This article is about the chapter. For the location, see Department of Mysteries.

The Department of Mysteries is the thirty-fourth chapter of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


Harry wound his hand tightly into the mane of the nearest Thestral, placed a foot on a stump nearby and scrambled clumsily on to the horse’s silken back. It did not object, but twisted its head around, fangs bared, and attempted to continue its eager licking of his robes.

He found there was a way of lodging his knees behind the wing joints that made him feel more secure, then looked around at the others. Neville had heaved himself over the back of the next Thestral and was now attempting to swing one short leg over the creature’s back. Luna was already in place, sitting side-saddle and adjusting her robes as though she did this every day. Ron, Hermione and Ginny, however, were still standing motionless on the spot, open mouthed and staring.

‘What?’ he said.

‘How’re we supposed to get on?’ said Ron faintly. ‘When we can’t see the things?’


Row Ninety-Seven

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See also

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Out of the Fire Fight and Flight The Department of Mysteries Beyond the Veil The Only One He Ever Feared