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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 6 Summary How It All Goes Down
The Portkey It's very early the next day when Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Fred, George, and Mr. Weasley all settle in at the breakfast table. They have a chat about Apparition, which is how skilled wizards over eighteen years old – like Charlie, Bill, and Percy – get around. You just use your wand to transport yourself somewhere – no Floo network, no muss, no fuss. (Convenient, no?) Just as everyone is enjoying their chat, Mrs. Weasley spots something coming out of George's pocket. It's a Ton-Tongue Charm! Even though Mrs. Weasley told them to get rid of these candies, George and Fred have (unsurprisingly) been trying to sneak them out of the house. So, once again, the atmosphere around the Burrow gets tense. Mr. Weasley walks Harry, Ron, and Hermione (who are all too young to Apparate) over to a distant hill in the village. At the top of this hill is a Portkey. A Portkey is a magical object. Once you touch it, you'll immediately be transported somewhere else. In this case, the Portkey will take the Weasleys, Hermione, and Harry straight to the World Cup site. Waiting at the Portkey is another wizard, Amos Diggory, and his son, Cedric. Cedric is attending Hogwarts, too, and is in Hufflepuff. As they wait for the Portkey to become active, Amos Diggory strikes up a conversation. The year before, Cedric (who's the captain of the Hufflepuff Quidditch team) beat Harry's team because Harry was attacked by Dementors – monstrous things that feed on fear. Amos Diggory says to Harry: "I said to him, I said – Ced, that'll be something to tell your grandchildren, that will ... You beat Harry Potter!" (6.72). Cedric looks embarrassed: "Harry fell off his broom, Dad [...] I told you ... it was an accident ..." (6.74). At this socially awkward moment, the time for the Portkey arrives. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Mr. Weasley, and the Diggorys touch the Portkey. The next moment, they find themselves on top of a hill somewhere else.
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