Chapter by Chapter
chapter synopses by Maureen Knight
Chapter One - Dudley Demented
In which Harry is angry and picks on Dudley, Dudley is attacked by dementors, and their neighbor Mrs. Figg returns.
Chapter Two - A Peck of Owls
In which Harry is expelled from Hogwarts, Uncle Vernon swears, Aunt Petunia reveals knowledge of the Wizarding world, Dumbledore interferes and Harry is no longer expelled, but suspended pending a Ministry of Magic disciplinary hearing.
Chapter Three - The Advance Guard
In which Harry is rescued from number four Privet Drive, Remus Lupin and Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody are reintroduced, and Harry meets Nymphadora Tonks for the first time.
Chapter Four - Number Twelve Grimmauld Place
In which Harry is reunited with Ron and Hermione, learns of the Order of the Phoenix, and is reunited with his godfather, Sirius Black.
Chapter Five - The Order of the Phoenix
Chapter Seven - The Ministry of Magic
In which Arthur Weasley takes Harry to the Ministry of Magic for his scheduled hearing and Harry gets a look at the Ministry building and the setup of its offices.
Chapter Eight - The Hearing
In which Harry attends his hearing, Fudge continues to disbelieve him about Voldemort's return, and Dumbledore arrives to assist Harry. Mrs. Figg testifies and Harry is cleared of all charges.
Chapter Nine - The Woes of Mrs. Weasley
In which Ron and Hermione become prefects, Harry is jealous, and Mrs. Weasley's boggart is revealed.
Chapter Ten - Luna Lovegood
In which Harry and the Weasleys are late for the Hogwarts Express (again), Harry and Ginny encounter Neville on the train, and they are introduced to Luna Lovegood and her father's magazine, The Quibbler. Cho Chang makes a brief appearance, and Harry sees what actually pulls the school carriages.
Chapter Eleven - The Sorting Hat's New Song
In which the start-of-term-feast takes place, the Sorting Hat gives warning in its new song, Harry recognizes Dolores Umbridge as she is introduced as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, and Harry learns that not everyone believes that Voldemort is back.
Twelve - Professor Umbridge
In which Fred and George advertise for volunteers to test their products, the trio discusses their schedules and the upcoming O.W.L.s, Harry has an outburst in Defence Against the Dark Arts, Umbridge assigns him detention for a week, and McGonagall warns him to keep his temper under control.
Chapter Thirteen - Detention With Dolores
In which Hermione stops the twins from experimenting on first years, Ron tries to stop unknowing house-elves from taking Hermione's knitted hats, and Professor Grubbly-Plank teaches Care of Magical Creatures as there is still no sign of Hagrid. Harry serves Umbridge's detentions, in which an enchanted quill cuts lines into the back of his hand, and Ron tries out for and makes the Gryffindor team as Keeper.
Chapter Fourteen - Percy and Padfoot
In which Harry sends a letter to Sirius, he encounters Cho Chang and she calls him brave, and the Gryffindor team's first practice is less than spectacular. Percy sends Ron a letter warning him against continuing his friendship with Harry, and Sirius communicates with Harry through the common room fire.
Chapter Fifteen - The Hogwarts High Inquisitor
In which Umbridge is made Hogwarts High Inquisitor, and Harry loses his temper again in Defence Against the Dark Arts, serving another week's detention. Umbridge observes the professors in class, and Ron and Hermione try to convince Harry to give Defence Against the Dark Arts lessons.
Chapter Sixteen - In The Hog's Head
In which Harry, Hermione, and Ron hold a meeting at The Hog's Head to discuss with other students the possibility of Harry giving them Defence lessons, and Hermione tells Ron and Harry that Ginny is dating Michael Corner.
Chapter Seventeen - Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four
In which the High Inquisitor orders all Student Organizations, Societies, Teams, Groups, and Clubs disbanded, Harry and Ron learn that boys are not allowed in the girls' dormitory, Hedwig is hurt coming back from London, and Sirius is almost caught by Umbridge in the Gryffindor common room fireplace.
Chapter Eighteen - Dumbledore's Army
In which Harry again dreams of the windowless corridor with the door at the end, Dobby tells Harry about the Room of Requirement, and Dumbledore's Army meets for the first time.
Chapter Nineteen - The Lion and the Serpent
In which Gryffindor defeats Slytherin, but Harry, Fred, and George are given a lifetime ban from Quidditch by Umbridge for fighting with Malfoy.
