Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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The main antagonist of the series; a Dark wizard who came to power decades ago, was destroyed when he tried to kill Harry as a baby, and then returned to power four weeks before the novel begins—though most people refuse to believe he's back. He's slippery and snake-like, and owns a giant snake. His followers are known as Death Eaters, and they all bear a tattoo of a skull with a snake tongue that Voldemort uses to call them to him. Voldemort tries to lay low for most of the year, as Harry wasn't supposed to survive the events in the graveyard and ruined Voldemort's plans by telling Dumbledore that Voldemort is alive. Because of this, Voldemort turns his attention to getting information that he believes will help him destroy Harry. This information takes the form of a prophecy, which Voldemort heard half of before Harry's birth and which Voldemort believes will allow him to triumph. In reality, the prophecy simply says that either Voldemort or Harry will have to kill the other, and that by trying to kill Harry years ago, Voldemort "marked him as his equal." Voldemort fears death more than anything and has little respect for the power of love, though he does know how to weaponize love to hurt others. This is why he plants the dream that he's torturing Sirius in Harry's mind. Voldemort is able to do this because when his curse to kill baby Harry backfired, a connection formed between the two. Harry can often feel Voldemort's emotions and when Voldemort becomes aware of this, he plants the dream of the Department of Mysteries (where the prophecy is stored) in Harry's mind. However, because Harry can love and does love, Voldemort is unable to properly possess him when he tries to do so in person. Most wizards fear Voldemort above all else and refuse to say his name, instead calling him "You-Know-Who."

Lord Voldemort 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 Lord Voldemort or refer to Lord Voldemort. 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 Four Quotes

"I know, Harry. But you see what they're doing? They want to turn you into someone nobody will believe. Fudge is behind it, I'll bet anything. They want wizards on the street to think you're just some stupid boy who's a bit of a joke, who tells ridiculous tall stories because he loves being famous and wants to keep it going."

Related Characters: Hermione Granger (speaker), Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, Cornelius Fudge
Page Number: 74
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Chapter Six Quotes

"So, got there yet?" said George eagerly.

"The weapon Sirius mentioned?" said Harry.

"Let slip, more like," said Fred with relish, now sitting next to Ron. "We didn't hear about that on the old Extendables, did we?"

"What d'you reckon it is?" said Harry.

"Could be anything," said Fred.

"But there can't be anything worse than the Avada Kedavra curse, can there?" said Ron. "What's worse than death?"

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Ron Weasley (speaker), Fred Weasley (speaker), George Weasley (speaker), Sirius Black, Lord Voldemort
Page Number: 100
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Chapter Nine Quotes

The fact was that living at the headquarters of the anti-Voldemort movement was not nearly as interesting or exciting as Harry would have expected before he experienced it. Though members of the Order of the Phoenix came and went regularly, sometimes staying for meals, sometimes only for a few minutes' whispered conversation, Mrs. Weasley made sure that Harry and the others were kept well out of earshot (whether Extendable or normal) and nobody, not even Sirius, seemed to feel that Harry needed to know anything more than he had heard on the night of his arrival.

Page Number: 160
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Chapter Eleven Quotes

I sort you into Houses
Because that is what I'm for,
But this year I'll go further,
Listen closely to my song:
Though condemned I am to split you
Still I worry that it's wrong
Though I must fulfill my duty
And must quarter every year
Still I wonder whether Sorting
May not bring the end I fear.

Related Characters: The Sorting Hat (speaker), Lord Voldemort
Page Number: 206
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Chapter Twelve Quotes

"Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?"

"Yes," said Harry.

"You called her a liar?"

"Yes."

"You told her He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is back?"

"Yes."

Professor McGonagall sat down behind her desk, frowning at Harry. Then she said, "Have a biscuit, Potter."

Page Number: 248
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Chapter Twenty-Two Quotes

Don't be stupid, you haven't got fangs, he told himself, trying to keep calm, though the hand on his butterbeer was shaking. You were lying in bed, you weren't attacking anyone...

But then, what happened in Dumbledore's office? he asked himself. I felt like I wanted to attack Dumbledore too...

Page Number: 478
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"But that's not all, said Harry in a voice only a little above a whisper. "Sirius, I...I think I'm going mad...Back in Dumbledore's office, just before we took the Portkey...for a couple of seconds there I thought I was a snake, I felt like one—my scar really hurt when I was looking at Dumbledore—Sirius, I wanted to attack him—"

He could only see a sliver of Sirius's face; the rest was in darkness.

