"I bet they'd be even more frightened than the rest of us to see him come back."
-- Bill Weasley
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).
Calendar and Dates
This chapter takes place on the same evening as the previous chapter.
Interesting facts and notes
This chapter features the first appearance of the Dark Mark and of the Priori Incantatem spell effect.
"Où est Madame Maxime? Nous l'avons perdue -"
The girl is asking in French, "Where is Madame Maxime? We lost her -"
Winky...was moving in a most peculiar fashion, apparently with great difficulty; it was as though someone invisible was trying to hold her back.
...which of course they were. J.K. Rowling tells us exactly what is going on here - Barty Crouch, hidden by an Invisibility Cloak, is holding Winky back and restricting her movement - but disguises it as a simile.
"...he's got her bewitched so she can't even run when they start trampling tents!"
Hermione then provides an incorrect explanation for Winky's odd behaviour which tallies with what the reader has been shown of house-elf magic earlier on in the series - with Dobby hurting himself when sharing information he shouldn't about the Malfoys. Thus, J.K. Rowling's hint as to what is really going on is totally hidden in plain sight.
Exceptional character moments
Barty Crouch senior, sacking Winky.
"Don't worry, Dad," said Fred gleefully, "we've got big plans for this money, we don't want it confiscated."
Mr. Weasley looked for a moment as though he was going to ask what these big plans were, but seemed to decide, upon reflection, that he didn't want to know.