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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Chapter Thirty-Four:
Priori Incantatem

"Don't let go, now!"

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

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 659 - 669
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 572 - 581
U.K. paperback edition: pages 714 - 725
Timeframe: 24 June, 1995 [Y15]

In which Voldemort again attempts to kill Harry but their spells clash, shades of Voldemort's victims emerge from his wand, and Harry escapes through the Portkey.

Priori Incantatem, GF34, by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

And now another head was emerging from the tip of Voldemort's wand...and Harry knew when he saw it who it would be...

But who is it? In the first edition, the next sequence is the infamous "wand order error" (see Edits and Changes to the Text).

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:

  • none

Exceptional character moments:

  • Harry's determination to go down fighting even though he accepts the situation as hopeless.

  • Voldemort's classic villain reaction: "Stand aside! I will kill him! He is mine!"


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • And as he heard Voldemort draw nearer still, he knew one thing only, and it was beyond fear or reason: He was not going to die crouching like a child playing hide-and-seek; he was not going to die kneeling at Voldemort's feet...he was going to die upright like his father, and he was going to die trying to defend himself, even if no defense was possible...

Strictly British:

  • none


This chapter takes place immediately after end of the preceding chapter. See Timeline: The Third Task.


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