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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Summary

Goblet of Fire opens with a bunch of murders, which shows us right off the bat that J.K. Rowling is getting darker with this installment. Fifty years prior, the town of Little Hangleton was shaken by the killing of the entire Riddle family: a man, woman, and their adult son. No one could figure out the cause of death, but the entire village is sure that Frank Bryce, the Riddles' gardener, is the murderer. Even so, Frank Bryce has stayed on as the caretaker for the Riddles' former house. One night, he sees a light on at the Riddle house and goes to investigate. He finds a wizard (Wormtail) and someone else – a thing. The thing orders Wormtail to murder Frank Bryce. And 200 miles away, Harry Potter wakes up. He has seen the whole scene. The thing sitting in that chair must have been Harry's enemy, Lord Voldemort, though it seems impossible since the Dark Lord is still supposed to be a spirit without a body… An ominous beginning to this installment of the Harry Potter series.

This dream – and Harry's growing pain from the lighting bolt-shaped curse scar on his forehead – demonstrate that Lord Voldemort is gaining strength once again. Harry doesn't know what to do about any of this, so he writes to his godfather, Sirius Black. Then, Harry's best friend Ron Weasley rescues Harry from a boring summer vacation with his awful Muggle relatives to go to the Quidditch World Cup.

At the Quidditch World Cup game itself, Harry, Ron, and their other best friend, Hermione Granger, wind up enjoying themselves quite a bit. But then, the night of the match, there's a vicious, public prank committed by a bunch of guys in robes and masks – former Death Eaters, supporters of Voldemort.

True mayhem breaks out when someone casts the Dark Mark into the sky, a well-known symbol of Voldemort himself. Ministry of Magic representatives catch a house-elf, Winky, holding the wand that cast the Dark Mark. To make matters worse, the wand is Harry's – he dropped it in the rush when the Death Eaters appeared. The house-elf in question belongs to the household of Mr. Bartemius Crouch, a very strict and upright member of the Ministry of Magic. Even though it seems impossible that Winky cast the Dark Mark herself, Mr. Crouch still expels poor Winky from his household.

When Harry, Ron, and Hermione wind up back at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry for the year, they discover that none other than Winky is living in the Hogwarts castle kitchens. So is Dobby, a house-elf friend of Harry's who first appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Hermione feels that the house-elves are basically slaves to the wizarding families they serve, so she grows politically active as she tries to come to their rescue. She starts S.P.E.W. – the Society for the Protection of Elvish Welfare – and makes Ron and Harry join. But everyone keeps telling her that the house-elves are happy to act as servants for wizards, and she shouldn't force her help on people who don't want it.

Besides Hermione's growing political enthusiasm, three major things happen at Hogwarts during the school year. The first is the appointment of a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher yet again – this time, one Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody. Moody is an experienced Dark wizard fighter who seems committed to teaching Harry as much as he can, and Harry grows to like and trust the prof.

The second major thing going on this year is the Triwizard Tournament, a competition between the three European wizarding schools of Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang. Each of these schools will have one champion enter the competition, whose name will be selected by the magical Goblet of Fire. Students have to be over seventeen years old to enter, though, so that rules out Harry, Ron, and Hermione (but who are they to follow the rules?).

At Halloween, each school's representative is announced. For Durmstrang, it's Viktor Krum (a world-class Quidditch player, who played in the World Cup final), for Beauxbatons, it's Fleur Delacour (a stunningly beautiful girl), and for Hogwarts, it's Cedric Diggory (a loyal, dependable Hufflepuff guy). Then, mysteriously, Harry gets selected as a fourth champion. No one knows how: Harry is too young and couldn't have put his own name in the Goblet of Fire! But once he has been selected, he has no choice but to participate in the Triwizard Tournament as well. This, of course, creates friction between Harry and most of Hogwarts, especially Ron. They all think that he must have put his own name in, and that he's just looking for more attention and glory. Harry starts getting more and more stressed.

Adding to the stress is the third major thing that happens during Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts: Rita Skeeter. Rita Skeeter is a reporter for the Daily Prophet. She likes to sell stories, and she's perfectly happy to twist the facts if she thinks they will make for a more sensational read. She publishes a really exploitative article about Harry in the Triwizard Tournament, claiming that he still cries whenever he thinks of his dead parents. Harry is furious and embarrassed. Fortunately, the article doesn't put Harry off his game: he manages to get through the first Triwizard Tournament task – with a Hungarian Horntail dragon, no less – pretty smoothly. Afterwards, he even makes up with Ron. Double score!

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Even though Harry and Ron are again best friends, the stress of Harry's life doesn't go down. Nope – now, he's got hormones to deal with. As part of the Triwizard Tournament tradition, there's going to be a Yule Ball during the winter holidays. Harry has to ask someone to go with him. He invites a Ravenclaw girl he has a crush on, Cho Chang, but turns out she's already going with Cedric Diggory. Ron, in a fit of insanity, asks beautiful Fleur Delacour. But she's not interested. Hermione is going with Viktor Krum – something that really bothers Ron, though he's too emotionally dense to figure out why. So Harry and Ron wind up going with twins Parvati and Padma Patil, which doesn't make any of them very happy. Ron and Hermione end the night by having a screaming fight about Viktor Krum, and even when they make up, there's still simmering tension between them.

Rita Skeeter continues to make trouble: she publishes an article telling the world that Hagrid, Harry's good friend and teacher of Care of Magical Creatures, is vicious half-giant. This is a huge deal in the wizarding world, and Hagrid almost quits his job because of it. Fortunately, Harry, Ron, and Hermione manage to convince him not to leave. But Hermione is so furious that she resolves to figure out how Rita Skeeter is finding out all of this private information she shouldn't have any way of knowing.

Meanwhile, Harry keeps moving through the Triwizard Tournament. He and Cedric have started exchanging tips for each of the tasks, and, with the help of Mad-Eye Moody and Dobby the house-elf, Harry is tied for first place with Cedric after the second task. The third task is supposed to take place on June 24th. They're going to have to get through a giant maze, and at the center of the maze is the Triwizard Cup. Whoever reaches the cup first wins.

On the day of the third task, Harry, Cedric, Viktor, and Fleur all start to move through the maze. Harry overhears Fleur scream and assumes that she's out of the tournament. Then, he is shocked to hear Viktor casting the Cruciatus Curse (an illegal spell that causes intense pain for those on the other end of it) on Cedric Diggory. So Harry stuns Viktor, and he and Cedric keep going through the maze. Harry gets injured by a giant spider just before reaching the Triwizard Cup, but Cedric offers to let Harry have the prize anyway to thank Harry for all of his help during the competition. Harry wants to take the Cup at the same time as Cedric, so the two of them can tie in the competition. Cedric agrees, and he and Harry grab the Cup at the same time.

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But the Triwizard Cup magically transports both Harry and Cedric to a graveyard. Suddenly, Cedric is murdered before Harry's eyes with the Killing Curse, Avada Kedavra. Yep – Wormtail and the thing that is Voldemort are both in the graveyard. This whole Triwizard Tournament was organized just to bring Harry to this graveyard, where Voldemort's father, Tom Riddle, has been buried. Wormtail puts together a potion made out of Tom Riddle's bones, Harry's blood, and Wormtail's own severed hand to bring Voldemort back to life and health. With this new power, Voldemort gets his body back.

With Voldemort's rise, his Death Eaters appear in the graveyard around him. Voldemort sets up a "duel" between Harry and himself, although it's clear that Voldemort is absolutely confident in his own triumph. But something weird happens when Voldemort and Harry's wands face each other: a beam of light connects both wands, and the previous spells that Voldemort has cast start coming out of his wand. This means that the ghosts of the people Voldemort has murdered start appearing in reverse order out of his wand: Cedric Diggory first, then Frank Bryce, then Harry's mother, and then Harry's father. The shock over the appearance of these ghosts gives Harry the time he needs to rush over to Cedric's body and then grab the Triwizard Cup. The Cup transports Harry and Cedric's body back to Hogwarts…to the shock of everyone they appear before.

Harry is ushered away from the maze by Moody. Slowly, Harry starts to realize that something is wrong with Moody. Moody tells Harry that he was the one who put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire. And he has been helping Harry get through the three tasks because he wanted Harry to reach the Triwizard Cup first – so that he could be transported to Voldemort's father's graveyard and be used in a spell to bring Voldemort back to life. Moody then raises his wand to kill Harry, but three Professors – McGonagall, Dumbledore, and Snape – all stun Moody before he can do it. As they watch, the unconscious Moody slowly turns back into his true form: Bartemius Crouch, Jr., who was convicted thirteen years before of being a Death Eater and for horribly torturing Frank and Alice Longbottom (Neville Longbottom's parents).

Barty Crouch, Jr. was smuggled out of prison by his father, Bartemius Crouch, Sr., as a favor to his dying mother. But he has been kept under house arrest under the care of their house-elf, Winky. Winky begged and pleaded that Barty Crouch, Jr. be allowed to go the Quidditch World Cup as a reward for good behavior. It was at the Quidditch World Cup that Barty Crouch, Jr. escaped Winky and cast the Dark Mark that frightened so many wizards. After getting free, Barty Crouch, Jr. made contact with Lord Voldemort, concocted this whole Harry Potter in the Triwizard Cup idea, and substituted himself for the real Moody using a disguise potion called the Polyjuice Potion. Meanwhile, the real Moody has been living locked up in Barty Crouch, Jr.'s trunk for the past year – yikes.

Harry gives his evidence that Voldemort has risen again to Professor Dumbledore, who informs Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic. But Fudge absolutely refuses to believe it. He's in firm denial, and manages to keep any mention of Voldemort out of the Daily Prophet. There's no additional proof besides Harry's word because Barty Crouch, Jr. has been killed in Ministry custody: a magical creature called a Dementor ate his soul. So it's just Harry's word against Fudge's, and Fudge has all the power.

At the end of school Leaving Feast, Professor Dumbledore decides to set his Hogwarts students straight. He explains to them that Lord Voldemort murdered Cedric Diggory, and that Voldemort is back again. But several students – troublemakers like Draco Malfoy – refuse to acknowledge Professor Dumbledore's speech.

On the train to London for the summer holidays, Harry, Ron, and Hermione talk about the past year. Hermione finally gets to explain that she's figured out how Rita Skeeter has been spying. Rita Skeeter is an unlicensed Animagus, someone who can change into an animal. Animagi are all supposed to register at the Ministry, but Rita hasn't. Her form is a beetle – a convenient size for overhearing private conversations. So Hermione has agreed not to share Rita's secret with the Ministry of Magic as long as Rita Skeeter doesn't publish any more nasty things about people for at least a year. Ron promises Harry that he can come and visit the Weasleys later in the summer. Until then, Harry should take care of himself. Harry says good-bye to Ron and Hermione until the next school year.

  • Chapter 1

    The Riddle House

    • We start out in Little Hangleton, England.
    • This village was once the home of the Riddle family (a father, a mother, and their grownup son).
    • (For those you need a Harry Potter refresher, we discover that Voldemort's birth name was Tom Marvolo Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second book in the series.)
    • But the Riddles are long dead: all three of them were found murdered fifty years before.
    • There was not a mark on their bodies.
    • The prime suspect in the murder was the Riddles' gardener, Frank Bryce.
    • "[H]ardly anyone in Little Hangleton doubted that Frank Bryce had killed the Riddles" (1.18).
    • Even so, Frank "stubbornly repeated, again and again, that he was innocent, and that the only person he had seen near the house on the day of the Riddles' deaths had been a teenage boy" (1.19).
    • The police had no evidence that Frank killed the Riddles, so they to let him go.
    • But the villagers remained suspicious.
    • Fast forward to now.
    • Frank Bryce has remained the caretaker for the Riddle house for the past fifty years.
    • One August night, he wakes up and realizes something weird is going on up at the house.
    • Frank goes to investigate.
    • He hears two voices talking to one another.
    • One of them keeps addressing "My Lord" (1.83), while the other uses a peculiar, high, cold voice.
    • This second voice asks, "Where is Nagini?"
    • The voice continues, talking about things Frank Bryce has never heard of, such as "the Quidditch World Cup" (1.43) and the "Ministry of Magic" (1.45). Huh?
    • The voice is "determined" (1.47) that "it" (1.49) must be done with Harry Potter.
    • The first voice – Wormtail – protests that Harry Potter is well-guarded: "Laying hands on Harry Potter would be so difficult, he is so well-protected" (1.54).
    • (Wormtail is Peter Pettigrew, an old friend of James and Lily Potter's who betrayed them both to Voldemort. Pettigrew then framed Sirius Black for his murder, leaving Sirius in wizard prison for twelve years. Check out Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for more on Wormtail's tale.)
    • The second voice dismisses Wormtail's suspicions. He assumes that his "faithful servant" (1.65) will rejoin them to help when the time is right.
    • Wormtail gets jealous at the idea that he isn't the voice's most faithful servant.
    • Wormtail reminds the voice that Wormtail "was the one who found [him]. [Wormtail] brought [him] Bertha Jorkins" (1.68).
    • Frank becomes terrified overhearing all of this. He realizes that the voice "had killed a woman. He was talking about it without any kind of remorse – with amusement. [...] And he was planning more murders – this boy, Harry Potter, whoever he was – was in danger –" (1.78).
    • So, naturally, Frank wants to go find the police. Before he can make a move, though, Frank finds out who Nagini is: she's the second voice's large snake.
    • Nagini hisses to the second voice that, "there is an old Muggle standing right outside this room, listening to every word we say" (1.89).
    • (A Muggle, of course, is a non-magic user.)
    • Wormtail, "a short, balding man with graying hair, a pointed nose, and small watery eyes" (1.91) finds Frank waiting in the hallway.
    • And then the owner of the cold voice shows himself to Frank Bryce.
    • And Frank Bryce screams so loudly "that he never heard the words the thing in the chair spoke as it raised a wand" (1.106).
    • The thing in the chair kills Frank Bryce with a flash of green light.
    • Two hundred miles away, Harry Potter wakes up.
  • Chapter 2

    The Scar

    • Harry Potter wakes up suddenly from a bad dream in which an old man (Frank Bryce) gets killed.
    • The famous lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead (the only mark on his body from Voldemort's failed killing curse when Harry Potter was one year old) is burning with a sharp pain.

