Released on July 8, 2000, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series. It has 37 chapters and is 635 pages long in the UK and 734 pages long in the US. It has sold over 66 million copies worldwide.
Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.
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Goblet of Fire is almost twice the size of the first three. Rowling said she "knew from the beginning it would be the biggest of the first four." She said there needed to be a "proper run-up" for the conclusion and rushing the "complex plot" could confuse readers. She also stated that "everything is on a bigger scale" which was symbolic, as Harry's horizons widened both literally and metaphorically as he grew up. She wanted to explore more of the magical world.
Until the official title's announcement on June 27, 2000, the book was called by its working title, Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament. Rowling was teetering between Goblet of Fire and Triwizard Tournament. "In the end," she said, "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."
Rowling mentioned that she originally had a Weasley relative named Malfalda, who was the daughter of the "second cousin who's a stockbroker" mentioned in Sorcerer's Stone. This stockbroker had been very rude to the Weasleys in the past, but now he and his Muggle wife had inconveniently produced a witch, so they came back to the Weasleys asking for their help in introducing her to wizarding society before she starts at Hogwarts. Malfalda was supposed to be a Slytherin and fill in the Rita Skeeter subplot, but eventually was removed as "there were obvious limitations to what an eleven year old closeted at school could discover." Rowling said that the fourth book was the most difficult to write at the time, because she noticed a giant plot hole with this halfway through writing. Rowling had trouble with the ninth chapter especially, "The Dark Mark", which she rewrote 13 times. There was a mistake which shows James Potter emerging first from Voldemort's wand; however James died first, so then Lily should have come out first. This was corrected in later editions.
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, strategically on a Saturday so children did not have to worry about school conflicting with buying the book. It had a combined first-printing of over five million copies. It was given a record-breaking print run of 3.9 million. Three million copies of the book were sold over the first weekend in the US alone. This was the first time that bookstores held midnight release parties.
The audiobook in the US is read by Jim Dale and Stephen Fry in the UK.
Frank Bryce, an elderly gardener, tends the property for the old Riddle House. Fifty years previously, the Riddle family was murdered and he was the only suspect. The police released him for lack of evidence, but he is still suspected by the other inhabitants of Little Hangleton village. One night, Frank sees that the house has been broken into and goes to investigate. He overhears a conversation between Wormtail and Lord Voldemort, who are discussing a plan involving the murder of Harry Potter. Just when he's about to go and inform the police, he is discovered and killed by Voldemort. Harry sees what happens to Frank in a bad dream and wakes up with his lightning bolt scar burning. He struggles at first to decide what to do because he doesn't want to worry his friends or the headmaster Albus Dumbledore. He decides to write a letter to his godfather, Sirius Black, telling him what he saw and wondering what he should do.
Things in the Dursley house have gotten very tense over the summer. Dudley has been put on a diet after coming home with a letter from school expressing concerns about his weight and behavior, so Aunt Petunia is making the whole family follow the diet to make it easier for him. Uncle Vernon gets angry with Harry when a letter arrives by post from Mrs. Weasley inviting him to stay with them and see the Quidditch World Cup. Harry heavily implies that he will tell his godfather if Uncle Vernon says he can't go, so Uncle Vernon gives him permission.
A few days later, Arthur Weasley arrives by floo powder along with Fred, George, and Ron to collect Harry. They blast apart the living room after getting stuck in the fireplace. Arthur tries to make small talk, but the Dursleys are clearly stunned and offended. As Harry and the Weasleys are leaving, Dudley eats a candy dropped by Fred and George that causes his tongue to grow several feet. Harry escapes to the Burrow through the fireplace while Arthur stays behind to fix everything.
When Harry gets to the Burrow he meets the eldest Weasley children, Bill and Charlie. Harry learns from Ron and Ginny that Fred and George invented the candy Dudley ate along with several other joke items because they plan to open their own joke shop called Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. Percy, meanwhile, has started work at the Ministry of Magic in the Department of International Magical Cooperation. Harry tells Ron and Hermione, who is also staying at the Burrow, about the dream he had. They all share a nice dinner in the garden while the Weasley family discusses the upcoming final of the Quidditch World Cup between Ireland and Bulgaria.
