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{{Dialogue a-b|Rita|How about giving me an interview about the [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] ''you'' know, Harry? The man behind the muscles? Your unlikely friendship and the reasons behind it. Would you call him a father substitute?|Hermione Granger|You horrible woman. You don't care, do you, anything for a story, and anyone will do, won't they?|Rita speaking to [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Rita|How about giving me an interview about the [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] ''you'' know, Harry? The man behind the muscles? Your unlikely friendship and the reasons behind it. Would you call him a father substitute?|Hermione Granger|You horrible woman. You don't care, do you, anything for a story, and anyone will do, won't they?|Rita speaking to [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
'''Rita Skeeter''' (b. [[1950s|1951]]<ref name="GOF18" />) was a [[Wizardkind|witch]] journalist who specialised in writing poison-pen stories which tended to be based on false information and misreported interviews while she worked for the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'', as well authoring a few tell-all biographies. [[Albus Dumbledore]] described her writing as "enchantingly nasty" after she wrote an unfavourable article about him. Notable stories Rita covered include the trials of various [[Death Eaters]] after the [[First Wizarding War]], the [[Triwizard Tournament]], and [[Harry Potter]]'s account of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Return of the Dark Lord|return to power]] in [[1995]] for ''[[The Quibbler]]''. She also wrote biographies of [[Armando Dippet]], [[Albus Dumbledore]], [[Severus Snape]], and [[Harry Potter]]. Rita's writing tended to be sensationalist, and sometimes outright dishonest. Her ability to acquire information was assisted by her status as an unregistered beetle [[Animagus]].
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'''Rita Skeeter''' (b. [[1950s|1951]]<ref name="GOF18" />) was a [[Wizardkind|witch]] journalist who specialised in writing poison-pen stories which tended to be based on false information and misreported interviews while she worked for the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'', as well authoring a few tell-all biographies. [[Albus Dumbledore]] described her writing as "enchantingly nasty" after she wrote an unfavourable article about him. Notable stories Rita covered include the trials of various [[Death Eaters]] after the [[First Wizarding War]], the [[Triwizard Tournament]], and, albeit reluctantly, [[Harry Potter]]'s account of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Return of the Dark Lord|return to power]] in [[1995]] for ''[[The Quibbler]]''. She also wrote biographies of [[Armando Dippet]], [[Albus Dumbledore]], [[Severus Snape]], and [[Harry Potter]]. Rita's writing tended to be sensationalist, and sometimes outright dishonest. Her ability to acquire information was assisted by her status as an unregistered beetle [[Animagus]].
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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===Career as a journalist/author===
 
===Career as a journalist/author===
 
====Early years====
 
====Early years====
During her early days as an author, Skeeter wrote a biography on [[Armando Dippet]], entitled ''[[Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?]]''. It was presumably an exaggerated history of him to gain controversy and, by extension, popularity and fame. The book was a best-seller.
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During her early days as an author, Skeeter wrote a biography on [[Armando Dippet]], entitled ''[[Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?]]''. It was presumably an exaggerated history of him to gain controversy and, by extension, popularity and fame. The book was a best-seller. Also sometime in her early career Skeeter provided a quote for the critical acclaim for ''[[Quidditch Through the Ages]]'' by [[Kennilworthy Whisp]], when she wrote "''I've read worse.''" as a review.
 
Also sometime in her early career Skeeter provided a quote for the critical acclaim for ''[[Quidditch Through the Ages]]'' by [[Kennilworthy Whisp]], when she wrote "''I've read worse.''" as a review.
 
 
[[File:Skeeter Trial.jpg|thumb|left|180px|A younger Rita Skeeter at [[Igor Karkaroff]]'s trial.]]
 
[[File:Skeeter Trial.jpg|thumb|left|180px|A younger Rita Skeeter at [[Igor Karkaroff]]'s trial.]]
   
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[[File:RitaHarryGoF.jpg|thumb|267px|Rita interviewing [[Harry Potter]].]]
 
[[File:RitaHarryGoF.jpg|thumb|267px|Rita interviewing [[Harry Potter]].]]
 
{{Quote|Hello, I'm Rita Skeeter! I write for the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''. But, of course, you know that, don't you? It's ''you'' we don't know. ''You're'' the juicy news. What quirks lurk beneath those rosy cheeks? What mysteries do the muscles mask? Does courage lie beneath those curls? In short, what makes a champion tick? Me, myself and I want to know. Not to mention my ravid readers.|Rita Skeeter, introducing herself to the champions competing in the [[Triwizard Tournament]] sometime in 1994.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
 
{{Quote|Hello, I'm Rita Skeeter! I write for the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''. But, of course, you know that, don't you? It's ''you'' we don't know. ''You're'' the juicy news. What quirks lurk beneath those rosy cheeks? What mysteries do the muscles mask? Does courage lie beneath those curls? In short, what makes a champion tick? Me, myself and I want to know. Not to mention my ravid readers.|Rita Skeeter, introducing herself to the champions competing in the [[Triwizard Tournament]] sometime in 1994.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
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In [[1994–1995 school year|1994-1995]], Rita was given the opportunity to interview the [[Triwizard Tournament]] contestants for an article in the ''[[Daily Prophet]]. ''Under the guise of interviewing all four champions, she confronted [[Harry Potter]] in a broom cupboard where she took his "um"s and "er"s and invented her own quotes. Eventually, her "interview of the contestants" turned out to be a highly falsified story of Harry himself.
 
In [[1994–1995 school year|1994-1995]], Rita was given the opportunity to interview the [[Triwizard Tournament]] contestants for an article in the ''[[Daily Prophet]]. ''Under the guise of interviewing all four champions, she confronted [[Harry Potter]] in a broom cupboard where she took his "um"s and "er"s and invented her own quotes. Eventually, her "interview of the contestants" turned out to be a highly falsified story of Harry himself.
   
[[File:Rita_greases_up_to_champs.png|thumb|left|210px|Rita speaks to the Triwizard Champions.]]
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[[File:Rita_greases_up_to_champs.png|thumb|left|200px|Rita speaks to the Triwizard Champions.]]
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Rita|Your story's legend. Do you think it was the trauma of your past that made you so keen to enter such a dangerous tournament?|Harry|No, I didn't enter.|Of course you didn't. ''[winks]'' Everyone loves a rebel, Harry. Scratch that last. Speaking of your parents, were they alive, how do you think they'd feel? Proud? Or concerned that your attitude shows, at best, a pathological need for attention? The worst, a psychotic death wish?|Rita interviewing [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}The article painted Harry as a tragic hero who cried himself to sleep over his [[Potter family|late parents]] and who had a romantic relationship with [[Hermione Granger]]. The article was mostly taken negatively by Harry's schoolmates, who assumed he was craving attention, although [[Molly Weasley]] seemed to take it very seriously, to the point that she was particularly cool towards Hermione for a time until Harry assured her that the article was lying and he and Hermione had never dated. At some point after the first task, [[Albus Dumbledore]] had banned Rita from entering Hogwarts Castle.
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Rita|Your story's legend. Do you think it was the trauma of your past that made you so keen to enter such a dangerous tournament?|Harry|No, I didn't enter.|Of course you didn't. ''[winks]'' Everyone loves a rebel, Harry. Scratch that last. Speaking of your parents, were they alive, how do you think they'd feel? Proud? Or concerned that your attitude shows, at best, a pathological need for attention? At worst, a psychotic death wish?|Rita interviewing [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
   
