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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 22 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Unexpected Task

  • Harry and Ron are talking so much in Transfiguration that Professor McGonagall has to shut them up before she can make an announcement.
  • The announcement is: "The Yule Ball is approaching – a traditional part of the Triwizard Tournament and an opportunity for us to socialize with our foreign guests" (22.5).

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  • Mrs. McGonagall pulls Harry aside.
  • It's traditional for the four champions to open the Yule Ball with a dance.
  • So Harry has to hurry up and find a partner for the dance. (And, presumably, learn to dance.)
  • Harry is terrified: he has never asked a girl out before.
  • He wants to ask Cho, but she's pretty and a year older than him, so he's shy.
  • Harry is relieved that no article has appeared about Hagrid in the Daily Prophet yet.
  • Maybe Rita Skeeter just isn't interested in Hagrid?
  • Fred and George want to borrow Pigwidgeon so they can send a letter, but they still won't say to whom.
  • They warn Harry and Ron that they better get dates quickly, "or all the good ones will be gone" (22.71).
  • Ron and Hermione start to squabble because Ron is "going to take the best-looking girl who'll have [him], even if she's completely horrible" (22.90).
  • Harry finally works up the courage to ask Cho.
  • But Cho has already said she's going to go with Cedric Diggory.
  • Harry is disappointed and embarrassed.
  • He returns to the Common Room to find Ron in a similar state.
  • Ron asked Fleur Delacour to the dance!
  • Apparently, he "was just walking past her in the entrance hall – she was standing there talking to Diggory – and it sort of come over [him] – and [he] asked her!" (22.131).
  • Harry comforts Ron: after all, Fleur does have veela blood.
  • Ron couldn't help but make an idiot of himself.
  • Ginny has also told Ron that Neville asked Hermione to the dance.
  • Ron laughs: he's sure that Hermione just told Neville she's going with someone else to avoid going with Neville.
  • Hermione comes in and Ron blurts out, "Hermione, Neville's right – you are a girl ..." (22.154). (Oh yeah. This is going to go well.)
  • He suggests that Hermione go to the dance with Harry or himself.
  • Hermione can't because she's going with someone else: "Just because it's taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn't mean no one else has spotted I'm a girl!" (22.161). Snap.
  • This fight really starts to turn nasty.
  • Ron insists, "Ginny, you can go with Harry, and I'll just –" (22.170).
  • But Ginny can't: she agreed to go with Neville.
  • In desperation, Harry approaches Parvati Patil and asks if she'll come to the ball with him.
  • She will, and she'll try to bring her twin sister, Padma, for Ron.
  • Harry has now decided that "this ball was a lot more trouble than it was worth" (22.189).

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