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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 21 Summary How It All Goes Down
The House-elf Liberation Front Harry writes to Sirius about everything that has happened with the first task. Ron agrees that Karkaroff might have put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire. Ron lets Harry use Pigwidgeon to send his letter to Sirius – a true sign that their friendship is back on track. Back in Gryffindor, there's a huge party waiting for Harry. Harry opens his egg to see what the clue could be, and "the most horrible noise, a loud and screechy wailing, filled the room" (21.16). This doesn't sound like the making of a party at all! Harry quickly shuts the egg. During the course of the party, Fred and George slip Neville a custard cream that turns him into a canary. So the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes are still going strong. Care of Magical Creatures class is still dedicated to skrewts. Hagrid tries to encourage the remaining skrewts to hibernate, which they don't like very much. As Hagrid, Harry, Hermione, and Ron try to capture the rampaging skrewts (as most of the class cowers inside Hagrid's cabin), Rita Skeeter walks up. Rita Skeeter shows a sudden interest in Hagrid and his work. Hagrid consents to an interview with Rita Skeeter, which worries Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Ron comforts them: "Hagrid's been in loads of trouble before, and Dumbledore's never sacked him" (21.69). Harry and Ron laugh their way through Divination class, and Harry feels great about life. As Ron and Harry go up to Gryffindor, Hermione suddenly comes up and grabs them. She exclaims, "Harry, you've got to come – you've got to come, the most amazing thing's happened –" (21.85). Hermione pulls Ron and Harry down into the Hogwarts kitchens. Suddenly, a small figure hugs Harry "so tightly he thought his ribs would break" (21.106). It's Dobby! Dobby has come to work at Hogwarts – as has Winky, Mr. Crouch's former house-elf. But while Dobby looks happy and well cared-for, Winky looks miserable. Professor Dumbledore has given Dobby a paying job. He's the only house-elf to receive a salary and even time off. Winky scolds Dobby: "Winky is a disgraced elf, but Winky is not yet getting paid! [...] Winky is properly ashamed of being freed!" (21.143). Winky also lets slip an odd little detail about Ludo Bagman. Apparently, Mr. Crouch thinks, "Mr. Bagman is a bad wizard! A very bad wizard! [Mr. Crouch] isn't liking him, oh no, not at all!" (21.165). Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave the kitchen wondering about this Ludo Bagman character.
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