesn't always know best despite his accomplishments; though he remains stubborn and prone to shouting if people disagree with him too much.
      Ginny: We recognized Harry's voice — what are you yelling about?
      Harry: ("roughly") Never you mind.
      Ginny: ("coolly") There's no need to take that tone with me. I was only wondering whether I could help.
      Harry: ("shortly") Well, you can't.
      Luna: ("serenely") You're being rather rude, you know.
      Narration: Harry swore and turned away. The very last thing he wanted now was a conversation with Luna Lovegood.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • Dumbledore, twice in the book. The first time is when he calmly warns Umbridge that he "cannot allow [her] to manhandle my students," and it's enough to leave her cowed. The second, subtler time is during his duel with Voldemort in the Ministry. Dumbledore notes that merely killing Voldemort wouldn't satisfy him, and that "there are other ways to destroy a man."
    • Averted with Harry, who (thanks to the sheer amount of trauma he's under) bursts out yelling more than once.
  • Translation by Volume: Umbridge maliciously speaks to Hagrid in a loud, slow, and unpleasant manner 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 explain what Thestrals are, albeit in a confused and would-be helpful manner rather than a malicious one.
  • Translation: "Yes": Hermione is, of course, the only student who doesn't succumb to Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! during Umbridge's boring, long-winded speech on the first day of term. She has to answer her own 'pop quiz' to Ron and Harry about two representative lines therefrom, and does it in this way: "It means the Ministry's interfering at Hogwarts."
  • Trauma Conga Line: Deathly Hallows is the only other book in the series that rivals how much misery is piled onto Harry, and even then it's still a pretty close call. To set the tone, this book starts with Harry struggling to cope with the most traumatic event in his life so far (witnessing Cedric being murdered before his eyes, being tortured by knives and the Cruciatus Curse by the man he fears most while all alone and isolated from anyone's help, let alone how Voldemort toyed with him and nearly killed him once again). Said event has clearly given him PTSD and constant nightmares, and the only company he has are his abusive relatives, as his friends won't even write to him, nor can he get any information on Voldemort's current actions. Every time he thinks his situation can't get worse, it does.
    • He's then attacked and nearly has his soul sucked out by Dementors, barely manages to survive and is then nearly expelled on the spot for performing magic. He's brought to Grimmauld Place where he's further kept in the dark by the Order despite how much he's fought against Voldemort in the past. He does manage to be cleared of his charges at the hearing but Dumbledore ignores him and refuses to look at him. Umbridge tortures Harry during multiple detentions using a blood-quill that scars him, and Harry becomes more and more isolated from his peers as they ostracize him for not believing his claims, and Umbridge continues to gain more power. Harry then finds that he has a psychic link with Voldemort that can make him peer into his mind and influence him, making Harry fear that he's been somewhat poisoned by him mentally and might lash out at his closest peers. Things continue to keep escalating (such as Harry and Cho's fallout, the DA being forcefully disbanded and Dumbledore being forced to leave the school), until it finally reaches a climax with Harry receiving a vision of Sirius being kidnapped at the Department of Mysteries, which prompts him and his friends to go there to save him. However, it was really a trap by Voldemort to have Harry retrieve the prophecy and causes him and his friends to fight for their lives against Death Eaters (which gets most of Harry's classmates wounded and knocked out), spiralling into an all out battle between them and the Order that puts all of them in grave peril, and culminates in the death of Sirius, Harry's only real family. Harry chases Sirius's killer in anger, only to run into Voldemort who immediately tries to kill him, though Dumbledore rescues him barely. But shortly after, Voldemort manages to possess Harry and tries to kill him, nearly succeeding until Harry's love for Sirius drives him out. Needless to say, when Dumbledore tries to talk to him, Harry is absolutely livid and throws a tantrum after everything he's been through, destroying much of his office. But it's still not over, Dumbledore then tells Harry (some of) the truth behind his circumstances, that he's the Chosen One destined to oppose Voldemort and that as a result, one of them will kill the other eventually as a result. The poor boy really has the weight of the world on his shoulders.
  • Trauma Swing: Harry does one of these at the start of the book, on the only swing in the park that Dudley and his gang haven't broken.
  • Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The curse Hermione gave to anyone ratting on Dumbledore's Army was a permanent marking on the face.
