Answers: Covert Operations under Umbridge’s Regime

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How did you do on yesterday’s quiz? Could you keep track of all of the covert ops Harry and his friends ran after Umbridge took over Hogwarts? Check your answers below and tell us how you did in the comments!

1. When Umbridge is unable to trick Harry into revealing his secrets, she threatens him by revealing that the Ministry is doing what?

Monitoring all channels of communication in and out of Hogwarts

2. What happens when Umbridge attempts to counteract the Weasley’s fireworks?

Her stunning spell causes the fireworks to explode even more!

3. What gift from Sirius does Harry use to open Umbridge’s locked office door to talk to Lupin and Sirius?

A magical knife

4. What excuses do Lupin and Sirius provide for James Potter’s terrible treatment of Snape?

James was young and arrogant. Eventually he grew out of those character flaws.

5. After Fred and George Weasley create a swamp in a school corridor, what is their punishment?

Umbridge gives Filch permission to whip them, at which point they decide they’ve “outgrown full-time education”

6. What does Hagrid insist on showing Harry and Hermione during the Quidditch match?

His half-brother, Grawp.

7. Why are the centaurs angry at Firenze?

They believe “he is peddling [their] knowledge and secrets among humans” (OP 698)

8. Why do the centaurs let Hagrid pass despite their anger with him for meddling in their affairs?

According to their culture, harming “the innocent” (children like Harry and Hermione) is a terrible crime.

9. Who is the head of the Wizarding Examination Authority?

Professor Marchbanks

10. What spell does Harry cast that impresses his O.W.L examiner?

A fully-fledged Patronus Charm

Spy Terms:

Mail Cover (n): A request by an intelligence agency to obtain information from a country’s mail service, to examine the outside aspects of an envelope or package, normally without opening the item.

Example: Umbridge intercepts owls delivering messages to Hogwarts students to keep tabs on any potential rebellions.

Black Bag Job (n): a surreptitious or covert entry into a home, office or other location without the knowledge of the owner.

Example: When Harry and his friends sneak into Umbridge’s office to use the only un-monitored fireplace to contact Sirius and Lupin.

 

Quiz: Covert Operations Under Umbridge’s Regime

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Harry, Ron, and Hermione have to draw on their whole network of friends and acquaintances to counteract Umbridge’s oppressive regime. Thankfully, she is not well liked, so people are happy to help! See if you can recall all of the trio’s covert operations!

1. When Umbridge is unable to trick Harry into revealing his secrets, she threatens him by revealing that the Ministry is doing what?

2. What happens when Umbridge attempts to counteract the Weasley’s fireworks?

3. What gift from Sirius does Harry use to open Umbridge’s locked office door to talk to Lupin and Sirius?

4. What excuses do Lupin and Sirius provide for James Potter’s terrible treatment of Snape?

5. After Fred and George Weasley create a swamp in a school corridor, what is their punishment?

6. What does Hagrid insist on showing Harry and Hermione during the Quidditch match?

7. Why are the centaurs angry at Firenze?

8. Why do the centaurs let Hagrid pass despite their anger with him for meddling in their affairs?

9. Who is the head of the Wizarding Examination Authority?

10. What spell does Harry cast that impresses his O.W.L examiner?

“We Fudge the Truth” – The Daily Prophet and the Order of the Phoenix

 

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The Ministry Becomes the Ministry of Lies—Its Slogan, “We Fudge the Truth”

In the book that we have already spent so much time discussing and dissecting, we find out that the Daily Prophet has spent the entire summer (following the murder of Cedric Diggory and Harry’s escape from Voldemort) denouncing Harry’s story and publishing articles denigrating and attacking Harry Potter (OP 73). When the ten Death Eaters escape from Azkaban, the Ministry of Magic uses the Daily Prophet to present its conclusion—based solely on the fact that Black had previously escaped from Azkaban— that the Death Eaters were assisted in their escape by Sirius Black (OP 544–45).