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    • Harry tries to remember his dream.
    • The odd thing is that the dream is from the point of view of the thing in the chair.
    • Suddenly, it occurs to Harry that the dream is from Lord Voldemort (Harry's nemesis) and that Voldemort is plotting to kill Harry (as usual).
    • Harry is stuck at Privet Drive for the summer break.
    • Privet Drive is where his incredibly unloving aunt (Petunia), uncle (Vernon), and cousin (Dudley) live.
    • Harry has to stay with them because, the same night that Voldemort tried and failed to kill Harry, he succeeded in murdering Harry's parents, Lily and James Potter.
    • So Harry stays with his mother's sister Petunia during summer holidays.
    • As proof of how horrible the Dursleys are, they "explained away Harry's long absences at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry over the previous three years by telling everyone that he went to St. Brutus's Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys" (2.15).
    • Harry thinks about who he might tell about his burning scar and his bad dreams.
    • Hermione Granger, one of his two best friends?
    • No, she'll just tell him to go to Professor Dumbledore. And then she'll throw some schoolbooks at him so that Harry can read up on curse scars.
    • Professor Dumbledore, his mentor at Hogwarts?
    • No! Harry would feel too stupid bothering Professor Dumbledore with something this small.
    • His other best friend, Ron Weasley?
    • No, he'll just freak out and ask his dad about it, and Harry doesn't want to bother Mr. Weasley either.
    • So Harry decides to write to Sirius Black.
    • Sirius Black is Harry's godfather. He's on the run for murdering Wormtail (Voldemort's assistant from the first chapter) but, of course, he didn't do it.
    • But Sirius can still get mail delivered by Harry's trusty owl, Hedwig.
    • So Harry writes Sirius a letter asking if "curse scars sometimes hurt years afterward?" (2.39).
    • Harry feels better after sending this letter off.
  • Chapter 3

    The Invitation

    • Harry walks down to the breakfast table.
    • Uncle Vernon has received a letter from Molly Weasley (Ron's mother) about the Quidditch World Cup.
    • This letter, of course, has made Uncle Vernon furious.
    • First, it's covered with stamps, and Uncle Vernon hates anything that looks at all out-of-the-ordinary or unusual.
    • Second, Uncle Vernon hates bothering about Harry.
    • Uncle Vernon asks Harry what Quidditch is.
    • Harry replies: "It's a sport [...] played on broom –" (3.43). (Maybe Harry should have fudged the truth about that one.)
    • "'All right, all right!' [says] Uncle Vernon loudly" (3.44).
    • To stop Harry talking about wizarding culture, Uncle Vernon quickly tells Harry he definitely can't go to the Quidditch World Cup.
    • But Harry threatens to write to his godfather, Sirius Black (who's still wanted for murder) to say that Uncle Vernon won't let Harry go.
    • Uncle Vernon quickly changes his tune. Harry is allowed to go to the Quidditch World Cup and spend the rest of the summer with the Weasleys.
    • Harry runs up to his room.
    • He finds two owls. One is his owl, Hedwig, and the other is a tiny owl, "small enough to fit into the palm of his hand, whizzing excitedly around the room like a loose firework" (3.62).
    • This tiny owl, "Pig," belongs to Ron.
    • He is carrying a letter from Ron saying that the Weasleys are going to arrive at 5:00 the next day.
    • Hermione, Ron and Harry's other best friend, is already staying with the Weasleys.
    • Harry writes a quick reply: "Ron, it's all okay, the Muggles say I can come. See you at five o'clock tomorrow" (3.70).
    • Harry sends Pig back to Ron with his answer.
    • Harry also attaches his letter to Sirius to Hedwig's leg, and she flies off.
    • Harry is feeling pretty great: all seems right with the world. (For now.)
  • Chapter 4

    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.
  • Chapter 5

    Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

    • When Harry arrives at the Burrow, Fred and George (the twins) quickly ask him if Dudley ate "it"? "It" is a "Ton-Tongue Toffee" (5.4) – a sweet that makes your tongue grow huge.
    • When Mr. Weasley comes through the fireplace, he's pretty furious with the twins.
    • He points out: "That sort of behavior seriously undermines wizard-Muggle relations!" (5.15).
    • Mrs. Weasley steps in too, and things get tense in the Weasley living room.
    • Luckily for Harry, Hermione and Ron's little sister Ginny come in the room.
    • Ron, Harry, Hermione, and Ginny all go up to Ron's room while the twins argue with their irate mother downstairs.
    • Ron and Ginny tell Harry about the twins' new business: they're making magical practical jokes ("Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes") that they plan to sell once they get to school.
    • But Mrs. Weasley is annoyed that the twins want to open a joke shop rather than work for the Ministry of Magic like Mr. Weasley.
    • Percy Weasley, Ron's older brother and recent Hogwarts graduate, is working for the Ministry of Magic, in the Department of International Magical Cooperation.
    • Percy's a jerk – totally full of himself.
    • Harry also gets to meet Ron's tiny owl, Pig (full name Pigwidgeon – can't say we thought of that one) formally.
    • They all go down to dinner.
    • Mrs. Weasley is slamming dishes and pots around and generally seems annoyed.
    • She's worried that Fred and George are going to get in trouble with their tricks.
    • (There's a Ministry office called the Improper Use of Magic Office, and it deals with cases of wizards who have done magic in front of Muggles, something that is strictly forbidden by wizard law.)
    • Meanwhile, Percy Weasley is going on about his boss at work, Mr. Crouch, whom he admires.
    • Percy mentions a missing witch, Bertha Jorkins, who never came back from her holiday in Albania a month before.
    • Apparently, the head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports, Ludo Bagman, hasn't looked into the case yet.
    • Around the dinner table, everyone is talking about the Quidditch World Cup. The final match is going to be between Ireland and Bulgaria.
    • (Harry is a member of the Quidditch team for his house, Gryffindor, at Hogwarts.)
    • After dinner, Ron quietly asks Harry if he's heard from Sirius.
    • Harry mentions sending Sirius a letter, but he's feeling too content at the moment to talk about his painful scar.
    • Mrs. Weasley sends them all off to bed – they have to get up early.
  • Chapter 6

    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.
  • Chapter 7

    Bagman and Crouch

    • At the other end of the Portkey, two wizards are standing around looking tired.
    • One of the wizards knows Mr. Weasley. He directs them to the field where Mr. Weasley has reserved a tent site for his family.
    • The Diggorys head off to find their own site.
    • At the correct field, there's a Muggle named Mr. Roberts. He's supposed to bring Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Mr. Weasley to the reserved Weasley campsite.
    • Mr. Roberts starts asking questions: why so many reservations out of the blue? Why such a huge crowd? And the people are weird – they all seem confused by ordinary English money.
    • A wizard suddenly appears, points a wand at Mr. Roberts, and shouts, "Obliviate!" (7.28).
    • This is a spell that alters memory. The wizards are trying to keep Mr. Roberts from figuring out too much about who they really are.
    • Keeping security tight around the Quidditch World Cup is a nightmare.
    • The field is full of weird, obviously magical tents that would make any Muggle suspicious.
    • Mr. Weasley and Harry put up two tents, which are (luckily) much bigger on the inside than the outside.
    • Then Ron, Harry, and Hermione troop off in search of water.
    • As they walk through the campground, they see lots of ordinary wizarding families enjoying themselves (and Ministry officials running around trying to make them less conspicuous).
    • In a section of the campground filled with Ireland supporters, they bump into a friend from school who also lives in Gryffindor, Seamus Finnegan.
    • Seamus has brought his best friend from Gryffindor, Dean Thomas.
    • Over at the Bulgarian section of the camp, all the tents are covered with posters of a scowling boy with heavy black eyebrows. It's Viktor Krum, the Bulgarian Seeker.
    • (To figure out which position the Seeker plays in Quidditch, check out this guide.)
    • They spot lots of students from Hogwarts with their families, and they also see a bunch of unfamiliar teenagers – kids who go to other wizarding schools.
    • Harry had no idea that there were other wizarding schools (neither did we), but of course, it makes sense – Hogwarts can't be the only one.
    • Back at the tent, the rest of the Weasleys turn up: there's Fred, George, Bill, Charlie, and Percy all ready for lunch.
    • As they settle in to eat, Ludo Bagman comes by (Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports – so he's in charge of the World Cup).
    • Ludo is looking excited about the upcoming match.
    • Ludo asks Mr. Weasley if he wants to make a bet on who will win.
    • The twins jump in and bet a huge amount of money (over 37 Galleons) that Ireland will win but Viktor Krum will get the Snitch. (For more on how this is possible, check out the section on scoring at the Harry Potter Lexicon)
    • Ludo accepts the bet, though he thinks it's a real long shot.
    • Mr. Weasley asks Ludo about that missing witch in his department, Bertha Jorkins.
    • Ludo doesn't seem too worried. She has a "memory like a leaky cauldron and no sense of direction. [...] She'll wander back into the office sometime in October, thinking it's still July" (7.123).
    • A "stiff, upright, elderly man" (7.126) approaches the party. He's about as different from relaxed, happy Ludo as a person can be.
    • This is Barty Crouch, Percy Weasley's boss at the Ministry.
    • Sucking up hugely, Percy asks Mr. Crouch if he would like a cup of tea.
    • Mr. Crouch responds: "Oh [...] Yes – thank you, Weatherby" (7.131).
    • The twins snicker over the fact that Percy's beloved Mr. Crouch has totally gotten Percy's name wrong.
    • Ludo starts dropping hints that some new event is coming after the Quidditch World Cup: "Still, it's not as though we haven't got anything to look forward to, eh, Barty? Eh?" (7.144).
    • But Mr. Crouch stops Ludo from giving up "classified information" (7.152) about this mysterious event.
    • As the day goes on, the excitement builds over the World Cup match.
    • Harry spends a small fortune on a set of three "Omnioculars" – "You can replay action ... slow everything down ... and they flash up a play-by-play breakdown if you need it" (7.159).
    • He gives one to Ron and one to Hermione – very generous!
    • Ron, who is "touchy about the fact that Harry, who had inherited a small fortune from his parents, had much more money than he did" (7.162), almost refuses the gift.
    • But Harry says the Omnioculars will be a Christmas present "for about ten years, mind" (7.163).
    • And Ron feels better.
    • Mr. Weasley calls: "It's time!" (7.168). The match is about to start!
  • Chapter 8

    The Quidditch World Cup

    • 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.
  • Chapter 9

    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.
  • Chapter 10

    Mayhem at the Ministry

    • After a few hours' sleep, they return to the Weasley house.
    • Mrs. Weasley is relieved to see them all, especially Fred and George.
    • She weeps, "I shouted at you before you left! [...] It's all I've been thinking about!" (10.11).
    • Mr. Weasley finds an article by reporter Rita Skeeter: "Ministry blunders ... culprits not apprehended ... lax security ... Dark wizards running unchecked ... national disaster ..." (10.14).
    • So the whole thing is quickly turning into a PR disaster for the Ministry of Magic.
    • Mr. Weasley has to go into the office because "this is going to take some smoothing over" (10.19).
    • Harry asks if Hedwig has arrived yet. Nope.
    • Later, Harry explains to Ron and Hermione that he's waiting for word from Sirius about his aching curse scar.
    • Harry is suspicious that Voldemort is planning something big.
    • In response to this news, Ron is frightened and Hermione is practical, exactly as Harry had predicted.
    • Percy and Mr. Weasley start spending a lot of time at the Ministry.
    • Percy gets pretty self-important about all the time Mr. Weasley has to put in at work: "Well, Father feels he's got to make up for his mistake at the match, doesn't he? [...] If truth be told, he was a tad unwise to make a public statement without clearing it with his Head of Department first –" (10.60).
    • "Don't you dare blame your father for what that wretched Skeeter woman wrote!" (10.61), yells back Mrs. Weasley.
    • When Mr. Weasley comes home, he brings bad news: "Rita Skeeter's been ferreting around all week, looking for more Ministry mess-ups to report" (10.77).
    • Harry, Ron, and Hermione are getting ready to go back to school for the year.
    • Mrs. Weasley has gone ahead and done all of the school shopping for both Harry and Ron.
    • Ron finds something weird with his stuff: "a long, maroon velvet dress. It had a moldy-looking lace frill at the collar and matching lace cuffs" (10.94). (Dress-up?)
    • These are Ron's new dress robes, and they're shabby because they are secondhand – all that Mrs. Weasley could afford.
    • Harry has a new set of dress robes, too, but they're nice – bright green versions of his usual school robes.
    • Ron is furious: "Why is everything I own rubbish?" (10.113).
  • Chapter 11

    Aboard the Hogwarts Express

    • The night before Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts, Mr. Weasley is called back into the Ministry.
    • Someone named "Mad-Eye" has gotten into trouble with his Muggle neighbors for disturbing the peace.
    • Mad-Eye claims there was an intruder near the house, but his booby-trapped trashcans exploded and scared the intruder off.
    • Amos Diggory begs Mr. Weasley to go over there and smooth everything over, since "Mad-Eye's supposed to be starting his new job today" (11.20).
    • The Weasley family starts talking about Mad-Eye Moody: George thinks he's a "nutter" (11.31) – in other words, crazy.
    • But Mrs. Weasley reminds them all, "Your father thinks very highly of Mad-Eye Moody" (11.32).
    • Moody is a retired Auror. (An Auror is a Dark wizard catcher.)
    • But after catching so many evil wizards, "he's been getting really paranoid in his old age. Doesn't trust anyone anymore" (11.38).
    • The next morning, the whole family (minus Mr. Weasley and Percy but plus Harry and Hermione) pile into taxis to go to the train station.
    • Ginny, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Fred, and George say good-bye to Mrs. Weasley, Bill, and Charlie before getting on the Hogwarts Express.
    • Both Charlie and Bill hint that "You're going to have an interesting year" (11.53).
    • But they refuse to explain their hints about what's coming to Hogwarts.
    • On the train, Hermione overhears Draco boasting, "Father actually considered sending me to Durmstrang rather than Hogwarts" (11.69).
    • Durmstrang is another European wizarding school. It has a reputation for emphasizing the Dark Arts.
    • Hermione explains that both the other major wizarding schools in Europe – Beauxbatons and Durmstrang – are kept in hidden locations "so nobody can steal their secrets" (11.77).
    • Ron starts telling all their Gryffindor school friends about the Quidditch World Cup.
    • Draco Malfoy walks by and start jeering – he catches sight of Ron's dress robes in his trunk and exclaims, "Weasley, you weren't thinking of wearing these, were you? I mean – they were very fashionable in about eighteen ninety ..." (11.102).
    • Malfoy is also delighted to find out that Ron doesn't know what's coming to Hogwarts.
    • Malfoy knows because "[his] father told [him] about it ages ago ... heard it from Cornelius Fudge" (11.109).
    • Ron is now totally enraged and embarrassed.
    • At last, they arrive at Hogwarts.
  • Chapter 12

