"It is my very great pleasure to inform you that the Triwizard Tournament will be taking place at Hogwarts this year."
- Albus Dumbledore
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.
Interesting facts and notes
The main event of this chapter is Dumbledore's speech at the Welcoming Feast, in which he reveals that the Triwizard Tournament will be held at Hogwarts during the coming year, and tells the students (and the reader) something about it.
"We're seventeen in April, why can't we have a shot?"
In fact, the Weasley twins' birthday is the first of April - April Fools' Day (JKR).
Exceptional character moments
Dennis Creevey, who (as Harry observes) reacts as though nobody could hope for more than to be tossed into a bitterly cold, fathoms-deep lake during a storm and then helped out of it by a giant sea monster.
Hermione Granger's short-lived hunger strike, in protest of the fact that Hogwarts has house-elves on staff in a traditional manner.