"Go abroad if you can. Just get well away from the Ministry. That's the - er - new official position."
-- Harry Potter (as Albert Runcorn)
Hermione accompanies Dolores Umbridge to court while Harry breaks into Umbridge’s office, to find Mad-Eye Moody’s eye mounted on her door. While inside, Harry sees she has a file on Arthur Weasley and a copy of Rita Skeeter’s book. Harry retrieves the eye and heads back downstairs to the courtroom, where he and Hermione stun the Ministry workers. He takes the locket, and releases the prisoners, telling them to go into hiding. They collect Ron and attempt to return to Grimmauld Place, but must abandon it when they realize they’ve accidentally brought a Death Eater with them into its protections.
Calendar and Dates
Begins immediately after the previous chapter, ends the same day.
Interesting facts and notes
The "S" stands for Selwyn ... I am related to the Selwyns ... indeed, there are few pure-blood families to whom I am not related
Umbridge obviously felt the need to have the locket in order to secure her status as a pure-blood. She is, in fact, half-blood, born of a Wizard father and Muggle mother.
It's the only spell she ever has trouble with
It is interesting that the Patronus Charm is the spell Hermione has trouble with. Does she have trouble recalling happy memories?
Exceptional character moments
Umbridge lies about the history of the locket in order to support her pure-blood status.
"It was Umbridge's lie that brought the blood surging into Harry's brain and obliterated his sense of caution; that the locket she had taken as a bribe from a petty criminal was being used to bolster her own pure-blood credentials."
"Let's hurry home and fetch the children and - why are you so wet?"
"Water," muttered Ron, disengaging himself.
"Are you contradicting me?" Harry blustered. "Would you like me to have your family tree examined, like I had Dirk Cresswell's?"
Words and phrases
From the Web
Writing by J K Rowling on WizardingWorld (Pottermore): Dolores Umbridge
Harry Potter Wiki: Muggle-Born Registration Commission
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