Literature / Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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"You are blinded ... by the love of the office you hold, Cornelius! You place too much importance, and you have always done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow up to be!"
Albus Dumbledore

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Published July 8, 2000, this was the first book in the series to be heralded in with release parties as "Pottermania" took hold.

Following the events of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Voldemort now has a loyal follower by his side and is making plans to become stronger and regain his body. Meanwhile, before school starts, Harry and the Weasleys attend the Quidditch World Cup. At school, Hogwarts is hosting the Triwizard Tournament between three Wizarding schools in Europe, and Harry discovers that he has been selected to compete, even though he is below the age restriction and did not, as a matter of fact, actually apply as a candidate. He begins to fear that he's a pawn in someone else's plan, whilst becoming slowly more aware of the rising specter of Voldemort...

This book was a turning point in the series in a lot of ways.

  • It's the first book to even mention that there is a wizarding world outside of Great Britain, much less international magical politics. The scale of the story opens up in proportion to the plot.
  • It's the first Doorstopper; twice as long as the books that preceded it.
  • It's the point which Cerebus Syndrome sets in, as Voldemort returns to power due to their failure to capture Pettigrew at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, while a significant supporting character ends up becoming a Sacrificial Lion... the first of many.
  • Finally, as stated above, it's the first book in the series that arrived after Pottermania had gripped the world, making its release a major event in the year's entertainment calendar.

Followed by Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Tropes exclusive to this book or at least especially prominent:

  • 8.8:invoked Karkaroff gives Harry's performance in the first task a 4/10, in contrast to the 8s and 9s from the more impartial judges (and Bagman's definitely partial 10). Naturally this provokes outrage from Ron, but Harry doesn't mind too much; he's too happy that Ron is speaking to him again. (Karkaroff's choice of score is actually something of a compliment; based on his thoughtfulness beforehand, it seems he wanted to make sure Harry's score would tie with Krum's in the first event.)
  • Academy of Evil: Durmstrang, though the school itself is more of a Dark is Not Evil place.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Crouch can't seem to remember that Percy's last name is "Weasley" and not "Weatherby". Fred and George have a lot of fun with this.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • When Fred and George try to bypass the Goblet of Fire's age line by using an aging potion, it doesn't work and the enchantment kicks in, resulting in the two of them growing long, white beards. They find it just as funny as Dumbledore and the rest of the students watching do.
    • Neville also joins in the laughter when the twins manage to sneak him a Canary Cream and causes him to sprout feathers. It helps that the feathers shed quickly and the spell is harmless.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Your children become endangered and the last thing you said to them was that their school performance was poor. Small wonder that Mrs. Weasley grabs Fred and George in a tight hug when they return from the Quidditch Cup and she read about the Death Eater activity. She is able to laugh when the twins joke about it later, however, presumably after she's had a few days to get over the shock.
    • Also at the World Cup, the Death Eaters attack Muggle children, while wizard children are nearby. The Muggle children get their memories modified, but the wizard kids . . .
    • Your son dies during a sporting event, right when you were sure he would win.
  • Agony Beam: This book introduces the Cruciatus Curse, a spell with the sole purpose of causing terrible pain to its recipient.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Harry is horrified to find out that Bartemius Crouch, Jr. was subjected to a Dementor's Kiss.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's lampshaded in the text that Barty Crouch Jr. may or may not have been guilty of torturing the Longbottoms, even though he later is established as a Death Eater, with a place in the circle. Sirius says he isn't certain that the boy was guilty, since he could have easily been in the wrong place in the wrong time like Winky was with Harry's wand. Dumbledore mentions that the Longbottoms's testimony was shaky, due to the Cruciatus Curse breaking their minds and Neville only being a baby. One note is that despite him proclaiming his innocence at the trial, much like other Death Eaters that avoided jail time, Voldemort calls Crouch Jr. his most faithful servant. He could have easily been converted in Azkaban, with the Lestranges' combined fanaticism and the Dementors' despairing influence, and tried to seek out Voldemort as soon as he was smuggled out and nursed back to health. Being under the Imperius Curse for a decade probably didn't do miracles for his sanity. On the other hand, Crouch claims that he only comforted Neville in his Moody guise to manipulate him, and he calmly showed him the curse that traumatized his parents. Dumbledore while questioning Crouch Jr. doesn't ask him if he was involved, but then his higher priority was figuring out how Crouch had broken out of Azkaban and impersonated Moody.
