Chapter by Chapter
synopses: William Silvester
Notes and links: Michele L. Worley, Steve Vander Ark, and John Kearns
Chapter 1 – The Riddle House
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 1)
In which we learn of the mysterious murders in the Riddle House fifty years ago, how Frank Bryce was accused but released for lack of evidence, and how the Riddle House fell into disrepair. In the present, Frank interrupts a sinister meeting and is killed when he overhears Voldemort’s plans.
Chapter 2 – The Scar
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 2)
In which Harry awakens from a bad dream, his scar burning, we recap Harry’s previous adventures, and he writes a letter to his godfather.
Chapter 3 – The Invitation
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 3)
In which Dudley and the rest of the Dursleys are on a diet, and the Dursleys get letter from Mrs. Weasley inviting Harry to stay with her family and attend the World Quidditch Cup finals.
Chapter 4 – Back to the Burrow
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 4)
In which Harry awaits the arrival of the Weasleys, who come by Floo Powder and get trapped in the blocked-off fireplace, blast it open, send Fred and George after Harry’s trunk, then Floo back to the Burrow. Just as Harry is about to leave, Dudley eats a magical toffee dropped by Fred and grows a huge purple tongue. Harry Floos away to leave Mr Weasley to sort it out as Uncle Vernon starts throwing ornaments.
Chapter 5 – Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 5)
In which the Weasleys return home, Fred and George are reprimanded by Mr and Mrs Weasley for giving Dudley the toffee, we learn more about the Weasley clan, and they have dinner in the garden.
Chapter 6 – The Portkey
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 6)
In which Apparation is discussed, Fred and George are caught with toffees, and everyone sets off via Portkey for the World Cup site.
Chapter 7 – Bagman and Crouch
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 7)
In which they arrive at the campsite, erect their tent, tour the camp, meet Ludo Bagman (with whom Fred and George bet on the match), and excitement rises as game time draws near.
Chapter 8 – The Quidditch World Cup
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 8)
In which the spectators take their seats, Harry meets Winky (house elf for Barty Crouch), the Malfoys, and Mr. Oblansk (the Bulgarian Minister for Magic). The pre-game show features the Bulgarian and Irish team mascots, followed by the introductions of the teams, and the game begins. Ireland takes an early lead and eventually wins despite repeated Bulgarian fouls and Krum catching the snitch. Fred and George win their bet with Bagman.
Chapter 9 – The Dark Mark
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 9)
In which Harry dreams about Quidditch, some wizards run amok, Ministry wizards attempt to stop them, and HRH hide in the forest, encountering Draco Malfoy along the way. Harry discovers that he has lost his wand. HRH meet Bagman, hear noises in the forest, and see the Dark Mark. Ministry wizards arrive and shoot Stunning Spells in every direction, hitting Winky, whom they blame for conjuring the Dark Mark (though they soon realize that this is unlikely).
Chapter 10 – Mayhem at the Ministry
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 10)
In which they Portkey back to the Burrow, Harry tells Ron and Hermione about his dream, Mr Weasley returns home to report problems with Rita Skeeter’s articles in The Daily Prophet, and HRH prepare to return to Hogwarts.
Chapter 11 – Aboard the Hogwarts Express
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 11)
In which Mad-Eye Moody jinxes dustbins, Mr Weasley hustles off to sort out the mess, Mrs Weasley takes the children to the train station via Muggle taxis, and HRH meet old friends and enemies on the train.
Chapter 12 – The Triwizard Tournament
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 12)
In which the students arrive at Hogwarts in a gale, are soaked by Peeves’ water balloons, the First Years are sorted, and Hermione discovers that there are house elves at Hogwarts. Moody is the new DADA teacher, Dumbledore announces the Triwizard Tournament, and Fred and George decide to enter despite being underage.
Chapter 13 – Mad-Eye Moody
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 13)
In which the fourth-year students gather Bubotuber pus in Herbology, study Blast-ended Skrewts with Hagrid, study Astrology in Divination, and Malfoy delights in pointing out that Mr Weasley is in the paper again. In the argument that follows, Malfoy attacks Harry, but Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret, bouncing him around the hall until McGonagall stops him.
