The first thing that a character says can share quite a bit about a character.
Sometimes it is possible to learn about their character even before they speak although that is not quite as easy.
Humans use words to convey much of what they wish to say. Not all, of course, but words are one of our main forms of communication.
Today I want to share with you the first thing all the characters say in ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.’ It will give us a chance to look at the characters as they first speak.
It is a way to see how what they say, even at the beginning, reflect who they are.
There will be some spoilers here for the book, just because you’ll know all the characters that come in and also what they say first. Sometimes the first thing that someone says can reveal more than anyone could expect. So, if you have not read this book, read this at your own peril.
Now that I have warned you, let’s get started!
Vernon Dursley: ‘Glad to see the boy’s stopped trying to butt in. Where is he anyways?’
Petunia Dursley: ‘I don’t know. Not in the house.’
Harry Potter: ‘Get – off – me!’
And this is the first thing that the hero says. Do you think he’s okay?
Malcolm: ‘. . . squealed like a pig, didn’t he?’
Piers: ‘Nice right hook, Big D.’
I think his last name is Perkins, but it really doesn’t matter. It’s not like he’s going to be mentioned again.
Dudley Dursley: ‘Same time tomorrow?’
Gordon: ‘Round at my place, my parents are out.’
Arabella Figg: ‘Don’t put it away, idiot boy! What if there are more of them around? Oh, I’m going to kill Mundungus Fletcher!’
I wouldn’t want to be Mundungus Fletcher, well, actually I would not want to be him even if she had not said this.
Mundungus Fletcher: ‘ ‘S’ up, Figgy? What ‘appened to staying undercover?’
Alastor ‘Mad-eye’ Moody: ‘Lower your wand, boy, before you take someone’s eye out.’
Remus Lupin: ‘It’s all right, Harry. We’ve come to take you away.’
Nymphadora Tonks: ‘Why are we all standing in the dark? Lumos.’
I think that this is the first time a spell has been in the first thing that someone says. Also, call her ‘Tonks,’ she doesn’t like Nymphadora.
Kingsley Shacklebolt: ‘Yeah, I see what you mean, Remus. He looks exactly like James.’
Elphias Doge: ‘Except the eyes. Lily’s eyes.’
The fact that Harry looks like his dad except for the eyes seems to be brought up in every book.
Dedalus Diggle: ‘We’ve met before.’
Molly Weasley: ‘Oh, Harry, it’s lovely to see you! You’re looking peaky; you need feeding up, but you’ll have to wait a bit for dinner, I’m afraid. . .’
Hermione Granger: ‘HARRY! Ron, he’s here, Harry’s here! We didn’t here you arrive! Oh, how are you? Are you all right? Have you been furious with us? I bet you have, I know our letters were useless – but we couldn’t tell you anything, Dumbledore made us swear we wouldn’t, oh, we’ve got so much to tell you, and you’ve got to tell us – the dementors! When we heart – and that Ministry hearing – it’s just outrageous, I’ve looked it all up, they can’t expel you, they just can’t, there’s provision in the Decree for the Restriction of Underage Sorcery for the use of magic in life-threatening situations- ‘
Well, I hope that you have read the book. . . I’m also glad that Hermione stopped because at least I felt that she wasn’t really breathing the entire time she was speaking.
Ron Weasley: ‘Let him breathe, Hermione.’
George Weasley: ‘Hello, Harry. We thought we thought we heard your dulcet tones.’
Fred Weasley: ‘You don’t want to bottle up your anger like that, Harry, let it all out. There might be a couple of people fifty miles away who didn’t hear you.”
Yes, this is so helpful. . .
Ginny Weasley: ‘Oh hello, Harry! I thought I heard your voice.’
Mrs. Black: ‘Filth! Scum! By-products of dirt and vileness! Half-breeds, mutants, freaks, begone from this place! How dare you befoul the house of my fathers -‘
Pleasant woman isn’t she?
Sirius Black: ‘Shut up, you horrible old hag, shut UP!’
I know that you are not happy, but is this really helpful?
Arthur Weasley: ‘Harry! Good to see you!’
Bill Weasley: ‘Journey all right, Harry? Mad-eye didn’t make you come via Greenland, then?’
Kreacher: ‘. . . Smells like a drain and a criminal to boot, but she’s no better, nasty old blood traitor with her brats messing up my Mistress’s house, oh my poor Mistress, if she knew, if she knew the scum they’ve let in her house, what would she say to old Kreacher, oh the shame of it, Mudbloods and werewolves and traitors and thieves, poor old Kreacher, what can he do . . .’
What a pity his line couldn’t have been even longer. . .
Perkins: ‘Oh Arthur! Thank goodness, I didn’t know what to do for the best, whether to wait here for you or not, I’ve just sent an owl to your home but you’ve obviously missed it – an urgent message came ten minutes ago -‘
Broderick Bode: ‘Morning, Arthur. Don’t often see you down here. . .’
Cornelius Fudge: ‘Very well. The accused being present – finally – let us begin. Are you ready?’
Percy Weasley: ‘Yes, sir.’
Professor Albus Dumbledore: ‘I must have missed it. However, due to a lucky mistake I arrived at the Ministry three hours early, so no harm done.’
Madam Amelia Bones: ‘You produced a fully fledged Patronus?’
