Fallen Warrior

chapter five of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry finds himself and Hagrid alive at Tonks’s parents’ house; they then Portkey back to the Burrow where other members of the Order arrive in pairs. George has had his ear cursed off by Snape, though, and Bill arrives last with the news that Mad-Eye is dead. The group toasts Moody and wonders how Voldemort knew when Harry was moving, and Harry then sees a vision of Voldemort torturing Ollivander, trying to learn why Harry’s wand attacked him of its own accord.

by haystax45

“Who’s there? Is it Potter? Are you Harry Potter?”

Harry did not recognize the man’s voice. Then a woman shouted, “They’ve crashed, Ted! Crashed in the garden!”


Remus Worried, by Cambryn

“We’ve been betrayed…” said Lupin tersely… “Voldemort knew that you were being moved tonight and the only people who could have told him were directly involved in the plan.”

(by Cambryn)


Fred is Aghast to Find One of George's Ears is Missing, but George Wastes No Time in Making a Joke of the Situation, by Drew Graham

For the first time since Harry had known him, Fred seemed to be lost for words. He gaped over the back of the sofa at his twin’s wound as if he could not believe what he was seeing.


Always the Tone of Surprise, by Kara-lija

“Ron was great,” said Tonks warmly…. “Wonderful. Stunned one of the Death Eaters, straight to the head, and when you’re aiming at a moving target from a flying broom -“
“You did?” said Hermione, gazing up at Ron with her arms still around his neck.
“Always the tone of surprise,” he said a little grumpily.


Thank You, by MioneBookworm

Both parents hugged Ron before turning to Lupin and Tonks.
“Thank you,” said Mrs. Weasley, “for our sons.”


Silent Vigil, by reallycorking

The minutes stretched into what might as well have been years. The slightest breath of wind made them all jump and turn toward the whispering bush or tree in the hope that one of the missing Order members might leap unscathed from its leaves….


Fallen Warrior, by Hannah-Dora

The end of Mrs. Weasley’s sentence was drowned in a general outcry: A thestral had just soared into sight.


Bill W, by LMRourke

Mrs. Weasley ran forward, but the hug Bill bestowed upon her was perfunctory. Looking directly at his father, he said, “Mad-Eye’s dead.”


about the chapter


The first time I read this chapter I was struck by the fact that all of the characters (except Harry, of course, who isn’t in on the plan) seem to have a mental checklist in their heads of the order in which everyone should be returning to the Burrow. It seems a bit unrealistic at first, but when you think about it, it does make sense: after all, when the Order members were getting the plan from Mad-Eye prior to heading over to Privet Drive, they would have been intensely aware of the danger they were all facing. And so, they would have made note of every step of the plan – including who would be preceding them back to headquarters and who they expected to see after they got there. So when some members don’t return according to plan… well, it’s clearly an awfully scary prospect to face.

Something You May Not Have Noticed

When Lupin first encounters Harry at the Burrow, he drags him rather roughly out of the room and demands he identify himself. It seems odd at first that Lupin would be so rough on Harry, but if you look at the situation from his perspective, it becomes more clear. Think about it: Lupin was instantly aware when he saw the Death Eaters that the Order had been betrayed; yet based on the Death Eaters’ reaction, it also quickly became clear that they weren’t expecting seven Harrys. Why is that important? Because Lupin is fairly sure there was only one person in the entire world who knew when Harry was moving, but who didn’t know about the doppelgangers – and that’s Harry himself. So the most likely explanation for how Voldemort had the information he did? That he somehow got the information directly from Harry.

This is a really scary prospect, of course, on several levels. And while Lupin is desperately trying to save George and get himself to safety, the frightening possibilities must be raging through his head. If Voldemort somehow got to Harry, is Harry already dead? What is the impostor Harry doing in the meantime? And once the rest of the Order reaches their safe houses, will the protective enchantments on them even work? And the big question: has Voldemort already won? It must have taken incredible bravery for Lupin to catch that Portkey back to the Burrow, not knowing what he could expect to find there. And of course, it turns out his fears are unjustified; Harry is himself, and Voldemort didn’t somehow get to him. But it’s one heck of a sigh of relief that Lupin must breathe when Harry proves his identity, and it’s no wonder he then begins frantically pacing the floor, trying to figure out what could have actually happened.

