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Rita Skeeter is a minor character in the Harry Potter series. She is first introduced in The Goblet of Fire.
Rita Skeeter is a journalist for The Daily Prophet, although she does freelance work later in the series. She is introduced as a journalist interviewing Harry about the Triwizard Tournament. Her questions are pointed, even aggressive and she notably uses a Quick-Quotes Quill that records inflammatory information instead of verbatim quotes. At one point, she drags Harry into a closet for an interview and asks for a word. He gives her the word "Goodbye." However, some of Skeeter's information is accurate and damning. At the end of the novel, Hermione reveals that Skeeter is an unlicensed Animagus - that is, she can turn into a beetle to listen in on people. Harry remembers a beetle being suspiciously persistent after the second task. Hermione captured Skeeter in a jar and blackmailed her with the knowledge of her unlicensed status (a crime worth six months in Azkaban).
In The Order of the Phoenix, Skeeter writes an article for The Quibbler about Harry Potter's account of Voldemort's return to power and murder of Cedric Diggory.
Rita Skeeter often features as a supporting character in fanfiction. Stories where she is the main character often make use of journalism as a plot point.
- A Game of Fox and Hounds by djinnj. Rita Skeeter/Severus Snape
- Everything Old Is New Again by afterbaedecker. Gilderoy Lockhart/Rita Skeeter
- The Broom Closet And The Bitch by TheIndigoRaven. Harry Potter/Rita Skeeter. Work features underage sex.
- Works tagged Rita Skeeter on AO3
- Works featuring Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter (books) on fanfiction.net