  • Anachronism Stew: At the beginning of the book, Harry, in writing a letter to Sirius, makes a remark about Dudley and his PlayStation in the summer of 1994. Even in Japan, the console did not get released until December of that year.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Even after everything Barty Crouch, Jr. did, Harry is horrified to learn he was given the Dementor's Kiss.
  • Arc Villain: Barty Crouch Jr., though it's subverted because Voldemort makes his triumphant return in the end.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: During the first Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson.
    "You need to be prepared. You need to be alert and watchful. You need to put that away, Miss Brown, when I'm talking."
    Lavender jumped and blushed. She had been showing Parvati her completed horoscope under the desk.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • In-Universe example. In order to make Hagrid look bad to Rita Skeeter, Malfoy claims that in addition to being attacked by Buckbeak, Crabbe also got a bad bite off of a Flobberworm, which mainly eats lettuce, doesn't have any teeth, and has a X (boring) classification from the Ministry of Magic.
    • After a classroom mishap enlarges her front teeth, Hermione allows the school nurse to shrink them a little further than to their original size, so she won't have to get braces. Teeth don't need braces because they're too large, but because they're positioned wrong (usually tilted too far forwards) so shrinking them shouldn't avert an orthodontic issue.
  • Ascended Extra: Lots of characters! Ron's brothers Bill and Charlie have been mentioned often in the first three books, but it's here Harry finally gets to meet them. Cedric Diggory previously had a few sentences of mention, but was pretty much a new character, which makes his death particularly harsh. Cornelius Fudge gets a bigger role, mainly towards the end, as the page quote implies. Parvati Patil, who was mainly a mainly a background character beforehand, is Harry's date to the Yule Ball. Her twin sister, whose existence was acknowledged during the Sorting Ceremony in the first book but otherwise never appeared, is introduced and named. And Cho Chang officially becomes Harry's love interest (it was just slightly implied beforehand).
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Barty Crouch, Sr., who is found in the woods insane and begging to speak to Dumbledore but then vanishes and is revealed to have been killed.
    • Tom Riddle Sr. and his parents were seen by the residents of Little Hangleton as elitist snobs (and Book 6 further confirms it), but they certainly didn't deserve to die at the hands of a burgeoning Dark Wizard.
  • Backup from Otherworld: Voldemort's most recent victims (Harry's parents among them) emerge from his wand and block him from pursuing Harry just long enough for Harry to escape.
  • Badass Teacher: Moody. The fake one does a good job at acting the part, and the real one would have been one too if he'd been able to do the job.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Voldemort's plan to resurrect himself using Harry's blood goes off almost perfectly, aside from Harry escaping.
  • Bags of Letters: People Rita Skeeter attacks in her Daily Prophet articles, such as Hagrid, Hermione and Harry himself, tend to receive large amounts of hate mail.
  • Bait the Dog:
    • Crouch Sr. defends Winky when the latter is found with Harry's wand in the woods, after someone has summoned the Dark Mark. He points out that Amos accusing her means that Amos is accusing Crouch by proxy, since house elves wouldn't know the Dark Mark unless a human taught them. Then he fires Winky, supposedly for being caught with a wand, but actually because she let Crouch Jr. go free and let him have a wand.
    • Fake Moody after showing Neville the Cruciatus curse invites him to his office for a cup of tea, praises him for Herbology, and lends him a book on Mediterranean water plants. It's all a ruse to smuggle information about the Second Task into Harry's dorm, so that Harry won't drown.
  • Baths Are Fun: Everything about the description of the bath in the Prefects' Bathroom sounds like it'd be amazing magical fun. It has taps that run water of all different colors, as well as taps that provide "pink and blue bubbles the size of footballs," ice-white foam that might support your weight and heavily perfumed purple clouds. It is also massive, but takes hardly any time to fill. Unfortunately, Harry is unable to properly enjoy it because A.) He's concerned about figuring out his Triwizard Tournament egg clue and B.) He ends up with Moaning Myrtle in there, and gets a nasty shock from her watching him before she helps him to figure out the clue.
  • Beam-O-War: A rare effect (their two wands have the same core from the same specific specimen of phoenix) makes Harry's and Voldemort's wands connect and results in an anime-style beam-of-war battle. At the time of writing, Harry and Voldemort supply the page image for the trope.