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The article painted Harry as a tragic hero who cried himself to sleep over his [[Potter family|late parents]] and who had a romantic relationship with [[Hermione Granger]]. The article was mostly taken negatively by Harry's schoolmates, who assumed he was craving attention, although [[Molly Weasley]] seemed to take it very seriously, to the point that she was particularly cool towards Hermione for a time until Harry assured her that the article was lying and he and Hermione had never dated. At some point after the first task, [[Albus Dumbledore]] had banned Rita from entering Hogwarts Castle.
 
[[File:Rita-gf.jpg|thumb|200px|Rita in 1994.]]
 
[[File:Rita-gf.jpg|thumb|200px|Rita in 1994.]]
   
Rita then interviewed [[Rubeus Hagrid]], asking many questions about Harry that Hagrid refused to answer. Her subsequent article described Hagrid as a ferocious-looking man who used his authority to terrify his students, but was otherwise mostly true. The article also revealed to the world that Hagrid was actually [[half-giant]], which prompted letters from parents frightened by the idea of having a dangerous giant teaching their children and greatly upset Hagrid, subjecting him to ridicule and fear, although his mood was rallied when Harry, Ron and Hermione visited him and assured him that they didn't care about his family being the vicious monsters everyone believed them to be. Giants really were vicious and brutal, but Hagrid obviously wasn't, so Professor Dumbledore insisted Hagrid deny any insults and return to work, as Harry and his friends didn't care about Hagrid being related to vicious monsters either, as Hagrid wasn't brutal.
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Rita then interviewed [[Rubeus Hagrid]], asking many questions about Harry that Hagrid refused to answer. Her subsequent article described Hagrid as a ferocious-looking man who used his authority to terrify his students, but was otherwise mostly true. The article also revealed to the world that Hagrid was actually [[half-giant]], which prompted letters from parents frightened by the idea of having a dangerous giant teaching their children and greatly upset Hagrid, subjecting him to ridicule and fear, although his mood was rallied when Harry, Ron, Hermione and Dumbledore visited him and assured him that they didn't care about his family being the vicious monsters everyone believed them to be. Giants really were vicious and brutal, but Hagrid obviously wasn't, so Professor Dumbledore insisted Hagrid deny any insults and return to work, as Harry and his friends didn't care about Hagrid being related to vicious monsters either, as Hagrid wasn't brutal.
   
When Rita encounters Harry, Ron, and Hermione in [[Hogsmeade]], Hermione insults her for her libel. Rita, in retaliation, then writes a nasty story about the "devious Miss Granger" based on false rumours provided by [[Pansy Parkinson]], making her out to be a plain but skilled witch who uses [[love potion]]s to "satisfy her taste for celebrity wizards," including toying with the affections of both Harry and Krum. Although Hermione was more disdainful than upset about the article, she started receiving angry mail from people who believed Rita's lies, and even [[Molly Weasley]] was upset with her until Harry set her straight.
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Harry, Ron and Hermione overheard her discussing the possibility of writing an embarrassing story about Ludo Bagman, head of Magical Games and Sports.
   
[[File:RitaHarryHermione.jpg|thumb|left|270px|Rita with [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]].]]
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When Rita encountered Harry, Ron, and Hermione in [[Hogsmeade]], Hermione insulted her for her libel. Rita, in retaliation, then wrote a nasty story about the "devious Miss Granger" based on false rumours provided by [[Pansy Parkinson]], making her out to be a plain but skilled witch who used [[love potion]]s to "satisfy her taste for celebrity wizards," including toying with the affections of both Harry and Krum. Although Hermione was more disdainful than upset about the article, she started receiving angry mail from people who believed Rita's lies, and even [[Molly Weasley]] was upset with her until Harry set her straight.
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[[File:RitaHarryHermione.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Rita with [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]].]]
   
 
{{Quote|Rita Skeeter isn't going to be writing anything at all for a while. Not unless she wants me to spill the beans on her... I found out how she was listening in on private conversations when she wasn't supposed to be coming into the grounds... Rita Skeeter is an unregistered Animagus. She can turn into a beetle... I've told her she's to keep her quill to herself for a whole year. See if she can't break the habit of writing horrible lies about people.|[[Hermione Granger]] on her blackmail of Rita|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|Rita Skeeter isn't going to be writing anything at all for a while. Not unless she wants me to spill the beans on her... I found out how she was listening in on private conversations when she wasn't supposed to be coming into the grounds... Rita Skeeter is an unregistered Animagus. She can turn into a beetle... I've told her she's to keep her quill to herself for a whole year. See if she can't break the habit of writing horrible lies about people.|[[Hermione Granger]] on her blackmail of Rita|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
Rita's last defaming article states that Harry is "disturbed and dangerous," and uses comments from Draco and his [[Slytherin]] cronies as its basis. Ultimately, Hermione discovers the means by which Rita spies on others and forces her to "keep her quill to herself for a full year" by catching her in her beetle form while she was perched on the [[hospital wing]] window and trapping her in a jar imbued with an [[Unbreakable Charm]] so she couldn't transform. Hermione threatened to Rita that she would report her to the authorities as an illegal [[Animagus]] to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], which would have severe legal consequences. Rita was forced to comply, and suffered financial strain as a result.<ref name="GOF37">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 37 (''The Beginning'')</ref> Unfortunately her last article would discredit Harry and serve as the basis for [[Cornelius Fudge]] to refuse to believe Harry's story about Voldemort's return that would start the Ministry's [[Campaign to discredit Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter|smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore]].
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Rita's last defaming article stated that Harry was "disturbed and dangerous," and used comments from Draco and his [[Slytherin]] cronies as its basis. Ultimately, Hermione discovered the means by which Rita spied on others and forced her to "keep her quill to herself for a full year" by catching her in her beetle form while she was perched on the [[hospital wing]] window and trapping her in a jar imbued with an [[Unbreakable Charm]] so she couldn't transform. Hermione threatened to Rita that she would report her to the authorities as an illegal [[Animagus]] to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], which would have severe legal consequences. Rita was forced to comply, and suffered financial strain as a result.<ref name="GOF37">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 37 (''The Beginning'')</ref> Unfortunately her last article would discredit Harry and serve as the basis for [[Cornelius Fudge]] to refuse to believe Harry's story about Voldemort's return that would start the Ministry's [[Campaign to discredit Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter|smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore]].
   
