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Harry Potter books
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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Author J. K. Rowling
Illustrators Giles Greenfield (UK)
Mary GrandPré (US)
Genre Fantasy
Publishers Bloomsbury (UK)
Scholastic (US)
Raincoast (Canada)
Released 8 July 2000
Book no. Four
Sales ~ 66 million (worldwide)
Story timeline 1942
4 August 1994–June 25, 1995
Chapters 37
Pages 636 (UK)
734 (US)
ISBN 074754624X
Preceded by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Followed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth instalment in the Harry Potter series written by J. K. Rowling, published on 8 July 2000. The book attracted additional attention because of a pre-publication warning from J. K. Rowling that one of the characters would be murdered in the book.

The novel won a Hugo Award in 2001;[1] it was the only Harry Potter novel to do so. The book was made into a film, which was released worldwide on 18 November 2005.




Plot introduction

Throughout the three previous novels in the Harry Potter series, the main character, Harry Potter, has struggled with the difficulties that come with growing up and the added challenge of being a famous wizard. When Harry was a baby, Voldemort, the most powerful evil wizard in living memory, killed Harry's parents but mysteriously vanished after unsuccessfully trying to kill Harry. This results in Harry's immediate fame, and his being placed in the care of his muggle, or non-magical, relatives Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon.

Harry enters the wizarding world at the age of 11, enrolling in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, and is confronted by Lord Voldemort trying to regain power. After returning to the school after summer break, several attacks on students take place at Hogwarts after the legendary "Chamber of Secrets" is opened. Harry ends the attacks by killing a Basilisk and defeating another attempt by Lord Voldemort to return to full strength. The following year, Harry hears that he has been targeted by escaped murderer Sirius Black. Despite stringent security measures at Hogwarts, Harry is confronted by Black at the end of his third year of schooling and Harry learns that Black was framed and is actually Harry's godfather.

Plot summary

The book opens with Harry Potter having a dream about Frank Bryce, the ex-caretaker at the Riddle family mansion, who is caught eavesdropping on a deformed Tom Riddle and his servant, Peter Pettigrew. In Harry's dream, Bryce is killed by Voldemort. Later in the summer, Harry, Hermione Granger, and the Weasley family take a trip to the Quidditch World Cup. While there, Death Eaters, Voldemort's servants, storm the grounds, harass some muggles, and run away when they see the Dark Mark in the sky.

Back at Hogwarts Albus Dumbledore announces during the welcoming feast that the school will host the Triwizard Tournament, an inter-school competition. One student from each of three magical schools will be chosen by the Goblet of Fire to compete. The other two magical institutions, Beauxbatons Academy, and Durmstrang Institute, arrive at Hogwarts two months into the school term. The champions chosen by the goblet were: Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons, Viktor Krum of Durmstrang, and Cedric Diggory of Hogwarts. Mysteriously, Harry is also chosen, even though he did not submit his name, and is underage and ought to have been magically blocked from doing so. Ron Weasley is instantly infuriated, thinking Harry submitted himself, and their friendship suffers.

The new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor is Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, a former Auror and Dumbledore's friend. He teaches his students the three Unforgivable Curses in class, a lesson which is illegal. Those curses are the Imperius Curse, which forces the victim to do the caster's bidding; the Cruciatus Curse, a spell that tortures its victim; and the killing curse called Avada Kedavra. Harry learns he is the only known person to have survived the killing curse, cast against him by Voldemort when Harry was a baby.

In the first task of the tournament, the champions each are to retrieve a golden egg from a dragon, which contains a clue for the second task. Harry completes the task with help from Rubeus Hagrid and Prof. Moody. Following the end of the first task, Ron and Harry mend their broken friendship. The second tournament task requires retrieving something important taken from each champion hidden in the Black Lake. Ten minutes before the task, Harry is given gillyweed by Dobby the house elf so he can breathe underwater. Harry finds the four “important objects” of the tournament's contestants: Ron, Hermione, Cho, and Fleur’s little sister, Gabrielle Delacour. He is forced to rescue Gabrielle along with Ron when Fleur does not come, which causes him to lose the challenge, but he gain points for ‘moral fibre.'

One night after the second task, Harry and Krum are startled when a dishevelled Barty Crouch, Sr. emerges from the forest, mumbling nonsense and demanding to see Dumbledore. Harry runs for help, but when he returns with Dumbledore, they find Krum unconscious and Crouch missing. Harry learns more about the Crouches when he sees one of Dumbledore's memories in the Pensieve, a memory storing tool. The memory shows Barty Crouch, Jr, a Death Eater, sentenced to Azkaban by Barty Crouch Sr for helping Bellatrix Lestrange torture Frank and Alice Longbottom (Neville's parents) into insanity.