  • Beast in the Maze: During the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament, the Champions have to enter a magical maze with several dangerous beasts in it, including a Giant Spider, a Riddling Sphinx and a Blast-Ended-Skrewt. The film adaptation leaves the monsters out, and instead makes the maze hedge attack the champions with its branches and roots.
  • "Begone" Bribe: When Hermione starts the Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare (S.P.E.W.) and starts waving around a collecting tin, some people pay her for membership in the hope that if they do so, it'll get her to leave them alone and shut up. It doesn't work; she only becomes more vocal.
  • Blind Mistake: When Harry reads a letter sent by Sirius and considers its tone too much babying, his response hints at this: "You'd think I walk around with my eyes shut, banging off the walls...."
  • Blood Magic: Voldemort needs an enemy's blood to take corporeal form again. It could be any enemy, really, but he picks Harry. He does so because he can finally remove the protection of Love that prevented him from killing Harry and defeated him twice, and he thinks only the blood of his greatest enemy can make him come back even more powerful than he was when he had fallen. Terrible mistake - as it turns out, it only tethered Harry to life as long as Voldemort lived and thus helped to ensure his own downfall.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Hermione finds this out the hard way about house elves. For humans, working without pay for terrible owners is slavery, and would have been called such in UK history. House elves don't view their lot as slavery. A lot of them like Winky like having owners and working, no matter how good or bad the owner is, and losing their job means that they lose their purposes in life. Dobby is one exception who more wants the status of being free than actually being free.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity:
    • Near the end of the story, Harry has been disarmed, gagged, and tied securely to a gravestone. Rather than simply killing Harry after using his blood to regain his body, Voldemort not only has Wormtail cut him loose and give him back his wand, but insists on fighting him in a one-to-one duel and forbids interference from any of his Death Eaters, for no other reason than to prove, once and for all, that he is the stronger of the two. The final result of this is that Harry manages to escape Voldemort's attempt on his life, once again through luck, and warn everyone of his resurrection. It was reasonable of Voldemort to assume that Harry was no longer protected by love, but he was unaware of the twin cores. However, Voldemort does use Harry's escape to his advantage in Order of the Phoenix.
    • Averted by Barty Crouch Jr. Not only does he masquerade as Moody for an entire year and fool Dumbledore, Moody's oldest friend, but every single aspect of his plan goes off without a hitch... until Voldemort screws it up by not immediately killing Harry, as Crouch had assumed he would.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: The organizers of the Triwizard Tournament have a good reason for only allowing of age students to participate. It ensures that the selected champions will have the necessary magical knowledge to complete the highly dangerous tasks. Their reasoning is proven sound when Cedric and Fleur are able to use the Bubble-Head charm to breathe underwater in the second task while Harry has to use Gillyweed stolen from Snape's potion supply (given to him by Dobby no less) because he doesn't know about that spell. On the flip side, Fred and George are rightly angered by the fact that Cedric, who is in the same year as them as has had the same exact education, is allowed to put his name in the Goblet of Fire while they aren't just because his 17th birthday happened to fall before entry deadline and theirs didn't.
  • Brainwashed:
    • Averted in Harry's case. Notice how interested Harry's Defense Against Dark Arts teacher is that he can resist the Imperius curse. This is important in two ways. First, it rules out Barty Crouch Jr. using it on Harry in his plans for the book. Secondly, it means the reader can rest easy for the rest of the series - Harry is not and will never be under mind control.
    • After the Quidditch World Cup and before the Triwizard Tournament, Voldemort and Wormtail manage to put Barty Crouch Sr. under the Imperius Curse and free his son from the telltale curse. Crouch spends much of his screentime looking ill and reaffirming that Harry has to compete, while not acting out of the ordinary. He starts to resist, however, so Voldemort makes him fake being ill.
  • Brick Joke: In one of the first chapters, it is mentioned that a Hufflepuff girl tried to curse her pimples off, and had to have her nose put on again. Later, when the Trio are discussing Yule Ball date possibilities, that same girl is mentioned. Ron says he won't go with her, because her nose is slightly off-center. Mentioned again in the Yule Ball chapter, only to confirm that her nose is perfectly fine!
  • Broken Pedestal: Played with. Krum's not revealed as different or anything but rather Ron gets angry about him dating Hermione. By the end, however, Ron starts asking for his autograph again.