 
====The Quibbler====
 
====The Quibbler====
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[[File:Ritaintent.JPG|thumb|right|255px|Rita getting the latest scoop.]]
 
[[File:Ritaintent.JPG|thumb|right|255px|Rita getting the latest scoop.]]
In [[1995]], [[Harry Potter]]'s story that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] had [[Return of the Dark Lord|returned]] was not believed by much of the wizarding world, as the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' portrayed him as either a delusional boy or an attention-seeking liar. [[Hermione Granger]] wanted to get the truth to the public, and thus instructed Rita to meet her and [[Luna Lovegood]] in [[Hogsmeade]] on [[14 February]], [[1996]] in the Three Broomsticks. As it was Rita who laid the foundation for the ''Prophet's'' defamation of Harry, with her initial stories about him, Hermione wanted her to be the one to set the record straight. They were joined by Harry after his date with [[Cho Chang]]. Harry thought that Hermione was with "the unlikeliest pair of drinking mates he could ever have imagined."
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In [[1995]], [[Harry Potter]]'s story that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] had [[Return of the Dark Lord|returned]] was not believed by much of the wizarding world, as the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' portrayed him as either a delusional boy or an attention-seeking liar. [[Hermione Granger]] wanted to get the truth to the public, and thus instructed Rita to meet her and [[Luna Lovegood]] in [[Hogsmeade]] on [[14 February]], [[1996]] in the Three Broomsticks. As it was Rita who laid the foundation for the ''Prophet's'' defamation of Harry, with her initial stories about him, Hermione wanted her to be the one to set the record straight. They were joined by Harry after his date with [[Cho Chang]]. Harry thought that Hermione and Rita were "the unlikeliest pair of drinking mates he could ever have imagined."
   
[[File:The_Quibbler_-_1996.jpg|thumb|left|Typical issue of [[The Quibbler]], the magazine Hermione blackmailed Rita into writing for]]Rita was initially taken aback that Hermione wanted her to interview Harry, and then resentful, since Hermione demanded that she only write exactly what Harry said and not portray him as the rest of the press was. Rita claimed the ''Prophet'' would not buy the story, reluctantly admitting that the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] was influencing it. Hermione told her that the interview would be printed in ''[[The Quibbler]]'', which Luna's [[Xenophilius Lovegood|father]]'s edited, and although Rita responded with disdain, she "eyed Hermione shrewdly" for a few moments and then agreed. However, when she learned she was expected to conduct the interview free of charge, she was furious. Because Hermione was able to blackmail Rita with the threat of reporting her unregistered [[Animagus]] status to the Ministry, Rita grudgingly complied and wrote the article.<ref name="OP25">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 25 (''The Beetle at Bay'')</ref>
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[[File:The_Quibbler_-_1996.jpg|thumb|left|Typical issue of [[The Quibbler]], the magazine Hermione blackmailed Rita into writing for]]
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Rita was initially taken aback that Hermione wanted her to interview Harry, and then resentful, since Hermione demanded that she only write exactly what Harry said and not portray him as the rest of the press was. Rita claimed the ''Prophet'' would not buy the story, reluctantly admitting that the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] was influencing it. Hermione told her that the interview would be printed in ''[[The Quibbler]]'', which Luna's [[Xenophilius Lovegood|father]] edited, and although Rita responded with disdain, she "eyed Hermione shrewdly" for a few moments and then agreed. However, when she learned she was expected to conduct the interview free of charge, she was furious. Because Hermione was able to blackmail Rita with the threat of reporting her unregistered [[Animagus]] status to the Ministry, Rita grudgingly complied and wrote the article.<ref name="OP25">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 25 (''The Beetle at Bay'')</ref>
   
 
The interview was subsequently printed in ''The [[Quibbler]]'', and became its best-selling issue of all time. It was banned at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] by High Inquisitor [[Dolores Umbridge]], which seemed to only increase its popularity.<ref name="OP26">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 26 (''Seen and Unforeseen'')</ref> Editor [[Xenophilius Lovegood]] sold the article to the ''Prophet'' after the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], when Voldemort's return became public, and he and his daughter [[Luna Lovegood|Luna]] used the money to travel to [[Sweden]] in search for the [[Crumple-Horned Snorkack]].<ref name="OP38">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 38 (''The Second War Begins'')</ref>
 
The interview was subsequently printed in ''The [[Quibbler]]'', and became its best-selling issue of all time. It was banned at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] by High Inquisitor [[Dolores Umbridge]], which seemed to only increase its popularity.<ref name="OP26">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 26 (''Seen and Unforeseen'')</ref> Editor [[Xenophilius Lovegood]] sold the article to the ''Prophet'' after the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], when Voldemort's return became public, and he and his daughter [[Luna Lovegood|Luna]] used the money to travel to [[Sweden]] in search for the [[Crumple-Horned Snorkack]].<ref name="OP38">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 38 (''The Second War Begins'')</ref>
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===The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore===
 
===The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore===
 
[[File:RitaSkeeterBookSigning.png|thumb|Rita Skeeter at a book signing for ''The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore''.]]
 
[[File:RitaSkeeterBookSigning.png|thumb|Rita Skeeter at a book signing for ''The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore''.]]
Rita made a brief appearance at the end of Harry's [[1996-1997 school year]], where he is infuriated to notice her clutching a notebook at Dumbledore's funeral in June [[1997]]<ref name="HBP30">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 30 (''The White Tomb'')</ref>. It was, perhaps, her being present at the funeral that prompted her to write a biography of [[Albus Dumbledore]], as within four weeks Skeeter wrote a 900-page tell-all biography about him, ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]''.
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Rita made a brief appearance at the end of Harry's [[1996-1997 school year]], where he was infuriated to notice her clutching a notebook at Dumbledore's funeral in June [[1997]]<ref name="HBP30">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 30 (''The White Tomb'')</ref>. It was, perhaps, her being present at the funeral that prompted her to write a biography of [[Albus Dumbledore]], as within four weeks Skeeter wrote a 900-page tell-all biography about him, ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]''.
   
[[File:DH1_The_Life_and_Lies_of_Albus_Dumbledore_book_cover.jpg|thumb|left|286px|Back cover of the ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]'' book, featuring Skeeter.]]
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[[File:DH1_The_Life_and_Lies_of_Albus_Dumbledore_book_cover.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Back cover of the ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]'' book, featuring Skeeter.]]
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The book depicted the former headmaster in an extremely negative light but was mostly based on truth, much to Harry's horror. It was implied that she got some of her information in unethical or illegal ways, as much of the book's content was obtained through an interview Rita conducted with [[Bathilda Bagshot]], a very elderly historian, where Skeeter used [[Veritaserum]] to gain information about Dumbledore’s childhood. Skeeter stole photographs from Bagshot as well, and the subsequent novel sensationalised everything, implying that Dumbledore had dabbled in the [[Dark Arts]] and contributed to the death of [[Ariana Dumbledore|his sister]].
The book depicts the former headmaster in an extremely negative light but is mostly based on truth, much to Harry's horror. It is implied that she got some of her information in unethical or illegal ways, as much of the book's content was obtained through an interview Rita conducted with [[Bathilda Bagshot]], a very elderly historian, where Skeeter used [[Veritaserum]] to gain information about Dumbledore’s childhood. Skeeter stole photographs from Bagshot as well, and the subsequent novel sensationalised everything, implying that Dumbledore had dabbled in the [[Dark Arts]] and contributed to the death of [[Ariana Dumbledore|his sister]].
 
