Dumbledore's Army

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Dumbledore's Army
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Dumbledore's Army members as seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Universe Harry Potter
Founded Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Location Room of Requirement
Leader
Purpose
  • To learn and practice magical methods of self-defence
  • Resistance against Death Eater activities in Hogwarts
Affiliations Order of the Phoenix
Enemies

Dumbledore's Army (or D.A. for short) is a fictional student organisation in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series that is founded by the main characters, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, to stand up against the regime of Hogwarts High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge, as well as to learn practical Defence Against the Dark Arts. It was founded in the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

History[edit]

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, Dolores Umbridge, chooses to teach only the basic theoretical principles of the subject in her classes instead of practical applications, due to Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge's erroneous fear that Albus Dumbledore is preparing to assemble a student army to overthrow him. This theory-only approach is widely unpopular among the students, especially those characters like Harry, who are in their fifth year and have to take their O.W.L. exams on the subject later in the year. Harry also believes that lack of practical experience makes them more vulnerable to Lord Voldemort's forces, though the Ministry staunchly refuses to accept that Lord Voldemort has returned. This prompts Hermione to suggest founding a student group where Harry would teach practical Defence Against the Dark Arts.

After Dolores Umbridge learns about the project, she bans all unapproved student organisations, so meetings are secretly held in the Room of Requirement and announced to members through the use of enchanted fake Galleons created by Hermione. Cho Chang suggests the "Defence Association", shortened to "D.A.", as the official name for the group, but Ginny Weasley's suggestion of "Dumbledore's Army", to mock the Ministry's paranoia and to show the group's loyalty to Dumbledore, is chosen.

Cho's friend Marietta Edgecombe (Cho herself in the film) betrays the group to Umbridge while under the influence of the truth potion Veritaserum, and to prevent Harry's expulsion and the incrimination of other members, Dumbledore claims responsibility for organising the group, then escapes when Ministry officials attempt to arrest him. Though the D.A. stops meeting following these events, three members — Ginny, Neville and Luna — join Harry, Ron and Hermione in the battle in the Department of Mysteries towards the end of the fifth book. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Neville and Luna are distraught due to the fact that the D.A. no longer exists. When Hogwarts is invaded by Death Eaters, they are among the members who join the Order of the Phoenix in the ensuing battle.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with Harry, Ron and Hermione absent from Hogwarts, Neville, Ginny and Luna begin a covert rebellion against new headmaster Severus Snape by reactivating the D.A. However, Luna is abducted and Ginny leaves school, leaving Neville as the D.A.'s leader. Neville tells Harry that most of the D.A.'s activity ceased shortly after Michael Corner was tortured by Death Eater siblings Alecto and Amycus Carrow for trying to rescue a first-year boy from imprisonment. The group thereafter hide from the Death Eaters in the Room of Requirement, using a secret passage to the Hog's Head to find food. The D.A. believed that if Harry returned he'd lead them in a revolution against Snape and the Carrows and are disappointed when he initially refuses to let them help. Harry does lead an impromptu revolt, but only himself, Luna and Professors McGonagall, Sprout, Flitwick and Slughorn take part in it, with Harry and Luna taking out the Carrows, and the professors (rallied by McGonagall and Harry) driving off Snape. In the book's climax, the D.A. (alongside the Order of the Phoenix) plays an important role in the Battle of Hogwarts, giving Harry enough time to find the remaining Horcruxes.

In the alternate timeline appearing in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - in which Voldemort won the Battle of Hogwarts, killed Harry Potter and instituted a terrible reign of terror - the fugitive Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger maintain the last remnants of Dumbledore's Army. Twenty years later, they still wage hopeless resistance against the all-powerful Voldemort, clandestinely helped by Severus Snape - in this reality still alive and still teaching at Hogwarts. Eventually, these remnants of Dumbledore's Army sacrifice themselves to cover the escape of Scorpius Malfoy and let him restore the timeline where Harry Potter won.

