Pottermore: Order of the Phoenix

02 Nov

Yep, the entire Order of the Phoenix, updated all at once. Don’t get excited, though.


Lots of Pottermore wank for you today, not only is there Umbridge bullshit but also Order of the Phoenix has started. In fact, it’s finished, too. They’ve taken the largest book of the series and reduced it to twelve scenes. Fuck you, Rowling, and the rest of the Pottermore team. It’s not like there was anything at all in this book we’d have liked to see elaborated on and explained or anything. Like, say, OCCLUMENCY. (And we’ll note these scenes do not include Snape’s Worst Memory. Yeah, you just gloss over that, Rowling. Better that than you try and justify it, I suppose.)

So, sailing into this in an annoyed mood and even less inclined to be forgiving than I usually am. Let’s see.

First scene: “Mrs Figg.” Art of Harry sending Cosmic Bambi at a shadow while Mrs Figg – refreshingly non-insane-looking – stands behind him. No new content beyond the usual random collectables.

“Grimmauld Place.” Shot of the front of the house and a ton of very very conspicuous Order members standing around. No new content, though a nice animation of Number 12 appearing and pushing the neighbouring houses over.

“Doxycide.” Yeah, housecleaning was definitely worth wasting a scene on. No new info, no interesting art, nothing.

“The Atrium.” Not sure why it’s called that, since it’s actually the alley where the phone box to get in is. Oh, I see, you click the phone box and it sinks down into the Atrium. That’s kind of neat. Some of the wizards and witches Disapparate if you mouseover them, too. And finally some new content! Ministers for Magic. The Ministry has apparently only been in place since 1707? What, before that wizarding Britain just ran riot? Whatever. There’s no fixed term, they have to hold elections every 7 years but they can stay in the job until they die or are voted out. And in today’s “if I had to read this, so do you”:

“No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858-1865): ‘their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it’.”

Aside from McPhail being a wonderfully ironic name under the circumstances, all I have to say to this is FUCK YOU.

List of previous Ministers… the Wizengamot was already there apparently, a previous Head became the first Minister. So they had a law court, but no government to make laws? Um. What? And the creation of the Ministry coincided with the International Statute of Secrecy, and this first Minister created the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. No seriously what the hell was going on before 1707? Followed by a couple of Slytherins by the surnames, Rowle and Parkinson, and a bunch of other people who all sound dull and irrelevant and mostly have daft names – best/worst examples: Eldritch Diggory, Porteus Knatchbull, Unctuous Osbert, Grogan Stump. Majority males, but it’s pretty close, there’s quite a few women, surprisingly. A Lestrange shows up in the list too – slightly insane, naturally. They didn’t appoint a Muggleborn until 1962. Nothing else of note. A few Scottish names, though no Welsh or Irish.

A footnote: prior to 1707 apparently the country was run by various random organisations, one of which was something called the Wizard’s Council. No further explanation given.

“The Carriages.” Emergerd, Therstrerls. Otherwise known as more hasty retcons to try to explain yet again why Harry should have been able to see them long before this point.

“Being able to see Thestrals is a sign that the beholder has witnessed death, and gained an emotional understanding of what death means.”

Harry couldn’t see Thestrals at the end of fourth year because even at 14 years old he was too damned thick to understand it, basically, despite all the death that’s happened around him. Luna could see Thestrals right after her mother’s death because she’s “intuitive and spiritual”, apparently, and also a lot brighter than Snowflake. Once again no mention of hey, Quirrell died in front of Harry in first year, in fact Harry’s the one who killed him, anyone remember that? No? Okay then.

“Dolores Jane Umbridge.” Harry going to his first detention with her. Timeskip ahoy. Ugly office, bla bla bla. Oh God, the kitten plates meow when you mouseover, and there are pink ribbons tied around the candlesticks.

