Chapter Twelve - Social Studies/Government Activity

On their trip to Hogsmeade, Harry, Ron, and Hermione witness Katie being cursed. Afterwards, Harry tells Professor McGonagall that Draco Malfoy was responsible. Professor McGonogall warns Harry that he should not make such accusations so freely. Do you think it would be fair to punish Malfoy without any proof?

In the United States, most individuals accused of crimes have the right to a trial by jury. Do you think a jury would find Draco guilty of cursing Katie with only the proof that Harry has offered? Do you think this system would be more fair? Write your response, or discuss it with classmates.