  • Calling Card: The Dark Mark, a spell the Death Eaters cast over the scene of a murder.
  • Captain Obvious: "The cup is a Portkey."
  • Capture and Replicate: Barty Crouch Jr. captures Mad-Eye Moody and uses Polyjuice Potion to imitate him for the entire school year.
  • Cavalry of the Dead: The "shades" of Voldemort's victims give Harry a vital few seconds during his escape.
  • Censor Suds: The prefect bath is loaded with suds and bubbles, which come in handy when Moaning Myrtle decides to drop in on Harry.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The series has its own page. Voldemort's agent even tries planting one - the book about magical water-plants he gives Neville - well in advance of Harry needing it. This backfires when Harry, not knowing he's in a book, has no reason to remember it.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Hermione informs us that Parvati has a twin sister, when previously there had only been mention of "a pair of twin girls" with the last name Patil in the first book - several chapters before she is Ron's date for the Yule Ball.
  • Child Prodigy: Viktor Krum has been playing Quidditch long enough to be well known as an international star - but he's only seventeen and hasn't left school yet.
  • Christmas Carolers: As part of the Yule Ball, the Hogwarts suits of armor are enchanted to sing Christmas Carols, but they only seem to know half of the words. Peeves the Poltergeist took to hiding in them and making up his own versions to fill the gaps.
  • Completely Unnecessary Translator: The foreign officials to Fudge at the Quidditch game.
    "Vell, ve fought bravely," said a gloomy voice behind Harry. He looked around; it was the Bulgarian Minister of Magic.
    "You can speak English!" said Fudge, sounding outraged. "And you’ve been letting me mime everything all day!"
    "Vell, it vos very funny," said the Bulgarian minister, shrugging.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Moody punishes Draco Malfoy by turning him into a ferret and bouncing him around.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: Ron accuses Hermione of only liking Cedric because he's handsome. When Hermione claims she doesn't like people just because of their looks, he gives a false cough that sounds oddly like "Lockhart".
  • Covert Pervert: Several characters are implied or stated to be a bit less innocent than they seem at first glance.
    • Moaning Myrtle "sometimes" sneaks into the Prefects' bathroom to watch them bathing. Harry finds out when he borrows the bath to decipher a clue that's only audible underwater.
    • In a throwaway line, the Moody-disguised Crouch is said to have his magic eye track some girls going past.
    • Dumbledore openly admits his brother was in trouble for "Improper charms with a goat". In book 7, we find out that Aberforth's Patronus is a goat, which makes this even more disturbing, considering that one's Patronus can take the form of someone you love. Though in his case, it refers to his love for his sister and his regret in being unable to save her, rather than a romantic attraction..
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Quidditch World Cup has the Irish Chasers completely outclassing Bulgaria's. Turns into a Curb Stomp Cushion when the game ends with Ireland on top 170-160, Bulgaria only scoring that much because Krum caught the Snitch.
  • Cut-and-Paste Note: Hermione receives a threatening one from an irate and gullible subscriber to Witch Weekly who believed Rita Skeeter's Malicious Slander portraying Hermione as The Vamp.
  • Dances and Balls: The Yule Ball.
  • Darker and Edgier: While J.K. Rowling has been progressively doing this with each new installment since the beginning, this book made the series take a huge leap in this trope. Notably, it's the first to feature a Downer Ending, with Cedric being murdered and Voldemort getting a new body. It's also the one where the franchise's Black and Gray Morality grows more evident, as Rowling begins unveiling the dark side of the Ministry of Magic.
  • Defiant to the End: Subverted by Frank Bryce, though not for lack of trying. When Nagini and Wormtail bust him, right when he's about to go to call the police, he faces Voldemort with courage and dignity. Then he demands to see Voldemort face to face, goes Oh, Crap!, and screams at what he sees before Voldemort kills him. When Harry sees what Frank Bryce saw, he tries to scream but can't due to the gag in his mouth.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ginny Weasley.
  • Description in the Mirror: At the beginning of the second chapter, we get this after Harry wakes from his accidental Dream Spying on Voldemort:
    Harry ran his fingers over the scar again. It was still painful. He turned on the lamp beside him, scrambled out of bed, crossed the room, opened his wardrobe, and peered into the mirror on the inside of the door. A skinny boy of fourteen looked back at him, his bright green eyes puzzled under his untidy black hair. He examined the lightning-bolt scar of his reflection more closely. It looked normal, but it was still stinging.
