|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, published in 2000. A film version of this book was released in November of 2005. This book is seen by many fans as the beginning of darker times in the wizarding world, as it shows the return of Voldemort.
To Peter Rowling, in memory of Mr Ridley and to Susan Sladden, who helped Harry out of his cupboard
The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learned, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march...
Chapter 1: The Riddle House
Inside, he overhears Wormtail and Lord Voldemort planning to capture Harry Potter for Lord Voldemort's rebirth with the aid of a servant that Voldemort knows is more reliable than Wormtail, though he plans to reward Wormtail for his help in capturing a Ministry of Magic employee by the name of Bertha Jorkins whose information has helped Voldemort form this plan before he killed her. Frank is then discovered by Voldemort's snake Nagini, and welcomed in by Wormtail. He stands up to Voldemort, but upon seeing Voldemort's current form, is horrified. We can infer by the end of the book that it is a little, red baby like creature. Voldemort then casts the Avada Kedavra spell, ending Frank's life, just as Harry at the Dursley's house is waking up.
Chapter 2: The Scar
- "A weird thing happened this morning, though. My scar hurt again. Last time that happened it was because Voldemort was at Hogwarts."
- —Harry, writing to Sirius.
Chapter 3: The Invitation
- "P.S. I do hope we've put enough stamps on."
- —Molly Weasley, in the letter to the Dursleys.
Chapter 4: Back to The Burrow
- "They'll take the boy and go, there'll be no hanging around. That's if they're coming at all. Probably mistake the day. I dare say their kind don't set much store by punctuality. Either that or they drive some tinpot car that's broken d- AAAAAAAARRRRRGH!"
- —Vernon Dursley, about the Weasley's visit.
On Sunday afternoon, the Weasleys attempt to use Floo powder to access the Dursley household, unaware that there is an electric fireplace. The Dursleys are shocked after Mr. Weasley destroys half the sitting room and collects Harry. Mr. Weasley sends the boys back, but not before Fred purposely drops a Ton-Tongue Toffee. Dudley Dursley, unable to resist due to a diet the family has been following, attempts to eat it and his tongue grows. Harry exits for the Burrow as Uncle Vernon starts throwing china figurines at Mr. Weasley.
Chapter 5: Weasley's Wizard Wheezes
- "We've been hearing explosions out of their room for ages, but we never thought they were actually making things, we thought they just liked the noise."
- —Ginny Weasley about Fred and George experiments.
Upon arriving at the Burrow Harry meets Ron's older brothers Bill and Charlie. Before they have a chance to talk, Mr. Weasley arrives back home and is angry with the twins for the stunt they pulled despite their personal reasons, explaining that Dudley's tongue grew to to four feet long and purple before he was allowed to fix it and this incident could undermine the muggle-wizard relations he has been working so hard to improve. Once Mrs. Weasley learns what happened this starts an argument between the four of them. After, moving to another room, Harry learns this had to do about Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, a business enterprise Ron's brothers Fred and George had set up to sell their self-invented sweets and prank objects before Mrs. Weasley forced them to stop since she wanted them to have a more reputable career in the Ministry after they graduate. In the end of the day, the Weasleys, Harry, and Hermione enjoy a lovely dinner in the garden. At the table a lot of topics are brought up, the upcoming Quidditch World Cup, Bill's personal appearance, Sirius Black's whereabouts (a private conversation by Harry, Ron, and Hermione), a missing Ministry Witch named Bertha Jorkins, and Percy mentions a top secret event that he is up to in the Ministry which will take place after the Quidditich World Cup.
Chapter 6: The Portkey
- Harry Potter: "What sort of objects are Portkeys?"
- Arthur Weasley: "Well, they can be anything," said Mr Weasley. "Unobtrusive things, obviously, so Muggles won't go picking them up and playing with them..."
- — Harry and Mr. Weasley talking about Portkeys.
- Mr. Roberts: "People from all over. Loads of foreigners. And not just foreigners. Weirdos, you know? There's a bloke walking 'round in a kilt and a poncho."
- Arthur Weasley: "Shoudn't he?"
- — Mr. Roberts talking about the wizards on the camp.
