This new infographic looks at the two secret societies that fought against Lord Voldemort: Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore's Army.
Over the course of two devastating wizarding wars, and the deadly reign of Lord Voldemort, two secret societies rose from the wreckage to defend the wizarding world: the Order of the Phoenix, and a small group of Hogwarts students called Dumbledore’s Army. To commemorate them, here’s a guide to some of the top witches and wizards who took on Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Raise your wands in honour.
Order of the Phoenix (First Wizarding War)
For both wizarding wars, there was an Order of the Phoenix. When Voldemort first came to power, long before the days of Harry Potter, Dumbledore put together a team of talented wizards and witches – including several skilled Aurors - to fight back.
Although a valued member of the Order, Sirius Black would make a huge mistake during the First Wizarding War: trusting Peter Pettigrew.
Considered one of the greatest wizards in the Order, Edgar Bones was murdered, along with his wife and children, by Death Eaters.
Presumed dead, Caradoc Dearborn disappeared at the height of the First Wizarding War and was never seen again.
Dedalus Diggle is thought to have been responsible for the downpour of celebratory stars on the night Lord Voldemort was defeated. Years later he would express his gratitude to Harry Potter in the Leaky Cauldron.
Although a close friend of Albus Dumbledore, little is known about Elphias Doge's time in the Order; other than the fact that he used to wear a 'stupid hat'.
As barman of the Hog's Head Inn in Hogsmeade, Aberforth was able to pass along sensitive, overheard information to the Order; lead by his brother, Albus Dumbledore.
Albus Dumbledore was the Order's founder and leader. As the only wizard Lord Voldemort was ever truly afraid of, he was vital to the resistance.
Benjy Fenwick was brutally murdered by Death Eaters. According to Alastor Moody, in their search for Fenwick's body they 'only ever found bits of him.'
Rubeus Hagrid's most famous Order exploit was to rescue Harry Potter from the ruins of his house in Godric's Hollow.
A brave and well-respected Auror, Alice Longbottom would sadly fall victim, along with her husband Frank, to sadistic Death Eaters, who tortured her into insanity.
A brave and well-respected Auror, Frank Longbottom would sadly fall victim, along with his wife Alice to sadistic Death Eaters, who tortured him into insanity.
Although a loyal and dedicated member, distrust and terror caused Remus Lupin – a werewolf – to soon be treated with suspicion by fellow Order member, Sirius. The suspicions, of course, were wrong.
Like many others, Marlene McKinnon was killed during the First Wizarding War, along with the rest of her family.
A lesser-known member of the Order, Dorcas Meadowes was killed by Lord Voldemort personally during the First Wizarding War.
One of the greatest Aurors of all time, Alastor Moody was relentless in his quest to make sure all of Lord Voldemort's followers were locked up in Azkaban.
Having defected to the Death Eaters, Peter Pettigrew worked against the Order as a spy; most famously the Potters by giving away their secret location to Lord Voldemort.
Sturgis Podmore would go on to become one of the few Order members to survive both the First and Second Wizarding War.
James Potter, father of Harry Potter, was a valued member of the Order; defying the Dark Lord three times. He and his wife, Lily, were murdered by Lord Voldemort — an act that would prove to be his downfall.
Lily Potter, mother of Harry Potter, was a valued member of the Order; defying the Dark Lord three times. She and her husband, James, were murdered by Lord Voldemort — an act that would prove to be his downfall.
A sibling of Molly Weasley, Fabian Prewett would go on to be tragically murdered by five Death Eaters, along with his brother Gideon. According to Alastor Moody, the pair 'fought like heroes'. We later learn Antonin Dolohov was convicted for their brutal murder.
A sibling of Molly Weasley, Gideon Prewett would go on to be tragically murdered by five Death Eaters, along with his brother Fabian. According to Alastor Moody, the pair 'fought like heroes'. According to Alastor Moody, the pair 'fought like heroes'. We later learn Antonin Dolohov was convicted for their brutal murder.
Unlike many others, Emmeline Vance would survive the First Wizarding War and live long past Lord Voldemort's downfall — that is, until he rose again.
Order of the Phoenix (Second Wizarding War)
Voldemort ascended to power once more in Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts, and had soon returned to his old ways of recruiting Death Eaters and terrifying Muggles. Dumbledore reignited the Order of the Phoenix, this time including the likes of Arthur and Molly Weasley, to once again take on the darkness consuming the wizarding world. Special mention to Mrs Figg for the outside help she offered the Order. And her cats.
Due to his criminal status, Sirius Black played a hands-off role during the Second Wizarding War; most notably, letting the Order use his family home as a base. He was sadly killed by his cousin, Bellatrix Lestrange, at the Department of Mysteries.
