Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Corrected entry: At the end of Chapter Twelve, when Harry is in Professor McGonagall's office, he repeats what Hermione said about the Ministry interfering at Hogwarts. McGonagall responds with "I'm glad you listen to Hermione Granger." However, Hermione made the statement when she, Harry, and Ron were sitting in the Great Hall during the Welcoming Feast. McGonagall was at the staff table and should not know what Hermione said.

Correction: From McGonagall's comment, it can be inferred that she knows he wasn't really paying attention. And as the resident brainiac is one of his best friends, it's not that big of an educated guess for her to assume Hermione understood Umbridge's speech and explained it to Harry.

Cubs Fan

Corrected entry: In chapter twenty-five, when Harry and Cho are walking to Hogsmeade together, Harry says that he saw Oliver Wood at the Quidditch World Cup "last year." This scene is taking place in February of 1996 and the World Cup was in August of 1994. Harry actually saw Oliver the year before last year.

Correction: 18 months previous to the conversation in question is when Harry saw Oliver. More than one year, but less than two. He connects the memory to other memories which he associates as being a part of his time as a fourth year at Hogwarts. Since this conversation takes place during a period he associates as being a part of his time as a fifth year at Hogwarts, he refers to the event as having taken place "last year". It's rather like how a school year actually takes place across two distinct calendar years and even though it isn't even one whole year long we still refer to it as one year.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In chapter 9, when Harry lets Hermione borrow Hedwig, Harry remains bent double until he hears Hermione close the door. However, when he hears Hermione and Hedwig had gone, he hurries across the room and closes the door, but the door had already been closed.

Correction: The door that Harry was waiting to hear close was not the door from the room but a different door. Harry then closed the door from the room.

Corrected entry: Harry says that Dobby had left the Malfoys to give him warnings two years ago, but that happened in book two, which was three years ago. Dobby was still employed by the Malfoys when he arrived to warn Harry.

Correction: It has been only two years in real time but three books apart. Dobby's last warning came in the end of year 2 and this is in the beginning of year 5 only a little over 2 years.

Corrected entry: When Tonks is in Harry's room and Tonks talks about her being an auror she says that she became an auror only one year ago. But later in the book, at careers advice, Professor McGonagall says that no one has been taken on as an auror in three years.

Correction: Tonks only become a qualified Auror one year ago. They may not have taken anyone on for Auror training in the last 3 years.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Malfoy is taking points off Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ernie Macmillan at the start of chapter 28, Ernie states that Prefects can't take away house points, but in "The Chamber of Secrets" Percy Weasley takes ten points from Griffindor because Harry & Ron are in Moaning Myrtle's.

Correction: J.K. Rowling has explained that prefects can take House points, just not from other Houses.

Cubs Fan

Corrected entry: Harry and Hermione get their wands taken from them when they are caught using Umbridge's fire. After the centaur attack the others break free and come to meet Harry and Hermione. After this point they have their wands, even though nothing was mentioned to say how they got them back.

Correction: If you read the text closely enough, it says that Ron hands Harry and Hermione's wands back to them.

Cubs Fan

Corrected entry: In the practical exams for their OWL's, the students are called in alphabetical order by last name. Yet Harry is in at the same time as Hannah Abbot for one of their exams. Abbot and Potter should not be together.

Correction: However, at an earlier point, Malfoy was still taking his exam when Harry walked in. Since Hannah Abbot's exam went so poorly, it is likely that she was still being tested when Harry walked in.

Corrected entry: In the British version of book 5, it talks about Algernon Rookwood, but in book 4, it talks about Agustus Rookwood.

Correction: These could very easily be two different people.

Corrected entry: In the chapter where Harry and company are having their Care of Magical Creatures with Prof Grubly-Plank, she says to turn in their drawings of bowtruckles at the end of class. In a later chapter, Harry says he has to finish the bowtruckle drawing.

Correction: It's not unlikely that the professor was not satisfied with Harry's drawing, and made him do it again as extra homework.


Corrected entry: In Chapter 17 Harry hands an injured Hedwig to Professor Grubbly-Plank who says "Thestrals will sometimes go for birds, of course." The next paragraph states that "Harry neither knew nor cared what Thestrals were". However, in Chapter Ten there is a discussion about them between Luna Lovegood and Harry who can both see them pulling the carriages, as well as a paragraph where Harry is pointing them out to Ron.