  • Diet Episode: The Dursley portion of the book involves Dudley being put on a diet.
  • Disapproving Look: Harry gets this from Fleur as he tries to clean his wand in the weighing of the wands.
  • Disguised in Drag: A quick gag at the beginning has a wizard doing this by accident. He was told he couldn't wear the usual (gender-neutral) robes at the Quidditch Cup for masquerade reasons, so he picked up a nice nightdress in a muggle shop. When other wizards try to explain it's women's clothing, he doesn't believe them.
  • Distressed Dude: Harry gets kidnapped in the climax.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: When faced with a choice of dying and hiding behind a gravestone or staring down Voldemort and trying one last Hail Mary, Harry thought of his parents who also did not go gently, and rose to to try one final attempt because if he was about to die it would be on his feet.
  • The Dragon: Barty Crouch Junior, particularly in the movie adaptation.
  • Dream Intro: The film begins with a man checking on what's going on upstairs, only to be confronted by Wormtail, then Voldemort. Turns out it was a nightmare Harry was having. A psychic nightmare, as that was actually happening.
  • Dream Spying: Harry begins doing this unintentionally - he witnesses Voldemort killing Frank Bryce, then "overhears" a conversation he has with Wormtail.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: When Hermione mentioned that the 1792 Triwizard Tournament was cancelled because of a cockatrice breaking free and injuring the judges, the Dutch edition translates cockatrice as basilisk. This should be impossible, since The Chamber of Secrets established that breeding basilisks has been illegal since medieval times, and they certainly don't want to use one of the most deadly creatures ever in a school tournament. Its gaze alone would have killed the entire audience.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Invoked.
    • Arthur yells at his sons for baiting Dudley with cursed toffee, knowing that he was on a diet. Even though Harry defends the twins, Arthur is angry that the twins not only used magic on a Muggle but also used reckless magic period.
    • Moody demonstrates the Imperius curse by putting it on a spider and making it tap-dance. All of the students find this funny, until Moody notices, and asks them if they'd find it amusing if he put the curse on one of them, which he later does.
    • Hermione glares at Ron when they see Krum jumping into the lake, and he says hopefully that Krum may have to face the giant squid.
  • Due to the Dead:
    • Voldemort tells Wormtail that he plans to feed Harry's body to Nagini.
    • Voldemort averts this as he needs Wormtail to open his father's grave for a piece of him, as part of the resurrection ritual.
    • Cedric's shade asks Harry to retrieve his corpse, and Harry does.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: The only sensible thing Fudge does in the whole book is question Percy about the letters he's receiving from Crouch, since it's odd that Crouch, a man not known for missing a day of work ever, has suddenly taken ill for months.
  • Dungeon Bypass: During the third task, Harry blasts a shortcut through the hedge maze when he hears one of the others being tortured. It takes a curse plus a bit of fighting to get through. He doesn't repeat it due to the effort.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • During a trip into Dumbledore's Pensieve, Harry sees the trial of the Lestranges, being especially struck by the fanatic — and, at this point, unnamed — Mrs. Lestrange. Bellatrix is an important villain in the later books.
      • Both she and her husband are mentioned earlier by Sirius when he talks about a gang of Slytherin students who Snape hung around when he was at Hogwarts, though they aren't mentioned by their first names.
    • Many Death Eaters who become more prominent in the next book such as Dolohov and Rookwood are first mentioned in the Pensieve scene. We also first hear about Travers who becomes more prominent in the final novel.
    • A much more minor one, but Cedric's father says that a family called the Lovegoods have been at the World Cup for a week.
    • This is also the first time that Dumbledore mentions having a brother.
  • The End of the Beginning: The last chapter is titled "The Beginning".
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Despite spending the book boasting about how his son "beat Harry Potter," Amos Diggory is subdued after Cedric dies, thanking Harry for returning his son's body and his wife refuses to take the Triwizard reward money that Harry offers as an apology for what happened.
    • Hermione had already developed a low opinion of Crouch after seeing him mistreat Winky. She becomes horrified, however, on hearing Crouch's son was also arrested and initially asks if Crouch tried to get his son acquitted.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: The Beauxbatons students. Proving that this trope can cross gender boundaries, the Patil twins do have fun with a pair of boys from Beauxbatons.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Voldemort is later shown to be an offender, but his main agent in this book is not. "Decent people are so easy to manipulate." Although the agent did have a moment. He assumed that Harry would ask absolutely everyone for help, but he instead stuck with just his close friends. This forced the agent to play Xanatos Speed Chess.
