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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Betrayal/Secrecy

Betrayal/Secrecy

LUPIN: What creature sat in the corner the first time Harry Potter visited my office in Hogwarts?

HARRY: Are you mad?

LUPIN: What creature?

HARRY: A Grindylow.

LUPIN: We have been betrayed. Voldemort knew you were being moved tonight. I had to make sure you weren't an imposter.

There are so many secret plots and betrayals going on in Harry's world that Lupin is super aggressive about making sure that Harry actually is Harry when they rendezvous at the Burrow after the disastrous transport that kills Mad-Eye (and Hedwig).

DUMBLEDORE'S DARK SECRETS REVEALED
RITA SKEETER LAUNCHES NEW BOOK

DUMBLEDORE REMEMBERED BY ELPHIAS DOGE

These are two different headlines from The Daily Prophet. Elphias Doge is a friend of Dumbledore's, so he isn't out to trash or betray Dumbledore's privacy—but Rita Skeeter is a different story. She is all about violating other people's confidence and digging up their secrets (even the ones that aren't, er, true).

SCRIMGEOUR: "First, to Ronald Billius Weasley, I leave my Deluminator, a device of my own making in the hope that when things seem most dark, it will show him the light."

Ron probably wishes he could use his Deluminator to shed light on why exactly Dumbledore left that particular object to him. Unfortunately, Dumbledore was not overly forthcoming about his thoughts and plans in general, and his intentions here are definitely pretty mysterious. For now, anyway.

SCRIMGEOUR: "To Hermione Jean Granger, I leave my copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard in the hope that she find it entertaining and instructive."

Again, we have another mysterious Dumbledore bequest, this time to Hermione. Like Ron, she has no real clue why Dumbledore wanted to leave that book to her. Well, at least not yet.

AUNTIE MURIEL: Don't despair, Elphias. I'm told he's been thoroughly unriddled by Rita Skeeter. In 800 pages, no less. Word has it that someone talked to her…someone who knew the Dumbledore family well. Both you and I know who that is, Elphias.

ELPHIAS: A monstrous betrayal.

HARRY: Who are we talking about?

AUNTIE MURIEL: Bathilda Bagshot.

From this conversation among Harry, Elphias, and Ron's Auntie Muriel, it sounds like Rita Skeeter did get someone to spill Dumbledore's secrets: a magical historian named Bathilda Bagshot.

RON: Seems strange, mate. Dumbledore sends you off to find all these Horcruxes, but doesn't tell you how to destroy them. Doesn't that bother you?

We're not sure what reason Harry would have for withholding any information he had about Dumbledore's plans/intentions for hunting Horcruxes, but Ron sure thinks that's what's happening—and he is not impressed.

RON: Yeah, I'm still here. But you two carry on. Don't let me spoil the fun.

HARRY: What's wrong?

RON: Wrong? Nothing's wrong. Not according to you, anyway.

[…]

RON: And you? Are you coming or you staying? Fine. I get it. I saw you two the other night.

HERMIONE: Ron, that's. . .that's nothing. Ron . . .Ron, where are you going? Please, come back. Ron. Ron!

In large part because he's had to wear Voldemort's nasty Horcrux around, Ron has become uber suspicious of Harry and Hermione's friendship and convinced that Harry is somehow holding out on them in terms of his plan for finding Horcruxes.

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