Correction: True, but at those points in time, Harry didn't know what they were called. Only after Hagrid returned and resumed teaching did Harry learn why he could see them and Ron and Hermione could not.

Cubs Fan

Corrected entry: In book 1, it says that James and Lily Potter were Head Boy and Girl. You have to be prefect to become head boy or girl. In this book, Sirius tells Harry that his father (James) was not a prefect.

Correction: No you don't. JK Rowling said so herself you don't have to be a prefect to become head boy or head girl.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the book, Harry is given a gift by Sirius. This is a gift that he does not open until after Sirius is dead, and he finds it to be a communication mirror. Not once in the rest of the entire book is this present mentioned. Even when Harry uses the fireplace and risks everything to talk to Sirius, Sirius does not mention opening his present, and during the weeks of Christmas break, when they are actually face to face, no one mentions it either. This is a valid plot hole because it is highly unbelievable that such a valuable gift would have ended up in Harry's hands and not used. With that mirror in use, most of the miscommunication in the book would have been avoided, making the plot seem suspiciously forced.

Correction: It states explicitly that Harry pushed it out of his mind to avoid risking Sirius's freedom. It wasn't at the beginning of the book that he received it either, it was a Christmas gift; and no one knew about it except Harry and Sirius, hence the lack of discussion. Simply put, Harry deliberately forgot all about it. He even laments having done so after he finds out what it was.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: Hermione is knitting hats to free the house elves of Hogwarts. but the elves don't belong to her, they belong to Dumbledore. So technically they can't be freed by students, only Dumbledore.

Correction: Where's the mistake? It never says any of the elves were freed. Only that they found the attempt insulting.

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Corrected entry: In chapter 28, it says that every person in the school seemed to know how Dumbledore had overcome two Aurors, the high inquisitor, the minister for magic, and his junior assistant. Percy is the minister junior assistant, and Percy wasn't in the office with him, as he left moments after Dumbledore's "confession" to send his notes to the Ministry.

Correction: Uhm, It's certain that since everyone in the school knows, it has been spread around person-to-person. Not everyone would have known Percy was out of the room, so they would have just told others who had been with the minister as he entered the school, figuring that Dumbledore must have beaten them all.

Corrected entry: In preparation for their exams, Parvati and Lavender were making their pencil cases race around. However, they use quills, so why would they have a pencil case?

Correction: A pencil case is a generic term for a receptacle in which one keeps stationery. Not specific to pencils, and avoids confusion that might have been caused by calling it a "quill case".

Corrected entry: In the chapter Luna Lovegood, Harry sees the thestrals for the first time, because he saw Cedric die at the end of last term. But he didn't see the thestrals when he left Hogwarts before the summer.

Correction: JK Rowling explained this at the Edinburgh Book Festival. She specifically said that it was not a mistake, and that she had thought about this carefully. She explained that 'anyone who has suffered a bereavement knows that there is the immediate shock that takes a little while to appreciate fully that you will never see that person again. Until that happened, I (JK Rowling) did not think that Harry could see the Thestrals'. So, in other words, it wasn't until the death of Cedric had sunk in that he was able to see the Thestrals.


Corrected entry: In chapter 27, Fudge says, "Or is there the usual simple explanation involving the reversal of time, a dead man coming back to life, and a couple of invisible dementors?" Fudge never knew about Hermione and Harry using the Time-Turner to rescue Sirius in book three.

Correction: Fudge did not really know about the Time-Turner, but he wanted to make a point about how he considers Harry's stories too extravagant and fantastic to believe in, and exaggerates. There were never any "invisible dementors" either, as all of this is something Fudge makes up to illustrate his point.


Corrected entry: In chapter 38, it says that Tonks was wearing a t-shirt that says "The Weird Sisters". But in the illustration at the beginning of the chapter, you can see that only "erd" is visible, but it should be "ird", because the e comes before the i.

Correction: Illustrations are not part of the text, and should not be considered book mistakes. Artwork on DVD cases are not considered movie mistakes, for the same reason.


Corrected entry: When discussing former Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers, it's brought up that "one sacked, one dead, one's memory removed and one locked in a trunk for nine months." Lupin is the sacked one that's referred to, but he didn't get sacked, he resigned.

Correction: Character decision - Lupin was practically sacked, but was given the option of resigning first. He still lost his job, and not by his own volition, which is the same as being fired. Lupin was simply allowed to put a nicer name to it, that's all.


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