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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Chapter Fourteen:
The Unforgivable Curses

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

US hardcover edition: pages 209-227
UK paperback edition: pages 230 - 250
Timeframe: Tuesday 3 September - Thursday 5 September, 1994 [Y14]

In which the fourth-year students learn about the Unforgivable Curses in their first lesson with Moody, Moody takes Neville to his office, Harry and Ron fake their Divination homework, Hermione starts SPEW, and Harry receives a letter from Sirius saying he's returning to Britain.

The Unforgivable Curses, GF14, by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • (not named) a group of chattering Gryffindor first-years

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Exceptional character moments:

  • Neville's reaction to seeing the Cruciatus Curse cast.

  • The fake Moody, who apparently detests the Imperius Curse so much that he makes a genuine effort to teach his students to resist it.

  • The fake Moody comforting Neville after class - and using the opportunity to plant a clue on him for the Second Task, which won't take place for nearly six months.

  • Harry and Ron making up their Divination homework.

  • Harry's observation that the twins usually like to be the noisy center of attention, and that it's most unusual to see them working silently and out of the limelight.

  • Hermione's establishment of S.P.E.W.


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The chapter begins the day after the preceding chapter with brief glimpses of Tuesday and Wednesday before settling down to showing us the fake Moody's much-anticipated opening lesson in Defence Against the Dark Arts on Thursday.


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