After arriving and getting their tents set up at a campsite occupied by wizards waiting for the match, Harry gets his first taste of the wizarding community outside of Britain when he travels around with Ron and Hermione to get water from a tap for boiling their meal around a campfire. Later, as they are preparing their lunch, just after the older Weasley children arrive, they meet Ludo Bagman, the match commentator and head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports, who got them their tickets. During their talk, against their father's wishes, Fred and George make a bet with Ludo: all their life savings and a fake wand that Ireland will win, but the Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum will catch the Golden Snitch. Arthur also inquires to Bagman if they found Bertha Jorkins yet. Percy's boss, Barty Crouch, head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation then arrives looking for Bagman, though has to silence him when Bagman starts to mention about something big happening at Hogwarts soon. Later that night, after getting some souvenirs, the group heads to the match.
Chapter 8: The Quidditch World Cup
- "They'll be talking about this one for years, a really unexpected twist, that... Shame it couldn't have lasted longer... Ah yes.. yes, I owe you... How much?"
- —Ludo Bagman, to Fred and George.
While at the Top Box in the World Cup stadium, Harry meets Winky the house-elf, a friend of Dobby's, saving a seat for Mr. Crouch, who never shows up during the match. Also there is the Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge, as well as Lucius Malfoy with his wife and Draco (though both the Weasley and Malfoy groups have to restrain themselves out of respect for Fudge). After Bagman introduces both teams' mascots, the match turns out to be an intense and exciting affair, with amazing skill displayed on both sides, particularly from Krum, and a fight breaking out between the two team's mascots after Ireland is awarded many penalty shots which angered the Veela. Ireland quickly gains a massive lead and win the match, despite Krum catching the Golden Snitch. After the match both teams head to the Top Box and Fudge awards Ireland the Quidditch World Cup, while Fred and George are happy as they won their bet with Bagman.
Chapter 9: The Dark Mark
- Draco Malfoy: "Granger, they're after Muggles. Do you want to be showing off your knickers in midair? Because if you do, hang around... they're moving this way, and it would give us all a laugh."
- Harry Potter: "Hermione's a witch."
- Draco Malfoy: "Have it your own way, Potter... If you think they can't spot a Mudblood, stay where you are."
- — Draco Malfoy, during the riot.
After the wizards around the campsite celebrate before going to sleep, that night, a group of masked wizards attack the camp and torment some local Muggles. While Mr. Weasley heads out with his older children to face them, the rest of the group head out to the woods away from the event. When Ron trips on a tree branch it separates him, Harry, and Hermione, from Fred, George, and Ginny. They run into Draco Malfoy who goads them about the riot, and tells them to keep Hermione, being a mudblood, safe. Shortly afterwards Harry realises his wand is missing, and they find Winky who is behaving strangely as if she were to trying to restrain something. After finding a place to hide they hear someone nearby incant "Morsmordre", and they watch the Dark Mark, float into the sky.
The Ministry is quick to the scene, stunning anything that moves. After determining that Harry, Ron, and Hermione had nothing to do with the Dark Mark, they search nearby to find Winky holding Harry's wand. A quick spell proves that Harry's wand conjured the Dark Mark. Even though no one thinks Winky did it, Barty Crouch publicly fires her which personally offends Hermione for the awful way Winky was treated forcing Mr. Weasley to take them back to their tents where the others are. After the attack, Mr. Weasley mentions that the Dark Mark is the sign that Voldemort's supporters leave whenever they murder someone, and also learn that the hooded wizards were Death Eaters, followers of Voldemort. Bill mentions that the ones from tonight strangely fled the scene when the Dark Mark was cast in the sky likely due to their denial of serving Voldemort to stay out of Azkaban. Mr. Weasley then insists they go back to bed since they be leaving by Portkey in a few hours.
- "What if You-Know-Who had got you, and the last thing I ever said to you was that you didn't get enough O.W.L.s? Oh, Fred...George..."
- —Molly Weasley, concerning about the children.
