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The Only One He Ever Feared

- Chapter 36

"Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness." - Dumbledore to Voldemort (OP36)


OP36: The Only One He Ever Feared

Harry pursues Bellatrix and learns he is incapable of an Unforgivable Curse; Voldemort shows up; Dumbledore saves Harry from the Killing Curse; Fudge and other Ministry members witness Voldemort’s return; and Dumbledore reinstates himself as Headmaster.

Calendar and Dates

The entire chapter takes place on the night of Thursday, the final day of O.W.L.s, and past midnight into early Friday morning. See OP31.


Interesting facts and notes

Still to come....

Exceptional character moments

Still to come...

Memorable lines

Hatred rose in Harry such as he had never known before. He flung himself out from behind the fountain and bellowed "Crucio!"

"Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness." [Dumbledore, to Voldemort]

"Cornelius, I am ready to fight your men - and win again!" said Dumbledore in a thunderous voice. "But a few minutes ago you saw proof, with your own eyes, that I have been telling you the truth for a year. Lord Voldemort has returned, you have been chasing the wrong man for twelve months, and it is time you listened to sense!"

Words and phrases

Other Canon Notes



  • (unnamed) curse Bellatrix shoots at Harry, knocking over the brain tank
  • (unnamed) Spells Dumbledore uses to animate the Fountain of Magical Brethren
  • (unnamed) Spell Dumbledore uses to move about the room "in a whirling of cloak"
  • (unnamed) Spell Dumbledore casts that Voldemort must conjure a shield to block
  • (unnamed) Spell Voldemort uses to conjure a shield
  • (unnamed) Flame Dumbledore conjures that wraps around Voldemort
  • (unnamed) Spell Voldemort uses to turn flame into a snake
  • (unnamed) Spell Dumbledore uses to vanish snake



Characters Introduced


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