The Daily Prophet and the Deathly Hallows

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Going Underground:

The Daily Prophet under Ministry control, Potterwatch Begins, and The Quibbler Quibbles

In the final book, the Daily Prophet serves many uses, depending on who is in control of the paper at the time. For example, Professor Charity Burbage successfully publishes a spirited defense of half-bloods. However, she is then captured, tortured, and murdered at Voldemort’s hands in the Malfoys’ home (DH 12).

The paper also contains a positive obituary of Dumbledore written by a longtime friend (DH 15–20) and an interview with Rita Skeeter about her forthcoming negative book on Dumbledore (DH 22–28). Both perspectives become integral aspects of Harry’s rocky journey toward making his own choices and mistakes.

We also learn from the Daily Prophet that Harry is now “sought for questioning” about Dumbledore’s death (DH 207). The Daily Prophet announces the “Muggle-born Register” (DH 208) and that Professor Snape has been selected as Hogwarts’s new Headmaster (DH 225). In addition, the Daily Prophet informs our three good friends, who are on the run, that Hermione is “on the list of Muggle-borns who didn’t present themselves for interrogation” (DH 231). A picture from the Daily Prophet of Harry, Ron, and Hermione escaping from Gringotts on the back of a dragon is later used by the Snatchers to determine that they have just captured Hermione and Harry (DH 451).Without access to other forms of information, the Daily Prophet, no matter how corrupt and biased, provides vital open source intelligence to the Trio.

Once again, Harry is personally attacked as “Undesirable Number One” (DH 252, 315, 525), complete with wanted posters bearing his picture. Once Voldemort is in control of the Ministry of Magic, nothing in the Daily Prophet can be considered credible. Once again, the alternative newspaper, The Quibbler, attempts to describe what is really going on (DH 299). But once Luna is taken by a group of Death Eaters, Mr. Lovegood is forced to attack Harry publicly in his paper (DH 419).

So another means is adopted to get the truth out— and Potterwatch, a radio program, is born (DH 437). This underground source of intelligence deserves more attention that we typically give it. Complete with code names, secret locations, and magical passwords, the makers of Potterwatch used every spy craft tool at their disposal to counteract Voldemort’s Daily Prophet propaganda.

Guess the man behind the curtain…er, I mean, code name:

Royal

Rapier

River

Romulus

What password do Ron, Harry, and Hermione use to listen to their first Potterwatch?*

Potterwatch Quotes (Courtesy of the Harry Potter Lexicon):

“. . . [we] apologize for our temporary absence from the airwaves, which was due to a number of house calls in our area by those charming Death Eaters.”

“ . . .  it’s one short step from ‘Wizards first’ to ‘Purebloods first,’ and then to ‘Death Eaters.’ . . . We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
Royal

“I suppose it helps, when escaping from Death Eaters, if you’ve got a sixteen-foot-high half brother?” . . .
“It would tend to give you an edge . . . ”
River and Romulus discussing Hagrid’s escape from arrest

 

*Answers will be revealed on tomorrow’s blog!

Answers: The Department of Mysteries

Department of Mysteries

How did you do on the quiz yesterday? Would you have successfully navigated the Department of Mysteries? Check your answers below!

1. What form of stealth technology do Harry and his friends use to travel to London?

Thestrals!

2. Why is the code 6-2-4-4-2 an appropriate code for entering the Ministry of Magic through a telephone booth?

It spells M-A-G-I-C on the keypad of a telephone!

3. Why does Harry want to leave a lookout in the corridor outside the door to the Department of Mysteries?

He was trying to leave some of his friends behind to keep them out of danger. 

4. What is behind the first door Harry and his friends try?

A large tank full of free-floating brains.

5. Who notices the sphere with Harry’s name on it?

Ron Weasley

6. What does S.P.T. to A.P.W.D. mean?

Sybill Patricia Trelawney to Albus Percival Wulfric Dumbledore

For more code-breaking, try going here or even here! There’s even a code on the cover of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying!

7. Why has Dumbledore been ignoring Harry?

He was worried Voldemort would use Harry to spy on him!

8. Who ends up in Azkaban after the events at the Ministry of Magic?

Lucius Malfoy – which of course sets the stage for his son’s action sin the Half Blood Prince!