Harry and the Weasleys wake up early on the morning of the quidditch final to catch a portkey that will transport them to the match. They travel with Amos Diggory, a ministry colleague of Arthur's, and his son Cedric, the captain of the Hufflepuff quidditch team at Hogwarts. Harry sees many familiar faces from school at the campsite, as well as witches and wizards from all over the world. Arthur introduces Harry, Hermione, and his children to Ludo Bagman, head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports, and Barty Crouch, head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation. Mr. Crouch appears to be very serious and concerned with business. Mr. Bagman is more concerned with fun and even makes a bet with Fred and George concerning the outcome of the quidditch match.
During the final match of the Quidditch World Cup, Harry meets a house-elf called Winky. Winky says she is saving a seat for Mr. Crouch, but he never turns up for the match. Ludo Bagman provides commentary for the match and the mascots from both teams erupt into frequent conflict with each other. After an exciting showdown between Bulgaria and Ireland, the Irish team emerges victorious. However, the hero of the match is the Bulgarian seeker, Viktor Krum.
Later that night, while Harry and the others are sleeping, a group of Voldemort's followers, known as Death Eaters, come to the camp and cause chaos. Harry, Ron and Hermione flee into the woods where they witness a mysterious stranger cast the dark mark, Voldemort's sign, into the sky. A group of ministry officials, including Mr. Weasley, show up to investigate and find Winky holding Harry's wand, which Harry had not realized was missing. Though it is clear Winky did not conjure the dark mark, Mr. Crouch is furious and dismisses her on the spot. Hermione is indignant at how badly Mr. Crouch treats his house-elf, but nobody else seems to care. Mr. Weasley takes Harry and the others back to the tent where they wonder why the Death Eaters and Voldemort's sign would show up after all these years.
The next morning, Harry and the Weasley's return to the Burrow where Mrs. Weasley has been worried over the news of what has happened. Mr. Weasley is furious to learn that a gossip journalist, Rita Skeeter, has made a lot of suggestive remarks about what happened and who is really to blame. This article by Skeeter leads to much trouble for the Ministry of Magic over the next several weeks. Harry, meanwhile, starts to feel this may have something to do with the dream he had about Voldemort and decides to write a letter to Sirius about it.
Mrs. Weasley has to take all the kids to King's Cross Station to get on the Hogwarts Express by herself when Mr. Weasley is asked by Amos Diggory to help with an emergency concerning Alastor "Mad-Eye'' Moody. Moody, Harry learns, was once a great auror at the Ministry of Magic who is now retired. While boarding and traveling on the Hogwarts Express, Harry and the others receive several tantalizing hints about an exciting event that will be taking place at Hogwarts this year. Draco Malfoy and his gang even turn up at Harry's compartment and tease him about entering the event, though he does not say what it is.
When the students arrive at Hogwarts for the welcoming feast, they learn that the exciting event that is happening is the return of a famous event called The Triwizard Tournament. This tournament brings together students from three European magic schools: Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang. One champion is selected from each school to compete in a series of three dangerous tasks, and the winner receives 1,000 galleons in prize money. Though many students wish to enter the tournament, no one under the age of 17 is allowed to put forth their name. During this announcement, Mad-Eye Moody shows up and it is revealed that he is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts.
As the students begin to settle into their new year at Hogwarts, the castle is buzzing with excitement about their famous new teacher as well as the tournament. Moody's classes quickly become the subject of much gossip among the students. When Harry and his classmates have their first lesson with Moody, he stresses the importance of a practical approach and appreciating the worst of the dark arts by discussing and then demonstrating the three Unforgivable Curses: Impirius (total control over others), Cruciatus (torture), and Avada Kadava (killing). Many of the students are in awe of Moody and his willingness to be direct, but Harry isn't sure how much he likes Moody's way of doing things. Hermione tries to channel her energy into something positive after learning there are house-elves working for free at Hogwarts by founding an organization called S.P.E.W. (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare) and forces Harry and Ron to join.