Fleur Delacour was crucial in transporting Harry Potter to safety, and fought valiantly at the Battle of Hogwarts.
Dedalus Diggle rejoined the Order during the Second Wizarding War. Most notably, he was part of the Advance Guard who escorted Harry Potter to Grimmauld Place, and later evacuated the Dursleys to a safehouse.
Elphias Doge continued to serve the Order during the Second Wizarding War. A close friend of Albus Dumbledore, Doge wrote the headmaster's Daily Prophet obituary when he died.
Despite being estranged from his brother, Albus, Aberforth re-joined the Order at its most desperate hour — the Battle of Hogwarts.
As its founder, Albus Dumbledore continued to lead the Order throughout the Second Wizarding War. Having been fatally cursed by a Horcrux, Dumbledore arranged his own death at the hand of Severus Snape, giving the spy the legitimacy he needed to infiltrate Lord Voldemort's ranks.
The Second Wizarding War would see Mundungus Fletcher live up to his untrustworthy reputation, fleeing the transportation of Harry Potter out of cowardice. Later, against his will, he would aid Harry Potter in locating a Horcrux.
Not much is known about Hestia Jones' role in the Order, although she was one of the team who evacuated the Dursleys in 1997; her opinion of the Muggle family was low.
Rubeus Hagrid undertook several secret, sensitive missions for the Order; including a futile attempt to persuade his fellow giants not to join Lord Voldemort.
After being exposed as a werewolf while teaching at Hogwarts, Remus Lupin re-joined the Order to fight against Lord Voldemort. He sadly lost his life during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Minerva McGonagall only joined the Order during the Second Wizarding War, having worked as a spy for the Ministry of Magic during the First. Having taken charge of the school's defences, she would prove vital in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Having already been kidnapped by Barty Crouch Jr a few years previous, Alastor Moody would tragically be murdered during the flight to transport Harry to a safe space from Privet Drive.
Sturgis Podmore is best known for being put under the Imperius Cruse by Lucius Malfoy, who made him break into the Department of Mysteries.
Kingsley Shacklebolt was a high-functioning member of the Order, having fought numerous battles and performed many heroic tasks. It's little wonder that he would go on to become Minister for Magic.
Posing as a Death Eater, Severus Snape continued to spy for the Order throughout the Second Wizarding War. Killed by Lord Voldemort, he died one of the Order's greatest heroes.
As an undercover Auror at the Ministry of Magic, Nymphadora Tonks was a vital part of the Order's operation. Fierce and loyal, she fought for the Order many times — including the Battle of Hogwarts, where she sadly lost her life.
Emmeline Vance's long and distinguished service came to an end in 1996, when she was killed by Death Eaters. Having been murdered near 10 Downing Street, her death appeared in many Muggle newspapers.
As an employee at the Ministry of Magic, Arthur Weasley's work for the Order mainly consisted of intelligence; although he did also take up guard duties, and fought at the Battle of Hogwarts.
Bill Weasley initially served the Order as a spy working at Gringotts, but would later fight in many battles — during the killing of Albus Dumbledore, he was attacked by Fenrir Greyback.
Although based in Romania, where he studied dragons, Charlie Weasley contributed to the Order by recruiting foreign wizards to the resistance's cause.
Along with his twin brother, George, Fred Weasley played an active role in the Order. Most notably, he fought at the Battle of the Seven Potters and later, The Battle of Hogwarts, where he was sadly killed by a Death Eater.
Along with his twin brother, Fred, George Weasley played an active role in the Order.
Molly was a key member of the Order, helping to make their headquarters a bearable place to hold meetings. However, her finest, and darkest hour came at the Battle of Hogwarts: in which Molly would lose a son, and kill Bellatrix Lestrange.
While Dumbledore was putting together his official army, little did he know that in the Room of Requirement at Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione were forming their own resistance. Dumbledore’s Army, a name coined by Ginny Weasley, started out as a secret rebellion against Dolores Umbridge, but ended up being a crucial component of the Battle of Hogwarts. Not to mention giving Neville the confidence he needed to go from a toad-forgetter to a powerful wizard.
Hannah Abbott balanced DA with the overwhelming stress of taking her O.W.L.s. In later years, after the murder of her mother by Death Eaters, Abbott would rejoin DA to fight back against the Death Eater regime at Hogwarts.
A low-key member of DA, Katie Bell was most notably a victim of the Imperius Curse in 1996, as part of a failed plot to assassinate Albus Dumbledore. Like many others, she returned to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Susan Bones' decision to join DA was personal: a lot of her family were murdered by Lord Voldemort. Unsurprisingly, she stuck with the group right up until the Battle of Hogwarts.
Terry Boot originally joined DA after being impressed with Harry Potter's exploits. He would soon become impressive himself, coming to Potter's aid when he attacked by Draco Malfoy on the Hogwarts Express.
