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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 30 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Pensieve

  • Harry goes into Professor Dumbledore's office.
  • Dumbledore, Fudge, and Moody are all inside.
  • Dumbledore asks Harry to wait in his office while they go search the grounds.
  • Harry sits stroking Fawkes, the phoenix.
  • Harry sees a large basin with odd carvings around the edges.
  • There's "silvery stuff" (30.20) inside, which Harry pokes with his wand.
  • The silvery stuff inside the basin draws Harry into another place: a courtroom.
  • He looks around at the crowd and at Albus Dumbledore, who is seated in the room.
  • But no one in the room can see Harry.
  • Harry watches a group of Dementors lead in a prisoner: a young Igor Karkaroff.
  • Mr. Crouch is acting as judge.
  • Karkaroff offers: "I wish to be of use to the Ministry. I wish to help. I – I know that the Ministry is trying to – to round up the last of the Dark Lord's supporters. I am eager to assist in any way I can ..." (30.43).
  • Karkaroff starts listing names of Death Eaters he has known, but none of them seem that important to the Ministry.
  • Finally, he accuses Severus Snape.
  • Crouch answers, "Snape has been cleared by this council [...] He has been vouched for by Albus Dumbledore" (30.80).
  • The memory ends with Professor Dumbledore promising, "[Snape] is now no more a Death Eater than I am" (30.84).
  • Karkaroff is dragged back to Azkaban.
  • The next trial is of Ludo Bagman.
  • Ludo's defense is, "well – I know I've been a bit of an idiot –" (30.90).
  • Everyone in the courtroom (except Moody and Mr. Crouch) seems charmed by his friendly, self-deprecating manner.
  • One of the members of the jury stands up to say: "We'd just like to congratulate Mr. Bagman on his splendid performance for England in the Quidditch match against Turkey last Saturday" (30.101).
  • So, obviously, this jury isn't exactly unbiased.
  • Ludo Bagman is released, and Mr. Crouch is furious.
  • The next trial is of four people, one of them "a boy in his late teens, who looked nothing short of petrified" (30.107).
  • They're accused of using the Cruciatus Curse to torture Frank and Alice Longbottom.
  • The boy cries out, "Father, I didn't! [...] I didn't, I swear it, Father, don't send me back to the Dementors –" (30.112).
  • But Mr. Crouch won't listen to his pleas.
  • The crowd in the courtroom clap in "savage triumph" (30.116) at the verdict: life in prison for all four convicts.
  • No matter how much the boy cries and fights, he cannot escape the Dementors.
  • And then Harry hears a voice say, "I think, Harry, it is time to return to my office" (30.125).
  • Harry comes back to himself.
  • Professor Dumbledore explains that Harry has been looking at his Pensieve, a magical object designed to store thoughts and memories.
  • Professor Dumbledore shows Harry another memory.
  • It's of the young Bertha Jorkins, when she was at school at Hogwarts.
  • Professor Dumbledore looks sad and careworn.
  • Harry describes the dream he had in Divination.
  • Professor Dumbledore offers a theory that Harry's scar "hurts both when Lord Voldemort is near [Harry], and when he is feeling a particularly strong surge of hatred" (30.164).
  • Professor Dumbledore thinks that Voldemort is trying to rise to power again.
  • Harry doesn't see how Voldemort can gather power when he doesn't even have a body.
  • The disappearances of Bertha Jorkins, Mr. Crouch, and Frank Bryce (from way back in the first chapter) all worry Professor Dumbledore.
  • Harry asks if Frank and Alice Longbottom were Neville's parents.
  • Yes, they are.
  • The Longbottoms were tortured for information after Voldemort's disappearance by his supporters. They were both driven insane with pain.
  • The attacks on the Longbottoms after Voldemort's fall from power caused "a wave of fury such as [Dumbledore has] never known" (30.140).
  • The Ministry was under huge pressure to convict someone – anyone – for this horrible crime.
  • Professor Dumbledore says that neither Ludo Bagman nor Professor Snape have ever been accused of a crime since.
  • Harry wonders, "What made you think [Professor Snape'd] really stopped supporting Voldemort, Professor?" (30.201).
  • Professor Dumbledore will only say, "That, Harry, is a matter between Professor Snape and myself" (30.202).
  • Professor Dumbledore swears Harry to secrecy about Neville's parents and wishes him luck on the third task.

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