Members[edit]

  • Katie Bell is a Gryffindor student who joins the Quidditch team in her second year (Harry's first) as a Chaser, and joins Dumbledore's Army in her sixth year. Katie was portrayed by Emily Dale in a non-speaking part in the first two films. She featured in an expanded role in Half-Blood Prince and a brief appearance in Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Deathly Hallows – Part 2, in which she was played by Georgina Leonidas, who also voiced the character in the Half-Blood Prince video game adaptation.
  • Terry Boot is a Ravenclaw student in Harry's year who is close friends with housemates Michael Corner and Anthony Goldstein. In Order of the Phoenix, Terry becomes a member of Dumbledore's Army at the first meeting at the Hog's Head.
  • Cho Chang is a Ravenclaw student one year above Harry, and plays Seeker for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. During the formation of Dumbledore's Army, Cho's parents wish her not to take part in any anti-Ministry relations. She is best known for being Harry's first love interest, is described as being "very pretty" with long dark hair and is frequently accompanied by a group of giggling Ravenclaw girls. Cho was played by Scottish actress Katie Leung in the film series starting from when the character made its debut in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
  • Michael Corner is a Ravenclaw student in Harry's year who is close friends with housemates Terry Boot and Anthony Goldstein. Michael and Ginny met and began a fling after the Yule Ball.
  • Colin and Dennis Creevey are Muggle-born Gryffindor students. Hugh Mitchell played Colin in the film version of Chamber of Secrets, and voiced the character in the Order of the Phoenix video game. Dennis never appeared in any of the films. In the Order of the Phoenix film adaptation, the roles of Colin and Dennis were morphed into a second-year character named Nigel Wolpert, portrayed by William Melling.
  • Marietta Edgecombe is a Ravenclaw student, with curly reddish-blonde hair, and is part of Cho Chang's cadre of giggling Ravenclaw girlfriends; her mother works for the Floo Network authority in the Ministry. In the film adaptation of Order of the Phoenix, Marietta doesn't appear and her betrayal is instead committed by Cho, under the influence of the Veritaserum potion. Marietta's name was seen alongside those of other D.A. members on the movie's promotional site and on some official merchandise,[1] but she did not appear in the film.
  • Justin Finch-Fletchley is a Hufflepuff student in Harry's year, and a Muggle born who was originally headed for Eton until he discovered that he was a wizard at age eleven. He is sorted in Philosopher's Stone but makes his first proper appearance in Chamber of Secrets Justin was played by Edward Randell in the film adaptation of Chamber of Secrets.
  • Seamus Finnigan is an Irish Gryffindor student in Harry's year who is described as having sandy hair. He is a huge Quidditch fan and supports the Kenmare Kestrels, and is best friends with housemates Dean Thomas and Lee Jordan. His mother is a witch and his father a Muggle. Devon Murray played Seamus in the Harry Potter film series and voiced the character on the eighth game. He has appeared in all eight films, one of the few characters to do so.
  • Anthony Goldstein is a Ravenclaw student in Harry's year, and is close friends with housemates Michael Corner and Terry Boot. His series debut comes in Order of the Phoenix, in which he becomes a Ravenclaw prefect, and joins the D.A. after accompanying Michael to the initial meeting at the Hog's Head. Anthony never appeared in any of the films, but was included in the Order of the Phoenix video game.
  • Angelina Johnson is two years older than Harry, and a Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team since her second year. Angelina was portrayed by Danielle Tabor in the first three films. Tiana Benjamin was recast for the role in Goblet of Fire, and voiced the character in the Order of the Phoenix video game.
  • Lee Jordan is a Gryffindor student two years ahead of Harry, and a close friend of Fred and George; he is as witty and fun-loving as the twins and a fellow Quidditch enthusiast. Luke Youngblood portrayed the character in the first two films and voiced the character on the fifth video game.
  • Neville Longbottom is a pure-blood Gryffindor student in Harry's year, described as round-faced and "short and plump and blond".[2] Throughout the series, he is often portrayed as a bumbling, disorganised character and a rather mediocre student, though he is highly gifted at Herbology. His parents, Frank and Alice Longbottom, were prominent Aurors and Order of the Phoenix members until they were tortured into insanity (with the Cruciatus Curse) by a group of Death Eaters led by Bellatrix Lestrange. Neville was played by Yorkshire-born actor Matthew Lewis in the Harry Potter film series. He has appeared in all eight films. IGN listed Neville as their sixth top Harry Potter character, calling him the "quintessential dimwit-turned-hero".[3] In NextMovie.com's Harry Potter Mega Poll, Neville was voted as the top character that should get a spin-off movie or book.[4] Empire listed Neville as their 8th favourite Harry Potter character.[5]
