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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 26 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Second Task

  • Harry shares everything that happened the night before with Hermione and Ron in Charms class.
  • Ron decides that Professor Snape is the one who put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire.
  • And then they start thinking about Mr. Crouch: if he was at Hogwarts last night, has he just been pretending to be sick?
  • Harry writes to Sirius to tell him about Mr. Crouch breaking into Professor Snape's office.
  • Sirius writes back asking the date of Harry's next Hogsmeade weekend.
  • Harry is now totally panicked about the second task, since neither he nor Hermione can figure out how Harry can breathe underwater.
  • The night before the task, Fred and George show up with a message from Professor Dumbledore for Hermione and Ron.
  • Professor Dumbledore needs them for something.
  • Harry just keeps reading and reading, hoping "next book ... in the next one ... the next one" (26.72).
  • Finally, he nods off without realizing it.
  • Dobby wakes up Harry ten minutes before his second task is set to start.
  • Dobby (surprisingly) has found the answer: what Harry needs is gillyweed.
  • Harry can use this magical plant to breathe underwater.
  • And the thing he'll sorely miss is Ron. Ron is underwater with the merpeople, and Harry has an hour to find him.
  • Harry dives into the cold water along with the other champions.
  • He gets a helping hand from Moaning Myrtle again, who tells him in which direction the merpeople live.
  • Finally, Harry finds them: Ron, Hermione, a little girl who looks like Fleur, and Cho Chang are all tied up and unconscious.
  • Harry doesn't see any of the other champions, so he starts trying to free the other hostages.
  • "At once, several pairs of strong gray hands seized him" (26.151).
  • Harry is only allowed to get his own hostage, Ron.
  • Harry waits around for the other champions.
  • Cedric Diggory appears and takes Cho, and then Viktor Krum swims up and grabs Hermione.
  • But Fleur seems to have gotten held up.
  • So Harry threatens the merpeople with his wand this time and takes both Ron and the little girl.
  • He arrives at the end point with two hostages.
  • The little girl is Fleur's younger sister.
  • Fleur is deeply relieved. She seems humbler than she ever has before.
  • The judges are talking. They've come to a decision.
  • Fleur used a Bubble-Head Charm, but she fails to get away from some underwater monsters called grindylows, so she gets 25 points.
  • Cedric also used a Bubble-Head Charm and was the first to return with his hostage, so he gets 47 points.
  • Viktor Krum Transfigured himself partially into a shark, but he came back outside the time limit – 40 points.
  • And Harry Potter, who used gillyweed and who was the first to reach the hostages but the last to come back, what does he get?
  • For showing "moral fiber" (26.211), Harry gets 45 points.
  • Harry is now tied with Cedric Diggory for first place.
  • The final task is going to take place on June 24th.
  • Harry decides: next time he's in Hogsmeade, he's "going to buy Dobby a pair of socks for every day of the year" (26.217).

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