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Christmas on the Closed Ward is the twenty-third chapter of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Description

Was this why Dumbledore would no longer meet Harry’s eyes? Did he expect to see Voldemort staring out of them, afraid, perhaps, that their vivid green might turn suddenly to scarlet, with catlike slits for pupils? Harry remembered how the snakelike face of Voldemort had once forced itself out of the back of Professor Quirrell’s head and ran his hand over the back of his own, wondering what it would feel like if Voldemort burst out of his skull.

He felt dirty, contaminated, as though he were carrying some deadly germ, unworthy to sit on the Underground train back from the hospital with innocent, clean people whose minds and bodies were free of the taint of Voldemort ... he had not merely seen the snake, he had been the snake, he knew it now ...

Moments

The Closed Ward

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See also

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Eye of the Snake St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries Christmas on the Closed Ward Occlumency The Beetle at Bay

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