   
 
[[File:Rita_skeeter1.PNG|thumb|Rita Skeeter]]
 
[[File:Rita_skeeter1.PNG|thumb|Rita Skeeter]]
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It turned out that Rita got at least some of her facts straight for once, but had no idea of the true story, such as claiming that Ariana was a [[Squib]] when in reality she suffered from uncontrollable bursts of magic due to a highly traumatic experience when she was around six.
It turns out that Rita got at least some of her facts straight for once, but had no idea of the true story, such as claiming that Ariana was a [[Squib]] when in reality she suffered from uncontrollable bursts of magic due to a highly traumatic experience when she was around six.
 
   
 
===Later life===
 
===Later life===
 
 
{{Quote|Naturally, what could stop Rita [from still reporting]? I imagine she immediately dashed off a [[Rita Skeeter's biography of Harry Potter|biography of Harry]] after he defeated Voldemort. One quarter truth to three quarters rubbish.|[[J. K. Rowling]]}}
 
{{Quote|Naturally, what could stop Rita [from still reporting]? I imagine she immediately dashed off a [[Rita Skeeter's biography of Harry Potter|biography of Harry]] after he defeated Voldemort. One quarter truth to three quarters rubbish.|[[J. K. Rowling]]}}
   
Following Voldemort's death, Skeeter wrote a [[Rita Skeeter's biography of Harry Potter|biography]] of [[Harry Potter]] that was only about one-quarter true<ref>[http://www.bloomsbury.com/harrypotter/content.asp?sec=3&sec2=1 30 July, 2007 chat transcription] at Bloomsbury site</ref>, as well as one about [[Severus Snape]] titled ''[[Snape: Scoundrel or Saint?]]'' The latter adds to her series of hatchet jobs on former headmasters of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], along with ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]'' and ''[[Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?]]''
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Following Voldemort's death, Skeeter wrote a [[Rita Skeeter's biography of Harry Potter|biography]] of [[Harry Potter]] that was only about one-quarter true,<ref>[http://www.bloomsbury.com/harrypotter/content.asp?sec=3&sec2=1 30 July, 2007 chat transcription] at Bloomsbury site</ref> as well as one about [[Severus Snape]] titled ''[[Snape: Scoundrel or Saint?]]''. The latter added to her series of hatchet jobs on former headmasters of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], along with ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]'' and ''[[Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?]]''
   
 
==Physical appearance==
 
==Physical appearance==
[[File:Rita_Quick-Quotes_Quill.jpg|thumb|250px|Rita Skeeter in 1994]]
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[[File:Rita_Quick-Quotes_Quill.jpg|thumb|left|175px|Rita Skeeter in 1994]]
 
{{Quote|Attractive blonde Rita Skeeter, forty-three, whose savage quill has punctured many inflated reputations…|[[Quick-Quotes Quill]] transcription|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|Attractive blonde Rita Skeeter, forty-three, whose savage quill has punctured many inflated reputations…|[[Quick-Quotes Quill]] transcription|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
Rita Skeeter is described as having blonde hair set in elaborate and curls that constrast oddly with her heavy-jawed face. She wears jewelled spectacles studded with rhinestones, and has thick fingers ending in two-inch nails, painted crimson. Her blonde curls are curiously rigid, suggesting it is styled with the magical equivalent of hairspray. In addition, she has penciled-on eyebrows and three gold teeth, as well as large, masculine hands. Her scarlet-painted fingernails are usually likened to claws or talons.
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Skeeter was described as having blonde hair set in elaborate and curls that contrasted oddly with her heavy-jawed face. She wore jewelled spectacles studded with rhinestones, and had thick fingers ending in two-inch nails, painted crimson. Her blonde curls were curiously rigid, suggesting it was styled with the magical equivalent of hairspray. In addition, she had penciled-on eyebrows and three gold teeth, as well as large, masculine hands. Her bright scarlet painted fingernails and toenails were usually likened to claws or talons.
   
She is known to carry with her a crocodile-skin handbag, inside of which she carries her acid green [[Quick-Quotes Quill]]. She usually wore clothes made of green leather and sometimes magenta-coloured robes with maroon furs at the collar and sleeves<ref name="GOF18" />.
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She was known to carry with her a crocodile-skin handbag, inside of which she carried her acid green [[Quick-Quotes Quill]]. She usually wore clothes made of green leather and sometimes magenta-coloured robes with maroon furs at the collar and sleeves<ref name="GOF18" />.
   
 
Apparently, unemployment did not serve Rita well, as when she showed up during the [[1996|year]] she was blackmailed by Hermione not to write, Rita's nails were chipped, she was missing fake stones in her glasses, and her hair was lank and unkempt. As in her unregistered [[Animagus]] beetle form, her antennas were curled to resemble her curls in her hair and she had marking around her antennas resembling her jewelled glasses.
 
Apparently, unemployment did not serve Rita well, as when she showed up during the [[1996|year]] she was blackmailed by Hermione not to write, Rita's nails were chipped, she was missing fake stones in her glasses, and her hair was lank and unkempt. As in her unregistered [[Animagus]] beetle form, her antennas were curled to resemble her curls in her hair and she had marking around her antennas resembling her jewelled glasses.
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==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Ron|She'll be after you next, Hermione.|Hermione|Let her try! I'll show her! Silly little girl, am I? Oh, I'll get her back for this. First Harry, then Hagrid...|You don't want to go upsetting Rita Skeeter. I'm serious, Hermione, she'll dig up something on you –|My parents don't read the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''. She can't scare me into hiding! And Hagrid isn't hiding any more! He should never have let that excuse for a human being upset him!|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] on Rita Skeeter|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Ron|She'll be after you next, Hermione.|Hermione|Let her try! I'll show her! Silly little girl, am I? Oh, I'll get her back for this. First Harry, then Hagrid...|You don't want to go upsetting Rita Skeeter. I'm serious, Hermione, she'll dig up something on you –|My parents don't read the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''. She can't scare me into hiding! And Hagrid isn't hiding any more! He should never have let that excuse for a human being upset him!|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] on Rita Skeeter|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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[[File:QuickQuotesQuill.jpg|thumb|right|170px|Rita's [[Quick-Quotes Quill]].]]
   