Something Else You May Not Have Noticed

When Tonks arrives at the Burrow, she tells Lupin that Bellatrix “tried very hard to kill” her, and while Lupin doesn’t say anything out loud, he clearly is having quite an internal struggle. After all, when we saw Tonks insist on marrying Lupin a few months before, Lupin insisted it was a bad idea because he was “too dangerous” and didn’t want to put her in danger as well. Now it seems apparent that Lupin’s fears were justified – he’s probably guessing what we already know, that Bellatrix was targeting Tonks *because* she married a werewolf – and it’s not hard to imagine the inner turmoil Lupin must be facing for relenting and marrying Tonks, as she’s now facing more danger than she possibly even realizes.

There’s something else interesting about Tonks’s comments, too – she mentions that she wishes she’d “got her” because she “owe[s] Bellatrix.” Why would Tonks feel she owes Bellatrix? Well, the last time we saw them duel was in the Department of Mysteries, and there Bellatrix successfully took Tonks out of commission. Shortly thereafter, of course, Bellatrix killed Sirius – an event which likely wouldn’t have happened had Tonks been able to hold her ground. Don’t forget also that Tonks and Sirius were cousins – so Tonks indeed owes Bellatrix, on several levels, and their now-mutual animosity is clearly becoming a sub-plot of the war between the Death Eaters and the Order.

The Boy Who Lived

When Kingsley first arrives, he checks Lupin’s identity by asking him Dumbledore’s last words to the pair of them – which Lupin reveals to be “Harry is the best hope we have, trust him.” Harry is so worried about his friends that he barely even seems to register that this happens, but it’s in some ways rather startling. And it certainly explains the way the Order behaves towards him over the coming year – they will do absolutely anything to protect Harry, because he’s their only hope. Pretty crazy if you’re Harry!

37 Responses to “Fallen Warrior”

  1. Huh. I’d never thought that Bellatrix was particularly after Tonks because she’d married a werewolf. Certainly that’s part of the package deal, but in my opinion married-a-werewolf is just the cherry on top of the fudge sundae that is spawn-of-my-traitor-sister and friend-of-my-traitor-cousin.

  2. I`ve asked myself, what had happened with the Lestrange brothers. Rudolphus was mentioned injured in this chapter, but in later chapters neither Rudolphus nor Rabastan were mentioned, neither at Malfoy Manor nor at the battle of Hogwarts.

    So I think, both got killed at any point in DH, either in the battle of the seven Potters or later by Voldemort in his fit of rage, as he learned about the theft of the golden cup.

  3. I love the first Thing You Might Not Have Noticed – what a terrifying prospect, that Harry might already have died without any sign of it reaching the Order. Incidentally, I’ve always wondered: how were the Order betrayed? Did Snape use Legilimency on Mundungus or something? If so, did the Order do anything to fix this problem, or was Voldemort receiving information through Mundungus throughout the Second Wizarding War?

  4. Wow is all I can say to that. Josie, I really love reading your comments, they make me look at the books in a whole different light. I had never thought about Lupin suspecting Harry because he was the only one who didn’t know the full plan but it really makes sense. I can’t wait to read the books again next summer so I have all your comments in mind when I read them. I love the ‘little moments’ Jo includes. Harry and Ginny are clearly worried about their family and friends so Ginny silently comes up to Harry and takes his hand. It’s just a tiny little moment in a chapter full of action but it’s those moments that make the book for me.

  5. But Marco, Voldy didn’t learn of the theft of the cup until after Malfoy Manor. It could just be that JKR didn’t think them worth mentioning, but if your theory that they’re dead by MM is to hold water, then the most likely explanation, as far as I can see, is that Rabastan died in the BOLW, almost certainly at the hands of someone other than whoever (don’t have DH in front of me) “injured Rodolphus”, and probably without losing his hood until he was out of sight.

