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Harry Potter and Rita Skeeter

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"So, Harry... what made you decide to enter the Triwizard Tournament?" "Er -" said Harry again, but he was distracted by the quill. Even though he wasn't speaking, it was dashing across the parchment, and in its wake he could make out a fresh sentence: An ugly scar, souvenier of a tragic past, disfigures the otherwise charming face of Harry Potter, whose eyes -- "Ignore the quill, Harry," said Rita Skeeter firmly.

~ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by JKRowling
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Monguin's avatar
By the way, I moved the art to my much more religious/philosophical faves folder since I love Rita Skeeta for moral reasons, because I hate her.

Since I read the series in conjunction with Narnia and Lord of the Rings, let me quote Screwtape Letters for you:

I wonder you should ask me whether it is essential to keep the patient in ignorance of your own existence. That question, at least for the present phase of the struggle, has been answered for us by the High Command. Our policy, for the moment, is to conceal ourselves. Of course this has not always been so. We are really faced with a cruel dilemma. When the humans disbelieve in our existence we lose all he pleasing results of direct terrorism and we make no magicians. On the other hand, when they believe in us, we cannot make them materialists and skeptics. At least, not yet. I have great hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalise and mythologise their science to such an extent that what is, in effect, belief in us, (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to belief in the Enemy. The "Life Force", the worship of sex, and some aspects of Psychoanalysis, may here prove useful. If once we can produce our perfect work--the Materialist Magician, the man, not using, but veritably worshiping, what he vaguely calls "Forces" while denying the existence of "spirits"--then the end of the war will be in sight. But in the meantime we must obey our orders. I do not think you will have much difficulty in keeping the patient in the dark. The fact that "devils" are predominantly comic figures in the modern imagination will help you. If any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of something in red tights, and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that (it is an old textbook method of confusing them) he therefore cannot believe in you.
I had not forgotten my promise to consider whether we should make the patient an extreme patriot or an extreme pacifist. All extremes, except extreme devotion to the Enemy, are to be encouraged. Not always, of course, but at this period. Some ages are lukewarm and complacent, and then it is our business to soothe them yet faster asleep. Other ages, of which the present is one, are unbalanced and prone to faction, and it is our business to inflame them. Any small coterie, bound together by some interest which other men dislike or ignore, tends to develop inside itself a hothouse mutual admiration, and towards the outer world, a great deal of pride and hatred which is entertained without shame because the "Cause" is its sponsor and it is thought to be impersonal. Even when the little group exists originally for the Enemy's own purposes, this remains true. We want the Church to be small not only that fewer men may know the Enemy but also that those who do may acquire the uneasy intensity and the defensive self-rightousness of a secret society or a clique. The Church herself is, of course, heavily defended and we have never yet quite succeeded in giving her all the characteristics of a faction; but subordinate factions within her have often produced admirable results, from the parties of Paul and of Apollos at Corinth down to the High and Low parties in the Church of England.
If your patient can be induced to become a conscientious objector he will automatically find himself one of a small, vocal, organized, unpopular society, and the effects of this, on one so new to Christianity, will almost certainly be good. But only almost certainly. Has he had serious doubts about the lawfulness serving in a just war before this present war of serving began? Is he a man of great physical courage--so great that he will have no half-conscious misgivings about the real motives of his pacifism? Can he, when nearest to honesty (no human is ever very near), feel fully convinced that he actuated wholly by the desire to obey the Enemy? If he is that sort of man, his pacifism will probably not do us much good, and the Enemy will probably protect him from the usual consequences of belonging to a sect. Your best plan, in that case, would be to attempt a sudden, confused, emotional crisis from which he might emerge as an uneasy convert to patriotism. Such things can often be managed. But if he is the man I take him to be, try Pacifism.
Whichever he adopts, your main task will be the same. Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion. Then let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part.
Then quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely part of the "cause", in which Christianity is valued chiefly because of the excellent arguments it can produce in favour of the British war-effort or of Pacifism. The attitude which you want to guard against is that in which temporal affairs are treated primarily as material for obedience. Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing.
Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours--and the more "religious" (on those terms) the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cageful down here.
Your affectionate uncle 

Lewis, C. S., and C. S. Lewis. The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. Print.

I relate this to Rita Skeeta because I love the last line. I came to a realization that politicians are evil and that the US Constitution is only for the people who are truly free agents. I love Rita because of how much she describes the illusion that the world is all bad. As my spoiler comment mentioned, Rita was the reason behind much of the plot of The Order of the Phoenix.

By the way, the monguin which I created, though started out as a fan fiction idea, became a symbol for me of the love of Jesus Christ Satan doesn't want you to see.
Monguin's avatar
The best part is that Rita explains everything that is wrong with the media in real life, and I'm looking more into expressive art.
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RGzer0's avatar
Rita Skeeter - a woman in her forties - zeroes in on Harry out of the four champions, and looks at him like he's the sexiest man alive. Then she locks herself in a broom cupboard with him so she can "interview" him in private. Practically salivating (and probably wet down there), she keeps saying he's 12, despite Harry's protests that he's 14.

Yeah, I'm sure she's perfectly safe around children.
plyHarryPotter1's avatar
That part always bothered me about her. I loathed Rita.
honouraryweasley's avatar
Lol, I love Rita. I love the moment in the film when Harry says, 'It's a broom cupboard,' and Rita's face becomes slightly hard, and she says, 'You should feel right at home then.' It always cracks me up, and then I think how awful if she actually knows Harry used to sleep in a cupboard under the stairs...

Nice pic.
tansyuduri's avatar
As much as you hate rita you got to admit shes a good writer
BBxraeandpercyxannab's avatar
He's freakin' 14 Rita! >:(
So,any who, good job :D
Fairy2211's avatar
HEH looks great! what if the world gots dragon pox i'm just wondering?
PeridotHorntail's avatar
Ah, this is so awkward. And so wonderful.
I luv the expresion on harry's face!
yokokuramasgrl4eva's avatar
harry looks so confused! lol
i hate Rita Skeeter altho her name is kool!!!!!!1
WickedSnowWhite's avatar
Hilarious!! I love Harry's face! :giggle:
padfootsgurl8179's avatar
i lov harry's face, but rita's head seems a bit too small for her body
GutteralMeaningOfGoo's avatar
haha love the expression.
overgrownbat's avatar
He looks super freaked out, lol. I would be too.
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CartoonJessie's avatar
Lol! Hilarious! It really looks great!
zhaomeng's avatar
bout time there's sth new from mr hp...that's a nice job, fits the scene well enuf.
good job
KarrieDreammind's avatar
Hehe, that was a funny scene! The quill translates Harry's "Er..." into a full page of writing! XD Very well illustrated. Effective expressions and the colours are nice and soft! ^_^
TaraKavanagh's avatar
lol! That's great! Harry's expression is perfect.
trishna87's avatar
awesome :) but rita'S head looks a tad bit big in comparison to the rest of her :)
ProfRasah's avatar
The style is noticably different, but clearly wonderful. Sing with me, Won-Der-Ful, Won-Der-Ful!
Poor Harry, he looks absolutely horrified.
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