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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 37 Summary How It All Goes Down
The Beginning In the weeks after the Triwizard Tournament, the worst thing that happens to Harry is his meeting with the Diggorys. Amos Diggory is so sad that he can't stop crying. Mrs. Diggory's grief "seemed to be beyond tears" (37.2). She thanks Harry for bringing back Cedric's body. Harry asks if she will accept the thousand Galleons in prize money he received from Fudge. She won't. During this horrible time, Harry, Ron, and Hermione hang out quietly together. Mrs. Weasley asks Professor Dumbledore if Harry can spend the summer in the Burrow. Professor Dumbledore insists that Harry must spend at least some time with his aunt and uncle. So that sucks. Harry goes to visit Hagrid. Hagrid mentions that he has "a little job" (37.32) to do over the summer, and Madame Maxine might be coming. Ooh la la. But Hagrid won't say what the job is. Harry packs up his belongings to go back to Privet Drive. But first, there's the Leaving Feast. The banners on the wall are all black, out of respect for Cedric. Professor Dumbledore addresses the students. He gives a toast for Cedric, who was "a good and loyal friend, a hard worker, [and] he valued fair play" (37.47). Then, Professor Dumbledore tells the students that Cedric was murdered by Lord Voldemort. Even though the Ministry of Magic is denying Voldemort's involvement, that's what happened. Professor Dumbledore instructs them, "Remember Cedric. Remember [...] what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort" (37.61). Fleur Delacour makes a point of seeking out Harry to say that she is glad that she met him. And Viktor Krum grabs a last word with Hermione before he goes home. Ron caves and asks Viktor for his autograph. On the train back to London, Hermione finally gets to tell Harry and Ron how she has shut up Rita Skeeter. After Harry's little hint about Rita Skeeter "bugging" conversations, Hermione figured out that Rita Skeeter is an unlicensed Animagus. This means that she can transform into an animal, an activity that's (usually) strictly controlled by the Ministry of Magic. But Rita Skeeter has (literally) been flying under the radar. Rita Skeeter transforms into a beetle, a really handy form if you want to overhear conversations unobserved. And the day when Harry was lying in the hospital wing, Hermione managed to catch the beetle and put it in an unbreakable jar. Hermione has promised not to tell the Ministry about Rita Skeeter's unlicensed animal form only if Rita Skeeter will take a break from writing things about people for a whole year. Malfoy comes into the trio's train compartment, backed by Crabbe and Goyle. He threatens Harry: "You've picked the losing side, Potter! I warned you!" (37.117). But as he's shouting, Harry, Ron, and Hermione curse Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle. It turns out that Fred and George were in the train hallway, and they add their own curses. So Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle are lying unconscious on the train floor. Whoops. Fred observes that Crabbe "seems to have sprouted little tentacles all over his face" (37.123) thanks to all the curses. (Yech.) Finally, finally, the twins explain what they've been so mysterious about during the year. It turns out that Ludo Bagman never paid up on the bet he made with the twins during the Quidditch World Cup. What's more, he wouldn't even return the money the twins originally bet. And then Fred and George found out that Lee Jordan's father had also been having trouble getting money Bagman owed him. It turns out that Ludo Bagman got in way over his head into debt with the goblins (who run Gringotts Bank). To try and win back enough gold to pay the goblins and everybody else, Ludo Bagman bet all of his remaining money on Harry to win the Triwizard Tournament. But Harry didn't win outright; he tied. So Ludo Bagman lost the bet, and now he has fled the country. As they get off the train, Harry pulls Fred and George aside. He insists on giving them the thousand Galleons to start their joke shop. He only has one condition: "Buy Ron some different dress robes and say they're from you" (37.169). Fred and George agree. At the train station, Uncle Vernon is waiting to take Harry away. Mrs. Weasley hugs him and promises, "I think Dumbledore will let you come to us later in the summer" (37.171). And Harry decides: "what would come, would come ... and he would have to meet it when it [does]" (37.176).
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