Harry hears back from Sirius, who tells Harry that he is traveling in their direction because of what is going on. Harry tries to talk him out of it by pretending everything is okay so that Sirius will not be caught. Meanwhile, the headmistress of Beauxbatons, Madame Maxime, and the headmaster of Durmstrang, Igor Karkaroff, arrive with their students at the end of October. One of the Durmstrang students turns out to be none other than Viktor Krum. As they all settle in for the welcoming feast, they learn that the champions for the Triwizard Tournament will be selected by the Goblet of Fire, a powerful magical object. The students wishing to enter put their name and school on a slip of parchment and place it in the goblet, which will return the names of the selected participants on Halloween night.
Over the next 24 hours, many rumors are passed around about who will be chosen. Most Hogwarts students seem to favor Cedric Diggory, the captain of the Hufflepuff quidditch team. Fred and George, among others, try to age themselves up with a potion to get over the age line keeping out underage contestants, but they are unsuccessful. On the night of Halloween, three champions are chosen. Fleaur Delacour from Beauxbatons, a very pretty girl who has caught Ron's attention in particular, Viktor Krum from Durmstrang, which surprises nobody, and Cedric Diggory from Hogwarts. As everyone is celebrating, the Goblet of Fire spits out a fourth name: Harry Potter.
The gathered teachers and selected champions are brought together for a meeting to discuss what has happened, including Mr. Crouch and Mr. Bagman, who are part of the panel of judges for the tournament. Nobody is able to determine if it is Harry's fault that his name came out of the Goblet, but in the end it is agreed that since his name did come out of the Goblet he has no choice but to compete. The champions are told that the first task will be a mystery since they must always be ready for anything, and that being a champion means they do not have to take end-of-year tests. The other students in Gryffindor are thrilled about Harry being a champion, but Harry is not. He has no idea how or why this happened and is not looking forward to being in the tournament. To make matters worse, Ron begins acting jealous and doesn't seem to believe Harry didn't secretly enter himself in the tournament somehow.
It becomes clear that most people think Harry did enter himself in the tournament. Hermione and Hagrid are on Harry's side, but many think he is interested in making himself more famous. During a wand-weighing ceremony to kick off the tournament, Harry is bombarded with personal questions from Rita Skeeter, who is covering the tournament for the Daily Prophet. Skeeter makes it clear that she is interested in juicy stories with an angle rather than the truth, and she twists what Harry says into an article that makes it seem like he is the only Hogwarts champion, which creates more trouble for Harry in school. Meanwhile, Sirius sends Harry a message asking him to meet in the Gryffindor common room alone at one in the morning on November 22nd.
Harry begins to become very worried when he cannot figure out what the first task of the tournament is. During a Hogsmeade visit, Hagrid tells Harry to meet him at his cabin that night in his invisibility cloak. Harry reluctantly does so, as he is supposed to meet with Sirius later the same night. When Harry meets up with Hagrid, Hagrid leads Harry and Madame Maxine to a place in the woods where dragons are being kept for the first task. One of the dragon keepers, Charlie Weasley, discusses with Hagrid how the champions must get past the dragons for their first task. When Harry returns to Gryffindor tower, after almost running into Karkaroff in the woods, Sirius appears in the fire to talk with him. Sirius warns him that Igor Karkaroff was once a Death Eater who talked his way out of prison by giving up the names of several others. When Harry attempts to get advice about the dragon task, Ron comes downstairs and they are interrupted.
Harry tells Cedric about the dragons so that he will not be the only one who does not know, since he is sure Maxime and Karkaroff will tell their own champions. Moody overhears this and decides to give Harry some advice. He tells Harry to play to his strengths and use a simple spell to get what he needs. Harry puts these together and decides he will get past the dragon by using a summoning charm to retrieve his broom and fly past it. The day of the fourth task, Harry and the other champions find out from Ludo Bagman that they are each meant to get past one dragon and collect the golden egg they are guarding. Bagman offers to help Harry with the tournament, but Harry turns him down. During the task, Harry listens to the other champions' performances, but he has no idea what they are doing. When it comes to Harry's turn, his charm is successful and he is able to get his broom. He gets slightly burned, but he is able to retrieve the golden egg. After the task, Ron and Hermione come to visit him and Ron makes up with Harry. Ron tells Harry about the performances of the other champions, and Harry's scores have him tied for first place with Viktor Krum. Rita Skeeter attempts to get another interview with Harry, but Harry brushes her off.
