Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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Cornelius Fudge Character Analysis

The Minister of Magic. He's a short and portly man who, at the beginning of the novel, Harry believes is a kindly if bumbling sort of man. He greets Harry warmly at the Quidditch World Cup and doesn't appear to bear any ill will towards the Weasleys, though he does think highly of the Malfoy family. However, after the third task, Harry learns that Fudge is obsessed with power and maintaining his position as Minister of Magic at all costs. Fudge refuses to believe Harry that Voldemort has returned and demonstrates how gullible he is when he doesn't deny that he came to this conclusion thanks to Rita Skeeter's articles. He also shows that he's prejudiced at several points throughout the novel, as when he suggests that Madame Maxime is to blame for attacking Viktor Krum (on account of Maxime being half-giant) and when he says that he doesn't trust Harry because Harry is a Parselmouth. Fudge makes it abundantly clear at the novel's close that what's most important to him is maintaining his own comfortable sense of reality and not allowing Dumbledore or Harry to disseminate the truth, as he promises to take control of Hogwarts and what Dumbledore teaches.

Cornelius Fudge Quotes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Cornelius Fudge or refer to Cornelius Fudge . 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 edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published in 2002.
Chapter Thirty-Six Quotes

"For heaven's sake, Dumbledore--the boy was full of some crackpot story at the end of last year too--his tales are getting taller, and you're still swallowing them--the boy can talk to snakes, Dumbledore, and you think he's trustworthy?"

"You fool!" Professor McGonagall cried. "Cedric Diggory! Mr. Crouch! These deaths were not the random work of a lunatic!"

Page Number: 706
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"The second step you must take--and at once," Dumbledore pressed on, "is to send envoys to the giants."

"Envoys to the giants?" Fudge shrieked, finding his tongue again. "What madness is this?"

"Extend the hand of friendship, now, before it is too late," said Dumbledore, "or Voldemort will persuade them, as he did before, that he alone among wizards will give them their rights and their freedom!"

Related Characters: Professor Dumbledore (speaker), Cornelius Fudge (speaker), Harry Potter , Lord Voldemort
Page Number: 708
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Cornelius Fudge Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Cornelius Fudge appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Eight
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The box fills over the next half hour and when Cornelius Fudge arrives, he greets Harry warmly. He tries to introduce Harry to the Bulgarian minister, but... (full context)
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...The crowd celebrates and Harry hears the Bulgarian Minister sigh that his team fought bravely. Fudge is incensed to learn he speaks English after all. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...gargoyle leaps aside at "cockroach cluster." Harry climbs the staircase but waits outside, listening to Fudge talking about Bertha Jorkins's disappearance and insisting it's not linked to Mr. Crouch's. Fudge wonders... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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Moody lets Harry in and Fudge greets him happily. Harry notes that he didn't see Maxime the night that Mr. Crouch... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...what Rita Skeeter and Winky were talking about in reference to Bagman. Ron wonders if Fudge's suspicion of Madame Maxime has any truth, given her parentage, but Hermione insists that it... (full context)
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...isn't doing well, as people suspect that Mr. Crouch isn't writing the instructions he's sending. Fudge will be the fifth judge tonight. (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...at Dumbledore. Harry lets go of the cup and tells Dumbledore that Voldemort is back. Fudge tries to pry Harry's hand off of Cedric's wrist, but Harry doesn't let go until... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...Crouch, leaves McGonagall in charge of him, and asks Snape to fetch Madam Pomfrey and Fudge. He then leads Harry to his office. There, Sirius asks what happened. Harry tunes out... (full context)
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...asked the others to not question him. Dumbledore promises to return after he speaks to Fudge and then leaves. As Madam Pomfrey gives Harry pajamas, he asks if the real Moody... (full context)
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...Hermione, and Bill hissing that the noise will wake him and Harry hears McGonagall and Fudge's voices coming closer. McGonagall screeches that Fudge shouldn't have brought "it" inside as they burst... (full context)
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Dumbledore explains what he heard Barty Crouch say under the influence of Veritaserum, but Fudge insists that Voldemort can't be back. Dumbledore invites Fudge to his office and refuses to... (full context)
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Harry can barely believe that Fudge is refusing to listen. Dumbledore tells Fudge what he should do: remove the dementors from... (full context)
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Fudge says once more that Voldemort can't be back and recoils when Snape shows Fudge the... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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...out a Daily Prophet, she assures him that there's nothing in there. She suspects that Fudge is forcing the paper to keep quiet. Harry comments that Rita Skeeter won't keep quiet,... (full context)