Order of the Phoenix, Chapter Thirty-Five

Back when I was posting Prisoner of Azkaban, I wrote about the chapter where Scabbers is revealed to be Peter Pettigrew in disguise, and said that the books ‘grew up,’ as the way we read the series completely changed in that single moment. If I had to pick another moment like that, it would be this chapter. After all, minor characters may have died before, but here in a single moment, without warning, almost accidentally – one of the most beloved characters in the books is gone. It’s clear to us instantly that a war is in full bloom, and the author isn’t scared to realistically show how that will tear lives apart. Yikes.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, chapter thirty-five: ‘Beyond the Veil’

~ by Josie on January 22, 2010.

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