  • Two-Timer Date: Harry averts this on Valentine's Day in Hogsmeade, which is when Hermione has set up Rita Skeeter's interview with him. Cho, however, thinks it is this, which is how their burgeoning romance gets nipped in the bud. While Hermione pressed the interview's importance on Harry, she also lets him know after-the-fact he erred in not playing up to Cho what an inconvenience Hermione and the interview was and would rather spend time with Cho.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Dolores Umbridge's horrible misrule.

    U - Y 
  • Uncool Undies: In a flashback scene, James Potter bullies Snape by doing the magical equivalent of a Pants-Pulling Prank, levitating him by his ankle so that his robe flips over, revealing what's described as a pair of "grey and sagging y-fronts."
  • Under the Mistletoe: 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. Luna, however, doesn't even seem to understand what mistletoe is for.
  • Unguided Lab Tour: The Ministry of Magic's Department of Mysteries is where the mysteries of magic are researched by specialists known as Unspeakables. Upon arriving there, Harry and five other D.A. members find themselves in a circular entrance room with twelve, black, identical doors. It's a downplayed case because the heroes only enter three of the doors because they are in a race against time. The first door leads to a room full of eerie (and later, aggressive) disembodied brains. The second opens to an atrium with the Veil (a life-death limbo of sorts) in its center. The third doesn't open, so they try a fourth and it leads them to a room littered with time-turners and clocks. Harry recognizes their glittering lights from his dreams, so they don't return to the Entrance Room but continue forward. They get to the room they are looking for, the Hall of Prophecies and it's there that they are finally noticed. This makes it an Invoked Trope too because the Death Eaters put an alarm in one of the orbs in the hopes of Harry successfully evading the Ministry personnel and security until they have him exactly where they want him.
  • Unknowingly Possessing Stolen Goods: Mondingus Fletcher tells the teenage guest of the Blake House how he once sold to someone frogs he stole him beforehand.
  • Unseen No More: Arabella Figg, Mundungus Fletcher, and Aberforth Dumbledore, all characters only mentioned in the previous books, finally make their on-page debuts here (though in the case of Aberforth, we don't find out it's him until Deathly Hallows).
  • Unstoppable Rage: When Umbridge attempts to sack Hagrid, he loses his temper and the team of Aurors she brought along for it attempt to arrest him, but their spells just bounce off him. When Fang gets blasted trying to defend him, 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.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Even though Harry wholeheartedly appreciates their courage later and they eventually become more competent in later books, it’s hard to say exactly how useful 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. Lampshaded by the narration when Neville, Luna, and Ginny guilt-trip him over the aim of Dumbledore's Army into letting them tag along:
    [Harry] knew that Ron was thinking exactly what he was: If he could have chosen any members of the D.A. in addition to himself, Ron, and Hermione to join him in an attempt to rescue Sirius, he would not have picked Ginny, Neville, or Luna.
  • The War Has Just Begun: There's a reason why the final chapter is entitled "The Second War Begins". And the war's first casualty is Sirius.
  • Warts and All: After spending many books with a very idealized view of his parents, Harry gets to view one of Snape's memories of them and is shocked to find out that his father was a showoff and could be kind of a jerk. The shock is so much so that he gets a lot of angst about whether or not everything he'd thought about his father was a lie. He eventually talks to Sirius and Lupin about it and they explain to him that, yes, James was being a jackass in that specific instance, but he was an immature teenager at the time and was still a good man and a good husband overall. Later, Harry witnesses Ron behaving much like James did in the memory and finally gets over the shock and accepts his father simply had his faults and flaws, just like everyone else.
  • We Do Not Know Each Other: Fellow Order members Arthur and Kingsley must act rather cordially to each other on Ministry grounds, since as far as anyone else knows they barely know each other.
  • Well, This Is Not That Trope: Dumbledore's brief speech before the welcoming feast:
    "To our newcomers, welcome! To our old hands — welcome back! There is a time for speech making, but this is not it. Tuck in!"
  • Wham Line:
    • Mrs. Figg's response when Harry tries to conceal his wand after she sees him with it is to tell him to keep it out in case more Dementors arrive, revealing she's not all she appears to be...
    • Petunia Dursley, who spent nearly ten years doing everything in her powers hiding magic from Harry Potter, explaining what Dementors are.
    • Dumbledore to Fudge:
      Dumbledore: You seem to be labouring under the delusion that I am going to — what is the phrase? — come quietly. I am afraid I am not going to come quietly at all, Cornelius.
