Diplomacy, as we pointed out yesterday, is VERY important to spy craft whether you’re a muggle or a wizard. Did you pick up on all of these examples of diplomacy in the Harry Potter series?
1. What event does Dumbledore go to great lengths to host that could be considered a gesture of diplomacy?
The Triwizard Tournament. We learn at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that “The Triwizard Tournament was first established some seven hundred years ago as a friendly competition between the three largest European schools of wizardry….it was generally agreed to be a most excellent way of establishing ties between young witches and wizards of different nationalities”
2. What two relationships suggest that Dumbledore’s event was successful?
Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour
Madame Maxine and Hagrid
3. How does Hermione establish herself as an excellent diplomat early on?
Her work with S.P.E.W demonstrates that she understood from an early age that bad relationships between wizards and house elves would prove problematic in the future.
4. What convinces the centaurs to join the fight against Voldemort?
Hagrid shames them into acting –
“‘BANE!’ Hagrid’s unexpected bellow nearly forced Harry’s eyes open. ‘Happy now, are yeh, that yeh didn’ fight, yeh cowardly bunch o’ nags? Are yeh happy Harry Potter’s — d-dead..?’ (DH 728).
5. When does Fudge visit the muggle British prime minister?
– When the new muggle prime minister is elected
– When Sirius Black escapes Azkaban
– When the death eaters storm the Quidditch World Cup
– When there is a mass breakout from Azkaban
– When He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has returned
– Fudge reveals that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is wreaking havoc
– When Fudge admits he is no longer the Minister of Magic.
Note to self: Be sure you talk to your allies when things are going well AND when they are going poorly… otherwise they are liable to get a little frustrated!