Chapter 11: Aboard the Hogwarts Express
- "Don't tell me you don't know? You've got a father and brother at the Ministry and you don't even know? My God, my father told me about it ages ago... heard it from Cornelius Fudge. But then, Father's always associated with the top people at the Ministry... Maybe your father's too junior to know about it, Weasley... yes.. they probably don't talk about important stuff in front of him..."
- —Draco Malfoy mocking Ron for the his lack of inside information from the Ministry of Magic.
At the King's Cross Station, the kids say good-bye to Mrs. Weasley, Bill and Charlie. The adults suggest that there would be an exciting event at Hogwarts. But they didn't tell what it is. In the Hogwarts Express, Draco Malfoy also speaks on the subject and says that there's glory and money involved in the event.
Chapter 12: The Triwizard Tournament
- "As I was saying, we are to have the honour of hosting a very exciting event over the coming months, an event that has not been held for over a century. It is my very great pleasure to inform you that the Triwizard Tournament will be taking place at Hogwarts this year."
- —Dumbledore, presenting the Triwizard Tournament.
With the start of the new school year, Professor Dumbledore announces that a very special event is going to take place at Hogwarts this year: The Triwizard Tournament. The Tournament calls for a single champion from each of the three largest wizarding schools in Europe to compete in a series of three trials for the prize of one thousand Galleons. Also during the opening feast, Hermione discovers that Hogwarts houses the largest house-elf population in Britain, and that, to her horror, they live like slaves; not uncomfortable, but without payment. Dumbledore also introduces the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, an ex-Auror named Alastor Moody.
Chapter 13: Mad-Eye Moody
- Minerva McGonagall: "What - what are you doing?"
- Alastor Moody: "Teaching."
- — Minerva asking Moody about the the bouncing ferret.
Moody soon establishes his presence in the school, most notably transfiguring Harry's nemesis Draco Malfoy into a white ferret and bouncing him around when he tries to curse Harry when the latter's back is turned. Meanwhile in Care of Magical Creatures class, Hagrid teaches the class about monstrous creatures known as Blast-Ended Skrewts.
Chapter 14: The Unforgivable Curses
- "Now, according to the Ministry of Magic, I'm supposed to teach you countercurses and leave it at that. I'm not supposed to show you what illegal Dark curses look like until you're in the sixth year...How are you supposed to defend yourself against something you've never seen? ...You need to be prepared. You need to be alert and watchful."
- —Moody, presenting the Unforgivable Curses to the class.
In their first lesson with Moody, he shows Harry, Ron, and Hermione the Unforgivable Curses: Imperio, a mind control spell, Crucio, a torturing curse, and Avada Kedavra, the Killing Curse. Later, Harry and Ron fake their Divination homework, Hermione starts SPEW, and Harry receives a letter from Sirius saying he's returning to Britain.
Chapter 15: Beauxbatons and Durmstrang
- "Longbottom, kindly do not reveal that you can't even perform a simple Switching Spell in front of anyone from Durmstrang!"
- —McGonagall, tense about the upcoming visitors.
Chapter 16: The Goblet of Fire
- "The fire in the goblet had just turned red again. Sparks were flying out of it. A long flame shot suddenly into the air, and borne upon it was another piece of parchment... And then Dumbledore cleared his throat and read out - Harry Potter."
- —The Goblet of Fire chooses Harry Potter.
It is announced that the three champions will be decided by the Goblet of Fire, an enchanted artefact that chooses the most worthy entrants from those students who submit their names. An age line around the Goblet is drawn to prevent under-age students from submitting their names. Predictably, Fred and George attempt to enter, but they are repelled by the line much to everyone's amusement, including Dumbledore's. The champions are soon announced: Cedric Diggory of Hufflepuff representing Hogwarts, Fleur Delacour representing Beauxbatons, and Viktor Krum, the Seeker for the Bulgarian Quidditch World Cup team, representing Durmstrang, but then a fourth name is thrown from the Goblet of Fire: Harry Potter.
Chapter 17: The Four Champions
- "Dumbledore, you know perfectly well you did not make a mistake! Really, what nonsense! Harry could not have crossed the line himself, and as Professor Dumbledore believes that he did not persuade an older student to do it for him, I'm sure that should be good enough for everybody else!"
- —Professor McGonagall, angrily defending Dumbledore.
