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Why does Harry show Scrimgeour the scars on his hand, even though he had nothing to do with Umbridge

First of all, let me applaud you for your observation. As head of the Auror Office, he had nothing to do with Umbridge and her atrocities before he became Minister.

But Harry showed his scar to Scrimgeour and refused to work with him because:

  • Umbridge was still at the Ministry. Scrimgeour tells Harry that he could achieve his ambition of becoming an Auror easily if he cooperated with the Ministry and became their poster boy. He also let slip that Dolores Umbridge told him about Harry’s ambition. Harry was infuriated to know that she was still at the Ministry. Even after Scrimgeour came to power, he did not do anything about Dolores Umbridge or punish her for all the hogwash she had done the previous year.

“I don’t exactly understand what you want,” said Harry slowly. “ ‘Stand alongside the Ministry’ . . . What does that mean?”

“Oh, well, nothing at all onerous, I assure you,” said Scrimgeour. “If you were to be seen popping in and out of the Ministry from time to time, for instance, that would give the right impression. And of course, while you were there, you would have ample opportunity to speak to Gawain Robards, my successor as Head of the Auror office. Dolores Umbridge has told me that you cherish an ambition to become an Auror. Well, that could be arranged very easily. . . .”

Harry felt anger bubbling in the pit of his stomach: So Dolores Umbridge was still at the Ministry, was she?

(Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Chapter 16 - A Very Frosty Christmas)

  • Harry was also expressing his anger at the Ministry as a whole. The Ministry was extremely opportunistic, and after harassing and slandering Harry all through his fifth year, they came back to request him to be their mascot the very next year. While it may not have been the same person, it was the same organization.

“I don’t remember you rushing to my defense when I was trying to tell everyone Voldemort was back. The Ministry wasn’t so keen to be pals last year.”

(Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Chapter 16 - A Very Frosty Christmas)

  • Harry did not approve of some of the things that the Ministry was doing to convince the community that they were working hard. Like chucking people into prison without checking.

“You see, I don’t like some of the things the Ministry’s doing. Locking up Stan Shunpike, for instance.”

(Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Chapter 16 - A Very Frosty Christmas)



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