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"For a split second, Harry thought it was another leprechaun formation. Then he realized that it was a colossal skull, comprised of what looked like emerald stars, with a serpent protruding from it's mouth like a tongue. As they watched, it rose higher and higher, blazing in a haze of greenish smoke, etched against the black sky like a new constellation."
This quote illustrates clearly the formation of the Dark Mark in the sky, the symbol of the evil Death Eaters, followers of the nefarious Voldemort. Harry Potter and his friends are at the famous Quidditch World Cup when they hear an obvious disturbance outside. The Dark Mark was shot up into the sky by the Death Eaters, warning every innocent wizard and witch about their arrival. They hack their way into the World Cup boundaries and bring absolute destruction, exactly what Voldemort is planning.
“‘His slave, you mean!’ said Hermione, her voice rising passionately, ‘because he didn’t pay Winkey, did he?’”
House elves, short creatures who work for the wizards as servants, turn into something that Hermione becomes very zealful about throughout the novel. Winkey is just one of the very many house elves the Hermione so desperately tries to save from their laborious work. This quote is the first sign of Hermione’s burning devotion for these small creatures.
“‘The schools took it in turns to host the tournament once every five years… until, that is, the death toll mounted so high that the tournament was discontinued.’ ‘Death toll?’ Hermione whispered, looking alarmed.”
Dumbledore is speaking to the whole school, telling them about the upcoming Triwizard Tournament, which is going to be held at Hogwarts. But he brings up the point that it was discontinued because of the high “death toll”. It obviously brings some turmoil to Hermione, and quite possibly to some other students. This quote is foreshadowing the future, subtly warning that there might just possibly be a death -- and a very sad one at that.
“Dear Sirius, I reckon I just imagined my scar hurting, I was half asleep when I wrote to you last time. There’s no point coming back, everything’s fine here. Don’t worry about me, my head feels completely normal. -Harry”
In this excerpt, Harry is writing a short letter to his godfather, Sirius Black. Harry is experiencing his lightning bolt scar painfully searing at times, with a strange images haunting him. He is now trying to deny it to his godfather, not wanting him to worry, but these strange “hallucinations” are bothering him, and are evidently undeniable. Deep down, Harry knows that he's not imagining the sizzling, beaming pain on his forehead, but he denys it through and through, not wanting to acknowledge fact that something is wrong. And it might be something more terrible than he can imagine.
“To their surprise, Professor Moody had announced that he would be putting the Imperious Curse on each of them in turn… ‘But - but you said it’s illegal, Professor.’”
Mad-Eye Moody, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, is not supposed to conduct a dangerous curse on his students, but he proceeds, something that a dependable teacher wouldn’t do. This highlights how he is suspicious person, doing something that is against his own law. The Imperious Curse is one of the Three Unforgivable Curses, that are not to be used by anyone, much less on students. The narrator is giving subtle clues about the character, Professor Moody, and who he may really be.
“‘Well, the goblet is almost ready to make its decisions,’ said Dumbledore… Dumbledore reached out a long had and seized the parchment… Everyone in the room stared at Dumbledore. And then Dumbledore cleared is throat and read out - ‘Harry Potter.’”
In this detail, Dumbledore is reading the names the the Goblet of Fire chose to be contestants in the Triwizard Tournament. There are only supposed to be three names chosen. But the Goblet spits out one extra name: Harry Potter’s. Everyone was astonished, including almost all-knowing Dumbledore. Harry didn’t put his name in the Goblet, but still, somehow, Harry’s name got picked, entering him into the Tournament. Harry didn't plan for this, but in the sidelines, someone else did.
“From far away, above his head, he heard a high, cold voice say, ‘Kill the spare.’ A swishing noise and a second voice, which screeched the words to the night: ‘Avada Kedavra!’... Cedric was lying spread-eagled on the ground beside him. He was dead.”
Harry and his opponent in the Tournament, Cedric Diggory, are sucked into Voldemort’s trap. But Cedric isn’t Harry’s enemy. He is Harry’s fellow student at Hogwarts. But when they get sucked up into the trap, Voldemort takes drastic action and kills innocent Cedric, something that will make Harry feel guilty for many years to come. Harry, along with Cedric’s father and everyone else at Hogwarts, will mourn Cedric’s death forever afterwards.
“A jet of green light issued from Voldemort’s wand just as a jet of red light blasted from Harry’s - they met in midair - and a narrow beam of light connected the two wands… He [Harry] concentrated every last particle of his mind upon forcing the bead [of light on their connecting wands] back toward Voldemort.”
Harry is now battling Voldemort for his life. Their wands are extraordinarily connecting together in a thin beam of light. Harry is putting in all his strength to fight Voldemort and push the ball of light that is coming toward him back to the killer. Voldemort just murdered his friend, and Harry isn’t about to let it go. Unexpected to both Harry and Voldemort, their wands' strong, fierce connection lift them both into the air, making their battle more intense and grueling than ever before. The thickening streak connecting the two is sucking the energy out of Harry fast. But he isn't ready to give up. He isn't ready to surrender to the discusing beast before him.
“‘This is not Alastor Moody,’ said Dumbledore quietly. ‘You have never known Alastor Moody,’... He [Harry] was looking down into a kind of pit, an underground room, and lying on the floor some ten feet below… was the real Mad-Eye Moody.”
In this quote, Harry is astonished to discover that the Mad-Eye Moody he thought he knew all along, was a different person in disguise under a polyjuice potion. The real Moody was snatched away and put under a curse while the fake Moody helped Voldemort’s plan go through smoothly - that is, until he was caught. The fake Moody helped set up Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire, hoping that he would be killed. But now that he is caught, there's nothing much he can hide.
“‘There is much that I would like to say to you all tonight,’ said Dumbledore, ‘but I must first acknowledge the loss of a very fine person, who should be sitting here… enjoying our feast with us. I would like you all, please, to stand, and raise your glasses, to Cedric Diggory.’”
All the Hogwarts students are now gathered in The Great Hall, mourning the loss of their beloved Cedric Diggory. Harry is feeling guilty and confused about what happened, just like most of his other fellow students standing beside him. Dumbledore is faced with a sea of somber, heartbroken people, and he makes a toast to Cedric, all the students chiming in, “in one loud, low, rumbling voice, ‘Cedric Diggory’”.
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