"Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with
acceptance can there be recovery."
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 670 - 691
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 582 - 600
U.K. paperback edition: pages 726 - 749
In which Harry returns to Hogwarts, telling Moody what happened while returning
to the castle. Moody reveals that it was he who put Harry's name in the Goblet,
and that he stage-managed Harry's performance in all three Tasks. Dumbledore,
McGonagall, and Snape arrive in time to prevent Moody from killing Harry.
Dumbledore blasts Moody, sends Snape and McGonagall on errands, and opens the
seven-lock trunk to reveal the real Moody in an underground pit. As the
Polyjuice Potion wears off, the fake Moody is revealed as Crouch's son,
who tells all when questioned under Veritaserum.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
The moment of truth for the fake Mad-Eye Moody.
He had come back to the edge of the maze.
...taking him back to the castle. Across the lawn, past the lake and the
...as they crossed the Entrance Hall...Up the marble stairs...
Harry heard a key scrape in the lock...
Moody helped tip the stuff down Harry's throat; he coughed, a peppery taste
burning his throat.
Moody's wand was still pointing directly at Harry's heart. Over his shoulder,
foggy shapes were moving in the Foe-Glass on the wall.
The foggy shapes in the Foe-Glass were sharpening, had become more distinct.
Harry could see the outlines of three people over Moody's shoulder, moving
closer and closer. But Moody wasn't watching them. His magical eye was on
Harry, still staring at the place where Moody's face had been, saw Albus
Dumbledore, Professor Snape, and Professor McGonagall looking back at him
out of the Foe-Glass.
Snape followed him, looking into the Foe-Glass, where his own face was still
visible, glaring into the room.
"Severus, please fetch me the strongest Truth Potion you possess..."
"Of course they would have needed to keep him alive."
"Polyjuice Potion, Harry," said Dumbledore. "You see the
simplicity of it, and the brilliance. For Moody never does dring except
from his hip flask, he's well known for it. The imposter needed, of course,
to keep the real Moody close by, so that he could continue making the potion."
Harry saw a man lying before him, pale-skinned, slightly freckled, with a mop
of fair hair.
"A witch in my father's office. Bertha Jorkins. She came to the house
with papers for my father's signature."
"He was not at home. Winky showed her inside and returned to the kitchen,
to me. But Bertha Jorkins heard Winky talking to me. She came to investigate.
She heard enough to guess who was hiding under the
"He put a very powerful Memory Charm on her to make her forget what
she'd found out. Too powerful. He said it damaged her memory permanently."
"I had loved Quidditch."
"He tortured her until he broke through the Memory Charm my father had
placed on her."
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:
Exceptional character moments:
Links and Resources:
"I asked you," said
"whether he forgave the scum who never even went to look
for him. Those treacherous cowards who wouldn't even brave
for him. The faithless, worthless bits of filth who were
brave enough to cavort in masks at the
Quidditch World Cup,
but fled at the sight of the Dark Mark
when I fired it into the sky."
This chapter takes place immediately after end of the preceding chapter.
See Timeline: The Third Task.