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Through the woods next to the campground, they find a giant stadium that can seat one hundred thousand people.
As they walk up to the top box where Mr. Weasley has seats (thanks to Ludo Bagman), Harry sees someone who looks like his friend Dobby.
(Dobby is a house-elf who Harry meets in the second book in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. House-elves are magical servants; they're bound to the oldest wizarding families, and are incredibly loyal.)
But it's not Dobby. It's another house-elf named Winky, who works for Mr. Crouch.
Winky is saving Mr. Crouch a seat.
Winky and Harry have a chat about Dobby – Winky is horrified that Dobby "is wanting paying for his work" (8.20).
It's not a house-elf thing to get paid for work.
Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic (so, like the Prime Minister of Britain's magical community) comes into the top box with the Bulgarian Minister of Magic.
Fudge greets Harry (whom he met during the adventures of the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
Fudge then says hello to a family that has just come in to the top box: Lucius, Narcissa, and Draco Malfoy. This can't be good.
The Malfoys are a very old, very rich, very anti-Muggle wizarding family.
Draco is Harry's nemesis and the Seeker on the Slytherin House Quidditch team.
At last, the World Cup actually begins.
The first stage of the match is "a display from the team mascots" (8.34).
The mascots for the Bulgarian team are veela.
Veela look like beautiful women. They enchant every man in the stadium to forget everything else but their beauty.
As the veela dance, Harry starts to think that "he would, of course, be supporting Bulgaria, and he wondered vaguely why he had a large green shamrock pinned to his chest" (8.64).
Then, the Irish mascots come on the field: they're leprechauns.
The leprechauns make gold rain down on the stands. (OK, so they're fun to root for too.)
Ron gives Harry a handful of leprechaun gold for the Omnioculars Harry bought him.
Then the Irish and Bulgarian teams come flying on to the Quidditch field.
Play starts off fast and furious.
The Irish team has a really organized offensive formation, and they're scoring one goal after another.
But even though Ireland's score is going up and up, everyone is most impressed by the Bulgarian Seeker.
Viktor Krum gets in some really fancy and difficult flying.
Aidan Lynch, the Seeker on the Irish team, flies straight into the ground trying to keep up with Krum.
Things are definitely getting tense.
Finally, all of a sudden, as Ireland is now leading Bulgaria 170 to 10, Aidan Lynch (even though probably a little stunned) spots the Snitch.
He and Krum fly for it, but Krum is better on a broomstick. Krum gets the Snitch.
So the final result of this Quidditch World Cup Match is Bulgaria 160 to Ireland 170 – Ireland wins, but Bulgaria got the Snitch.
Ludo Bagman (who's been announcing for the game) calls the final result.
Harry, Hermione, and Ron agree that Krum had no other choice but to catch the Snitch when he did – Bulgaria was never going to catch up.
Hermione thinks Krum "was very brave" (8.144).
The whole stadium is cheering for Ireland and for Krum.
As Ludo stops his announcing, Fred and George are waiting for him: they won their bet with him about the outcome of the game.