Chapter Twenty - Hagrid's Tale
In which Hagrid returns and tells the story of his journey with Madame Maxime to the land of the giants, where they were unsuccessful in gaining an alliance.
Chapter Twenty-One - The Eye of the Snake
In which Hagrid's class is observed by Umbridge, Ginny Weasley replaces Harry as Gryffindor's Seeker, Dumbledore's Army meets again, and Harry and Cho kiss. In a dream, Harry witnesses Arthur Weasley being bitten by a huge snake.
Chapter Twenty-Two - St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical
Maladies and Injuries
In which Arthur Weasley is rushed to St. Mungo's Hospital, Dumbledore sends Harry and the Weasleys back to Sirius' house, and they visit Arthur in hospital as he makes his recovery.
Chapter Twenty-Three - Christmas on the Closed Ward
In which Harry speculates on why Dumbledore will not look him in the eye, Hermione joins Harry and the Weasleys at Grimmauld Place for Christmas, and Percy sends back his Weasley sweater. They visit Arthur in St. Mungo's, encounter Gilderoy Lockhart, and see Neville with his gran visiting his parents.
Chapter Twenty-Four - Occlumency
In which Harry and the Weasleys return to Hogwarts after the holidays and Harry begins Occlumency lessons with Snape, during which Harry sees the dark corridor in the Department of Mysteries that he often dreams about.
Chapter Twenty-Five - The Beetle at Bay
In which there is a mass breakout from Azkaban, a Ministry worker dies under suspicious circumstances, and Umbridge bans the teachers from giving students information unrelated to their subjects. Harry and Cho go on a date to Hogsmeade, and Hermione and Luna Lovegood arrange for Harry to tell Rita Skeeter his story, to be published in Luna's father's paper, The Quibbler.
Chapter Twenty-Six - Seen and Unforeseen
In which Hermione gives Harry advice on his love life, Gryffindor continues its losing streak at Quidditch, and Harry's article is published in The Quibbler - which is quickly outlawed at Hogwarts by Umbridge. Harry has another disturbing dream from Voldemort's point of view, Harry continues his Occlumency lessons with Snape, Trelawney is sacked, and Firenze the centaur is hired to teach Divination.
Chapter Twenty-Seven - The Centaur and the Sneak
In which 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.
Chapter Twenty-Eight - Snape's Worst Memory
In which Umbridge replaces Dumbledore as Head of Hogwarts, the students (with the help of Fred's and George's inventions) rebel while the staff sit back and watch, and Umbridge tries to get Harry to tell her where Dumbledore is hiding. Harry confronts Cho about her friend Marietta, continues his Occlumency lessons with Snape, and while poking around in Snape's Pensieve discovers that his father may have been every bit as arrogant as Snape had previously told him.
Chapter Twenty-Nine - Career Advice
In which Harry tells Ginny of his desire to talk to Sirius, receives career advice from Professor McGonagall, breaks into Umbridge's office to use her floo to talk to Sirius about his father, and Fred and George leave Hogwarts.
Chapter Thirty - Grawp
In which Harry recalls the dream again, the Gryffindors play Ravenclaw for the final match of the Quidditch season, and Hagrid introduces Harry and Hermione to his half-brother, Grawp, making them promise to look after Grawp if he has to leave. Gryffindor wins the match and the Quidditch Cup, and Ron is carried triumphantly off the pitch.
Chapter Thirty-One - O.W.L.S
Chapter Thirty-Two - Out of the Fire
Chapter Thirty-Three - Fight and Flight
Chapter Thirty-Four - The Department of Mysteries
Chapter Thirty-Five - Beyond the Veil
Chapter Thirty-Six - The Only One He Ever Feared
Thirty-Seven - The Lost Prophecy
In which Harry has his final outburst in anguish over Sirius' death, and Dumbledore tells him everything - about why he must return to the Dursleys every year, about the prophecy, about how Voldemort marked him as his equal, about how it could as easily been Neville, and about how either Harry or Voldemort must die. Dumbledore also admits to allowing his emotions to blur his judgment with Harry.
Chapter Thirty-Eight - The Second War Begins
In which Ron and Hermione are recovering from their injuries, Fudge publicly admits to Voldemort's return, McGonagall returns from St. Mungo's, and Harry asks Nearly Headless Nick about ghosts. Harry rides home with Ron, Hermione, Neville, and Luna on the train; Moody, Lupin, and Tonks meet him at the train station and warn the Dursleys to be good to him during the summer.