The Prime Minister is in his office thinking about recent events among which one of his Junior Ministers, Herbert Chorley, left to spend time with his family. One of the portraits in the office announces the arrival of Fudge and he arrives by Floo Network. Fudge explains the Prime Minister that recent events like the Brockdale Bridge incident, the Bones and Vance murders had magical reasons, and the hurricane in West Country is suspected to have some Giant involvement. The Office of Misinformation has worked on these cases and Obliviators are modifying memories of Muggle witnesses and the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures is searching for the Giant. Amelia Bones, head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, might have been murdered by Voldemort personally.
Fudge has been demoted. Rufus Scrimgeour, the new Minister of Magic arrives through the fireplaces. Scrimgeour discusses tighter security for the Prime Minister, Kingsley Shacklebolt is already working in his office for his protection. Chorley apparently has been under influence of a poorly performed Imperius Curse and he is being treated at St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.