The Beginning

chapter thirty-seven of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The year winds down as Harry begins dealing with all that’s happened. He talks with Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid; listens as Dumbledore remembers Cedric; bids farewell to Fleur and Krum; learns that Hermione has trapped Rita Skeeter (an unregistered Animagus); curses Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle when they threaten him; and gives his Triwizard winnings to Fred and George before heading back with the Dursleys.

Hagrid, by glockgal

“Knew he was goin’ ter come back,” said Hagrid, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione looked up at him shocked.


The Beginning, by MartinTenbones

“Known it fer years, Harry. Knew he was out there, bidin’ his time. It had ter happen. Well, now it has, an’ we’ll jus’ have ter get on with it…. No good sittin’ worryin’ abou’ it,” he said. “What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”


Dumbledore, by LMRourke

“The end,” said Dumbledore, looking around at them all, “of another year.”


Remember Cedric Diggory, by Jenny Dolfen

“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”


Can I Have Your Autograph? by gerre

Krum… held out his hand as Fleur had done, shook Harry’s hand, and then Ron’s. Ron looked as though he was suffering some sort of painful internal struggle. Krum had already started walking away when Ron burst out, “Can I have your autograph?”

(by gerre)


-Into a Beetle, by gerre

“No, you see… Rita Skeeter” – Hermione’s voice trembled with quiet triumph – “is an unregistered Animagus. She can turn -“
Hermione pulled a small sealed glass jar out of her bag.
“-into a beetle.”

(by gerre)


Fred and George, by Jeni Malament

“Harry – thanks,” George muttered, while Fred nodded fervently at his side.


Alone and Blue, by Wacca

Harry… turned to Uncle Vernon, and followed him silently from the station. There was no point worrying yet, he told himself, as he got into the back of the Dursleys’ car. As Hagrid had said, what would come, would come… and he would have to meet it when it did.

(by Wacca)


about the chapter


The Boy Who Lived

Goblet of Fire is the midpoint of the Harry Potter series, and in many ways it is a turning point for the wizarding world – and for Harry as well. As he is growing up, so too are the threats he faces: in his first three years at Hogwarts (as well as most of his fourth), he was each time threatened by a single person; now it is clear that an entire organization of Death Eaters will be searching for him. And thanks to his experiences battling Voldemort and the magic he’s learned along the way, Harry truly is becoming ready to face his challenge head-on.

And though this change in Harry will take time, it’s already becoming apparent; even Draco Malfoy, looking “more arrogant and menacing than Harry had ever seen,” wasn’t ready for it, and he ended up on the floor with tentacles sprouting from his face. Harry may only be fourteen, but he’s ready to take on the world – and it’s quickly becoming apparent that he just might have to.

The Final Word

“Book Four is the end of an era for Harry…. He’s no longer protected. He’s been very protected until now. But he’s very young to have that experience. Most of us don’t get that until a bit later in life. He’s only just coming up to 15 and that’s it now. He’s very exposed now.”–J.K. Rowling, July 2000

29 Responses to “The Beginning”

  1. great chapter… I miss a certain picture of hermione holding a glass with a beetle in it, in the train…dang, I can’t remember the artist name…
    Will you write an in-dept story about this book?

  2. Thanks kim! I’m working on an essay for this one but it hasn’t written itself as easily as some of my others have, so I’m not sure when I’ll get it done and ready to post. Hopefully soon!

  3. Congratulations on completing Goblet of Fire! You really do a mangificent job! Thank you so much! :)

  4. Thanks so much for your amazing work! Each time you update is such a treat. Have fun with book five!

  5. Wonderful job on book 4! Can’t wait for you to tackle book 5 :)

  6. kim: I’ve seen the picture you mentioned but I’m also drawing a blank on the artist’s name.

    Josie K: GoF and OotP are my second favorite book in the series (only beat out by PoA) so the last few months of reading, re-reading, seeing (most of) this art again and reading your commentary has been a extra-special treat. I can’t wait for Book 5!

  7. I love reading your thoughts on here. Keep up the great work!

  8. And with that we cross over to the dark side of Harry Potter…(aka books 5-7). Wonderful job on this book and the whole site. I look forward ot more!

  9. I’ve searched “Hermione” and “beetle” on Google Images and I think I found the mentioned picture on Drew Graham’s gallery.

