Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Analysis
In this article I will be trying to cover all the info covered in Order of the
Phoenix. Book 5 is the longest book so far in the series, and a lot of stuff
happens. I'm going to try to go right through mentioning things in the book that
you might not have noticed, and showing their significance.
In the very first chapter, Harry mentions Mark Evans, a
ten-year-old boy Dudley beat up two days ago. Evans, of course, is Lily Potter's
maiden name. Could they be somehow related? Perhaps Mark will be admitted to
Hogwarts next year. We'll have to see where that goes.
In chapter two, we learn some very interesting things about
Petunia Dursley. Petunia knows what dementors are. She claims to have heard
James telling Lily about them before. Riiiggghhhttt...then she gets scared about
Voldemort. Why? If it were up to Vernon, the police could just go arrest
Voldemort. So why is Petunia so scared? Petunia then gets a Howler, and at the
time we don't know who it is from or what it means. But it does show that she
has some contact in the wizarding world. If any of you believe for one minute
that there's not something else here that we don't know yet, you're wrong.
Then in chapter three, we meet a number of new characters and
see a number of old ones again. Among them, we meet Nymphadora Tonks, a
Metamorphagus. The fact that she is a Metamorphagus is not brought to our
attention so that we know she can change her hair color at will. Learning from
the past, it seems there will be another metamorphagus, or an existing character
is one, that plays an important part in the series. It should be interesting to
see how that plays out.
When we go to 12 Grimmauld Place (Grim old place ;o)) we see
that many off Sirius's dead relatives have taken residence in paintings
throughout the house. Perhaps Sirius will join them and Harry will see him
It is revealed in book 5 that Snape's mission is spying on
the Death Eaters. It does not say how he does it, only that it's his job.
Perhaps his proficiency in Occlumency has something to do with why he is able to
spy on the Death Eaters without being caught, but who knows. The only thing we
do know is he couldn't just run back to Voldemort and pretend he has been
faithful to him all these years, so I think we will learn a lot more about
Severus duties in the next two books. Maybe he's taking the Polyjuice Potion and
impersonating Crouch Jr? It never says Voldemort knows Crouch Jr was killed.
Soon after, we met Luna Lovegood, whom I thought was a very
intriguing character. While portrayed as 'loony' and eccentric, Luna seems to
know an awful lot. I wonder why she was introduced here, since she doesn't seem
to serve any real purpose in this book, but to tell Harry she could also see the
Thestrals, and that the dead could be heard from behind the veiled curtain. She
must have some part in upcoming books, perhaps we will find out how she knows so
much or why she always seems to talk in a 'dreamlike' state, and not mind that
other kids pick on her all the time.
Now we jump to chapter 16, where Harry and the rest of the DA
meet in the Hog's Head. Aberforth, Dumbledore's brother, might very well be the
barkeep at the Hog's Head Inn in Hogsmeade. There are a number of clues which
"The Hog's Head bar comprised one small, dingy and very dirty room that
smelled strongly of something that might have been goats."
p299 We all know there's a connection between Aberforth and goats...
"The barman sidled towards them out of a backroom. He was a grumpy-looking
old man with a great deal of long grey hair and a beard. He was tall and thin
and looked vaguely familiar to Harry."
p300 JKR doesn't throw away words like 'familiar', and his description is similar
"The barman's eyes traveled over Harry, resting for a fraction of a second
on his scar."
p301 Why at this point in the series is this worth writing unless it is
truly of note?
" 'Oh no,' said Dumbledore, with a grim smile, 'I am not leaving to go into
hiding. Fudge will soon wish he'd never dislodged me from Hogwarts, I promise
p548 Easily could hide in plain view in Hogs Head, with his brother or even
standing in for him
"Well... no!' sobbed Hermione. 'We've tried the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon
Alley and the Three Broomsticks and even the Hog's Head..."
"Idiot girl - Dumbledore won't be sitting in a pub when the whole
Ministry's looking for him!' "
p659 So of course, knowing Dumbledore, he would be.
" 'I did,' said Dumbledore. 'On a cold, wet night sixteen years ago, in a
room above the bar at the Hog's Head inn."
p740 So he has spent time there.
"The Hog's Head inn, which Sybill chose for its cheapness, has long
attracted, shall we say, a more interesting clientele than the Three
Broomsticks. As you and your friends found out to your cost, and I to mine that
night, it is a place where it is never safe to assume you are not being
overheard. Of course... worth overhearing. My -our - one stroke of good fortune
was that the eavesdropper was detected only a short way into the prophecy and
thrown from the building."
p743 Interesting clientele is also a good way for the Order to keep an eye on
them. Aberforth's role in the Order is never understood. Who detected the
eavesdropper, and threw him out? With such a clientele, why would the ownership
be so upset over this one especially?
In chapter 21, when Harry tells Dumbledore that Arthur has
been attacked Dumbledore takes a fragile silver instrument, which emitted puffs
of smoke. The smoke became a serpent, to which Dumbledore says 'Naturally,
naturally - but in essence divided?' The smoke serpent then split into two
serpents and Dumbledore looked satisfied. What was that? I'm very curious what
that instrument was and what it showed.
Neville and Ginny also play big parts in this book. They
helped Harry in the Department of Mysteries and we learn things about both of
them. Their characters are really developing and I think that they will continue
to play just as big a roll in later books, if not bigger. We also learn that
Harry and Neville have a lot in common; this might prove to mean something later
on in the series.
Now, I can't finish this article without talking about Sirius
Black. Poor guy. Didn't have the best life. But he meant the world to Harry and
things will be very different without him. But let's talk about the veil a bit.
The veil and the arch are a gateway between the living world and the nonliving
world. Anyone who goes through it will die. So, you ask, why is it in the middle
of the Department of Mysteries? Well, as Nearly Headless Nick told us, because
the Ministry of Magic and, more specifically, the Department of Mysteries'
Unspeakables, are studying death. Why? Well, that I don't know, but I'm sure it
will play some part later on.
Finally, I want to talk about the prophecy. We now know that
there had been a prophecy that a boy would be born who would rival Voldemort.
One will have to die and Harry would have powers that Voldemort would not even
know. I wonder if this is indeed the only reason why Voldemort wants Harry dead,
because he doesn't seem to care too much at the end of OoTP. He's just 'I don't
need you anymore'... seemingly refusing to believe that Harry could be any
threat to him. His life is already stressful enough. Much like Aragorn
in LotR, I think you may see Harry not want to accept his fate. He may not want
to have to be the one that fights Voldemort. But eventually he'll accept it...
he has to.
Before I finish, I'd like to talk briefly talk about
Dumbledore. We really take a closer look at his emotions in this book. And his
bravery. Even though he knew that he wouldn't be able to defeat him, Dumbledore
dueled with Voldemort to save Harry. We also got a look at Dumbledore's real
power when he fought with the Death Eaters and then with Voldemort. And how mad
he can get. However, what I thought was by far the biggest show of Dumbledore's
emotion was when a single tear rolled down his cheek. That showed I think, that
Dumbledore cared more about everything that happened even more than Harry did.