Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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Cornelius Fudge Character Analysis

The Minister of Magic who has governed the Wizarding world since Harry’s childhood, but who is replaced at the beginning of Half-Blood Prince by Rufus Scrimgeour. Pompous, indecisive, and generally self-serving, Fudge typifies the bureaucratic incompetence that hinders the Ministry’s ability to fight Voldemort. However, compared to the openly unscrupulous Scrimgeour, he often appears sympathetic and well-meaning.

Cornelius Fudge Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 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 Half-Blood Prince published in 2006.
Chapter One: The Other Minister Quotes

The Prime Minister sank, weak-kneed, into the nearest chair. The idea of invisible creatures swooping through the towns and countryside, spreading despair and helplessness in his voters, made him feel quite faint.

Page Number: 15
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Cornelius Fudge Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Cornelius Fudge appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One: The Other Minister
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...tiny portrait in his office is asking him to accept an “urgent” meeting with Cornelius Fudge. The Prime Minister stammers that it’s a bad time, but the wigged man is implacable.... (full context)
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The Prime Minister greets Cornelius Fudge unenthusiastically: generally, visits like this mean bad news. He notices that Fudge is looking “thinner,... (full context)
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The Prime Minister hates Fudge’s ability to make him feel “like an ignorant schoolboy,” which reminds him of their first... (full context)
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...Prime Minister asks why none of his predecessors warned him that this would happen. Chuckling, Fudge asks if he will ever reveal the visit to anyone, and the Minister realizes he... (full context)
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For three years the Prime Minister hears nothing from Cornelius Fudge, until he arrives completely flustered in the middle of the night to warn that a... (full context)
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...responds testily that he can’t possibly know what’s going on in the Wizarding world. Brusquely, Fudge says that they have “the same concerns:” in fact, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has returned, and his followers... (full context)
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...in charge, the Prime Minister asks if Sirius Black is helping this dark wizard. Sheepishly, Fudge confesses that the Ministry was mistaken about Black all along: in fact, he’s recently died... (full context)
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The Wizarding world, says Fudge, is now at war with Voldemort. The Brockdale Bridge collapse was an act of reprisal... (full context)
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...brutal murder featured prominently in his newspapers as well. Not seeming to listen to him, Fudge continues that the dementors, who have historically guarded the prison of Azkaban and have the... (full context)
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The Prime Minister scolds Fudge, saying that he has to do something to contain Voldemort; but Fudge ruefully responds that... (full context)
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...Rufus Scrimgeour, looks like an old lion – he seems much tougher and shrewder than Fudge, and it’s easy to see why the Wizarding world prefers him in this time of... (full context)
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...already tried to murder three healers. Finishing his discussion, Scrimgeour prepares to leave, saying that Fudge will keep the Prime Minister abreast of any further developments. Finally collapsing under the strain... (full context)
Chapter Three: Will and Won’t
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...on Voldemort. Another article on the front page reports that Rufus Scrimgeour has succeeded Cornelius Fudge as Minister of Magic. Although most of the Wizarding community is happy about this change,... (full context)
Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn
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...Without quite answering the question, Dumbledore says that Scrimgeour is “more decisive and forceful” than Fudge. (full context)
Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas
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...Hogwarts; Harry responds that even if he knew, he wouldn’t tell. He reminds Scrimgeour that Fudge also pitted himself against Dumbledore, and the headmaster has retained power longer than the former... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen: A Sluggish Memory
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...lesson. Dumbledore is unsurprised when Harry reports his conversation with Scrimgeour, since before his resignation, Fudge had been begging him for access to Harry. When Harry repeats what he told Scrimgeour... (full context)