Guest Author - Lisa Shea
Chapter 4 Order of the Phoenix: Number Twelve, Grimmault Place. Harry arrives at the unusual Grimmauld Place, which is a house that "appears" between two other normal houses when they approach it. It is a battered building in a seedy part of town. It is very dusty and dirty within. There are old-fashioned gas lamps and threadbare carpets.
Mrs. Weasley is there and sends him up to talk with Ron and Hermoine. Harry is furious with the two of them, even though they insist that Dumbledore made them promise not to send news to Harry, and he starts screaming at them at the top of his lungs.
He finds out that the Order of the Phoenix is a secret society with 20 or more people who are actively working against Voldemort. Fred and George materialize in the room and offer to try out their extendable ears to listen in on the meeting below. Apparently there is an Impeturbacle Charm on the kitchen and the ears won't work.
It turns out that Percy, one of the older brothers, has been promoted to work with Fudge and is now a "turncoat", spying on his own family and believing strongly that there is no return of Voldemort. He had a falling out with his mom and father.
Harry is told that the Daily Prophet has been spreading rumors that Harry is self centered and making up wild stories to impress people with. Also, Hermoine is pushing for her Society for the Protection of Elfish Welfare - SPEW - and wants to help Kreacher, the house elf in this dingy home.
At the end of the chapter, Harry sees one of the house portraits have an evil fit - and then Sirius silences her, and says it's his mom.
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