Mayhem at the Ministry
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 145-157
U.K. hardcover edition: pages aaa - bbb
U.K. paperback edition: pages 162 - 175
Tuesday xx August - 31 August,
In which they travel via
back to the Burrow,
about his dream, Mr. Weasley
returns home to report problems with
Rita Skeeter's articles
in The Daily Prophet, and HRH prepare
to return to Hogwarts.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
The chaos at the Ministry resulting from the Quidditch World Cup riot
takes place off-stage, mostly; we see only the ripple effect on life
at the Burrow, as Mr. Weasley and Percy have disrupted work schedules,
and talk a little about what's going on at work.
"Sometimes, when a person's memory's modified, it makes them a bit
disorientated for awhile...and that was a big thing they had to make
"Last week she was saying we're wasting our time quibbling
about cauldron thickness, when we should be stamping out vampires!
As if it weren't specifically stated in paragraph twelve
of the Guidelines for the Treatment of Non-Wizard Part-Humans -"
Whether this statement will be enough to quash the rumours that
several bodies were removed from the woods an hour later, remains to
"They want compensation for their ruined property. Mundungus Fletcher's
put in a claim for a twelve-bedroomed tent with en-suite jacuzzi, but I've
got his number. I know for a fact he was sleeping under a cloak propped on
...the grandfather clock in the corner...It was completely useless if
you wanted to know the time, but otherwise very informative. It had nine
golden hands, and each of them was engraved with one of the Weasley family's
names. There were no numerals around the face, but descriptions of where each
family member might be. 'Home,' 'school,' and 'work' were there, but there
was also 'lost', 'hospital', 'prison', and, in the position where
the number twelve would be on a normal clock, 'mortal peril'.
Apart from The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4 by Miranda Goshawk...
...he had a handful of new quills, a dozen rolls of parchment...
...and refills for his potion-making kit - he had been running low on
spine of lionfish and essence of belladonna.
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
(as Arthur's Head of Department)
Crouch, Bartemius (senior)
(as You-Know-Who, the Dark Lord)
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Links and Resources:
"What if You-Know-Who had got you, and the last thing I ever said to
you was that you didn't get enough
"Now, Mum," said Fred,
looking up at her, a pained look on his face. "If the
crashed tomorrow and George and I
died, how would you feel knowing that the last thing we ever heard from you
was an unfounded accusation?"
The action of this chapter begins on the morning after the
Quidditch World Cup, and ends the evening before the kids catch the
Since the Quidditch World Cup was held on a Monday, the morning after was a
Tuesday. Since the
was caught on 1 September, the chapter ends on 31 August.