The third and final tournament task involves navigating a labyrinth located on the Quidditch Pitch which is filled with magical obstacles. Harry and Cedric successfully help each other navigate the maze. They reach the Triwizard cup and agree to take hold of it simultaneously, making both of them the winners. The Cup turns out to be a portkey that transports them to an old graveyard in Little Hangleton. Pettigrew and a deformed Lord Voldemort, are there. Pettigrew kills Diggory, and ties Harry's hands and feet to the Riddle tombstone. He then uses a bone from Voldemort's father's grave, some of Harry's blood, and his own cut-off hand in a magical ritual that restores Lord Voldemort to a new body.

Voldemort summons Death Eaters, and reveals that a servant of his at Hogwarts ensured that Harry would participate in the tournament, win it, and thus be brought to the graveyard. Harry tries to disarm Voldemort with the Expelliarmus spell, at exactly the same time as Voldemort uses the killing curse. The two curses meet and interlock, causing a bond between the wands that displays the "echoes" (described by Dumbledore) of Voldemort's most recent murdered victims, including Cedric, James Potter and Lily Potter. The "echoes" provide protection to Harry, allowing him to escape with Cedric's body and leaving Voldemort behind in a rage.

Harry, carrying Cedric's body, returns to the school grounds. Moody rushes Harry to his office, where he reveals that he was Voldemort's servant, and attempts to kill Harry himself. Moody is stopped by Dumbledore, Severus Snape, and Minerva McGonagall. Dumbledore feeds Moody Veritaserum, and they discover that "Moody" is actually Barty Crouch, Jr., who was smuggled out of Azkaban and was using a Polyjuice Potion to impersonate the real Alastor Moody. Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic, arrives at Hogwarts accompanied by a Dementor. When the Dementor enters the room where Crouch, Jr. stands, it swoops down and gives him the “Dementor’s Kiss”, sucking out his soul. Fudge refuses to believe Dumbledore's and Harry's word that Voldemort is back.

Harry is crowned Triwizard Champion and awarded with 1,000 galleons. Days later, Dumbledore then makes an announcement at the gloomy Leaving Feast, telling everybody about Voldemort and saying that to deny the true way Cedric died would be 'an insult to his memory.' While leaving the Hogwart’s Express on King’s Cross Station, Harry gives his winnings to Fred and George to start a joke shop and Harry sets off for another summer at the Dursleys'.

Rita Skeeter subplot

Rita Skeeter, a writer for the Daily Prophet, spends much of the story writing lies about Harry (about the time his scar hurt after a strange dream in Divination), Hagrid (about the time he told Madame Maxime about his mother), and Hermione (in love with Viktor Krum). Skeeter carries out secret interviews with Slytherin students to get the fodder for some of her stories, but the sources for others are inexplicable. Initially, Harry suspects that she has an Invisibility Cloak, but Hermione knows that "Mad-Eye" Moody would have been able to see through the cloak with his magical eye. Next, Harry thinks that she may have had areas of the school bugged. However, Hermione tells them that electronic devices do not work in Hogwarts because of the magic in the air. Near the end of the book, Hermione finally realises how Skeeter was doing this: she is an unregistered Animagus and can turn into a beetle. Harry and Ron realise that there was a beetle on the statue near Hagrid's hut, and later in Hermione's hair after the second task, and on the window of Divination class when Harry's scar hurt, and that the Slytherins knew about it all along. Hermione eventually traps Skeeter, in beetle form, in a jar and does not release her until the train reaches London.