Dumbledore repeatedly tells Fudge and the others the truth, but they refuse to have any part of it. Only at the end, when Fudge sees Voldemort with his own eyes (and in the presence of other witnesses!) does the paper finally print the truth about Voldemort’s return—as well as Harry Potter’s redemption as the lone voice of truth in the wilderness of lies (OP 817).

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Notice how the Daily Prophet is also used to extol Professor Umbridge’s values as a Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts and as Hogwarts’s first High Inquisitor (OP 306–8). In the process of describing what a wonderful headmistress Dolores Umbridge is, the Daily Prophet obtains a single countervailing view from one Professor Marchbanks—and then immediately attacks her credibility via a separate article providing “a full account of Madam Marchbanks’s alleged links to subversive goblin groups” (OP 308). Talk about argument ad hominem!

Near the end book 5, an alternative newspaper, The Quibbler, prints an exclusive interview with Harry conducted by none other than Rita Skeeter. This game-changing piece is eventually reprinted in its entirety by the Daily Profit—er, we mean Prophet—once the return of Voldemort is finally acknowledged.

Spy Term

argument ad hominem (n): a fallacy in logic in which the position or viewpoint of a particular person is rejected based solely on a negative view of that person.

Example: The Daily Prophet repeatedly rejected Harry’s statements that Voldemort had returned by attacking him personally. It damaged his credibility rather than addressing his claims head on with evidence that Voldemort had not returned.

Answers: Umbridge Takes Over

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Just when it looks like Harry and his friends are at Umbridge’s mercy, they put their spy craft to use to counteract her despotic regime. It just goes to show that thinking like a spy can always come in handy. Check your answers to yesterday’s quiz to make sure you know how to escape your own school’s bad education philosophy! (Just kidding, don’t ever use the Weasley twins as role models).

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1. Just before he escapes his arrest, Dumbledore knocks out everyone except McGonagall and Harry. He then covertly talks to them.  What does he tell Harry covertly?

To continue taking Occlumency lessons

2. When the others start to wake up, McGonagall and Harry do what?

Pretend they were knocked out too

3. How does Dumbledore escape?

By touching Fawkes tail and being immediately transported elsewhere

4. After Dumbledore leaves, what room is Headmistress Umbridge unable to enter?

The Headmaster’s office

5. In order to enforce her new rules and authority, Umbridge create a new student organization. What is its name?

The Inquisitor Squad

6. When the Weasley twins tell Harry when they are going to do a little “mayhem,” what do they tell Harry to do?

Have a solid alibi

7. When the mayhem begins, who serves as Harry’s alibi?

Umbridge – he is in her office at the time

8. When in Umbridge’s office, the new Headmistress tries to get Harry to drink tea? Why?

It has Verituserum in it, and she wants to know where Sirius and Dumbledore are located

9. Right before drinking the tea, who does Harry think about?

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10. Harry, like a good intelligence officer, pretends to drink, and when the Weasley diversion begins, he does what?

Dumps the tea into a potted plant so Umbridge thinks he had drank it

Quiz: Umbridge Takes Over

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Things begin to look grim when the Ministry attempts to arrest Dumbledore and officially take over Hogwarts. However, if you were paying attention you know that Harry and his friends rely on their spy craft to keep up their resistance despite losing their biggest ally. Take this quiz to find out just how observant you were! Answers will be posted here tomorrow!

1. Just before he escapes his arrest, Dumbledore knocks out everyone except McGonagall and Harry. He then covertly talks to them.  What does he tell Harry covertly?

2. When the others start to wake up, McGonagall and Harry do what?

3. How does Dumbledore escape?

4. After Dumbledore leaves, what room is Headmistress Umbridge unable to enter?

5. In order to enforce her new rules and authority, Umbridge create a new student organization. What is its name?

6. When the Weasley twins tell Harry when they are going to do a little “mayhem,” what do they tell Harry to do?

7. When the mayhem begins, who serves as Harry’s alibi?

8. When in Umbridge’s office, the new Headmistress tries to get Harry to drink tea? Why?

9. Right before drinking the tea, who does Harry think about?

10. Harry, like a good intelligence officer, pretends to drink, and when the Weasley diversion begins, he does what?

 

The Spy for a Cause – Draco Malfoy

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Draco Malfoy

If you’ve been following along, you know that people often spy for personal reasons – patriotism/loyalty, fear, love, etc. There is one personal motivation we HAVE to mention, because it is SO important both in the real world and in the Harry Potter series. And that motivation is…

REVENGE!

