Answers: Diplomacy in the Wizarding World

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Diplomacy at it’s very best!

 

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

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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!

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?

The Daily Prophet and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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The Hunt for Sirius Black—Supposed Death Eater and Escape Artist

As in the matter of Gilderoy Lockhart, the Daily Prophet seems unable to properly investigate the story of Sirius Black. Why was there no thorough and substantial investigation of how Sirius was able to escape Azkaban? His escape would have been a good opportunity to review the facts surrounding the murder of thirteen Muggles and determine whether there was any real proof that Sirius Black had committed the murders of which he had been found guilty. Of course, no investigation happens and the Daily Prophet relies instead in providing a “social benefit” to the Wizarding world by extolling the dangers of one Sirius Black, killer of Muggles, follower of Voldemort, and master escape artist. We also observe in this book that the Ministry of Magic is more than happy to use the Daily Prophet as a propaganda tool and purveyor of disinformation about Sirius Black— quite often as a cover-up for its own inadequacies, mistakes, and plain stupidity (PA 37).

Consider how small details like Sirius Black’s presence at the scene of the crime, the disappearance of Peter Pettigrew, and Sirius’ supposed role as the Potter’s secret keeper led the Ministry and the rest  of the wizarding world to believe that Sirius had to be guilty of murder. However, the lie was given extra weight because the Daily Prophet, an established source, supported it. The media has a lot more power than you might think, and it’s important to pay attention to how they interpret the details!

 

Spy Terms:

Disinformation (n): intentionally incorrect information, often provided to an enemy for the purpose of influencing the enemy’s reactions. For examples of real-world espionage that relied on disinformation, check out the Wikipedia article! 

Propoganda (n): False information, usually disseminated by the government

Established Source (n): Any source that has been used regularly and found to be reliable.

For more information about the role of the Daily Prophet in Harry Potter spy craft, try these posts: Check your Sources and The Daily Prophet and Open Source Information. 

Quiz: Covers, Classified Docs, and Counterjinxes

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We’re rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and exploring the spycraft in the book as we go. Join us by trying out quizzes every other Monday! If you want to start from the beginning, go here.

1. What document is created at the end of the meeting at The Hog’s Head that is considered classified and not to be disclosed to anyone?

2. What name do the students choose for this subversive organization?

3. In order to not look too suspicious, the kids leave the meeting in what manner?

4. Educational Decree No. 24 related to meetings and gatherings of students.  Why was it passed?

5. At first the members of Dumbledore’s Army think they have a spy in their midst, but Hermione knows it’s not true because of what countermeasure she used?

6. When Hedwig returns with a message from Sirius, something has happened to the owl.  What does intelligent analyst Harry conclude?

7. What open-code message did Harry receive from Sirius and what did in mean?

8. Sirius tells Harry that the Hog’s Head was not a secure meeting place for the students.  Where should they have met, and why?

9. What is one of the places considered for the DA to meet that is rejected while talking to Sirius?

10. When he’s trying to talk to Harry Sirius has to leave the fire because his cover is blown.  How do we know this?

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the answers!