  • Evil Gloating: Draco Malfoy gives one to Harry about Voldemort coming back and killing Muggleborn wizards... that is, until he, Crabbe and Goyle get their butts handed to them and by the trio and the Weasley twins, no less.
  • Evil Plan: Once again, Voldemort hatches a scheme to recover from his death pre-series. It involves dragging Harry into an isolated location and using his blood in a potion.
  • Female Gaze: Myrtle apparently got an eyeful of Cedric during his time trying to figure out the Second Task.
    Myrtle: It took Cedric ages to figure that out! Nearly ALL the bubbles had gone!
  • Fiction Isn't Fair: Rita Skeeter spends the book printing increasingly bald-faced lies about Harry and his friends. Dumbledore does ban her from the school grounds, but Harry isn't presented with any legal way of stopping the articles themselves.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: The first challenge in the Triwizard Tournament requires the competitors to face off against four fire-breathing dragons. The second challenge requires them to swim to the bottom of the Black Lake while battling Merpeople.
  • First-Name Basis: Unlike the last book, Sirius Black's surname is only mentioned once in the whole thing, by Mrs Weasley. This may be an indication of how close he and Harry have grown over the summer despite only being in contact through writing.
  • Fixing the Game: The Weasley twin subplot is driven by Ludo Bagman's welching.
  • Football Hooligans: The Irish party hard after their win at the Quidditch World Cup, which accidentally becomes a very convenient cover for the riot the Death Eaters caused on the same night.
  • Foreshadowing: Has its own page.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Harry uses Accio to summon his broom during the first task; he didn't think of just using it to summon the dragon egg he was trying to get or summoning the broom to fly over the maze in the third task.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare.
    • Could have been worse: Stop the Outrageous Abuse of Our Fellow Magical Creatures and Campaign for a Change in Their Legal Status. It wouldn't fit on the badge.
    • At one point, Ron jokingly tells Hermione that she can start up S.P.U.G.: Society for the Protection of Ugly Goblins.
  • Gambit Roulette: The whole Tri-Wizard Tournament is hijacked by the scattered remnants of Voldemort's followers for the sole purpose of kidnapping Harry Potter by having him touch a object that would magically teleport him away to their supervillain lair. Their overly elaborate evil plan hinges not only on manipulating the title Goblet of Fire to draw Harry's name — an act that immediately draws suspicion since it violates half a dozen Tri-Wizard rules — but also on Harry's winning (for that matter, surviving) a dangerous multi-stage tournament that culminates in an obstacle course through a large maze. Surely there had to be a simpler way to get to Harry.
  • Gang of Bullies:
    • Sirius tells the trio that when Snape was a student he was friends with a group of Slytherin students who all became Death Eaters. He even lists a few names: Evan Rosier, Wilkes, Rodolphus Lestrange, Bellatrix Lestrange (then Black), and Avery.
    • Naturally Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle show up to antagonise the trio.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Ron asks Lavender Brown if he can see her "Uranus" during Divination.
    • Before the Triwizard Tournament, the participants are having their wands inspected by representatives from the Ministry of Magic. One of them, inspecting Cedric's wand, ask him how often he treats it. Cedric replies (with a grin) that he polished his wand the previous night.
  • Golden Snitch: The winner of the Tri-Wizard tournament is determined by who wins the last of the three events. The only purpose of the previous two is to determine the order in which the Champions enter the final event's maze.
  • Ghost Reunion Ending: Harry's duel with Voldemort causes the spirits of Voldemort's victims, including Cedric Diggory and his parents, to appear. They then help Harry out in the climactic duel.
  • Graceful in Their Element: Viktor is graceful on a broomstick but duck-footed on land.
  • Gravity Screw: One of the obstacles Harry meets in the maze is a strange mist that acts as a local "inverse gravity" zone. It gives Harry the terrifying impression he's a second away from falling into the sky. Once he finds the nerve to take a step, the illusion breaks.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ron shows this for both his best friends. First he gets jealous over Harry being entered in the Triwizard Tournament. Then secondly he gets jealous that Viktor Krum shows interest in Hermione.
