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The Other Minister

- Chapter 1

"But for heaven's sake - you're wizards! You can do magic! Surely you can sort out - well - anything!" -- the Muggle Prime Minister

HBP1: The Other Minister

The Muggle Prime Minister recounts his encounters with Cornelius Fudge. Fudge visits him again with Scrimgeour, and we learn that Scrimgeour is the new Minister for Magic. We also hear of the wizarding world’s open war with Voldemort – dozens of Muggles have been killed along with Amelia Bones and Emmeline Vance, the Dementors and giants have joined Voldemort, and the Ministry is struggling to fight.

Calendar and Dates

The entire chapter takes place in one evening, though we aren't given much indication of when this evening might be, or how it relates to the dates of the following chapters. All we do know is that it's at the end of a 'long week' for Fudge and the Prime Minister, that it happens sometime while Harry is at Privet Drive (so late June or early July), and that it's been three days since Scrimgeour has become the new Minister for Magic.

Interesting facts and notes

We, as readers, learn some new information about the wizarding world. Firstly, the Minister for Magic contacts each Prime Minister of Britain to explain the wizarding world to him/her and to warn him/her of any trouble that may involve muggles. We also find out that the Ministry of Magic will provide extra protection to Prime Minister of the day, if they feel there is a threat towards him/her.

Readers also find out that Dementors cause mist and fog when they breed. The Death Eaters use giants to cause damage and destruction to the land and muggles' villages.

Exceptional character moments

Cornelius Fudge admitted that he was sacked after all of the errors of judgement he made as Minister of Magic.

Memorable lines

The idea of invisible creatures swooping through the towns and countryside, spreading despair and hopelessness in his voters, made him feel quite faint.

"My dear Prime Minister, you can't honestly think I'm still Minister for Magic after all this? I was sacked three days ago! The whole Wizarding community has been screaming for my resignation for a fortnight. I've never known them so united in my whole term of office!"

"The trouble is, the other side can do magic too, Prime Minister."

Words and phrases

Characters Introduced


There are parallels between this chapter where the new Minister is introduced and The Dark Lord Ascending (DH1) where Voldemort plans to take down the ministry. In HBP1, plans for safety and security are discussed, while in DH1 plans to disrupt safety and break through security are discussed. In both chapters, a change in leadership is spoken of, though the way change is brought about is drastically different; Fudge is sacked while Voldemort plans to assassinate Scrimgeour. - C.M.

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