 
Rita was extremely nosy and willing to do anything for a good story — from spying on people in her [[Animagus]] form of a beetle to sensationalising or outright inventing stories. She also took advantage of elderly [[Bathilda Bagshot]]'s possibly fragile state of mind, even giving her [[Veritaserum]]<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 18 (''The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore'')</ref>, in order to dig up dirt on the late [[Albus Dumbledore]] for her extremely critical [[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore|biography]], despite the use of such a powerful truth serum being heavily controlled by the Ministry. Rita tended to portray the people she wrote about poorly, presumably because it sold more stories. However, she could also be very vindictive. For example, after [[Hermione Granger]] insulted her, Rita printed a completely false story about Hermione using [[love potion]]s and toying with the hearts of both [[Harry Potter]] and [[Viktor Krum]]. This resulted in Hermione receiving hate mail, but she eventually got her revenge, blackmailing Rita into refraining from writing for a year. After this time period was up, Rita returned to her writing with as much gusto and as little scruples as before.
 
Rita was extremely nosy and willing to do anything for a good story — from spying on people in her [[Animagus]] form of a beetle to sensationalising or outright inventing stories. She also took advantage of elderly [[Bathilda Bagshot]]'s possibly fragile state of mind, even giving her [[Veritaserum]]<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 18 (''The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore'')</ref>, in order to dig up dirt on the late [[Albus Dumbledore]] for her extremely critical [[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore|biography]], despite the use of such a powerful truth serum being heavily controlled by the Ministry. Rita tended to portray the people she wrote about poorly, presumably because it sold more stories. However, she could also be very vindictive. For example, after [[Hermione Granger]] insulted her, Rita printed a completely false story about Hermione using [[love potion]]s and toying with the hearts of both [[Harry Potter]] and [[Viktor Krum]]. This resulted in Hermione receiving hate mail, but she eventually got her revenge, blackmailing Rita into refraining from writing for a year. After this time period was up, Rita returned to her writing with as much gusto and as little scruples as before.
   
 
Despite her inaccuracies and biased articles, Rita seemed to be a fast writer and researcher, as she managed to finish a nine-hundred-page book in four weeks.
 
Despite her inaccuracies and biased articles, Rita seemed to be a fast writer and researcher, as she managed to finish a nine-hundred-page book in four weeks.
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Rita seemed to have a somewhat low opinion of the intelligence of her average reader, based on her style of reporting. She once, in an article, referred to Hermione Granger as being "stunningly pretty," only to then describe her [[HARRY POTTER'S SECRET HEARTACHE|an article]] published just a few months later as "plain but ambitious." She also stated regarding the ''Daily Prophet'' that it "exists to sell itself."
   
 
== Magical abilities and skills ==
 
== Magical abilities and skills ==
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*'''[[Animagus]]:''' Rita had mastered a complex branch of [[Transfiguration]], becoming an unregistered beetle [[Animagus]], to get information and gossip without being caught.
 
*'''[[Animagus]]:''' Rita had mastered a complex branch of [[Transfiguration]], becoming an unregistered beetle [[Animagus]], to get information and gossip without being caught.
 
*'''[[Defence against the Dark Arts]]''': She was able to cast many jinxes.<ref>''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]</ref>
 
*'''[[Defence against the Dark Arts]]''': She was able to cast many jinxes.<ref>''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]</ref>
*'''[[Patronus]]:''' She also had the ability to conjure a corporeal [[Patronus]].<ref>''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''</ref>
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*'''[[Patronus]]:''' She also had the ability to conjure at least a non-corporeal Patronus.<ref>''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''</ref>
*'''Nonverbal Magic''': When Rita Skeeter took Harry into the broom cupboard, she lit several candles from her handbag with her wand without saying anything.
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*'''[[Nonverbal magic]]''': When Rita Skeeter took Harry into the broom cupboard, she lit several candles from her handbag with her wand without saying anything.
   
 
==Published works==
 
==Published works==
 
===Articles===
 
===Articles===
[[File:QuickQuotesQuill.jpg|thumb|right|170px|Rita's [[Quick-Quotes Quill]].]]
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[[File:Daily Prophet - Harry Potter's Secret Heartache - 1994.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Rita's article about [[Harry Potter]]'s supposed "secret heartache."]]
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[[File:Hpbookdh.jpg|thumb|''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]'']]
 
*A piece about the International Confederation of Wizards' Conference, describing [[Albus Dumbledore]] as an "obsolete dingbat".
 
*A piece about the International Confederation of Wizards' Conference, describing [[Albus Dumbledore]] as an "obsolete dingbat".
 
*A piece about [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] [[Curse Breaker]]s in which she referred to [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] as a "long-haired pillock."
 
*A piece about [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] [[Curse Breaker]]s in which she referred to [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] as a "long-haired pillock."
*One about the [[Quidditch World Cup]] aftermath.
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*[[SCENES OF TERROR AT THE QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP|One]] about the [[Quidditch World Cup]] aftermath.
*One about the mistakes made by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] concerning the disappearance of [[Bertha Jorkins]] as well as the attack on [[Alastor Moody]].
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*[[FURTHER MISTAKES AT THE MINISTRY OF MAGIC|One]] about the mistakes made by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] concerning the disappearance of [[Bertha Jorkins]] as well as the attack on [[Alastor Moody]].
[[File:Daily Prophet - Harry Potter's Secret Heartache - 1994.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Rita's article about [[Harry Potter]]'s supposed "secret heartache."]]
 
 
*One about [[Harry Potter]] being a [[Triwizard Tournament|Triwizard Champion]] who supposedly cried himself to sleep over his late parents.
 
*One about [[Harry Potter]] being a [[Triwizard Tournament|Triwizard Champion]] who supposedly cried himself to sleep over his late parents.
*One about [[Rubeus Hagrid]], portraying him as a ferocious [[half-giant]].
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*[[DUMBLEDORE'S GIANT MISTAKE|One]] about [[Rubeus Hagrid]], portraying him as a ferocious [[half-giant]].
*One about [[Hermione Granger]] allegedly dating both Harry Potter and [[Viktor Krum]].
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*[[HARRY POTTER'S SECRET HEARTACHE|One]] about [[Hermione Granger]] allegedly dating both Harry Potter and [[Viktor Krum]].
*One about [[Harry Potter]] supposedly being dangerous (before the Third Task).
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*[[HARRY POTTER "DISTURBED AND DANGEROUS"|One]] about [[Harry Potter]] supposedly being dangerous (before the Third Task).
 
*An interview with Harry Potter in which he described [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s return. This was likely Skeeter's most accurate article, since [[Hermione Granger]] arranged it and would have informed the Ministry of Skeeter's status as an unregistered [[Animagus]] had she lied.
 
