SparkNotes: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Chapters Eighteen–NineteenAs was her common tendency, Rita swooped down in the immediate wake of a death to ensure that public interest remained high, whilst fully exploiting the legal situation that the dead cannot be libelled. The book was rated with five stars by the Daily Prophet. Prior to its release, Betty Braithwaite had visited Rita's home for an interview about the title, and Rita served her tea and a slice of pound cake. It is probably because of this "warmth and softness" that Braithwaite's write-up was highly favourable and quite heavily biased in favour of Skeeter. One of the pages of the book, featuring Gellert Grindelwald. The book contained some controversial, though partially true, revelations about Dumbledore and his family , for example, the story of covering up of the "sickness" of Dumbledore's sister Ariana. It also talked about how Dumbledore's father was imprisoned in Azkaban for attacking three Muggles , and explored Dumbledore's relationship in his younger days with Gellert Grindelwald , who would later become an immensely powerful Dark Wizard , second only to Voldemort, and would be defeated in by Dumbledore himself.
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What did Harry Potter and Hermione Granger learn from Rita Skeeter's book on Albus Dumbledore?
The next morning, Harry is still mourning his lost wand. Without it he feels weak, vulnerable, and stripped naked, as if his magical power died with it. He tucks the broken halves, barely held together by the damaged Phoenix feather, into the Mokeskin pouch around his neck. The Snitch is also inside, and Harry is momentarily tempted to toss it, believing it is as useless as everything else Dumbledore left behind. His fury at Dumbledore is unleashed. In desperation they had gone to Godric's Hollow , believing it held answers and would lead to some secret path laid out by Dumbledore.
Harry is desolate at the loss of his wand, and frightened. Now that his wand is ruined, Harry feels unprotected. Harry is filled with anger toward Dumbledore, who failed to tell him what he needed to know to complete his quest, and who left him no clue how to find the sword. Harry flips through the book, looking at the pictures, and discovers that the young man who stole the wand from Gregorovitch—the man Voldemort is now searching for—is Gellert Grindelwald. This fact is astounding to Harry and Hermione, because Grindelwald is the Dark wizard whom Dumbledore defeated in a duel decades earlier, yet in the photographs in the book, the teenage Grindelwald and Dumbledore seem to be the best of friends. Harry and Hermione look for an explanation in the text of the book, and we see the excerpt they read. Rita Skeeter speculates about the role that either man might have played in killing Ariana, and at the meaning of the hitherto unknown bond between the two wizards.
They learned about Dumbledore's past. The points that were important to the plot involved his family and relationship with Gellert Grindelwald.
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