“You have heard from an eyewitness,” Dumbledore interrupted. “If you still doubt her truthfulness, call her back, question her again. I am sure she would not object.”
“I — that — not —” blustered Fudge, fiddling with the papers before him. “It’s — I want this over with today, Dumbledore!”
“But naturally, you would not care how many times you heard from a witness, if the alternative was a serious miscarriage of justice,” said Dumbledore.
~ Order of the Phoenix, p. 148
We get a glimpse into the so-called justice of the Wizengamot in Goblet from a spectator’s POV, and a front row seat as the accused in Order. As I was re-reading this chapter, I got to thinking about what the Bible says about God’s love of justice. How it is amazing when we fall in line with that love, and despicable when we don’t. Here are two verses I found:
When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. ~ Proverbs 21:15 ESV
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. ~ Isaiah 30:18 ESV
I love the way Rowling structured Chapter 8, The Hearing, because it echoes the Christian-everyman/God relationship. Rowling portrays how there will be those who seek to thwart true justice, but when we lean on and wait on the Lord, he will give us peace and see us through. Not that we won’t ever get falsely accused or persecuted, but that he has a plan and if we trust in Him, He’ll see justice wins out.
“— Withness for the defense, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore,” said a quiet voice from behind Harry, who turned his head so fast he cricked his neck.
Dumbledore was striding serenely across the room wearing long midnight-blue robes and a perfectly calm expression. His long silver beard and hair gleamed in the torchlight as he drew level with Harry and looked up at Fudge through the half-moon spectacles that rested halfway down his very crooked nose.
The members of the Wizengamot were muttering. All eyes were now on Dumbledore. Some looked annoyed, others slightly frightened; two elderly witches in the back row, however, raised their hands and waved in welcome.
A powerful emotion had risen in Harry’s chest at the sight of Dumbledore, a fortified, hopeful feeling rather like that which phoenix song gave him. He wanted to catch Dumbledore’s eye, but Dumbledore was not looking his way; he was continuing to look up at the obviously flustered Fudge. ~ Order of the Phoenix, p. 138
In this scene, we get to see those “evildoers” who are annoyed by true justice, and then those who openly welcome it — even waving the God-figure in. At the God-figure’s presence, Harry is filled with hope. Side note: Fawkes is highly symbolic of the Holy Spirit, so the fact that Harry gets the same hopeful feeling at Dumbledore’s presence as he did at Fawkes’s singing is significant.
Moral of the story, when we stand in and for truth and true justice, we have nothing to fear even if those is power are doing all they can to work against us. God is on our side; He will see us through. And, if power should fall into our lap, the choice to stand for true justice speaks volumes. 😉