Since Harry neither submitted his name due to the age restriction nor asked an older student to do so, the assembly is dumbfounded, and so is Harry himself. Although protests issue from the heads of the other schools against two Hogwarts champions, it is decided that the Goblet of Fire has spoken and that changes must be made accordingly. While many think Harry has somehow circumvented Dumbledore's age restricting barrier, Moody suggests that perhaps someone entered Harry's name under a fourth school to ensure he would be included in the competition, hoping he might not survive the perilous tasks that awaited the other champions.
Chapter 18: The Weighing of the Wands
- "He was very fond of his wand, and as far as he was concerned its relationship to Voldemort's wand was something it couldn't help - rather as he couldn't help being related to Aunt Petunia."
- —Harry, about his wand.
Harry's entry into the competition strains his relationship with Ron, who feels once again left in the shadow of his friend. Ron is not alone in shunning Harry; a great many of the students from all three schools assume he somehow cheated his way into the tournament, making Harry's life miserable, with the exception of his fellow Gryffindors (excluding Ron), who are proud about Harry being in the tournament. Rita Skeeter then interviews Harry as part of a piece on the Triwizard Tournament, during the Wand Weighing ceremony, and twists it into a highly inaccurate life story of him. When the article is published, Harry's reputation, and his friendship with Ron, take another blow. As if that were not enough, Harry develops a hopeless crush on Ravenclaw Seeker Cho Chang. Among the things that keep Harry sane is the promise of speaking to his godfather, Sirius Black.
Chapter 19: The Hungarian Horntail
- "Harry was finding it difficult to think about the future at all, he felt as if his whole life had been leading up to, and would finish with, the first task..."
- —Harry, fearing the first task.
Prior to the First task, the students visit Hogsmeade village. Harry goes with Hermione under his Cloak of Invisibility. While there, Moody sees Harry under his cloak and Hagrid asks Harry to meet him late that night. The Gamekeeper sneaks Harry into a meeting with Maxime, through which he reveals that the first task will involve dragons. Just as he returns to the castle, Sirius contacts Harry via the Floo Network, as they had arranged, and warns him that Karkaroff was once a Death Eater, suspecting he may have put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire. Before he can give Harry any advice on getting past his dragon he is interrupted by the appearance of Ron and disappears from the fire. Harry and Hermione then spend the next few days trying to think of a way to subdue a dragon, but have no luck.
Chapter 20: The First Task
- "He stared hopelessly down at the index of Basic Hexes for the Busy and Vexed... instant scalping... but dragons had no hair... pepper breath... that would probably increase a dragon's firepower... horn tongue... just what he needed, to give it an extra weapon...."
- —Harry, researching a way to defeat a dragon.
Realising the other schools' champions know about the dragons, Harry tips off Cedric to make sure the contest is fair. Moody then appears, and gives Harry some general advice on how to beat his Dragon: to play to his strengths and use a simple spell to get what he needs. With Hermione's help, Harry manages to master the Summoning Charm. On the day of the task, Harry is up against the most violent of the four dragons, the Hungarian Horntail. Harry manages to summon his broom and fly, and he uses flying strategy he had learned as a Quidditch player to lure the dragon off the eggs long enough for him to zoom in and snatch the golden egg, the prize of the task. Ron, realising the true danger of the Tournament becomes Harry's friend again, with most of Hogwarts following suit.
Chapter 21: The House-Elf Liberation Front
- "Winky is a disgraced elf, but Winky is not yet getting paid!"
- —Winky, about her situation.
Chapter 22: The Unexpected Task
- "A week ago, Harry would have said finding a partner for a dance would be a cinch compared to taking on a Hungarian Horntail. But now that he had done the latter, and was facing the prospect of asking a girl to the ball, he thought he'd rather have another round with the Horntail."
- —Harry thinking about the Yule Ball ivitation.
Chapter 23: The Yule Ball
- Hermione Granger: "Well, if you don't like it, you know what the solution is, don't you?"
- Ron Weasley: "Oh yeah? What's that?"
- Hermione Granger: "Next time there's a ball, ask me before someone else does, and not as a last resort!"
- — Ron and Hermione, bellowing at each other.
