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).