    The Triwizard Tournament

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    • The Hogwarts Poltergeist, Peeves, drops a water balloon on Ron as soon as they all turn up at the gate.
    • Professor McGonagall (the Head of Gryffindor, who also teaches Transfiguration) comes storming out to escort the arrivals into the Great Hall.
    • The annual Sorting is about to begin, when the new Hogwarts students get placed in each of the four different Hogwarts Houses (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin).
    • Harry notices that all of his old professors are there – including his personal enemy, Potions teacher Severus Snape – but one person is missing.
    • There is no new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
    • Last year (in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), the DADA teacher was Remus Lupin, an old friend of Harry's parents and Sirius Black.
    • But he had to resign when Professor Snape leaked the information that Lupin is a werewolf. (Oh, that pesky Snape.)
    • And the post still (apparently) hasn't been filled.
    • The Sorting starts.
    • The Sorting Hat – a "dirty, patched wizard's hat [... with] a long tear near the brim opened wide like a mouth" (12.34) welcomes the new students.
    • Finally, after the Sorting is over, everyone gets to tuck in to dinner.
    • Nearly Headless Nick (the Gryffindor ghost) looks enviously at all the delicious food.
    • He lets slip that Hogwarts has house-elves working in its kitchens.
    • Hermione flips out and decides that she can't keep eating food produced by "Slave labor" (12.95).
    • At the end of the feast, Professor Dumbledore (the headmaster) stands up to make some announcement.
    • Apparently, there will be no Quidditch tournament at Hogwarts this year. (What?!)
    • A storm is raging outside, which makes what happens next even more atmospheric.
    • The door to the Great Hall bangs open, and a man walks in.
    • "The lightning had thrown the man's face into sharp relief [...] Every inch of skin seemed to be scarred. The mouth looked like a diagonal gash, and a large chunk of nose was missing" (12.109).
    • But even more extraordinary is the man's eyes: one is a regular eye, but the other is "large, round as a coin, and a vivid electric blue" (12.110).
    • Professor Dumbledore introduces "our new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher [...] Professor Moody" (12.113).
    • Everyone is totally dumbstruck.
    • Professor Dumbledore continues, "It is my very great pleasure to inform you that the Triwizard Tournament will be taking place at Hogwarts this year" (12.121).
    • At this, everyone gets cheerful again.
    • The Triwizard Tournament is a competition between Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang.
    • It hasn't happened for the last hundred years because "the death toll mounted so high" (12.127).
    • But it's starting up again!
    • A champion will be chosen from each of the three wizarding schools on Halloween.
    • These three students will have to compete in three magical tasks.
    • In order to make this all work, Hogwarts will be hosting students from both Beauxbatons and Durmstrang during the school year.
    • There are rules, of course. Because the competition is so dangerous, only students over seventeen can enter.
    • And then, with the air still buzzing from this news, Professor Dumbledore sends them all to bed.
    • Fred and George Weasley are already planning on how to get around the age restriction (they're sixteen).
    • As Ron is falling asleep, he announces, "I might go in for it, you know [...] if Fred and George find out how to ..." (12.158).
    • Harry fantasizes that he has gotten in to the Triwizard Tournament, won the whole thing, and impressed his crush, Cho Chang.
  • Chapter 13

    Mad-Eye Moody

    • The next morning, Harry is disappointed to find that no letter has arrived from Sirius. He's starting to worry.
    • The first class of the day for the Gryffindor fourth-years is Herbology with Professor Sprout.
    • They're learning to collect pus from Bubotubers, which sounds completely revolting.
    • The pus is used in acne medicine (handy, but still – pus).
    • Next up, there's Care of Magical Creatures with Hagrid.
    • Hagrid is also the Hogwarts caretaker and a good friend of Harry's since his first year at Hogwarts.
    • The Gryffindors share this class with the Slytherins, which means more Malfoy.
    • Hagrid's assignment is to raise a bunch of Blast-Ended Skrewts.
    • These are lobstery-looking things with "stings" and "sorta sucker things on their bellies [...] ter suck blood" (13.36). They also blow up periodically.
    • Malfoy asks the snide but still fair question, "Who wouldn't want pets that can burn, sting, and bite all at once?" (13.37).
    • Hagrid basically tells everyone to calm down and figure out what the skrewts eat.
    • Finally, lunch: Hermione stuffs herself so she can get to the library ASAP.
    • Yes, Hermione is keen on her studies, but this is just the first day of school. So this is weird even for her.
    • Harry and Ron go up to their Divination (a.k.a. reading the future) class taught by Professor Trelawney.
    • Harry hates this class in particular because Professor Trelawney is always predicting that Harry is about to die.
    • Even though she seems like an old fraud, there was "that time at the end of last term, when she had made the prediction about Voldemort rising again" (13.88).
    • Even "Dumbledore himself had said that he thought that trance had been genuine" (13.88).
    • Still, that one true prediction doesn't improve Harry's opinion of Divination as a class.
    • At dinner, Malfoy makes fun of Ron again, this time because of a newspaper article.
    • Mr. Weasley has made into the Daily Prophet a second time.
    • That reporter, Rita Skeeter, criticizes Mr. Weasley for his handling of the Mad-Eye Moody incident: "Unsurprisingly, Mr. Weasley found, upon arrival at Mr. Moody's heavily guarded house, that Mr. Moody had once again raised a false alarm. Mr. Weasley [...] refused to answer Daily Prophet questions about why he had involved the Ministry in such an undignified and potentially embarrassing scene" (13.84).
    • After an exchange of criticism of one another's mothers, Harry turns his back to Malfoy.
    • Malfoy fires a curse at Harry's back.
    • Professor Moody comes limping in, pointing his wand at Malfoy.
    • He turns Malfoy into a white ferret and then starts bouncing the ferret up and down against the floor. Excellent!
    • Professor McGonagall appears and asks what Professor Moody is doing.
    • She's horrified to discover that this is Moody's idea of discipline.
    • Professor Moody drags the restored Draco Malfoy off to talk to his Head of House, Professor Snape.
    • Ron calls seeing "Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret" (13.128) "the best moment of [his] life" (13.131).
    • Mysteriously, Hermione runs off to the library again.
    • Harry and Ron are really excited about Defense Against the Dark Arts with Moody tomorrow.
  • Chapter 14

    The Unforgivable Curses

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    • Professor Snape is in a particularly foul mood because:
    • (1) He really wants the Defense Against the Dark Arts job, and
    • (2) He "seemed strangely wary of displaying overt animosity to Mad-Eye Moody" (14.3). In other words, Snape is scared of Moody.
    • The Gryffindor fourth-years finally get to attend Moody's class.
    • He walks in and tells them to put away their textbooks.
    • Moody is "here to bring [them] up to scratch on what wizards can do to each other" (14.15) – curses.
    • Even though it's not generally allowed before sixth year, Moody has Dumbledore's permission to show them illegal curses.
    • Moody adds: "I say, the sooner you know what you're up against, the better" (14.20).
    • Moody brings out a jar with three spiders.
    • He demonstrates the first Unforgivable Curse on one of the spiders: the Imperius Curse.
    • This curse gives the caster "Total control" (14.32) over his victims.
    • Neville Longbottom – who never speaks up in class – volunteers the next curse.
    • It's the Cruciatus Curse.
    • When Moody shouts "Crucio!" (14.46), the second spider "rolled over and began to twitch horribly, rocking from side to side" (14.47).
    • If you hadn't guessed, this curse causes agonizing pain.
    • Hermione suddenly shouts, "Stop it" (14.48).
    • Neville's "hands were clenched upon the desk in front of him, his knuckles white, his eyes wide and horrified" (14.49).
    • Last but not least, there is Avada Kedavra – the Killing Curse.
    • With a flash of green light, Moody kills the last spider without a mark or a sign of struggle.
    • Moody continues: "There's no blocking [the Killing Curse]. Only one known person has ever survived it, and he's sitting right in front of me" (14.64).
    • That person, of course, is Harry Potter.
    • So now, Harry has seen a demonstration of exactly how Voldemort murdered his parents.
    • He flashes back to what he knows of the night of their murder.
    • He slowly pulls his attention back to Moody, who's insisting, "You've got to appreciate what the worst is. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where you're facing it" (14.71).
    • When they get out of class, Hermione runs to find Neville.
    • He's looking very strange – clearly upset.
    • They can't figure out why.
    • But Moody approaches Neville and reassures him: "It's all right, sonny [...] Why don't you come up to my office? Come on ... we can have a cup of tea ... " (14.87).
    • Moody means to be kind, but Neville looks rather terrified.
    • At dinner, Hermione scarfs down her food and heads to the library again.
    • Harry and Ron do their Divination homework.
    • They make up loads of disasters that are supposed to happen to them over the coming month – looks like Professor Trelawney still loves tragic predictions.
    • Harry notices Fred and George sitting in a corner.
    • They're talking very seriously about something, and Harry hears George say, "No – that sounds like we're accusing him" (14.125).
    • Harry's curious about what the twins are up to.
    • Hermione returns to the Gryffindor common room.
    • She finally reveals what she has been doing.
    • She has a box full of badges with the letters S.P.E.W. on them.
    • It stands for the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare.
    • Hermione wants Ron and Harry to join.
    • Ron insists: "Hermione – open your ears [...] They like being enslaved!" (14.153).
    • Hermione absolutely will not listen.
    • She expects her friends to help her recruit members.
    • At this tense moment, Hedwig suddenly arrives.
    • She's carrying a letter from Sirius.
    • Sirius informs Harry that he is "flying north immediately. This news about [Harry's] scar is the latest in a series of strange rumors that have reached me here" (14.164).
    • Harry freaks out that Sirius is going to come out of hiding just because his scar is hurting.
    • Harry worries, "Coming back, because he thinks I'm in trouble! And there's nothing wrong with me!" (14.171).
    • In the boys' dorm, Harry lies awake worrying, not noticing that Neville is also not sleeping.
  • Chapter 15

    Beauxbatons and Durmstrang

    • Harry writes to Sirius to try and convince him, no, "There's no point coming back, everything's fine here" (15.1).
    • In Defense Against the Dark Arts, Professor Moody puts each of his students under the Imperius Curse.
    • Moody justifies: "Dumbledore wants you taught what it feels like" (15.13).
    • When Moody casts this curse on each student, no one shows any signs of being able to fight it off.

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    • None of them, that is, except Harry.
    • Harry hears Moody's magical suggestions in his head, but he tries to fight them (with mixed success).
    • Still, Moody is pleased: "Potter fought! He fought it, and he damn near beat it! [... V]ery good, Potter, very good indeed! They'll have trouble controlling you!" (15.29).
    • All of the fourth-years' classes are getting harder and harder, and they're starting to feel the strain.
    • They get news that the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students will be arriving Friday afternoon.
    • Ernie Macmillan, a Hufflepuff who happens to be nearby when the notice is posted, runs off to tell Cedric Diggory that the Triwizard Tournament testing is going to start soon.

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    • The whole school seems to be filled with anticipation (and stress, especially among the teachers).
    • Amid all of this, Fred and George are still acting weird.
    • They keep writing these letters and ducking into corners to discuss something.
    • But they won't tell Ron what's going on.
    • Hermione is still campaigning for S.P.E.W.: "You do realize that your sheets are changed, your fires lit, your classrooms cleaned, and your food cooked by a group of magical creatures who are unpaid and enslaved?" (15.76).
    • She still won't listen to anyone who tells her the house-elves are happy.
    • Hedwig arrives with a letter from Sirius, who tells Harry, "Nice try" (15.83).
    • He's not fooled by Harry's second letter and he's still coming north to check up on his godson.
    • On Friday afternoon before six, the Heads of each Hogwarts house bring their students to the front gates of the school.
    • The Beauxbatons students arrive first in a "gigantic, powder blue, horse-drawn carriage, the size of a large house [...] pulled through the air by a dozen winged horses" (15.108).
    • The headmistress of Beauxbatons is an enormously tall woman named Madame Maxine. She's richly dressed, handsome, and is as tall as Hagrid.
    • Her students are all dressed in thin silk robes and are (unsurprisingly) shivering in the cold.
    • The Durmstrang students arrive in a "strangely skeletal" ship that rises from the depths of the lake in front of Hogwarts.
    • The headmaster of Durmstrang is an oily guy with a slightly weak chin named Professor Karkaroff.
    • Among the Durmstrang students, Ron is amazed to see the Bulgarian national team's Seeker, Viktor Krum.
  • Chapter 16

    The Goblet of Fire

    • Ron is super-duper excited that Viktor Krum is going to be staying at Hogwarts.
    • The Durmstrang students look impressed by Hogwarts, but the Beauxbatons kids are all shuddering and shivering in their robes.
    • One of the Beauxbatons students takes off her scarf and asks Ron to pass the bouillabaisse (fish stew).
    • She's lovely: "a long sheet of silvery-blond hair [falls] almost to her waist. She [has] large, deep blue eyes, and very white, even teeth" (16.41).
    • Ron is instantly enchanted (and we use that word deliberately, because the girl looks like a veela).
    • The trio is surprised to see Ludo Bagman and Mr. Crouch eating with Dumbledore and the professors.
    • Dumbledore stands up and announces that the Triwizard Tournament is about to begin.

