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- Harry Potter
- Hermione Granger
- Ron Weasley
- Albus Dumbledore
- Alastor (Mad-Eye) Moody
- Barty Crouch, Jr.
- Barty Crouch, Sr.
- Rita Skeeter
- Severus Snape
- Ludo Bagman
- Professor Binns
- Sirius Black
- Lavender Brown
- Frank Bryce
- Cho Chang
- Crabbe and Goyle
- Colin Creevey
- Dennis Creevey
- Roger Davies
- Fleur Delacour
- Gabrielle Delacour
- Cedric Diggory
- Amos Diggory
- Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley Dursley
- The Fat Lady
- Argus Filch
- Justin Finch-Fletchley
- Seamus Finnegan
- Professor Filius Flitwick
- Professor Grubbly-Plank
- Rubeus Hagrid
- Angelina Johnson
- Lee Jordan
- Bertha Jorkins
- Igor Karkaroff
- Viktor Krum
- Neville Longbottom
- Ernie Macmillan
- Draco Malfoy
- Lucius Malfoy
- Narcissa Malfoy
- Madame Olympe Maxine
- Professor Minerva McGonagall
- Eloise Midgen
- Hassan Mostafa
- Mrs. Norris
- Mr. Oblansk/Obalonsk
- Mr. Ollivander
- Pansy Parkinson
- Parvati and Padma Patil
- Peter Pettigrew (a.k.a. Wormtail)
- Madame Poppy Pomfrey
- The Irish National Quidditch Team
- The Bulgarian National Quidditch Team
- The Riddle Family
- The Roberts Family
- Stan Shunpike
- Professor Pomona Sprout
- Dean Thomas
- Professor Sibyll Trelawney
- Arthur Weasley
- Molly Weasley
- Bill Weasley
- Charlie Weasley
- Percy Weasley
- Fred and George Weasley
- Ginny Weasley
- The Weird Sisters
- Oliver Wood
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Meet the Cast
House: Gryffindor, 4th YearTriwizard Tournament: Hogwarts ChampionAh, Harry Potter. Where do we even begin to discuss this guy's character? He's only one of the most famous fictional creations ever...
House: Gryffindor, 4th YearIn the previous three Harry Potter books, Hermione's character has been defined by one word: nerd. Sure, she's gotten a lot less finicky about following the rules over th...
House: Gryffindor, 4th YearInsecurities EmergeRon has kind of a lousy time in Goblet of Fire, since he spends much of it consumed with jealousy. First off, as J.K. Rowling has commented: "he's made...
Professor: Headmaster of HogwartsFrom Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings, every good fantasy series needs a mentor for the hero. There has to be the all-knowing guy (or gal!) who's going to show ou...
If Dumbledore is the epitome of goodness in Harry Potter, then we all know who the model of evil must be: "Lord" Voldemort. Most of what we know about Voldemort at this point, we get from Book 2, H...
Alastor (Mad-Eye) Moody
Professor: Defense Against the Dark ArtsMinistry: Auror (former) Clearly, there are two Mad-Eye Moodys. There's the Mad-Eye Moody who is the noted Auror (a.k.a. a member of the Ministry who capture...
Barty Crouch, Jr.
Affiliation: Death EaterBarty Crouch, Jr. is the Death Eater who impersonates Mad-Eye Moody (using Polyjuice Potion) for an entire school year. He has been keeping the real Mad-Eye Moody in a trunk...
Barty Crouch, Sr.
Ministry: Head of Department of International Magical CooperationPlays by the RulesFrom the first minute we meet Mr. Crouch, we know that there's something a bit odd about him. Even though it seems...
By the time Goblet of Fire came out, J.K. Rowling had gotten a huge dose of fame. She had been a bestselling writer for three years, and her books were already known as a publishing phenomenon. Thu...
Professor: PotionsHouse: Head of SlytherinAffiliation: Death Eater?Professor Snape is the head of Slytherin House; he's also the Hogwarts Potions instructor. He's Harry's main adult antagonist at s...
Because the Quidditch World Cup is held in part on Muggle land, all of the wizards and witches who attend are supposed to be going in disguise as Muggles. Archie is an elderly wizard who refuses to...
Affiliation: Death EaterAvery is one of the Death Eaters who shows up at Voldemort's Little Hangleton get-together.
Ministry: Head of Department of Magical Games and SportsLudo Bagman was once a Beater for the Wimbourne Wasps Quidditch team. Now, he's the head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports. Becau...
