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Rita Skeeter

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Transcript of Rita Skeeter

Born: 1951
Appearance (interview with Triwizard champions):
"...and Ludo Bagman was sitting in one of them, talking to a witch Harry had never seen before, who was wearing magenta robes" - pg. 302
"Her hair was set in elaborate and curiously rigid curls that contrasted oddly with her heavy-jawed face. She wore jeweled spectacles. The thick fingers clutching her crocodile-skin handbag ended in two inched nails, painted crimson" - pg. 302
"Rita Skeeter's smile widened. Harry counted three gold teeth." - pg. 304
Etymology of her name: "Skeeter": slang for mosquito (interestingly enough, "paparazzi" is derived from an Italian word for mosquito). "Rita" might be short for "Margerita", but "Rita" in Old Norse means to write, scratch, and outline. (- www.etymology.com) Rita Skeeter - Intro Final Scene: In the book:
""No, you see... Rita Skeeter" - Hermione's voice trembled with quiet triumph - "is an unregistered Animagus. She can turn-" Hermione pulled a small sealed glass jar out of her bag.
"-into a beetle."
"You're kidding," said Ron. "You haven't... she's not..."
"Oh yes she is," said Hermione happily, brandishing the jar at them.
Inside were a few twigs and leaves and one large, fat beetle."
-Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, pg. 727

In the movie:
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nothing *corresponding to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", chapter 18, pp. 303-306* Similarities:
Takes place in a broom cupboard
Rita takes complete control of the interview. Not allowing Harry to speak without directing or manipulating what he says.
"Everyone loves a rebel, Harry"
Differences:
She doesn't test the quill at the beginning of the scene
In the movie, Rita makes a snide comment about Harry and a broom cupboard. In the book, Rita doesn't know about Harry's early years in the cupboard under the stairs.
Rita doesn't ask many questions at all in the movie (the scene lasts just over 1 minute) while in the book there is a whole scene with questions (pages 304-307).
In the book Dumbledore comes in during the interview and interrupts
"Attractive blond Rita Skeeter, forty-three, whose savage quill has punctured many inflated reputations-"
"An ugly scar, souvenir of a tragic past, disfigures the otherwise charming face of Harry Potter, whose eyes-"
This scene is highly comical in the movie. In the book, there are comical undertones but the scene in general is used to demonstrate how Harry doesn't know how to deal with what he's gotten pulled into. It also shows an aspect of media. In the movie there is no mention of Rita Skeeter being an animagus.
This affects:
The reveal of Hagrid and Madame Maxime as half-giants and their subsuquent fight never happens in the movie
Blood issues in the wizarding world
There is no article on Harry and Hermione's "love triangle" with Viktor Krum
Hermione recieves hate mail because she is "stringing along" Harry and Viktor which on one instance causes her to sprout boils on her hand
Hermione doesn't trap Rita in a jar for the summer (affects Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
The article "Harry Potter Speaks Out at Last: The Truth About He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and the Night I Saw Him Return" is never printed [taking control]
In the book the article leads many more people to believe Harry and Dumbledore about Voldemort being back.
In the movie people begin believing that Voldemort is back after the mass escape from Azkaban and the fact that the Ministry's story doesn't add up.
Harry gets into more trouble with Umbridge for giving the interview in the book.
"There will be no more Hogsmeade trips for you, Mr. Potter," she whispered. "How you dare... how you could..." She took a deep breath. "I have tried again and again to teach you not to tell lies. The message, apparently, has still not sunk in. Fifty points from Gryffindor and another week's worth of detentions." (Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, pg. 581)
Harry and Hermione get revenge for all the times Rita has slandered their names in the books but in the movies Rita doesn't get payback for the lies she writes about people. When Hermione traps Rita there is a reversal of circumstance that demonstrates that the Golden Trio is able to operate in the real world as well as they do within the relative safety of Hogwarts. [Known]Published Works:
Books-
* Armando Dippet: Master or Moron - bk 7, pg 252
* The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore - bk 7, pg 252
* Biography of Harry Potter (unknown title) - J.K. Rowling
* Snape: Scoundrel or Saint? - J.K. Rowling

Articles-
(Unknown Title) Gringotts' Charm Breakers -calls Bill a "long haired pillock" - Ch. 10, pg. 152
(Unknown Title) International Confederation of Wizards' Conference- calls Dumbledore an "obsolete dingbat" - bk 4, pg 307
"Scenes of Terror at the Quidditch World Cup" - Ch. 10, pg. 146
"Further Mistakes at the Ministry of Magic" - Ch. 13, pg. 202 (unknown title)
Harry Potter & other champions - Ch. 19, pg. 314
"Dumbledore's Giant Mistake" - Ch. 24, pg. 437
"Harry Potter's Secret Heartache" - Ch. 27, pg. 511
"Harry Potter 'Disturbed and Dangerous'" - Ch. 31, pg. 611
[Quote] "I've read worse." - Rita Skeeter on Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp F
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- Ch. 10, pg. 146: SCENES OF TERROR AT THE QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP
- Ch. 13, pg. 202: FURTHER MISTAKES AT THE MINISTRY OF MAGIC
- Ch. 18: Interview with Harry
- Ch. 19, pg. 314: (UNKNOWN TITLE) TRIWIZARD ARTICLE
- Ch. 20, pg 362: Rita congratulates Harry after the first task & asks for an interview
- Ch. 21, pg. 369: Rita interviews Hagrid
- Ch. 23, pg. 427: The Yule Ball, listening in to Hagrid: "Harry didn't want to listen to this...Instead he tried to interest himself in a beetle crawling along the stone reindeer's back..."
- Ch. 24, pg. 437: DUMBLEDORE'S GIANT MISTAKE
- Ch. 24, pg. 451: the trio encounter Rita in Hogsmeade (Hermione yells at Rita)
- Ch. 26, pg. 504: "'You half a water beetle in your hair, Herm-own-ninny, 'said Krum...but Hermione brushed away the beetle impatiently..."
- Ch. 27, pg. 511: HARRY POTTER'S SECRET HEARTACHE
- Ch. 29, pg. 576: Rita sees Harry have a vision in divination: "He could hear an insect humming gently somewhere behind the curtain."
- Ch. 30, pg. 591: Rita appears in Dumbledore's pensive memories
- Ch. 31, pg. 609: Malfoy talking to Rita: "Malfoy was holding his hand up to his mouth and speaking into it.
'He looks like he's using a walkie-talkie,' said Harry curiously."
- Ch. 31, pg. 611: HARRY POTTER "DISTURBED AND DANGEROUS"
- Ch. 37, pg. 727: Hermione tells Harry & Ron that Rita is an animagus IN THE FILM: GENERAL
Does not appear that often.
interviews champions, snaps a picture of Hermione, & during trial.
When she does appear it is in a different way than in the books.
There is not the same kind of relationship with the media.
The perception of Rita in the movie is less favorable because there is no emphasis on her magical abilities Rita Skeeter by Samantha Sanders & Carrie Nelson (2/27/13)
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