Fudge as a Death Eater
At the end of the first book, Dumbledore
receives an "urgent owl" from the Ministry of Magic. So
urgent that he leaves immediately despite having the Stone hidden
**I would argue that ONLY an owl from Fudge,
the minister of magic himself would be important enough to cause
dumbledore to leave.
Draco states Fathers always associated
with the top people at the ministry (4)
**I believe that hes talking about
Fudge. (possibly other people as well)
Fudge is an old term meaning to lie.
**Most of Rowlings characters have
names that mean something. (Lupin is a werewolf and the genus for
wolves is lupine, Sirius Black can turn into a black dog, Sirius
is the name of a star that is also refered to as the Dog star.)
I think Fudges last name indicates that hes not being
truthful about his alliances.
Fudge brings a deatheater into Hogwarts to
kill Barty Crouch Jr. Fudge knows that Crouch is under the influence
of the Veritaserum (truth-telling potion). (4)
**I believe that Fudge does this so that
Crouch can not give testimony about the death eaters in the ministry
Fudge tries to explain away the continued
presence of the Death Eaters at Azbakan (4)
**Dumbledore feels that the death eaters
are natural allies of Voldemort.
Fudge argues very strongly that Voldemort
can not have returned (4)
**This may be an attempt to stall
Dumbledores actions against Voldemort so that Voldemort has
more time to gain power.
Fudge is presented with evidence of Voldemorts
return (the Dark Mark on Snapes arm) and Fudge looks at the
mark in disgust, and tells Dumbledore to expect an owl with instructions
on how the school should be run. (4)
**If Fudge is a Death Eater he would have
a Dark Mark on his arm, and would have known that voldemort has
returned. (additionally, when Voldemort is given a mortal body in
the ritual at the end of the 4th book, he goes around the circle
of death eaters and indicates who is missing, Fudge is not among
I would think that if Fudge truly believed
that Voldemort had not returned then he would have been extremely
surprised (and not simply disgusted) to see the dark mark on Snapes
After Fudge leaves Mrs. Weasley says that
she and Arthur (Mr. Weasley) know what Fudge is, and that it was
Mr. Weasleys love of muggles that has kept him from advancing
within the ministry of magic (4)
**Fudge does not like muggles.
*Harry comments that it must be unusual for
Fudge, the Minister of Magic, to get involved in matters of underage
Not sure exactly how this factors in, but
it IS odd that Fudge gets directily involved.