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Things You Didn't Know About The Order Of The Phoenix

July 7, 2021 5.1k votes 687 voters 104.1k views

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The Ministry of Magic is effectively another antagonist in the Harry Potter series, leaving the Order of the Phoenix as the designated protagonist group. Led by Albus Dumbledore, the faction is responsible for keeping hope alive for the good guys throughout the fight against Voldemort and his supporters. There's a lot you might not know about the group, including how it got started and the circumstances behind each member's role. 

Members of the Order of the Phoenix endured numerous tragedies, which add to their rightful place as heroes of the Wizarding World.

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    Albus Dumbledore Invented The Patronus Messenger Spell

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    Order of the Phoenix members are apex users of the Patronus charm, one of the most difficult spells to cast. They even cast Patronuses that can communicate messages, such as when Kingsley Shacklebolt sends his Patronus (a lynx) to deliver a warning during Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's wedding in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: "The Ministry has fallen. [Minister of Magic] Scrimgeour is dead. They [Voldemort's followers] are coming.”

    Albus Dumbledore invented the messenger spell and taught it to Order of the Phoenix members so they could communicate safely with each other; they are the only wizards who know how to communicate through Patronuses. 

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    Mad-Eye Moody Was Second In Command After Albus Dumbledore

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    The Order of the Phoenix relied heavily on Albus Dumbledore for leadership, but the group followed a chain of command. After Dumbledore's demise, Mad-Eye Moody became the leader. His stint lasted only a month, however, because he was slain by Voldemort when the Order flew Harry from the Dursleys' home to the Weasleys'.

    The mission he led was successful, however, because Harry arrived safely at The Burrow.

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    Aberforth Dumbledore Is Responsible For Snape Never Hearing The Full Prophecy

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    Despite the estrangement between Albus Dumbledore and his older brother, Aberforth, the forjoins his elder brother as part of the Order of the Phoenix. Aberforth is vital to Harry's survival, and catches Severus Snape spying on Albus before he overhears the prophecy at the Hog's Head Inn. 

    Aberforth's role in the Order is to provide information to his brother that he overhears at the inn, known to attract wizards of all kinds. Aberforth throws Snape out of the inn before he can hear the entire prophecy, thus ensuring that Voldemort doesn't have full knowledge of this key information about his fate.

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    The Ministry Never Caught Sirius Black Because Of Kingsley Shacklebolt 

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    Thanks to Kingsley Shacklebolt, the Ministry of Magic never caught Sirius Black when he was hiding out. The Auror in charge of the hunt for Sirius, he was recruited by Albus Dumbledore and learned the truth about Sirius's innocence.

    As an inside man at the Ministry, Shacklebolt deliberately led false trails far away from Sirius's actual location.

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