Dolores Umbridge: ‘I’m sure I must have misunderstood you, Professor Dumbledore. So silly of me. But it sounded for a teensy moment as though you were suggesting that the Ministry of Magic had ordered an attack on this boy!’
Great, now I have a bad taste in my mouth.
Lucius Malfoy: ‘Well, well, well. . . Patronus Potter.’
Lee Jordan: ‘Nice dog, Harry!’
Neville Longbottom: ‘Hi, Harry. Hi, Ginny. . . . Everywhere’s full. . . .I can’t find a seat. . .’
Luna Lovegood: ‘Yes. Yes, it was quite enjoyable, you know. You’re Harry Potter.’
Cho Chang: ‘Oh . . . hello, Harry. Um . . . bad time?’
Draco Malfoy: ‘Manners, Potter, or I’ll have to give you a detention. You see, I, unlike you, have been made a prefect, which means that I, unlike you, have the power to hand out punishments.’
Glad to see nothing has changed.
Professor Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank: ‘First years line up over here, please! All first years to me!’
Nearly Headless Nick: ‘Yes, indeed. The hat feels itself honor-bound to give the school due warning whenever it feels- ‘
And what does the hat feel?
Professor Minerva McGonagall: ‘Abercrombie, Euan.’
Parvati Patil: ‘I’ll be her friend as long as I don’t have to borrow that cardigan.’
The Fat Lady: ‘No password, no entrance.’
I’m so proud of you! You said something besides ‘password?’ for the first time you spoke!
Dean Thomas: ‘Hey, Harry. Good holiday?’
Seamus Finnigan: ‘Me mam didn’t want me to come back.’
Angelina Johnson: ‘Hi, good summer? Listen, I’ve been made Gryffindor Quidditch Captain.’
Professor Severus Snape: ‘Settle down.’
Professor Sybil Trelawney: ‘Good day. And welcome back to Divination. I have, of course, been following your fortunes most carefully over the holidays, and am delighted to see that you have all returned to Hogwarts safely – as, of course, I knew you would.’
Peeves: ‘Why it’s Potty Wee Potter!’
I’m still not sure why the school keeps a poltergeist. Maybe he didn’t really give them a choice.
Professor Filius Flitwick: ‘What you must remember is that these examinations may influence your futures for many years to come! If you have not already given serious thoughts to your careers, now is the time to do so. And in the meantime, I’m afraid we shall be working harder than ever to ensure that you all do yourselves justice!’
Ernie Macmillan: ‘I want you to know, Potter, that it’s not only weirdos who support you. I personally believe you one hundred percent. My family have always stood firm behind Dumbledore, and so do I.’
Pansy Parkinson: ‘Hey, Johnson, what’s with that hairstyle anyway? Why would anyone want to look like they’ve got worms coming out of their head?’
If she knew that this was going to be written down, I doubt she would have said that.
Michael Corner: ‘You want to pass your Defense Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. too though, I bet?’
Zacharias Smith: ‘Where’s the proof You-Know-Who’s back?’
Susan Bones: ‘Is it true that you can produce a Patronus?’
Terry Boot: ‘And did you kill a basilisk with that sword in Dumbledore’s office? That’s what one of the portraits on the wall told me when I was in there last year. . .’
Lavender Brown: ‘Oh, I’ve always loved that owl, she’s so beautiful.’
Dobby: ‘Harry Potter, sir!’
Professor Rubeus Hagrid: ‘Shoulda known! Bin home three seconds. . . Out the way, Fang . . . Out the way, yeh dozy dog. . .’
Augusta Longbottom: ‘Friends of yours, Neville, dear?’
Stan Shunpike: ‘Welcome to the-‘
Voldemort: ‘I have been badly advised, it seems.’
Rookwood: ‘Master, I crave your pardon. . .’
Firenze: ‘Harry Potter.’
Argus Filch: ‘The headmistress would like to see you, Potter.’
James Potter: ‘D’you think you managed to get all the signs?’
From a memory.
Peter Pettigrew: ‘I got the snout shape, the pupils of the eyes, and the tufted tail, but I couldn’t think what else-‘
Memory, but he’s alive.
Lily Potter: ‘Leave him ALONE!’
Magorian: ‘I thought that we told you, Hagrid, that you are no longer welcome here?’
Bane: ‘So. We agreed, I think, what we would do if this human showed his face in the forest again?’
Professor Marchbanks: ‘Journey was fine, journey was fine, we’ve made it plenty of times before! Now, I haven’t heard from Dumbledore lately! No idea where he is, I suppose?’
Professor Tofty: ‘Potter, is it? The famous Potter?’
Katie Bell: ‘And she thought Hagrid was putting nifflers in her office.’
Madame Poppy Pomfrey: ‘She’s not here, Potter. She was transferred to St. Mungo’s this morning. Four Stunning Spells straight to the chest at her age? It’s a wonder they didn’t kill her.’
Ronan: ‘They are young. We do not attack foals.’
Bellatrix Lestrange: ‘I want to know where Sirius is!’
This isn’t what it sounds like.
Now that, I believe, is the first line of every character in ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.’
Which was your favorite quote? My favorite was probably when Luna Lovegood said, ‘Yes. Yes, it was quite enjoyable, you know. You’re Harry Potter.’