Whats Eating Cornelius Fudge?
An original editorial by Jacob Gowans
Debates are swirling as to the motives of Cornelius Fudge. I think most can be
summarized into three main categories which will be discussed thoroughly: Cornelius
is controlled by Voldemort or followers; he is acting of his own accord and really
hates Dumbledore; or he is an agent of Voldemort by his own free will and choice.
What this article will do is use deductive logic and reason to separate the most
likely of these three choices. At the end the question that MUST be answered by ALL
Harry Potter fans will be treated and hypothesized: HOW did Voldemort
ENSURE the deserted Ministry of Magic the night Harry went to save Sirius?
First, the theory that Cornelius is controlled by Voldemort and company or is a
Polyjuicer will be treated. It doesnt surprise me that this theory is so
popular. It seems so blatantly obvious at times that maybe I should stop typing.
I, for one, have considered the possibility that transference of the Percy-Wormtail
theory can easily be put on a new Cornelius FudgeWormtail theory. This is that
somewhere along the line, probably recently after Wormtails renewal of Voldemort to
power, he got to CF and is now impersonating him. This isn't very likely, if we consider
what this would entail. Does Wormtail have the ability to impersonate Fudge that well
for that long of a time? Does Fudge have that much hair? If he does, why does he
cover it with an ugly lime green bowler"? Does JKR want to wear out the polyjuice
solution (it could begin to remind us of the horrid plot of Mission Impossible: 2--
when in a sticky situation, make a mask of someone elses face)?
I, personally, now doubt that Wormtail is able to carry off that kind of a task. One, he doesnt
know CF that well. Two, he isnt that bright. Three, he isnt that capable. Could
someone else besides Wormtail be acting as Fudge? Yes, but it's not probable. Where is Wormtail then?
That is a whole other editorial. This covers the polyjuice factor, but what about Imperius? I believe
there is hard evidence against any theory that CF is under the imperius curse and it comes from our
late friend, Broderick Bode. You see, JKR gave us a great hint about something we didnt know
regarding those under the Imperius curse, as he was. Look at what it says:
Morning, Arthur, [Bode] said in a sepulchral voice as the lift began to
descend. Dont see you down here very often
Urgent business, Bode, said Mr. Weasley, who was bouncing on the balls of his
feet and throwing anxious looks at Harry.
Ah, yes, said Bode, surveying Harry unblinkingly. Of course.
Harry barely had emotion to spare for Bode, but his unfaltering gaze did not make
him feel any more comfortable. (OotP p135)
These are the signs of someone under the Imperius curse: lack of emotion, dead gaze
and so forth--the lack of any signs of acting under their own free will! Fudge doesnt
show ANY signs of this at all. Therefore, I think we can easily count out this
Lastly, well treat the two remaining theories together, since they are at odds
with one another. We must look at the deeds of CF to determine what he was like BEFORE Voldemort returned
to power. This is the ultimate test in my opinion. First, how did CF treat Dumbledore and Harry,
Voldemorts greatest enemy? Even when he waged a private war of words against Dumbledore, he never did anything
illegal or morally wrong. The closest he came to this was to try to cheat Harry out
of a fair hearing. Still, he really did believe that he was doing what was right.
Now, what can be said of all this? Had CF ever shown himself to be a power-hungry
man before Voldemorts return? Had he ever shown contempt to Dumbledore or Harry,
even in Book 4, after learning news of Voldemorts return? No. We know that he treated Harry with forgiveness,
almost a parent-like friendship, and Dumbledore with respect. He was concerned about the removal of
Dumbledore in CoS, and very concerned for Harrys well being in PoA--more concerned than wouldve
been shown had he been a past or present supporter of Voldemort. He grew defensive in GoF, but clearly the
evidence favors Cornelius Fudge being a man with good intentions but going bad somewhere along the way.
If not through Fudge, then how did Voldemort make sure he would have the ENTIRE Ministry to himself that night?
How did he do it if not with the help of the Minister of Magic? Why, by the little bird on his
shoulder, the one who corrupted Cornelius Fudge and sought to undermine him all
along, a servant of Voldemort--Dolores Jane Umbridge.