At the ball, it is revealed that Hermione is going with none other than Viktor Krum. This strains Ron's friendship with Hermione as they argue about it repeatedly throughout the night, but by the next day they seem to have decided not to mention the fight. Meanwhile, Crouch is nowhere to be seen. Percy Weasley, Crouch's assistant says that he is simply ill. Neither Harry nor Ron have any interest in dancing and go for a walk in the grounds. While there, they encounter Karkaroff having a worried discussion with Snape, and Hagrid and Maxime enjoying a tender moment. The moment is ruined when Hagrid insinuates Maxime is a Half-giant, like him, offending her. Shortly after the ball, Cedric gives Harry a hint about the egg: to take a bath with it, as thanks for warning him about the dragons.
Chapter 24: Rita Skeeter's Scoop
- "Hagrid, look what I've got for relatives! Look at the Dursleys!"
- —Harry, trying to cheer Hagrid up.
- "I'd try putting it in the water, if I were you."
- —Myrtle, about the Egg.
Chapter 26: The Second Task
- "Most of the judges, feel that this shows moral fiber and merits full marks. However... Mr. Potter's score is forty-five points."
- —Ludo Bagman, about Harry performance on the Second Task.
Chapter 27: Padfoot Returns
- "And don't forget, if you're talking about me among yourselves, call me Snuffles, okay?"
- —Sirius, to the trio.
- "Winky - hic - is not only - hic - doing housework for Mr. Crouch!" Winky squeaked indignantly, swaying worse than ever and slopping butterbeer down her already heavily stained blouse. "Master is - hic - trusting Winky with - hic - the most important - hic - the most secret..."
- —Winky, to Hermione.
Harry and the other champions are informed the next task will be in a maze, filled with magical obstacles. After being shown the maze, Krum takes Harry aside, and questions him about his relationship with Hermione. Harry assures Krum that he and Hermione are just friends. Moments later, a rather crazy looking Barty Crouch Sr. emerges from the forest, asking for Dumbledore. Harry goes to retrieve Dumbledore, but when he returns, they find Krum has been stunned and Crouch is nowhere to be seen.
Chapter 29: The Dream
- "You were clutching your scar! You were rolling on the floor, clutching your scar! Come now. Potter, I have experience in these matters!"
- —Professor Trelawney, to Harry.
Not long later, Harry has a vision of Voldemort being informed of someone's death and then torturing Wormtail. Harry awakens with his scar hurting badly and goes to see Dumbledore.
Chapter 30: The Pensieve
- "I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind."
- —Dumbledore, to Harry.
Chapter 31: The Third Task
- "Yeah...we've helped each other out, haven't we? We both got here. Let's just take it together."
- —Harry, to Cedric.
- "Kill the spare."
- —Voldemort, to Wormtail.
Chapter 33: The Death Eaters
- "How many will be brave enough to return when they feel it? And how many will be foolish enough to stay away?"
- —Voldemort, about the Death Eaters.
Chapter 34: Priori Incantatem
- "...he was going to die upright like his father, and he was going to die trying to defend himself, even if no defense was possible..."
- —Harry thinking about his confrontation with Voldemort.
Chapter 35: Veritaserum
- "The faithless, worthless bits of filth who were brave enough to cavort in masks at the Quidditch World Cup, but fled at the sight of the Dark Mark when I fired it into the sky."
- —Barty Crouch, Jr, unveiling his true identity.
When he arrives back at the school, many of the students begin to cheer before they see the body of Cedric. Harry is then ushered away by Moody and taken to his office where he sits in shock. As Moody probes Harry for information, he reveals he knows that Harry was taken to the graveyard. Harry realises that Moody is, in fact, Voldemort's servant at Hogwarts. Moody attempts to kill Harry. Before he has the chance, Dumbledore Stuns him as the teaching staff burst in and stop him. He wakes up, and by way of Vertiserum reveals that he is in fact Barty Crouch Jr, who was secretly released by his mother from Azkaban, and has been using the Polyjuice Potion to disguise himself as Alastor Moody all year. It was Crouch Jr who stole Harry's wand and used it to set off the Dark Mark at the Quidditch Cup, in retaliation at the Death Eaters who had abandoned Voldemort. Winky was secretly supervising him, and was fired for nearly letting him escape.