  • Ron's jealousy comes to the fore when Harry's name is pulled from the Goblet of Fire. He thinks Harry is lying about putting his name in for the contest, and abandons his friend. Ron later returns when he sees how dangerous the competition is. Also, Ron's feelings towards Hermione, which were more subtle prior to Goblet of Fire, now become obvious, with their relationship blossoming in Half-Blood Prince and finally being consummated with their first kiss in Deathly Hallows. Both of these are faced in the seventh book when Ron, angered by Harry's lack of a concrete plan and the lack of the usual comforts of home, leaves Hermione and Harry (though regrets this instantly).
  • Fleur looks interested in Bill Weasley, whom she later dates (Order of the Phoenix), is engaged to (Half-Blood Prince), marries (Deathly Hallows) and has children with (Nineteen Years Later).
  • During the Yule Ball, Dumbledore mentions that he was wandering through the corridors in search of a bathroom when a room full of chamber pots suddenly appeared in a place he had not previously known existed. In Order of the Phoenix we learn that this is the Room of Requirement.
  • At the end of Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore asks Sirius to round up "the old crowd". This includes Arabella Figg, who is mentioned as early in the series as the second chapter of the first book. However, she is introduced as a crazy old Muggle who lives a street or two over from Privet Drive. In Order of the Phoenix, it is revealed that she is a Squib who has been assigned to keep an eye on Harry. The only reason she never let him have fun while at her house was that she (and Dumbledore) feared that if the Dursleys believed Harry enjoyed himself there, they would find a different babysitter.
  • Towards the end of the 4th book, Harry tells his tale of his night in the graveyard to Dumbledore and Sirius. He mentions his arm, sliced by Pettigrew, and there is 'a gleam of triumph' in Dumbledore's eye. This is because Dumbledore knows that using Harry's blood to bring Voldemort back will keep Harry alive should Voldemort try to kill him.

Release history

Until the official title's announcement on 27 June 2000, the fourth book was called by its working title, Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament.[2] J. K. Rowling expressed her indecision about the title in an Entertainment Weekly interview.

I changed my mind twice on what [the title] was. The working title had got out — 'Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament.' Then I changed 'Doomspell' to 'Triwizard Tournament.' Then I was teetering between 'Goblet of Fire' and 'Triwizard Tournament.' In the end, I preferred 'Goblet of Fire' because it's got that kind of 'cup of destiny' feel about it, which is the theme of the book.[3]

Rowling also admitted that the fourth book was the most difficult to write at the time, because she noticed a giant plot hole halfway through writing.[4] In particular, Rowling had trouble with the ninth chapter, "The Dark Mark", which she rewrote 13 times.[5]

U.K./U.S. Release

Goblet of Fire was the first book in the Harry Potter series to be released in the United States on the same date as the United Kingdom, on 8 July 2000. The three previous books had been released in the United Kingdom several months before the U.S. edition.

James and Lily plot error

In the original, first edition printings of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there is a plot error concerning the order in which the ghosts of Lily and James Potter appear out of Voldemort's wand. The ghosts appear in reverse order of their deaths with the latest killing first and the oldest killing last. Over the books as written up to this point, the killings in order are James Potter, Lily Potter, Bertha Jorkins, Frank Bryce, and Cedric Diggory. Lily should emerge before James but in the first edition she doesn't. Rowling admitted the mistake and subsequent editions of the book corrected the mistake, and the text appears correctly.


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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, written by J.K. Rowling. It was first published in 2000.

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FAKE Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody

  • You need preparing. You need arming. But most of all, you need constant, never ceasing vigilance (p. 217).
  • 'Course Dumbledore trusts you. He's a trusting man, isn't he? Believes in second chances. But me—I say there are spots that don't come off, Snape. Spots that never come off, d'you know what I mean? (p. 472)
  • "Pajama party is it?"
  • 'Not nice,' he said calmly. 'Not pleasant. And there's no counter-curse. There's no blocking it. Only one known person has ever survived it, and he's sitting right in front of me.'

Albus Dumbledore

  • Remember Cedric. Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.
  • Really, Hagrid, if you are holding out for universal popularity, I'm afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.
  • My own brother, Aberforth, was prosecuted for practicing inappropriate charms on a goat. It was all over the papers, but did Aberforth hide? No, he did not! He held his head high and went about his business as usual! Of course, I'm not entirely sure he can read, so that may not have been bravery...
  • Oh, I would never dream of assuming I know all Hogwarts' secrets, Igor. Only this morning, for instance, I took a wrong turn on the way to the bathroom and found myself in a beautifully proportioned room I had never seen before, containing a really rather magnificent collection of chamberpots. When I went back to investigate more closely, I discovered that the room had vanished. But I must keep an eye out for it. Possibly it is only accessible at five thirty in the morning. Or it may only appear at the quarter moon - or when the seeker has an exceptionally full bladder.
  • You are blinded (...) by the love of the office you hold, Cornelius! You place too much importance, and you have always done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow up to be!
  • Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.
  • If I thought I could help you by putting you into an enchanted sleep and allowing you to postpone the moment when you would have to think about what has happened tonight, I would do it. But I know better. Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it. You have shown bravery beyond anything I could have expected of you. I ask you to demonstrate your courage one more time. I ask you to tell us what happened (p. 695).

