The Madness of Mr. Crouch
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 535 - 563
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 465 - 489
U.K. paperback edition: pages 582 - 612
Sunday 7 March - Thursday 27 May
In which HRH visit the
again, Hermione upsets
owls with food to
threatening letters by owl,
Care of Magical Creatures,
more hate mail arrives, Harry
learns that the Third Task involves a maze,
Harry about his relationship with
Crouch appears (bloody,
bedraggled and incoherent), Harry
goes for Dumbledore but Crouch
apparently attacks Krum and runs off.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
The chapter title is an historical reference, and a bit of a joke, being
a play on "The Madness of King George". King George III of
England was considered insane for much of his adult life, and in particular
was noted for talking to trees, as Mr. Crouch is shown doing in this
chapter - even the same species of tree, an oak.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione went up to the Owlery after breakfast on Sunday...
They proceeded down to the kitchen to give Dobby his new socks.
"We should get some stuff to send up to Snuffles," Harry muttered.
"Good idea," said Ron. "Give Pig something to do."
Winky was sitting on the same stool as last time, but she had allowed herself
to become so filthy that she was not immediately distinguishable from the
smoke-blackened brick behind her. Her clothes were ragged and unwashed.
"Winky is getting through six bottles a day now," Dobby whispered to Harry.
"Well, it's not strong, that stuff," Harry said.
But Dobby shook his head. "'Tis strong for a house-elf, sir," he said.
"Winky is pining, Harry Potter," Dobby whispered sadly. "Winky
wants to go home. Winky still thinks Mr. Crouch is her master, sir, and nothing
Dobby says will persuade her that Professor Dumbledore is her master now."
"Master is needing his - hie - Winky!" whimpered the elf.
"Master cannot - hic - manage - hic - all by himself. . . ."
"Other people manage to do their own housework, you know, Winky,"
Hermione said severely.
"Winky - hic - is not only - hic - doing housework for Mr. Crouch!"
Winky squeaked indignantly, swaying worse than ever and slopping butterbeer
down her already heavily stained blouse. "Master is - hic - trusting
Winky with - hic - the most important - hic - the most secret..."
Half a dozen house-elves came hurrying forward, looking disgusted.
One of them picked up the bottle; the others covered Winky with a
large checked tablecloth and tucked the ends in neatly, hiding her
"Begging your pardon, miss," said the house-elf, bowing deeply again,
"but house-elves has no right to be unhappy when there is work to be
done and masters to be served."
"Listen to me, all of you! You've got just as much right as
wizards to be unhappy! You've got the right to wages and holidays
and proper clothes, you don't have to do everything you're told -
look at Dobby!"
"Miss will please keep Dobby out of this," Dobby mumbled,
The cheery smiles had vanished from the faces of the house-elves around
the kitchen. They were suddenly looking at Hermione as though she were
mad and dangerous.
An eagle owl flew through the coil of smoke rising from Hagrids chimney;
it soared toward the castle, around the Owlery, and out of sight.
Looking down, Harry saw Hagrid digging energetically in front of his cabin.
Harry wondered what he was doing; it looked as though he were making a new
As he watched, Madame Maxime emerged from the Beauxbatons carriage
and walked over to Hagrid. She appeared to be trying to engage him
Hagrid leaned upon his spade, but did not seem keen to prolong their
talk, because Madame Maxime returned to the carriage shortly afterward.
"I've taken out a subscription to the Daily Prophet.
I'm getting sick of finding everything out from the Slytherins."
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Black, Sirius (Snuffles)
Crouch, Bartemius (junior)
Crouch, Mrs. Bartemius
(as "the Dark Lord")
Settings and locations:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Links and Resources:
"Come on,Ron, it could be worse.
At least your fingers aren't full of pus."
"What's the betting she comes back with a box of
I hate Rita Skeeter badges?"
But nothing at Hogwarts had ever moved just because
he shouted at it; he knew it was no good.
This chapter begins on the Sunday after the end of the