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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Chapter Twenty-Three:
The Yule Ball

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

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 403 - 432
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 351 - 376
U.K. paperback edition: pages 440 - 472
Timeframe: xx December - 25 December, 1994 [Y14]

In which an owl arrives from Sirius, Dobby startles Harry on Christmas morning, presents are opened, the boys have a snow ball fight, and all prepare for the Yule Ball. Emotions run high as Ron is angry with Hermione for consorting with Krum, and Harry and Ron overhear secrets of Snape and Hagrid.

The Yule Ball, GF23, by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

The main event of this chapter, as indicated by the title, is the Yule Ball itself. During the ball, Harry learns things about several of his close friends, including Hagrid, Hermione, and Ron.

"Who're you going with?"

Well, let's try to answer that question.

Crabbe, Vincent (no date)
Davies, Roger Delacour, Fleur
Diggory, Cedric Chang, Cho
Finnigan, Seamus Brown, Lavender
Goyle, Gregory (no date)
Longbottom, Neville Weasley, Ginny
Malfoy, Draco Parkinson, Pansy
Potter, Harry Patil, Parvati
Weasley, Fred Johnson, Angelina
Weasley, Ron Patil, Padma

"How's it going?" Harry asked Ron, sitting down and opening a bottle of butterbeer.
Ron didn't answer. He was glaring at Hermione and Krum, who were dancing nearby.

The Yule Ball by Marta T.

He climbed into the common room, and found Ron and Hermione having a blazing row. Standing ten feet apart, they were bellowing at each other, each scarlet in the face.

The Yule Brawl by Marta T.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • Patil, Padma (technically not her first appearance, since she was sorted at the same time Harry was, but the first time we've really seen her)

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:

  • Snape, who (after his upsetting conversation with Karkaroff about the Dark Mark) blasts rosebushes to let off steam and takes House points off any trysting couples he happens to catch.

  • Madame Maxime, who denies her giant ancestry and rejects Hagrid's overture during the ball.

  • Hagrid, who openly admits his half-giant status to Madame Maxime in his pleasure at finding someone he hopes to be able to relate to.

  • Viktor Krum, who can be quite pleasant if he comes out of his shell long enough to dispel the impression of being surly.

  • Cedric, who repays Harry's kindness in telling him about the dragons by giving Harry a hint regarding the golden egg.


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • none yet

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