  6. @ roslinstars. I had always assumed the Order were taking instructions from Dumbledore’s portrait. He advised them how to move Harry or they looked to him for approval of their plan. Dumbledore then told Snape what the plan was and that he should use Mundungus to get them to use 7 Potters. I think Mundugus was perfectly innocent well except for being a coward that is. I also don’t think the Order found out who had betrayed them – especially considering nobody really betrayed them. It was just Dumbledore’s plan all along.

  7. I was touched by the scene when they are toasting Moody, and Molly reminds Harry about his loss of Hedwig. He is sharply reminded of the costs in the fight of good over evil, and I feel sorry for him.

    I remember thinking that Mundungus betrayed them and this was the reason he disappeared. I don’t understand why he was picked to be one of the seven Potters in the first place. He was the one responsible for Harry getting attacked by the Dementors in OOP. He just didn’t fit.

  8. Roslinstars:

    The answer to your question about Mundungus is actually found in the Prince’s Tale. I won’t spoil it here, for the same reason Josie doesn’t, but that chapter explains how the Death Eaters knew when to attack.

  9. roslinstars –
    Dumbledore told Snape to confund Mundungus, making him give the idea of the 7 Potters, then Snape was to tell Voldemort the night. The entire plan was orchestrated by Dumbledore; the actual, living Order had nothing to do with the thinking up of the plan.

  10. At this point of the story if anyone has still any hope that Snape is still working undercover for the Order, he is doing a very good job by keeping us in doubt. George lost his ear, but that could easily be Harry. Snape did’nt knew who would be Harry’s companion at the time, he could only make a guess. Of course that would be explained (much) later on the book…

  11. Brilliant “Something You May Not Have Noticed,” Josie.

  12. aqualectrix, the reason I assume Bellatrix is after Tonks because she married a werewolf is because Voldemort orders her to “trim the fat” from her family tree immediately after making fun of her for her niece marrying a werewolf. She doesn’t want Tonks *because* she married Lupin, per se, but she wants Tonks to please Voldemort – and Voldemort wants her because she married Lupin. So it comes to the same thing. Does that make sense?

    Marco, interesting observation about the Lestranges. Your theory about the theft of the golden cup makes total sense to me (that passage mentions something about Voldemort looking around at those he had slain, doesn’t it?).

    Thanks for the compliments on the ‘Something You May Not Have Noticed.’ The more I read of these books, the sadder and sadder a character Lupin becomes (Sirius, too). I’ll be looking at their perspectives a lot more closely my next time through.

  13. The fact that we never hear anything about the Lestrange brothers again just emphasizes how little Bellatrix cares about her husband or her brother-in-law. Her husband seems to be an irrelevant part of her life.

  14. I’ve always loved LMRourke’s portraits, but I am a little sad that we’re seeing Bill pre-mauling. And Cambryn’s Lupin up there just catches the spirit of the whole chapter. Great artwork!

    And Billie: didn’t JKR say something about how Bellatrix only married a pureblood because that’s what was expected? Although *I* wonder why she bothered to marry at all since she obviously never had little pureblood children with Mr. Lestrange to further the cause and teach their crazy morals to a new generation. ::shrug::

  15. Natalia, I suspect Bellatrix married Rodolphus very young, probably as soon as she left Hogwarts, and her ideas might not hvae been fully formed. I think we can take an educated guess why she married him and why, 26 years later, she no longer cares.

    1. Her parents expected her to marry early and from a fairly limited pool of candidates, and she had no reason to displease them. (Her parents, if still alive, no longer have any hold on her.)

    2. Of the available men, Rodolphus seemed most suitable because he shared her supremacist ideology. (This is no longer interesting now she has direct access to Voldemort himself.)

    3. Although JKR says she did it “out of duty”, it’s possible there was physical attraction at the time of the wedding. (Fourteen years in Azkaban would destroy that.)

    4. Rodolphus was stupid and easily bossed around. (So are a whole lot of other people to whom Voldemort gives her access; Rodolphus becomes boring in comparison.)

    5. I doubt she ever wanted children, but it might have taken her some time to realise this. As a bride of eighteen, she might have assumed she would have children later. Thank goodness she didn’t!