*An interview with Harry Potter in which he described [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s return. This was likely Skeeter's most accurate article, since [[Hermione Granger]] arranged it and would have informed the Ministry of Skeeter's status as an unregistered [[Animagus]] had she lied.
   
 
===Books===
 
===Books===
[[File:Hpbookdh.jpg|thumb|Rita Skeeter's 2nd Book]]
 
 
*''[[Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?]]''
 
*''[[Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?]]''
 
*''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]'' ([[1997]])
 
*''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]'' ([[1997]])
 
*[[Rita Skeeter's biography of Harry Potter|Biography of Harry Potter with unknown title]] ([[1998]])
 
*[[Rita Skeeter's biography of Harry Potter|Biography of Harry Potter with unknown title]] ([[1998]])
 
*''[[Snape: Scoundrel or Saint?]]''
 
*''[[Snape: Scoundrel or Saint?]]''
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==Media==
 
==Media==
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:Rita_Skeeter_LEGO.png|thumb|215px|Rita Skeeter as a [[LEGO Harry Potter|LEGO]] minifigure.]]
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[[File:Rita_Skeeter_LEGO.png|thumb|200px|Rita Skeeter as a [[LEGO Harry Potter|LEGO]] minifigure.]]
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*Rita Skeeter was portrayed by [[England|English]] actress [[Miranda Richardson]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]].''<ref>http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/miranda-richardson-reprise-rita-skeeter-role-deathly-hallows-70121/</ref>
*Rita Skeeter was portrayed by [[England|English]] actress [[Miranda Richardson]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''<ref>http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/miranda-richardson-reprise-rita-skeeter-role-deathly-hallows-70121/</ref>
 
 
*In the ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film]], Rita uses a spiral-bound [[Muggle]] legal pad to conduct Harry's "interview." It is established in the literary [[canon]] that the wizarding world uses loose parchment and quills.
 
*In the ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film]], Rita uses a spiral-bound [[Muggle]] legal pad to conduct Harry's "interview." It is established in the literary [[canon]] that the wizarding world uses loose parchment and quills.
 
*At [[Igor Karkaroff]]'s trial, Rita used a [[Muggle]] pen instead of a quill.
 
*At [[Igor Karkaroff]]'s trial, Rita used a [[Muggle]] pen instead of a quill.
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*As of the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]], Rita is the only known living unregistered [[Animagus]].
 
*As of the end of the [[Second Wizarding War]], Rita is the only known living unregistered [[Animagus]].
 
*Although Rita has three gold teeth in the books, she does not in the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''. Miranda Richardson and director [[Mike Newell]] both felt that they were not right for Rita, with Miranda pointing out that gold teeth would make Rita appear 'unapproachable'.
 
*Although Rita has three gold teeth in the books, she does not in the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''. Miranda Richardson and director [[Mike Newell]] both felt that they were not right for Rita, with Miranda pointing out that gold teeth would make Rita appear 'unapproachable'.
*During an interview on BBC Radio 4, Rowling admitted that Rita was originally called Bridget and appeared in the first draft of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. She later cut the character from the finale draft, wanting Rita to appear in Harry's forth year, just when his fame starts to oppress him.
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*During an interview on BBC Radio 4, Rowling admitted that Rita was originally called Bridget and appeared in the first draft of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''. She later cut the character from the final draft, wanting Rita to appear in Harry's fourth year, just when his fame starts to oppress him.<ref name="desertisland">[http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/e0ee3d65#p00949j1 Desert Island Discs Podcast]</ref>
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*In ''[[Harry Potter Limited Edition]]'' it is described that in the films, it was conceived by [[Jany Temime]] that Rita would always dress for the story that she was reporting on.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''
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*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
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Rita Skeeter
Biographical information
Born

1951[1]

Blood status

Pure-blood or half-blood (possibly)[2]

Also known as

"Queen of the Quills"[3]

Signature

Rita Skeeter sig

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair colour

Blonde

Eye colour

Green

Skin colour

Pale

Magical characteristics
Animagus

Beetle (unregistered)

Boggart

Lord Voldemort

Affiliation
Occupation
  • Biographical author
  • Journalist
Loyalty
Rita: "How about giving me an interview about the Hagrid you know, Harry? The man behind the muscles? Your unlikely friendship and the reasons behind it. Would you call him a father substitute?"
Hermione Granger: "You horrible woman. You don't care, do you, anything for a story, and anyone will do, won't they?"
— Rita speaking to Harry Potter and Hermione Granger[src]

Rita Skeeter (b. 1951[1]) was a witch journalist who specialised in writing poison-pen stories which tended to be based on false information and misreported interviews while she worked for the Daily Prophet, as well authoring a few tell-all biographies. Albus Dumbledore described her writing as "enchantingly nasty" after she wrote an unfavourable article about him. Notable stories Rita covered include the trials of various Death Eaters after the First Wizarding War, the Triwizard Tournament, and, albeit reluctantly, Harry Potter's account of Lord Voldemort's return to power in 1995 for The Quibbler. She also wrote biographies of Armando Dippet, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape, and Harry Potter. Rita's writing tended to be sensationalist, and sometimes outright dishonest. Her ability to acquire information was assisted by her status as an unregistered beetle Animagus.

BiographyEdit

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Rita Skeeter

Early lifeEdit

Skeeter was born into a half-blood or pure-blood family circa 1951 and presumably purchased her wand at the age of eleven in 1962, the same year she began her magical education, possibly at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. If so, she was a classmate of the Slytherin Bellatrix Black.

Skeeter spent years training to become an Animagus and, at some point, she was finally able to transform into a beetle at will. Skeeter aspired to be a journalist and an author, and used this ability to spy and eavesdrop for her articles.

Career as a journalist/authorEdit

Early yearsEdit

During her early days as an author, Skeeter wrote a biography on Armando Dippet, entitled Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?. It was presumably an exaggerated history of him to gain controversy and, by extension, popularity and fame. The book was a best-seller. Also sometime in her early career Skeeter provided a quote for the critical acclaim for Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, when she wrote "I've read worse." as a review.

