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however
used in Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix

3 meanings, 80 uses
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1  —77 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Definition
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on "idea 1" we might not expect "idea 2", but this is a way of saying that even though "idea 1" exists, we still have "idea 2."  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
  • As long as he was busy he was happy; when the action abated, however, whenever he dropped his guard, or lay exhausted in bed watching blurred shadows move across the ceiling, the thought of the looming Ministry hearing returned to him.
    Chapter 6 -- The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black (94% in)
however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They were standing outside number eleven; he looked to the left and saw number ten; to the right, however, was number thirteen.
    Chapter 4 -- Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place (1% in)
  • A moment later, however, they all began to move towards the front door and out of sight.
    Chapter 4 -- Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place (91% in)
  • Harry, however, did not laugh; he was too busy staring at the names to the right of Andromeda's burn mark.
    Chapter 6 -- The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black (69% in)
  • At Sirius's words, however, the crushing sense of dread returned to him.
    Chapter 6 -- The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black (78% in)
  • Sometimes, however, the visitors stayed to help.
    Chapter 6 -- The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black (92% in)
  • Some looked annoyed, others slightly frightened; two elderly witches in the back row, however, raised their hands and waved in welcome.
    Chapter 8 -- The Hearing (16% in)
  • However, due to a lucky mistake I arrived at the Ministry three hours early, so no harm done.
    Chapter 8 -- The Hearing (18% in)
  • The toadlike witch on his right, however, merely gazed at Dumbledore, her face quite expressionless.
    Chapter 8 -- The Hearing (94% in)
  • Again, however, Dumbledore seemed oblivious to Harry's attempt to catch his eye.
    Chapter 8 -- The Hearing (97% in)
  • Soon, however, he was moodier and surlier than before, talking less to everybody, even Harry, and spending increasing amounts of time shut up in his mother's room with Buckbeak.
    Chapter 9 -- The Woes of Mrs Weasley (29% in)
  • Ron, however, gave Harry a perplexed look.
    Chapter 10 -- Luna Lovegood (95% in)
  • Hogwarts Castle, however, loomed ever closer: a towering mass of turrets, jet black against the dark sky, here and there a window blazing fiery bright above them.
    Chapter 11 -- The Sorting Hat's New Song (4% in)
  • The teachers, however, were still listening very attentively, and Hermione seemed to be drinking in every word Umbridge spoke, though, judging by her expression, they were not at all to her taste.
    Chapter 11 -- The Sorting Hat's New Song (64% in)
  • Hermione, however, had to move her orange juice aside quickly to make way for a large damp barn owl bearing a sodden Daily Prophet in its beak.
    Chapter 12 -- Professor Umbridge (13% in)
  • The surface of Hermione's potion, however, was a shimmering mist of silver vapour, and as Snape swept by he looked down his hooked nose at it without comment, which meant he could find nothing to criticise.
    Chapter 12 -- Professor Umbridge (43% in)
  • At Harry's cauldron, however, Snape stopped, and looked down at it with a horrible smirk on his face.
    Chapter 12 -- Professor Umbridge (43% in)
  • However, the Headmaster likes you to sit the examination, so...'
    Chapter 12 -- Professor Umbridge (57% in)
  • You will be pleased to know, however, that these problems are now to be rectified.
    Chapter 12 -- Professor Umbridge (65% in)
  • After several more minutes had passed, however, Harry was not the only one watching Hermione.
    Chapter 12 -- Professor Umbridge (70% in)
  • Professor Umbridge, however, did not flinch.
    Chapter 12 -- Professor Umbridge (83% in)
  • Harry, however, stood up.
    Chapter 12 -- Professor Umbridge (86% in)
  • Most of the people watching were laughing; Hermione, however, squared her shoulders and marched directly over to where Fred and George now stood with clipboards, closely observing the unconscious first-years.
    Chapter 13 -- Detention with Dolores (11% in)
  • He had barely reached the entrance of the Great Hall, however, when a loud and angry voice yelled, 'Oi, Potter!'
    Chapter 13 -- Detention with Dolores (48% in)
  • Now, however, it looked totally unrecognisable.
    Chapter 13 -- Detention with Dolores (53% in)
  • He let no gasp of pain escape him, however, and from the moment of entering the room to the moment of his dismissal, again past midnight, he said nothing but 'good evening' and 'goodnight'.
    Chapter 13 -- Detention with Dolores (71% in)
  • His homework situation, however, was now desperate, and when he returned to the Gryffindor common room he did not, though exhausted, go to bed, but opened his books and began Snape's moonstone essay.
    Chapter 13 -- Detention with Dolores (71% in)
