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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 33

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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.

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