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: 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.
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
...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)
...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)
...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)
...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
...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
Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas
...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
...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)