He also confesses that his father, Barty Crouch Sr. and his mother helped him escape Azkaban. His mother was dying, so it was his mothers wish before she died that he would escape, so Barty Crouch Jr. and his mother switched places by the use of the polyjuice potion. Barty Crouch Sr. put the imperius on him to make sure he was controlled and out of site. But the curse eventually wore off at the Quiditch World Cup. The Death Eaters showed up disrupting the tournament. Barty Crouch Jr. was angry at the fact that they weren't loyal to Voldemort, so he used Harry's wand to summon the Dark Mark, which scared the Death Eaters away. His father found him, and took him back home.Eventually, thanks to Bertha's information, Voldemort and Wormtail were able to find Crouch Jr, and release him from his father's imprisonment. Crouch Jr was planted at Hogwarts as Moody, with Wormtail keeping an eye on Crouch. It is revealed that Crouch Jr was the Barty Crouch Harry saw on the Marauder's Map, stealing potions ingredients from Snape's office to continue making the Polyjuice Potion. Eventually, Crouch started to fight off the Imperius curse placed upon him, and was then kept under home imprisonment by Wormtail, under the lie of being unwell. He managed to escape, and travelled to Hogwarts to warn Dumbledore of his son's existence. Using the Marauder's Map, Crouch Jr was able to intercept (and then kill) him however.
Chapter 36: The Parting of the Ways
- "Time is short, and unless the few of us who know the truth stand united, there is no hope for any of us."
- —Dumbledore, at the end of the term.
Chapter 37: The Beginning
- "It had ter happen. Well, now it has, an' we'll jus' have ter get on with it."
- —Hagrid, about Voldemort's return.
List of Deaths
|Character||Killed By||Cause Of Death||Location|
|Bertha Jorkins||Lord Voldemort||Avada Kedavra||Albania|
|Frank Bryce||The Riddle house|
|A spider||Barty Crouch Jr. (impersonating Alastor Moody)||Avada Kedavra (as a demonstration in the D.A.D.A. class)||Hogwarts|
|Barty Crouch Sr.||Unknown, presumably Avada Kedavra (Barty Crouch Jr. simply said "I killed my father" and then Transfigured him into a bone and buried him in Hagrid's garden||Forbidden Forest|
|Cedric Diggory||Peter Pettigrew (using Voldemort's wand)||Avada Kedavra||Little Hangleton graveyard|
|Barty Crouch Jr.||A Dementor (not actually dead, but without a soul)||Dementor's Kiss||Defence Against the Dark Arts professor's office|
Harry's Christmas presents
- An all-time low: A single tissue from the Dursleys
- A copy of Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland from Hermione
- A bag of Dungbombs from Ron
- A penknife from Sirius
- A box containing Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, Chocolate Frogs, Drooble's Best Blowing Gum and Fizzing Whizzbees from Hagrid
- Mrs. Weasley's usual package
- Handmade, mismatched Quidditch socks from Dobby
Behind the scenes
- The book presents the second out of five instances in which the opening narrative is not delivered through a point of view close to Harry: The first instance is in Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 - "The Boy Who Lived" which is told from the perspective of Vernon Dursley. The second instance is Chapter 1 of Goblet of Fire - "The Riddle House", from the perspective of the Muggle caretaker, Frank Bryce. The third instance is in Half Blood Prince, Chapter 1: "The Other Minister" from the perspective of the British Minister. The fourth instance is in Half Blood Prince, Chapter 2: "Spinners End" from the perspective of Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange. The final instance is in Deathly Hallows, Chapter 1: "The Dark Lord Ascending" from the perspective of nearly all of the Death Eaters.
- The book presents a greater international aspect to the wizarding community: The Quidditch World Cup, the Triwizard Tournament, two European schools of Magic (Beauxbatons and Durmstrang), and possibly two other international schools (The Salem Witches Institute and an unnamed school in Brazil) are shown or mentioned.
