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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 31 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Third Task

  • Harry tells Hermione and Ron that Professor Dumbledore also suspects Voldemort is getting stronger.
  • Ron is amazed that Professor Dumbledore "really trusts Snape, even though he knows he was a Death Eater" (31.4).
  • Harry goes off to bed brooding about Voldemort.
  • Ron and Hermione are spending all of their time helping Harry learn spells for the third task.
  • They catch Malfoy talking to something in his hand: what can it be?
  • And Sirius is writing letters every day warning Harry to be careful.
  • Finally, the morning of the third task arrives.
  • And, as (bad) luck would have it, there's a new article from Rita Skeeter: "Harry Potter: 'Disturbed and Dangerous'" (31.43). Great.
  • It's got a lot of hearsay about Harry being a Parselmouth (someone who's able to talk to snakes; supposedly a Dark Art) and about Harry's scar connecting him to Voldemort.
  • Harry doesn't take it too hard: "Gone off me a bit, hasn't she?" (31.51).
  • Hermione suddenly has an idea about how Rita Skeeter is collecting information.
  • She races off to the library before she can explain what's going on.
  • Professor McGonagall arrives to summon Harry.
  • All of the champions are meeting with their family members before the third task.
  • Harry is surprised to see Mrs. Weasley and Bill there to meet him.
  • They've come to cheer Harry on.
  • Amos Diggory is also there, and he's rude to Harry.
  • Mr. Diggory thinks Harry is stealing all the credit from Cedric, the rightful Hogwarts champion.
  • Mrs. Weasley and Bill go to greet the other Weasley kids and Hermione.
  • There's a bit of a feast before the third task.
  • Harry is "starting to feel really nervous now" (31.113).
  • And so, the third task begins.
  • Harry and Cedric enter the maze and head in opposite directions.
  • Harry soon runs into Cedric again, "look[ing] severely shaken. The sleeve of his robe was smoking" (31.136).
  • The Blast-Ended Skrewts are in the maze!
  • Harry turns a maze corner and runs into a Dementor. Even worse.
  • It actually turns out to be a boggart, a ghoul that will take the shape of your greatest fear.
  • Harry soon banishes it and keeps going.
  • Harry hears a scream. He thinks it's Fleur, and he wonders if she's all right.
  • At least this means Fleur is probably out of the running for champion.
  • Harry finds himself face-to-face with a Blast-Ended Skrewt.
  • Harry barely manages to stun the giant creature in time.
  • Harry overhears Cedric yelling, "what the hell d'you think you're doing?" (31.145).
  • And then, Viktor Krum's voice is casting the Cruciatus Curse.
  • Harry comes running to save Cedric.
  • He stuns Viktor.
  • Harry sends up red sparks from his wand to show the judges where Viktor is lying unconscious.
  • Harry and Cedric go their separate ways to finish the tournament.
  • But Harry continues to worry about what could have made Viktor use an Unforgivable Curse: "Krum surely couldn't have wanted the Triwizard Cup that badly ..." (31.185).
  • Harry encounters a sphinx.
  • She asks him a riddle, and Harry answers correctly.
  • The sphinx lets him pass.
  • Harry approaches the Triwizard Cup, but Cedric is on the path in front of him.
  • Harry warns Cedric: "On your left!" (31.213).
  • Out of nowhere, a giant spider is attacking Cedric. (Did you just grimace in a big way, or was that just us?)
  • Together, Cedric and Harry manage to bring it down.
  • But Harry has badly injured his leg in the process.
  • Harry tells Cedric to go ahead and take the Cup. At least they'll have a Hogwarts victory.
  • But Cedric insists that Harry take it: Harry has helped Cedric repeatedly.
  • Harry decides: "We'll take it at the same time. It's still a Hogwarts victory. We'll tie for it" (31.244).
  • Cedric helps Harry walk to the Cup.
  • They both grab a handle at the same time.
  • Harry and Cedric are suddenly pulled "onward in a howl of wind and swirling color" (31.253).

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