All the champions are told to open their eggs for a clue about the second task. When Harry opens his, he hears a high-pitched scream and isn't sure what it means. Rita Skeeter continues buzzing around the school and shows up during Harry's Care of Magical Creatures lesson one day. She schedules an interview with Hagrid to talk about magical creatures, but Harry and the others suspect trouble. Meanwhile, Hermione is still working to build up S.P.E.W. and finds out how to get into the kitchens where the house-elves work. She takes Harry and Ron there one day and shows them that Dobby and Winky have both come to work at Hogwarts since becoming free. Dobby is happy to be free and is even accepting payment from Dumbledore, but Winky is distraught and not enjoying freedom.
The students are told that on Christmas Day they may attend the Yule Ball if they are fourth year or above. Harry is told that he must bring a dance partner as part of the opening ceremony. Harry cannot think of anyone to invite except Cho Chang, the seeker from the Ravenclaw quidditch team. When he asks her, Cho tells Harry she is going with Cedirc Diggory. Ron is also having trouble finding a partner, having unsuccessfully asked out Fleur Delacor. Ron tries to get Hermione to go with one of them, but she insists she already has a date and is angry with Ron when he does not believe her. Harry ends up asking fellow Gryffindor Parvati Patil, who offers to have her sister Padma go with Ron.
Sirius's next letter brings congratulations to Harry for the first task and more warnings to stay safe. Harry puts off figuring out the clue for the second task as everyone prepares for the Yule Ball. Tensions between Ron and Hermione run even higher as he won't stop asking her about who her date is. When everyone arrives on Christmas night for the party, everyone is stunned to see that Hermione's date is Viktor Krum. Percy Weasley is there to fill in for Barty Crouch, who he says is feeling ill. Fred and George seem intent on having a conversation with Ludo Bagman, who seems to be trying to avoid them. Hagrid and Madame Maxime appear to be having a nice evening together until he insists they must both be half-giant and she storms off. Things with Ron and Hermione reach a boiling point when Ron accuses Hermione of "fraternizing with the enemy" by going on a date with Viktor Krum. Hermione tells Ron that he shouldn't have treated her as a "last resort" when looking for a date to the ball. At the end of the evening, Cedric gives Harry a hint to repay him by saying he should take his egg into the bath. He even gives Harry the password to the special prefect's bathroom.
Ron and Hermione slowly start to make up after their argument. Rita Skeeter publishes an article revealing that Hagrid is half-giant. Harry, Ron, and Hermione try to visit him, but he won't see anybody at first. When the trio go on their next Hogsmeade trip, Ludo Bagman attempts once again to help Harry with the tournament, which Harry turns down. When they run into Rita Skeeter, Harry and Hermione vilify her for her article. They then go to Hagrid's cabin to insist he come out and they meet Dumbledore there. With Dumbledore's help, they convince Hagrid he must continue about his business and he starts to feel better. Out of respect for Hagrid's desire to see him win, Harry resolves to work harder on solving the clue for the second task.
When Harry takes his egg to the prefect's bathroom, Moaning Myrtle turns up and starts offering him further hints since she saw Cedric working on the same clue. Harry puts the egg underwater and learns that the screeching is actually mermaids and the clue is a poem. Harry figures out from the poem that he must find a way to breathe underwater for one hour so he can go find the merpeople in the Black Lake. On his way back to the common room, Harry sees on the Marauder's Map that Barty Crouch is in Snape's office. Distracted, he drops his egg and it starts making noise. Harry is almost caught by Filch and Snape. Snape is upset because his office has been broken into and he almost catches Harry because of spotting the map, but Moody shows up and sends him and Filch away. Moody helps Harry make his way back to the Common Room and asks to borrow the map when Harry tells him what he saw on it.
