In both Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Prince Caspian.
In Goblet of Fire, the versatile and insidious gossip-mongering of everyone’s favourite tabloid reporter, Rita Skeeter, is becoming a problem. Hagrid’s lost a friend, and his reputation’s taken another hit; Hermione’s getting nasty letters; and the trio are starting to wonder how on earth Rita knows about the stuff she does (it’s really bugging them).
In Prince Caspian, the children are finally hearing the tale of the eponymous prince. His mother-figure (known only as “Nurse”) has been summarily dismissed (possibly terminally) for daring to tell him tales of the Old Narnia; the time before the Telmarines immigrated. He’s since been provided with a tutor instead, one Doctor Cornelius. Fortunately, the good doctor both knows the stories, and has more caution – ensuring no-one finds out what they’ve been discussing.
This natural reticence is no-doubt cultivated by a lifetime of hiding his own heritage; the doctor is a half-dwarf. He relates how many dwarfs survived the conquerors by
…shaving their beards and wearing high-heeled shoes and pretending to be men.
I don’t really have anything to say, other than that. It’s been a week that one is relieved to be past.