  10. Jose Lopes – Thanks for pointing this out, somehow in all my searching I’d totally missed Drew Graham. Now today, of course, I’ve spent several hours on the site….

  11. As usual, all the little stories that were taking place during this book, come to a conclusion and everything makes sense. Yet there is so much JRK isn’t telling. It’s brilliant.

    Dumbledore says that “Cedric was a person who exemplified many of the qualities which distinguish Hufflepuff house.” That’s great of JRK to put in, since many people seem to think that Hufflepuff just gets the rest, all those that aren’t sorted into the other houses.

    Something to Remember: The carriages taking the students back to the train are still pulled by invisible horses. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on this when commenting on book 5.

  12. Great job with the site. I’m really enjoying reading both your writings and the comments.
    One minor thing: The ‘next chapter’ links for the final chapter of the other books goes to the first chapter of the following book, but the link isn’t active for this chapter.

  13. Thanks, Taeraresh. Fixed!

  14. Yeah, why are the thestrals still invisible?

  15. Betty, this is a question Rowling got a lot, and it’s a good one. You’ll find the answer on this page:

  16. Thanks! So the death (of Cedric) has to “sink in”, which happend during summer (to Harry).

  17. Am I really dense or what? I looked at the link for the thestral answer and don’t see it? What am I missing?

  18. I couldn’t find it either, so I just looked it up at some other pages.

  19. Ahh, sorry, I remembered incorrectly which chapter I’d paired the quote with! The quote is in fact at the bottom of *this* page:

    It’s in the “Final Word” section, last thing before you hit the start of the comments.

  20. Someone remind me why Harry was sent back to the Dursley’s even though Voldemort had overcome the blood protection barrier?

    Otherwise – well done. I’m re reading the series and have been using this site as a guide after I read each chapter. If only Harry Potter were a subject at school – I’d’ve aced the class with the help of this site! :D

  21. This is a really great site! Very in depth, and love de collection of fan art.

    GoF always is a bit of a hard read for me, because I’ve never seen a proper explanation as to why Harry had to go through the whole tournament. There must be a quicker, more easy way to get Harry to Voldemort.

  22. @Samantha. Voldemort overcame the barrier of not being able to touch Harry because of his blood…such as in Book 1. However, the ancient magic invoked at the Dursleys’ still protects Harry when he resides there (until he is 17 of course) as long as he goes back once a year. So he goes back to renew it as a “safe haven.” Even though Voldemort took Harry’s blood, Voldemort can still not get into the Dursleys’.

  23. @Steve – there were other protections that dumbledore had placed. and they say as much in the following books. about how he returns to the dursleys because of the protections charms and spells that dumbledore put on the house to be a safe haven for harry so long as harry could call it home. it was not just about the blood relation. though that was one of my the many protections placed. at least this was my understanding as to why he constantly returned and i thought they mentioned this in DH as to why he waited until he was 17

  24. Having just reread the series, I’m really enjoying this site! You provide a lot of insight into the books that I never would have seen before, and it’s very fun to read your take on everything.

  25. Very small mistake under the section “The boy who lived”. It reads: “…and it many ways it is a turning point…” I think it should be “…and *in* many ways…”

    I love this site, by the way. I’m ever so grateful you chose a dark background, it helps avoid blinding headaches induced by poor website design choices.

  26. As Mickey said so well, “And with that we cross over to the dark side of Harry Potter…”

    Can’t wait to see all of the art and discussions in OotP! It’s my favorite! xD

  27. One recent thought I had about the ending of “Goblet of Fire”. Dumbledore’s speech at the end, bringing together the students from Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang, seems to be leading to a concerted, international effort by the wizarding world all around the world, not just Britain, to stop Voldemort.

    But in the succeeding books, all the way down to “Deathly Hallows”, Wizarding Britain seems to be on its own against Voldemort. No help comes from other countries, even at the Battle of Hogwarts. What Rowling was apparently building up to never came, and I think that a pity.

  28. I thought that Hermione kissing Harry on the cheek at the end was rather strange, but now I think it has something to do with the fact that Voldemort touched Harry’s cheek when he said “I can touch you now”.

  29. Personally I see that more as an adult thing to do, thus showing that Hermione is growing up as much as the rest of them are, now that it’s forced on them through Voldemort.

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