The Woes of Mrs. Weasley (OP)

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Ron, Hermione and Harry looking at Ron's prefect's badge.

The Woes of Mrs. Weasley is the ninth chapter of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Relief

Harry Potter is struggling with feelings of relief and shock. He was cleared of all charges by the Wizengamot, but he can hardly believe that Albus Dumbledore would leave the room so fast without as much as a word to him (OP8). He attempts to catch the eye of Cornelius Fudge (who ignores him) and Amelia Bones (who is busy with her briefcase) to ask if he can leave, but all the Interrogators pay the boy no attention. He runs out of the courtroom and opens the door, almost colliding with Arthur Weasley.

He shares with Arthur the good news, and Mr. Weasley is delighted. He is stunned to realise, moments later, that Harry was tried by the full court. Some of the members of the Wizengamot, including Amelia, greet Arthur when they pass by the duo, but most, including Percy Weasley, show no signs of having seen him. Harry and Arthur climb the stairs to Level Nine; there they see Fudge talking to Lucius Malfoy.

Lucius Malfoy's thoughts on what goes on in the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office, fanart by Makani.

The Death Eater has just heard about the verdict, and he compliments Harry (whom he calls 'Patronus Potter') for the "snakelike escape". Malfoy then turns to Arthur, inquiring as to the reason for the wizard's presence on Level Nine and sneering, "I thought you were up on the second floor ... don't you do something that involves sneaking Muggle artefacts home and bewitching them?"

When Harry asks Lucius the reason for his presence in the Ministry of Magic, Malfoy brushes him off; he smoothes the front of his robes, and Harry hears clicking of a pocket full of gold. The Death Eater invites Fudge to go up to the Minister's office, and the two leave. Arthur voices his belief that Lucius was trying to sneak into the courtroom, and tells Harry that gold is why Malfoy was there: "Malfoy's been giving generously to all sorts of things ... gets him in with the right people ... then he can ask favours ... delay laws he doesn't want passed ... oh, he's very well-connected, Lucius Malfoy."


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