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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Chapter Thirty-Seven:
The Beginning

"It had ter happen. Well, now it has, an' we'll jus' have ter get on with it."

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

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 716 - 734
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 621 - 636
U.K. paperback edition: pages 776 - 796
Timeframe: Friday 25 June - xx July, 1995 [Y15]

In which the school returns to normal, HRH visit Hagrid, and the Leaving Feast takes place, at which Dumbledore tells the students of Cedric's death and warns them about Voldemort's return. Goodbyes are said, and on the train home, Hermione reveals the captured Skeeter (a beetle) in a jar. Malfoy and his cronies arrive to taunt HRH but are blasted by hexes. Harry gives his winnings to Fred and George to start a joke shop.

The Beginning, GF37, by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

The chapter title should not be confused with that of OP38 "The Second War Begins".

"Turns out he's in big trouble with the goblins. Borrowed loads of gold off them."

Borrowing money to support a gambling habit is consistent with the profile of a compulsive gambler. It would be interesting to know, however, why the goblins lent him the money in the first place, since Bagman was deep in debt and turned out to be a very bad risk indeed.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • none

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:

  • Harry, offering his Triwizard winnings to the Diggorys, saying that it should've been Cedric's.

  • The Diggorys' gratitude toward Harry for bringing back Cedric's body, and their refusal to take the Triwizard prize money. Not surprising, since for them it would be blood money.

  • Harry, who would rather have a few laughs than a thousand Galleons of blood money.

  • Ludo Bagman, portrait of a compulsive gambler.


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • he had learnt the hard way that year, time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead...

Strictly British:


The action of the chapter begins the morning after the third task - that is, the day after the action of the preceding chapter.


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