9. What does the Daily Prophet call Harry Potter once it is revealed that he had been telling the truth the whole time?

the “lone voice of truth”

10. Who meets Harry at the train station to escort him to the Dursleys?

Mad-Eye Moody, Tonks, Lupin, and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley!

“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).

Umbridge Daily Prophet

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.

Quiz: Umbridge Takes Over

Inquisitorial Squad

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?

 

Answers: Dumbledore’s Escape

Dumbledore's Got Style

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

Answers: Harry Must Not Tell Lies

Luna and the Quibbler

How did you do on yesterday’s quiz? Check your answers here!

1. What time-tested spy method does Hermione use to get Rita Skeeter to interview Harry?

Blackmail- Hermione knew Rita’s biggest secret, do you?

2. Harry interview, which provides an alternative explanation to what the Ministry is saying, is published in what magazine?

The Quibbler

3. What occurs that brings Professor Umbridge over to Harry’s table once the interview was published?

Owls pour in with letter to Harry about the interview

4. What does Professor’s Umbridge do once she sees the interview of Harry in the magazine?

She bans it 

5. What is the effect of Professor Umbridge’s rule relating to the interview of Harry?

Everyone now wants to read it more than ever

6. We find out through a vision during Harry’s dream that someone had put an Imperius Curse on Bode in order to steal something out of the Department of Mysteries. Who used the Imperius Curse on Bode?

Lucius Malfoy

7. Who had given Voldemort bad advice about how to get the item from the Department of Mysteries, and is tortured by Voldemort?

Avery

8. Why then was Bode murdered?

Because he was getting better and might have been able to tell the authorities who had placed the Imperius Curse on him

9 When Snape tells Harry, “Yes, Potter, that is my job,” Snape has actually just admitted to what?

That it is his job to find out what Voldemort is telling the Death Eaters, thus admitting that he is a double agent against Voldemort and for Dumbledore!

10. Dumbledore replaces Trelawney with someone who in a way has defected from his prior people? Who is it?

Firenze

 

Answers: Close Your Mind, Harry!

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Did you open your mind enough to remember the answers to yesterday’s quiz? Find out by checking your answers below. Let us know how you did in the comments!

1. As Harry leaves Grimmauld Place to return to Hogwart’s after Christmas break, Sirius gives him a special communication device. What is it?

A two-way mirror

2. What is the mode of transportation back to Hogwarts after Christmas break?

The Knight Bus

3. Who is the driver (who is later arrested by the Ministry on trumped up charges)?

Stan Shunpike

4. Dumbledore realizes through his double agent that Voldemort perceived Harry’s intrusion into his mind when he was possessing the snake. What countermeasure does Dumbledore insist Harry learn to prevent Voldemort from turning Harry into a spy against him?

Occlumency

5. When Harry asks Snape how they know that Voldemort detected Harry, Snape applies the need-to-know rule against Harry, and tells him what?

It is enough that we know

6. Before their special lessons, Snape takes what and puts them away in a secure location?

His memories

7. When Snape is able to see Harry’s memories that he fears, Snape warns Harry about what?

That he is giving his enemy weapons to use against him

8. During Harry’s lesson with Snape he is able to see further along the hallway of his dreams and recognizes where the hallway is located. Which is where?

The Department of Mysteries

9. What is the name of the Weasley twins’ new invention that makes your head disappear?

Headless Hats

10. Why should the Weasley twins be assigned to the CIA Science and Technology directorate?

Because they invent wonderful devices for surveillance, diversions, and much, much more! 

We’ll be investigating another spy from the Harry Potter series this Thursday… Stop back then!

Quiz: St. Mungo’s

St. Mungo's

After Arthur Weasley was attacked at the Ministry of Magic, Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix scramble to protect the secret organization and figure out what happened. Do you remember all of the spy craft that they used as everyone rushed to St. Mungo’s? If you think you do, take this quiz to find out! Answers are posted here.

1. Dumbledore stations a guard outside his door to provide a warning if anyone comes (Umbridge). Who does he use?

2. Dumbledore uses an instrument that exudes smoke in the form of a snake and says, “But in essence divided?” What has he just concluded?

