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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 33 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Death Eaters

  • Voldemort starts checking himself out.
  • Wormtail begs Voldemort to do something about his arm.
  • Voldemort grabs Wormtail and turns his wand on the Dark Mark that's on Wormtail's remaining forearm.
  • The mark goes black.
  • Voldemort wonders, "How many will be brave enough to return when they feel it? [...] And how many will be foolish enough to stay away?" (33.14).
  • Voldemort apparently likes to hear himself talk: he starts pacing around and telling Harry about his father.
  • Voldemort's father, Tom Riddle, was a Muggle who hated magic.
  • He had an affair with Voldemort's mother, but when she told him that she could do magic, he abandoned her.
  • She died in childbirth, and Voldemort was raised in a Muggle orphanage.
  • And in misery, Voldemort "vowed to find him" and then "revenged [himself] upon him, that fool who gave [Voldemort his] name" (33.19).
  • Slowly, people start appearing in the graveyard during all this.
  • They're all wearing hoods and masks.
  • These are Voldemort's remaining Death Eaters.
  • Voldemort announces, "We are still united under the Dark Mark, then! Or are we?" (33.25).
  • He wanders from Death Eater to Death Eater, wondering about their loyalty.
  • At least Wormtail has paid the price for his weakness in not seeking out Voldemort earlier.
  • Voldemort rewards Wormtail with "a gleaming replica of a human hand, bright as moonlight" (33.47).
  • This new hand is stronger than Wormtail's original hand was.
  • Wormtail whispers, "Master ... it is beautiful ... thank you ... thank you ..." (33.49).
  • Voldemort addresses several of his Death Eaters: Avery, Lucius Malfoy, Crabbe, Goyle, and Nott.
  • Voldemort tells them that his most faithful servant is at Hogwarts, "and it was through his efforts that [Harry] arrived here tonight" (33.73).
  • Lucius Malfoy asks Voldemort how he has been reborn.
  • Voldemort explains the whole story of his tie to Harry Potter.
  • Because Lily Potter died an attempt to save Harry, she gave him a strong protection against Voldemort's Avada Kedavra curse.

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  • That's how Voldemort first managed to get destroyed thirteen years before.
  • He was "ripped from [his] body, [he] was less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost ... but still, [he] was alive" (33.83).
  • Voldemort wandered around "a faraway place, in a forest" (33.84), waiting for one of his faithful Death Eaters to find him.
  • But the Death Eaters never came.
  • (The Death Eaters seem freaked out by Voldemort's anger about that piece of it.)
  • Finally, four years ago, a young wizard stumbled on Voldemort, and Voldemort possessed him.
  • (This is Professor Quirrell; for more on him, check out Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.)
  • Voldemort basically rode Professor Quirrell back to Hogwarts.
  • But Professor Quirrell wasn't strong enough to help Voldemort, and he had to hide out as a spirit once again.
  • Then, Wormtail came looking for Voldemort less than a year before.
  • Wormtail had been in hiding for over a decade, but after being discovered, he came looking for Voldemort out of desperation.
  • With instructions from Voldemort, Wormtail built Voldemort his temporary, weak body.
  • Wormtail also brought a nosy witch from the Ministry, Bertha Jorkins, to Voldemort.
  • It was from Bertha Jorkins that Voldemort found out about the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts.
  • That's when Voldemort first began to plan to capture Harry Potter so he could perform a spell that would bring back his body permanently.
  • As luck would have it, Voldemort's one faithful servant – not Wormtail – managed to get himself stationed at Hogwarts. (Who? Who?)
  • This servant put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire.
  • This whole tournament has been leading up to bringing Harry to the Riddle grave to perform the spell we just saw, bringing Voldemort back to life.
  • Now that Voldemort has been brought back to life using Harry's blood, Harry's mother's protection no longer works.
  • So Voldemort can hurt Harry. And he does, by casting the Cruciatus Curse on him right then and there.
  • Harry is in agony.
  • And Voldemort has decided to prove his power "by killing [Harry], here and now, in front of [the Death Eaters], when there is no Dumbledore to help him, and no mother to die for him" (33.106).
  • Voldemort tells Wormtail to untie Harry.

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