Umbridge’s backstory, joy. She was a Slytherin, because OF COURSE SHE IS, and a half-blood pretending to be pureblood because she and her father blamed her Muggle mother for her brother being a Squib (so father was a blood snob who nonetheless married a Muggle? Yeah okay Rowling, whatever you say). Both mother and brother were disowned and never seen again. Apparently her blood quill thingy was her own invention. She has literally always been totes evil, getting up the career ladder from age 17 by ruthlessly stealing credit for other people’s work while being judgemental, prejudiced and sadistic. Her father was a janitor in the Ministry until she was promoted high enough that she could bribe him to leave and pay him to stay out of sight until he died, and ‘nasty things’ happened to anyone who asked if she was related to him. Hey, remember when Slytherins were meant to be subtle, and when the pureblood world was so small everyone recognised all surnames and didn’t need to ask those sorts of questions? Oh, and she spent most of her career trying to attract the attention of literally any rich and powerful potential husband. Rowling, you misogynistic bitch. Anyway, she loved torturing kiddies because evil, and she loved working for the Death Eaters because evil, and she was tried and convicted after the war but we’re not told what her sentence was. Rowling then cheerfully admits she based Umbridge on two people, a former co-worker who collected kitten plates and was in favour of the death penalty and a carefully unspecified teacher/instructor in a carefully unspecified subject who was short and fat and liked girly accessories despite being old. Because people who like cute things are very often horrible people, she explains.

This entire story may be the most spiteful, poisonous and totally unnecessary thing I’ve ever read.

“The Closed Ward.” Lockhart’s still insane ha ha ha. Oh, and the Longbottoms. No new info.

“Trelawney is Sacked.” With a horrible looped audio of a woman sobbing. Backstory – Ravenclaw despite never being given credit for any intelligence whatsoever, half-blood, early marriage that collapsed because she wouldn’t take her husband’s surname. She sounds interesting, so naturally the rest of her backstory is pretty short, just rehashing what we already knew, followed by Rowling admitting dismissively that she never bothered inventing a solid backstory for her. In which case, do it now, when you’re about to upload a post about her backstory?

“Patronuses in the Room of Requirement.” No new info, of course. But some pretty art.

“Dumbledore’s Escape.” No new info.

“Row 97.” Completely random aside about how sometimes traditional wizards can consult a Naming Seer to decide what awful name to pin on their offspring. This has nothing to do with anything and I’d rather be reading about the Death Eaters sneaking up on these teenagers and maybe finding out what the hell is in the rest of this department.

Final scene: “The Tattered Veil.” BYE SIRIUS! A bit about Azkaban, rather out of place in a battle scene. It was built in the 15th century by an evil madman and after he died everyone else realised it was there. It was already full of Dementors so they just… left it for another century or so, then someone decided it should be a prison. Only two escapes have ever happened and LOL Sirius’ is described as ‘still more ingenious and impressive’ than Crouch’s. So… literally just walking out is more ingenious and impressive than devising a complicated plot? Okay. Kingsley got rid of the Dementors and now Aurors guard it, and somehow nobody’s escaped past them yet.

The end. I am seriously pissed they condensed it so much and gave us so little.

A couple of hours after I emailed the above to Mitchell, he sent me a text message:

Oh my god. Just read your Pottermore summary and holy shit. I’m tempted to ask if there’s a Die in a Fire spell to use on Rowling but knowing her it’d be “Dieus inus a Fireus” and that’s too depressing to contemplate.

I cracked up laughing.

MITCHELL: (actual response emailed later that day)

So, you already know my overall opinion of the Pottermore wank, but I wanted to make sure I replied ASAP so that we could get this up on the blog if you wanted to… I figure the more timely our response to this, the more likely we’ll get some interesting discussion going on in the commentary.

Rowling’s priorities in this update are decidedly odd, to say the least. I’m not surprised you’re annoyed 😛 I definitely think Rowling and whoever else is involved with running Pottermore are getting tired of it (and/or it’s no longer paying dividends or doing whatever else it’s supposed to be doing) and are starting to take shortcuts.

Art of random stuff isn’t really worth commenting on, especially when I haven’t even seen it.

McPhail is quite apt, though probably not for the same reasons they intended 🙂 Seriously, “the Muggles were just too stupid”? Nice. Very nice. It’s pretty hard to imagine Muggles being stupider than Rowling’s wizards, unless she expects us to believe they’re constantly braindead and comatose.

The Ministry only existing since 1707 is yet another fail; seriously? I suppose that could be salvaged if there were different institutions playing a similar role in society or whatever prior to that and 1707 merely marks the most recent restructuring, but I don’t think that’s how we’re expected to interpret what we’re given. I’m not sure what to do with what she’s giving us; it’s not really enough to draw any serious conclusions from, it’s just a bunch of vague nonsense that seems designed to sound more substantial than it is. If this makes sense at all, I’m exhausted after a long day at work and may not be thinking straight.

Pfeh, thestrals. I don’t care how many angels she can get to dance on a pinhead, she’s not going to be able to explain away the contradiction here (which exists because it’s patently obvious she invented thestrals while writing book five and had not had them in mind while working on earlier books). Boring.