  • However, the departing delivery owl had barely cleared the top of the milk jug when Hermione let out a huge gasp and flattened the newspaper to reveal a large photograph of Dolores Umbridge, smiling widely and blinking slowly at them from beneath the headline.
    Chapter 15 -- The Hogwarts High Inquisitor (0% in)
  • Hermione, however, merely rustled the pages of her Daily Prophet and said nothing.
    Chapter 15 -- The Hogwarts High Inquisitor (57% in)
  • She did, however, take many more notes while sitting in her corner, and when Professor McGonagall finally told them all to pack away, she rose with a grim expression on her face.
    Chapter 15 -- The Hogwarts High Inquisitor (66% in)
  • Then he turned to Ron, ready to exchange the exasperated looks they sometimes shared when Hermione elaborated on far-fetched schemes like SPEW To Harrys consternation, however, Ron did not look exasperated.
    Chapter 15 -- The Hogwarts High Inquisitor (88% in)
  • However, Hermione, who was taking more subjects than either of them, had not only finished all her homework but was also finding time to knit more elf clothes.
    Chapter 16 -- In the Hogs Head (22% in)
  • All of them, however, loo 'Well... that's the plan, anyway' said Hermione.
    Chapter 16 -- In the Hogs Head (52% in)
  • Professor McGonagall, however, looked sharply at Harry and said, 'Do you know how far this owl's travelled, Potter?'
    Chapter 17 -- Educational Decree Number Twenty-four (35% in)
  • It seemed, however, that he was not the only person in Divination who was in a temper.
    Chapter 17 -- Educational Decree Number Twenty-four (65% in)
  • Harry, however, thought he knew what was the matter.
    Chapter 17 -- Educational Decree Number Twenty-four (67% in)
  • Somewhat to Harry's disappointment, it was Ginny who managed to find Cho Chang and her friend first; however, by the end of dinner he was confident that the news had been passed to every one of the twenty-five people who had turned up in the Hog's Head.
    Chapter 18 -- Dumbledore's Army (64% in)
  • Angelina, however, said quickly The Quidditch season's about to start, we need team practices too!'
    Chapter 18 -- Dumbledore's Army (97% in)
  • It became clear after ten minutes, however, that Ron was not capable of eating anything more and Harry thought it best to get him down to the changing rooms.
    Chapter 19 -- The Lion and the Serpent (32% in)
  • However, the High Inquisitor was nowhere to be seen as they struggled through the snow towards Hagrid, who stood waiting for them on the edge of the Forest.
    Chapter 21 -- The Eye of the Snake (8% in)
  • The smoke serpent, however, split itself instantly into two snakes, both coiling and undulating in the dark air.
    Chapter 22 -- St Mungo's Hospital for Magicalů. (17% in)
  • Ginny, however, took a few steps over to the nearest chair and sank into it.
    Chapter 22 -- St Mungo's Hospital for Magicalů. (44% in)
  • However, he had barely taken plates from the dresser when Mrs Weasley lifted them out of his hands and pulled him into a hug.
    Chapter 22 -- St Mungo's Hospital for Magicalů. (54% in)
  • Fred, George and Ron laughed; Hermione, however, looked reproachful. j Once they had eaten their Christmas lunch, the Weasleys, Harry and Hermione were planning to pay Mr Weasley another visit, escorted by Mad-Eye and Lupin.
    Chapter 23 -- Christmas on the Closed Ward (56% in)
  • Before he could think of what to say, however, Sirius had beckoned him to his side.
    Chapter 24 -- Occlumency (27% in)
  • By six o'clock that evening, however, even the glow of having successfully asked out Cho Chang could not lighten the ominous feelings that intensified with every step Harry took towards Snape's office.
    Chapter 24 -- Occlumency (49% in)
  • Harry's attention was drawn towards the desk, however, where a shallow stone basin engraved with runes and symbols lay in a pool of candlelight.
    Chapter 24 -- Occlumency (51% in)
  • It is true, however, that those who have mastered Legilimency are able, under certain conditions, to delve into the minds of their victims and to interpret their findings correctly.
    Chapter 24 -- Occlumency (56% in)
  • However, the vision you had shortly before Christmas —'
    Chapter 24 -- Occlumency (61% in)
  • We are, however, doing all we can to round up the criminals, and we beg the magical community to remain alert and cautious.
    Chapter 25 -- The Beetle at Bay (6% in)
  • It seemed, however, to have only intensified her furious desire to bring every aspect of life at Hogwarts under her personal control.
    Chapter 25 -- The Beetle at Bay (30% in)
  • Nowadays, however, his scar hardly ever stopped prickling, and he often felt lurches of annoyance or cheerfulness that were unrelated to what was happening to him at the time, which were always accompanied by a particularly painful twinge from his scar.
    Chapter 25 -- The Beetle at Bay (39% in)
  • After a few minutes, however, he remembered that he was supposed to be emptying his mind of all emotion before he slept, as Snape kept instructing him at the end of every Occlumency lesson.
    Chapter 26 -- Seen and Unforeseen (24% in)
  • You do not, however, have the authority to send them away from the castle.
    Chapter 26 -- Seen and Unforeseen (95% in)
  • I, however, am here to explain the wisdom of centaurs, which is impersonal and impartial.
    Chapter 27 -- The Centaur and the Sneak (17% in)
