Voldemort has a meeting with the Death Eaters discussing Harry Potter, of course. Snape seems to be sure of the information he's conveying about the plans of the Order though another wizard says otherwise. Voldemort trusts Snape. At that meeting, he kills a professor at Hogwarts because she sympathizes with mudbloods. Then, we get to see how Harry is doing. He reads the Daily Prophet which only fills him with more anger and frustration. Rita Skeeter has written the biography of Dumbledore, and there's an interview with her. It's full of lies, even mentioning the relationship between Harry and Dumbledore. No doubt, this upsets Harry and makes him wish he had more time with him.
Plans have been made to move the Dursleys to a safer place. As they leave, rather reluctantly, something very surprising takes place. Duddley is worried about Harry and declares that he doesn't think him 'a waste of space.' This was probably the nicest thing he's ever said to Harry, so it takes you off your guard. There's actually some sense in him.
When the Order comes to move Harry to a safer place, you feel his relief at seeing his bestfriends Ron and Heromine. He must leave because the house is no longer safe for him and as he turns 17, the protective charm bestowed on him by his mother will wear off and he'll be vulnerable to Voldemort. As he begins to understand the plan, it dawns on him how they're risking their lives for his sake. He tries to argue, but it all goes against his will. Six others will drink a polyjuice potion to look exactly like Harry so they can move him safely with the least danger to his life. Death Eaters know of their plan to move Harry that night, yet they are baffled when they see 7 of him flying. The fight kills Hedwig and Mad-Eye. As they get back to the burrow, their spirits are down knowing someone betrayed them and they have no idea who. Harry feels as guilty as he's ever felt in his life.
I thought this was far darker than the other parts, understandably so, of course. There's so much going on in only 5 chapters. You feel sorry for Harry, facing what he has to face, and knowing that people are sacrificing their lives for him. J. K. Rowling is excellent with making you feel you're a part of the Harry Potter world, recognizing so many characters, keeping up with what's going on and feeling the intensity of some moments can only make you enjoy Harry Potter more. I loved how she put a somewhat proper closure for Harry's relationship with the Dursley's. I loved it when Dudley showed some gratitude to Harry, who needed something like this at the hard time he's been going through. All of the seriousness is so wonderfully lifted for a moment, when George having just lost an ear says "Saint-like.... you see, I'm holy. Holey, Fred, geddit?" Don't you simply think their humor is the best?!
When Ron said "Always the tone of surprise." to Heromine, because she was surprised when Tonks told her what he did in the fight, weren't you sad for him knowing that she didn't mean it that way?! I love the relationship they have, and it's been wonderful being able to follow through with it.
1. Did you feel sorry for Draco? He's been awful to Harry, true. But did he deserve to be in the middle of the Death Eaters like this?
2. Harry thought he saw Dumbledore's eye in the mirror. Do you think he actually did? Or did he imagine it, having just read the awful interview in the Daily Prophet about the new biography about Dumbledore?
3. Aunt Petunia wanted to say something to Harry, what could it have been? What could she possibly say to him, after all the treatment he got from them? Why didn't she say anything?
4. Was Lupin justified in being rather disappointed that Harry wouldn't kill Stan, instead made it easier for the Death Eaters able to recognize him thus putting him in even more danger? Or was Harry justified with what he did?
Review and questions by Noor.
Update: (9.50 PM) Our first discussion was great, thanks to all of you who made it and contributed with us. For those who missed it, you could answer the questions or add your own comments whenever you want. This post will be up here and we'll be checking it back to answer your questions.