ANALYSIS: Why would Draco Malfoy agree to try to kill Dumbledore in book 6, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?

Remember that, by that point in the series, Draco’s father is imprisoned and derided as a known Death Eater. Voldemort personally gives Draco his assignment, which makes Draco feel powerful and important at the precise moment he has begun to be humiliated by his father. But one must wonder, just as Professor Dumbledore wonders when he is visiting with Snape, whether Draco’s heart is really in it. Draco is not evil at this point, but simply terribly misdirected. His motive is revenge, not hatred, and the difference between the two is significant. Draco seems somewhat apathetic to Lord Voldemort’s cause. In book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Draco observes Lord Voldemort torturing and killing people—including Hogwarts’s Muggle Studies teacher, Professor Charity Burbage, the woman twisting above the drawing room table (DH 3, 11). When he sees his father forced to give his wand to Lord Voldemort, we imagine that he begins to understand Voldemort quite well and perhaps has terrible misgivings about the Dark Lord’s presence in his family’s home (a point raised by Voldemort at the time—perhaps by use of Legilimency!).

We assert that Lucius and Narcissi Malfoy come to the same conclusion by the end of the series, as shown in the final installation of the film series: during the last battle, they grab Draco and quietly leave the scene, no doubt to go into hiding—away from Lord Voldemort, in case he is successful, and in a position to claim they did not fight for him if the tide is turned. A shrewd move indeed, Mr. and Mrs. Malfoy! You will also note that, in the movie version, Draco has a hard time leaving his friends when asked to do so. He is clearly conflicted; after all, he had been saved just a little while ago by Harry Potter (to Ron’s great chagrin!) when the Room of Requirements went up in magical flames (DH 633–34).

Draco Malfoy Analysis

Recruitment by: Voldemort himself, no doubt

Incentive Used: Revenge for father’s downfall

Handler: Voldemort, perhaps through Lucius Malfoy or other Death Eaters when necessary (as when Lucius is in prison)

Method of Communication: Face-to-face

Memorable Quote:

“I haven’t got any options! I’ve got to do it! He’ll kill me! He’ll kill my whole family!” (HBP 591).

Dumbledore: “A frightened teenage boy is a danger to others as well as to himself. Offer him help and guidance, he ought to accept, he likes you—”

Snape: “—much less since his father has lost favor. Draco blames me, he thinks I have usurped Lucius’s position” (DH 682).

Answers: Dumbledore’s Escape

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Do you know the answers to yesterday’s quiz? Time to find out!

1. Who has inside information and warns Harry during a DA meeting that Umbridge is one her way to capture them?

Dobby

2. Harry is ready to admit to Fudge that he had organized the DA when someone gives him a subtle signal to lie. Who gave the signal?

Dumbledore

3. When Harry admits to nothing, Umbridge brings in her own spy or informant. Who?

Marietta

4. When Marietta gets ready to tell Fudge the truth, she doesn’t. Who applied a Memory Charm on Marietta?

Auror Kingsley Shacklebolt

5. Fudge has brought two “enforcers” with him to the meeting. Who are they?

Kingsley Shacklebolt and Dawlish

6. When Marietta lies, what does Professor Umbridge do?

Manhandles her, until Dumbledore intercedes

7. What document does Umbridge produce that “convicts” Harry?

The DA sign-up sheet

8. Who takes the rap for Harry?

Dumbledore

9, Who takes down Dumbledore’s confession?

Percy

10. Who wants to help Dumbledore fight the others against his arrest, but Dumbledore forbids it?

Professor McGonagall