The Daily Prophet and The Return of Voldemort (Book 6)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Truth (and Fear) Will Set You Free (to Sell More Papers!)

In the next book—following Voldemort’s return—the Daily Prophet spends much of its time warning the Wizarding world about the return of Voldemort (HBP 39–41). Finally! The Daily Prophet also informs the public that Fudge has been sacked, offers a description of the events at the Department of Mysteries (but not details of the prophecy), and covers almost daily stories of disappearances, odd accidents, and deaths (HBP 60, 77–78, 105). It takes an experience spy — like Hermione — to begin connecting the dots between all of these little disappearances, accidents, and deaths.

Hermione_Granger_reading_The_Daily_Prophet

As time goes on, the Daily Prophet informs the public about Dementor attacks and the arrest of Stan Shunpike (HBP 221). The Wizarding newspaper also reports an argument between Dumbledore and the new Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, which we find out later was the result of Scrimgeour’s request to meet with Harry (HBP 61, 357). Dumbledore tells Harry, “The Prophet is bound to report the truth occasionally, if only by accident” (HBP 357). (This reminds us of a saying: Even a broken clock is right two times a day!)

Spy Tip: Even if the open source is highly unreliable, be sure to look at it carefully. You never know what you might find!

Importantly, when Hermione wants to do research on the Half- Blood Prince, she goes through the old Daily Prophets and discovers an announcement of one Eileen Prince marrying a Tobias Snape (HBP 637), thus confirming that Severus Snape was the Prince all along.

Spy Tip: Open source information from the past is just as important as current open source information!

Fun Fact:

Did you know that there is an evening edition of the Daily Prophet called the Evening Prophet? We learn about the Evening Prophet when Professor Snape confronts Harry and Ron about being seen flying in Mr. Weasley’s Ford Anglia (CS 79) and also reference to an article about Arthur Weasley’s search of Malfoy Manor (HBP 234, 635).

 

The Spy for a Cause – Draco Malfoy

Draco Slide

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: 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

 

Quiz: Harry Must Not Tell Lies

Frazzled Umbridge

Personally, I’ve never been happier to see someone upset.

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In the meantime, try our next quiz! Answers will be posted tomorrow as usual.

1. What time-tested spy method does Hermione use to get the former reporter to interview Harry?

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

3. What alerts Professor Umbridge that Harry and his friends are up to something?

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

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

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?

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

8. Why then was Bode murdered?

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

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