Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 9 Summary
How It All Goes Down
The Dark Mark
- Mr. Weasley warns Fred and George not to tell Mrs. Weasley that they've been gambling.
- The whole campground is filled with celebrating Ireland performers.
- There's lots of singing and noise – the night is going to be a long one.
- Harry, Hermione, and Ron go to sleep.
- Mr. Weasley then wakes Harry urgently: "No time, Harry – just grab a jacket and get outside – quickly!" (9.11).
- People outside are screaming.
- There's a crowd of wizards moving through the campground setting tents on fire and frightening everyone.
- They're wearing hoods and masks.
- They are making a family of Muggles – Mr. Roberts, his wife, and two children – float through the air sixty feet above the ground.
- They're laughing at the terror of the poor Muggles.
- Mr. Weasley and the older Weasley brothers take off to help the Ministry get the crowd under control.
- Harry, Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, and Ginny all head towards the forest to hide.
- They have the misfortune of bumping into Draco Malfoy.
- Malfoy threatens Hermione: "Granger, they're after Muggles [...] D'you want to be showing off your knickers in midair?" (9.32).
- (Hermione's parents are both Muggles, which makes some "pureblood" wizarding families like the Malfoys think that she's less magical than they are.)
- Hermione pulls Harry and Ron away from Draco.
- But during this argument with Draco, the three of them have gotten separated from Ginny, Fred, and George.
- Harry notices that he's lost his wand in the shuffle.
- Just then, Mr. Crouch's house-elf Winky bursts out from under a bush.
- She warns them all to run away – bad things are happening.
- They then manage to run into Ludo Bagman.
- He has been so distracted by something that he doesn't even notice that there's "sort of a riot going on" (9.83), in Ron's words.
- Ludo disappears to help the Ministry.
- So now, Harry, Hermione, and Ron seem to be alone in the forest. Great.
- They hear footsteps in the dark.
- Harry asks who's there, but there is no answer.
- Suddenly, a voice rings out: "MOSMORDRE!" (9.104).
- Something appears in the sky: "a colossal skull, comprised of what looked like emerald stars, with a serpent protruding from its mouth like a tongue" (9.107).
- Everyone in the forest really starts screaming at this sight.
- Hermione tries to pull Harry and Ron away.
- Harry has no idea why everyone is so freaked out.
- Hermione explains that this thing is "the Dark Mark [...] You-Know-Who's sign!" (9.112).
- The trio comes into a clearing to find twenty people pointing wands at them.
- Twenty voices shout, "STUPEFY!" (9.119) all at once – they're trying to stun Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
- Harry quickly pulls Ron and Hermione down and out of the way.
- Mr. Weasley shouts, "STOP! That's my son!" (9.120).
- Mr. Crouch is sure that one of these three must have conjured the Dark Mark.
- The other witches and wizards point out that they are kids (that's what we were just thinking) – they wouldn't know how to cast the Dark Mark even if they wanted to.
- Another Ministry wizard – Amos Diggory – goes into the forest to see if their stun spells hit anything.
- And they did: Winky, the house-elf. She's completely unconscious.
- Mr. Crouch looks completely freaked out, "his eyes blazing in his white face" (9.141).
- Amos Diggory thinks Winky cast the Mark. After all, she has a wand (which is against wizarding law for non-humans).
- Mr. Diggory wakes Winky up to get her evidence.
- She promises that she just picked up the wand off the ground. She never used it, and she didn't see anything.
- The wand that Winky had? Is Harry's missing one, of course.
- Mr. Diggory tests Harry's wand to find out what its last spell was. Harry's wand is the wand that cast the Mark.
- Because Winky was carrying the wand that cast the Mark, Mr. Diggory concludes: "You've been caught red-handed, elf! [...] Caught with the guilty wand in your hand!" (9.187).
- Mr. Weasley tries to point out that Winky couldn't have learned the spell.
- Mr. Crouch butts in: "Perhaps Amos is suggesting [...] that I routinely teach my servants to conjure the Dark Mark" (9.189).
- Mr. Diggory gets very flustered very quickly – of course he doesn't think that Mr. Crouch is a follower of Voldemort.
- They agree that Winky must have picked up the wand after the Mark's conjurer Disapparated.
- Even though Winky is innocent in the whole Dark Mark disaster, Mr. Crouch intends to punish her disobedience.
- Mr. Crouch plans to give Winky clothes, which is the only way to free a house-elf from its master's household.
- He says mercilessly, "I have no use for a servant who forgets what is due to her master, and to her master's reputation" (9.213).
- Mr. Weasley pulls Ron, Hermione, and Harry away from this scene.
- Back at the campsite, Mr. Weasley and the trio do their best to explain what happened with Winky to Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, and Ginny.
- Finally, Ron cracks: "Look, can someone just explain what that skull thing was?" (9.246).
- Mr. Weasley replies: "You-Know-Who and his followers sent the Dark Mark into the air whenever they killed [...] The terror it inspired ... you have no idea, you're too young" (9.250).
- And tonight is the first night the Dark Mark has been cast in thirteen years.
- The people who made the Roberts family float in the air were Death Eaters – followers of You-Know-Who.
- They all got away before the Ministry could catch them.
- Ron asks why the Death Eaters ran away at the sight of the Dark Mark.
- Bill points out: "I bet they'd be even more frightened than the rest of us to see [Voldemort] come back. They denied they'd ever been involved with him when he lost his powers, and went back to their daily lives" (9.259).
- So it's a mystery who conjured the Dark Mark and why.
- All they know is that it must have been someone who was a Death Eater at one point.
- Harry finally manages to turn in for the night.
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