Harry struggles to find a way to breathe underwater for one hour, even with Ron and Hermione trying to help him. He wakes up late the morning of the second task when Dobby comes to find him, warning that the task will start in ten minutes. Dobby also has the solution to his problem: a plant called gillyweed that will allow him to grow gills and breathe under water. Dobby also informs Harry that they have taken Ron and Harry's task is that he must go into the lake and rescue Ron. Harry rushes to the lake and is surprised to find that Percy Weasley is again filling in for Barty Crouch. The gillyweed is effective and Harry is able to navigate the bottom of the lake. After struggling with grindylows, he finds the place where Ron and the other hostages are being kept. Cedric arrives and rescues Cho Chang. Vikor Krum arrives to rescue Hermione. Harry sees that Fleur is not coming, so he rescues Ron as well as a young girl he assumes is Fleur's sister. When they get to the surface, Ron tells Harry they were never really in danger and he shouldn't have wasted time "acting the hero." Fleur is very grateful to Harry and Ron for rescuing her sister. The judges deliberate and after the second task, Harry is once again tied for first place (this time with Cedric).
Sirius makes plans to meet with Harry and his friends on their next Hogsmeade trip. Rita Skeeter's next article is directed at Hermione and makes it seem like she is playing with Harry and Vikor's emotions, which causes trouble for her in school. Harry notices that Karkaroff keeps trying to talk to Snape, but Snape is avoiding him on purpose. The trio meets up with Sirius in Hogsmeade and they sneak into a cave to talk. Sirius tries to help the trio understand the strange events that have been happening and provides them with background information on Barty Crouch, including the fact that his son, Barty Crouch Jr., was sent to Azkaban for being associated with Death Eater activity. He encourages Harry to focus on the third task of the tournament.
Harry brings Dobby several pairs of socks to thank him for his help with the second task. While they are visiting him, they try to get information about Barty Crouch out of Winky, but Winky won't tell them anything. Hermione continues to deal with hate mail in response to Rita Skeeter's article, and she swears to get revenge. One evening, Ludo Bagman shows the champions that they are growing a large hedge maze on the quidditch pitch and explains they must get through obstacles to complete the third task. Krum has a talk with Harry about the article and the two clarify that there is nothing between Harry and Hermione. While they are talking, Barty Crouch wanders onto the grounds looking disheveled. Crouch is not making much sense, but keeps insisting he needs to see Dumbledore and that the Dark Lord is getting stronger. Harry goes to get Dumbledore and is held up by Snape. When Dumbledore arrives, he and Harry rush to see Crouch but he has disappeared and Krum is knocked out. Moody arrives to investigate where Crouch has gone and Karkaroff is outraged that Krum was attacked by someone from the ministry. Hagrid takes Harry back to school and insists that he should stay away from Krum and the other visitors.
Harry tells Ron and Hermione about what happened with Crouch and they discuss the matter with Moody. Moody insists Crouch is now nowhere to be found and encourages Ron and Hermione to help Harry prepare for the third task. The trio notice that Fred and George have been very secretive all year and catch them attempting to send a blackmail letter, though they don't say who it is for. Harry falls asleep in Divination one day and has a dream. In the dream, he sees Voldemort torturing Wormtail and saying "he is dead." When he wakes up, he goes to tell Dumbledore what he saw.
When Harry arrives at Dumbledore's office, he hears Cornelius Fudge talking to Dumbledore and Moody about Crouch and what may have happened to him. Dumbledore tells Harry to wait in his office while they go to check the grounds. Harry notices a glowing basin in a cabinet and looks inside it. This basin turns out to be a pensive full of Dumbledore's memories. Harry witnesses the memories of several trials at the Wizengamot, including those of Igor Karkaroff, Ludo Bagman, and Barty Crouch Jr. When Dumbledore discovers Harry in the pensive, he helps him understand what he has seen. Harry learns that both Bagman and Snape were cleared of Death Eater activity, though Barty Crouch Jr. and his associates were sent to Azkaban for life for the torture of Neville Longbottom's parents, Frank and Alice. Harry shares his dream with Dumbledore, who agrees that Voldemort appears to be getting stronger.
