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Harry Potter fans are counting down to Friday when "all will be revealed" at Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's official Harry Potter site. The Pottermore Facebook page has been giving us fun little trick and treats, each promising the big reveal on October 31. Looking at all of them together, we're inclined to think that they're clues to this new writing that's coming, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix may factor in in a big way.
When I started
The other thing that made me wonder if this ties in to Bellatrix's arrest involves the date of the reveal-to-come (October 31) and this post...
1981 is the year Voldemort killed Harry's parents. On October 31, in fact. Professor Trelawney's prophecy led Voldemort to pursue the Potters, which he did. He was vanquished and afterward, the Death Eaters were wrangled up and sent off to Azkaban. Azkaban is the word we unscrambled from this crossword puzzle trick...
The prison is where Bellatrix ended up after Voldemort was vanquished. Azkaban is also where Dolores Umbridge ended up for the awful things she did at the Ministry of Magic. Azkaban is the subject of a new writing, and Umbridge's back story is reportedly set to be explored in a new story going up on Pottermore. If those two things reference the same writing, perhaps the passage will offer some kind of update the sentence Umbridge is serving at Azkaban.
I'm not entirely willing to abandon the theory that we're going to learn some back-story on Umbridge that might involve her facing off with Bellatrix Lestrange. Maybe we will. But upon closer inspection at the Pottermore tricks and treats, it became obvious that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix can be linked to most -- if not all -- of them, right down to the crossword puzzle clues that brought us to "Azkaban."
Going back to Pottermore's first "All will be revealed" posting...
The above puzzle appears to be a Centaur. The centaur Firenze took over teaching Divination class when Prof. Trelawney was fired by Umbridge in Book 5. And when Hermione tricked Umbridge into going into the Forbidden Forest at the end of Order of the Pheonix, it was Bane (possibly shown above?) who carried Umbridge off. Professor Umbridge expressed an extreme distasted for centaurs.
Later, Harry and some of Dumbledore's army headed off to the ministry...
In search of a prophecy by the answer to this trick...
(The chorus of Robert S. Hawker's "The Song of the Western Men" includes the words "And shall Trelawny die?")
It was Trelawney's prophecy they were after. And it was at the Ministry of Magic that Sirius Black (resident of Order of the Pheonix headquarters, 12 Grimmauld Place)...
...dueled with Bellatrix Lestrange, who killed him. Duel hint:
There's also this Barnabas the Barmy post...
We know there's a tapestry that depicts Barnabas training his trolls, which hangs near the entrance to the Room of Requirement, which is where Dumbledore's Army practiced dueling.
Are all of these Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix tie-ins simply meant to point to Dolores Umbridge because she was introduced in that book? Or is there more to it than that? Possibly some filled-in blanks related to what was going on with Umbridge during Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts.
The Harry Potter books are told in the third person, but the focus has always been on what's going on with Harry. There certainly could have been more to Dolores Umbridge's story than what was revealed in Book 5.
I'm also still wondering if there's more relevance to October 31, 1981 than the tie-in of Trelawney's prophecy to Voldemort's attack on the Potters that day. What if Dolores Umbridge was somehow involved in capturing Bellatrix Lestrange after Voldemort was vanquished?
Perhaps tomorrow's trick or treat will shed further light on these hints. And then of course, "all will be revealed" on October 31.
Update: Today's trick focuses on Peeves, the Hogwarts poltergeist!
The caption references Umbridge and reminds us of the Weasley twins mischief when Umbridge was slowly taking over Hogwarts... and their epic exit. Another Order of the Phoenix nod!