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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 28 Summary How It All Goes Down
The Madness of Mr. Crouch The trio sends a letter to Percy and then they troop down to the kitchen to give Dobby his new socks. Harry explains, "You saved my life with that gillyweed, Dobby, you really did" (28.4). Hermione asks about Winky. Winky isn't in doing so well. Winky is miserable that Mr. Crouch isn't coming to the castle to judge the Triwizard Tournament anymore. Hermione tries once more to convince Winky that she's better off without Mr. Crouch. Hermione's anger gets all the house-elves riled up, and the trio gets booted out the kitchen. The next morning, Hermione gets a ton of hate mail from people who have read the Witch Weekly article. They all say things like, "You are a wicked girl. Harry potter deserves better" (28.58). One of the envelopes contains undiluted Bubotuber pus, which makes Hermione's hands break out in millions of painful, pus-filled blisters. (Yuck.) So Harry and Ron head to Care of Magical Creatures without Hermione. They spend the hour with magical creatures called nifflers, which work like metal detectors to find sparkly things. Sounds good to us. It's then that Ron discovers that the gold he gave Harry for the Omnioculars at the World Cup must have disappeared after a few hours, because it was leprechaun gold. Ron comments miserably: "Must be nice [...] to have so much money you don't notice if a pocketful of Galleons goes missing" (28.95). Hermione continues to get nasty letters about "the supposed Harry-Krum-Hermione love triangle" (28.103). Hermione vows to find out how Rita Skeeter is getting her information. Harry wonders if Rita Skeeter is bugging Hogwarts. Hermione points out for the kajillionth time that traditional Muggle technologies don't work at Hogwarts. Finally, Ron gets a letter back from Percy about Mr. Crouch. Percy tells Ron not to bother him again: "No, I haven't actually seen him, but I think I can be trusted to know my own superior's handwriting" (28.126). The third task is approaching. Finally, Harry receives notice to go down to the Quidditch pitch at 9:00pm one night. Ludo Bagman is there waiting for the four champions. He tells them that the next task will be a maze. The Triwizard Cup will be waiting in the middle of the maze, and there will be magical obstacles in the way. Whoever reaches the cup first wins. Harry and Cedric get to go in first because they're in first place, then Viktor, then Fleur. Again, it looks like Ludo Bagman is going to try to draw Harry aside. But Viktor Krum gets there first. He drags Harry off to the edge of the Forbidden Forest to "haff a vord" (28.146) (a.k.a. have a word). He wants to ask Harry about Harry's relationship with Hermione. Harry promises that he and Hermione are just friends. Viktor seems relieved, and compliments Harry on his flying in the first task. Just as Viktor and Harry start getting along, Mr. Crouch blunders in. He's looking really weird: tired, rumpled, and scratched. Mr. Crouch keeps talking as though he's at the Ministry – "and when you've done that, Weatherby, send an owl to Dumbledore" (28.174). But every now and again, he'll speak with "terrible effort" (28.184): "Warn ... Dumbledore" (28.194). Harry tells Viktor to look after poor Mr. Crouch. Harry runs up to the castle to find Professor Dumbledore. Harry bumps into Professor Snape instead, who slows Harry down. But finally, Professor Dumbledore emerges and Harry explains: "Mr. Crouch is here – he's down in the forest, he wants to speak to you!" (28.224). Professor Dumbledore and Harry rush to the Forbidden Forest. They find Viktor Krum unconscious on the grass. And there's no sign of Mr. Crouch. Hagrid appears, and Professor Dumbledore sends him to fetch Professor Karkaroff. Professor Karkaroff accuses Professor Dumbledore of "double-dealing and corruption" (28.264). After all, Mr. Crouch – a Ministry official and Triwizard judge – just stunned Durmstrang's champion. Hagrid demands that Professor Karkaroff apologize. Clearly that's not what happened. Professor Dumbledore orders, "Kindly escort Harry back up to the castle, Hagrid" (28.269). Hagrid is furious, but he does as asked.
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