Ladies and gentlemen, there is a hint at a light at the end of the tunnel that is The Toad.
That’s right. Dumbledore’s Army has been hinted at–foreshadowing, my favorite!
Of course, no one outright says, “Hey, let’s make an army because the Ministry would eat that up!” No, it’s all just a here-it-comes, get-ready type of thing. Actually, it’s when Sirius’s head pokes through the fire in Gryffindor common room to talk to Harry, Ron, and Hermione [all of whom have various degrees of obliviousness; Ron doesn’t know about the scar, neither Ron nor Hermione know about the letter Harry wrote Sirius, and none of them know where Hagrid is].Sirius tells them a little of what’s going on [although he’s nearly as oblivious as the others]. Then he says this nugget of hilarity;
“What does he [Fudge] think we’re doing here, forming some sort of wizard army?”
“That’s exactly what he thinks you’re doing,” said Sirius, “or rather, that’s exactly what he’s afraid Dumbledore’s doing–forming his own private army, with which he will be able to take on the Ministry of Magic.”
There was a paise at this, then Ron said, “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard, including all the stuff that Luna Lovegood comes out with.”
Good ol’ Ron. You can always count on him for a little comic relief, even if this passage is a little funny in and of itself.
That’s chapter fourteen. Within four chapters, Dumbledore’s Army is up and running.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. I haven’t even gotten to that chapter yet. I just got all excited when I saw all that stuff about war and armies and Dumbledore. Especially the ‘take down the Ministry of Magic’ part. Fudge is a turd, and his green bowler hat should be burned. Of course, that doesn’t mean I like Scrimgeour any better…
Then there’s the matter of the lovely letter from Ron’s estranged [and strange] older ex-brother, Percy. What a git, as they would say. He truly is the definition of slime. Even though his family kicked him out slash he left, the Weasleys still seem to have a soft spot for their twit of a son. His mother, especially, seems to feel awful about what happened. Yes, he was a jerk. Yes, he deserves to live in the street and nothing better, but yes…he’s still their son. I guess the Weasley’s are just too tied to their families, however despicable and worthless said family members may be.
But Percy really crosses a whole other set of lines when he sends Ron that delightfully revolting letter, the main contents of which contain warnings about Harry Potter and bragging about Percy’s own spectacular position as a footstool to the Minister in the Ministry. The rest of it talks about the delicate balance of Dumbledore as headmaster [See the Prophet tomorrow!] and hints at how fantastic a person The Toad is. That’s right. There’s actually somebody in the world who like Umbridge. It would be Percy, wouldn’t it?
Sometimes I almost feel sorry for Percy. He had weird siblings–the twins, Ron, Ginny, Bill, Charlie…but then I just have to laugh. I wish I could know what kind of hilariously awesome pranks the Weasley twins played on poor ickle Percykins!
The twins and Hermione, meanwhile, are having a bit of a power struggle.
And Hermione is knitting hats for house-elves who really don’t want to be freed.
And she’s knitting them badly.
Hermione? Doing something badly?
Oh, it happens. After all, she’s the one that dated Viktor Krum…
Check out this video to laugh at that a little more.