3. In order to keep the situation secret, Dumbledore uses a Portkey to send all of the Weasley’s and Harry where?

4. The entrance to St. Mungo’s is camouflaged to look like what?

5. What is the name of the healer and later headmistress of Hogwarts, whose portrait is at both places?

6. Why isn’t the attack on Mr. Weasley reported in the Daily Prophet?

7. Fred and George explain to their father, “You were guarding it, weren’t you?” What do they think he was guarding?

8. Upon returning to Grimmauld Place, Harry is convinced he is a danger to the others. Why does he believe he is a danger?

9. Name the person who had previously been possessed by Voldemort and was able to convince Harry that he is not being possessed?

10. Whose Headmaster portrait is in Harry’s room at Grimmauld Place and is able to keep tabs on Harry?

 

Spy Term

High-Security Asset (n): A person or item that is actively sought after by the opposing side.

Example: The mysterious item that Fred and George believe their father was guarding; Harry Potter himself, as demonstrated by the precautions taken to retrieve him from Number 4 Privet Drive.

 

Answers: The Attack on Arthur Weasley

Arthur Weasley Post Attack

Did you notice all of the spy craft in this action-packed section of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Check your answers to yesterday’s quiz to find out!

1. Now that Hagrid is back, in his first lesson he “shows” the kids what creature?

Thestrals

2. Where is Sirius laying low, in deep cover?

Number twelve, Grimmauld Place

3. At the end of one meeting, Harry uses a pretext to hung around and visit with Cho. What is this pretext?

Straightening pillows

4. When telling Ron and Hermione about Cho’s “wet” kiss, he says she was crying. Describe Hermione’s psychological assessment of Cho.

She is conflicted about Cedric’s death and liking Harry

5. Thanks to his unique connection to Voldemort, Harry is able to secretly observe something in his dream. What does he see?

a large snake attacking Mr. Weasley

6. What is the snake’s name?

Nagini

7. Dumbledore acts as an intelligence analyst and interrogates Harry about what he saw and what was his perspective , and determines what?

That Harry saw the attack real time from the snake’s point of view

8. What unique form of communication does Dumbledore use in his office to find the injured Mr. Weasley?

Former headmaster portraits

9. Once Mr. Weasley is at St. Mungo’s, he makes a decision to protect his sources and methods. What is that decision?

  He does not allow the Weasleys to go immediately to St. Mungo’s

10. Who and what are the source and method Dumbledore is protecting?

Harry, and his ability to read the Dark Lord’s thoughts and see what he sees

Quiz: The Attack on Arthur Weasley

Attack on Arthur

Now that Dumbledore’s Army is meeting regularly, nearly every character in the Order of the Phoenix has started using elements of spy craft. Some characters are in deep cover, others like Hermione are becoming skilled at psychological assessment, and Dumbledore is fighting to maintain the upper hand by keeping A LOT of secrets. Try this week’s quiz to see how much of the spy craft you’ve noticed in this action-packed section of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Answers are available here.

1. Now that Hagrid is back, in his first lesson he “shows” the kids what creature?

2. Where is Sirius laying low, in deep cover?

3. At the end of one meeting, Harry uses a pretext to hung around and visit with Cho. What is this pretext?

4. When telling Ron and Hermione about Cho’s “wet” kiss, he says she was crying. Describe Hermione’s psychological assessment of Cho.

5. Thanks to his unique connection to Voldemort, Harry is able to secretly observe something in his dream. What does he see?

6. What is the snake’s name?

7. Dumbledore acts as an intelligence analyst and interrogates Harry about what he saw and what was his perspective , and determines what?

8. What unique form of communication does Dumbledore use in his office to find the injured Mr. Weasley?

9. Once Mr. Weasley is at St. Mungo’s, he makes a decision to protect his sources and methods. What is that decision?

10. Who and what are the source and method Dumbledore is protecting?

 

Spy Terms

Deep Cover/Deep Cover Agent (n): a mission or assignment so secret that only one or two people know of its existence; a deep cover agent usually stays put for many, many years, having little to no contact with his or her handlers.

Example: Sirius is a deep cover agent out of necessity. People know he exists but very few know where he is and he must stay put indefinitely. He is clearly not very good at being a deep cover agent.

 

Psychological Assessment (n): the use of information about a person’s traits, characteristics, background, and psychological makeup to predict that person’s reactions or future actions.

Example: Hermione helps Ron and Harry understand Cho’s traits, characteristics, and background in order to explain why she has been acting strange and to predict how she will act in the future.