Ooh, Umbridge. Joy. I actually find Slytherin reasonably plausible as a possible house for her, even if I agree with you that in context it’s just yet another EVIL SLYTHERIN BECAUSE SLYTHERINS ARE EVIL (WHO IS PETER PETTIGREW AGAIN STOP MENTIONING HIM); she’s certainly ambitious enough and working one’s way up the ranks by being a bureaucrat isn’t necessarily stupid (and can potentially involve cunning, though the way this is written is dreadful), and she likes being in positions to exercise authority. Hufflepuff would probably have been a better fit though, and gone better with the “banality of evil” concept that Umbridge seems to have been meant to exemplify (if I thought Rowling were intelligent enough to actually write a commentary on the banality of evil, rather than having stumbled accidentally into one, that is). Thanks, Rowling, for sucking any and all interesting nuance out of the narrative yet again. Inevitably, when she elaborates on anything she’s previously written, the end result always gets worse… the real mystery, I think, is how she ended up with the decent original material before allowing herself to ruin it.

I haven’t much else to say about this; not right now, at least. I agree with you that, immediately after this profile in which Umbridge is revealed to have been utter irredeemable evil EVIL EVIL FOR TEH EVULZ, connecting her to real people (who probably are capable of figuring out they’re the ones meant here, even if the world at large cannot) is pretty despicable. Not that we’re unaware that she’s done precisely this same thing before (see Nettleship, John).

Trelawney being Ravenclaw is actually interesting, in the sense that I think it feeds into Rowling’s underlying anti-intellectualism (it comes off as implying something like “see how stupid those academical types really are, ha ha!”). Also, I can’t help reading the thing about surnames as Trelawney being punished for not changing her name, more reactionary/antifeminist subtext because Rowling hadn’t beaten that particular dead horse enough yet.

Sirius’ escape was more clever than Crouch’s? Really? Then again, both escapes basically consist of the characters taking advantage of a contrived loophole that Rowling left in specifically for them to do so (the Crouch version just required more steps and was significantly more complicated). Also, how convenient that one of the nastier aspects of the Potterverse world just happened to have been left behind by a convenient evil madman, ripe for the using! (Then again, that isn’t necessarily unrealistic, judging by things like Guantanamo… people are surprisingly willing to overlook nasty aspects of the status quo, so continuing to use something that’s already been in use is easier to justify than creating it ex nihilo).


Good plan, it’s going to take me a while to get a coherent post out of our notes on the next book chapter 😛 (Not kidding, folks, it’s an absolute mess.)

It really sucks, though. When the first two books went up, in multiple instalments, there were two or three scenes from every single chapter. That dropped to one or two scenes per chapter for the third book, then one or two scenes in most chapters and a couple of missed ones from the fourth book, and now suddenly a dozen scenes for an entire book that’s twice the length of the earlier ones. They had better add more later, I’ve seen quite a few complaints. As for paying dividends, I’m honestly not sure what it was supposed to be doing, there is a store but it doesn’t sell anything you can’t get elsewhere and there’s no subscription option or anything.

Absolutely agree about the Ministry. I suppose now we know why the wizarding world is so insanely incoherent. They’ve apparently had no concrete stable government for almost their entire existence. And yes, she hasn’t given us enough info to make anything concrete out of it. It would have been a lot easier if she’d just given a much earlier date and only made up a few of the more interesting Ministers – as it is, I suspect she started with Fudge, worked backwards until she got bored, then decided that was when the Ministry started.

Regarding Umbridge, for the first time I’m actually going to encourage you to read the original text; deathtocapslock have a post up about it with a link to somewhere you can read the article. The way she talks about her ‘inspiration’ for Umbridge has to be read to be believed, I don’t think even my scathing commentary has done it justice this time. The whole thing is just toxic.

I think you’re right about Trelawney, yes. I’d like to see this explored in fics though. Having her be intelligent means she knows most of her predictions are nonsense and has figured out that for Dumbles to hire her anyway means she must have made a real prediction – she’s the granddaughter of a famous Seer, she’ll know how the seers don’t remember their trances and so on – and knows he’s keeping her around in case she’s useful again and for no other reason. One, no wonder she starts hitting the sherry. Two, imagine how interesting that could be, if she started opposing Dumbles and using her eccentric outer personality to hide it in exactly the same way he does? (Particularly if Severus noticed?) To our blog readers – someone needs to write this. Or if it already exists someone needs to tell me immediately.