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    • There will be a panel of five judges: Ludo Bagman, Mr. Crouch, Madame Maxine, Professor Karkaroff, and Professor Dumbledore himself.
    • Argus Filch, the Hogwarts caretaker, brings out an ancient-looking case.
    • Inside the case is "an impartial selector" (16.68) for each school's champion: the Goblet of Fire.
    • It's exactly what it sounds like: a golden cup with a spout of flame coming out the top.
    • People who want to be considered for school champion have 24 hours to put their names on a slip of paper and throw it into the Goblet.
    • Dumbledore reminds those who want to nominate themselves for champion that there's a strict age minimum of seventeen years.
    • Fred and George Weasley plan to take an Aging Potion to try and trick the Goblet of Fire into accepting their names.
    • As Karkaroff hustles his students out of the Hall and back to their boat, he catches sight of Harry.
    • He stops and stares.
    • A voice from behind Harry growls, "Yeah, that's Harry Potter" (16.87).
    • Karkaroff goes pale at the sight of Mad-Eye Moody.
    • Karkaroff rushes out the door with his students in tow.
    • The next morning, all the Durmstrang kids put their names into the Goblet of Fire.
    • Fred, George, and Lee Jordan arrive at the Age Line.
    • They each take a drop of Aging Potion.
    • Fred and George go across the Age Line first.
    • But before they even make it to the Goblet of Fire, "there was a loud sizzling sound, and both twins were hurled out of the golden circle" (16.108).
    • Both of them sprout "identical long white beards" (16.108). Nice contrast to their bright red hair!
    • Everyone burst out laughing at the sight of Fred and George with their beards.
    • The rumor around the breakfast table is that Cedric Diggory has submitted his name.
    • A Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team, Angelina Johnson, has also submitted her name.
    • All the Beauxbatons students walk in, form a line, and put their names into the Goblet of Fire.
    • Harry, Ron, and Hermione go off to visit Hagrid at his gamekeeper's cottage for the first time this term.
    • Hagrid looks horrible: he's dressed up in "his best (and very horrible) hairy brown suit, plus a checked yellow-and-orange tie" (16.146).
    • Why he's dressed up, the trio decide not to ask.
    • But he's in a good mood: the skrewts are growing: "On' y trouble is, they've started killing each other" (16.147).
    • Hermione tries to get Hagrid to join S.P.E.W., but he refuses: "It'd be doin' em an unkindness, Hermione" (16.157).
    • They all troop up to the Hall for the Halloween Feast.
    • That's where Harry figures out why Hagrid has been dressing up: Hagrid talks to "Madame Maxine with a rapt, misty-eyed expression Harry had only ever seen him wear once before – when he had been looking at the baby dragon, Norbert" (16.171).
    • (Norbert appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.)
    • Hagrid's got a crush! (Seriously, love is in the air in this book.)
    • At last, the Goblet of Fire is ready to announce the champion of each of the three schools.
    • First up is Durmstrang: it's Viktor Krum. (What a guy!)
    • Second, Beauxbatons: it's Fleur Delacour, that beautiful blonde Ron has already fallen for.
    • And third, Hogwarts: it's Cedric Diggory.
    • As Dumbledore starts making a little speech about supporting the champions, the Goblet of Fire sends up one more unexpected tongue of flame.
    • There's a fourth piece of parchment with a fourth name.
    • Professor Dumbledore reads out the name of the next champion: Harry Potter.
  • Chapter 17

    The Four Champions

    • The Great Hall is absolutely silent.
    • Everyone is stunned, not least of all Harry.
    • Dumbledore tells Harry to go follow the other champions.
    • Harry walks in to a small room where Viktor Krum, Cedric Diggory, and Fleur Delacour are all sitting.
    • The five judges all come rushing in.
    • Ludo Bagman seems thrilled that Harry is going to be participating in the tournament
    • Slightly less pleased are Madame Maxine and Professor Karkaroff.
    • They both feel that Hogwarts is trying to cheat its way into having two champions.
    • They accuse Dumbledore of messing up the Age Line.
    • Harry swears that he didn't enter himself into the competition.
    • Mr. Crouch (who is looking rather ill) states curly that, "We must follow the rules, and the rules state clearly that those people whose names come out of the Goblet of Fire are bound to compete in the tournament" (17.48).
    • So Harry has to participate, whether he wants to or not.
    • As Madame Maxine and Professor Karkaroff keep protesting, Moody points out another potential motive: murdering Harry Potter.
    • Professor Karkaroff dismisses Moody's suspicions as paranoid nonsense.
    • Done arguing for the time, Mr. Crouch informs the four champions that the first task will be a surprise test of their courage.
    • Harry goes up to the Gryffindor dormitory.
    • He's depressed and fearful: no one truly seems to believe that he didn't submit his own name to the Goblet of Fire.
    • When Harry gets up to Gryffindor, he finds everyone awake and waiting to congratulate him.
    • He was right: no one thinks he didn't put his name into the Goblet.
    • Harry wants "more than anything to find Ron and Hermione, to find a bit of sanity" (17.124).
    • But Harry is wrong if he thinks that's what he's going to get, at least with Ron.
    • Ron is waiting in their shared bedroom.
    • Ron also thinks that Harry found some way to cheat the Age Line.
    • Worse, he thinks Harry deliberately left Ron out.
    • Finally, Ron sneers, "You want to get to bed, Harry. I expect you'll need to be up early for a photo-call or something" (17.144).
    • Harry feels totally betrayed.
  • Chapter 18

    The Weighing of the Wands

    • Hermione meets Harry the next morning and confirms that she believes him.
    • But Hermione also states the obvious: "[Ron's] jealous!" (18.13).
    • Harry can't believe it, and refuses to try and make amends with Ron.
    • Hermione tells Harry he has to write to Sirius to explain what's going on with the Triwizard Tournament.
    • Harry writes to his godfather: "I don't know if you've heard, but the Triwizard Tournament's happening this year and on Saturday night I got picked as a fourth champion" (18.31).
    • Harry can't explain why he's feeling so anxious, so he just closes the letter and sends it off to Sirius.
    • Harry's life in Hogwarts gets miserable: the Hufflepuffs give him the cold shoulder because they think he's stealing the spotlight from their boy Cedric.
    • Hagrid believes Harry, but he's still making him help with the skrewts: "No longer shell-less and colorless, they had developed a kind of thick, grayish, shiny army. They looked like a cross between giant scorpions and elongated crabs – but still without recognizable heads or eyes" (18.52).
    • Even the Ravenclaws think that Harry "had been desperate to earn himself a bit more fame by tricking the goblet into accepting his name" (18.57).
    • The Slytherins make a bunch of badges: "Support CEDRIC DIGGORY – The REAL Hogwarts Champion!" They also flash: "POTTER STINKS!" (18.64-5).
    • Harry gets into a fight with Malfoy (of course).
    • They both hit each other with a spell at the same time, so the spells ricochet instead.
    • Harry's Furnunculus curse makes Malfoy's friend Goyle sprout green boils.
    • And Malfoy's Densaugeo curse makes Hermione's front teeth grow and grow.
    • Professor Snape comes along and sends Goyle to the hospital wing.
    • But he also claims not to see any difference in Hermione's teeth.
    • And he takes fifty points from Gryffindor for Harry and Ron's protests.
    • Harry and Ron get detention together, to boot.
    • Harry starts fantasizing about cursing Snape with the Cruciatus Curse.

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    • Colin Creevey (a younger Gryffindor) comes into Harry's Potions class to bring Harry up to Ludo Bagman.
    • Apparently, the Daily Prophet is doing a story on the four Triwizard champions.
    • Ludo Bagman is sitting next to a witch in magenta robes.
    • Turns out, this is Rita Skeeter, the (rather terrible) reporter.
    • She wants to do a private interview with Harry "to add a bit of color" (18.122) to the article.
    • Rita Skeeter starts asking Harry some personal questions about how he entered the tournament and, of course, his past traumas.
    • As Harry tries to answer, Rita's quill keeps writing independently.
    • And it writes things that are absolutely not true: it reports that, "Tears fill those startlingly green eyes as our conversation turns to the parents he can barely remember" (18.154).
    • Harry protests: "I have NOT got tears in my eyes!" (18.155).
    • But Rita ignores him.
    • Professor Dumbledore interrupts their interview to announce that the Weighing of the Wands is about to begin.
    • Mr. Ollivander, the London wand maker, is waiting. He's going to confirm that all of the champions' wands are in good condition.
    • And indeed they are.
    • Then, the four champions pose for photographs.
    • Rita Skeeter seems to be particularly keen on putting Harry front and center in the photos.
    • When Harry gets back up to the dorm, Ron tells him he's had an owl.
    • Otherwise, Ron won't speak to him.
    • The owl has a letter from Sirius: Sirius wants to arrange a chat for the night of November 22nd.
    • He plans to come see Harry through the fire in the Gryffindor common room.
    • Sirius is anxious about Harry's safety.
  • Chapter 19

    The Hungarian Horntail

    • For the two weeks before November 22nd, Harry has nothing to look forward to except his chat with Sirius.
    • Things have gotten even worse since Rita Skeeter's article appeared in the Daily Prophet.
    • The whole thing is basically just a puff piece about Harry. The other champions barely get a mention, and Cedric doesn't even appear at all.
    • But Rita has filled in tons of sappy stuff Harry never even said.
    • Rita Skeeter also invents a rumor that Harry has "at last found love at Hogwarts" (19.5) with none other than Hermione.
    • Harry gets so touchy that he actually snaps at his real crush, Cho Chang, when she's just trying to be nice.
    • So Harry feels like an idiot on top of everything else.
    • Hermione keeps trying to convince Harry to make the first move in patching things up with Ron, but Harry absolutely won't.
    • Harry notices that Viktor Krum is hanging out at the library a lot – "looking for things to help him through the first task?" (19.25).
    • The Saturday before the first task, the fourth-years get to go to the local wizarding village of Hogsmeade for a little outing.
    • Harry will only go if he can wear his Invisibility Cloak.
    • He's lucky he made that choice – when he and Hermione get to the village, they find none other than Rita Skeeter wandering around.
    • Hermione and Invisible Harry settle down in a booth at the Three Broomsticks pub.
    • Hermione's still working on her S.P.E.W. materials.
    • Hagrid enters the Three Broomsticks with Mad-Eye Moody.
    • Moody greets Harry quietly. His magic eye can see right through Harry's Invisibility Cloak.
    • Hagrid tells Harry to come down to his cabin at midnight. He has something to show Harry. (Midnight? This ought to be fishy.)
    • Harry slips out of the castle later that night to go down to Hagrid's cabin.
    • Invisible Harry follows Hagrid out to some unknown destination. (Fishier.)
    • On the way, Hagrid meets Madame Maxine. Hagrid walks Madame Maxine and Invisible Harry to the edge of the Forbidden Forest.
    • There, Harry sees four "fully grown, enormous, vicious-looking dragons [...] rearing on their hind legs [... and] roaring and snorting" (19.95).
    • One of the dragon keepers is Charlie Weasley.
    • Charlie comments that Mrs. Weasley has read the Daily Prophet article: "He still cries about his parents! Oh bless him, I never knew!" (19.118).
    • Having seen all he can stomach for now,
    • Harry leaves the dragon enclosure.
    • He bumps into Professor Karkaroff, who's snooping around.
    • Harry hurries back to the Gryffindor Common Room so he can meet Sirius.
    • Harry explains everything to Sirius, even about the dragons and how frightened Harry is.
    • Sirius looks grim; he thinks Bertha Jorkins's disappearance is significant.
    • He also says Professor Karkaroff used to be a Death Eater.
    • Sirius agrees, "the tournament would be a very good way to attack [Harry] and make it look like an accident" (19.156).
    • But someone is coming, and Sirius has to leave suddenly.
    • It's Ron who has interrupted their conversation.
    • Harry is furious: "Just thought you'd come nosing around, did you?" (19.169).
    • Harry storms out.
  • Chapter 20

    The First Task

    • Harry is really freaking out about the whole dragon thing. We can't blame him.
    • Hermione tries to brainstorm with Harry about what to do.
    • But they can't come up with anything.
    • Harry realizes that Cedric Diggory might be the only champion who doesn't know about the dragons.
    • So Harry hangs back between classes and waylays Cedric.
    • He bursts out: "Cedric [...] the first task is dragons" (20.26).
    • Cedric asks why Harry is telling him. "It's just ... fair, isn't it? [...] We all know now ... we're on an even footing, aren't we?" (20.37).
    • Mad-Eye Moody comes up and pulls Harry into his office.
    • Moody says Harry has just done "a very decent thing" (20.45).
    • Now, Moody is going to give Harry some "good, general advice" (20.64).
    • Moody's advice is: "play to your strengths" (20.64) and "get what you need" (20.71).
    • Harry realizes what Moody is getting at: Harry is a darn good flier, and he needs a spell to bring his broomstick to him.
    • With Hermione's help, Harry learns a Summoning Charm in time for the first task.
    • Harry's so nervous on the day of the task that "he wondered whether he mightn't just lose his head when they tried to lead him out to his dragon, and start trying to curse everyone in sight" (20.93).
    • It doesn't help that his Head of House, Professor McGonagall, also seems shaky and tense.
    • Ludo Bagman explains to the four champions that their task is "to collect the golden egg!" (20.107).
    • Ludo Bagman pulls Harry aside and offers to share "a few pointers, if [Harry'd] like them" (20.118). Harry refuses.
    • Cedric goes first, then Fleur, then Viktor, and then it's Harry's turn to face his Hungarian Horntail.
    • He feels like he's walking in a dream. We hope he's more than just walking…
    • Harry stands in front of the Horntail and then shouts, "Accio Firebolt!" (20.141).
    • His broom comes whizzing to him.
    • Once Harry begins to fly "he [realizes] that he had left not only the ground behind, but also his fear" (20.145).
    • Harry uses his broom to lure the Horntail up off her nest so that he can dive down and snatch the golden egg.
    • Ludo Bagman shouts: "Will you look at that! Our youngest champion is quickest to get his egg!" (20.160).
    • Harry has done a fantastic job; his only weak point is that he got a burn on his shoulder.
    • As Harry sits having his burns treated, Hermione and Ron come in.
    • Ron tells Harry: "whoever put your name in that goblet – I – I reckon they're trying to do you in!" (20.176).
    • So Harry and Ron finally make up. Hermione is so relieved that she bursts into tears. (So do we.)
    • The judges give their scores on Harry's performance.
    • He gets very high marks from all the judges except Professor Karkaroff, who gives Harry a 4 out of 10! He's obviously biased.
    • But anyway, Harry is now tied with Viktor Krum.
    • Harry, Cedric, Fleur, and Viktor all gather after the scoring.
    • Ludo Bagman tells them that the clue to the second task is inside their golden eggs.
    • As they walk off, Rita Skeeter ambushes Harry.
    • Harry replies: "Yeah, you can have a word [...] Good-bye" (20.211).
  • Chapter 21

