Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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A notorious journalist for the Daily Prophet. She's known for writing sensationalist news articles that do nothing but stir up trouble. Skeeter always wears robes in shocking colors and is usually accompanied by her photographer. When Harry meets her at the first Triwizard Tournament event, he learns that her articles take the form they do because she uses a Quick-Quotes Quill, which elaborates on what an interview subject says and turns her articles into fantastical pieces that are barely fact. Following the first task, Dumbledore bans her from the school grounds, though this doesn't stop the articles. Skeeter is extremely vindictive and, when Harry refuses to give her interviews, she attacks him and Hermione through her writing. She insinuates that Harry is mentally unstable and turns people against Hermione by suggesting that she's playing with Harry's emotions. This infuriates Hermione, especially when Skeeter begins publishing information gleaned from private conversations to which she wasn't privy, and Hermione takes it upon herself to uncover how Skeeter is able to do this. Hermione eventually discovers that Skeeter is an unregistered Animagus who can turn into a beetle, which is how she was able to sneak into Hogwarts to watch the tasks and interview Slytherin students who ally themselves with her. Hermione captures Skeeter while Harry is in the hospital wing and keeps her in her beetle form in a jar until they get to London. After this, Hermione threatens to spill Skeeter's secret if Skeeter doesn't take an entire year off from writing.

Rita Skeeter Quotes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 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 edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published in 2002.
Chapter Ten Quotes

"Oh really," said Mr. Weasley in exasperation, handing the paper to Percy. "Nobody was hurt. What was I supposed to say? Rumors that several bodies were removed from the woods...well, there certainly will be rumors now that she's printed that."

Related Characters: Mr. Weasley (speaker), Rita Skeeter
Page Number: 147-48
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter Eighteen Quotes

"Testing...my name is Rita Skeeter, Daily Prophet reporter."

Harry looked down quickly at the quill. The moment Rita Skeeter had spoken, the green quill had started to scribble, skidding across the parchment:

Attractive blonde Rita Skeeter, forty-three, whose savage quill has punctured many inflated reputations--

Related Characters: Rita Skeeter (speaker), Harry Potter
Related Symbols: Quick-Quotes Quill
Page Number: 304
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter Nineteen Quotes

"--and reading between the lines of that Skeeter woman's article last month, Moody was attacked the night before he started at Hogwarts. Yes, I know she says it was another false alarm," Sirius said hastily, seeing Harry about to speak, "but I don't think so, somehow. I think someone tried to stop him from getting to Hogwarts. I think someone knew their job would be a lot more difficult with him around. And no one's going to look into it too closely; Mad-Eye's heard intruders a bit too often."

