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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Chapter Nine:
The Dark Mark

"I bet they'd be even more frightened than the rest of us to see him come back."

Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 117 - 144
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 106 - 129
U.K. paperback edition: pages 132 - 161
Timeframe: 25 August, 1994 [Y14]

In which Harry dreams about Quidditch, some wizards run amok, Ministry wizards attempt to stop them, and HRH hide in the forest, encountering Draco Malfoy along the way. Harry discovers that he has lost his wand. HRH meet Bagman, hear noises in the forest, and see the Dark Mark. Ministry wizards arrive and shoot Stunning Spells in every direction, hitting Winky, whom they blame for conjuring the Dark Mark (though they soon realize that this is unlikely).

The Dark Mark, GF9, by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

This chapter features the first appearance of the Dark Mark and of the Priori Incantatem spell effect.

"Oú est Madame Maxime? Nous l'avons perdue -"

The girl is asking in French, "Where is Madame Maxime? We lost her -"

Characters introduced in this chapter:

Characters returning in this chapter:

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

Exceptional character moments:


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "Don't worry, Dad," said Fred gleefully, "we've got big plans for this money, we don't want it confiscated."
    Mr. Weasley looked for a moment as though he was going to ask what these big plans were, but seemed to decide, upon reflection, that he didn't want to know.

Strictly British:


This chapter takes place on the same evening as the previous chapter.


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