Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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Rita Skeeter Character Analysis

A nasty sensationalist journalist who, a mere four weeks after Dumbledore's death, publishes her 900-page biography on him. Skeeter openly butted heads with Dumbledore in life, and the biography contains a number of "dirty secrets" about the Dumbledore family that may or may not be true. Skeeter is known for her questionable reporting techniques and tactics. She uses a Quick-Quotes Quill, which embellishes what people say in interviews, and insinuates that she took advantage of Bathilda Bagshot's age and failing mind when she interviewed her for the book.

Rita Skeeter Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quotes below are all either spoken by Rita Skeeter or refer to Rita Skeeter. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows published in 2007.
Chapter Eight Quotes

Harry looked into Doge's earnest, pained face and felt, not reassured, but frustrated. Did Doge really think it was that easy, that Harry could simply choose not to believe? Didn't Doge understand Harry's need to be sure, to know everything?

Page Number: 152-53
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Chapter Ten Quotes

The accusations he had heard from Muriel at the wedding seemed to have nested in his brain like diseased things, infecting his memories of the wizard he had idolized. Could Dumbledore have let such things happen? Had he been like Dudley, content to watch neglect and abuse as long as it did not affect him? Could he have turned his back on a sister who was being imprisoned and hidden?

Page Number: 177
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Rita Skeeter Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Rita Skeeter appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two
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...recent Prophet issue and sees an article titled "Dumbledore—The Truth at Last?" It announces Rita Skeeter's next book, a biography of Dumbledore exploring his secrets. Harry finds the rest of the... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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...identity. They discuss that Doge knew Dumbledore well, and Harry asks if he saw Rita Skeeter's insistence that Dumbledore was involved in the Dark Arts. Doge tells Harry to not believe... (full context)
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...to believe that Dumbledore would stand for cruelty in his home. Muriel hiccups that Rita Skeeter surely got the inside scoop from Bathilda Bagshot, who was a close friend of the... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...shares what he heard at the wedding, but Hermione points out that Muriel and Rita Skeeter aren't trustworthy and tells him to not believe them. Harry thinks he still wants the... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...Lupin brought until he finds a photo of Dumbledore's family and an excerpt from Rita Skeeter's book. It talks about how Kendra moved the family to Godric's Hollow after Percival went... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...family is being tracked in case "Undesirable No. 1" makes contact. Harry also notices Rita Skeeter's biography of Dumbledore on the desk and opens the book randomly to a photograph of... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...look through the headstones. Hermione finds Kendra and Ariana's graves, and Harry thinks that Rita Skeeter and Muriel were right about something. Harry feels betrayed and thinks that he and Dumbledore... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...about how Dumbledore returned home after Kendra's death to care for Aberforth and Ariana. Rita Skeeter writes that thanks to Veritaserum, she was able to interview Bathilda Bagshot, who was friendly... (full context)
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...Dumbledore for Ariana's death. There was a fight between the brothers at the funeral, and Skeeter wonders why Aberforth was so upset. Dumbledore delayed his duel with Grindelwald for five years,... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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They briefly discuss Rita Skeeter's biography of Dumbledore and Ron attempts to defend Dumbledore's friendship with Grindelwald. Harry spits that... (full context)