    6. Marrying Rodolphus might have seemed a better option than fighting with her parents. She would have more independence that way, and possibly he had money.

    The theory that he died early in DH actually fits rather well. In the earlier books, Bellatrix is never far from her husband, but in DH, she just doesn’t behave like a married woman. It’s a shift that is well explained if, in fact, she ISN’T married in DH. I just wish JKR had spelled it out for us – it would only have taken one sentence!

    I don’t suppose Bellatrix ever cared much for Rabastan.

  16. re: the first Something You May Not Have Noticed

    Although it is certainly true that a zillion possibilities might have crashed through Lupin’s (and everyone else’s) minds when the DEs attacked, they would never have seriously considered Harry having been an impostor back at Privet Drive. For one, I don’t think Harry’s protections at Privet Drive would allow it, but, more importantly, if Harry had been an impostor all along the other 6 Potters wouldn’t have been able to transform.
    The only way Burrow!Harry could be an impostor is if he had been snatched during the chase… Which is more proof of just how much the rest of the Order trusts Hagrid.

    As for Harry being the only one who knew about the date and not the means of transport… That’s assuming the worst: i.e. that someone involved in the plan (and not only the frontline 14 but the safe-houses people as well) turned traitor. The truth is: the DEs might simply have extracted the date out of one of them before they thought up the 7 Potters plan… Which is in fact what happened: Snape got the date out of Mundungus and injected the rest of the plan into his Confunded mind. That’s why Mundungus was in: from the Order’s POV the 7 Potters idea was *his*. And the only one consulting Dumbledore, btw, is Snape: if at this point he already has access to the Headmaster’s study it means no Order member has. They decided to move Harry earlier on their own accord.

    Btw: do you really remember what was on your teacher’s desk 4 years ago when you visited??

    On a totally different note: one thing that bothered me in this chapter is how almost offended the Tonks are at Harry, when he shouts at Mrs. Tonks. I mean… She must know she looks almost exactly like her crazy murderous sister: they might have expected a little reaction by Harry, of all people, and just calmly explain.

  17. Irene, I can understand the Tonkses…just look at it from their point of view. They are risking an awful lot by being one the “safe houses” (they’re not even in the Order) and we know they get tortured late for it. They just helped Harry and Hagrid to the best of their abilities, and he freaks on them. But worst of all, they are worried sick about their only daughter. They saw that Harry and Hagrid barely made it out alive, what’s the guarantee that Dora did?

    As to Bellatrix, I think her active lifestyle prevented her from having kids. She has clearly been with the DEs for a good long while, and Voldy’s first reign of terror started when she was 19 and I bet she joined up ASAP. Somehow, I can’t see Bellatrix in her Death Eater prime taking a year off to have some kids – she wouldn’t consider it to be nearly as important as torturing muggleborns. And then at 30 she gets carted off to Azkaban, and assuming she and Rodolphus were in separate cells, there go any prospects of having kids.

  18. Natalia, sorry about the pre-mauling Bill, I didn’t have a post-mauling one (this one was drawn after book four or something) but I wanted something to capture that moment. ;)

    Irene M. Cesca, I don’t think I agree with your main assumption. I don’t see why the other six Potters wouldn’t have been able to transform just because Harry wasn’t the real Harry. I don’t think there’s any evidence one way or another of the effectiveness of Polyjuice when using a hair from somebody *already* taking Polyjuice, but I can’t think of a reason to assume that it’s impossible. To the contrary, Polyjuice makes one assume all the characteristics of the person (unlike in the movies, where you somehow keep your own voice); why wouldn’t your hairs be scientifically and magically identical to those of the person you’re impersonating? I think my inclination would be to assume the opposite of what you have, and think that it would work. Though of course we don’t really know.

    It’s possible that I’m overstating the likelihood that Harry is the one who’s been infiltrated, of course, but I still think it’s a very real possibility, and as it’s by far the scariest possibility, it’s not hard to imagine Lupin obsessing over it all the same.