Chapter 14 – The Unforgivable Curses
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 14)
In which the fourth-year students learn about the Unforgivable Curses in their first lesson with Moody, Moody takes Neville to his office, Harry and Ron fake their Divination homework, Hermione starts SPEW, and Harry receives a letter from Sirius saying he’s returning to Britain.
Chapter 15 – Beauxbatons and Durmstrang
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 15)
In which Harry sends an owl to Sirius telling him everything is fine. In DADA, Moody puts the Imperius curse on everyone and only Harry can resist it, school work piles up, Hogwarts spruces up for the visitors, Hermione continues her elf rights campaign, a message via Hedwig announces that Sirius is back in the country, and the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students arrive by flying carriage and submerged ship respectively.
Chapter 16 – The Goblet of Fire
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 16)
In which all learn about the Triwizard Tournament after dinner in the Great Hall. Next morning Fred and George fail to fool the Goblet of Fire. HRH visit Hagrid, discovering that he fancies Madame Maxime of Beauxbatons. After the Hallowe’en feast, the Goblet chooses the champions – Viktor Krum for Durmstrang; Fleur Delacour for Beauxbatons; Cedric Diggory for Hogwarts..and a fourth champion – Harry Potter.
Chapter 17 – The Four Champions
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 17)
In which the Triwizard judges try to decide how Harry was selected, argue and finally accept the fact. Few believe that Harry did not enter his own name; Ron is not one of the few.
Chapter 18 – The Weighing of the Wands
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 18)
In which Hermione tries to help Harry, persuading him to write to Sirius. The other houses are no longer friendly to Harry, but he finds an ally in Hagrid. As the situation in school grows worse, Malfoy taunts Harry into throwing a curse; Malfoy responds, the curses clash, and hit Goyle and Hermione. Harry is called out of Potions for the Weighing of the Wands and meets Rita Skeeter, who is covering the ceremony. Later in the day, an owl arrives from Sirius asking Harry to meet him.
Chapter 19 – The Hungarian Horntail
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 19)
In which an article by Rita Skeeter fuels the taunts of the students against Harry and Hermione. Hermione tries and fails to reunite Harry and Ron. Harry hides under his Invisibility Cloak to accompany Hermione to Hogsmeade, but Moody sees him anyway. Hagrid asks to meet Harry at midnight, when he reveals the dragons of the First Task. Back in the common rom, Sirius issues some warnings through the fire.
Chapter 20 – The First Task
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 20)
In which Harry and Hermione try unsuccessfully to find a spell to use against dragons. Harry warns Diggory about the dragons, Moody gives Harry a hint, and Hermione helps Harry learn to cast a Summoning Charm. The First Task is to get past a dragon and collect the golden egg; each champion succeeds in turn, Harry being the quickest. Ron and Harry finally make up, and Bagman tells the champions that the clue to the next task is in the golden egg.
Chapter 21 – The House-Elf Liberation Front
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 21)
In which a surprise party is held for Harry, he opens the egg, and Hermione discovers how to get into the kitchen. In Care of Magical Creatures, the Blast-ended Skrewts rebel against hibernation, Rita arranges an interview with Hagrid, and HRH go to the kitchens where they find Dobby and Winky.
Chapter 22 – The Unexpected Task
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 22)
In which the Yule Ball is announced, and Harry learns that he is expected to have a dance partner. Harry tries to get up the nerve to ask Cho to the dance, but when he finally does finds that she already has a date with Cedric, so Harry arranges to go with Parvati Patil instead.
Chapter 23 – The Yule Ball
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 23)
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.
Chapter 24 – Rita Skeeter’s Scoop
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 24)
In which past arguments are forgotten, and Hagrid is replaced as CMC teacher when Rita Skeeter writes a defamatory article about him. HRH try but fail to visit him. HRH encounter Bagman in Hogsmeade, where Harry rejects his offer of help with the Tournament. Rita arrives and is verbally assaulted by Harry and Hermione, who then go to Hagrid’s cabin, finding Dumbledore there, and together they persuade Hagrid to return to work.