Yes. Sirius is a super genius. Never mind that it took him thirteen years of continually shapeshifting to hide from the Dementors before he worked out that shapeshifting might let him hide from the Dementors. Jesus Christ on a bicycle. And I don’t know why you’re surprised about Azkaban being so conveniently provided, the entire universe runs on deus-ex-machinas fuelled by merrily burning plot coupons 😛 Though I agree its continued existence and use wasn’t unrealistic.


Heh, yes. Like I said, I really think Rowling and whoever else may be involved are just getting tired of it…

Working backwards is a rather plausible explanation, yes. I’m not sure whether that’s hilarious or depressing.

I’ve read the original now, and… good grief. I’m not sure what to say about it, honestly. I honestly struggled to get through it more because it was relentlessly boring than because of any toxicity, though I definitely agree with you that it is toxic. There’s just no point to it at all, aside from revelling in unpleasantness (and cruelty – “oh no I really shouldn’t say this kind of thing, but I’m going to say exactly this kind of thing” is no excuse).

Oh, I love that idea about Trelawney 🙂 Yes, if anyone knows of any fanfic that explores that possibility, please do throw us a link.

Haha, yes. And I wasn’t surprised so much as aggravated, honestly 😛

There we are, folks, that’s all we have for the longest book of the series. The next chapter of Philosopher’s Stone will be up as soon as I work out what to do with it; most of our conversation when we were discussing it was ‘but this doesn’t make any sense!’ and ‘I don’t know what this bit is trying to say!’ so it’ll take a little while…


Posted by on November 2, 2014 in loten, mitchell


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21 responses to “Pottermore: Order of the Phoenix

  1. Alanis

    November 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for the update. I’m usually on an iPad and I have never been able to get Pottermore to work on it, even though I think it’s supposed to. I think I gave up halfway through COS, so it’s nice to know I’m not missing anything.
    Also, given that I bear some resemblance to Umbridge (short, fat, fond of pink) it’s nice to know that I’m inherently evil. I’ll get right on supporting the death penalty now.
    Also, did I read that right. Her marriage broke up because she wouldn’t take her husbands name?Well that is a crime!

  2. ncfan

    November 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I agree with Mitchell that Hufflepuff would have been a better fit for Umbridge, since that House does tend to be formed around the ‘for the good of the whole’ concept. As for Trelawney, based on what we’re given in the books I honestly would have pegged her as a Gryffindor; she does seem to be trying to foster a sense of admiration and respect in her students, and Gryffindors are all about being admired and respected.

    Umbridge: Ridiculously evil and unimaginative backstory is ridiculously evil and unimaginative. Trelawney: Her husband left her because she wouldn’t take his name? Seriously??? (Oh, so it’s fine when McGonagall does it but not Trelawney?) I feel sorry for Trelawney, but if the guy left her over that, he probably wasn’t worth keeping around.

  3. All-I-need

    November 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Brilliant commentary on the Pottermore content – I actually read it the other day and felt a bit sick when Rowling tried to explain how she came up with Umbrige. If I was one of the people she based that woman on, I’d consider sueing her, though of course that would attract even more attention. Good lord.

    I actually found the explanations about the Thestrals quite neat, considering she had to come up with something. I do hope she doesn’t mean an “understanding” of death, but rather the realisation that someone is actually dead and gone. My own grandmother died in March and months later I still expected her to be in her house, simply because she always used to be. Perhaps I’ll start seeing Thestrals soon, too…

    I did note you missed one epic fail that really jumped out at me while reading the entry on the Ministry and the Ministers of Magic. Quote: “Ministers for Magic tend to last much longer than Muggle ministers. Generally speaking, and despite many a moan and grumble, their community is behind them in a way that is rarely seen in the Muggle world. This is perhaps due to a feeling, on the part of the wizards, that unless they are seen to manage themselves competently, the Muggles might try to interfere.”

    Apart from the minor little detail that the entire Ministry obviously lacks competence entirely, let’s all recall that the Ministry was actually formed following the SECRECY ACT. You know, Rowling, the one where wizards go into hiding so MUGGLES WON’T KNOW ABOUT THEM. How exactly does this translate to wizards being afraid Muggles will see them as incompetently managed? Oh wait, yes, because your own incompetence is reflected in this epic fail. Seriously.

    Excuse me while I go and slam my head against a wall. Or, preferably, Rowling’s head. Mine’s still functioning.

    • Loten

      November 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      You’re right, I did miss that one. Whoops. 🙂 Maybe she was trying to reflect both the paranoia and the ego of the wizarding world? Obviously it’s all about them, and obviously the untrustworthy stupid Muggles would try to interfere. Oh, who am I kidding, she just fails again at everything.