"It must have been the aftermath of the vision, that's all," said Sirius. "You were still thinking of the dream or whatever it was and—"

"It wasn't like that," said Harry, shaking his head. "It was like something rose up inside me, like there's a snake inside me—"

"You need to sleep," said Sirius firmly.

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Sirius Black (speaker), Professor Albus Dumbledore, Lord Voldemort, Mr. Weasley
Page Number: 481
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Chapter Thirty-Two Quotes

"I'm trying to say—Voldemort knows you, Harry! He took Ginny down into the Chamber of Secrets to lure you there, it's the kind of thing he does, he knows you're the—the sort of person who'd go to Sirius's aid! What if he's just trying to get you into the Department of Myst—"

Page Number: 734
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Chapter Thirty-Seven Quotes

"Like the fact that the person Sirius cared most about in the world was you," said Dumbledore quietly. "Like the fact that you were coming to regard Sirius as a mixture of father and brother. Voldemort knew already, of course, that Sirius was in the Order, that you knew where he was—but Kreacher's information made him realize that the one person whom you would go to any lengths to rescue was Sirius Black."

Page Number: 831
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"I cared about you too much," said Dumbledore simply. "I cared more for your happiness than your knowing the truth, more for your peace of mind than my plan, more for your life than the lives that might be lost if the plan failed. In other words, I acted exactly as Voldemort expects we fools who love to act."

