Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Irony

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Irony

Irony in Theft from Snape's Personal Stores

Professor Snape confronts Harry Potter regarding recent break-in of his office and private stores. He believes Harry has stolen gillyweed (which Harry used to breathe underwater during the 2nd Task) and the ingredients for Polyjuice Potion. The irony is that Harry was given the gillyweed by Dobby, the free-house elf now employed at Hogwarts. This is dramatic irony because the reader has more information about the situation than Professor Snape, which is why he suspects Harry. In addition, Professor Snape’s office was broken into, by Mr. Crouch, who is from the Ministry of Magic assigned to Hogwarts for the Triwizard Tournament, not Harry. Furthermore, the ingredients for Polyjuice potion were taken by Barty Crouch Jr., who was using it to be Professor Moody.

Irony of Harry becoming a Champion

It is ironic that Harry’s name is entered in the Goblet of Fire considering Harry does not seek or want to be in the spotlight. He is now trust into the spotlight as the Fourth Champion, the youngest champion and the second Hogwarts Champion. This situation has an ironic twist of humor as well, the readers almost expect unusual or potentially hazardous things to happen to Harry.

Irony of Voldemort's Death and Rebirth

The spell used for Voldemort's rebirth demonstrates verbal and dramatic irony. The dramatic irony comes from Harry’s mother sacrificing herself, doing this gave Harry a special protection. Voldemort was not aware of this protection when he attacked Harry and as a result the spell rebounded onto him. To reconstitute himself and to be able to defeat Harry, Voldemort needs his blood. Further irony related to this situation can be seen in the 7th novel.

Irony of Servant and Master

Voldemort’s rebirth is ironically aided by the Ministry of Magic. Mr. Crouch Sr. smuggles his son out of Azkaban to fulfill his wife’s dying wish. Eventually his son is able to resist the magic used to subdue him and he returns to Voldemort and aids in his rebirth. Ironically, if he had remained in Azkaban events would have unfolded differently.

Irony of the “Journalists Bug”

Throughout the Triwizard Tournament Rita Skeeter publishes stories indicating she is at Hogwarts without being seen. Initially Harry thought she might be bugging Hogwarts, until Hermione explained that electronic bugs wouldn't work on the grounds. At the end of the book it is discovered that she was bugging the school. She turned out to be an unregistered Animagus, making her the bug. She would transform into a bug to hide and get stories. It’s ironic that it turned out to be similar to Harry’s original theory.

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