      • Gowan

        November 6, 2014 at 6:06 pm

        Maybe it was just out of some kind of sense of competition? You know, like, some witches pointed out “Hey, the muggle government looks very nicely organized! We want that, too!” And then, the wizengamot might have realized that it didn’t look good that those allegedly so stupid muggles were so much better organized, and they set up the ministry of magic to keep up?

        Of course, since the magic world in general doesn’t seem to know much about the muggle government, that’s not really a plausible explanation, either.

  4. Kazavan

    November 5, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I’m almost wishing I hadn’t read this, simply because its so disillusioning (and not in the turning yourself invisible manner. I don’t have pottermore, and now I’m glad of it. I just find it so annoying that she takes one of her really interesting, albeit absolutely evil characters, and makes them so, dull. Seriously, Riddle got a interesting (if not perfect plotwise backstory, she can think of them. And, Slytherin fits: probably the pansy parkinson type slytherin, not the type which is cunning).
    Also, wtf does she mean only two escapes from Azkaban: Hello, Lestranges etc in fifth year, and sodding stan shunpike in 7th. She should have just left it alone. And none off the propely pivotal scenes, except sirius’ death, are in here.

    • Loten

      November 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Heh. Maybe that will be our blog tagline. “Point Stick, Say Word: Destroying your illusions since 2014.”

  5. DawnM

    November 6, 2014 at 12:10 am

    “early marriage that collapsed because she wouldn’t take her husband’s surname”
    Shouldn’t that be
    “early marriage that collapsed because her husband was a misogynistic jack-ass”?

    Given that the magical world has its own distinct culture, I was sort of sad that everything to do with marriage seemed so mundane. e.g. how women universally take their husbands name (except when they don’t and are punished for it), how the married women we see are always the ones cooking, etc. I would have like to see some distinct culture around family structure.

    Also, yeah – if Stan can escape from Azkaban, how hard can it be really?

    • liminal fruitbat

      November 6, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Hadn’t the Dementors left when Stan broke out? Not that it makes the current state of Azkaban terribly reassuring, but every fix in these books reveals a hideous flaw somewhere.

  6. liminal fruitbat

    November 6, 2014 at 12:53 am

    The Ministry just keeps making no sense. Who does the Minister for Magic report to? Is the monarch aware of the Wizarding World? Do wizards think that the Queen will send the army in if they reach a certain level of incompetence? (And if so, why was this fear never brought up when Voldemort was in open revolt?) Why bother writing the Ministry’s history when it’s clear Rowling hasn’t the first sense of actual history and thinks “minister” is just a word for “person in government”?

    Because people who like cute things are very often horrible people, she explains.

    No, people who like *wholesome* things are very often horrible people, seems to be the highest correlation if we’re looking for that. (Or perhaps more accurately, people who make a point of liking wholesome things.) Like books that reassure us that racism only manifests as Nazi-wannabes and all good people end up married parents and no one younger than 150 is actually gay, perhaps.

    Completely random aside about how sometimes traditional wizards can consult a Naming Seer to decide what awful name to pin on their offspring.

    Is this meant to explain why Remus Lupin became a werewolf or Bellatrix Lestrange became a violent terrorist? Because that implies that either Seers can enter their trances at will or is yet more confirmation that divination is actually reliable and Hermione doesn’t have the first idea what she’s talking about.

  7. ncfan

    November 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Also (I’m sorry, but I only just thought of this now), I was kind of hoping that with Pottermore covering OoTP, we might get Percy’s side of the story in the whole Weasley Family Feud. Percy’s my favorite character in this series and pretty much the only one I still like, probably because he was always so put-upon by his family, and I’m really inclined to side-eye the “official” version of events regarding Percy’s departure from the family, considering that we’d spent years watching the Weasley family dynamic deteriorate before that. But I guess not? Figures. Rowling didn’t seem to like him any more than his family did.

    • Loten

      November 6, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Yeah, poor Percy got shafted. How dare he resent being picked on by all his brothers for no reason for years. How dare he want to do well in his job. How dare he make a mistake. At least he survived…

      • janach

        November 6, 2014 at 10:49 pm

        And how dare Percy have more loyalty to the legitimate government of wizarding Britain that to a vigilante organization run by a secretive, power-mad cult leader who moonlights as an incompetent headmaster?