    The House-elf Liberation Front

    • Harry writes to Sirius about everything that has happened with the first task.
    • Ron agrees that Karkaroff might have put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire.
    • Ron lets Harry use Pigwidgeon to send his letter to Sirius – a true sign that their friendship is back on track.
    • Back in Gryffindor, there's a huge party waiting for Harry.
    • Harry opens his egg to see what the clue could be, and "the most horrible noise, a loud and screechy wailing, filled the room" (21.16). This doesn't sound like the making of a party at all!
    • Harry quickly shuts the egg.
    • During the course of the party, Fred and George slip Neville a custard cream that turns him into a canary. So the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes are still going strong.
    • Care of Magical Creatures class is still dedicated to skrewts.
    • Hagrid tries to encourage the remaining skrewts to hibernate, which they don't like very much.
    • As Hagrid, Harry, Hermione, and Ron try to capture the rampaging skrewts (as most of the class cowers inside Hagrid's cabin), Rita Skeeter walks up.
    • Rita Skeeter shows a sudden interest in Hagrid and his work.
    • Hagrid consents to an interview with Rita Skeeter, which worries Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
    • Ron comforts them: "Hagrid's been in loads of trouble before, and Dumbledore's never sacked him" (21.69).
    • Harry and Ron laugh their way through Divination class, and Harry feels great about life.
    • As Ron and Harry go up to Gryffindor, Hermione suddenly comes up and grabs them.
    • She exclaims, "Harry, you've got to come – you've got to come, the most amazing thing's happened –" (21.85).
    • Hermione pulls Ron and Harry down into the Hogwarts kitchens.
    • Suddenly, a small figure hugs Harry "so tightly he thought his ribs would break" (21.106).
    • It's Dobby!
    • Dobby has come to work at Hogwarts – as has Winky, Mr. Crouch's former house-elf.
    • But while Dobby looks happy and well cared-for, Winky looks miserable.
    • Professor Dumbledore has given Dobby a paying job. He's the only house-elf to receive a salary and even time off.
    • Winky scolds Dobby: "Winky is a disgraced elf, but Winky is not yet getting paid! [...] Winky is properly ashamed of being freed!" (21.143).
    • Winky also lets slip an odd little detail about Ludo Bagman.
    • Apparently, Mr. Crouch thinks, "Mr. Bagman is a bad wizard! A very bad wizard! [Mr. Crouch] isn't liking him, oh no, not at all!" (21.165).
    • Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave the kitchen wondering about this Ludo Bagman character.
  • Chapter 22

    The Unexpected Task

    • Harry and Ron are talking so much in Transfiguration that Professor McGonagall has to shut them up before she can make an announcement.
    • The announcement is: "The Yule Ball is approaching – a traditional part of the Triwizard Tournament and an opportunity for us to socialize with our foreign guests" (22.5).

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    • Mrs. McGonagall pulls Harry aside.
    • It's traditional for the four champions to open the Yule Ball with a dance.
    • So Harry has to hurry up and find a partner for the dance. (And, presumably, learn to dance.)
    • Harry is terrified: he has never asked a girl out before.
    • He wants to ask Cho, but she's pretty and a year older than him, so he's shy.
    • Harry is relieved that no article has appeared about Hagrid in the Daily Prophet yet.
    • Maybe Rita Skeeter just isn't interested in Hagrid?
    • Fred and George want to borrow Pigwidgeon so they can send a letter, but they still won't say to whom.
    • They warn Harry and Ron that they better get dates quickly, "or all the good ones will be gone" (22.71).
    • Ron and Hermione start to squabble because Ron is "going to take the best-looking girl who'll have [him], even if she's completely horrible" (22.90).
    • Harry finally works up the courage to ask Cho.
    • But Cho has already said she's going to go with Cedric Diggory.
    • Harry is disappointed and embarrassed.
    • He returns to the Common Room to find Ron in a similar state.
    • Ron asked Fleur Delacour to the dance!
    • Apparently, he "was just walking past her in the entrance hall – she was standing there talking to Diggory – and it sort of come over [him] – and [he] asked her!" (22.131).
    • Harry comforts Ron: after all, Fleur does have veela blood.
    • Ron couldn't help but make an idiot of himself.
    • Ginny has also told Ron that Neville asked Hermione to the dance.
    • Ron laughs: he's sure that Hermione just told Neville she's going with someone else to avoid going with Neville.
    • Hermione comes in and Ron blurts out, "Hermione, Neville's right – you are a girl ..." (22.154). (Oh yeah. This is going to go well.)
    • He suggests that Hermione go to the dance with Harry or himself.
    • Hermione can't because she's going with someone else: "Just because it's taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn't mean no one else has spotted I'm a girl!" (22.161). Snap.
    • This fight really starts to turn nasty.
    • Ron insists, "Ginny, you can go with Harry, and I'll just –" (22.170).
    • But Ginny can't: she agreed to go with Neville.
    • In desperation, Harry approaches Parvati Patil and asks if she'll come to the ball with him.
    • She will, and she'll try to bring her twin sister, Padma, for Ron.
    • Harry has now decided that "this ball was a lot more trouble than it was worth" (22.189).
  • Chapter 23

    The Yule Ball

    • Christmas holidays have arrived, and Harry's hanging around relaxing.
    • Ron keeps pestering Hermione to find out who she's going to the ball with, but she refuses to confess.
    • Pigwidgeon arrives with Sirius's letter.
    • Sirius congratulates Harry on getting past the Horntail, but he still warns him to "concentrates on keeping [himself] out of trouble" (23.22).
    • Harry keeps putting off working on his clue for the second task – he's enjoying himself too much.
    • On Christmas morning, Harry wakes up to find Dobby leaning over him.
    • Dobby has brought Harry a Christmas present: a pair of hideous socks he knit himself.
    • Harry also gets presents from Hermione, Ron, Sirius, Hagrid, and Mrs. Weasley (and the Dursleys, sort of).
    • Hermione heads off to get ready for the ball.
    • Ron looks blue, primarily because there "was just no getting around the fact that his robes looked more like a dress than anything else" (23.56).
    • Parvati and Padma, on the other hand, look beautiful and excited.
    • The four champions assemble:
    • Fleur arrives with Roger Davies, the Ravenclaw Quidditch Captain, in tow.
    • Viktor is "accompanied by a pretty girl in blue robes Harry didn't know" (23.71).
    • Cedric and Cho turn up.
    • And then Harry can finally see that the girl Viktor has brought to the ball is… Hermione.
    • Hermione looks absolutely stunning, and everyone in the Hall is impressed.
    • The four champions dance with their partners.
    • Finally, they can sit down and eat at the head table.
    • Ludo Bagman is looking excited. But Harry is surprised to find Percy Weasley sitting where Mr. Crouch usually is.
    • Mr. Crouch is ill, and Percy is representing him officially. Of course.
    • Percy continues to be unbelievably conceited, overbearing, and condescending.
    • Viktor chats with Hermione about Durmstrang, which is much smaller than Hogwarts.
    • Fleur boasts, "'Zis is nothing" (23.97), and goes on to brag about the beauties of Beauxbatons. We don't doubt her word.
    • After dinner, the band the Weird Sisters strike a tune, and Harry and Parvati dance.
    • Harry can only take one song before he has to sit down again, though.
    • Ron is looking furious: he's "glaring at Hermione and Krum, who were dancing nearby" (23.118).
    • Finally, Parvati and Padma get bored and storm off to find new partners.
    • Hermione greets Ron and Harry, and Ron suddenly launches into an accusation that Hermione is "fraternizing with the enemy" (23.130).
    • He thinks that Viktor is just trying to date Hermione to find out secrets about Harry.
    • Hermione looks totally betrayed and angry.
    • Percy Weasley sits down next to Harry.
    • Percy notices that Fred and George have "accosted" (23.165) Ludo Bagman and gets annoyed.
    • Ludo Bagman claims that they were all just having a chat about the twins' practical jokes.
    • Ron drags Harry out for a walk; he doesn't want to listen to Percy talk anymore.
    • In the garden, they overhear Professors Snape and Karkaroff talking.
    • Karkaroff is clearly worried because something has "been getting clearer and clearer for months" (23.177).
    • Professor Snape says it doesn't matter; he'll remain here at Hogwarts.
    • Snape then spots Ron and Harry and sends them hurrying along.
    • Next, they spot Madame Maxine and Hagrid sitting together.
    • Hagrid is telling Madame Maxine, "It was my mother [...] She was one o' the las' ones in Britain" (23.192).
    • It turns out the Hagrid's father was a wizard, but his mother was a giant.
    • He was raised by his father until he died when Hagrid started school.
    • After that, Hagrid was more or less on his own (for more on Hagrid's school years, check out Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets).
    • Then, Hagrid asks which of Madame Maxine's parents was a giant.
    • Madame Maxine refuses to answer: "I 'ave nevair been more insulted in my life! 'Alf-giant? Moi? I 'ave – I 'ave big bones!" (23.203). Whoops. So much for the flirting.
    • And Madame Maxine storms away.
    • Back at the Hall, Ron explains that giants have a pretty nasty reputation: "no wonder [Hagrid] keeps it quiet" (23.215).
    • When the Ball ends at midnight, Harry walks out.
    • Cedric Diggory calls Harry over.
    • He suggests that Harry think over his clue while sitting with his golden egg in the bathtub. (We normally prefer candles.)
    • Harry is confused by this hint, but Cedric insists.
    • Cedric even offers to let Harry use the prefects' bathroom, so he'll have some privacy. This Cedric is a stand-up guy.
    • Harry goes in to the Gryffindor Common Room to see Ron and Hermione screaming at each other.
    • Hermione yells, "Next time there's a ball, ask me before someone else does, and not as a last resort!" (23.240).
    • Ron thinks Hermione has "completely missed the point" (23.242).
    • Privately, Harry thinks Hermione understands a lot better than Ron does.
  • Chapter 24

    Rita Skeeter's Scoop

    • The next morning, Ron and Hermione just keep going on as usual, though "oddly formal" (24.2).
    • Harry suddenly realizes that the date of the second task, February 24th, is a lot closer than it used to be.
    • Harry thinks Cedric's hint about taking a bath is stupid. (Someone's still resentful about the Cho thing.)
    • At Care of Magical Creatures one day, they find a surprise: Hagrid is nowhere to be seen.
    • Instead, there's a woman teacher, Professor Grubbly-Plank.
    • She gives the students a lesson on unicorns.
    • Malfoy proudly shows Harry why Hagrid isn't around anymore: there's an article in the Daily Prophet about his half-giant heritage.
    • Most of the quotes about how dangerous Hagrid is come from Malfoy and his friends (of course).
    • Rita Skeeter points out that giants are "bloodthirsty and brutal" and "were responsible for some of the worst mass Muggle killings of [Voldemort's] reign of terror" (24.39).
    • But what do those facts have to do with Hagrid personally?!
    • Neither Harry, Ron, nor Hermione can figure out how Rita Skeeter found out Hagrid's secret.
    • Professor Grubbly-Plank is probably a better teacher than Hagrid, but the trio still wants their friend back.
    • They go to visit his cabin, but Hagrid won't open the door.
    • In January, the students have a Hogsmeade visit weekend.
    • Ludo Bagman is sitting in the corner of the Three Broomsticks talking to some goblins, "all of whom had their arms crossed and were looking rather menacing" (24.87).
    • Ludo Bagman spots Harry and pulls him aside.
    • He offers to help Harry with his second clue again, but Harry refuses.
    • He knows that Ludo Bagman isn't helping Cedric, and it doesn't seem fair. This is a competition, after all.
    • Rita Skeeter comes in.
    • She greets Harry, who immediately says, "What did you do that to Hagrid for, eh?" (24.143).
    • Hermione chimes in, calling Rita Skeeter a "horrible woman" and accusing her of doing "anything for a story" (24.150).
    • Rita Skeeter calls Hermione a "silly girl" (24.151).
    • Hermione storms out with Ron and Harry.
    • She drags them straight to Hagrid's cabin because, she says, he "isn't hiding anymore" (24.157).
    • Hermione knocks violently on Hagrid's door, and Professor Dumbledore opens it.
    • Professor Dumbledore points out that Harry, Ron, and Hermione still like Hagrid and want him to come back.
    • In fact, Professor Dumbledore has been getting "letters from the countless parents who remember [Hagrid] from their own days here" (24.177).
    • They love Hagrid and want him to stay.
    • Hagrid can't just leave his job for those few people who want him to go.
    • Hermione pleads, "Come back and teach, Hagrid [...] please come back, we really miss you" (24.183).
    • Hagrid is weeping.
    • After Professor Dumbledore leaves, Hagrid shows the trio a picture of his father.
    • Hagrid is so grateful to Professor Dumbledore for sticking by him after his father died.
    • And Hagrid is so proud of Harry (who has Muggle relatives) for being a total champion even though he's not a pureblood.
    • He sobs, "Yeh know what I'd love, Harry? I'd love yeh ter win, I really would" (24.196).
    • Harry feels really guilty about not having figured out the egg now.
  • Chapter 25