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A younger Rita Skeeter at Igor Karkaroff's trial.
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First Wizarding WarEdit

"Rita Skeeter goes out of her way to cause trouble, Amos! I would have thought you'd know that, working at the Ministry!"
Molly Weasley to Amos Diggory on Rita[src]

As an unregistered Animagus, wherein she took the form of a beetle and was able to slip around undetected and spy on unsuspecting company, she could obtain gossip for her articles, which she later exaggerated and exploited to gain the attention of the masses. Her ability to turn into a beetle also reflected how irritating and bothersome she was to other people, particularly Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore, and it also displayed her dishonest characteristics. Rita also wrote primarily for the Daily Prophet, though some of her articles have also appeared in other sources, such as Witch Weekly and The Quibbler. Skeeter worked closely alongside Bozo, her photographer.[1]

Skeeter was a journalist at the time of the First Wizarding War when Lord Voldemort was in power. In 1981, at the fall of Voldemort and end of the War, Skeeter reported on the Death Eater trials before the Council of Magical Law, of people such as Igor Karkaroff and Ludovic Bagman.[4]

Triwizard TournamentEdit

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Rita interviewing Harry Potter.
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"Hello, I'm Rita Skeeter! I write for the Daily Prophet. But, of course, you know that, don't you? It's you we don't know. You're the juicy news. What quirks lurk beneath those rosy cheeks? What mysteries do the muscles mask? Does courage lie beneath those curls? In short, what makes a champion tick? Me, myself and I want to know. Not to mention my ravid readers."
—Rita Skeeter, introducing herself to the champions competing in the Triwizard Tournament sometime in 1994.[src]

In 1994-1995, Rita was given the opportunity to interview the Triwizard Tournament contestants for an article in the Daily Prophet. Under the guise of interviewing all four champions, she confronted Harry Potter in a broom cupboard where she took his "um"s and "er"s and invented her own quotes. Eventually, her "interview of the contestants" turned out to be a highly falsified story of Harry himself.

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Rita speaks to the Triwizard Champions.
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Rita: "Your story's legend. Do you think it was the trauma of your past that made you so keen to enter such a dangerous tournament?"
Harry: "No, I didn't enter."
Rita: "Of course you didn't. [winks] Everyone loves a rebel, Harry. Scratch that last. Speaking of your parents, were they alive, how do you think they'd feel? Proud? Or concerned that your attitude shows, at best, a pathological need for attention? At worst, a psychotic death wish?"
— Rita interviewing Harry Potter[src]

The article painted Harry as a tragic hero who cried himself to sleep over his late parents and who had a romantic relationship with Hermione Granger. The article was mostly taken negatively by Harry's schoolmates, who assumed he was craving attention, although Molly Weasley seemed to take it very seriously, to the point that she was particularly cool towards Hermione for a time until Harry assured her that the article was lying and he and Hermione had never dated. At some point after the first task, Albus Dumbledore had banned Rita from entering Hogwarts Castle.

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Rita in 1994.
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Rita then interviewed Rubeus Hagrid, asking many questions about Harry that Hagrid refused to answer. Her subsequent article described Hagrid as a ferocious-looking man who used his authority to terrify his students, but was otherwise mostly true. The article also revealed to the world that Hagrid was actually half-giant, which prompted letters from parents frightened by the idea of having a dangerous giant teaching their children and greatly upset Hagrid, subjecting him to ridicule and fear, although his mood was rallied when Harry, Ron, Hermione and Dumbledore visited him and assured him that they didn't care about his family being the vicious monsters everyone believed them to be. Giants really were vicious and brutal, but Hagrid obviously wasn't, so Professor Dumbledore insisted Hagrid deny any insults and return to work, as Harry and his friends didn't care about Hagrid being related to vicious monsters either, as Hagrid wasn't brutal.

Harry, Ron and Hermione overheard her discussing the possibility of writing an embarrassing story about Ludo Bagman, head of Magical Games and Sports.

When Rita encountered Harry, Ron, and Hermione in Hogsmeade, Hermione insulted her for her libel. Rita, in retaliation, then wrote a nasty story about the "devious Miss Granger" based on false rumours provided by Pansy Parkinson, making her out to be a plain but skilled witch who used love potions to "satisfy her taste for celebrity wizards," including toying with the affections of both Harry and Krum. Although Hermione was more disdainful than upset about the article, she started receiving angry mail from people who believed Rita's lies, and even Molly Weasley was upset with her until Harry set her straight.

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Rita with Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.
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"Rita Skeeter isn't going to be writing anything at all for a while. Not unless she wants me to spill the beans on her... I found out how she was listening in on private conversations when she wasn't supposed to be coming into the grounds... Rita Skeeter is an unregistered Animagus. She can turn into a beetle... I've told her she's to keep her quill to herself for a whole year. See if she can't break the habit of writing horrible lies about people."
Hermione Granger on her blackmail of Rita[src]

Rita's last defaming article stated that Harry was "disturbed and dangerous," and used comments from Draco and his Slytherin cronies as its basis. Ultimately, Hermione discovered the means by which Rita spied on others and forced her to "keep her quill to herself for a full year" by catching her in her beetle form while she was perched on the hospital wing window and trapping her in a jar imbued with an Unbreakable Charm so she couldn't transform. Hermione threatened to Rita that she would report her to the authorities as an illegal Animagus to the Ministry of Magic, which would have severe legal consequences. Rita was forced to comply, and suffered financial strain as a result.[5] Unfortunately her last article would discredit Harry and serve as the basis for Cornelius Fudge to refuse to believe Harry's story about Voldemort's return that would start the Ministry's smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore.

The QuibblerEdit

Rita: "But of course, Little Miss Perfect wouldn't want that story out there, would she?"
Hermione: "As a matter of fact, that's exactly what Little Miss Perfect does want."
Rita: "You want me to report what he says about He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?"
Hermione: "Yes, I do. The true story. All the facts. Exactly as Harry reports them. He'll give you all the details, he'll tell you the names of the undiscovered Death Eaters he saw there, he'll tell you what Voldemort looks like now... I want him given the opportunity to tell the truth!"
— Rita and Hermione Granger in 1996[src]
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Rita getting the latest scoop.
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In 1995, Harry Potter's story that Lord Voldemort had returned was not believed by much of the wizarding world, as the Daily Prophet portrayed him as either a delusional boy or an attention-seeking liar. Hermione Granger wanted to get the truth to the public, and thus instructed Rita to meet her and Luna Lovegood in Hogsmeade on 14 February, 1996 in the Three Broomsticks. As it was Rita who laid the foundation for the Prophet's defamation of Harry, with her initial stories about him, Hermione wanted her to be the one to set the record straight. They were joined by Harry after his date with Cho Chang. Harry thought that Hermione and Rita were "the unlikeliest pair of drinking mates he could ever have imagined."

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Typical issue of The Quibbler, the magazine Hermione blackmailed Rita into writing for
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Rita was initially taken aback that Hermione wanted her to interview Harry, and then resentful, since Hermione demanded that she only write exactly what Harry said and not portray him as the rest of the press was. Rita claimed the Prophet would not buy the story, reluctantly admitting that the Ministry of Magic was influencing it. Hermione told her that the interview would be printed in The Quibbler, which Luna's father edited, and although Rita responded with disdain, she "eyed Hermione shrewdly" for a few moments and then agreed. However, when she learned she was expected to conduct the interview free of charge, she was furious. Because Hermione was able to blackmail Rita with the threat of reporting her unregistered Animagus status to the Ministry, Rita grudgingly complied and wrote the article.[6]

The interview was subsequently printed in The Quibbler, and became its best-selling issue of all time. It was banned at Hogwarts by High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge, which seemed to only increase its popularity.[7] Editor Xenophilius Lovegood sold the article to the Prophet after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, when Voldemort's return became public, and he and his daughter Luna used the money to travel to Sweden in search for the Crumple-Horned Snorkack.[8]

The Life and Lies of Albus DumbledoreEdit

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Rita Skeeter at a book signing for The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore.
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Rita made a brief appearance at the end of Harry's 1996-1997 school year, where he was infuriated to notice her clutching a notebook at Dumbledore's funeral in June 1997[9]. It was, perhaps, her being present at the funeral that prompted her to write a biography of Albus Dumbledore, as within four weeks Skeeter wrote a 900-page tell-all biography about him, The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore.