  8. Gowan

    November 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    ” Also, I can’t help reading the thing about surnames as Trelawney being punished for not changing her name, more reactionary/antifeminist subtext because Rowling hadn’t beaten that particular dead horse enough yet.”

    I read that as “She got married, found out her husband was a misogynistic asshole, and got divorced” – I mean, that it how it is, how could Rowling have intended it to be read any other way? (Also, she herself didn’t change her name, did she? I don’t evern remember what her husband is called)

    To me, it came as a surprise that Rowling doesn’t seem to like Trelawney. I always thought Trelawney was intended to be a somewhat eccentric personality, one of those averagely nice people you meet in everyday life – not perfect, but not bad, either.

    As for Umbridge being Hufflepuff: I am not in favour of that. Hufflepuff is already all too often being used as kind of waste dump for everyone who is not clever, cunning or brave enough for one of the other houses.
    She’s alright in Slytherin, she has lots of ambition. Slytherins are subtle? May I remind you of Crabbe and Goyle?
    For Hufflepuff, she is not kind enough, by far. (Not to say that there can’t be evil witches in Hufflepuff, but I would expect them to have some world-improvement-plan and a “the end justifies the means” attitude, not just ambition for the sake of ambition.)

    I get where Rowling is coming from with Umbridge, there is a kind of person who is never honest about their dislike of you, but sugary sweet, and fake-polite, and that does get on your nerves. I took Umbridge to be one of those types, not a statement about people who like kittens or the colour pink. I thought the kittens and stuff were just symbolic of the fake sweetness, if you get what I mean.
    However, considering that Rowling seems to have mainly the dress habits and kitten plates in mind, maybe my interpretation was too charitable.

    • Loten

      November 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      “However, considering that Rowling seems to have mainly the dress habits and kitten plates in mind, maybe my interpretation was too charitable.”

      As is so often the case. It’s generally a waste of time trying to give her the benefit of the doubt, she’ll find a way to contradict you every time you try.

      • Gowan

        November 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

        Apparently. It just makes me so sad – I really like some aspects of the Harry Potter books, and the cognitive dissonance is hard to cope with sometimes.
        (I honestly believed Trelawney was intended to be read as a kind of ivory tower academic, who really just does not like large groups of people, not a person who shuts herself away because everyone hates her. Also, why are all unhappy women alcoholics? Trelawney, Winky … maybe I’m getting paranoid, but I see a pattern there.)

    • janach

      November 6, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      The characteristics of Hufflepuff House are hard work and loyalty, not kindness. And justice, but justice without mercy gives you the Blood Quill.

      • SarahTheEntwife

        November 14, 2014 at 10:40 pm

        Exactly — I can see Slytherin as well, because she’s certainly ambitious, but she’s a very good example of the negative version of pretty much all Hufflepuff qualities. She wants everyone to get along for the good of the community. She is in favor of the rule of law and effective penalties for those who break it. Her punishments, while severe, tend to be mostly designed to force people to conform rather than to remove them from the community, provided she has decided they’re a member of the community in the first place. She’s intensely loyal to the established social order and duly elected (as far as we can tell…?) government. She even encourages students to actively participate in helping to enforce the rules and shape their community. She doesn’t particularly strongly demonstrate patience in the narrative itself, but rising that high in government has to have taken perseverence and tolerance for a lot of scut-work, even if that was in the form of flattering the right people instead of more stereotypical Hufflepuff chores.

        She just does this all without regard for compassion or consideration for principles other than order for order’s sake.

  9. cinnabar

    February 1, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    “Once again no mention of hey, Quirrell died in front of Harry in first year, in fact Harry’s the one who killed him, anyone remember that? No? Okay then.”

    Harry actually never saw him die in the books (he did in the movie).

  10. Lewis Millar

    September 23, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Just wanted to add that 1707 was a rather important year in the history of the UK since it was the year the Acts of Union were passed joining Scotland, England and Wales as the United Kingdom. So if the wizarding world was mirroring the actions of the muggle one then it would make sense for various local authorities to unite as well, so perhaps she didn’t just count backward until she got bored.

  11. Azel

    March 26, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    As I recall the Wizengamot is the legislative branch as well, so they were just missing an executive branch…which the Wizards’ Council could have been. Of course, that only serves to make Dumbledore’s incompetence look worse, but oh well. And that the head of Magical Britain is a Minister looks weird to me given that Rowling is from the UK: isn’t a Minister lower down the pecking order than a Secretary of State over there? It’s France which has the reverse. (Ministry instead of Department or Office does look less odd)


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