    The Egg and the Eye

    • Harry sneaks out late at night to go to the prefects' bathroom with his egg.
    • He takes his Invisibility Cloak and the Marauder's Map.
    • The Marauder's Map is a magical map of Hogwarts that shows all of its secret passages – and also shows whenever anyone is coming.
    • [It was made by Harry's father and his three friends, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew (traitor!), when they were at Hogwarts. It first appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.]
    • The prefects' bathroom is pretty swanky.
    • But even if Harry is about to enjoy a very fancy bath, he still can't figure out what this has to do with his egg.
    • As he thinks it over, he hears a voice: "I'd try putting it in the water, if I were you" (25.11).
    • It's Moaning Myrtle!
    • (Moaning Myrtle is the ghost of a student killed by a giant basilisk many years before; she has the great misfortune of haunting Hogwarts' toilets. She appears in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.)
    • Moaning Myrtle is feeling rather lonely, and she wants to see more of Harry.
    • Harry is brutally embarrassed – he's naked, for Pete's sake.
    • But, anyway, he takes the egg, puts it underwater, holds his breath, and sticks his head into the bath.
    • The egg starts to sing a poem: "Come seek us where our voices sound" (25.28).
    • Harry works out that the second task is going to involve merpeople and "what [he'll] sorely miss" (25.28).
    • But now Harry has to figure out how to breathe under the water of the Hogwarts lake.
    • Harry takes his Invisibility Cloak and goes back to bed.
    • He looks at the Marauder's Map and sees someone that definitely isn't supposed to be there: Mr. Crouch.
    • Harry decides to go and "see what Crouch [is] up to" (25.62).
    • But, because Harry isn't concentrating, he accidentally steps on a trick stair that makes his foot sink into the staircase.
    • He trips and drops the golden egg and the Marauder's Map.
    • The golden egg breaks open and starts to shriek. So much for being invisible.
    • Argus Filch, the caretaker, assumes that this is Peeves the Poltergeist's fault.
    • He comes climbing up the stairs, but before Filch finds Harry, Professor Snape comes along.
    • The situation is going from bad to worse.
    • Professor Snape is out investigating a break-in to his office. His office has been sealed, and no poltergeist could get in.
    • Filch and Professor Snape start arguing about what's more important: Peeves, or Snape's office.
    • And then, Mad-Eye Moody appears too! (Who knew that the Hogwarts hallways were such a social gathering place?)
    • Moody can see Harry through his Invisibility Cloak, of course.
    • And Moody has overheard that someone broke into Professor Snape's office.
    • Moody thinks Professor Snape is hiding something in his office.
    • Professor Snape answers, "Dumbledore happens to trust me" (25.110).
    • But he turns to go.
    • That is, until Moody picks up the Marauder's Map and offers it to Professor Snape, thinking that he dropped up.
    • Harry waves anxiously, mouthing, "It's mine! Mine!" (25.116).
    • Moody quickly takes the map back, saying "My mistake [...] It's mine – must've dropped it earlier —" (25.120).
    • But, of course, because Harry's luck can be pretty bad, Professor Snape recognizes the parchment right away.
    • Professor Snape knows that Harry is nearby in his Invisibility Cloak.
    • So Moody and Professor Snape get into a staring contest.
    • Moody intimidates Professor Snape into going away.
    • Once Filch and Professor Snape have left, Harry explains the Marauder's Map to Moody.
    • Harry also mentions that he saw Mr. Crouch on the map.
    • Moody seems struck by this, but he won't explain why. He says only: "Put it this way, Potter [...] they say old Mad-Eye's obsessed with catching Dark wizards ... but I'm nothing – nothing – compared to Barty Crouch" (25.156).
    • Moody also adds: "Oh, if there's one thing I hate, [...] it's a Death Eater who walked free ..." (25.164).
    • Moody wants to borrow the map – it would be very useful.
    • Harry would prefer to hang onto his prized possession, but he does owe Moody a favor.
    • Moody thanks Harry and suggests that he consider a career as an Auror – he'd be good at it.
    • Harry falls asleep wisely thinking, "he thought he'd like to check how scarred the rest of [the Aurors] were before he chose it as a career" (25.181).
  • Chapter 26

    The Second Task

    • Harry shares everything that happened the night before with Hermione and Ron in Charms class.
    • Ron decides that Professor Snape is the one who put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire.
    • And then they start thinking about Mr. Crouch: if he was at Hogwarts last night, has he just been pretending to be sick?
    • Harry writes to Sirius to tell him about Mr. Crouch breaking into Professor Snape's office.
    • Sirius writes back asking the date of Harry's next Hogsmeade weekend.
    • Harry is now totally panicked about the second task, since neither he nor Hermione can figure out how Harry can breathe underwater.
    • The night before the task, Fred and George show up with a message from Professor Dumbledore for Hermione and Ron.
    • Professor Dumbledore needs them for something.
    • Harry just keeps reading and reading, hoping "next book ... in the next one ... the next one" (26.72).
    • Finally, he nods off without realizing it.
    • Dobby wakes up Harry ten minutes before his second task is set to start.
    • Dobby (surprisingly) has found the answer: what Harry needs is gillyweed.
    • Harry can use this magical plant to breathe underwater.
    • And the thing he'll sorely miss is Ron. Ron is underwater with the merpeople, and Harry has an hour to find him.
    • Harry dives into the cold water along with the other champions.
    • He gets a helping hand from Moaning Myrtle again, who tells him in which direction the merpeople live.
    • Finally, Harry finds them: Ron, Hermione, a little girl who looks like Fleur, and Cho Chang are all tied up and unconscious.
    • Harry doesn't see any of the other champions, so he starts trying to free the other hostages.
    • "At once, several pairs of strong gray hands seized him" (26.151).
    • Harry is only allowed to get his own hostage, Ron.
    • Harry waits around for the other champions.
    • Cedric Diggory appears and takes Cho, and then Viktor Krum swims up and grabs Hermione.
    • But Fleur seems to have gotten held up.
    • So Harry threatens the merpeople with his wand this time and takes both Ron and the little girl.
    • He arrives at the end point with two hostages.
    • The little girl is Fleur's younger sister.
    • Fleur is deeply relieved. She seems humbler than she ever has before.
    • The judges are talking. They've come to a decision.
    • Fleur used a Bubble-Head Charm, but she fails to get away from some underwater monsters called grindylows, so she gets 25 points.
    • Cedric also used a Bubble-Head Charm and was the first to return with his hostage, so he gets 47 points.
    • Viktor Krum Transfigured himself partially into a shark, but he came back outside the time limit – 40 points.
    • And Harry Potter, who used gillyweed and who was the first to reach the hostages but the last to come back, what does he get?
    • For showing "moral fiber" (26.211), Harry gets 45 points.
    • Harry is now tied with Cedric Diggory for first place.
    • The final task is going to take place on June 24th.
    • Harry decides: next time he's in Hogsmeade, he's "going to buy Dobby a pair of socks for every day of the year" (26.217).
  • Chapter 27

    Padfoot Returns

    • Harry gets a letter from Sirius saying that he'll be in Hogsmeade that weekend.
    • Harry is looking forward to seeing Sirius, though he's concerned about his godfather's safety.
    • In Potions class, the Slytherins are all chattering excitedly about this week's issue of Witch Weekly.
    • It's got an article from Rita Skeeter about Harry, who's supposedly pining after Hermione.
    • But (according to the article) Hermione has set her sights on Viktor Krum.
    • The article mentions that Viktor has invited Hermione to stay with him over the summer in Bulgaria.
    • Ron hisses: "I told you not to annoy Rita Skeeter! She's made you out to be some sort of – of scarlet woman!" (27.21).
    • Hermione laughs this off.
    • But she's confused about how Rita Skeeter knew about Viktor's invitation.
    • Snape finds the newspaper, mocks Harry, Ron, and Hermione for their "tangled love lives" (27.42), and punishes the three of them for talking in class.
    • So Harry continues to fantasize about killing Professor Snape.
    • Professor Snape threatens Harry with Veritaserum – "a Truth Potion so powerful that three drops would have you spilling your innermost secrets" (27.58).
    • Professor Snape is sure that Harry is the one who broke into his office the other night.
    • So that relationship continues to be strained.
    • Professor Karkaroff suddenly interrupts Potions class.
    • He insists on hanging around waiting for Professor Snape's class to end so he can talk to him.
    • Again, Professor Karkaroff shows him something on his arm.
    • Professor Snape snarls, "Put it away!" (27.75).
    • He then sends Harry (who had been dawdling to hear their conversation) out of the room.
    • The next day, the trio goes to Hogsmeade.
    • They bring some food for Sirius.
    • They find Sirius in his dog form.
    • Sirius (or Padfoot, as he's known when he is in dog shape) leads them to a cave.
    • In the cave, the trio sees Buckbeak, the hippogriff (a creature they encounter in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
    • Sirius turns back into human shape.
    • He pulls out some newspaper clippings that show Mr. Crouch in bad condition at St. Mungo's Hospital.
    • But how could Crouch be ill enough to be hospitalized if he was at Hogwarts just the other night?
    • Hermione thinks Mr. Crouch is getting "his comeuppance for sacking Winky" (27.101).
    • Ron laughs, but Sirius does think this is a significant piece of information – he just can't figure out why.
    • Sirius tells the trio that it was Crouch who "gave the order for [Sirius] to be sent to Azkaban [the wizard prison] – without a trial" (27.142).
    • Mr. Crouch is a powerfully ambitious wizard who made a name for himself fighting Voldemort.
    • And when Mr. Crouch's own son "was caught with a group of Death Eaters" (27.151), Mr. Crouch didn't hesitate to send him to prison too.
    • Mr. Crouch's son died in Azkaban about a year after getting put away.
    • But Mr. Crouch's popularity died with his son: "once the boy had died, people started feeling a bit more sympathetic toward the son and started asking how a nice young lad from a good family had gone so badly astray" (27.168).
    • But it doesn't make sense for Mr. Crouch to search Professor Snape's office in secret.
    • Ron still thinks that Professor Snape must be involved with the Death Eaters somehow.
    • Sirius adds, "Snape knew more curses when he arrived at school than half the kids in seventh year, and he was part of a gang of Slytherins who nearly all turned out to be Death Eaters" (27.182).
    • Sirius wants Ron to ask Percy about Mr. Crouch.
    • He also wants to know if there are any leads on the disappearance of Bertha Jorkins.
    • Sirius warns Harry to be careful; he won't be safe while the tournament is going on.
    • Ron wonders if Percy would turn on his family if they stood in the way of his career, the way Mr. Crouch turned on his own son.
  • Chapter 28

    The Madness of Mr. Crouch

    • The trio sends a letter to Percy and then they troop down to the kitchen to give Dobby his new socks.
    • Harry explains, "You saved my life with that gillyweed, Dobby, you really did" (28.4).
    • Hermione asks about Winky.
    • Winky isn't in doing so well.
    • Winky is miserable that Mr. Crouch isn't coming to the castle to judge the Triwizard Tournament anymore.
    • Hermione tries once more to convince Winky that she's better off without Mr. Crouch.
    • Hermione's anger gets all the house-elves riled up, and the trio gets booted out the kitchen.
    • The next morning, Hermione gets a ton of hate mail from people who have read the Witch Weekly article. They all say things like, "You are a wicked girl. Harry potter deserves better" (28.58).
    • One of the envelopes contains undiluted Bubotuber pus, which makes Hermione's hands break out in millions of painful, pus-filled blisters. (Yuck.)
    • So Harry and Ron head to Care of Magical Creatures without Hermione.
    • They spend the hour with magical creatures called nifflers, which work like metal detectors to find sparkly things. Sounds good to us.
    • It's then that Ron discovers that the gold he gave Harry for the Omnioculars at the World Cup must have disappeared after a few hours, because it was leprechaun gold.
    • Ron comments miserably: "Must be nice [...] to have so much money you don't notice if a pocketful of Galleons goes missing" (28.95).
    • Hermione continues to get nasty letters about "the supposed Harry-Krum-Hermione love triangle" (28.103).
    • Hermione vows to find out how Rita Skeeter is getting her information.
    • Harry wonders if Rita Skeeter is bugging Hogwarts.
    • Hermione points out for the kajillionth time that traditional Muggle technologies don't work at Hogwarts.
    • Finally, Ron gets a letter back from Percy about Mr. Crouch.
    • Percy tells Ron not to bother him again: "No, I haven't actually seen him, but I think I can be trusted to know my own superior's handwriting" (28.126).
    • The third task is approaching.
    • Finally, Harry receives notice to go down to the Quidditch pitch at 9:00pm one night.
    • Ludo Bagman is there waiting for the four champions.
    • He tells them that the next task will be a maze.
    • The Triwizard Cup will be waiting in the middle of the maze, and there will be magical obstacles in the way.
    • Whoever reaches the cup first wins.
    • Harry and Cedric get to go in first because they're in first place, then Viktor, then Fleur.
    • Again, it looks like Ludo Bagman is going to try to draw Harry aside.
    • But Viktor Krum gets there first.
    • He drags Harry off to the edge of the Forbidden Forest to "haff a vord" (28.146) (a.k.a. have a word).
    • He wants to ask Harry about Harry's relationship with Hermione.
    • Harry promises that he and Hermione are just friends.
    • Viktor seems relieved, and compliments Harry on his flying in the first task.
    • Just as Viktor and Harry start getting along, Mr. Crouch blunders in.
    • He's looking really weird: tired, rumpled, and scratched.
    • Mr. Crouch keeps talking as though he's at the Ministry – "and when you've done that, Weatherby, send an owl to Dumbledore" (28.174).
    • But every now and again, he'll speak with "terrible effort" (28.184): "Warn ... Dumbledore" (28.194).
    • Harry tells Viktor to look after poor Mr. Crouch.
    • Harry runs up to the castle to find Professor Dumbledore.
    • Harry bumps into Professor Snape instead, who slows Harry down.
    • But finally, Professor Dumbledore emerges and Harry explains: "Mr. Crouch is here – he's down in the forest, he wants to speak to you!" (28.224).
    • Professor Dumbledore and Harry rush to the Forbidden Forest.
    • They find Viktor Krum unconscious on the grass.
    • And there's no sign of Mr. Crouch.
    • Hagrid appears, and Professor Dumbledore sends him to fetch Professor Karkaroff.
    • Professor Karkaroff accuses Professor Dumbledore of "double-dealing and corruption" (28.264).
    • After all, Mr. Crouch – a Ministry official and Triwizard judge – just stunned Durmstrang's champion.
    • Hagrid demands that Professor Karkaroff apologize. Clearly that's not what happened.
    • Professor Dumbledore orders, "Kindly escort Harry back up to the castle, Hagrid" (28.269).
    • Hagrid is furious, but he does as asked.
  • Chapter 29

    The Dream

    • Harry tells Ron and Hermione about the attack on Viktor and the disappearance of Mr. Crouch.
    • He concludes: "I've told you [...] He said [Voldemort's] getting stronger" (29.14).
    • Harry goes to send all of this information to Sirius.
    • He, Ron, and Hermione bump into Fred and George in the Owlery.
    • Fred and George are arguing over whether they should blackmail someone.
    • But they still won't tell Ron what's going on.
    • Ron is worried that Fred and George will get in trouble with the law. After all, "they don't exactly mind breaking rules, do they?" (29.59).
    • Harry, Hermione, and Ron see Professor Moody.
    • Professor Moody has found no sign of Mr. Crouch.
    • Professor Moody reminds Harry, "Constant vigilance" (29.90).
    • He also tells Ron and Hermione to "stick close to Potter, all right?" (29.91).
    • Sirius's letter is stern: "Your name didn't get into the Goblet of Fire by accident. If someone's trying to attack you, they're on their last chance" (29.92).
    • Sirius suggests that Ron and Hermione help Harry learn some more hexes for the third task.
    • So Harry stays inside and practices spells.
    • One day in Divination, Harry begins to drift off.
    • Suddenly, he sees a vision of Voldemort plotting with Wormtail.
    • Voldemort casts the Cruciatus Curse on Wormtail for blundering.

