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At the end of book 5, Umbridge was exposed to be the one who sent Dementors after Harry Potter, and she attempted to perform the Cruciatus curse on Harry Potter!!!! In book 6, Rufus Scrimgeour took over as the Minister for Magic, but why didn't he remove Umbridge from the Ministry in the first place? Surely, he was more proactive than Fudge right?

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"Umbridge was exposed" is a bit of an overstatement. What happened was that she boasted about it:

“What Cornelius doesn’t know won’t hurt him,” said Umbridge, who was now panting slightly as she pointed her wand at different parts of Harry’s body in turn, apparently trying to decide what would hurt the most. “He never knew I ordered dementors after Potter last summer, but he was delighted to be given the chance to expel him, all the same...”

The only people present at this event were:

  • Harry
  • Ron
  • Hermione
  • Neville
  • Luna
  • Ginny
  • Malfoy
  • Crabbe
  • Goyle
  • Warrington
  • Millicent Bulstrode
  • A large Slytherin girl

It is highly unlikely that any of the Slytherins would have reported Umbridge's crime, nor is it likely that Harry or his friends told Scrimgeour. Indeed, when Harry finally meets Scrimgeour for the first time in Half-Blood Prince, Scrimgeour mentions Umbridge and Harry is shocked that she is still at the ministry. Even so he does not mention that Umbridge sent the Dementors, even though he does show Scrimgeour the scars on his hand from Umbridge's quill:

Dolores Umbridge has told me that you cherish an ambition to become an Auror. Well, that could be arranged very easily. ...”

Harry felt anger bubbling in the pit of his stomach: So Dolores Umbridge was still at the Ministry, was she?


“No, it was honest,” said Harry. “One of the only honest things you’ve said to me. You don’t care whether I live or die, but you do care that I help you convince everyone you’re winning the war against Voldemort. I haven’t forgotten, Minister. ...”

He raised his right fist. There, shining white on the back of his cold hand, were the scars which Dolores Umbridge had forced him to carve into his own flesh: I must not tell lies.

“I don’t remember you rushing to my defense when I was trying to tell everyone Voldemort was back. The Ministry wasn’t so keen to be pals last year.”

Thus, Scrimgeour does not seem to have known about Umbridge's crime, despite her admitting to it.

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    On the other hand, if Scrimgeour doesn’t know about the Dementors and the Cruciatus, he’s not likely to know about the blood quill either, and Harry’s whole “I have not forgotten” gesture of showing him the scar on his hand is rather… meaningless. Scrimgeour would just be wondering why this kid is showing him a scar on his hand. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 2 '18 at 7:45
  • @JanusBahsJacquet I agree. – Alex Sep 2 '18 at 7:50

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