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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 10

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Chapter 10

Mayhem at the Ministry

  • After a few hours' sleep, they return to the Weasley house.
  • Mrs. Weasley is relieved to see them all, especially Fred and George.
  • She weeps, "I shouted at you before you left! [...] It's all I've been thinking about!" (10.11).
  • Mr. Weasley finds an article by reporter Rita Skeeter: "Ministry blunders ... culprits not apprehended ... lax security ... Dark wizards running unchecked ... national disaster ..." (10.14).
  • So the whole thing is quickly turning into a PR disaster for the Ministry of Magic.
  • Mr. Weasley has to go into the office because "this is going to take some smoothing over" (10.19).
  • Harry asks if Hedwig has arrived yet. Nope.
  • Later, Harry explains to Ron and Hermione that he's waiting for word from Sirius about his aching curse scar.
  • Harry is suspicious that Voldemort is planning something big.
  • In response to this news, Ron is frightened and Hermione is practical, exactly as Harry had predicted.
  • Percy and Mr. Weasley start spending a lot of time at the Ministry.
  • Percy gets pretty self-important about all the time Mr. Weasley has to put in at work: "Well, Father feels he's got to make up for his mistake at the match, doesn't he? [...] If truth be told, he was a tad unwise to make a public statement without clearing it with his Head of Department first –" (10.60).
  • "Don't you dare blame your father for what that wretched Skeeter woman wrote!" (10.61), yells back Mrs. Weasley.
  • When Mr. Weasley comes home, he brings bad news: "Rita Skeeter's been ferreting around all week, looking for more Ministry mess-ups to report" (10.77).
  • Harry, Ron, and Hermione are getting ready to go back to school for the year.
  • Mrs. Weasley has gone ahead and done all of the school shopping for both Harry and Ron.
  • Ron finds something weird with his stuff: "a long, maroon velvet dress. It had a moldy-looking lace frill at the collar and matching lace cuffs" (10.94). (Dress-up?)
  • These are Ron's new dress robes, and they're shabby because they are secondhand – all that Mrs. Weasley could afford.
  • Harry has a new set of dress robes, too, but they're nice – bright green versions of his usual school robes.
  • Ron is furious: "Why is everything I own rubbish?" (10.113).

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