Harry attempts to focus on learning spells that will help him most in the third task. Rita Skeeter's next article exposes that he collapsed in Divination as well as other events from the past few years. Hemione begins to think she may know how Skeeter is able to get her information, but does not share her theory right away. Harry receives a visit from Mrs. Weasley and Bill on the day of the third task since the champions are allowed to have visitors. On the night of the third task, Harry and the other champions face several dangers in the maze, including spells, magical creatures, and riddles. Harry struggles with his obstacles, but the strangest of all is when he witnesses Krum use the cruciatus curse on Cedric Diggory. Harry helps Cedric subdue him and they proceed. After the two survive an attack by a giant spider, each insists the other should take the cup when they reach the end. They decide to take it together and tie for first place.
When Harry and Cedirc grab the Triwizard Cup in the center of the maze, they are transported to a graveyard. As soon as they arrive, Wormtail shows up with what remains of Voldemort in his arms. On Voldemort's orders to "kill the spare," Wormtail kills Cedric. He then ties Harry up and begins preparing a potion to revive Voldemort. After adding the bones of Voldemort's father, his own flesh, and some of Harry's blood, Voldemort is restored to a body of his own.
Voldemort recalls his Death Eaters and expresses his disappointment that none of them tried to restore him to power except for those who went to Azkaban rather than renounce him. Voldemort tells the gathered masses the story of how he managed to survive the past 13 years while waiting to regenerate. He explains that by using Harry's blood for the regeneration, he now has the same protection that Harry's mother gave him by sacrificing her own life. Voldemort tells the Death Eaters of his plans to rebuild his army and make a fresh attempt at seizing control.
Rather than just killing Harry, Voldemort decides to duel him to prove to the Death Eaters that he is superior. After Voldemort tortures Harry with the cruciatus curse, Voldemort attempts the killing curse while Harry tries to disarm him. The spells clash in midair, and make a connection. The connected spells force Voldemort's wand to release shadows of spells it has performed, including phantoms of his recent victims. The phantoms encourage Harry to keep holding on and fighting. While Harry is holding on, the phantoms of his mother and father show up and tell him they can hold off Voldemort long enough for him to get away. Cedric's phantom asks Harry to take his body back to his parents. While the phantoms surround Voldemort, Harry grabs Cedric's body and summons the Triwizard Cup so they can return to Hogwarts.
Harry arrives back at Hogwarts with Cedric's body. He tries to explain to Dumbledore what has happened, but the Minister of Magic is interfering and the crowd is distraught over Cedric. Moody escorts Harry back to the castle to help him calm down and find out what happened. Harry suspects that Karkaroff was behind everything that has been happening, but Moody reveals that it was actually him. Moody put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire under a fourth school and tweaked the circumstances to make sure Harry had several advantages in the tasks so that he would reach the center of the maze and be transported to where Wormtail and Voldemort were waiting. Harry is in disbelief that Moody would do this. Just when Moody is about to kill him, Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Snape show up to subdue him. Dumbledore reveals to Harry that Moody is an imposter. The real Moody is found locked in a trunk while the polyjuice potion the imposter has been drinking wears off. The imposter turns out to be Barty Crouch Jr.
Under the influence of veritaserum, Barty Crouch Jr. explains everything. His parents smuggled him out of Azkaban with polyjuice potion as a deathbed favor to his mother. His father kept him hidden and subdued for years, even letting him go to the Quidditch World Cup match in an invisibility cloak. He fought his father's imperius curse and stole Harry's wand, which he used to send the dark mark into the sky that night. His father regained control of him until Voldemort learned of his survival and decided to use him as part of his plans. They subdued Mr. Crouch and had Barty Crouch Jr. take on the appearance of Mad-Eye Moody so he could get close to Harry Potter. When Mr. Crouch started fighting his imperius curse and showed up on the grounds, he killed him and buried the body in the woods after turning it into a bone. In the end, he confirms that Harry was transported to the graveyard and that Voldemort has risen again.
