Goblet of Fire Summary
The book opens with an account of the mysterious death of the Riddle Family (Mother, Father & son, Tom Riddle) at the Riddle House in the town of Little Hangleton decades earlier. The caretaker, Frank Bryce was suspected, but had been cleared of the charges. In the present day, Harry dreams Lord Voldemort is back in some fetus-type form and is assisted by Peter Pettigrew. They are hiding out in the old Riddle House. His scar burns as he sees Voldemort kill Frank Bryce in his dreams. Harry goes to the Quidditch World Cup with the Weasley’s and Hermione. Some of Voldemort’s old supporters, called Death Eaters, wreak havoc after the match. An unknown person casts the Dark Mark, the mark that was used by Voldemort and his Death Eaters after an attack into the sky, causing utter chaos and fear all around. The Dark Mark is a skull with a snake through the mouth. The last time the Dark Mark was seen was when Voldemort was in power 13 years ago. Barty Crouch, a ministry official, thinks it’s Harry at first.
Harry returns to Hogwarts. The new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is Mad-Eye Moody, a former Auror, which is a dark wizard catcher. He teaches them the three Unforgiveable Curses; the Cruciatus (Torture), Imperius (Control Over Someone) and Avada Kedavra (Killing Curse), which causes immediate death. Harry’s parents were killed by Voldemort who used Avada Kedavra and Harry is the only known survivor of this curse.
This year the Triwizard Tournament takes place at Hogwarts. Two other schools, Beauxbatons & Durmstrang come to stay at Hogwarts and participate. Madame Maxime and Igor Karkaroff are headmasters of Beauxbaton and Durmstrang. A champion from each school is chosen out of the Goblet of Fire to take part in three dangerous tasks throughout the year. From Beauxbatons, Fleur Delacour is chosen. From Durmstrang, Victor Krum is chosen. From Hogwarts, Cedric Diggory is chosen and Harry’s name comes out of the Goblet of Fire as the 4th champion. This is a shock because Harry didn’t submit his name.
In Dumbledore’s office, Harry sneaks a peak at his Pensieve, a basin that holds memories. Harry goes into the memories and finds Karkaroff, who used to be a Death Eater, giving the Ministry of Magic names of other Death Eaters, including Professor Snape. However, Dumbledore vouches for Snape. Also, Harry sees a trial involving 4 captured Death Eaters, including Barty Crouch Jr. (Barty Crouch’s son) and Bellatrix Lestrange for torturing Neville Longbottom’s parents.
The Trio and Sirius, who is in hiding, suspect that someone entered Harry’s name into the Goblet of Fire in order to get him killed. Harry gets through the first two tasks with great scores. Harry overhears Karkaroff telling Snape that something is becoming stronger and more apparent.
The third task is a giant maze with the Tri-Wizard cup at the center. Harry and Cedric get there at the same time and the trophy turns out to be a portkey that takes them to a graveyard in sight of the old Riddle house. Peter Pettigrew immediately kills Cedric Diggory, cuts off his own hand and, using Harry’s blood, creates a potion that returns Lord Voldemort to his old body. Voldemort touches the Dark Mark tattooed on Petigrew’s forearm, which summons the Death Eaters to him. They all have this mark. Voldemort gives Pettigrew a silver hand. Most of the Death Eater’s return and we learn who most of them are, like Lucius Malfoy and other parents of students at Hogwarts. The others are either in Azkaban or are afraid to return.
Voldemort uses Harry’s blood to come back to life and in doing so has made it possible for him to touch Harry since he is now under the same protection that Lilly gave to Harry by dying for him. Voldemort thinks he will now be able to kill Harry, which he hasn’t been able to do up to that point. Voldemort attempts to kill Harry with the Avada Kedavra curse, but Harry uses Expelliarmus at the same time. The brother wands connect which causes Voldemort’s wand to regurgitate shadows of its last victims, including Harry’s parents. These shadows speak to Harry, encourage him and allow Harry to escape. Returning to the portkey, Harry is taken back to Hogwarts.
Amidst the chaos, Mad-Eye Moody takes Harry to his office and tries to kill him. Before he can do so, Dumbledore, McGonnagal and Snape bust into the office and stun him. Moody reveals that he is really Barty Crouch Jr. who has escaped Azkaban and returned to Voldemort. He captured the real Mad-Eye Moody and, using Polyjuice Potion, pretended to be him all year. Before they can arrest him, Cornelius Fudge, Minister of Magic, has a Dementor perform the Dementor’s Kiss on Barty Crouch Jr., rendering him soulless and useless for testimony of Voldemort’s return.
This causes an outrage and creates a chasm between the Ministry and Dumbledore. Cornelius Fudge refuses to believe Harry’s story that Voldemort has returned. Dumbledore reveals the identify of Sirius Black to the Weasley’s and sends Snape on a secret mission.
What You Need To Know
Voldemort uses Harry’s blood to come back to life, which would give him the same protection that Harry has from his mother. Voldemort thinks he will be able to kill Harry at this point. However, the core wands prohibit that.
The wands of Voldemort and Harry each have a feather from the same phoenix. This phoenix happens to be Fawkes, Dumbledore’s pet. Their wands are the only two wands with feathers from Fawkes. Their wands are referred to as brother wands and perform very strangely when pitted against each other.
Harry and Voldemort now share the same wand core and blood.
Dumbledore trusts Severus Snape.
What the Movie Doesn’t Tell You
Mike Newell spends more time emphasizing the school-house style of things. The film tends to dwell on the mundane and unimportant. Now knowing how the series ends, it seems that the film could have more efficiently used it’s time. For instance, the film could’ve spent less time on the tasks and more on Voldemort’s rebirth. Also, there are quite a few cheesey and overly dramatic moments in the film. Furthermore, I don’t think the actors are at their best in this film, either. Goblet of Fire is the weakest film in the series.
Anything about house elves. Dobby, not having a master, works at Hogwarts. This doesn’t matter to the story.
Fudge goes from ousting Dumbledore in Chamber of Secrets, to protecting Harry in Prisoner of Azkaban and now refusing to believe Dumbledore and Harry by the end of Goblet of Fire.
The book leaves us with the notion that there is a chasm between the Ministry of Magic, who refuses to believe that Voldemort has returned, and Dumbledore and Harry, who know he’s back.