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The Centaur and the Sneak

- Chapter 27

“His attempt is not working. He would do better to abandon it.” - Firenze to Harry Potter about Hagrid (OP27)

OP27: The Centaur and the Sneak

Harry and his classmates have their first Divination lesson with Firenze, Marietta Edgecombe tells Umbridge of the D.A.’s meeting but suffers the effects of Hermione’s jinx, Dobby warns Harry that the D.A. has been found out, and Harry denies the meetings to Fudge and Umbridge.  Kingsley Shacklebolt modifies Marietta’s memory, and Dumbledore takes the blame and leaves Hogwarts.


Calendar and Dates

Since the previous chapter ends on Monday, March 8, this chapter begins "a few days" later, and Harry had Occlumency that evening (which he has only on Mondays and Wednesdays), we can guess that this is Wednesday, March 10. Unfortunately, all we know about the end of the chapter is that it happens in April and that it's a Monday (because it's a weekday, and Harry has Occlumency two nights later).

Interesting facts and notes

Still to come...

Exceptional character moments

Dumbledore sacrifices himself for Harry but in the face of the Minister for Magic and several Aurors, manages to control the situation and turn it to his advantage.

Memorable lines

"There's things more importan' than keepin' a job" [Hagrid]

Fudge turned back to Dumbledore. "You will now be escorted back to the Ministry, where you will be formally charged and then sent to Azkaban to await trial!"
"Ah," said Dumbledore gently, "yes. Yes, I thought we might hit that little snag."
"Snag?" said Fudge, his voice still vibrating with joy. "I see no snag, Dumbledore!"
"Well," said Dumbledore apologetically, "I'm afraid I do."

"You seem to be laboring under the delusion that I am going to - what is the phrase? 'Come quietly.' I am afraid I am not going to come quietly at all, Cornelius. I have absolutely no intention of being sent to Azkaban. I could break out, of course - but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a whole host of things I would rather be doing."

"So," sneered Fudge, recovering himself, "you intend to take on Dawlish, Shacklebolt, Dolores, and myself single-handed, do you, Dumbledore?"
"Merlin's beard, no," said Dumbledore, smiling. "Not unless you are foolish enough to force me to."

"You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts... but you cannot deny he's got style." [Phineas]

Words and phrases

Other Canon Notes


  • the hex Hermione placed on the D.A. parchment (and counterjinx)
  • "A streak of silver light flashed around the room. There was a bang like a gunshot, and the floor trembled."

Characters Introduced

OP 27 — The Centaur and the Sneak
US Edition 599-623
Abbreviation OP27: The Centaur and the Sneak
Canonicity Primary Canon


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