  19. Mmm… My assumption on Polyjuice might just come from all the ANIMORPHS books that I’ve read (YA novels about a bunch of kids who fight off aliens by morphing into animals: their transformation also has a one hour limit and they have to acquire an animal’s DNA by touching the original — they can’t just acquire each other’s morphs)… And yet… I don’t know: my mind just doesn’t seem to come to terms with your way…

    If you can PJ from someone already taking the Potion why did Moody have a big chunk of hair missing when they saved him from his own trunk?? Why would Crouch Jr. bother with going back in there every so often and get hair from the real Moody when he could just have used his own polyjuiced hair??
    And if one could just use his/her own PJed hair why even bother with the one hour limit: the impersonator would just need to get a refill from him/herself every 50 mins or so…

    As with the PJed person having the exact same characteristics of the person he’s impersonating… that’s not exactltly true, is it? What we could call the “essence” of the person is still the same, despite the changed looks and voice. They keep using the same wand, for instance, and it doesn’t feel “wrong”, like Hermione’s does to Harry later on, despite them being momentarily someone else. When Harry and Ron are impersonating Crabbe and Goyle, they have to “act” like them and look thick; when Harry is disguised as “Cousin Barry” at the wedding, Luna recognizes his expression nonetheless and I’m pretty sure he can use magic, even if he’s PJed as a muggle.
    Even if that doesn’t change, though, a person’s “essence” is something of the original you’d still need, I believe, in order for the Potion to work. The “essence” doesn’t pass on to the person taking the Potion, but it still defines the colour and taste of the drink: Crabbe&Goyle = murky and disgusting, Harry = golden and tasty… But since the “essence” doesn’t pass on, then the PJed person’s hair couldn’t have the same effect on another batch of Potion: if Harry had put his hair in some PJ while impersonating Crabbe (or Goyle, I forget), it would probably have turned out golden nonetheless.

    [Wow, this turned out long!! Sorry, everyone: but the topic is rather fascinating… I got a little carried away. =)]

  20. Irene M. Cesca, you have very good points. But interestingly, I’m more inclined to disagree with you *because* your points are so good. An explanation: Rowling’s universe has these kinds of problems all over the place. One of her shortcomings in creating the magical world, in my view, is that she failed to grasp how incredibly, overwhelmingly powerful some of the magic she created for the world is. And she wrote the books in such a way that none of the characters within them seem to have realized the power of this magic, either. The Pensieve, the Invisibility Cloak, Polyjuice Potion, Legilimency/Occlumency, and Felix Felicis are all examples of magic that, if used to their full potential, would be extraordinarily powerful in a world where surprisingly little is set up in defense against them. And every time I’ve thought that something should logically be less powerful (like the Pensieve, which in my view should reflect the biases of the person whose memory is being viewed), Rowling seems to point out that no, it’s actually as powerful as it seems (saying in an interview that the Pensieve actually reflects reality).

    Of course, there’s a good argument to be had regarding what matters more, Rowling’s intentions in writing or the logical conclusions to be drawn from the written canon. And I’d have that debate any time, too. But that’s where I’m coming from, anyway – though you’re definitely right that this would make Polyjuice Potion (already too powerful, in my view) all the more potent.

  21. Well, that explains it then: I study law, so I’ll take the logic over the intentions anytime. Unless my client’s the one favoured by the intentions approach, of course. =p

  22. Haha, nice! I’ve actually been mulling essays on both of these topics (the too-powerful aspects of the wizarding world, and the importance of considering Rowling’s intentions vs logical deductions), so we’ll see if I manage them sometime soon.

  23. My 2 cents:

    Rowling has done a lot of research into traditional magic. We now-days are used to thinking in terms of DNA, so the idea that *transformed* hair, which would have the same DNA (temporarily), could be used to make more potion MIGHT seem logical to us. But the idea of using hair clippings in magic is ancient and has to do with more than just the physical properties of the hair –more than the ingredient of DNA. Using hair clippings or even nail clippings is a common magical ingredient among cultures that practice magic, and it’s based on the idea of metonymy –the idea that part of something represents/embodies the whole. (Metonymy works the same way in language: for instance, when we say “the crown” to refer to a monarch, we’re using the same symbolic logic; using a fraction of something (the accessory that it a crown) to mean the whole person, role, and authority of the king/queen in question).
    In some cultures, people are very careful to burn or otherwise destroy the clippings after they cut their hair or fingernails, because leaving them lying around would be incredibly risky: it’s giving people access to yourself. Because whatever they do to that hair they do, symbolically, to you. Or however they involve that hair in their magic –they’re involving you. In the case of polyjuice potion, they’re involving the physical properties of your body. (But I bet that’s the potion’s job, to separate that purpose out, not the hair’s job).

