Goblet of Fire, Chapter 9: Playing the Blame Game
It’s a sign of the times that I blindly assumed I’d have internet access during my recent trip to New Orleans. I was staying in a Sheraton, for goodness sake! But my Macbook had a fundamental issue with connected to the wireless that was supposedly in my room. So I gave up and went out to explore New Orleans instead and I can report that: 1) Bourbon Street is crazy, 2) New Orleans has some of the best food I’ve ever tasted, and 3) Sheraton lobbies smell funny.
Now I’m back, ready for some more Goblet of Fire re-reading awesomeness.
When last we spoke about GoF, the trio and assorted Weasleys were enjoying the Quidditch World Cup and Amos Diggory was being a jerkface (that’s a technical term). That brings us to Chapter 9: The Dark Mark, where we get the distinct impression that the Ministry is going to do everything in its power to give the impression everything is happy and safe in wizardland, even if that means lying through their teeth.
The Dark Mark appears above the Quidditch campsite and several muggles are tortured by rebel-rousing Death Eaters, and who do Barty Crouch and Amos Diggory try to blame? Three fourth years and a house elf.
First of all, if ever there were three wizards who had absolutely and utterly no reason to send up the Dark Mark, it would be Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Ron is related to multiple Ministry employees, Hermione is muggle-born, and oh yeah, Harry’s parents were killed by Voldy. That leaves Winky, a house elf so loyal, she faces her fear of heights to sit in Barty Crouch’s box seat at the World Cup, not to mention she couldn’t possibly have the skill or know-how to cast such a difficult spell.
What seems more likely to you: three kids with absolutely no motivation sent up the Dark Mark, or the spell was cast by a house elf with no capability to do so?
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Denial: it’s not just a river in Egypt.
You have to love how incompetent everyone at the Ministry seems to be – at least everyone in positions of great power. As Ron would put it, the Ministry is just a “load of duffers”.