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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 24

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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.

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