    So, the idea of using *polyjuiced hair* to make more potion of the same person doesn’t hold water, imo. Real clippings of someone’s hair are part of their person (their whole person, inside and out): they’re part of a whole, and therefore they can metonymically represent that person. But hair that’s already poyjuiced is not a fragment of a whole –it’s at odds with the person inside. So it can’t represent their entirety, or essence, as Irene said above. All it represents is… some kind of weird, divided human who is half themself and half someone else? Some kind of transformed thing?

    I wouldn’t want to drink anything that had an ingredient with such a murky and unstable meaning! XD

    The rules of magic are a lot more about symbolic associations than about scientific properties (which is why magic can function well as a symbolic tool in literature! Think of the ingredients to the “flesh, blood and bone” potion –highly symbolic, and it’s the symbolic properties that matter. Or think of Ron stabbing the horcrux in DH, and the magic Harry refers to as “the incalculable power of certain acts”! It was the symbolic meaning of Ron’s having taken the sword from the pool that meant he had the power to destroy the locket)!

    There’s also the fact that polyjuiced hair will be transforming back into itself in about an hour. What would happen to the potion you drank (and therefore, to you) when that hair changes? you’ve already drunk the potion. Seems like a recipe for disaster to me! I’m guessing you’d be a bizarre half-thing. Ugh.

    I’m guessing the hair needs to represent the whole person because that’s how hair usually functions in magic and Rowling does her homework. It’s only hair, but it’s giving access to an entire body, and really to an entire person. I bet it’s the potion’s job to take just the physical properties of that person and apply them to the drinker.

    So… that was fun! thanks for giving me the chance to write so much about what i suppose is… magic theory…? hahahaha. :)

  24. …ok, that was more like 10 cents. sorry, didn’t realize how much i’d typed into that little window!!!

  25. A question for readers of Deathly Hallows in countries outside the UK; was anything done by the editors in your countries about the following sentence from the UK edition? “The suddenness and completeness of death was with them like a presence.” It really is a completely empty simile. It’s like writing, “the suddenness and completeness of death was with them like something that was with them.”

  26. Jonathan – I can’t speak of non-English editions, but in the sentence you mentioned, I always understood the word “presence” to mean a personal being or entity. Death is often pictured as an actual person or being which comes and takes someone to the afterlife. Does that make sense?

  27. @Jonathan and Pam: In the German edition, the sentence reads like this: “Der Tod, jäh und unwiderruflich, weilte unter ihnen wie ein unsichtbarer Geist” – that would be something like “Death, sudden and irreversible, was with them like an invisible spirit/ghost.”
    So Pam’s interpretation seems to be correct here, or at least, the German translator had the same interpretation.

  28. @Something_You_May_Not_Have_Noticed: I totally agree with this. Lupin has always been my favorite character. I think he is the most human of all the Muraders. Peter is mostly a villain so it hard to empathize with him (you really only pity him). James is dead and we only get tiny snap shots of his life. Sirius is a great character but highly childish. He has been stuck in prison for years so he hasn’t evolved very much. Lupin, however, is such an authentic character. He has had a deeply tragic life (his 3 best friends are basically all dead, his being a werewolf ect) but he has dealt with everything pretty well. I just love him.

    Just a thought…it has nothing to do with this chapter but it just popped in my head. I wonder if extreme pure blood
    Wizards have health problems. It has been clearly established that they are inbreed and, in muggles, being inbred causes many health problems. So I wonder if anything has ever been mentioned of this potential problem. I can’t recall anything about this every being said.

