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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, Book 4)


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Summary

In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Harry embarks on his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This year is particularly special and dangerous, as Hogwarts hosts the Triwizard Tournament, a magical competition between three major schools of magic: Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang.

Key Events:

  • The Quidditch World Cup: The book begins with Harry, the Weasleys, and Hermione attending the Quidditch World Cup. The event is marred by the appearance of the Dark Mark, signaling the return of Voldemort's followers, the Death Eaters.

  • The Triwizard Tournament: Hogwarts is selected to host the Triwizard Tournament, which has not been held for over a century due to the death toll it exacted on participants. A magical goblet, the Goblet of Fire, chooses one champion to represent each school. Unexpectedly, it selects Harry as a fourth champion, alongside Cedric Diggory from Hogwarts, Viktor Krum from Durmstrang, and Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons.

  • The Tasks: The champions must complete three dangerous tasks. The first is retrieving a golden egg guarded by dragons, the second involves saving loved ones from the depths of a magical lake, and the third is navigating a complex maze filled with dangerous creatures and obstacles.

  • The Return of Voldemort: The climax of the book occurs during the final task, where Harry and Cedric are transported to a graveyard using the Triwizard Cup, turned into a Portkey. There, Voldemort is reborn in a dark ritual. Cedric is killed on Voldemort's orders, and Harry is forced to duel with Voldemort. Harry manages to escape with Cedric's body by using the Portkey.


  • Courage and Loyalty: Harry's participation in the tournament, despite the dangers, showcases his courage. The loyalty among friends, especially the support Harry receives from Ron and Hermione, is a central theme.

  • The Nature of Evil: The book explores the nature of evil through the return of Voldemort and the actions of his followers. The fear and denial of Voldemort's return by the magical community highlight themes of ignorance and avoidance.

  • The Importance of Choice: Dumbledore's words to Harry, emphasizing the importance of our choices over our abilities, resonate throughout the book.


"The Goblet of Fire" marks a significant turning point in the Harry Potter series, with the return of Voldemort setting the stage for the conflicts that will define the rest of the series. It is a tale of growth, friendship, and the stark reality of good versus evil.