""Never be ashamed,", my ol' dad used ter say, "there's some who'll hold it against you, but they're not worth botherin' with.""
- Rubeus Hagrid
Past arguments are forgotten, and Hagrid is replaced as Care of Magical Creatures teacher when Rita Skeeter writes a defamatory article about him. HRH try but fail to visit him. HRH encounter Bagman in Hogsmeade, where Harry rejects his offer of help with the Tournament. Rita arrives and is verbally assaulted by Harry and Hermione, who then go to Hagrid’s cabin, finding Dumbledore there. Together they persuade Hagrid to return to work.
Interesting facts and notes
Here we see more serious effects of Rita's unethical conduct, though not yet to the depths to which the Daily Prophet will begin to sink six months from now, after Rita is silenced.
There was a Hogsmeade visit halfway through January.
Since Hogsmeade visits are on weekends - specifically, Saturdays - this helps date the events of the end of the chapter.
He still had five weeks to work out that egg clue, after all...
Since the second task was scheduled for 24 February - the date by which the egg clue needed to be worked out - this further refines the date of this conversation to on or about the 14th of January.
Exceptional character moments
Rita Skeeter's uncritical acceptance of the Slytherins' slanders of Hagrid, some of which could be refuted by anyone who'd taken a couple of years of Care of Magical Creatures.
"Hagrid, look what I've got for relatives!" Harry said furiously. "Look at the Dursleys!"
"An excellent point," said Professor Dumbledore. "My own brother, Aberforth, was prosecuted for practicing inappropriate charms on a goat. It was all over the papers, but did Aberforth hide? No, he did not! He held his head high and went about his business as usual! Of course, I'm not entirely sure he can read, so that may not have been bravery..."