Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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Firenze Character Analysis

A centaur whom Dumbledore hires to teach Divination after Umbridge fires Professor Trelawney. For a centaur, Firenze has an unusually close relationship with humans; he allowed Harry to ride him to safety in Harry's first year, and the other centaurs characterize Firenze's employment at Hogwarts as a horrendous betrayal. Firenze wastes no time in telling his class that the kind of Divination and fortune-telling that Trelawney taught is nonsense, and he also gives his students an impromptu lesson in respect and the proper treatment of non-human beings when Dean Thomas asks if Hagrid breeds centaurs. Firenze explains that the centaurs are a people like any other, with their own culture and customs.

Firenze Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix quotes below are all either spoken by Firenze or refer to Firenze. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published in 2004.
Chapter Twenty-Seven Quotes

"Herd?" said Lavender in a confused voice, and Harry knew she was thinking of cows. "What—oh!" Comprehension dawned on her face. "There are more of you?" she said, stunned.

"Did Hagrid breed you, like the thestrals?" asked Dean eagerly.

Firenze turned his head very slowly to face Dean, who seemed to realize at once that he had said something very offensive.

"I didn't—I meant—sorry," he finished in a hushed voice.

"Centaurs are not the servants or playthings of humans," said Firenze quietly.

Related Characters: Firenze (speaker), Lavender Brown (speaker), Dean Thomas (speaker), Hagrid
Page Number: 601-02
Explanation and Analysis:
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Firenze Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Firenze appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Twenty-Six
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Prejudice and Discrimination Theme Icon
...and Dumbledore says he's already found a new Divination professor. He introduces the school to Firenze, a centaur. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...curls her lashes at the breakfast table in preparation for their first Divination lesson with Firenze. Hermione darkly says that Umbridge is going to get even nastier after Firenze's hiring, since... (full context)
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Firenze asks the students to lie down and dims the light. Stars appear on the ceiling,... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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...leads Harry and Hermione into the Forbidden Forest with his crossbow. He says that since Firenze left, the centaurs no longer welcome people, since they tried to kill Firenze and Hagrid... (full context)
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Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
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...and Ron to come and talk to Grawp and teach him English. Harry thinks of Firenze's warning that Hagrid's "attempt" isn't working and thinks this is hopeless. Harry wishes he hadn't... (full context)