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    • Harry wakes up screaming as his scar sears with pain. (Yes, still in the middle of class.)
    • Harry leaves class feeling embarrassed and frightened.
    • He goes to Professor Dumbledore's office.
    • Harry overhears Professors Dumbledore and Moody talking to Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic.
    • Fudge refuses to admit that there's any evidence that Voldemort is trying to rise again.
    • Fudge is desperate enough to accuse Madame Maxine.
    • Moody suggests that they wrap up: "it's just that Potter wants a word with you, Dumbledore. He's just outside the door" (29.160).
  • Chapter 30

    The Pensieve

    • Harry goes into Professor Dumbledore's office.
    • Dumbledore, Fudge, and Moody are all inside.
    • Dumbledore asks Harry to wait in his office while they go search the grounds.
    • Harry sits stroking Fawkes, the phoenix.
    • Harry sees a large basin with odd carvings around the edges.
    • There's "silvery stuff" (30.20) inside, which Harry pokes with his wand.
    • The silvery stuff inside the basin draws Harry into another place: a courtroom.
    • He looks around at the crowd and at Albus Dumbledore, who is seated in the room.
    • But no one in the room can see Harry.
    • Harry watches a group of Dementors lead in a prisoner: a young Igor Karkaroff.
    • Mr. Crouch is acting as judge.
    • Karkaroff offers: "I wish to be of use to the Ministry. I wish to help. I – I know that the Ministry is trying to – to round up the last of the Dark Lord's supporters. I am eager to assist in any way I can ..." (30.43).
    • Karkaroff starts listing names of Death Eaters he has known, but none of them seem that important to the Ministry.
    • Finally, he accuses Severus Snape.
    • Crouch answers, "Snape has been cleared by this council [...] He has been vouched for by Albus Dumbledore" (30.80).
    • The memory ends with Professor Dumbledore promising, "[Snape] is now no more a Death Eater than I am" (30.84).
    • Karkaroff is dragged back to Azkaban.
    • The next trial is of Ludo Bagman.
    • Ludo's defense is, "well – I know I've been a bit of an idiot –" (30.90).
    • Everyone in the courtroom (except Moody and Mr. Crouch) seems charmed by his friendly, self-deprecating manner.
    • One of the members of the jury stands up to say: "We'd just like to congratulate Mr. Bagman on his splendid performance for England in the Quidditch match against Turkey last Saturday" (30.101).
    • So, obviously, this jury isn't exactly unbiased.
    • Ludo Bagman is released, and Mr. Crouch is furious.
    • The next trial is of four people, one of them "a boy in his late teens, who looked nothing short of petrified" (30.107).
    • They're accused of using the Cruciatus Curse to torture Frank and Alice Longbottom.

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    • The boy cries out, "Father, I didn't! [...] I didn't, I swear it, Father, don't send me back to the Dementors –" (30.112).
    • But Mr. Crouch won't listen to his pleas.
    • The crowd in the courtroom clap in "savage triumph" (30.116) at the verdict: life in prison for all four convicts.
    • No matter how much the boy cries and fights, he cannot escape the Dementors.
    • And then Harry hears a voice say, "I think, Harry, it is time to return to my office" (30.125).
    • Harry comes back to himself.
    • Professor Dumbledore explains that Harry has been looking at his Pensieve, a magical object designed to store thoughts and memories.
    • Professor Dumbledore shows Harry another memory.
    • It's of the young Bertha Jorkins, when she was at school at Hogwarts.
    • Professor Dumbledore looks sad and careworn.
    • Harry describes the dream he had in Divination.
    • Professor Dumbledore offers a theory that Harry's scar "hurts both when Lord Voldemort is near [Harry], and when he is feeling a particularly strong surge of hatred" (30.164).
    • Professor Dumbledore thinks that Voldemort is trying to rise to power again.
    • Harry doesn't see how Voldemort can gather power when he doesn't even have a body.
    • The disappearances of Bertha Jorkins, Mr. Crouch, and Frank Bryce (from way back in the first chapter) all worry Professor Dumbledore.
    • Harry asks if Frank and Alice Longbottom were Neville's parents.
    • Yes, they are.
    • The Longbottoms were tortured for information after Voldemort's disappearance by his supporters. They were both driven insane with pain.
    • The attacks on the Longbottoms after Voldemort's fall from power caused "a wave of fury such as [Dumbledore has] never known" (30.140).
    • The Ministry was under huge pressure to convict someone – anyone – for this horrible crime.
    • Professor Dumbledore says that neither Ludo Bagman nor Professor Snape have ever been accused of a crime since.
    • Harry wonders, "What made you think [Professor Snape'd] really stopped supporting Voldemort, Professor?" (30.201).
    • Professor Dumbledore will only say, "That, Harry, is a matter between Professor Snape and myself" (30.202).
    • Professor Dumbledore swears Harry to secrecy about Neville's parents and wishes him luck on the third task.
  • Chapter 31

    The Third Task

    • Harry tells Hermione and Ron that Professor Dumbledore also suspects Voldemort is getting stronger.
    • Ron is amazed that Professor Dumbledore "really trusts Snape, even though he knows he was a Death Eater" (31.4).
    • Harry goes off to bed brooding about Voldemort.
    • Ron and Hermione are spending all of their time helping Harry learn spells for the third task.
    • They catch Malfoy talking to something in his hand: what can it be?
    • And Sirius is writing letters every day warning Harry to be careful.
    • Finally, the morning of the third task arrives.
    • And, as (bad) luck would have it, there's a new article from Rita Skeeter: "Harry Potter: 'Disturbed and Dangerous'" (31.43). Great.
    • It's got a lot of hearsay about Harry being a Parselmouth (someone who's able to talk to snakes; supposedly a Dark Art) and about Harry's scar connecting him to Voldemort.
    • Harry doesn't take it too hard: "Gone off me a bit, hasn't she?" (31.51).
    • Hermione suddenly has an idea about how Rita Skeeter is collecting information.
    • She races off to the library before she can explain what's going on.
    • Professor McGonagall arrives to summon Harry.
    • All of the champions are meeting with their family members before the third task.
    • Harry is surprised to see Mrs. Weasley and Bill there to meet him.
    • They've come to cheer Harry on.
    • Amos Diggory is also there, and he's rude to Harry.
    • Mr. Diggory thinks Harry is stealing all the credit from Cedric, the rightful Hogwarts champion.
    • Mrs. Weasley and Bill go to greet the other Weasley kids and Hermione.
    • There's a bit of a feast before the third task.
    • Harry is "starting to feel really nervous now" (31.113).
    • And so, the third task begins.
    • Harry and Cedric enter the maze and head in opposite directions.
    • Harry soon runs into Cedric again, "look[ing] severely shaken. The sleeve of his robe was smoking" (31.136).
    • The Blast-Ended Skrewts are in the maze!
    • Harry turns a maze corner and runs into a Dementor. Even worse.
    • It actually turns out to be a boggart, a ghoul that will take the shape of your greatest fear.
    • Harry soon banishes it and keeps going.
    • Harry hears a scream. He thinks it's Fleur, and he wonders if she's all right.
    • At least this means Fleur is probably out of the running for champion.
    • Harry finds himself face-to-face with a Blast-Ended Skrewt.
    • Harry barely manages to stun the giant creature in time.
    • Harry overhears Cedric yelling, "what the hell d'you think you're doing?" (31.145).
    • And then, Viktor Krum's voice is casting the Cruciatus Curse.

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    • Harry comes running to save Cedric.
    • He stuns Viktor.
    • Harry sends up red sparks from his wand to show the judges where Viktor is lying unconscious.
    • Harry and Cedric go their separate ways to finish the tournament.
    • But Harry continues to worry about what could have made Viktor use an Unforgivable Curse: "Krum surely couldn't have wanted the Triwizard Cup that badly ..." (31.185).
    • Harry encounters a sphinx.
    • She asks him a riddle, and Harry answers correctly.
    • The sphinx lets him pass.
    • Harry approaches the Triwizard Cup, but Cedric is on the path in front of him.
    • Harry warns Cedric: "On your left!" (31.213).
    • Out of nowhere, a giant spider is attacking Cedric. (Did you just grimace in a big way, or was that just us?)
    • Together, Cedric and Harry manage to bring it down.
    • But Harry has badly injured his leg in the process.
    • Harry tells Cedric to go ahead and take the Cup. At least they'll have a Hogwarts victory.
    • But Cedric insists that Harry take it: Harry has helped Cedric repeatedly.
    • Harry decides: "We'll take it at the same time. It's still a Hogwarts victory. We'll tie for it" (31.244).
    • Cedric helps Harry walk to the Cup.
    • They both grab a handle at the same time.
    • Harry and Cedric are suddenly pulled "onward in a howl of wind and swirling color" (31.253).
  • Chapter 32

    Flesh, Blood, and Bone

    • Harry lands with a bump and falls over.
    • Neither Harry nor Cedric can figure out what's going on…
    • So the Triwizard Cup was a Portkey – but to where?
    • Harry and Cedric pull out their wands.
    • A hooded figure is approaching the two of them.
    • Harry's scar suddenly explodes with pain. He clenches his eyes shut and retches.
    • He hears a voice say, "Kill the spare" (32.16).
    • Suddenly, a Killing Curse blasts past Harry.

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    • When Harry opens his eyes, he sees Cedric lying dead on the ground. Oh man.
    • The hooded figure is pulling Harry over to a tombstone.
    • The tombstone reads: "TOM RIDDLE" (32.21).
    • Harry recognizes that the hooded figure is Wormtail.
    • Wormtail ties Harry to Tom Riddle's tombstone.
    • Harry sees a wriggling bundle lying at the foot of the grave.
    • He thinks it's a baby.
    • But, nope, it's not a baby: it's something else, something horrible.
    • It's "hairless and scaly-looking, a dark, raw, reddish black. Its arms and legs were thin and feeble, and its face – no child alive ever had a face like that – flat and snakelike, with gleaming red eyes" (32.34).
    • Wormtail lowers this vile thing into a cauldron filled with liquid.
    • Harry wishes, "Let it drown [...] please ... let it drown ..." (32.36).
    • Wormtail begins a spell.
    • He throws a soft powder into the cauldron: "Bone of the father, unknowingly given" (32.38).
    • Then, Wormtail cuts off his own arm and throws it into the cauldron (um, what?): "Flesh – of the servant – w-willingly given – you will – revive – your master" (32.41). Pettigrew has really gone off the deep-end.
    • The last ingredient for this spell is "B-blood of the enemy ... forcibly taken" (32.45).
    • And that blood is Harry Potter's.
    • Wormtail uses a dagger to cut the inside of Harry's arm.
    • The liquid inside the cauldron turns white.
    • "A surge of white steam billowed thickly from the cauldron" (32.50).
    • And then, appearing in front of Harry, is the resurrected Voldemort.
  • Chapter 33

    The Death Eaters

    • Voldemort starts checking himself out.
    • Wormtail begs Voldemort to do something about his arm.
    • Voldemort grabs Wormtail and turns his wand on the Dark Mark that's on Wormtail's remaining forearm.
    • The mark goes black.
    • Voldemort wonders, "How many will be brave enough to return when they feel it? [...] And how many will be foolish enough to stay away?" (33.14).
    • Voldemort apparently likes to hear himself talk: he starts pacing around and telling Harry about his father.
    • Voldemort's father, Tom Riddle, was a Muggle who hated magic.
    • He had an affair with Voldemort's mother, but when she told him that she could do magic, he abandoned her.
    • She died in childbirth, and Voldemort was raised in a Muggle orphanage.
    • And in misery, Voldemort "vowed to find him" and then "revenged [himself] upon him, that fool who gave [Voldemort his] name" (33.19).
    • Slowly, people start appearing in the graveyard during all this.
    • They're all wearing hoods and masks.
    • These are Voldemort's remaining Death Eaters.
    • Voldemort announces, "We are still united under the Dark Mark, then! Or are we?" (33.25).
    • He wanders from Death Eater to Death Eater, wondering about their loyalty.
    • At least Wormtail has paid the price for his weakness in not seeking out Voldemort earlier.
    • Voldemort rewards Wormtail with "a gleaming replica of a human hand, bright as moonlight" (33.47).
    • This new hand is stronger than Wormtail's original hand was.
    • Wormtail whispers, "Master ... it is beautiful ... thank you ... thank you ..." (33.49).
    • Voldemort addresses several of his Death Eaters: Avery, Lucius Malfoy, Crabbe, Goyle, and Nott.
    • Voldemort tells them that his most faithful servant is at Hogwarts, "and it was through his efforts that [Harry] arrived here tonight" (33.73).
    • Lucius Malfoy asks Voldemort how he has been reborn.
    • Voldemort explains the whole story of his tie to Harry Potter.
    • Because Lily Potter died an attempt to save Harry, she gave him a strong protection against Voldemort's Avada Kedavra curse.

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    • That's how Voldemort first managed to get destroyed thirteen years before.
    • He was "ripped from [his] body, [he] was less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost ... but still, [he] was alive" (33.83).
    • Voldemort wandered around "a faraway place, in a forest" (33.84), waiting for one of his faithful Death Eaters to find him.
    • But the Death Eaters never came.
    • (The Death Eaters seem freaked out by Voldemort's anger about that piece of it.)
    • Finally, four years ago, a young wizard stumbled on Voldemort, and Voldemort possessed him.
    • (This is Professor Quirrell; for more on him, check out Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.)
    • Voldemort basically rode Professor Quirrell back to Hogwarts.
    • But Professor Quirrell wasn't strong enough to help Voldemort, and he had to hide out as a spirit once again.
    • Then, Wormtail came looking for Voldemort less than a year before.
    • Wormtail had been in hiding for over a decade, but after being discovered, he came looking for Voldemort out of desperation.
    • With instructions from Voldemort, Wormtail built Voldemort his temporary, weak body.
    • Wormtail also brought a nosy witch from the Ministry, Bertha Jorkins, to Voldemort.
    • It was from Bertha Jorkins that Voldemort found out about the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts.
    • That's when Voldemort first began to plan to capture Harry Potter so he could perform a spell that would bring back his body permanently.
    • As luck would have it, Voldemort's one faithful servant – not Wormtail – managed to get himself stationed at Hogwarts. (Who? Who?)
    • This servant put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire.
    • This whole tournament has been leading up to bringing Harry to the Riddle grave to perform the spell we just saw, bringing Voldemort back to life.
    • Now that Voldemort has been brought back to life using Harry's blood, Harry's mother's protection no longer works.
    • So Voldemort can hurt Harry. And he does, by casting the Cruciatus Curse on him right then and there.
    • Harry is in agony.
    • And Voldemort has decided to prove his power "by killing [Harry], here and now, in front of [the Death Eaters], when there is no Dumbledore to help him, and no mother to die for him" (33.106).
    • Voldemort tells Wormtail to untie Harry.
  • Chapter 34

    Priori Incantatum

    • Wormtail unties Harry and gives him back his wand.
    • Voldemort wants this to look like a real wizarding duel. (Not a complete and utter cheap shot on Harry, eh?)
    • He instructs Harry to bow to him.
    • Voldemort uses a spell to push Harry into bowing before Voldemort.
    • Then, Voldemort casts the Cruciatus Curse on Harry.
    • Voldemort demands that Harry beg him not to cast it again.
    • Voldemort casts the Imperius Curse to try and make Harry beg him.
    • Harry resists the Imperius Curse, as Moody taught him to do.
    • Harry shouts, "I WON'T!" (34.20).
    • Voldemort replies, "You won't? [...] You won't say no? Harry, obedience is a virtue I need to teach you before you die" (34.22).
    • Harry dodges the Cruciatus Curse this time by ducking behind a tombstone.