Chapter 25 – The Egg and the Eye
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 25)
In which Harry works on solving the secret of the Egg in the prefects’ bathroom, is helped by Moaning Myrtle, sees Crouch on the Marauder’s Map, gets stuck in the stairs, barely escapes being caught by Snape, and Moody borrows Harry’s map.
Chapter 26 – The Second Task
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 26)
In which HRH discuss the situation in Charms class, HRH search for spells to help with the Second Task, and Hagrid returns to CMC class. Harry continues his spell all through the night before the Second Task, to be awakened by Dobby who gives him Gillyweed to breathe underwater. Harry performs the Second Task: to recover from the merpeople what was taken from each Champion. Harry rescues Ron and Fleur’s sister, tying with Krum on points.
Chapter 27 – Padfoot Returns
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 27)
In which Ron becomes a celebrity, Skeeter writes an article about Hermione, Snape reads it in class, Harry overhears Snape and Karkaroff, and HRH meet Sirius outside Hogsmeade, learning about Barty Crouch’s son dying in Azkaban.
Chapter 28 – The Madness of Mr Crouch
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 28)
In which HRH visit the kitchens again, Hermione upsets Winky, and Harry sends owls with food to Sirius, Hermione gets threatening letters by owl, Hagrid has Nifflers in CMC, more hate mail arrives, Harry learns that the Third Task involves a maze, Krum asks Harry about his relationship with Hermione, Crouch appears (bloody, bedraggled and incoherent), Harry goes for Dumbledore but Crouch apparently attacks Krum and runs off.
Chapter 29 – The Dream
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 29)
In which HRH discuss Crouch, Fred and George discuss blackmail, and Moody discusses Crouch. Harry prepares for the Third Task, dreams of Voldemort in Divination, and reports to Dumbledore.
Chapter 30 – The Pensieve
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 30)
In which Harry, left alone in Dumbledore’s office, sees some glimpses of the past in Dumbledore’s Pensieve: Karkaroff giving evidence before a court of wizards, Crouch’s son being sentenced to Azkaban. Harry tells Dumbledore about his dream, and the headmaster speculates on its meaning.
Chapter 31 – The Third Task
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 31)
In which Harry tells Ron and Hermione about the visit to Dumbledore’s office, Harry practices for the Third Task, Skeeter writes another article about Harry, and Hermione finally figures out how Rita gets her information. Mrs Weasley and Bill arrive to watch Harry in the Tournament, the four champions enter the maze, monsters are met, Fleur screams, and Krum apparently attacks Cedric. Harry meets a sphinx and solves a riddle, only to be attacked by a huge spider. Harry and Cedric agree to grasp the Cup at the same time, tying for the win.
Chapter 32 – Flesh, Blood and Bone
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 32)
In which Harry and Cedric are transported to a graveyard, encountering Voldemort. Cedric is killed, Harry is tied to Riddle’s tombstone, and Wormtail resurrects Voldemort.
Chapter 33 – The Death Eaters
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 33)
In which Voldemort summons the Death Eaters, chastises them, and reveals his plans, explaining how he came back to life.
Chapter 34 – Priori Incantatem
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 34)
In which Voldemort tries again to kill Harry but their spells clash, shades of Voldemort’s victims emerge from his wand, and Harry escapes through the Portkey.
Chapter 35 – Veritaserum
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 35)
In which Harry returns to Hogwarts, telling Moody what happened while returning to the castle. Moody divulges that it was he who put Harry’s name in the Goblet. 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-locked 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.
Chapter 36 – The Parting of the Ways
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 36)
In which Harry tells his story to Dumbledore and Sirius, then is turned over to Madam Pomfrey. Meanwhile, Fudge permits a Dementor to Kiss Crouch. Fudge argues with Dumbledore about what has happened, refusing to believe Voldemort is back, refusing to take measures against him. Dumbledore dispatches those loyal to him on various errands.
Chapter 37 – The Beginning
(Reader’s Guide to Chapter 37)
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.