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Back cover of the The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore book, featuring Skeeter.
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The book depicted the former headmaster in an extremely negative light but was mostly based on truth, much to Harry's horror. It was implied that she got some of her information in unethical or illegal ways, as much of the book's content was obtained through an interview Rita conducted with Bathilda Bagshot, a very elderly historian, where Skeeter used Veritaserum to gain information about Dumbledore’s childhood. Skeeter stole photographs from Bagshot as well, and the subsequent novel sensationalised everything, implying that Dumbledore had dabbled in the Dark Arts and contributed to the death of his sister.

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Rita Skeeter
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It turned out that Rita got at least some of her facts straight for once, but had no idea of the true story, such as claiming that Ariana was a Squib when in reality she suffered from uncontrollable bursts of magic due to a highly traumatic experience when she was around six.

Later lifeEdit

"Naturally, what could stop Rita [from still reporting]? I imagine she immediately dashed off a biography of Harry after he defeated Voldemort. One quarter truth to three quarters rubbish."
J. K. Rowling

Following Voldemort's death, Skeeter wrote a biography of Harry Potter that was only about one-quarter true,[10] as well as one about Severus Snape titled Snape: Scoundrel or Saint?. The latter added to her series of hatchet jobs on former headmasters of Hogwarts, along with The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore and Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?

Physical appearanceEdit

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Rita Skeeter in 1994
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"Attractive blonde Rita Skeeter, forty-three, whose savage quill has punctured many inflated reputations…"
Quick-Quotes Quill transcription[src]

Skeeter was described as having blonde hair set in elaborate and curls that contrasted oddly with her heavy-jawed face. She wore jewelled spectacles studded with rhinestones, and had thick fingers ending in two-inch nails, painted crimson. Her blonde curls were curiously rigid, suggesting it was styled with the magical equivalent of hairspray. In addition, she had penciled-on eyebrows and three gold teeth, as well as large, masculine hands. Her bright scarlet painted fingernails and toenails were usually likened to claws or talons.

She was known to carry with her a crocodile-skin handbag, inside of which she carried her acid green Quick-Quotes Quill. She usually wore clothes made of green leather and sometimes magenta-coloured robes with maroon furs at the collar and sleeves[1].

Apparently, unemployment did not serve Rita well, as when she showed up during the year she was blackmailed by Hermione not to write, Rita's nails were chipped, she was missing fake stones in her glasses, and her hair was lank and unkempt. As in her unregistered Animagus beetle form, her antennas were curled to resemble her curls in her hair and she had marking around her antennas resembling her jewelled glasses.

Personality and traitsEdit

Ron: "She'll be after you next, Hermione."
Hermione: "Let her try! I'll show her! Silly little girl, am I? Oh, I'll get her back for this. First Harry, then Hagrid..."
Ron: "You don't want to go upsetting Rita Skeeter. I'm serious, Hermione, she'll dig up something on you –"
Hermione: "My parents don't read the Daily Prophet. She can't scare me into hiding! And Hagrid isn't hiding any more! He should never have let that excuse for a human being upset him!"
Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger on Rita Skeeter[src]
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Rita's Quick-Quotes Quill.
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Rita was extremely nosy and willing to do anything for a good story — from spying on people in her Animagus form of a beetle to sensationalising or outright inventing stories. She also took advantage of elderly Bathilda Bagshot's possibly fragile state of mind, even giving her Veritaserum[11], in order to dig up dirt on the late Albus Dumbledore for her extremely critical biography, despite the use of such a powerful truth serum being heavily controlled by the Ministry. Rita tended to portray the people she wrote about poorly, presumably because it sold more stories. However, she could also be very vindictive. For example, after Hermione Granger insulted her, Rita printed a completely false story about Hermione using love potions and toying with the hearts of both Harry Potter and Viktor Krum. This resulted in Hermione receiving hate mail, but she eventually got her revenge, blackmailing Rita into refraining from writing for a year. After this time period was up, Rita returned to her writing with as much gusto and as little scruples as before.

Despite her inaccuracies and biased articles, Rita seemed to be a fast writer and researcher, as she managed to finish a nine-hundred-page book in four weeks.

Rita seemed to have a somewhat low opinion of the intelligence of her average reader, based on her style of reporting. She once, in an article, referred to Hermione Granger as being "stunningly pretty," only to then describe her an article published just a few months later as "plain but ambitious." She also stated regarding the Daily Prophet that it "exists to sell itself."

Magical abilities and skills Edit

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Rita's Animagus form
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  • Animagus: Rita had mastered a complex branch of Transfiguration, becoming an unregistered beetle Animagus, to get information and gossip without being caught.
  • Defence against the Dark Arts: She was able to cast many jinxes.[12]
  • Patronus: She also had the ability to conjure at least a non-corporeal Patronus.[13]
  • Nonverbal magic: When Rita Skeeter took Harry into the broom cupboard, she lit several candles from her handbag with her wand without saying anything.

Published worksEdit

ArticlesEdit

Daily Prophet - Harry Potter's Secret Heartache - 1994
Rita's article about Harry Potter's supposed "secret heartache."
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The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore
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EtymologyEdit

  • Rita is a short form of the name Margarita[14], a Latinate form of the name Margaret. The name is derived from the Greek μαργαρίτης, margarites, meaning "pearl"[15].
  • Skeeter is a slang term for a "mosquito." This could be a reference to her Animagus form, which is an insect, or to her career in tabloid journalism. The word paparazzi is derived from an Italian word for "mosquito."[16]. "Skeet" is also an Anglo-Manx colloquialism for gossip or an act of nosiness [17]. Skeeter could also be a pun off of how annoying Skeeter's lies tend to be, as people tend to find mosquitos annoying and attempt to swat them away.
  • The character is similar to the "poison pen" biographer Kitty Kelley. Both have a semi-rhyming name with an animal reference, and each is known for writing scandalous unauthorised biographies that largely consist of publishing every available, unsubstantiated rumour about an individual. There is an interesting similitary in phrases used to describe the two authors. Skeeter was called "enchantingly nasty" by Albus Dumbledore in Goblet of Fire, and Kelley was called "encyclopedically vicious", by the New York Times while reviewing her biography of Nancy Reagan.

Behind the scenesEdit

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Rita Skeeter as a LEGO minifigure.
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