The Lion and the Serpent
chapter nineteen of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The D.A. continues to meet as the Gryffindor-Slytherin Quidditch match draws near. Luna’s lion hat, however, can’t calm Ron’s nerves as the Slytherins mock him throughout the contest; and though Harry catches the Snitch for a Gryffindor win, he and the twins rise to Malfoy’s bait afterward and attack him – and are banned from Quidditch for life by Umbridge.
“Hello,” said a vague and dreamy voice from behind them.
(by Amanda Grazini)
“It’s good, isn’t it?” said Luna happily. “I wanted to have it chewing up a serpent to represent Slytherin, you know, but there wasn’t time. Anyway… good luck, Ronald!”
(by Laurence Peguy)
“Good luck, Ron,” said Hermione, standing on tiptoe and kissing him on the cheek. “And you, Harry-”
Harry was not aware of releasing George, all he knew was that a second later both of them were sprinting at Malfoy. He had completely forgotten the fact that all the teachers were watching: All he wanted to do was cause Malfoy as much pain as possible.
“Yes, Mr. Potter, I think a lifelong ban ought to do the trick,” said Umbridge… “You and Mr. Weasley here…. But I am not unreasonable, Professor McGonagall,” she continued, turning back to Professor McGonagall who was now standing as still as though carved from ice, staring at her. “The rest of the team can continue playing, I saw no signs of violence from any of them. Well… good afternoon to you.”
And with a look of the utmost satisfaction Umbridge left the room, leaving a horrified silence in her wake.
(by Heather Campbell)
“I’m sorry,” Ron mumbled, looking at his feet.
“What for?” said Harry.
“For thinking I can play Quidditch,” said Ron. “I’m going to resign first thing tomorrow.”
“If you resign,” said Harry… “there’ll only be three players left on the team.”
about the chapter
Something You May Not Have Noticed
As the D.A. continues to meet, Harry notices the difficulty of finding a regular night for sessions, but then feels that this is probably okay, as “if anyone was watching them, it would be hard to make out a pattern.” Upon reflection, this is probably more true than even he realized – after all, more often than not, the nights on which the Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff Quidditch teams are all off (and therefore able to attend D.A. meetings) it seems would also be the nights when the Slytherin team is practicing – and therefore when many of the students most likely to be watching are busy outside. It’s certainly one way to keep Draco Malfoy’s nose out of the group’s business!
Life at Hogwarts
The extent to which the Hogwarts professors allow bullying blows my mind sometimes. I realize that many parents and schools today are probably oversensitive to the problem, but seriously – to let a quarter of the school sing a derogatory and degrading song about a particular individual throughout an entire Quidditch match? Bullies are certainly part of life, and that’s certainly a lesson worth learning. But to let the entirety of Slytherin house get away with this seems to me to be sending a very wrong, very brutal message to every student in the school. And if the only reason it’s okay is because Snape is in charge of his students’ punishments, then I think it’s high time that rule is changed, as well.