I laugh therefore I am. (notmonica) wrote in hp_qotd,
I laugh therefore I am.

Order of the Phoenix, Ch. 25: Hermione gives Rita her comeuppance

Book:Order of the Phoenix
Chapter:Chapter twenty-five, The Beetle at Bay
Brief summary of scene:After a disastrous date with Cho, Harry meets Hermione at The Three Broomsticks. Upon entering they join Luna and an unemployed Rita Skeeter, then Hermione spins the press to Harry's favor.
Disclaimer: This excerpt from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended. This material is presented for the purposes of review and critique only.

Rita stared at them both for moment and then let out a great whoop of laughter.

"The Quibbler!" she said, cackling. "You think people will take him seriously if he's published in The Quibbler?"

"Some people won't," said Hermione in a level voice. "But the Daily Prophet's version of the Azkaban breakout had some gaping holes in it. I think a lot of people will be wondering whether there isn't a better explanation of what happened, and if there's an alternative story available, even if it is published in a"--she glanced sideways at Luna, "in a--well, an unusual magazine--I think they might be rather keen to read it."

Rita did not say anything for a while, but eyed Hermione shrewdly, her head a little to one side.

"All right, let's say for a moment I'll do it," she said abruptly. "What kind of fee am I going to get?"

"I don't think Daddy exactly pays people to write for the magazine," said Luna dreamily. "They do it because it's an honor, and, of course, to see their names in print."

Rita Skeeter looked as though the taste of Stinksap was strong in her mouth again as she rounded on Hermione. "I'm supposed to do this for free?"

"Well, yes," said Hermione calmly, taking a sip of her drink. "Otherwise, as you very well know, I will inform the authorities that you are an unregistered Animagus. Of course, the Prophet might give you rather a lot for an insider's account of Azkaban...."

Rita looked as though she would have liked nothing better than to seize the paper umbrella sticking out of Hermione's drink and thrust it up her nose.

"I don't suppose I've got any choice, have I?" said Rita, her voice shaking slightly. She opened her crocodile bag once more, withdrew a piece of parchment, and raised her Quick-Quotes Quill.


I'm telling you, don't f**k with Hermione! *g* Love her.
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