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    • But Harry refuses to die hiding from Voldemort; he wants "to die upright like his father" (34.25).
    • So he leaps out, readies his wand, and casts a disarming charm.
    • Just as Harry casts his spell, Voldemort screams, "Avada Kedavra!" (34.27).
    • And then, something really weird happens.
    • A beam of light shoots out from Harry and Voldemort's wands.
    • Harry pushes this beam of light as hard as he can, until Voldemort's wand vibrates hard.
    • Voldemort looks "astonished, and almost fearful" (34.37).
    • And then something shoots out of the end of Voldemort's wand: a ghostly shape of the arm he made for Wormtail.
    • The shape of Cedric Diggory comes next, followed by Frank Bruce, and then Bertha Jorkins.
    • Voldemort's "dead victims whispered as they circled the duelers, whispered words of encouragement to Harry, and hissed words Harry couldn't hear to Voldemort" (34.49).
    • And then, Harry sees the ghost of his mother emerge.
    • And the ghost of Harry's father soon appears too.
    • Harry's father says, "When the connection is broken, we will linger for only moments ... but we will give you time ... you must get to the Portkey, it will return you to Hogwarts ..." (34.54).
    • Cedric whispers, "Harry [...] take my body back to my parents, will you? Take my body back to my parents ..." (34.56).
    • Harry suddenly breaks the connection with Voldemort's wand.
    • The ghosts from Voldemort's wand swarm Voldemort.
    • Harry runs to Cedric's body.
    • He reaches it just as Voldemort shrieks, "Stand aside! I will kill him! He is mine!" (34.65).
    • Harry summons the Triwizard Cup with his wand.
    • The Portkey carries him away, along with Cedric's body.
  • Chapter 35

    Veritaserum

    • Harry and Cedric land back on the Hogwarts grounds.
    • Harry can't focus on what's happening around him.
    • But he does manage to tell Professor Dumbledore: "He's back [...] He's back. Voldemort" (35.9).
    • Slowly, the word begins to go around: "He's dead!" "He's dead!" "Cedric Diggory! Dead!" (35.12).
    • Harry is still in shock: "The scene flickered oddly before Harry's eyes" (35.23).
    • He suddenly finds himself being led away from the field.
    • Someone bigger and stronger than him is taking him away.
    • He realizes at last that it's Mad-Eye Moody.
    • Moody sits Harry down in his office, feeds him some kind of potion, and waits for Harry to collect himself.
    • Moody makes Harry explain how Voldemort got his body back.
    • And then Moody tells Harry, "No [...] No, [Karkaroff] didn't [put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire]. It was I who did that" (35.59).
    • Harry can't understand what he is hearing. It can't have been Moody.
    • Moody continues: "I told you, Harry ... I told you. If there's one thing I hate more than any other, it's a Death Eater who walked free. They turned their backs on my master when he needed them most" (35.68).
    • Uh oh. "Master" is never a good word in Harry Potter.
    • Moody explains that it was he who fed Harry information about the tasks every step of the way.
    • Moody needed Harry to reach the Triwizard Cup first, so that he could be transported to the graveyard where Voldemort would be waiting.
    • And just as Moody decides to kill Harry once and for all, the door bursts open and he's stunned.
    • Professors Dumbledore, Snape, and McGonagall all come storming in.
    • Professor Dumbledore breaks the news to Harry that this is not the real Moody at all.
    • The real Moody has been kept in a magic trunk for the last year.
    • He's been kept alive because the fake Moody has been harvesting his hair for Polyjuice Potion, which allows the fake Moody to look like the real Moody.
    • Without his potion, the fake Moody transforms before Harry's very eyes, into a "pale-skinned, slightly freckled" man "with a mop of fair hair" (35.107).
    • It's Barty Crouch, Jr.
    • Harry recognizes him from Professor Dumbledore's Pensieve memories.
    • Winky the house-elf suddenly appears, weeping, "Master Barty, Master Barty, what is you doing here?" (35.112).
    • Professor Snape feeds Barty Crouch, Jr. Veritaserum to make him speak the truth.
    • Under the influence of this truth potion, Barty Crouch, Jr. explains everything.
    • He managed to escape from Azkaban by changing places with his mother.
    • His mother was dying, so she convinced Mr. Crouch to use Polyjuice Potion to swap Barty Crouch, Jr. (in Azkaban) for her.
    • She stayed in prison and soon died.
    • Barty Crouch, Jr. remained in his father's home under the influence of the Imperius Curse.
    • Winky talked Mr. Crouch into allowing Barty Crouch, Jr. to attend the Quidditch World Cup under his Invisibility Cloak.
    • She argues "that [his] mother had died to give [him] freedom. She had not save [him] for a life of imprisonment" (35.139).
    • Mr. Crouch agrees eventually.
    • And it's at the Quidditch World Cup that Barty Crouch, Jr. manages to free himself from the Imperius Curse.

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    • Turns out, he got right to it and was the one who cast the Dark Mark after the Cup final.
    • Voldemort hooks up with Barty Crouch, Jr. again.
    • Voldemort puts Mr. Crouch (Sr.) under the Imperius Curse and forces him to go about his business as though nothing has happened.
    • And, together, Wormtail and Barty Crouch, Jr. prepare a Polyjuice Potion they plan to use on Mad-Eye Moody.
    • Just before the new school year starts, they kidnap Moody so that Barty Crouch, Jr. can take his place at Hogwarts.
    • Voldemort and Wormtail continue to live in Mr. Crouch's house.
    • But Mr. Crouch starts to break free from the Imperius Curse and tries to warn Dumbledore.
    • Barty Crouch, Jr. murders Mr. Crouch and transforms his body into a bone.
    • Barty Crouch, Jr. finishes his confession: "I offered to carry the Triwizard Cup into the maze before dinner [...] Turned it into a Portkey. My master's plan worked. He is returned to power and I will be honored by him beyond the dreams of wizards" (35.169).
  • Chapter 36

    The Parting of the Ways

    • Professor Dumbledore brings Harry to his office.
    • Sirius is waiting in Professor Dumbledore's office, in his human form.
    • Sirius asks, "Harry, are you all right I knew it – I knew something like this – what happened?" (36.13).
    • Professor Dumbledore makes Harry tell him everything that happened in the maze.
    • At first, Harry finds it almost impossible to start.
    • But then it becomes a relief: "he felt almost as though something poisonous were being extracted from him" (36.26).
    • Professor Dumbledore reminds Harry that he and Voldemort share wand cores.
    • Both of their wands are filled with phoenix feather – the same phoenix that currently occupies Professor Dumbledore's office, Fawkes.
    • When two wands with the same center face off against each other, "One of the wands will force the other to regurgitate the spells it has performed – in reverse" (36.43).
    • That's how the ghostly figures of the people Voldemort had killed reappear at the right moment to help Harry.
    • Professor Dumbledore thanks Harry for having "shouldered a grown wizard's burden and found [him]self equal to it" (36.59).
    • And then Professor Dumbledore sends Harry off to sleep in the hospital wing.
    • Professor Moody – the real Moody – is also sleeping in the hospital wing. Looks like he'll recover.
    • Harry falls into a deep sleep.
    • Sirius Black falls asleep on the floor by his side, in dog form.
    • Harry wakes up to arguing voices.
    • Professor McGonagall is shouting furiously at Cornelius Fudge.
    • Apparently, when Fudge went in to interrogate Barty Crouch, Jr., he brought a Dementor with him for protection.
    • But, as soon as they entered the room, the Dementor swooped in and gave Barty Crouch, Jr. its fatal Kiss: "It had sucked his soul out through his mouth" (36.100).
    • So now, Barty Crouch, Jr. can't be questioned directly.
    • And Professor Dumbledore can't prove definitely that "Lord Voldemort was giving [Barty Crouch, Jr.] instructions" (36.104).
    • Fudge absolutely refuses to believe that Voldemort has risen again, no matter how much anyone argues with him.
    • Professor Snape even pulls up his sleeve to show him the Dark Mark, which "burned black" (36.153) an hour before. But Fudge still won't hear it. (This doesn't sound like good leadership to us.)
    • Before leaving in a huff, Fudge drops a bag of Galleons on Harry's bedside table.
    • It's his prize money for the Triwizard Tournament.
    • Professor Dumbledore sends the nurse, Madame Pomfrey, to look after Winky in the kitchen.
    • When it's just Professor Dumbledore, Professor Snape, Mrs. Weasley, Harry, Hermione, and Ron in the hospital wing, Professor Dumbledore tells Sirius Black to change back to his human form.
    • He tells Sirius to go stay with Remus Lupin so that they can start alerting "the old crowd" (36.181).
    • And then Professor Dumbledore addresses Professor Snape: "you know what I must ask you to do. If you are ready ... if you are prepared ..." (36.187).
    • Professor Snape says only: "I am" (36.188).
    • And then Professor Snape leaves the room.
    • Professor Dumbledore goes to speak with Cedric Diggory's family.
    • Hermione, Ron, and Mrs. Weasley stay to watch Harry.
    • Harry's throat is burning and he feels utterly miserable.
    • In the midst of all this awfulness, Hermione sudden slams her hand down on the windowsill.
    • She's holding something.
    • Harry takes the rest of his potion and falls asleep again.
  • Chapter 37

    The Beginning

    • In the weeks after the Triwizard Tournament, the worst thing that happens to Harry is his meeting with the Diggorys.
    • Amos Diggory is so sad that he can't stop crying.
    • Mrs. Diggory's grief "seemed to be beyond tears" (37.2).
    • She thanks Harry for bringing back Cedric's body.
    • Harry asks if she will accept the thousand Galleons in prize money he received from Fudge.
    • She won't.
    • During this horrible time, Harry, Ron, and Hermione hang out quietly together.
    • Mrs. Weasley asks Professor Dumbledore if Harry can spend the summer in the Burrow.
    • Professor Dumbledore insists that Harry must spend at least some time with his aunt and uncle.
    • So that sucks.
    • Harry goes to visit Hagrid.
    • Hagrid mentions that he has "a little job" (37.32) to do over the summer, and Madame Maxine might be coming. Ooh la la.
    • But Hagrid won't say what the job is.
    • Harry packs up his belongings to go back to Privet Drive.
    • But first, there's the Leaving Feast.
    • The banners on the wall are all black, out of respect for Cedric.
    • Professor Dumbledore addresses the students.
    • He gives a toast for Cedric, who was "a good and loyal friend, a hard worker, [and] he valued fair play" (37.47).
    • Then, Professor Dumbledore tells the students that Cedric was murdered by Lord Voldemort.
    • Even though the Ministry of Magic is denying Voldemort's involvement, that's what happened.
    • Professor Dumbledore instructs them, "Remember Cedric. Remember [...] what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort" (37.61).
    • Fleur Delacour makes a point of seeking out Harry to say that she is glad that she met him.
    • And Viktor Krum grabs a last word with Hermione before he goes home.
    • Ron caves and asks Viktor for his autograph.
    • On the train back to London, Hermione finally gets to tell Harry and Ron how she has shut up Rita Skeeter.
    • After Harry's little hint about Rita Skeeter "bugging" conversations, Hermione figured out that Rita Skeeter is an unlicensed Animagus.
    • This means that she can transform into an animal, an activity that's (usually) strictly controlled by the Ministry of Magic.
    • But Rita Skeeter has (literally) been flying under the radar.
    • Rita Skeeter transforms into a beetle, a really handy form if you want to overhear conversations unobserved.
    • And the day when Harry was lying in the hospital wing, Hermione managed to catch the beetle and put it in an unbreakable jar.
    • Hermione has promised not to tell the Ministry about Rita Skeeter's unlicensed animal form only if Rita Skeeter will take a break from writing things about people for a whole year.
    • Malfoy comes into the trio's train compartment, backed by Crabbe and Goyle.
    • He threatens Harry: "You've picked the losing side, Potter! I warned you!" (37.117).
    • But as he's shouting, Harry, Ron, and Hermione curse Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle.
    • It turns out that Fred and George were in the train hallway, and they add their own curses.
    • So Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle are lying unconscious on the train floor. Whoops.
    • Fred observes that Crabbe "seems to have sprouted little tentacles all over his face" (37.123) thanks to all the curses. (Yech.)
    • Finally, finally, the twins explain what they've been so mysterious about during the year.
    • It turns out that Ludo Bagman never paid up on the bet he made with the twins during the Quidditch World Cup.
    • What's more, he wouldn't even return the money the twins originally bet.
    • And then Fred and George found out that Lee Jordan's father had also been having trouble getting money Bagman owed him.
    • It turns out that Ludo Bagman got in way over his head into debt with the goblins (who run Gringotts Bank).
    • To try and win back enough gold to pay the goblins and everybody else, Ludo Bagman bet all of his remaining money on Harry to win the Triwizard Tournament.
    • But Harry didn't win outright; he tied.
    • So Ludo Bagman lost the bet, and now he has fled the country.
    • As they get off the train, Harry pulls Fred and George aside.
    • He insists on giving them the thousand Galleons to start their joke shop.
    • He only has one condition: "Buy Ron some different dress robes and say they're from you" (37.169).
    • Fred and George agree.
    • At the train station, Uncle Vernon is waiting to take Harry away.
    • Mrs. Weasley hugs him and promises, "I think Dumbledore will let you come to us later in the summer" (37.171).
    • And Harry decides: "what would come, would come ... and he would have to meet it when it [does]" (37.176).