  • It appears that they were forewarned of my arrival, however, because when we reached the seventh floor they were running in every direction.
    Chapter 27 -- The Centaur and the Sneak (76% in)
  • It does not matter, however.
    Chapter 27 -- The Centaur and the Sneak (77% in)
  • He doubted, however, whether Snape would accept that excuse.
    Chapter 28 -- Snape's Worst Memory (47% in)
  • Halfway across the Entrance Hall, however, Cho came hurrying up to him.
    Chapter 28 -- Snape's Worst Memory (48% in)
  • To his intense relief, however, when James and his three friends strode off down the lawn towards the lake, Snape followed, still poring over the exam paper and apparently with no fixed idea of where he was going.
    Chapter 28 -- Snape's Worst Memory (75% in)
  • However, her troubles were far from over.
    Chapter 30 -- Grawp (3% in)
  • He, however, seemed to have found a new optimism.
    Chapter 30 -- Grawp (28% in)
  • Hagrid, however, walked straight past it into the shade of the trees on the outermost edge of the Forest, where he picked up a crossbow that was leaning against a tree.
    Chapter 30 -- Grawp (37% in)
  • however, that is no reason not to do your very best.
    Chapter 31 -- O.W.L.S. (30% in)
  • As Harry completed the constellation Orion on his chart, however, the front doors of the castle opened directly below the parapet where he was standing, so that light spilled down the stone steps a little way across the lawn.
    Chapter 31 -- O.W.L.S. (66% in)
  • Luna, however, stood limply by the side of her captor, gazing vaguely out of the window as though rather bored by the proceedings.
    Chapter 32 -- Out of the Fire (71% in)
  • She, however, merely gave Umbridge a contemptuous glance and plunged straight into the trees, moving at such a pace that Umbridge, with her shorter legs, had difficulty in keeping up.
    Chapter 33 -- Fight and Flight (11% in)
  • Hermione, however, gave a gasp.
    Chapter 33 -- Fight and Flight (58% in)
  • Ron, Hermione and Ginny, however, were still standing motionless on the spot, open-mouthed and staring.
    Chapter 34 -- The Department of Mysteries (2% in)
  • Instead of a chained chair, however, there was a raised stone dais in the centre of the pit, on which stood a stone archway that looked so ancient, cracked and crumbling that Harry was amazed the thing was still standing.
    Chapter 34 -- The Department of Mysteries (56% in)
  • They had, however, given Harry an idea.
    Chapter 35 -- Beyond the Veil (15% in)
  • A jet of red light hit the nearest Death Eater; he fell backwards into a grandfather clock and knocked it over; the second Death Eater, however, had leapt aside to avoid Harry's spell and was pointing his own wand at Hermione, who was crawling out from under the desk to get a better aim.
    Chapter 35 -- Beyond the Veil (31% in)
  • 'When, however, you did not return from your trip into the Forest with Dolores Umbridge, Professor Snape grew worried that you still believed Sirius to be a captive of Lord Voldemort's.
    Chapter 37 -- The Lost Prophecy (41% in)
  • You did not ask me again, however, why Voldemort had left that marl; on you.
    Chapter 37 -- The Lost Prophecy (72% in)
  • The applicant, however, was the greatgreat-granddaughter of a very famous, very gifted Seer and I thought it common politeness to meet her.
    Chapter 37 -- The Lost Prophecy (82% in)
  • When it finally puffed to a standstill, however, he lifted down Hedwig's cage and prepared to drag his trunk from the train as usual.
    Chapter 38 -- The Second War Begins (85% in)
  • When the ticket inspector signalled to Harry, Ron and Hermione that it was safe to walk through the magical barrier between platforms nine and ten, however, he found a surprise awaiting him on the other side: a group of people standing there to greet him who he had not expected at all.
    Chapter 38 -- The Second War Begins (86% in)

There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix.

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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
Definition
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • 'What's wrong, Harry, is that you are not your father, however much you might look like him!' said Mrs Weasley, her eyes still boring into Sirius.
    Chapter 5 -- The Order of the Phoenix (56% in)
however = regardless of how
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix.

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3  —1 use as in:
However you do it, get it done!
Definition
in whatever way
  • He had more important things to worry about, however: he was looking over the students' heads to the staff table that ran along the top wall of the Hall.
    Chapter 11 -- The Sorting Hat's New Song (11% in)

There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix.

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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • Now, however... He walked a short way around the lake, sat down on its bank, sheltered from the gaze of passers-by behind a tangle of shrubs, and stared out over the gleaming water, thinking... Perhaps the reason he wanted to be alone was because he had felt isolated from everybody since his talk with Dumbledore.
    Chapter 38 -- The Second War Begins (41% in)

There are no more uses of "however" in Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix.

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