After the conversation with Barty Crouch Jr., Harry is brought to Dumbledore's office to explain what happened. Sirius meets them there to help understand and give Harry support. Dumbledore explains to Harry that the phantoms from the wand connection was caused by a connection between his and Voldemort's twin wand cores known as priori incantatem. Once Harry has told Dumbledore and Sirius his story, he is taken to the hospital wing to rest and recover. While he is attempting to rest, Dumbledore, McGonagall and Snape have an argument with Cornelius Fudge. Fudge chose to bring a dementor to interrogate Barty Crouch Jr., but the dementor performed the fated Dementor's Kiss, thus removing his soul and leaving him unable to give testimony. Fudge refuses to believe any evidence that Voldemort has returned because of the trouble it would cause for the community. Fudge accuses Dumbledore of conspiring against him and suggests that Harry's mind is not sound. In the end, he storms out insisting that he and Dumbledore will need to discuss how the school is being run. Harry is declared Dumbledore begins to make plans to recall his own organization to attempt to fight Voldemort and make the magical community aware of Voldemort's return.
Things at Hogwarts slowly return to business as usual. Harry, Ron, and Hermione find out that Hagrid and Maxime are being given an important mission over the summer. The schools gather in the Great Hall to mourn the loss of Cedric Diggory during the End-of-Term Feast. Everyone says goodbye to friends both old and new. During the return journey on the Hogwarts Express, Hermione tells the others that she has found out Rita Skeeter is an unregistered animagus. She is able to turn into a beetle, which is how she was able to listen in on other people's conversations. Hermione intends to blackmail her into not writing any harmful articles for one year. Malfoy attempts to taunt Harry and the others about the return of Voldemort, but they use simultaneous hexes on Malfoy and his cronies. Fred and George admit they were trying to blackmail Ludo Bagman because he never paid them for the bet they won with him at the Quidditch World Cup. Harry decides to give them the one-thousand galleons he received for being the de-facto winner of the Triwizard Tournament so they can start their joke shop. Harry departs from his friends and returns to Privet Drive for the summer.
To Peter Rowling, in memory of Mr. Ridley and to Susan Sladden, who helped Harry out of his cupboard.
Peter Rowling is J.K. Rowling's father. Mr Ridley refers to Ronald Ridley, an old family friend of the Rowlings. This man's name was the inspiration for Ron Weasley's name. We are not certain who exactly Susan Sladden is, but she could be the Susan Jo once referred to in an interview as the woman who used to look after Jessica (Jo's daughter) while Jo worked on the Harry Potter books.
- Notable Children's Books, ALA, 2001
- Booklist Editors' Choices, 2000
- CBC Not Just for Children Anymore! List
- Fiction for Children, CCBC Choices, 2001
- Children's Book in the 9-11 Years Category, Hugo Award, 2001
- Readers' Choice Award, Friends of Libraries USA
- Best Novel, Hugo Award, 2001
- Book for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
- Best Children's Books, Publishers Weekly, 2000
- Book Award, Scottish Arts Council, 2001
- Notable Children's Book, Smithsonian
- Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, Voice of Youth Advocates, 2000
- Children's Book of the Year Award, W.H. Smith, 2001
- Platinum Book Award, Whitaker's, 2001
- New York State Children's Choice Award Nominee
The illustrated edition of Goblet of Fire was released on October 8, 2019, by Bloomsbury and Scholastic. It features over 115 color illustrations by award-winning artist Jim Kay as well as a ribbon marker and illustrated endpapers. The cover depicts Harry facing the Hungarian Horntail dragon in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. The illustrated editions of the first three books were published in consecutive years, but for the lengthier Goblet of Fire, Kay was given two years to complete the work.
Deluxe Illustrated Edition
Released on October 8, 2019, by Bloomsbury and on November 5, 2019, by Scholastic, the deluxe illustrated edition of Goblet of Fire features a green cloth cover and a slipcase adorned with gold foil-stamped artwork by Jim Kay. This edition also includes special features such as premium-grade paper with gilt edges, an exclusive pull-out art print, and two ribbon bookmarks.