Professor: History of MagicHogwarts's only ghost instructor, Professor Binns teaches history. He always seems to be droning on about Goblin wars and rebellions.
When Harry wakes up after his nasty nightmare in which Voldemort murders Frank Bryce, he wishes he could talk to "someone like – someone like a parent: an adult wizard whose advice he could a...
House: Gryffindor, 4th YearLavender is Parvati Patil's best friend. The girls deeply admire Professor Trelawney, the Divination instructor. Lavender goes to the Yule ball with Seamus Finnegan.
The book opens with a focus on Frank Bryce, an elderly Muggle caretaker of the Riddle family house, long unoccupied. Fifty years before, the Riddle family – an elderly man and a woman and the...
Buckbeak is the hippogriff that carries Sirius into hiding in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. When Sirius comes back to England to find Harry, he brings Buckbeak. They share a cave in Hog...
House: Ravenclaw, 5th YearCho Chang is a pretty fifth-year girl in Ravenclaw House. Like Harry and Cedric, she plays Seeker for her house team. Even though we know almost nothing about her, she's s...
Crabbe and Goyle
House: Slytherin, 4th YearFor the life of us, we can't find any differences between Crabbe and Goyle in Goblet of Fire. They basically seem interchangeable with one another. These two Slytherin fou...
House: Gryffindor, 3rd YearIf there were a Harry Potter Fan Club at Hogwarts, Colin Creevey would be the president and founder. He's an annoying little guy who is in total awe of Harry, and he trie...
House: Gryffindor, 1st YearDennis is Colin Creevey's equally enthusiastic little brother. Just before the Sorting Feast at the start of the school year, Dennis falls into the school lake and gets f...
Crookshanks is Hermione's large ginger cat. And, turns out, he's a great judge of character.
House: RavenclawRoger Davies is a Ravenclaw student, probably a bit older than Harry. Though he's Fleur Delacour's date for the Yule Ball, she doesn't seem to be carrying on any kind of long-term r...
School: BeauxbatonsTriwizard Tournament: Beauxbatons ChampionFleur Delacour is the Beauxbatons champion in the Triwizard Tournament. She's a stunningly beautiful girl, with golden hair, large blue...
Gabrielle is Fleur's younger sister. The merpeople choose to hold Gabrielle underwater for Fleur to come rescue during the second Triwizard task. But Fleur gets tangled up in grindylows and can't r...
House: Hufflepuff, 6th YearTriwizard Tournament: Hogwarts ChampionCedric Diggory might be what Harry would be like if Harry didn't have a Grand Destiny to face Voldemort sooner or later. He's hands...
Ministry: Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical CreaturesAmos Diggory is Cedric's father. He's a friend of Arthur's at the Ministry, and they seem like they might be on roughly the s...
Dobby is a house-elf who turns up in the Hogwarts kitchens in Goblet of Fire after being freed (accidentally) by the Malfoy family (with the help of Harry). Dobby was Harry's first house-elf friend...
Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley Dursley
The Dursleys are the Muggle family that has raised Harry since he was orphaned when he was one year old. Petunia Dursley was the sister of Harry's mom Lily, but she couldn't be more different from...
Errol is the Weasley family owl. He's about a million years old and looks like he's going to keel over at any minute.
Fang is Hagrid's enormous wolfhound.
The Fat Lady
The Fat Lady is the portrait that guards the Gryffindor dormitory entrance.
Fawkes is the phoenix who lives in Dumbledore's office. His tears have healing powers. His tail feathers provided the core of Harry's wand – and of Voldemort's, too. Fawkes seems particularly...
Argus Filch is the caretaker for Hogwarts. He absolutely hates the students (not sure why he's working in a school…), and he likes to patrol the castle at night to catch them up to something....
House: Hufflepuff, 4th YearA Hufflepuff student who treats Harry quite coldly before the first Triwizard task, as a result of Harry's competition with Hufflepuff golden boy Cedric Diggory.
House: Gryffindor, 4th YearSeamus attends the Quidditch World Cup with Dean Thomas in tow to support Ireland. Seamus goes to the Yule Ball with Lavender Brown.
Professor Filius Flitwick
Professor: CharmsHouse: Head of RavenclawTiny Professor Flitwick is back for another year of teaching Charms. He's quite impressed by the fantastic Summoning Charm that Harry uses to summon his Fir...
