"I told you not to annoy Rita Skeeter! She's made you out to be some sort of--of scarlet woman!" - Ron Weasley
The Five of Swords warns of defeat against a dishonorable opponent or under unfavorable circumstances. The important lesson to learn is to not stubbornly butt heads against the situation, but rather to find another way to overcome this setback.
Rita Skeeter could not be a more selfish and dishonest paradigm of the paparazzi. Her articles are written solely with the interest of causing scandal and discord. She is not a woman who could be crossed lightly, as Hermione finds out - yet she eventually manages to curb Rita's viciousness, and even make use of her, through more resourceful means.
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