Order of the Phoenix: The Advance Guard and Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place (Chapters 3&4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Chapters 3-4

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Write your answers to the discussion points in the com boxes below.

1._____ Harry sends angry letters to Ron, Hermione, and Sirius demanding information – and winds up waiting three days in his room. He objects when Uncle Vernon locks him in one night before the Dursley family goes for a drive.

2._____ Eight witches and wizards come to guard Harry Potter’s exit from Privet Drive. “A surprising number of people volunteered to come and get you.”

3._____ Nymphadora Tonks, a Metamorphmagus, helps Harry pack. She is an Auror despite almost failing Stealth and Tracking. Her inborn ability to change clothes instantly “got top marks in Concealment and Disguise.”

4._____ After signals of red and green sparks, the pack of wizards and witches fly with Harry from Little Whinging to London. “Mad-Eye” Moody keeps Harry laughing with eyeball jokes so he doesn’t notice the cold that much.

5._____ “Mad-Eye” extinguishes the street lamps with Dumbledore’s Put-Outer when they land in London, puts the Disillusionment Spell on Harry, and gives him a scrap of paper with the address of the Order of the Phoenix headquarters.

6._____ Harry enters 12 Grimmauld Place, a building he wasn’t able to see until moments before entering, and is greeted by shouts of delight from Mrs. Weasley and Hermione. He runs upstairs to talk with Ron and Hermione, Fred and George.

7._____ Ron and Hermione try to explain to Harry that Dumbledore “didn’t want you to know anything” but he won’t listen. Furious, he screams at them both for not writing him and because of the injustice of his being left alone at Privet Drive.

8._____ Percy Weasley has sided with the Ministry against his family and Dumbledore. “Percy takes the Daily Prophet seriously” so he doesn’t believe Harry’s story about Lord Voldemort’s return.

9._____ Snape reports to a Special Meeting of the Order of the Phoenix, from which the Weasley children, Harry, and Hermione are excluded. He tells them over dinner about what he has learned of Lord Voldemort’s plans.

10._____ Tonks kicks over a troll’s leg umbrella stand and falls with a crash – “waking up” the portraits in the hallway who begin to scream. Only Sirius is able to shut up a drooling, screaming “old woman in a black cap” – his mother.

Discussion Point: Why is Harry’s departure from Privet Drive timed as it is, cued by spark showers? Why doesn’t Harry yell at or even complain to Lupin and Moody about being left at Privet Drive but screams at Ron and Hermione? How does this leave-taking from Privet Drive compare with the one in Deathly Hallows? Which of the people involved are the same, who is different? What is significant about the number of people involved? How does Mad-Eye Moody’s instructions compare between the two times?


  1. 1.F 2.T/F 3.F 4.F 5.F
    6.F 7.T 8.T 9.F 10.T

  2. Susan Stacy says

    I would love to read the discussions that folloed this post. I was listening to the Stephen Frye audio version of OotP and realized that there must be meaning behind the Advance Guard, specifically the number of the guard and the identity of its members. So I pulled up the Hogwarts Professor and typed Advance Guard in the search box. It directed me to this post. Is there a way to access the information resulting from this quiz? It appears to be part of a series of related quizess? I would really enjoy reading the outcome of these if it is available. As always, this site is extremely enlightening and very enjoyable as it gifts me with further appreciation of the HP series.

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