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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 19 Summary How It All Goes Down
The Hungarian Horntail For the two weeks before November 22nd, Harry has nothing to look forward to except his chat with Sirius. Things have gotten even worse since Rita Skeeter's article appeared in the Daily Prophet. The whole thing is basically just a puff piece about Harry. The other champions barely get a mention, and Cedric doesn't even appear at all. But Rita has filled in tons of sappy stuff Harry never even said. Rita Skeeter also invents a rumor that Harry has "at last found love at Hogwarts" (19.5) with none other than Hermione. Harry gets so touchy that he actually snaps at his real crush, Cho Chang, when she's just trying to be nice. So Harry feels like an idiot on top of everything else. Hermione keeps trying to convince Harry to make the first move in patching things up with Ron, but Harry absolutely won't. Harry notices that Viktor Krum is hanging out at the library a lot – "looking for things to help him through the first task?" (19.25). The Saturday before the first task, the fourth-years get to go to the local wizarding village of Hogsmeade for a little outing. Harry will only go if he can wear his Invisibility Cloak. He's lucky he made that choice – when he and Hermione get to the village, they find none other than Rita Skeeter wandering around. Hermione and Invisible Harry settle down in a booth at the Three Broomsticks pub. Hermione's still working on her S.P.E.W. materials. Hagrid enters the Three Broomsticks with Mad-Eye Moody. Moody greets Harry quietly. His magic eye can see right through Harry's Invisibility Cloak. Hagrid tells Harry to come down to his cabin at midnight. He has something to show Harry. (Midnight? This ought to be fishy.) Harry slips out of the castle later that night to go down to Hagrid's cabin. Invisible Harry follows Hagrid out to some unknown destination. (Fishier.) On the way, Hagrid meets Madame Maxine. Hagrid walks Madame Maxine and Invisible Harry to the edge of the Forbidden Forest. There, Harry sees four "fully grown, enormous, vicious-looking dragons [...] rearing on their hind legs [... and] roaring and snorting" (19.95). One of the dragon keepers is Charlie Weasley. Charlie comments that Mrs. Weasley has read the Daily Prophet article: " He still cries about his parents! Oh bless him, I never knew!" (19.118). Having seen all he can stomach for now, Harry leaves the dragon enclosure. He bumps into Professor Karkaroff, who's snooping around. Harry hurries back to the Gryffindor Common Room so he can meet Sirius. Harry explains everything to Sirius, even about the dragons and how frightened Harry is. Sirius looks grim; he thinks Bertha Jorkins's disappearance is significant. He also says Professor Karkaroff used to be a Death Eater. Sirius agrees, "the tournament would be a very good way to attack [Harry] and make it look like an accident" (19.156). But someone is coming, and Sirius has to leave suddenly. It's Ron who has interrupted their conversation. Harry is furious: "Just thought you'd come nosing around, did you?" (19.169). Harry storms out.
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