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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 24 Summary How It All Goes Down
Rita Skeeter's Scoop The next morning, Ron and Hermione just keep going on as usual, though "oddly formal" (24.2). Harry suddenly realizes that the date of the second task, February 24th, is a lot closer than it used to be. Harry thinks Cedric's hint about taking a bath is stupid. ( Someone's still resentful about the Cho thing.) At Care of Magical Creatures one day, they find a surprise: Hagrid is nowhere to be seen. Instead, there's a woman teacher, Professor Grubbly-Plank. She gives the students a lesson on unicorns. Malfoy proudly shows Harry why Hagrid isn't around anymore: there's an article in the Daily Prophet about his half-giant heritage. Most of the quotes about how dangerous Hagrid is come from Malfoy and his friends (of course). Rita Skeeter points out that giants are "bloodthirsty and brutal" and "were responsible for some of the worst mass Muggle killings of [Voldemort's] reign of terror" (24.39). But what do those facts have to do with Hagrid personally?! Neither Harry, Ron, nor Hermione can figure out how Rita Skeeter found out Hagrid's secret. Professor Grubbly-Plank is probably a better teacher than Hagrid, but the trio still wants their friend back. They go to visit his cabin, but Hagrid won't open the door. In January, the students have a Hogsmeade visit weekend. Ludo Bagman is sitting in the corner of the Three Broomsticks talking to some goblins, "all of whom had their arms crossed and were looking rather menacing" (24.87). Ludo Bagman spots Harry and pulls him aside. He offers to help Harry with his second clue again, but Harry refuses. He knows that Ludo Bagman isn't helping Cedric, and it doesn't seem fair. This is a competition, after all. Rita Skeeter comes in. She greets Harry, who immediately says, "What did you do that to Hagrid for, eh?" (24.143). Hermione chimes in, calling Rita Skeeter a "horrible woman" and accusing her of doing "anything for a story" (24.150). Rita Skeeter calls Hermione a "silly girl" (24.151). Hermione storms out with Ron and Harry. She drags them straight to Hagrid's cabin because, she says, he "isn't hiding anymore" (24.157). Hermione knocks violently on Hagrid's door, and Professor Dumbledore opens it. Professor Dumbledore points out that Harry, Ron, and Hermione still like Hagrid and want him to come back. In fact, Professor Dumbledore has been getting "letters from the countless parents who remember [Hagrid] from their own days here" (24.177). They love Hagrid and want him to stay. Hagrid can't just leave his job for those few people who want him to go. Hermione pleads, "Come back and teach, Hagrid [...] please come back, we really miss you" (24.183). Hagrid is weeping. After Professor Dumbledore leaves, Hagrid shows the trio a picture of his father. Hagrid is so grateful to Professor Dumbledore for sticking by him after his father died. And Hagrid is so proud of Harry (who has Muggle relatives) for being a total champion even though he's not a pureblood. He sobs, "Yeh know what I'd love, Harry? I'd love yeh ter win, I really would" (24.196). Harry feels really guilty about not having figured out the egg now.
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