Detention With Dolores
chapter thirteen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry has another rough day after word of his encounter with Umbridge gets around (especially when Angelina finds out), and after his classes pile on more homework, Harry heads for the first of his detentions – where Umbridge has him do lines in his own blood. Finally the week moves on, though Harry gets another scare at his final detention when Umbridge seems to make his scar hurt.
Hermione’s hand shot into the air. Behind her back, Malfoy did a bucktoothed imitation of her jumping up and down in eagerness to answer a question.
(by Heather Campbell)
Luna took a great breath and then said, without so much as a preliminary hello: “I believe He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is back, and I believe you fought him and escaped from him.”
“Er – right,” said Harry awkwardly.
Ernie Macmillan… stepped up to him. “I want you to know, Potter,” he said in a loud, carrying voice, “that it’s not only weirdos who support you. I personally believe you one hundred percent. My family have always stood firm behind Dumbledore, and so do I.”
…Harry [was] taken aback but pleased. Ernie might be pompous on occasions like these, but Harry was in a mood to deeply appreciate a vote of confidence from somebody who was not wearing radishes in their ears.
(by Ani Bester)
“Ah,” [Umbridge] said softly, moving around her desk to examine his hand herself. “Good. That ought to serve as a reminder to you, oughtn’t it?”
His homework situation, however, was now desperate, and when he returned to the Gryffindor common room he did not, though exhausted, go to bed, but opened his books and began Snape’s moonstone essay. It was half-past two by the time he had finished it.
She moved toward him, stretching out her short be-ringed fingers for his arm. And then, as she took hold of him to examine the words now cut into his skin, pain seared, not across the back of his hand, but across the scar on his forehead.
about the chapter
Something You May Not Have Noticed
Harry’s detentions with Umbridge are something close to torture for him, but he fails to notice that his stubborn refusal to let her know that she’s getting to him is at least frustrating her, too. After all, the first night she keeps him past midnight, but by Friday, she doesn’t even keep him a half hour past sundown. Perhaps even an evil toad likes a bit of a weekend.
Come to think of it, how do you suppose an evil toad spends her weekend?
The Wizarding World
We’ve heard from J.K. Rowling that wizards can live considerably longer than Muggles – Dumbledore, for instance, is 150. But to me, that makes it all the more remarkable that the kids’ career prospects are so heavily influenced by the O.W.L. exams they have to sit when they’re fifteen years old. Without passing scores, students aren’t allowed to sit the N.E.W.T.s, and without certain scores there they aren’t eligible for a good number of careers. I don’t know whether Hogwarts allows students to retake classes, but even if they do, it’s hard for me to imagine being forced to decide on a career at such a young age. It’s kind of a scary prospect.
Life at Hogwarts
It’s sort of funny that Angelina demands that Harry attend Keeper tryouts for the Quidditch team – and is then irate when he has to miss them for detention. I can see why she’d want the Chasers there, and maybe even the Beaters. But what the heck would Harry do, as the Seeker, to see how the new people “fit in?” Fly around a lot and see if the Keeper got distracted?