Harry Potter

  • Listen, if you [Fred and George] don't take it [the gold], I'm throwing it down the drain. I don't want it and I don't need it. But I could do with a few laughs. We could all do with a few laughs. I've got a feeling we're going to need them more than usual before long (p. 733).


  • Come seek us where our voices sound / We cannot sing above the ground/ And while you're searching ponder this / We've taken what you'll sorely miss / An hour long you'll have to look / And to recover what we took / But past an hour the prospect's black / Too late it's gone it won't come back

Ron Weasley

  • Wild! I can make that old bloke down there pick his nose again... and again... and again...
  • Draco Malfoy, The Amazing, Bouncing Ferret...
  • There you go, Harry! You weren't being thick after all—you were just showing moral fibre!
  • Right little ray of sunshine, aren't you? You and Professor Trelawney should get together sometime.
  • Yeah, well, Percy wouldn't want to work for anyone with a sense of humour, would he? Percy wouldn't recognize a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing Dobby's tea cozy.
  • (Making up his Divination homework) "Next Monday, I am likely to develop a cough, owing to the unlucky conjunction of Mars and Jupiter. You know her [Professor Trelawney] - just put in loads of misery, she'll lap it up."
  • (about his owl, Pigwidgeon) I've got to keep him up here [in Ron's room] because he annoys Errol and Hermes. He annoys me, too, come to that.

Sirius Black

  • If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
  • (Crouch) was the one who gave the order for me to be sent to Azkaban-without a trial.
  • Imagine that Voldemort's powerful now. You don't know who his supporters are, you don't know who's working for him and who isn't; you know he can control people so that they do terrible things without being able to stop themselves. You're scared for yourself, and your family, and your friends. Every week, news comes of more deaths, more disappearances, more torturing...the Ministry of Magic's in disarray, they don't know what to do, they're trying to keep everything hidden from the Muggles, but meanwhile, Muggles are dying too. Terror everywhere...panic...confusion...that's how it used to be.

Lord Voldemort

  • Invite him inside, Wormtail. Where are your manners?
  • The other arm, Wormtail.
  • Come out, Harry... come out and play, then... it will be quick... it might even be painless... I would not know... I have never died....
  • Kill the spare.
  • Do not lie to Lord Voldemort, for he knows...he always knows...

Bellatrix Lestrange

  • The Dark Lord will rise again, Crouch! Throw us into Azkaban, we will wait! He will rise again and will come for us, he will reward us beyond any of his other supporters! We alone were faithful! We alone tried to find him!


    • Narrator
  • It was Voldemort, Harry thought, staring up at the canopy of his bed in the darkness, it all came back to Voldemort....He was the one who had torn these families apart, who had ruined all these lives....
  • The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it 'the Riddle House', even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there.
    • Arthur Weasley
  • And that, boys, is why you should never go for looks alone.
    • Cornelius Fudge
  • He can't be back, Dumbledore, he just can't be.…
    • Draco Malfoy
  • Well, I can certainly see why we're trying to keep them alive. Who wouldn't want pets that can burn, sting, and bite all at once?
    • George Weasley [After hearing Harry open the egg]
  • I thought it sounded a bit like Percy singing. Maybe you've got to attack him while he's in the shower, Harry
    • Wormtail
  • Bone of the father, unknowingly given, you will renew your son!
    Flesh of the servant, w-willingly given, you will revive your m-master!
    Blood...of the enemy...forcibly taken...you will resurrect your foe.
    • Archie [In an argument with another Wizard at the Quidditch World Cup about his Muggle dress]
  • I'm not putting them on, I like a healthy breeze 'round my privates, thanks.
    • Dobby [In astonishment of his Christmas present from Harry]
  • Socks are Dobby's favorite, favorite clothes, sir! I has seven now, sir. . . . But sir ...they has made a mistake in the shop, Harry Potter, they is giving you two the same!
    • Rubeus Hagrid
  • What's comin' will come, and we'll meet it when it does.


