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How Far Will Fudge Go To Gain Gringotts? was an article published in a summer 1995 issue of The Quibbler, being the cover story for that issue. According to the article, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge, in stark contrast to his campaign promises of leaving Gringotts Wizarding Bank under goblin control, harboured a secret desire to take over the bank's gold reserves, and would do so by force if necessary. In fact, according to one Ministry insider, Fudge had murdered many goblins in the past to further this goal, often in over-the-top ways such as dropping them off buildings or cooking them in pies.
Harry Potter, upon reading this article during the trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on the Hogwarts Express, doubted its accuracy, noting that Fudge, despite his flaws, was hardly the type to commit mass murder or enact a hostile takeover.
Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic, denied that he had any plans to take over the running of the Wizarding Bank, Gringotts, when he was elected Minister for Magic five years ago. Fudge has always insisted that he wants nothing more than to "cooperate peacefully" with the guardians of our gold.
BUT DOES HE?
Sources close to the Minister have recently disclosed that Fudge's dearest ambition is to seize control of the goblin gold supplies and that he will not hesitate to use force if need be.
"It wouldn't be the first time, either," said a Ministry insider. "Cornelius 'Goblin-Crusher' Fudge, that's what his friends call him, if you could hear him when he thinks no one's listening, oh, he's always talking about the goblins he's had done in; he's had them drowned, he's had them dropped off buildings, he's had them poisoned, he's had them cooked in pies...."
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (Front cover of issue only)