An original editorial by Danielle
At the end of Harrys third year at Hogwarts, one of Voldemorts
Death Eaters returned to him, eventually bringing him back to power one
year later. According to the Dark Lord, this was an ultimate
sacrifice, and Wormtail should have been rewarded. Why, then, was he
nowhere to be seen in OotP?
And now another question that has been invading my mind since I
first put down OotP: Why did Fudges personality take such a big jolt?
We know that JKR wrote it off as trying to keep up appearances, but why
would he suddenly lose faith in Dumbledore, the man he has apparently
been depending on since he was elected Minister?
When Dumbledore was kicked off of the Wizengamot, and his Order of
Merlin First Class was removed, Fudge never seemed to look back.
Why would Fudge remove one of the strongest members, if he knew deep,
deep down in his mind, that Lord Voldemort was back in action? He seemed to
be quite happy to have Dumbledore off his back. He ignored any
opinions from anyone about Voldemorts return to humanity, and surely,
if he had still been in his right mind, he would have called upon
Dumbledore. After all, why would he want to go through another terrible
war when they could stop it before hand? That brings us back to our
first question: Where was Wormtail?
We know that after Wormtail made his ultimate sacrifice Voldemort
put him ahead of a lot of his Death Eaters. So why wouldnt Voldemort
elect him for a special, important job?
The power that Fudge holds is immense. Hes the Minister for Magic. He can boot powerful wizards and witches off of the Wizengamot,
control the Dementors, etc.
But why would Fudge want to set Dementors on the boy who
could save the magical world? (Yes, Umbridge did that, but then again, Umbridge was pretty close to Fudge's way of thinking.)
My answer to that is because it wasnt
Fudge. JKR showed us from past books (CoS and GoF) that the Polyjuice
Potion is an effective way to impersonate someone. Crouch Jr. did it
for a whole year, so why wouldnt Voldemort pick something so simple,
yet so brilliant.
If Wormtail took some of Fudges hair or toenails and made the potion with them, he would be able to impersonate Fudge and control the
British Magical Society. The only problem is: how would he get his
hands on Fudge?
Lucius Malfoy freely visits the Ministry of Magic and is close to Fudge. He would have no problem gathering a few hairs and returning them to his
With this kind of power in his hand, Wormtail/Fudge could tell the security to
back off the night that Harry and his friends entered into the
Ministry. Did they honestly think there would be no security? The
wand-weighing man would have been told to let anyone in.
Now that all of those questions are answered, only one remains: How
do we stop him?