  29. @Austen: Off the top of my head, I don’t remember if we were outright told that witches and wizards, because of magic, live longer and are less resistant to accidents (remember Neville being chucked out the window and bouncing down the drive, rather than, you know, breaking a neck?) or if it was just an essay mentioning all sorts of examples from the books. You’d think that magic would keep them safer and healthier. How often do we hear that anyone gets a cold or has problems like asthma? Pretty much never.

  30. I don’t remember if Dumbledore came up with the plan for the seven Potters before or after his death? I sometimes feel like the magic of the portraits is very inconsistent. They’re only supposed to repeat catchphrases, I thought, but Dumbledore’s portrait can still formulate plans? Or did he tell Snape of the plan before? I need to check the book…

  31. spunky, the instructions come from Dumbledore’s portrait (we see the scene in DH33, in Snape’s Pensieve memory). The Dumbledore portrait is quite scheming and comes across as just as much of a puppetmaster as he was prior to his death; it’s almost as though he never died, or became a ghost. It is a little bit strange. But in the interview where Rowling talked about portraits using catch phrases, she did mention that the Hogwarts headmaster portraits did more than this. I agree with you that it still seems odd, however.

  32. Segments like this chapters “Something You May Not Have Noticed” are exactly why I’m glad that a month or so ago I decided to google “rubber haddock” and “tin parrot” to see what these objects looked like (The art of Harry and Ron having their “duel” in OotP from this site was number two on the image search). I had never thought of it from Lupin’s perspective, but having read your views, I have to agree.

  33. So Ted Tonks helped regrow Harry’s tooth and fixed his ribs and other wounds in less than an hour. Was Ted in the healing profession or is that kind of skill a more common thing, such as in our world some regular people knowing CPR and first aid?

    There didn’t seem to be any classes at Hogwarts for basic first aid. You’d think that might be an important elective at least!

  34. @Deb: You know, when I originally read this bit, I figured it was more like CPR, but since you posted your comment, I’m leaning more toward your “Ted was a Healer, or at least dabbled” theory. The only thing that throws me off is when Harry broke his arm second year and Lockhart decided he would “fix” him–no one tried to stop him, or even questioned if he really had the magical healing knowledge until after he bungled everything. :) Maybe it’s one of those things that they covered a bit at the end of schooling and we didn’t see it because the Trio left early or maybe it’s something that has been phased out of regular education in favor of something else?

  35. I have such high respect for Mrs. Weasley, she is very strong. Most of her family risk their lives in this chapter. Harry is the first one back even though Weasleys should have been back before him and clearly something has gone terribly wrong. Yet she is so glad to see Harry, comforts him, doesn’t seem to blaim him at all. She really does treat him like a son. This scene makes me almost cry whenever I read it.

    I would have loved to read more about the Tonk’s throughout the series. Just something that wasn’t important enough for the storyline I guess. Ah well, maybe in the Scottish Book.

  36. I also feel like Lupin knowing they had been betrayed would have stirred up memories from when he and his friends were just out of school, hiding from Voldemort. They were also all betrayed by Pettigrew, a person they thought they could trust. To have this same event occuring in both of these war times would have been very difficult to come to grips with.

  37. I don’t have this book in front of me right now, and I can’t recall where I picked this up, but somehow I have it in my head that Ted Tonks is the same Ted who is mentioned in PS as the news reporter (Chapter one,scholastic page 6). Can anyone confirm this? I know he’s a muggle born and I want to say it said somewhere in one of the books that he worked on TV.

    “…Experts are unable to explain why the owls have suddenly changed their sleeping pattern.’ The newscaster allowed himself a grin. ‘Most mysterious. And now, over to Jim McGuffin with the weather…….”Well, Ted,” said the weatherman…”

    Truly amazing site, by the way. I stumbled upon this site the other day after I googled “did DD mean for Harry to find the mirror?” and found your truly insightful article. I’ve reread the entire series at least six times now and was beginning to feel like that ‘magic’ had gone a bit for me. Now that I’ve found this site I’m able to read soo much more into the text…and I no longer feel like I may be the only adult out there with a HP fascination. :) Thank you!

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