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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 3 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Invitation

  • Harry walks down to the breakfast table.
  • Uncle Vernon has received a letter from Molly Weasley (Ron's mother) about the Quidditch World Cup.
  • This letter, of course, has made Uncle Vernon furious.
  • First, it's covered with stamps, and Uncle Vernon hates anything that looks at all out-of-the-ordinary or unusual.
  • Second, Uncle Vernon hates bothering about Harry.
  • Uncle Vernon asks Harry what Quidditch is.
  • Harry replies: "It's a sport [...] played on broom –" (3.43). (Maybe Harry should have fudged the truth about that one.)
  • "'All right, all right!' [says] Uncle Vernon loudly" (3.44).
  • To stop Harry talking about wizarding culture, Uncle Vernon quickly tells Harry he definitely can't go to the Quidditch World Cup.
  • But Harry threatens to write to his godfather, Sirius Black (who's still wanted for murder) to say that Uncle Vernon won't let Harry go.
  • Uncle Vernon quickly changes his tune. Harry is allowed to go to the Quidditch World Cup and spend the rest of the summer with the Weasleys.
  • Harry runs up to his room.
  • He finds two owls. One is his owl, Hedwig, and the other is a tiny owl, "small enough to fit into the palm of his hand, whizzing excitedly around the room like a loose firework" (3.62).
  • This tiny owl, "Pig," belongs to Ron.
  • He is carrying a letter from Ron saying that the Weasleys are going to arrive at 5:00 the next day.
  • Hermione, Ron and Harry's other best friend, is already staying with the Weasleys.
  • Harry writes a quick reply: "Ron, it's all okay, the Muggles say I can come. See you at five o'clock tomorrow" (3.70).
  • Harry sends Pig back to Ron with his answer.
  • Harry also attaches his letter to Sirius to Hedwig's leg, and she flies off.
  • Harry is feeling pretty great: all seems right with the world. (For now.)

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