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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Chapter One:
The Other Minister

Notes by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
Synopsis and links by John Kearns

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 1 - 18
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 7 - 24
Timeframe: An evening in late June or early July, 1996 [Y16]

In which the Muggle Prime Minister recounts his encounters with Cornelius Fudge, Fudge visits him again with Scrimgeour, and we learn that Scrimgeour is the new Minister for Magic. We also hear of the wizarding world's open war with Voldemort - dozens of Muggles have been killed along with Amelia Bones and Emmeline Vance, the Dementors and giants have joined Voldemort, and the Ministry is struggling to fight.

The Other Minister

Interesting facts andnotes about the text of this chapter:

Still to come....

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • Scrimgeour, Rufus (briefly mentioned in OP but this is his first appearance)

  • (unnamed) Muggle Prime Minister

  • portait of Ulick Gamp, the messenger in the picture frame in the Prime Minister's office (Pm)

Characters returning in this chapter:

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

  • Prime Minister's office, London

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

Exceptional character moments:

  • Still to come....


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • The idea of invisible creatures swooping through the towns and countryside, spreading despair and hopelessness in his voters, made him feel quite faint.

  • "My dear Prime Minister, you can't honestly think I'm still Minister for Magic after all this? I was sacked three days ago! The whole Wizarding community has been screaming for my resignation for a fortnight. I've never known them so united in my whole term of office!"

  • "The trouble is, the other side can do magic too, Prime Minister."

Strictly British:


The entire chapter takes place in one evening, though we aren't given much indication of when this evening might be, or how it relates to the dates of the following chapters. All we do know is that it's at the end of a 'long week' for Fudge and the Prime Minister, that it happens sometime while Harry is at Privet Drive (so late June or early July), and that it's been three days since Scrimgeour has become the new Minister for Magic.


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