Professor: Care of Magical Creatures Substitute TeacherWhen Hagrid refuses to teach for a time out of shame at Rita Skeeter's article, Professor Dumbledore invites substitute teacher Grubbly-Plank....
Professor: Care of Magical CreaturesHagrid has a special place in the Harry Potter series as Harry's first wizard friend in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. He's a wild-looking giant of a man...
Hedwig is Harry's owl. She carries Harry's messages to Sirius Black for him. But because Sirius is in hiding and it would look weird if a snowy owl kept going south (where such owls stand out), Har...
House: Gryffindor, 6th YearAngelina is a Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. She's also the first Gryffindor to put her name into the Goblet of Fire. Fred asks her to go the Yule Ball with him...
House: Gryffindor, 6th YearLee is best friends with Fred and George Weasley. He hopes to enter his name in the Goblet of Fire even though he's underage. But once he sees the enormously long grey be...
We only see Bertha Jorkins once, in Professor Dumbledore's memories. At the time, she's about sixteen, and is complaining to Professor Dumbledore. She followed another student and his girlfriend in...
School: Headmaster of DurmstrangAffiliation: Death Eater (former)Professor Karkaroff is the headmaster of Durmstrang, a European school of magic with a fairly nasty reputation. In fact, Draco Malfo...
School: DurmstrangTriwizard Tournament: Durmstrang ChampionWe first see Viktor Krum when he's playing Seeker for the Bulgarian national Quidditch team at the Quidditch World Cup. Viktor has a scowl...
House: Gryffindor, 4th YearWe don't see so much of Neville in this book, but what we do see is delightful, as always. Neville is Harry's year in school and they share a dormitory. He's amazingly go...
House: Hufflepuff, 4th YearA Hufflepuff, Ernie turns a cold shoulder on Harry once he's picked as Hogwarts's second Triwizard Cup champion and Cedric's competitor.
House: Slytherin, 4th YearDraco Malfoy doesn't get a lot of time in Goblet of Fire except as an ongoing nuisance and enemy for Harry, Ron, and Hermione. He's one of the ringleaders of Slytherin Hou...
Affiliation: Death EaterWe don't see much of Lucius Malfoy directly in Goblet of Fire. We know that he has a lot of influence over the Ministry of Magic, and especially over Cornelius Fudge. When H...
Narcissa Malfoy mainly passes with a mention in this book. Harry mocks Draco:You know your mother, Malfoy? [...] that expression she's got, like she's got dung under her nose? Has she always looked...
Madame Olympe Maxine
School: Headmistress of BeauxbatonsMadame Maxine is the headmistress of Beauxbatons, a wizarding school that appears to be located in France (though it's Unplottable, so the actual location is secr...
Professor Minerva McGonagall
Professor: Transfiguration, Deputy Headmistress of HogwartsHouse: Head of GryffindorProfessor McGonagall is one of our old favorites. She's extremely stern and stands for no nonsense, but she seems...
Affiliation: Death EaterMacnair is currently "destroying dangerous beasts for the Ministry" (33.61). He was the man who the Ministry called in to execute Buckbeak in Book 3. He's also a Death Eater...
Eloise Midgen's only claim to fame is her bad acne, poor thing. She tries to curse it off her face and winds up losing her nose. Madame Pomfrey manages to reattach Eloise's nose, but Ron criticizes...
The Quidditch World Cup referee. He almost gets enchanted by a veela while he's in the middle of refereeing the match. (So embarrassing.) Because of the interference of the Bulgarian team mascots,...
Mrs. Norris is Filch the caretaker's cat (and only friend). Her lamp-like eyes in the dark and Filch's habit of calling her "My sweet!" (25.71) both remind us a little bit of Gollum in Lord of the...
Affiliation: Death EaterNott is a Death Eater who appears before Voldemort. Nott also has a son at Hogwarts.
We never quite get the real name of the Bulgarian Minister of Magic because Cornelius Fudge simply can't pronounce it. Mr. Oblansk comes to watch the Quidditch World Cup with Fudge, but he seems to...
Mr. Ollivander is a wand maker. We met him before in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone when he sold Harry his wand. Mr. Ollivander comes to Hogwarts to inspect the wands of the four Triwizard c...
House: Slytherin, 4th YearPansy Parkinson is a Slytherin girl; she also seems really keen on Draco Malfoy. The two of them attend the Yule Ball together.
Parvati and Padma Patil
House: Gryffindor (Parvati) and Ravenclaw (Padma), 4th YearParvati and Padma are twins. When Harry finds out that Cho Chang is going to the Yule Ball with Cedric and Hermione and Ginny are also alr...
