Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by

J. K. Rowling

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Cornelius Fudge Character Analysis

The Minister of Magic. When Harry meets him after running away from the Dursleys, he finds Fudge to be a very different person than he was expecting: Fudge acts fatherly towards Harry and seems concerned only for Harry's safety. He tries to brush off the discrepancies Harry notices between how he was treated the year before and how he's treated this summer when he breaks the law forbidding underage magic, but Fudge refuses to level with Harry or tell him the truth. Though Fudge, like most other wizards, dislikes the dementors, he sees them as a necessary part of his job and authorizes them to use the Dementor's Kiss on Sirius Black if they find him. When Harry tries to tell Fudge what he discovered about Sirius and clear his name, Fudge is unwilling to listen and remains convinced that his version of events is correct.

Cornelius Fudge Quotes in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 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 Prisoner of Azkaban published in 2001.
Chapter Three Quotes

But this didn't tally at all with Harry's past dealings with the Ministry of Magic. "Last year, I got an official warning just because a house-elf smashed a pudding in my uncle's house!" he told Fudge, frowning. "The Ministry of Magic said I'd be expelled from Hogwarts if there was any more magic there!"

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Cornelius Fudge, Aunt Marge
Page Number: 45
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Chapter Four Quotes

"The guards told Fudge that Black's been talking in his sleep for a while now. Always the same words: 'He's at Hogwarts...he's at Hogwarts.' Black is deranged, Molly, and he wants Harry's dead. If you ask me, he thinks murdering Harry will bring You-Know-Who back to power. Black lost everything the night Harry stopped You-Know-Who, and he's had twelve years alone in Azkaban to brood on that."

Related Symbols: Dementors
Page Number: 66
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Chapter Twenty-One Quotes

"Yes, I do," said Dumbledore quietly. "But I have no power to make other men see the truth, or to overrule the Minister of Magic..."

Harry stared up into the grave face and felt as though the ground beneath him were falling sharply away. He had grown used to the idea that Dumbledore could solve anything. He had expected Dumbledore to pull some amazing solution out of thin air. But no...their last hope was gone."

Page Number: 393
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Cornelius Fudge Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The timeline below shows where the character Cornelius Fudge appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three
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...Harry to read. The article reads that Black is still at large and that Cornelius Fudge is facing criticism for telling muggles about Black. It says that wizards are afraid of... (full context)
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...something behind Harry. Harry hears a voice say, "There you are, Harry," and sees Cornelius Fudge. Fudge puts his hand on Harry's shoulder, testily thanks Stan for picking Harry up, and... (full context)
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Fudge motions for Harry to sit down and introduces himself. Puzzlingly, Fudge says that everyone was... (full context)
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Fudge says that the only matter left to discuss is where Harry should stay for the... (full context)
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Fudge and Tom return and Fudge makes Harry promise to stay in Diagon Alley. He seems... (full context)
Chapter Four
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...Hermione immediately asks about Aunt Marge while Ron howls with laughter. Ron doesn't know why Fudge didn't punish Harry for his transgression—Mr. Weasley works at the ministry and so might have... (full context)
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...gives Ron the rat tonic, and then shuts himself in his room. Everything makes sense now—Fudge was so lenient because Black is after Harry. Harry wonders why he doesn't feel more... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...Christmas tree. Just as Ron returns with the butterbeer, they see McGonagall, Flitwick, Hagrid, and Fudge walk through the door. Hermione and Ron shove Harry under the table, while Hermione moves... (full context)
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Harry watches Rosmerta's feet as she brings drinks to the table and Fudge invites her to join them. Fudge is in town because of Sirius Black and assures... (full context)
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McGonagall, Flitwick, and Fudge tell Rosmerta that James trusted Sirius—Sirius was his best man and is Harry's godfather. Fudge... (full context)
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...Harry and when Hagrid insisted on following Dumbledore's orders, Sirius lent Hagrid his flying motorbike. Fudge continues the story and says that Peter Pettigrew found Sirius before the Ministry did. Rosmerta... (full context)
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Rosmerta asks if Sirius Black is actually mad, and Fudge says he's not sure. The last time he was at Azkaban, Black seemed normal and... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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Harry, Ron, and Hermione run into Fudge at the front doors. Fudge greets Harry warmly and explains he's here to witness a... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...newspaper clipping of the Weasleys in Egypt, with Scabbers on Ron's shoulder. He explains that Fudge gave him his paper last summer, and Lupin notices that Scabbers is missing a toe.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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Harry comes to in the hospital wing and listens to Snape and Fudge in the hallway. Snape tells Fudge that Harry, Hermione, and Ron were Confunded, and he... (full context)
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Harry and Hermione try to tell Fudge that Sirius is innocent and that Peter Pettigrew is an Animagus, but Madam Pomfrey shoves... (full context)
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...a werewolf. Dumbledore says that he believes them, but he has no power to make Fudge agree. Harry feels as though his last hope is gone as Dumbledore says that they... (full context)
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Harry and Hermione watch Dumbledore, Fudge, Macnair, and the Committee member leave the castle, and see Hagrid escort the trio out... (full context)
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...Ron fight with Scabbers and watch Sirius drag Ron through the roots. Dumbledore walks Macnair, Fudge, and the Committee member back to the castle and minutes later, Lupin lets himself into... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
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...get back to the hospital wing, Harry and Hermione race through the castle. They hear Fudge and Snape walking towards the hospital wing but when they start in that direction themselves,... (full context)
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...door has been locked for the last ten minutes. Snape angrily leaves the ward and Fudge says that the Ministry will be in trouble once the news of Black and Buckbeak... (full context)