- The book mentions the name of a real person - Natalie McDonald, a nine-year-old girl from Toronto, Canada, who was dying of leukaemia. She wrote to Rowling asking what was going to happen in the next Harry Potter book as she would not live long enough to read it. The former emailed back, but Natalie had died a day earlier. In tribute, she became a first-year student at Hogwarts named by the Sorting Hat in Gryffindor - the house for the brave at heart - in the fourth book. When Rowling was later in Canada for a promotional tour she visited the McDonald family. With the exception of people of ancient times, such as Nicolas Flamel, this is the only Harry Potter book to so honour an individual.
- On page 697, US hardcover edition (Scholastic), Dumbledore states, "If, however, the owners of the wands force the wands to do battle... a very rare effect will take place. One of the wands will force the other to regurgitate spells it has performed - in reverse. The most recent first [...] and then those which preceded it. [...]". The series had maintained that James Potter was murdered before Lily. Therefore, logically, Lily, the more recently killed of the two, should have emerged from Voldemort's wand before James during the Priori Incantatem scene. However, in the original edition of the book, James Potter came out first, and said, "Hold on, your mother is coming and wants to see you." Rowling had originally written that Lily emerged from the wand first, however, her American editor, in the rush to edit the book, incorrectly pointed this out as an error, and Rowling "changed it without thinking." Subsequent editions of the book corrected the mistake, and Rowling's original order (Lily appearing before James) stands as canon.
- Mad-Eye Moody said there was no known way of blocking the Avada Kedavra curse. However, Harry blocked it with his own spell in the battle against Voldemort, creating the Priori Incantatem effect. Dumbledore also blocked the spell with physical objects in the following book. However, Moody may have been referring to a lack of any spell that could block the Avada Kedavra curse as opposed to physical objects or the Priori Incantatem effect. But since it was really Barty Crouch Jr. disguised as Moody that said this, he might have just said this to purposefully discourage the kids in his classroom of ever finding or believing in ways to block the Avada Kedavra curse.
- Dumbledore was said to have a "gleam of triumph" in his eyes when told that Voldemort had restored his body using Harry's blood, at the end of Goblet of Fire (Ch. 36). Rowling has confirmed that this is "still enormously significant". It turned out that this was very significant because when Voldemort used Harry's blood to revive himself he made it so that as long as he lived Harry could not die, as revealed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- In Quidditch Through the Ages, it says that the first ever World Cup was in 1473, with a match being held every four years. Yet the World Cup in 1994 is number 422. There cannot be 422 world cups in 521 years with a four-year gap in between. Calculated correctly, the World Cup that the Weasleys, Hermione, and Harry attended was actually the 130th, and it should have been held in 1993.
- Before the Third Task starts, Molly Weasley reminisced about the gamekeeper before Hagrid, named Ogg. But in other books, it was implied that Hagrid had held that post since his expulsion from school in 1943. Since Hagrid's years as gamekeeper appeared to have overlapped Molly's years at school, it seemed unlikely that she knew a previous one.
- In Hogsmeade, Sirius implied that at a certain point, Snape's attendance at Hogwarts overlapped with Lestrange's. It could have meant Rodolphus or Rabastan Lestrange, Bellatrix's husband and brother-in-law respectively, as Bellatrix would have left school about two years before Snape started.
- When Fred and George bet on the Quidditch match with Bagman, it said that Fred put the paper with their wages in his robes, but Fred was wearing Muggle clothing.
- In the beginning, it said that Harry thought that for one hour last year he would be staying with Sirius, but in the third book, he only thought he would be staying with Sirius for a half an hour.
- In chapter 35, the book said '"The Imperius Curse," Moody said.' However, the Polyjuice Potion had already worn off, so it should have been Barty Crouch Jr. speaking.
- In the film version, it was heavily implied by the sheer number of students that everyone from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang made the trip to Hogwarts. However, in the book, it was mentioned that after the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students entered the school are the Halloween feast began, there were only about twenty extra students in the Great Hall. Igor Karkaroff also said in the book (during the argument about letting Harry Potter participate the Triwizard Tournament) that he would have brought more students to Hogwarts if he had known younger students could enter the Tournament.
