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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 16 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Goblet of Fire

  • Ron is super-duper excited that Viktor Krum is going to be staying at Hogwarts.
  • The Durmstrang students look impressed by Hogwarts, but the Beauxbatons kids are all shuddering and shivering in their robes.
  • One of the Beauxbatons students takes off her scarf and asks Ron to pass the bouillabaisse (fish stew).
  • She's lovely: "a long sheet of silvery-blond hair [falls] almost to her waist. She [has] large, deep blue eyes, and very white, even teeth" (16.41).
  • Ron is instantly enchanted (and we use that word deliberately, because the girl looks like a veela).
  • The trio is surprised to see Ludo Bagman and Mr. Crouch eating with Dumbledore and the professors.
  • Dumbledore stands up and announces that the Triwizard Tournament is about to begin.

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  • There will be a panel of five judges: Ludo Bagman, Mr. Crouch, Madame Maxine, Professor Karkaroff, and Professor Dumbledore himself.
  • Argus Filch, the Hogwarts caretaker, brings out an ancient-looking case.
  • Inside the case is "an impartial selector" (16.68) for each school's champion: the Goblet of Fire.
  • It's exactly what it sounds like: a golden cup with a spout of flame coming out the top.
  • People who want to be considered for school champion have 24 hours to put their names on a slip of paper and throw it into the Goblet.
  • Dumbledore reminds those who want to nominate themselves for champion that there's a strict age minimum of seventeen years.
  • Fred and George Weasley plan to take an Aging Potion to try and trick the Goblet of Fire into accepting their names.
  • As Karkaroff hustles his students out of the Hall and back to their boat, he catches sight of Harry.
  • He stops and stares.
  • A voice from behind Harry growls, "Yeah, that's Harry Potter" (16.87).
  • Karkaroff goes pale at the sight of Mad-Eye Moody.
  • Karkaroff rushes out the door with his students in tow.
  • The next morning, all the Durmstrang kids put their names into the Goblet of Fire.
  • Fred, George, and Lee Jordan arrive at the Age Line.
  • They each take a drop of Aging Potion.
  • Fred and George go across the Age Line first.
  • But before they even make it to the Goblet of Fire, "there was a loud sizzling sound, and both twins were hurled out of the golden circle" (16.108).
  • Both of them sprout "identical long white beards" (16.108). Nice contrast to their bright red hair!
  • Everyone burst out laughing at the sight of Fred and George with their beards.
  • The rumor around the breakfast table is that Cedric Diggory has submitted his name.
  • A Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team, Angelina Johnson, has also submitted her name.
  • All the Beauxbatons students walk in, form a line, and put their names into the Goblet of Fire.
  • Harry, Ron, and Hermione go off to visit Hagrid at his gamekeeper's cottage for the first time this term.
  • Hagrid looks horrible: he's dressed up in "his best (and very horrible) hairy brown suit, plus a checked yellow-and-orange tie" (16.146).
  • Why he's dressed up, the trio decide not to ask.
  • But he's in a good mood: the skrewts are growing: "On' y trouble is, they've started killing each other" (16.147).
  • Hermione tries to get Hagrid to join S.P.E.W., but he refuses: "It'd be doin' em an unkindness, Hermione" (16.157).
  • They all troop up to the Hall for the Halloween Feast.
  • That's where Harry figures out why Hagrid has been dressing up: Hagrid talks to "Madame Maxine with a rapt, misty-eyed expression Harry had only ever seen him wear once before – when he had been looking at the baby dragon, Norbert" (16.171).
  • (Norbert appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.)
  • Hagrid's got a crush! (Seriously, love is in the air in this book.)
  • At last, the Goblet of Fire is ready to announce the champion of each of the three schools.
  • First up is Durmstrang: it's Viktor Krum. (What a guy!)
  • Second, Beauxbatons: it's Fleur Delacour, that beautiful blonde Ron has already fallen for.
  • And third, Hogwarts: it's Cedric Diggory.
  • As Dumbledore starts making a little speech about supporting the champions, the Goblet of Fire sends up one more unexpected tongue of flame.
  • There's a fourth piece of parchment with a fourth name.
  • Professor Dumbledore reads out the name of the next champion: Harry Potter.

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