Page Number: 333
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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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Rita Skeeter Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Rita Skeeter appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Ten
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...everyone is in the kitchen, Mr. Weasley scans the Prophet article, which was written by Rita Skeeter , and sees that she wrote about rumors of bodies. Annoyed, he notes that there... (full context)
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...harder to make up for making an "unwise" public statement, but Bill calmly notes that Rita Skeeter would've made Mr. Weasley look bad in the paper no matter what he said. Mr.... (full context)
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Mr. Weasley notes that it's lucky Rita Skeeter hasn't found out what happened with Winky, which sparks an argument on house-elf welfare between... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...at Ron, say that Mr. Weasley is in the paper, and reads part of a Rita Skeeter article out loud. Skeeter gives an incorrect first name for Mr. Weasley and suggests that... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...weigh the champions’ wands to test that they're in good condition. He introduces Harry to Rita Skeeter , who's working on a piece for the Daily Prophet. She asks if she can... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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Harry looks forward to seeing Sirius, especially given how horrible life is once Rita Skeeter 's article runs. It's entirely about Harry and quotes him as saying things he never... (full context)
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...to accompany her to Hogsmeade, though he insists on wearing his Invisibility Cloak. They see Rita Skeeter coming out of the Three Broomsticks and Harry feels a wave of panic when he... (full context)
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...the Dark Arts to his students. Sirius says that, by reading between the lines of Rita Skeeter 's articles, he suspects that Karkaroff might have tried to keep Moody from getting to... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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...the clue hidden inside the egg. As Harry and Ron head back to the castle, Rita Skeeter jumps out and asks for an interview. Harry refuses. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...Hagrid's hut. Harry, Ron, and Hermione help tie up the skrewts and as they do, Rita Skeeter appears. Hagrid frowns at her and asks if Dumbledore banned her from school grounds, but... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
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...challenge, life for Harry is looking up. The Hufflepuffs no longer give Harry grief and Rita Skeeter hasn't published a nasty article about Hagrid yet. Hagrid tells Harry one day that Skeeter... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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...stand back, Malfoy smirks and hands Harry a newspaper clipping. It's an article written by Rita Skeeter outing Hagrid as being half-giant and including interviews with Malfoy saying that Hagrid "maims" students... (full context)
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Ron is dumbfounded that Rita Skeeter found out about Hagrid's parentage, while Harry hisses at Malfoy that most of the creatures... (full context)
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...to work and says he's ill. Bagman asks Harry to keep this a secret, as Rita Skeeter is likely to insist that Mr. Crouch is missing like Bertha Jorkins. Bagman changes the... (full context)
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...wonders jokingly if Percy poisoned Mr. Crouch so he'd be made head of the department. Rita Skeeter enters the Three Broomsticks with her photographer and the two mutter about why Bagman doesn't... (full context)
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...the pub and Hermione vows to get revenge. Ron cautions her to not get on Rita Skeeter 's bad side, but Hermione angrily leads the boys to Hagrid's hut and bangs loudly... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
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...and the two discuss the strange events going on and the rumors spreading thanks to Rita Skeeter . He asks Harry to borrow the map and in his relief that he's not... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...Snape isn't paying attention, she finds an article titled "Harry Potter's Secret Heartache." In it, Rita Skeeter writes that Hermione is playing with Harry and Krum's emotions. She also mentions that Krum... (full context)
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...is more concerned with figuring out whether Hermione accepted the invitation than with wondering how Rita Skeeter obtained this information. Noticing this, Snape takes points from Gryffindor, confiscates Witch Weekly, and much... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...to the hospital wing, Ron says that he knew this would happen if Hermione annoyed Rita Skeeter . Hermione is gone for the entire morning and Harry tries to ignore the Slytherins'... (full context)
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...ignores her hate mail for the next week, though she continues to angrily wonder how Rita Skeeter is listening to private conversations. She stays late after Defense Against the Dark Arts to... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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...scene dissolves and changes. Harry finds himself in a different seat and notices a younger Rita Skeeter and an older-looking Mr. Crouch. Harry realizes that this is a different day. Bagman, young... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...about Neville. Ron is incredulous that Dumbledore trusts Snape. Hermione says that this is what Rita Skeeter and Winky were talking about in reference to Bagman. Ron wonders if Fudge's suspicion of... (full context)
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...her Daily Prophet and spits pumpkin juice on it in surprise. Ron takes it, insults Rita Skeeter , and tries to keep Harry from reading the article. Malfoy shouts and asks if... (full context)
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...he and Cedric are tied. Cedric tells Harry that his dad has been upset since Rita Skeeter 's first article. Harry spends the day walking around the school with Mrs. Weasley and... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...Harry and a "lunatic murderer,” meaning Barty. Harry quietly says that Fudge has been reading Rita Skeeter . Though Fudge looks a bit embarrassed, he says he wasn't happy to learn that... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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...however, that students give him a wide berth and he thinks that they probably believe Rita Skeeter . Harry enjoys his time with Ron and Hermione the most, but he's sad when... (full context)
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...there. She suspects that Fudge is forcing the paper to keep quiet. Harry comments that Rita Skeeter won't keep quiet, but in an odd voice, Hermione says that Skeeter won't write at... (full context)
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Malfoy slides the compartment open and menacingly compliments Hermione on catching Rita Skeeter . Harry tells Malfoy to leave, but Malfoy says that Harry picked the losing side--his... (full context)