- At the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, Cornelius Fudge mentioned possibly bringing a dragon to Hogwarts to guard the school. Ironically, the Ministry does bring dragons to Hogwarts, although for a different purpose.
- In the chapter entitled "The Unforgivable Curses" when Harry and Ron are doing their Divination homework some of their fake prophecies could be considered as coming true throughout the book. For example "stabbed in the back by someone you thought was a friend," may refer to Ron's later jealousy towards Harry's many achievements and when Hermione points out Ron's apparent double drowning it could be interpreted as foreshadowing to she and Ron being placed at the bottom of the lake during the second task.
- Cedric's death marked the first occasion in the series where a protagonist has been killed off (excluding minor characters such as Frank Bryce, and deaths that occurred outside of the action, such as Lily and James.) In every book after this, at least one main character dies.
- In the book's opening chapter, there are repeated references to a planned murder, with lines such as "...one more death and our path to Harry Potter is clear" and "One more murder… my faithful servant at Hogwarts…" Yet, there is no indication that anyone else is murdered that was part of this plan. Bertha Jorkins was already dead, Frank Bryce was only a victim of circumstance, and Barty Crouch was originally kept alive and only killed because he had escaped and become a liability.
- At one point when Dumbledore is asking Barty Crouch Jr. questions Barty is referred to as "Moody", even though he is not disguised as Alastor Moody any more.
- Towards the end of the book when Voldemort puts the Imperius Curse on Harry the book says "For the third time in his life," when towards the middle of the book it states Harry had the Imperius Curse put on him four times by Moody (Crouch).
- Harry's fourteenth birthday is on 31 July, 1994 but in his letter to Sirius at the beginning of the book he mentions that his cousin Dudley got really angry and chucked his PlayStation out of the window. The PlayStation was not released in Europe until 29 September, 1995. It could not have been imported either, because the PlayStation wasn't released in Japan until 3 December, 1994. However, other versions just mention "his videogame console".
- At the ending of the book Harry, Hermione, and Ron travel on the "carts without a horse," and then Harry cannot see the thestrals, even though he has already seen Cedric die. The reason Rowling has given for this is that Cedric's death has not yet fully sunk into Harry's mind.
- In the first task, nowhere has it been stated that one could not retrieve the Golden Egg through the use of a Summoning Charm, but none of the champions even attempted this most simple system to do so. However, it is stated that the first task was designed to test the champions' daring and courage; thus, using a Summoning Charm would be too easy – almost to the point of cheating. It is possible that use of this spell would have resulted in a bottom score, or that there were enchantments on the eggs to prevent summoning.
- Curiously, 1994 was the second year in a row in which Hallowe'en fell on a Saturday. In 1993, Professor Trelawney's prediction to Lavender Brown warned her that her worst fears would come true on Friday October 16th. In 1994, October 30 was the date of the arrival of the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students and was a Friday; the same day of the week it would have been in 1993 as the 30th fell exactly two weeks after the 16th. That is not possible because the same date does not fall on the same day of the week two years in a row.
- Prior to Bertha Jorkins coming out of Voldemort's wand there should have been indication of Voldemort making a Horcrux with her death, after she appears but before Lily appears there should also have been some indication of the methods Voldemort used to break her memory charm. It is of course possible he used another wand in both cases but unlikely he would have change wands shortly after killing Bertha.
- In the Second Task, Victor Krum transfigures his top half of his body into a shark's head to swim underwater without the need of air. However in The Tales of Beedle the Bard it clearly states that when transfigured into an animal, the wizard loses all sense of human thought and becomes the animal until another Wizard can transfigure them back. Krum who transfigured his head into a shark really should have attacked Hermione and not been able to do the task at all.
- In the chapter "The Egg and the Eye," Harry, not realizing he is an imposter, gives the disguised Crouch the Marauder's Map. It is not mentioned in the book that Harry gets it back, yet he somehow has it again in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Rowling later stated in an interview that Harry snuck into Moody's office to reclaim it.
The book was also adapted into a film, the fourth Harry Potter film of the series. The movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released on November 18, 2005. It was directed by Mike Newell and the trio was starred by Daniel Radcliffe , Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (soundtrack)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (character index)
- Fourth year
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