Is this what we have come to, Cornelius…the entire Wizengamot trying a boy for violation of the Restriction of Underage Sorcery? Is this the length you will go to discredit his…and my
You look surprised that I am here. Did you think I would let Harry face such an ambush alone? Do you really think I could be fooled by a mere change of time and venue? Could it be that you are starting to believe the rubbish you are feeding the Daily Prophet, that I am no longer in possession of my faculties?
Ah, Cornelius, I fear you have lost sight of your priorities, in your imagined need to protect your position. You are blinded by your fear…this ridiculous perception that I want your job. I have never wanted it. But here we are, truly at odds. It is you who would make us rivals, not I. We have a common enemy, and until you stop this foolishness, I can not help you. So, let us get on with it.
Calm yourself, Harry; it does not help to get angry, though I can’t blame you. This is utterly ridiculous. But you have won points with Madam Bones at least, and many others I would wager…that Patronus is
impressive. Ah, yes, tell them about the dementors. Cornelius may find that his attempt to discredit us backfires. You are frightened, but this is an opportunity to speak the truth. The Ministry may not want the truth told. But they had better start hearing it. Tell it; Amelia Bones is listening.
Oh, Cornelius, you bring him before the court, but refuse to hear him out. I’m afraid I can not sit quietly by for that
. It is time for Arabella to give testimony.
Percy, how I hate to see you so misguided. You will not even meet my eye. Alas, Voldemort gets help even from those who despise him…fear and mistrust weakens us. I hope that soon you will see the truth.
Arabella is not a terribly strong witness, but she speaks the truth. Some are now listening. Yes, dementors in Little Whinging is
an extraordinary thing, isn’t it? Why were they there, indeed? Maybe now, we will get to the crux of the matter.
Ah, Dolores, I was wondering when you would enter the fray…
Do I really need to spell it out? Clearly someone
sent the dementors after Harry, for they do not work for themselves…Now the Ministry must determine who they work for. Then there will be more evidence that Harry speaks the truth, however badly some wish to ignore it.
Now bringing up what goes on at Hogwarts is going too far. That is my
responsibility. I will not let Harry be railroaded.
Cornelius, you are being a fool. Turning a blind eye to the truth will not make it go away. But Harry is cleared. There is one small victory. It is a pity this battle had to be fought at all.