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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Chapter Eleven:
Aboard the Hogwarts Express

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

US hardcover edition: pages 158 - 170
UK paperback edition: pages 176 - 189
Timeframe: 1 September 1994 [Y14]

In which Mad-Eye Moody jinxes dustbins, Mr. Weasley hustles off to sort out the mess, Mrs. Weasley takes the children to King's Cross station via Muggle taxis, and HRH meet old friends and enemies on the train.

Aboard the Hogwarts Express, GF11, by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

This chapter reintroduces the various supporting players as the students pass the time on board the Hogwarts Express, as well as supplying a little background information on the other wizarding schools.

He knows the Headmaster, you see.

We will be meeting Igor Karkaroff, the Headmaster of Durmstrang Institute, nearly two months from now. Only much, much later will we find out exactly how he and Lucius Malfoy know each other...

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • (names unknown) three Muggle taxi-drivers

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:

  • Draco Malfoy, mocking Ron for the state of his second-hand dress robes and for his lack of inside information from the Ministry of Magic.


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "Ah, think of the possibilities," said Ron dreamily. "It would've been so easy to push Malfoy off a glacier and make it look like an accident...shame his mother likes him..."

Strictly British:


The chapter begins as Harry wakes on the day of his return to Hogwarts on the Hogwarts Express - that is, the first of September.


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