Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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Rufus Scrimgeour Character Analysis

The new Minister of Magic, who replaces Cornelius Fudge at the beginning of Half-Blood Prince. Because of his tough demeanor and background as an Auror, the Wizarding community believes that he’s prepared to combat Voldemort. However, it soon becomes apparent that Scrimgeour is better at pretending the situation is under control than actually doing anything useful. His repeated attempts to use Harry in Ministry propaganda campaigns convince Harry of the government’s inability to lead the fight against Voldemort.

Rufus Scrimgeour Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince quotes below are all either spoken by Rufus Scrimgeour or refer to Rufus Scrimgeour. 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 Four: Horace Slughorn Quotes

“Is he…Do you think he’s good?” asked Harry.

“An interesting question,” said Dumbledore. “He is able, certainly. A more decisive and forceful personality than Cornelius.”

“Yes, but I meant – “

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Rufus Scrimgeour
Page Number: 61
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Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas Quotes

If you were to be seen popping in and out of the Ministry from time to time, for instance, that would give the right impression. And of course, while you were there, you would have ample opportunity to speak to Gawain Robards, my successor as Head of the Auror office. Dolores Umbridge has told me that you cherish an ambition to become an Auror.

Related Characters: Rufus Scrimgeour (speaker), Harry Potter, Dolores Umbridge
Page Number: 345
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Chapter Seventeen: A Sluggish Memory Quotes

“He accused me of being ‘Dumbledore’s man through and through.’”

“How very rude of him.”

“I told him I was.”

…To Harry’s intense embarrassment, he suddenly realized that Dumbledore’s bright blue eyes looked rather watery, and stared hastily at his own knees.

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Rufus Scrimgeour
Page Number: 357
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Rufus Scrimgeour Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Rufus Scrimgeour 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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...appears in the flames and steps into the office. The new Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, looks like an old lion – he seems much tougher and shrewder than Fudge, and... (full context)
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Moving on, Scrimgeour says that the seemingly insane Junior Minister has been struck by an Imperius Curse, which... (full context)
Chapter Three: Will and Won’t
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...wizard who can take 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... (full context)
Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn
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...Minister of Magic is a “good” man. Without quite answering the question, Dumbledore says that Scrimgeour is “more decisive and forceful” than Fudge. (full context)
Chapter Seven: The Slug Club
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...his successful uncle, but encourages Cormac to talk about his family’s tight relationship with Rufus Scrimgeour. Harry feels bad for Neville when Slughorn interrogates him about his parents, who were both... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas
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Suddenly Mrs. Weasley springs to her feet, seeing Percy and Rufus Scrimgeour striding towards the door. While Percy awkwardly hugs his mother, the Minister claims that they... (full context)
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In the garden, Scrimgeour tells Harry that he’s been anxious to talk to him, but Dumbledore has prevented him... (full context)
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...has no desire to endorse the Ministry, especially given the continued scapegoating of Stan Shunpike. Scrimgeour patronizingly responds that, as a teenager, Harry can’t possibly understand how the Ministry works. He... (full context)
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Changing tactics, Scrimgeour asks what Dumbledore does when he’s away from Hogwarts; Harry responds that even if he... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen: A Sluggish Memory
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...farewell – she’s been anxious and upset ever since Percy stormed from the house with Scrimgeour. At Gryffindor tower they meet Hermione, who enthusiastically greets Harry while ignoring Ron, who soon... (full context)
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...to Dumbledore’s office for another 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... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen: Elf Tails
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...as Quidditch captain and indulging this narrow-minded obsession. Harry wishes that he had powers like Scrimgeour’s, so he could assign people to tail Draco. Suddenly he remembers that he can do... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine: Phoenix Lament
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From the window, McGonagall sees Scrimgeour arriving with his entourage; not wanting to see the Minister, Harry ducks out and returns... (full context)
Chapter Thirty: The White Tomb
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...finds the entire student body glumly eating breakfast in the Great Hall, joined by Rufus Scrimgeour. Looking at the Slytherin table, Harry wonders where Draco is now – he can still... (full context)
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...stroking Hermione’s hair while she cries, Harry gets up and walks away. To his displeasure, Scrimgeour soon flags him down. Harry brusquely cuts off his condolences, asking what he wants; Scrimgeour... (full context)
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As Scrimgeour stalks off, Ron and Hermione hurry towards Harry. Ron is begging Hermione to let him... (full context)