"Arthur, old man, what a day, eh? What a day! Could we have asked for more perfect weather? A cloudless night coming ... and hardly a hiccough in the arrangements.... Not much for me to do!"
-- Ludo Bagman, totally missing the feverishly busy Ministry wizards all around (GF7)
First Ludo Bagman, and then Barty Crouch, come by the campfire at the Weasley’s campsite and talk about the pressures and problems of putting on the World Cup event. Percy Weasley tries to sound important around Mr. Crouch, his boss, but Crouch calls him by the wrong name, “Weatherby”, which settles him down a little. Crouch is concerned and care-worn over the amount of effort it has taken.
Bagman, however, seems to think the whole thing is a lark, even the fact that one of his staff, Bertha Jorkins, has gone missing. He’s just excited that the Cup final is happening and is offering odds on the upcoming match. Arthur Weasley and the twins, Fred and George, place wagers (GF7).
It seems odd that Crouch, who knows Arthur Weasley very well and who must know whose campsite he's visiting, forgets the name Weasley. Maybe he forgot that Percy was Arthur's son. After all, Percy's personality is quite unlike that of the rest of the Weasleys.
From the Web
Writing by J K Rowling on WizardingWorld (Pottermore): The History of the Quidditch World Cup
Writing by J K Rowling on Imgur (Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, originally from Pottermore):
- Five Characters You Wouldn't Know If You Only Watch the Movies
- MuggleCast: Episode 208: Wannabe Wizards
- The Best Moments of the Quidditch World Cup
Mary & Blake Potterverse podcast: The Potterverse: Chapter 7 – Bagman & Crouch: The Goblet Of Fire
TheLeakyCauldron: Quidditch World Cup: Shadows of the Future?
Harry Potter Wiki: Quidditch World Cup
WizardingWorld (Pottermore) features: