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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ch. 1-5 Friday, June 29, 2007

Posted by ladyandrea in harry potter, Lady Andrea, summer of awesomeness, unhealthy obsessions.
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Order of the Phoenix opens with Dudley Demented.  It is a lazy, hazy hot summer day and Harry is lying in the flowerbed outside the living room window, hoping to hear the news.  He hasn’t been getting any information from anyone all summer, lest owls be intercepted, so he has resorted to eavesdropping on the Muggle nightly news.  Suddenly, there’s a loud crack and Harry sits up, banging his head on the window.  Vernon and Petunia look out the window and find Harry in the flowerbed, where they yell at him for wanting to hear the news.  He basically calls them stupid and storms off, wondering what that sound was because it sounded exactly like when Dobby disappears.

Harry wanders to a nearby park, where he sits on a swing and mopes for awhile.  Eventually, Dudley comes home, spots Harry and decides to harass him about his talking in his sleep.  Apparently, he has nightmares about Cedric being killed and he moans about it in his sleep.  Just as Harry is threatening Dudley, pointing his wand at him, everything goes dark and cold.  Dudley panics, hits Harry and runs right towards the dementors that are there.  Harry tries to produce his Patronus and finally imagines Ron and Hermione and possibly never seeing them again and an enormous silver stag charges the dementors down.

Harry goes to Dudley just as Mrs. Figg, the crazy neighbor lady, comes running up.  She tells Harry to keep his wand out and that she is going to kill Mundungus Fletcher.  (The opening few chapters of OOTP have some really great surprises in them).

A Peck of Owls has Harry goggling at Mrs. Figg, asking if she’s a witch.  She says she’s a squib.  Mundungus was supposed to be watching Harry, but he left to see about buying some stolen cauldrons and look what happened.  Harry realizes that was the crack he heard earlier, Mundungus disapparated. 

Mrs. Figg tells Harry to keep his wand out, there’s no use trying to be secret now.  She says there’s going to be hell to pay, Harry doing a Patronus charm outside of school.  Harry asks her why she never told him what she was, but she said it was Dumbledore’s orders.  She didn’t mean to be miserable, but if she was too nice the Dursleys would’ve never let him come over.

Mundungus reappears  and starts getting beaten with a shopping bag full of cat food cans by Mrs. Figg.  Heh.  He disapparates to go tell Dumbledore what happened and Mrs. Figg walks Harry and Dudley to the door.  The Dursleys freak out, which is understandable because Dudley is all discombobulated.  An owl arrives from Mafalda Hopkirk in the Improper Use of Magic Office of the Ministry informing Harry that he is expelled from school and his wand will be destroyed at his place of residence shortly. 

Harry stops even listening to Petunia and Vernon and starts planning how he’ll run away.  He tells Vernon to get out of his way when suddenly another owl arrives.  Arthur Weasley has written to tell Harry that Dumbledore is sorting it out and to STAY PUT, DO NO MORE MAGIC and DO NOT SURRENDER HIS WAND.

Vernon and Petunia start asking Dudley what Harry did to him and Dudley talks about hearing voices in his head and darkness.  (I am so intensely curious as to what Dudley heard when the dementors were near).  So, Dudley starts explaining how he felt like he’d never be happy again and Vernon accuses Harry of using a spell on Dudley.  Harry says he didn’t, that there were two dementors in the alley.  Vernon asks what the hell dementors are and Petunia goes, “They guard the wizard prison Azkaban.”

SCREEEEEEECH!!!!!!  Holy shit.  The first time I read this book, I actually yelled, “Holy shit!” right out loud.

Harry rightly freaks out, asking her how she knew that and she claims she heard James and Lily talk about them years ago.  (I don’t believe that explanation).  Vernon calms down a little, though, because Petunia confirms that these dementor things actually exist.

Another owl arrives and Vernon goes, “Enough — effing — owls!”  Hee.

This time it’s another one from Mafalda Hopkirk, saying Harry can keep his wand until his disciplinary hearing on August 12th and should consider himself suspended from school until further notice.  Harry is slightly relieved and he starts to explain to Vernon what happened in the alley, with the dementors kiss and his Patronus, when another owl arrives from Sirius.  It tells Harry not to leave the house again, whatever he does.

