Order of the Phoenix Death Clues
JK Rowling has hidden a lot of clues in OOTP that tell us who is
going to die before they actually die! However, it takes a cunning eye to spot
- On page 60 of the American edition of OOTP, just as they enter number twelve Grimmauld
Place, it says "The other's hushed voices were giving Harry an odd feeling of
foreboding; it was as though they had just entered the house of a dying
- On Harry's first night at Grimmauld Place, the entire house sits down to
dinner. In total, thirteen of them eat together. According to Trelawney in POA, when
thirteen people dine together, the first one to rise is the first to die. No prizes
for guessing who rises first here: "Sirius started to rise from his chair."
NOTE: This is arguable as Ginny is not sitting at the table at the time, but
she may be counted as "being" in the room and eating with the others, thus it
can still count as foreshadowing.
- Sirius' house is number twelve, Grimmauld place. The Grim is a sign that death
is coming. -Thanks Kristin
- When Fred and George were levitating dinner onto the table at 12 Grimmauld
Place, they lost control of one of the knives. It dropped and embedded itself
into the table right very near Sirius. This could be foreshadowing Sirius'
- On page 462 of the UK version, it says "Harry had an unpleasant
constricted sensation in his chest; he did not want to say goodbye to Sirius.
He had a bad feeling about this parting; he didn't know when they would next
see each other." This speaks for itself; the part about them never seeing each
other again was true in the end.
- A lot of people say that Sirius' Animagus form (big, black, shaggy dog) is
uncannily similar to the Grim and so his death was coming from when we first
met him in POA.
- In Chapter 9, Sirius says, "It's a matter of time before Voldemort moves
into the open; once he does, the whole Ministry's going to be begging us to
forgive them. And I'm not sure I'll be accepting their apology." Why? Because
he's dead by then. -Thanks LizzyBeth.
- In Book 1, Chapter 15, when Hagrid, Harry and Hermione run into the
Centaurs, Ronan makes the pronouncement, "Always the innocent are the first
victims." Everyone thought Sirius was guilty, but he turned out to be
- On page 477 of the American edition of OOTP, Sirius says, "This is how it
is-- this is why you're not in the Order-- you don't understand -- there are
things worth dying for!"
- In St. Mungo¬ís, when they are going to visit Mr. Weasley- 'They climbed a
flight of stairs and entered the "Creature-Induced Injuries" corridor, where
the second door on the right bore the words 'DANGEROUS' DAI LLEWELLYN WARD:
SERIOUS BITES.' If you put these words on a sign, they would
Take the first word of each of these and what do
you get get? Creature Dangerous Dai Serious? No - Kreacher dangerous, Die
- In the American book, the first page shows the book title and an
illustration. There is a picture of Sirius' Animagus form leaving 12 Grimmauld
place. It shows that Sirius would be leaving something; in this case, it was
life. -Thanks Elz P
- Page 20 of the UK edition: "The darkness pressed on his eyes like a
weightless veil." This looks like foreshadowing to me! -Thanks Adam
- Sirius tells Harry, Ron and Hermione to call him "Snuffles." To snuff it means to die, foreshadowing the death of Sirius.
- On page 741 of the American version, about in the middle of the page, Kreacher says,
"Master will not come back from the Department of Mysteries!" he said gleefully. "Kreacher and his Mistress are alone again!" He meant this literally. -Thanks Jess
- On page 75 of the American version, Molly Weasley says:
"The meeting's over, you can come down and have dinner now, everyone's dying to see you, Harry." This is very unlikely to be a death clue, but I thought I'd mention it all the same. -Thanks Sila
- On page 773 of the American version:
Harry goes up to the archway and the veil in the Department of Mysteries. He gets up to the archway and calls for Sirius, possibly foreshadowing Sirius's death by calling for him at the place of it. -Thanks Eli
- On page 717 of the UK edition, in the battle between Dumbledore and Voldemort, it says, "Dumbledore was stood in front of the golden gates." The golden gates could be associated with heaven or the afterlife, hinting towards his death in Book 6. -Thanks Breanna