Although originally sceptical of Lord Voldemort's return, Lavender Brown became one of DA's most devoted members — sticking with the group during the dark years of 1997-1998. She would sadly be mauled by Fenrir Greyback, during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Still grieving for Cedric Diggory, Cho Chang joined DA to fight Lord Voldemort — but started falling for Harry Potter. Their relationship went downhill after her friend, Marietta Edgecombe, betrayed the group. Chang would latter affirm her loyalty to DA By fighting in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Michael Corner was originally persuaded to join D.A. because of his feelings for Ginny Weasley. He would go on to become a dedicated member of the group, however — suffering torture under the Death Eater regime at Hogwarts.
Although young and erratic, Colin Creevey was a loyal member of DA, which he joined alongside his brother Dennis. Sadly, years later, he would go on to be killed in action at the Battle of Hogwarts.
Joining the DA in his second year, alongside his older brother Colin, Dennis Creevey was one of the group's youngest members. Dennis and Colin were often inseparable during their Hogwarts days.
A reluctant member of DA, and a disbeliever in the return of Lord Voldemort, Marietta Edgecombe betrayed the group to Dolores Umbridge. Having signed an enchanted parchment upon joining, the betrayal caused her to break out in pimples that spelt 'SNEAK' across her face.
The Muggle-born Justin Finch-Fletchley was originally meant to go to Eton before he discovered he was a wizard. After a tricky start at Hogwarts, where he was attacked by a Basilisk, Justin soldiered on and eventually joined Dumbledore’s Army.
Seamus Finnigan was a late-comer to DA, having dismissed Harry Potter's claim that Lord Voldemort had returned. He would go on to become a loyal member, suffering greatly under the Death Eater regime at Hogwarts. He, of course, fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Not much is known about Anthony Goldstein. A Ravenclaw prefect, he stuck with the DA up until the very end — the Battle of Hogwarts.
As co-founder and deputy leader, Hermione Granger ensured the security of DA. She enchanted coins so members could communicate, and jinxed the attendance sheet to root out traitors. Oh, and the DA was originally her idea.
As captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, Angelina Johnson originally joined DA Because of Dolores Umbridge's blatant favouritism towards Slytherin. Like many others, she returned to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Although a low-key member of DA, Lee Jordan would later put his commentary skills to use on Potterwatch, an anti-Voldemort radio show. He later proved invaluable during the Battle of Hogwarts, due to his knowledge of secret passages.
Although not a naturally gifted wizard, Neville Longbottom's time in D.A. saw him improve dramatically. He would go on to become the group's acting co-leader; and would prove vital to the downfall of Lord Voldemort, by destroying his last remaining Horcrux.
Luna Lovegood was an important member of DA For not only did she play a major role in getting people to believe that Lord Voldemort had returned, but in the dark years of 1997-1998 she would help revive the D.A. She, of course, fought valiantly in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Ernie Macmillan was one of Harry Potter's most vocal supporters, and a devoted member of DA — which he saw as being nearly as important as his O.W.L.s. He was also one of the first to express willingness to fight at the Battle of Hogwarts.
Padma Patil joined DA alongside her twin sister, Parvati. Like many others, she returned to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Parvati Patil joined DA alongside her twin sister, Padma. Like many others, she returned to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts. She also helped in the rebellion against Dolores Umbridge, and was particularly talented at the Reductor curse. She also was known to strongly dislike Dolores' cardigan.
Founder, teacher and leader, Harry Potter was the heart of Dumbledore's Army; a symbol who prepared its other members for the battles to come.
Zacharias Smith was a sceptical and unpopular member of DA, described by many as haughty and annoying. It is unknown whether he rejoined the revived DA, but nonetheless deserted the group at the Battle of Hogwarts.
Alicia Spinnet attended as many D.A. meetings as she could, juggling Quidditch practise. Like many others, she returned to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Dean Thomas was a devoted member of DA: a group that prepared him for life on the run during the Second Wizarding War. Like many others, he would later return to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts — despite not owning a wand.
Fred Weasley, along with his brother George, were the DA's resident hell-raisers; both leading a campaign of mayhem against headmistress Umbridge. Sadly, years later, Fred would be killed in action during the Battle of Hogwarts.
George Weasley, along with his brother Fred, were the DA's resident hell-raisers; both leading a campaign of mayhem against headmistress Umbridge.
As well as coming up with the name 'Dumbledore's Army', Ginny Weasley was one of the DA's most skilled members. She became acting co-leader during the dark years of 1997-1998, and played a pivotal role during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Although co-founder and deputy leader, Ron Weasley took more of a back-seat role in DA He did, however, fight alongside fellow DA members many times; including the Battle of Hogwarts.