Order of the Phoenix, Chapter Twenty-Nine

I love many things about J.K. Rowling’s writing (um, obviously), but if you asked me to pick what my favorite part was, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second. I absolutely love her ability to conclude a chapter. Sometime if you have a chance, pick up one of her books and just read the last couple of paragraphs in each chapter (especially in the second half of the book). Not every single one is high-drama – that would get tiresome anyway. But she is so adept with mixing dramatic conclusions with humor with cliffhangers with moments that just make you want to cheer. For example, here are the concluding lines of the three chapters leading up to this one:

OP26 (after Dumbledore strides in triumphantly and overrules Umbridge regarding Trelawney):

“This is Firenze,” said Dumbledore happily to a thunderstruck Umbridge. “I think you’ll find him suitable.”

OP27 (after Dumbledore escapes Fudge):

As [the door] swung closed behind them, Harry heard Phineas Nigellus’s voice. “You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts… but you cannot deny he’s got style…”

OP28 (after Harry dives into Snape’s Pensieve):

What was making Harry feel so horrified and unhappy was not being shouted at or having jars thrown at him – it was that he knew how it felt to be humiliated in the middle of a circle of onlookers, knew exactly how Snape had felt as his father had taunted him, and that judging from what he had just seen, his father had been every bit as arrogant as Snape had always told him.

And then, of course, there’s this chapter:

“Give her hell from us, Peeves.”
And Peeves, whom Harry had never seen take an order from a student before, swept his belled hat from his head and sprang to a salute as Fred and George wheeled about to tumultuous applause from the students below and sped out of the open front doors into the glorious sunset.

Pretty brilliant. Thanks, Jo. :)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, chapter twenty-nine: ‘Career Advice’

~ by Josie on January 8, 2010.

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