Harry is starting to get a little pissed off at the lack of information and also the lack of “well done” at fighting off two dementors.  (Seriously.  I totally side with Harry in the beginning of this book, it must be so frustrating for him).  Harry tries to explain that he doesn’t know why the dementors were there, but Vernon doesn’t believe him.  Harry realizes that Voldemort must’ve sent them and Vernon says he knows that name.  Harry confirms that he was the man who murdered Harry’s parents and that he’s back. 

In a great, wonderful, phenomenal passage:  “Petunia whispers, ‘Back?’  She was looking at Harry as she had never looked at him before.  And all of a sudden, for the very first time in his life, Harry fully appreciated that Aunt Petunia was his mother’s sister.  He could not have said why this hit him so very powerfully at this moment.  All he knew was that he was not the only person in the room who had an inkling of what Lord Voldemort being back might mean.  Aunt Petunia had never in her life looked at him like that before.  Her large, pale eyes (so unlike her sister’s) were not narrowed in dislike or anger:  They were wide and fearful.  The furious pretense that Aunt Petunia had maintained all Harry’s life … seemed to have fallen away.  ‘Yes,’ Harry said, talking directly to Aunt Petunia now.  “He came back a month ago.  I saw him.'”

MAN, I LOVE THAT. 

Vernon realizes that the dementors were after Harry and tries to kick him out of their house, saying he won’t have Harry putting them in danger when suddenly another owl arrives, dropping a red envelope right in front of Petunia.  It’s a Howler and it’s addressed to her.  She opens it and a great booming voice rings out:  “REMEMBER MY LAST, PETUNIA.”  She sinks down into a chair, then raises her head and tells Vernon that the boy will have to stay.  She snaps that if they throw him out, the neighbors will talk.  (Suuuuure, Petunia.  We’re on to you now.)  Harry asks who the Howler was from and she tells him not to ask questions.  He asks if she’s in touch with wizards and they send him off to bed.

In The Advance Guard, Harry goes up stairs and writes 3 identical letters to Sirius, Ron and Hermione that each say:  I’ve just been attacked by dementors and I might be expelled from Hogwarts.  I want to know what’s going on and when I’m going to get out of here.  Good for you, Harry!  He sends them off with Hedwig with instructions that she peck at them until they write nice long responses.  Heh.

4 days pass with Harry sitting in his room, getting food shoved under the cat flap 3 times a day.  Finally, the night of the 4th day the Dursleys go out for something and lock Harry in his room.  Suddenly, he hears a crash and goes out into the hallway.  At the bottom of the stairs are a whole group of people.  Harry recognizes Professors Moody and Lupin’s voices and then finally somebody illuminates her wand.  He sees Lupin and Moody and a bunch of people he doesn’t know.

There is a great exchange where Moody chastises Harry for putting his wand in his waistband and says “Better wizards than you have lost buttocks, you know!” and a purple-haired witch goes, “Who d’you know who’s lost a buttock?”  Hee hee hee.

The group reveals they lured the Dursleys away with a fake Best Lawn award and are here to take Harry to their headquarters.  Lupin introduces the purple haired witch as Nymphadora Tonks (she just goes by Tonks) and then Kingsley Shacklebolt, Elphia Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Emmeline Vance, Sturgis Podmore and Hestia Jones. 

They’re just waiting for the signal, then they’ll fly with Harry to the headquarters.  Moody’s magical eye has been sticking ever since yucky Crouch wore it, so he pops it out and washes it in a glass of water.  Heh.  Ew.

Tonks helps Harry pack up his stuff.  While she’s doing it, she turns her hair bubble gum pink, explaining that she’s a Metamorphmagus, which means she can change her appearance at will.  She says she got top marks in Concealment and Disguise during Auror training.  She explains that Metamorphmagi are born, not made and are very rare.

Downstairs, Lupin leaves a note for the Dursleys and Moody does a disillusionment charm on Harry so he’ll be invisible as they fly.  Finally, the signal comes and they are off.  Harry feels wonderful at first, not having flown in awhile.  He soon tires of it, though, because it’s a long trip and it’s very cold.  They reach their destination and Moody shows Harry a piece of paper, telling him to read it quickly and memorize it.  It says, “The headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix may be found at #12 Grimmauld Place, London.”

(That’s chapters 1-3.  4 & 5 are coming later.  Stupid real life.)

