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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 27

By J.K. Rowling

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.

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