Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Lee Jordan
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Role in the Books
Someone named Lee is on Platform Nine and Three Quarters as Harry finds he way to the train. Lee has a box containing something with long, hairy legs. Fred and George later say that Lee Jordan has a giant tarantula.
The evening Harry becomes Seeker for the Gryffindor Quidditch team, Fred and George congratulate him, saying that they too are on the team. They then say they have to talk to Lee, who thinks he has found a new secret passage out of the school.
When the Gryffindor Quidditch team take to the air for their first match, against Slytherin in November, it turns out that Lee Jordan is the announcer. He identifies the Chasers on both teams who are holding the Quaffle, particularly Angelina: when the Quaffle is in her possession, he comments as an aside that he is disappointed that she won't go out with him.
When the Snitch first appears, Harry is about to grab it when he is fouled by Marcus Flint, the Slytherin team captain. Lee reports this as he sees it, as cheating, and as a deliberate foul, and is called to order by Professor McGonagall. Lee is apparently quite happy with the final score, Gryffindor winning one seventy to sixty, that he is still shouting it out long after the game is done.
After the final exam of the year, Harry, Ron, and Hermione walk down to the shore of the lake to soak up some sun; they see Lee and the Weasley twins tickling the giant squid in the shallows of the lake.
It is mentioned that Lee Jordan is the last person out of the Common Room when Harry, Hermione, and Ron decide to go through the trap door.
We see Lee Jordan commentating the two Quidditch matches in which Harry takes part, but Lee plays little other role in the book.
Lee Jordan again is the commentator for the Quidditch matches. We specifically make note of his presence in the match against Ravenclaw, where Professor McGonagall several times has to remind him that he is commentating a game, not advertising Firebolts. We also note in the final match of the season, against Slytherin, Professor McGonagall restrains him a few times from commenting harshly about the Slytherin tactics, though by the end of the game McGonagall is just as angry at the Slytherins as Lee Jordan is.
Lee Jordan is first mentioned shortly after the announcement of the Triwizard Tournament, scheming with Fred and George about ways to avoid the age limit that Professor Dumbledore says will be placed on the entrants to the tournament. When the Goblet of Fire is placed in the Entrance Hall to accept the candidates' names, Professor Dumbledore has drawn an age line around it to prevent underage wizards from competing. Lee, Fred, and George, who have apparently taken an aging potion, appear in the Entrance Hall to try and submit their names, but only Fred and George manage to cross the age line around the Goblet before it kicks them out, awarding them both long white beards in the process. Lee accompanies them to the Hospital Wing to have their beards removed.
When the first Hogsmeade weekend rolls around, Ron and Harry have had a falling out, so Harry goes to Hogsmeade with Hermione. He sees Ron talking with Lee and the twins, but does not stop at their table.
As they head back home on the Hogwarts Express, the Twins relate to Harry, Ron, and Hermione how Ludo Bagman had cheated them, and say that he had also cheated Lee Jordan's father the same way.
Fred and George, on the Hogwarts Express to school, say that they need to sit with Lee Jordan, to talk business. By now, their plans for a joke shop are well underway, and they are in the process of lining up suppliers and creating their initial stock, we expect.
Lee is commentator for the Quidditch match against Slytherin, the first of the year (and the only one Harry plays in). This time, Professor McGonagall restrains him when he begins effusively complimenting Angelina Johnson, and complaining that she won't go out with him.
When Hagrid returns from his mission, shortly before Christmas, Lee, Fred, and George are among the enthusiastic students welcoming him upon his return. Many others are not so demonstrative.
As a result of Educational Decree Number Twenty-Six, issued shortly after the mass breakout from Azkaban, teachers are forbidden from discussing anything unrelated to academics with the students. Lee sees this as a reason to state that Professor Umbridge should not be chastising Fred and George for playing Exploding Snap in her classroom, as what she is saying is clearly not to do with academics. As a result, he gets detention. Harry, knowing very well what Umbridge's ideas of detention are, suggests Essence of Murtlap to Lee to heal his hand. The idea, which had been given to Harry by Hermione, makes its way to the Twins, who use it as an ingredient for one of their Skiving Snackboxes.
While Lee is still commentating the Quidditch matches after the departure of the Twins, a lot of the joy seems to have gone out of his performance; his announcement of the players' names as they enter the pitch in the final, Gryffindor against Ravenclaw, is lacklustre.
Lee, hearing that Hagrid is being blamed for Nifflers being introduced into Professor Umbridge's office, admits to Harry and Hermione that he was the one who had put them in there, levitating them in through Umbridge's window.
As Lee had graduated at the end of the previous year, we do not see him in this book.
Lee Jordan is "River", the main commentator on Potterwatch, the pirate wireless show that Ron tries endlessly to pick up, finally succeeding in March. He passes the news that Ted Tonks, Dirk Cresswell, the goblin Gornuk, and Bathilda Bagshot were dead. He then introduces, by code name, several newscasters, who are identified by Ron as Remus Lupin, Kingsley Shacklebolt, and Fred or George Weasley.
As Harry is on his way to the Room of Requirement, where he now believes Rowena Ravenclaw's lost diadem is hidden, he passes Fred Weasley, Lee Jordan, and Hannah Abbott guarding a hole behind a plinth where a statue had fallen. The statue had previously been masking one of the secret passages into Hogwarts.
Lee Jordan gave almost everyone who has ever read Harry Potter or seen the movies unrealistic expectations on sports commentary. He later used the skills he obtained while commentating Quidditch to help him produce a successful underground rebel radio station during Voldemort's second rise to power that provided truth, hope, and laughter in a time that it was needed the most.
Like many young men, Lee has not yet learned to consider all the ramifications of his actions. He had, on two occasions, introduced Nifflers into Professor Umbridge's office, and was dismayed to realize that Umbridge would leap to the conclusion that, because they were magical creatures, the Care of Magical Creatures teacher, Hagrid, would be blamed for it.
Relationships with Other Characters
Lee is best friends with George and Fred Weasley.
When announcing Gryffindor Quidditch matches, he often compliments Angelina Johnson and bemoans the fact that she won't go out with him; on two occasions his commenting in that vein is reined in by Professor McGonagall. This would lead the reader to believe that he has something of a crush on Angelina, but apparently he never acts upon it.
Lee is somewhat open and trusting. One gets the feeling, though this is never borne out, that he is likely to catch the fallout from the Twins' pranks, possibly undeservedly. It is certainly true that he immediately accepts Harry's offer of help after his detention with Umbridge.