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1. ladyandrea - Friday, June 29, 2007

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2. DougOLis - Friday, June 29, 2007

Snarky Harry kicks ass. He does start getting kind whiny though.

If the ministry gets mad at younger wizards using magic away from their school, why didn’t they recognize Harry using magic against Voldemort in the graveyard? Plot hole?

Do you think we’ll find out what Dudley heard in DH?

I heart heart heart Tonks.

3. The Fan's Attic - Friday, June 29, 2007

Yeah, Harry does get a bit annoying in this book, but I think that captures the essence of a 15-year-old boy.

4. steve - Friday, June 29, 2007

The poster for this new movie confuses me… it’s like a perfect synergy of DnD playing nerds + Brooding Emo Kids. Except the chick is giving the camera the sexy eyes.

5. ladyandrea - Friday, June 29, 2007

Doug, then they’d have to acknowledge that Voldemort came back and that Harry is telling the truth.

Also, I’ve seen the Tonks casting choice adn I’m not wild about it.

You guys may get annoyed by my recaps, then. I like Harry in this book. I think he gets kind of shit on and I imagine I’d feel much the same way.

6. Ivan - Friday, June 29, 2007

I really don’t like the girl for Tonks either. I pictured her to be much smaller, short and skinny.

The first time i read it, i agreed with Harry, because i also had no clue what was going on and why they were keeping Harry in the dark. But the times i reread it, i was just thinking “Harry be patient, everything happens for a reason.”

7. Ivan - Friday, June 29, 2007

These few chapters are probably going to end up being very important in book 7, atleast relating to Dudley and Pentunia.

8. DougOLis - Friday, June 29, 2007

Hmmm, yeah, not really what I expected.

IMDB pic

9. Ivan - Friday, June 29, 2007

Shes taller than moody!

10. The Fan's Attic - Friday, June 29, 2007

I expect we would all feel the same way as Harry in this book if we were 15. It’s just that oftentimes 15-year-old kids act really stupid and think they know what’s best. And, even if they are partially correct don’t know how to communicate in a manner that would potentially resolve the situation.

11. RedEft - Friday, June 29, 2007

I had a tough time with Harry in this book too. I felt for him, and thought that the adults/Order were treating him poorly by keeping him in the dark. But then, his behavior (whiney, moody, hot-headed…) sort of proves them right, that he couldn’t be trusted with the info the same as an adult would.

12. goathair - Friday, June 29, 2007

Tonks look like my cousin. Weird.

Am I the only one who imagined that the lovechild of Samuel L. Jackson and Lawrence Fishburne would play Shacklebolt?

13. RedEft - Friday, June 29, 2007

I pictured him like a black Mr Clean (actually, I pictured him just like this guy I knew in grad school, but black Mr Clean is pretty close).

I will try very hard to reserve judgement on Tonks, but she better be a good actress.

I am excited about Umbridge. Imelda Staunton is great.

14. The Fan's Attic - Friday, June 29, 2007

Is Mr. Clean supposed to be white? I’ve always wondered what his ethnicity was. To me, it always seemed like he had a bit of color in his skin.

I always pictured Shacklebolt as more of a Denzel Washington type of character. Except he had a high-top fade like Will Smith in Fresh Prince with gray streaks at the temples…perhaps in a lightning bolt shape. Obviously, I have thought too much about this.

15. DougOLis - Friday, June 29, 2007

Hey, Kingsley Shcklebolt was in Layer Cake. Sweet! I was expecting more of the Lawrence Fishburne type too, but he works for me.

I’m not saying that I don’t disagree with his reactions or the way he is portrayed. My point was that he becomes kind of a whiny bitch. And yeah, I would have been exactly the same at the same age. One of the amazing things I find about the books is how well the characters (Hermione excluded) are captured for their age. I always see myself thinking I would act the same way.

16. goathair - Friday, June 29, 2007

I always thought Mr. Clean was white and gay.

17. ladyandrea - Friday, June 29, 2007

Oh, I think Hermione is captured well for her age too. She is spot-on for a highly intelligent, precocious girl.

I also don’t think Harry gets whiny. He’s moody and hot-tempered, but I don’t think he’s whiny.

18. Baba Oje - Friday, June 29, 2007

I think this was my favorite one of the first 6.

19. Hail Leroy - Friday, June 29, 2007

Late to this, but I when I picture Shacklebolt, all I can see if Samuel L Jackson in the Star Wars movies.

