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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 4 Summary How It All Goes Down
Back to the Burrow The next day, things at Privet Drive are tense. The Dursleys are waiting anxiously and angrily for the Weasley family to arrive. When 5:00 comes around, the Weasleys are still not there. Uncle Vernon uses this as an excuse to tee off on wizards: "I daresay their kind don't set much store by punctuality" (4.21). Suddenly, "loud bangings and scrapings" (4.25) come from the Dursleys' fireplace, which is boarded up. Confused voices from Ron, Mr. Weasley, and Ron's twin brothers, George and Fred, emerge from the fireplace. The Weasleys have tried to travel by Floo network – which is a network of fireplaces that wizards use to get around – but they can't get through the Dursleys' blocked up hearth. So Mr. Weasley uses magic to blast his way through the boards. He and his sons come through the grate to find that the Dursleys' living room is covered in soot. The Dursleys themselves look absolutely terrified, especially young Dudley. Fred and George bring Harry's trunk through the repaired fireplace. As Fred is hauling things, he drops a bunch of toffees on the floor. Ron goes through the Floo network, so it's just Harry and Mr. Weasley standing with the Dursleys. Uncle Vernon is barely willing to say good-bye to Harry, even though he won't see his nephew again for months. Aunt Petunia starts to scream. Dudley is hunched down, "gagging and sputtering on a foot-long, purple, slimy thing that was protruding from his mouth" (4.91). This thing is Dudley's tongue! Dudley's tongue has been hit by an Engorgement Charm, which makes things grow bigger. The Dursleys start to panic and throw things at Mr. Weasley, who's trying to help. Mr. Weasley tells Harry to get out – he'll sort the mess out. Harry travels via fireplace to the Weasley home, which is called the Burrow.
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