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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 14 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Unforgivable Curses

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  • Professor Snape is in a particularly foul mood because:
  • (1) He really wants the Defense Against the Dark Arts job, and
  • (2) He "seemed strangely wary of displaying overt animosity to Mad-Eye Moody" (14.3). In other words, Snape is scared of Moody.
  • The Gryffindor fourth-years finally get to attend Moody's class.
  • He walks in and tells them to put away their textbooks.
  • Moody is "here to bring [them] up to scratch on what wizards can do to each other" (14.15) – curses.
  • Even though it's not generally allowed before sixth year, Moody has Dumbledore's permission to show them illegal curses.
  • Moody adds: "I say, the sooner you know what you're up against, the better" (14.20).
  • Moody brings out a jar with three spiders.
  • He demonstrates the first Unforgivable Curse on one of the spiders: the Imperius Curse.
  • This curse gives the caster "Total control" (14.32) over his victims.
  • Neville Longbottom – who never speaks up in class – volunteers the next curse.
  • It's the Cruciatus Curse.
  • When Moody shouts "Crucio!" (14.46), the second spider "rolled over and began to twitch horribly, rocking from side to side" (14.47).
  • If you hadn't guessed, this curse causes agonizing pain.
  • Hermione suddenly shouts, "Stop it" (14.48).
  • Neville's "hands were clenched upon the desk in front of him, his knuckles white, his eyes wide and horrified" (14.49).
  • Last but not least, there is Avada Kedavra – the Killing Curse.
  • With a flash of green light, Moody kills the last spider without a mark or a sign of struggle.
  • Moody continues: "There's no blocking [the Killing Curse]. Only one known person has ever survived it, and he's sitting right in front of me" (14.64).
  • That person, of course, is Harry Potter.
  • So now, Harry has seen a demonstration of exactly how Voldemort murdered his parents.
  • He flashes back to what he knows of the night of their murder.
  • He slowly pulls his attention back to Moody, who's insisting, "You've got to appreciate what the worst is. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where you're facing it" (14.71).
  • When they get out of class, Hermione runs to find Neville.
  • He's looking very strange – clearly upset.
  • They can't figure out why.
  • But Moody approaches Neville and reassures him: "It's all right, sonny [...] Why don't you come up to my office? Come on ... we can have a cup of tea ... " (14.87).
  • Moody means to be kind, but Neville looks rather terrified.
  • At dinner, Hermione scarfs down her food and heads to the library again.
  • Harry and Ron do their Divination homework.
  • They make up loads of disasters that are supposed to happen to them over the coming month – looks like Professor Trelawney still loves tragic predictions.
  • Harry notices Fred and George sitting in a corner.
  • They're talking very seriously about something, and Harry hears George say, "No – that sounds like we're accusing him" (14.125).
  • Harry's curious about what the twins are up to.
  • Hermione returns to the Gryffindor common room.
  • She finally reveals what she has been doing.
  • She has a box full of badges with the letters S.P.E.W. on them.
  • It stands for the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare.
  • Hermione wants Ron and Harry to join.
  • Ron insists: "Hermione – open your ears [...] They like being enslaved!" (14.153).
  • Hermione absolutely will not listen.
  • She expects her friends to help her recruit members.
  • At this tense moment, Hedwig suddenly arrives.
  • She's carrying a letter from Sirius.
  • Sirius informs Harry that he is "flying north immediately. This news about [Harry's] scar is the latest in a series of strange rumors that have reached me here" (14.164).
  • Harry freaks out that Sirius is going to come out of hiding just because his scar is hurting.
  • Harry worries, "Coming back, because he thinks I'm in trouble! And there's nothing wrong with me!" (14.171).
  • In the boys' dorm, Harry lies awake worrying, not noticing that Neville is also not sleeping.

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