    • In the climax, when Harry grabs the prophecy, Death Eaters surround the kids without preamble.
      Lucius Malfoy: Very good, Potter. Now turn around, nice and slowly, and give that to me.
  • What the Hell, Hero?
    • 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 What the Hell, Hero? treatment when he's about to flee at Christmas, taking his Chronic Hero Syndrome 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 is pretty low on the "Hero" scale but 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.
    • Harry is furious when Cho tries to apologize for Marietta betraying them all because he thinks Cho ought to have chosen her friends better. It's one thing that it happened, but it's another that Cho is trying to be an apologist, as he bluntly tells her.
    • The centaurs give one to Hermione after they correctly guessed she used them to get rid of Umbridge. Turns out a proud race of magical beings already mistrustful of wizards don't like being used as Unwitting Pawns in their affairs.
    • Dumbledore makes a barbed comment about how the highest court in the wizarding world was called in to judge what is normally a mild misdemeanor, causing many of the court's members to shift uncomfortably in their seats.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Molly Weasley hadn't heard of a branch of Muggle medicine called "stitches" before 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...
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ron's fear of spiders comes up again early on, while everyone's cleaning out the Black house and several saucer-sized arachnids show up. The narration notes that "Ron left the room hurriedly to make a cup of tea and did not return for an hour and a half."
  • Wizard Duel: After five books, we get to see Dumbledore and Voldemort throw down during the climax. It's rather short and effectively a tie, but confirms that these two are on a completely different level from anyone else.
  • World's Shortest Book: Inverted, though the spirit of the insult is the same:
    Vernon: I am not aware that it is any of your business what goes on in my house—
    Mad-Eye: I expect what you're not aware of would fill several books, Dursley.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child:
    • In their first appearance this book, the centaurs let Hagrid pass because he has "foals" (Harry and Hermione) with him. The second time, however, they decide that they're grown up enough to be acceptable targets.
    • In a bizarre version, Hermione stops Harry from attacking a Death Eater whose head (but not the rest of him) has been regressed to that of a baby.
  • Would Rather Suffer: In Snape's memory, when James asks out Lily, she responds: "I wouldn’t go out with you if it was a choice between you and the giant squid."
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Snape's worst memory is from when he, Lily, the Marauders, and others in their year sat their OWLs, which was in late spring 1976. Although the students would have been fifteen years old when they began that year, James Potter is said to have been fifteen years old at the time of the memory, both in narration and in dialogue — though his joint gravestone with Lily in The Deathly Hallows reveals his date of birth as 27 March 1960.
  • Writing Lines: Umbridge forces Harry to do this every day for a week, with a 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.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Umbridge tries this 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.
  • You Have Failed Me: Voldemort invokes this when speaking to Bellatrix after the prophecy is destroyed; though he is clearly livid about his minions screwing up, his attention is fully focused on Harry, and he merely says he'll deal with Bellatrix later.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Harry's whole reaction to Uncle Vernon asking Dudley if he beat up two Dementors.
    Vernon: Fought 'em off, did you, son? Gave 'em the old one-two, did you?
    Harry: You can't give a Dementor the old one-two!
  • Younger Mentor, Older Disciple: Downplayed — Harry's a fifth-year student at this point, but his role as leader of Dumbledore's Army has him teaching older students like seventh-year students Fred and George Weasley.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame:
    • After Ron becomes a Prefect, Percy sends him a congratulatory letter. What sets this trope in motion is the part of the letter containing an advisory to sever ties with Harry so Ron doesn't jeopardize his career outlook. Once Ron reads that part, he tears the letter to pieces before tossing the letter into the fire.
    • 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 What the Hell, Hero? from Harry and Ron.
  • Your Mom:
    • Harry speaks ill of Seamus' mother due to her believing Harry lied when he claimed Voldemort had returned. Seamus ends up arguing with Harry as a result and backs down only when Ron intervenes and threatens to put Seamus in detention.
    • After serving a week's worth of detention with Umbridge, Harry writes a letter to Sirius. In case any letter-thief gets hold of the letter (about which he turns out to be Properly Paranoid), Harry goes out of his way to veil his messages (addressing the letter to "Snuffles," for instance). When referring to Umbridge, Harry writes "she's nearly as nice as your mum" — Sirius' mother being an obnoxious bigot whom he loathes, he reads this comparison in exactly the spirit Harry intended.


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