Chapter 5-18 Dumbledore's Army
- During Charms Hermione says she suspects that Umbridge
has been reading Harry's mail, especially since Filch has accused Harry
of ordering Dungbombs. She thinks Umbridge simply was looking for an
excuse to get Harry's mail. Hermione already masters the Silencing Charm. Ron, trying the ¤ Silencio can't make it work, and both
he and Harry get extra homework.
- Angelina comes over to tell Harry she got permission for the Quidditch
- Hermione is having doubts about starting Defense practice themselves,
although Sirius was all for it. She thinks he may be getting frustrated
about being locked in himself.
- Despite the rain, there's Quidditch practice. Fred and George even
talk about how they should have find a way to skip practice, Fred says
they shouldn't have offered Angelina to buy some Puking Pastilles, as
now she would know if they use them. George suggests trying the Fever Fudge instead. They use a ¤ Impervius to keep their glasses
dry. Even then it's difficult to stay on the broom in the rain, Harry
has to do the Sloth Grip Roll at one moment because
he almost falls. After an hour they give up and go inside. Harry's Scar hurts again. Harry tells Ron he felt that
Voldemort is angry, he wants something done and it's not happening fast
enough. Now he also remembered the two prior times, the first time Voldemort
was feeling furious and the second time when Harry was in Umbridge's
office Voldemort was feeling happy.
- Back in the Gryffindor room Harry has homework to do. He is reading
about the uses of scurvy-grass, lovage and sneezewort. These plants
are brain-inflaming, used in Confusing and Befuddlement
Draughts. Harry doses off and dreams about the corridor again. Harry is woken by Dobby, bringing him back Hedwig. Dobby turns out to have taken all the
clothes Hermione left for the House-elves lying around; some he took
for Winky. Neither Winky, nor the other elves, care
for the clothes. They find it insulting. Dobby says he heard Harry having
a bad dream. He looks at Harry and says he wishes to help Harry, because
Harry set him free. But Harry responds that Dobby can't help him. Then
after a moment Harry asks if Dobby knows a place big enough for twenty-eight
people to practice Defense. Dobby tells Harry about the Room of Requirement, a place a
person can only enter when they have real need of it. Sometimes it's
there and sometimes not, but when it appears it's equipped for the seeker's
needs. He says Filch also knows about it. Dobby tells Harry
how to find it.
- Harry calls for a first Defense Against the Dark
Arts meeting. They will meet at eight at night, opposite of the
tapestry of Barnabas the Barmy.
- In the evening, Harry uses the Marauder's Map to check if it's safe.
They find the Room and enter. It has shelves with instruments, a Sneakoscope, Secrecy Sensors and Foe-Glass. It also has books like A
Compendium of Common Curses and their Counter-Actions, The Dark Arts Outsmarted,
Self-Defensive Spellwork and
Jinxes for the Jinxed. They
make Harry leader and give themselves the name Dumbledore's Army, DA.
- They start practicing, beginning with the Disarming Charm ¤ Expelliarmus. Harry partners with
Neville. Fred and George pull a prank on Zacharias, making him mute so he
can't say spells. Ginny goes with Michael. Luna goes with Justin, Colin with Dennis. Cho practices with her friend Marietta. Marietta was forbidden
to go by her mother who works at the Ministry. Luna tells her that her
father (Mr Lovegood) is actively anti-Fudge
and that Fudge claimed to have goblins assassinated, to have had poisons
developed in the Department of Mysteries and
something about the Umgubular Slashkilter.
- They plan to practice again next wednesday.