  • Luna Lovegood is a Ravenclaw student one year younger than Harry. She is described as having straggly waist-length dirty blond hair, grey eyes and a "permanently surprised look". Rowling has often said that Luna is the "anti-Hermione", as Hermione is "inflexible and logical", as opposed to Luna, who would "believe 10 impossible things before breakfast".[6] Irish actress Evanna Lynch portrayed Luna in the last four Harry Potter films, and reprised the role for StarKid productions' A Very Potter Senior Year.[7] IGN listed Luna as its 12th top Harry Potter character, saying that her looniness made her a "delight".[3] Empire listed Luna as its 10th favourite Harry Potter character in "The 25 Greatest Harry Potter Characters".[8]
  • Ernie Macmillan is a Hufflepuff student in Harry's year. He is described simply as a stout boy, occasionally pompous but well-meaning and is descended from nine consecutive generations of pure-blood witches and wizards. Louis Doyle played Ernie in Chamber of Secrets and Goblet of Fire, and voiced the character in the video game adaptation of Order of the Phoenix.
  • Padma Patil is a Ravenclaw student in Harry's year, and the twin sister of Gryffindor student Parvati Patil. While both sisters are sorted in Philosopher's Stone, Padma is not mentioned again in the series until Goblet of Fire. Afshan Azad appeared as Padma in the Harry Potter film series, in which Padma is in Gryffindor instead of Ravenclaw.
  • Parvati Patil is a Gryffindor student in Harry's year and the twin sister of Ravenclaw student Padma Patil. Her best friend is Lavender Brown; they are particularly fond of Trelawney's Divination class, and share many common interests. Parvati was portrayed by Sitara Shah in Prisoner of Azkaban. Shefali Chowdhury took over the part for Goblet of Fire, along with the film and game versions of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince.
  • Zacharias Smith is a Chaser for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team. Nick Shirm briefly appeared as Zacharias in the film adaptation of Order of the Phoenix, but was not mentioned by name; he was identified as "Somewhat Doubtful Boy" in the closing credits. Shirm also voiced the character in the video game adaptation of Order of the Phoenix.
  • Alicia Spinnet first joined the Gryffindor Quidditch team as a reserve and moves up to the first team the next season (Harry's first year). Alicia is most often the Chaser who takes penalties when the other team commits an infraction. Alicia was portrayed by Leilah Sutherland in Philosopher's Stone, and by Rochelle Douglas in Chamber of Secrets.
  • Dean Thomas is a Gryffindor student in Harry's year. He is best friends with Seamus Finnigan and a football fan, supporting West Ham, which leads to his initial confusion over the complexities of Quidditch. Dean's mother is a Muggle and his father was a pure blood wizard who kept his blood status a secret. Alfred Enoch played Dean in the Harry Potter film series and voiced the character in the Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows: Part 1 video game.
  • Fred and George Weasley are the fun-loving twins of the Weasley family. The two work together making pranks and are addressed as a single unit as opposed to two individual people. They are so similar that even their mother and father often have a difficult time telling the two apart. Identical twin actors James and Oliver Phelps played Fred and George respectively in the Harry Potter film series. Fred and George were listed by IGN as eleventh top Harry Potter characters, saying that "taking umbrage at Umbridge and leaving Hogwarts with a bang in Order of The Phoenix showed us that these two weren't just goofy side splitters; they were brave and valiant freedom fighters".[3]
  • Ginevra Molly, or Ginny, is the youngest of the seven Weasley children and the first girl to be born into the Weasley family for several generations.[9] Ginny is introduced in The Philosopher's Stone, in which she appears when Harry and four of her brothers leave for Hogwarts, and when she excitedly catches a glimpse of Harry upon his return at the end of the term.[10] Bonnie Wright played Ginny in the Harry Potter film series, and voiced the character in the Order of Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows: Part 1 video games. Ginny was voiced by Victoire Robinson for the Chamber of Secrets game, and by Annabel Scholey in Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Poppy Miller was cast as the adult Ginny in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dumbledore's Army T-shirt detail Archived 7 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine., wbshop.com
  2. ^ Adler, Margot. "Harry Potter," Morning Edition, NPR Radio, 27 October 2000
  3. ^ a b c Brian Linder; Phil Pirrello; Eric Goldman; Matt Fowler (14 July 2009). "Top 25 Harry Potter Characters". IGN. Archived from the original on 19 July 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Scott Harris (14 July 2011). "'Harry Potter' Mega Poll: The Mega Results!". NextMovie.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "The 25 Greatest Harry Potter Characters". Empire. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Fry, Stephen, interviewer: J.K. Rowling at the Royal Albert Hall, 26 June 2003 accio-quote.org
  7. ^ "RTÉ Radio interview". RTÉ News. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "The 25 Greatest Harry Potter Characters". Empire. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  9. ^ J.K. Rowling Official Site: Some Random Facts About The Weasley Family Archived 24 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine..
  10. ^ [HP1]
  11. ^ "Cursed Child reveals first look at Harry, Ginny and Albus Potter in character". Pottermore. 31 May 2016. 

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