Order of the Phoenix: The Ministry of Magic and The Hearing (Chapters 7&8)[JAB]

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Chapters 7-8

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, Mr. Weasley, and Padfoot take the Underground to the Ministry of Magic, which they enter through a telephone booth after dialing 6-4-2-4-2.

2._____ Harry promises to put ten Galleons into the Fountain of Magical Brethren, if he is not expelled from Hogwarts. The Statue features a witch, a wizard, a goblin, a centaur, and a house-elf. The last three seem to be adoring the first two.

3._____ When they get to Mr. Weasley’s office, the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts on Level Three, Perkins tells them Harry’s hearing has been moved to Courtroom Nine — and they’re already fifteen minutes late!

4._____ Mr. Weasley and Harry race from Level Two to Level Nine, The Department of Mysteries, down a flight of stone steps, and along a dungeon corridor to the Courtroom door, which Harry steps past all alone.

5._____ Harry is astonished to see he is in the same courtroom “where had watched the Lestanges sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban” via Dumbledore’s Pensieve. The chains on the seat “threaten menacingly” but leave him free.

6._____ The Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, presides over the Wizengamot’s disciplinary hearing. He chastises Harry for being late – saying it is not their fault – when Dumbledore appears as a witness for the defense. He shakes Harry’s hand

7._____ Fudge hits Harry with a series of question demonstrating he broke the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery by conjuring a Patronus in the presence of a Muggle on August 2nd.

8._____ Harry defends himself by saying he only did this magic because of the two dementors. Fudge dismisses this defense as “taradiddles” but Dumbledore produces a witness: Arabella Figg. She claims that Squibs can see dementors.

9._____ Dumbledore argues logically that, if the dementors are still under Ministry control, then these dementors must have been sent by the Ministry to attack Harry. Delores Umbridge, a toad of a woman, says this is just silly.

10._____ Cornelius Fudge asks the Wizengamut to raise their hands if they are in favor of “clearing the witness of all charges.” More than half those voting raise their hands. Harry and Dumbledore leave the dungeon together as free men.

Discussion Point: Why won’t the Headmaster look at Harry through this ordeal? How is this criminal trial like the three trips Harry made in the Pensieve to old Courtroom 10? What role does Percy Weasley play at the trial?


  1. [JAB] Posting answers as supplied by the Professor:
    1.F 2.T 3.F 4.T 5.T/F
    6.F 7.T 8.T 9.T 10.F/T

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