History Recap / HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenixC8TheHearing

19th Jan '17 4:04:35 AM JohnPrestwick
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Harry recognises the courtroom from [[Recap/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFireC31ThePensieve the Pensieve scenes]] he saw during his last school year. He is tried in front of the full Wizengamot (~50 wizards who make up the Ministry's high court) with Minister Cornelius Fudge in charge. But help is at hand: Dumbledore will serve as his defence counsel. From the start, it's apparent that Fudge is trying to hold a KangarooCourt, but he's held back by [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Amelia Bones]], the head of Law Enforcement. Harry protests that he cast the Patronus to drive off Dementors that were attacking him. The Decree that bans underage magic outside of school allows it to be used in life-threatening situations. Dumbledore brings in Mrs Figg as a witness. She nervously describes the Dementor attack.

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Harry recognises the courtroom from [[Recap/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFireC31ThePensieve [[Recap/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFireC30ThePensieve the Pensieve scenes]] he saw during his last school year. He is tried in front of the full Wizengamot (~50 wizards who make up the Ministry's high court) with Minister Cornelius Fudge in charge. But help is at hand: Dumbledore will serve as his defence counsel. From the start, it's apparent that Fudge is trying to hold a KangarooCourt, but he's held back by [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Amelia Bones]], the head of Law Enforcement. Harry protests that he cast the Patronus to drive off Dementors that were attacking him. The Decree that bans underage magic outside of school allows it to be used in life-threatening situations. Dumbledore brings in Mrs Figg as a witness. She nervously describes the Dementor attack.
19th Jan '17 4:04:14 AM JohnPrestwick
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Fudge tries to act unconvinced and questions what the Dementors were doing in Little Whinging. Dumbledore says there are two possibilities. The first possibility is that the Dementors were taking orders from "someone outside the Ministry." He clearly implies Voldemort, and Fudge vociferously denies this is possible. The second possibility is that someone within the Ministry ordered the Dementors over, and therefore the Ministry ought to investigate. We get the first appearance of Fudge's assistant Dolores Umbridge, who is seen mocking the idea that the Ministry sent the Dementors. Fudge complains that Harry has used underage magic in the past. Dumbledore criticises the Ministry for breaking trying to confiscate Harry's wand when charges were not proven, and for holding a full-court trial for a minor offence.

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Fudge tries to act unconvinced and questions what the Dementors were doing in Little Whinging. Dumbledore says there are two possibilities. The first possibility is that the Dementors were taking orders from "someone outside the Ministry." He clearly implies Voldemort, and Fudge vociferously denies this is possible. The second possibility is that someone within the Ministry ordered the Dementors over, and therefore the Ministry ought to investigate. We get the first appearance of Fudge's assistant Dolores Umbridge, who is seen mocking the idea that the Ministry sent the Dementors. Fudge complains that Harry has used underage magic in the past. Dumbledore criticises the Ministry for breaking their own rules by trying to confiscate Harry's wand when charges were not proven, and for holding a full-court trial for a minor offence.
18th Jan '17 6:10:50 AM JohnPrestwick
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Harry recognises the courtroom from [[Recap/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFireC31ThePensieve the Pensieve scenes]] he saw during his last school year. He is tried in front of the full Wizengamot (~50 wizards who make up the Ministry's high court) with Minister Cornelius Fudge in charge. But help is at hand: Dumbledore will serve as his defence counsel. From the start, it's apparent that Fudge is trying to hold a KangarooCourt, but he's held back by [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Amelia Bones]], the head of Law Enforcement. Harry protests that he cast the Patronus to drive off Dementors that were attacking him. The Decree that bans underage magic outside of school allows it to be used in life-threatening situations. Dumbledore brings in Mrs Figg as a witness. She nervously describes the Dementor attack.

Fudge tries to act unconvinced and questions what the Dementors were doing in Little Whinging. Dumbledore says there are two possibilities. The first possibility is that the Dementors were taking orders from "someone outside the Ministry." He clearly implies Voldemort, and Fudge vociferously denies this is possible. The second possibility is that someone within the Ministry ordered the Dementors over, and therefore the Ministry ought to investigate. We get the first appearance of Fudge's assistant Dolores Umbridge, who is seen mocking the idea that the Ministry sent the Dementors. Fudge complains that Harry has used underage magic in the past. Dumbledore criticises the Ministry for breaking trying to confiscate Harry's wand when charges were not proven, and for holding a full-court trial for a minor offence.

The Wizengamot then vote on whether to convict Harry. A clear majority vote to acquit him. Fudge and Umbridge are among seven or so dissenters. With Harry cleared of all charges, Dumbledore walks out without another word.
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