Related Characters: Professor Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort
Page Number: 838
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Lord Voldemort Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Lord Voldemort appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One
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...morning, he'll get the Daily Prophet—but he no longer even reads it, as news of Voldemort would make the front page. He might receive letters from Ron and Hermione, but they... (full context)
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...and he rages to himself that if it weren't for him, nobody would know that Voldemort is back. (full context)
Chapter Two
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...why the dementors were in the alley and he wonders out loud if they've joined Voldemort. Harry explains that Voldemort is back, and Petunia seems to comprehend the gravity of this.... (full context)
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Vernon decides that with Voldemort back and dementors coming after Harry, Harry has to leave the house. Harry freezes; all... (full context)
Chapter Three
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Harry tries to ask about Voldemort, but Moody insists they can't discuss anything here. He pops out his magical eye, which... (full context)
Chapter Four
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Harry says that Percy has to be aware that Voldemort is back, but Ron explains that Percy doesn't think Harry is trustworthy and he believes... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...like to tackle tomorrow. Mr. Weasley, Bill, and Lupin discuss whether the goblins might join Voldemort. Mundungus, meanwhile, tells Fred, George, and Ron about selling someone their own stolen toads, which... (full context)
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Sirius and Lupin explain that Voldemort is laying low and isn't killing people, and Harry managed to thwart Voldemort's first plans... (full context)
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Harry asks what else Voldemort is after, and Sirius cagily says that it's something Voldemort "can only get by stealth,"... (full context)
Chapter Six
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...Death Eaters and their parents were thrilled, though they weren't Death Eaters themselves. They thought Voldemort had the right idea about blood purity. (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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...the practical portion of the O.W.L. exam. Angry, Harry notes that theory won't help against Voldemort. At this, Umbridge says that Voldemort's return is a lie. She assigns Harry detention. (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...horrible temper. At the greenhouses, Luna approaches Harry and tells him that she believes that Voldemort is back. When Parvati and Lavender laugh at Luna's eccentric jewelry, Luna angrily says that... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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...gives Harry another week of detention when he points out that Quirrell was possessed by Voldemort. Harry does his best to not complain when his hand starts bleeding immediately after his... (full context)
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...Ron lists Harry's accomplishments. Harry snaps and shouts that it's not all memorizing spells; fighting Voldemort is terrifying. Hermione says they need to know what that's like. (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...the Dark Arts education into their own hands, both to pass their O.W.L.s and because Voldemort is back. Zacharias Smith, a Hufflepuff Quidditch player, asks Hermione for proof, and Harry realizes... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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Ron hangs back after everyone leaves, and Harry explains that his scar hurt because Voldemort is angry. He's not sure how he knows this, but he knows it's true. Harry... (full context)
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...if they knew what was happening to Harry, and wonders what this strange connection to Voldemort even is. Harry falls asleep and dreams that he's walking along a corridor and will... (full context)
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...because her mother works at the Ministry. Cho proudly declares her own desire to fight Voldemort after what happened to Cedric, and Luna pipes up to voice her own support for... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...wonders if Cedric knew all of these spells. Harry assures her that Cedric did, but Voldemort killed him anyway. Feeling miserable, Harry notices that Cho still looks pretty. Then she comments... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
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...has been acting like he expected Harry to see something like this. Moody growls that Voldemort is possessing Harry, and when he hears that, Harry yanks the Extendable Ear out of... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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Harry feels dirty and tainted by Voldemort. He wonders if Dumbledore won't look at him because he expects to see Voldemort in... (full context)
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...is stupid for thinking that he's the only one clever enough to figure out what Voldemort is planning. Harry lies down on his bed, afraid to sleep, but he falls asleep... (full context)
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...says he doesn't want to talk, but Ginny points out that she's been possessed by Voldemort and can tell Harry how it feels. When Ginny learns that Harry doesn't have any... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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...about Legilimency, the ability to "extract feelings and memories" from another's mind. Snape explains that Voldemort is skilled at this, and while a person usually needs eye contact to perform Legilimency,... (full context)
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...on Wednesday. Harry finds Ron and Hermione in the library and tells them that whatever Voldemort's after, it's in the Department of Mysteries. They realize that that's where Sturgis Podmore was... (full context)
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...maniacal laughter. He comes to on the floor, Ron next to him. Harry says that Voldemort is happy; something good has happened. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
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...of Mysteries nightly. Ron suggests that Snape might be trying to open Harry up for Voldemort, but Hermione shoots this down and says they must trust Dumbledore. (full context)
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...tries to ask Harry about his date with Cho and if he still believes that Voldemort is back. Hermione says that she wants Rita to write about Harry's version of events... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...couldn't take "it." Harry sends Rookwood away and then looks at himself in a mirror. Voldemort's face stares back at Harry and Harry wakes up yelling. Harry tells Ron what he... (full context)
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...in Snape's office yet again, Snape scolds him for the dream in which he was Voldemort. He asks Harry if the dreams make him feel important, and then tells Harry that... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Two
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...and pulls them into a classroom. Hermione's face turns white when Harry tells her that Voldemort has Sirius in the Department of Mysteries and plans to kill him. Harry sits down... (full context)
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Ron and Hermione look less convinced. Hermione wants to know how both Voldemort and Sirius, the two most wanted wizards in the country, got into the Ministry unnoticed.... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Four
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...and the creatures take off. As they fly, Harry wonders how long Sirius can resist Voldemort. They fly until after dark, and then the thestrals dive into London. Everyone dismounts and... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...over the "prophecy," which makes Harry laugh. Harry starts asking about the prophecy and says Voldemort's name. This angers Bellatrix and she tries to curse him, but Lucius deflects her curse.... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...that the prophecy is gone. He feels fury that's not his own and yells that Voldemort knows it's gone. The pain in Harry's scar intensifies. Voldemort appears in the atrium, points... (full context)
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Dumbledore and Voldemort argue about whether there's anything worse than death as they exchange curses. Voldemort conjures a... (full context)
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Dumbledore crouches over Harry as the atrium fills with people, including Fudge. Fudge sees Voldemort grab Bellatrix and disappear, and he seems shocked and horrified that Voldemort really is back.... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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...Dumbledore says that fifteen years ago, he figured that Harry would have a connection with Voldemort through his scar, and he suspected that Voldemort would find out about it. Dumbledore explains... (full context)
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...says that plenty of wizards would've raised Harry as a baby, but he knew that Voldemort underestimates the ancient magic of blood, love, and sacrifice. He says that because Lily died... (full context)
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Dumbledore says that after Harry fought Voldemort as a first year, he refused to answer when Harry asked why Voldemort tried to... (full context)
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...appears, and speaks the prophecy. She says that the person with the power to kill Voldemort will be born in July, and that Voldemort will "mark him as his equal." She... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Eight
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Hermione reads a Daily Prophet article—in which Fudge admits that Voldemort is back—to Harry, Ron, Luna, Ginny, and Neville from her bed in the hospital wing.... (full context)
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...arrives and awards Harry and his friends 50 points each for alerting the world about Voldemort, and then takes ten from Gryffindor for Snape. (full context)