Of course, since I am follically challenged myself, I tend to picture a lot of these guys as bald so I have company

20. RedEft - Friday, June 29, 2007

Shacklebolt being bald is definitely part of what makes him sexy. That and the earring.

21. Megan - Friday, June 29, 2007

Harry wasn’t “whiny” in the book, and he wasn’t angry because of his hormones (as everyone likes to say). If I have to explain it then you obviously didn’t understand the book at all. JK Rowling has talked about this in interviews and she said that if you didn’t get Harry in book 5 then you didn’t get the entire series. I think the author knows a little more about her characters than you do.

As for Tonks, Natalia Tena is a brilliant and beatiful actress. And the person who said they imagined her skinny, Natalia is a thin, European.

22. Baba Oje - Friday, June 29, 2007

Wow, the hate. I love it.

23. Baba Oje - Friday, June 29, 2007

And now to answer other questions:
1)I thought tonks would be alot shorter and not really skinny, but have a really happy kind of looking face. I don’t know if the chick they picked can pull off the purple hair, but heres hoping
2)It might be explained later in the book (or the next one) and I dont think this is really a spoiler, but DD explains that the Ministry can only tell where magic is performed, not by whom. Thats why they didnt know the difference between Dobby and Harry with the pudding and also that magical families are left to enforce that rules on their own
3)Shaklebolt should look like a taller, skinnier Samuel L.
4)Harry isn’t any whinier than any 15 year old, and JKR does a surprisingly good job changing up the characters’ personalities book to book to match with their ages

Bonus complaint as long as we are talking about how we imagined things: I just saw part of one of the movies for the first time ever the other day and the grounds are a nowhere near how I imagined and liked them. Mine are a ton better

24. DougOLis - Friday, June 29, 2007

Somebody’s a bit defensive.

25. The Fan's Attic - Friday, June 29, 2007

Megan, care to enlighten us as to what it’s all about then?

26. Ivan - Saturday, June 30, 2007

Her defense of Natalia Tena may have something to do with her name linking to a Natalia Tena fan site, i’m just sayin’. Also, none of us said she was a bad actress, most if not all of us just pictured Tonks as looking different.

As for your condescension, if you dont care to explain “what we don’t understand”, go away. This is a friendly discussion of the books, no need to attempt to flame.

27. Slothrop - Saturday, June 30, 2007

Who is this Megan? First off–get a cool screen name like a character from a book almost no one reads and probably never heard of except on the Simpsons! Second, always, always, use a snarky tone … oh, wait, this isn’t Deadspin. Nevermind.

Welcome Megan, but do try to explain your thoughts–we’re a nice bunch here, I think, but we like things explained to us–and falling back on “JKR knows what she’s doing/more about her characters than we do” is a tautology and doesn’t get us anywhere. What do you think about what she’s doing with Harry in OotP? That’s a more interesting question.

Sorry if I’m being harsh, but you are new here–and LA, if I’ve overstepped my place, I apologize to you too.

Finally, I like the Tonks actress’ appearance. AND I LOVE KREACHER in Doug’s link!!! First time I’ve seen him. Perfect!

28. Slothrop - Saturday, June 30, 2007

I also like how once again, JKR shows us how status conscious the Dursleys are–the ploy to get them out of the house is fun. She nicely embeds another example of what DD calls the true sense of character–actions, not words or who/what one appears to be.

29. Ivan - Saturday, June 30, 2007

I really liked Kreacher also, i thought he was made very well.

30. Sarahhh - Sunday, July 8, 2007

OK does annnnnyone know who sends Dementors to the Dursley’s house in OOTP??

This is sooo bugging me.

31. Baby Boomer Potter fan - Thursday, July 12, 2007

The dementors were sent by everyone’s favorite school marm, Dolores Umbridge (I don’t remember when this comes out.)

Sidebar on the dementors – In the movie, the dementors that attacked Harry and Dudley in the tunnel (not in an alley like in the book) don’t look like the dementors in HP3. Why the change? The ones in HP3 looked really morbid. The ones in HP5 look like sock puppets.

Also, does anyone here LIKE the guy playing Dumbledore. He really ruins it for me. Too bad they couldn’t clone Richard Harris or at least find an actor who would play Dumbledore like the character in the book.


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