Peter Pettigrew (a.k.a. Wormtail)
Affiliation: Death EaterAt the end of Book 3, Wormtail has been unmasked as the person who sold out James and Lily Potter to Voldemort thirteen years before, and then faked his own murder to frame...
To make up to Ron for having lost his rat, Scabbers (who turns out to have been Wormtail in hiding), during Book 3, Sirius sends Ron a tiny little owl. Ginny names the owl Pigwidgeon – Pig fo...
School: DurmstrangProfessor Karkaroff sucks up to Viktor Krum in a huge way, but to all of his other students, he's quite rude. Poliakoff, the only named Durmstrang student besides Viktor Krum, get...
Madame Poppy Pomfrey
Madame Pomfrey is the school nurse. She's a tough lady, but she looks after her students well. She asks a fair question in Goblet of Fire: "Last year Dementors, this year dragons, what are they goi...
The Irish National Quidditch Team
The Irish national team triumphs in the Quidditch World Cup. Their Chasers, Troy, Mullet, and Moran, are much more skilled than the Bulgarian team's: "they [work] as a seamless team, their movement...
The Bulgarian National Quidditch Team
The Bulgarian team is mainly a way for us to meet internationally renowned Seeker Viktor Krum before he comes to Hogwarts. And we have to admit, he plays a very impressive match. Not only does he f...
The Riddle Family
All we know about the Riddle family (besides the fact that they get murdered and that Voldemort is related to them) is hearsay from the villagers of Little Hangleton. The Riddles "had been most unp...
The Roberts Family
Mr. Roberts is the Muggle campground employee who helps many of the wizards attending the Quidditch World Cup to their campsites. He's smart, and he keeps noticing that something's odd about all of...
Stan Shunpike is a conductor on the Knight Bus. He's also a spectator at the Quidditch World Cup. When several veela start using their seductive powers on visitors to the match, Stan claims, "I'm a...
Professor Pomona Sprout
Professor: HerbologyHouse: Head of HufflepuffProfessor Sprout shows up only briefly in Goblet of Fire. She continues to teach Herbology, and she and Neville Longbottom are close because Neville has...
House: Gryffindor, 4th YearOne of Harry's year mates in Gryffindor House. Dean is best friends with Seamus Finnegan.
Professor Sibyll Trelawney
Professor: DivinationProfessor Trelawney teaches Divination, the art of telling the future. She's also an old fraud. She always predicts death and bad luck for Harry: it's her favorite trick. When...
Violet is a portrait and friend of the Fat Lady. She frequently comes to hang out with the Fat Lady.
Ministry: Misuse of Muggle Artifacts OfficeMr. Weasley is a model of a steady, dependable father. As a father, Mr. Weasley is very protective of his children, and of Harry too. When Harry is leavin...
Mrs. Weasley isn't just a mother; she's the mother in the Harry Potter series. Her life seems to revolve around mothering her seven children – plus Harry – whenever she gets the chance....
Bill Weasley is Ron's oldest brother. He's cool, with long hair and an earring "with a horrible great fang on it" (5.90), to use Mrs. Weasley's terms. He's a curse-breaker for Gringotts' bank, whic...
Charlie Weasley is the second oldest Weasley child. He works with dragons. He's on-hand at Hogwarts to help control the four dragons for the first Triwizard Tournament Task. He's the one who commen...
Ministry: Department of International Magical CooperationPercy Weasley, the Weasleys' third son, has always been a slightly stuck-up and self-absorbed guy. He's definitely the odd one out in the We...
Fred and George Weasley
House: Gryffindor, 6th YearTwin brothers Fred and George seem pretty much impossible to tell apart, so we won't try. Their main character trait is that they're both practical jokers. They invent al...
House: Gryffindor, 3rd YearGinny Weasley is the Weasleys' youngest child and only daughter. The running joke throughout the early part of the series, starting with Harry Potter and the Chamber of S...
The Weird Sisters
The Weird Sisters is a wizarding band that comes to play at the Yule Ball. The name seems to be a reference to the three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Poor Winky is a classic house-elf. She's a loyal servant attached to a single wizarding family. The problem is that she belongs to the Crouch family, which is divided against itself. So who should...
Wood was the captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team during the first three years of Harry's schooling at Hogwarts. Wood only appears once in Goblet of Fire, as a fellow spectator at the Quidditch...