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Order of the Phoenix

The Order of the Phoenix is a fictional organization in the Harry Potter series of books by J. K. Rowling. It is also frequently used to refer to the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, properly known as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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1 What is it?
2 Members of the original Order of the Phoenix
3 Known members of the reconstituted Order of the Phoenix

What is it?

The Order of the Phoenix is a organization established by Albus Dumbledore at the height of Voldemort's powers. Among the original members were Lily and James Potter (Harry's parents), Remus Lupin, Sirius Black and Alastor Moody. Most of the members of the Order were killed in the battles against Voldemort. As Voldemort fell from power after trying to kill Harry, the Order disbanded.

However, when Voldemort returns in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore re-establishes the Order.

The word phoenix is probably related to Fawkes, Dumbledore's pet phoenix, whose feathers form the core of both Voldemort and Harry's wands. In the fifth book, Dumbledore sends Fawkes on several missions for the Order.

After Harry witnessed Voldemort's return to power at the end of the fourth book, Dumbledore sent Sirius to inform the other members of the Order. The headquarters of the Order were set up in Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, London - Sirius' family home. Dumbledore is the Secret Keeper for this house; and so it cannot be found by anyone who Dumbledore has not personally told the location to.

Part of the motivation for restarting the Order was because Cornelius Fudge, Minister for Magic, absolutely refused to believe that Lord Voldemort had risen again, and insisted that Dumbledore was spreading rumours to try to take him down. But when Voldemort appears in the Ministry headquarters itself, he is forced to admit that Dumbledore was telling the truth.

It is thought that the members of the Order will remain the central characters in the fight against Voldemort, acting as "good" counterparts to Voldemort's Death Eaters.

Members of the original Order of the Phoenix

Known members of the reconstituted Order of the Phoenix