  • Ron's voice now joined the others'.
    Ron: What are we doing here? Has something gone wrong?
    Fred: Oh, no, Ron, no, this is exactly where we wanted to end up.
    George: Yeah, we're having the time of our lives here.
    Said George, whose voice sounded muffled, as though he was squashed against the wall.
  • Harry: What are you working on?
    Percy: (smugly) A report for the Department of International Magical Co-operation. We're trying to standerise cauldron thickness. Some of these foreign imports are just a shade too thin-leakages have been increasing at a rate of almost three per cent a year-
    Ron: That'll change the world, that report will. Front page of the Daily Prophet, I expect, cauldron leaks.
  • Harry: (about Ron's owl) Er-why are you calling that owl Pig?
    Ginny: Because he's being stupid. Its proper name is Pigwidgeon.
    Ron: (sarcastically) Yeah, and that's not a stupid name at all.
  • Percy Weasley: That [dragon dung] was a sample of fertilizer from Norway! It was nothing personal!
    Fred: [Aside]It was. We sent it.
  • Harry Potter: Wangoballwime?
    Cho Chang: Sorry?
  • Hermione: Well, if you don't like it, you know what the solution is, don't you?
    Her hair was coming down out of its elegant bun now, and her face was screwed up in anger.
    Ron: Oh yeah? What's that?
    Hermione: Next time there's a ball, ask me before someone else does, and not as a last resort!
    Ron mouthed silently like a goldfish out of water as Hermione turned on her heel and stormed up the girls' staircase to bed.
  • Ron: Hermione, Neville's right - you are a girl...
    Hermione: Oh, well spotted.
  • Ron: I'm never wearing them, Never.
    Mrs. Weasley: Fine, Go naked. And, Harry, make sure you get a picture of him. Goodness knows I could do with a laugh.
  • Hermoine: Not going to have a very good month, are you?
    Ron: Ah well, at least I'm forewarned.
    Hermione: You seem to be drowning twice.
    Ron: Oh am I? I'd better change one of them to getting trampled by a rampaging hippogriff.
  • Lavender Brown: Oh Professor, look! I think I've got an unaspected planet! Oooh, which one's that, Professor?
    Professor Trelawney: It is Uranus, my dear.
    Ron Weasley: Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?

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Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.
Chapter 1: The Riddle House
Chapter 2: The Scar
Chapter 3: The Invitation
Chapter 4: Back to the Burrow
Chapter 5: Weasley's Wizard Wheezes
Chapter 6: The Portkey
Chapter 7: Bagman and Crouch
Chapter 8: The Quidditch World Cup
Chapter 9: The Dark Mark
Chapter 10: Mayhem at the Ministry
Chapter 11: Aboard the Hogwart's Express
Chapter 12: The Triwizard Tournament
Chapter 13: Mad-Eye Moody
Chapter 14: The Unforgivable Curses
Chapter 15: Beauxbatons and Durmstrang
Chapter 16: The Goblet of Fire
Chapter 17: The Four Champions
Chapter 18: The Weighing of the Wands
Chapter 19: The Hungarian Horntail
Chapter 20: The First Task
Chapter 21: The House-Elf Liberation Front
Chapter 22: The Unexpected Task
Chapter 23: The Yule Ball
Chapter 24: Rita Skeeter's Scoop
Chapter 25: The Egg and the Eye
Chapter 26: The Second Task
Chapter 27: Padfoot Returns
Chapter 28: The Madness of Mr. Crouch
Chapter 29: The Dream
Chapter 30: The Pensieve
Chapter 31: The Third Task
Chapter 32: Flesh, Blood, and Bone
Chapter 33: The Death Eaters
Chapter 34: Priori Incantatem
Chapter 35: Veritaserum
Chapter 36: The Parting of the Ways
Chapter 37: The Beginning


The fourth book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is told from the viewpoint of the now fourteen-year-old Harry. Apart from the usual magic, events at Hogwarts School, and frustration of the Dursleys, it includes a visit to the Quidditch World Cup, and an ancient tournament that, after a hiatus of over a century, is being restarted at Hogwarts School. Darker and more mature than the preceding entries in the series, this book again shows us Harry maturing and gaining strength in preparation to fight the gathering darkness.

While this book is rather daunting in appearance at 636 pages (Bloomsbury / Raincoast edition), it is set in larger type than the previous three volumes. If set in the same type as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, it would be 487 pages (approximately) to 223 for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Book Highlights

  • New places visited: Quidditch World Cup Stadium, Little Hangleton, Hogwarts's kitchen, Prefects' bathroom
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher: Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
  • Title refers to: The Goblet of Fire

Simple English

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. It was published on 8 July, 2000. It was made into a movie that came out in 2005.


In this book, Harry and three other young wizards do many challenges


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