Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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Phineas Nigellus Character Analysis

One of the former Hogwarts Headmasters and a relative of Sirius. Though dead in real life, his portrait hangs in Dumbledore's office and he's able to travel between his portraits that hang in various places, including number twelve, Grimmauld Place and the Ministry of Magic. He's a self-important person and despises teenagers.

Phineas Nigellus 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 Phineas Nigellus or refer to Phineas Nigellus. 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:
The Purpose of Education Theme Icon
). 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-Three Quotes

"So that's it, is it?" he said loudly. "Stay there? That's all anyone could tell me after I got attacked by those dementors too! Just stay put while the grown-ups sort it out, Harry! We won't bother telling you anything, though, because your tiny little brain might not be able to cope with it!"

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Professor Albus Dumbledore, Phineas Nigellus
Page Number: 495
Explanation and Analysis:
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Phineas Nigellus Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Phineas Nigellus 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-Two
Trauma, Silence, and Speech Theme Icon
War: Excitement vs. The Mundane Theme Icon
...He turns an old kettle into a Portkey, wakes the portrait of a man named Phineas, and sends him to his portrait in Grimmauld Place to alert Sirius that Harry and... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
...Hogwarts to protect his classmates. He begins to pack his trunk, but the portrait of Phineas in Harry's bedroom lazily taunts him and then gives him a message from Dumbledore: stay... (full context)
Trauma, Silence, and Speech Theme Icon
Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
...all anyone tells him is to stay put and let the adults sort it out. Phineas says he hated teaching because of kids like Harry, points out that Dumbledore has always... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
Trauma, Silence, and Speech Theme Icon
...it's his fault that Sirius died. He feels stupid for believing his dream, especially when Phineas wakes up and snidely asks if Dumbledore needs him to send a message to Sirius.... (full context)
Trauma, Silence, and Speech Theme Icon
As Harry sits, Dumbledore confirms for Phineas that Sirius is dead. Dumbledore says that fifteen years ago, he figured that Harry would... (full context)