  • Gut Punch: Cedric's death is this for both the book and the series.
  • Hate Sink: Rita Skeeter is a shameless journalist who prints outright lies about Harry and outs Hagrid as half-giant.
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?: When Frank Bryce stumbles upon Voldemort and Wormtail in the Riddle house, he claims other people know he is there and will come looking for him. Voldemort knows instantly that Bryce is lying.
  • Hedge Maze: The setting of the third challenge is a magical hedge maze filled with monsters to force the four contestants to fight their way and find the prize of the tournament, the Triwizard Cup.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Fleur Delacour is a normal example; the Veela are the most extreme.
  • Hero Antagonist: Cedric is a mild example, as he was Harry's rival both in the tournament and in winning Cho's affections.
  • He Who Fights Monsters:
    • Barty Crouch Sr. is the former head of Law Enforcement, whose job it is to police the Wizarding World and stop the use of Unforgivable Curses. During the War against Voldemort, he authorized his people to use the Unforgivable Curses and gave them leeway to kill rather than capture suspects.
    • Averted by Moody; Sirius notes that while he was tough and uncompromising, Moody never sank to the level of the Death Eaters and always attempted to bring his quarry in alive wherever possible.
  • High-School Dance: The Yule Ball. A bit more formal and classy than most examples but still counts.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action / Interspecies Romance
    • Hagrid has been (presumably under Dumbledore's approval, considering how one ends up in the last challenge) secretly breeding manticore/firecrab hybrids called "Blast-Ended Skrewts". The actual creation of magical crossbreeds is forbidden in the Potterverse, specifically because it has the potential to create such highly dangerous creatures. The Skrewts are mentioned as being so aggressive, they eventually wipe themselves out save a lone survivor.
    • Human variants appear with Fleur Delacour and her sister, whose (presumably) human-wizard grandfather married a Veela, and Hagrid, who had a wizard father and giantess mother. Madame Maxime is also half-giantess.
  • Hypocrite : Malfoy takes great delight in insulting Ron's mother, but apparently can't take Harry insulting his own mother in return.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Before the Weasleys come to get Harry, Uncle Vernon calls Mrs Weasley a "dumpy sort of woman." Harry reacts with private outrage that he dares to call Mrs Weasley dumpy when Dudley is the size of a small whale.
    • And to an American audience at least, Ron finding the food from France to be gross while serving himself black pudding, aka blood sausage, can come across as this.
  • I Feel Guilty; You Take It
    • Harry offers the Triwizard Cup to Cedric Diggory, because his entrance in the tournament was unfair.
    • Harry offers the prize money from the tournament to Cedric's parents, who turn it down. He then gives it to Fred and George Weasley.
  • I Have No Son: Barty Crouch, Sr. He says this exact line at his son's trial.
  • Improbably Predictable: Harry predicts how Ron and Hermione will react to his dream about Voldemort, and they both react more-or-less exactly as he thought they would.
  • I Need You Stronger: The reason for fake Moody's assistance to Harry in the Tri-Wizard's challenges. See Gambit Roulette.
  • Inevitable Tournament: A straight example. A super-dangerous and challenging tournament takes place at Hogwarts, and despite being three years too young, Harry finds himself forced into competing.
  • Jerkass: Rita Skeeter. Intrepid Reporter nothing, she seems to live not to tell the truth but to humiliate people! Case in point: Hermione just for criticising her, and Hagrid due to him confessing he's half-giant with her deliberately eavesdropping.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Malfoy is right about how it's a bad idea to keep blast-ended skrewts around. Hermione admits this in a private moment. They do absolutely nothing of any use to anyone, they're exceptionally dangerous, their very existence is illegal as their creation requires breaking the Ban on Experimental Breeding, and caring for them is a complete waste of class time as they do not exist in the wild.
    • The organisers of the Triwizard Tournament also have this in mind, as only allowing of age students to participate ensures that they'll have the necessary magical know-how to overcome a lot of their obstacles, such as Cedric and Fleur being able to use charms that give them air-bubbles in contrast to Harry having to use Gillyweed stolen from Snape's potion supply.
  • Just Between You and Me: A lot of this, both from Voldemort and Moody/Crouch at the end of the book.
  • Kaizo Trap: The Giant Spider at the very end of the third task, meant to blindside champions who were focused on the Triwizard Cup ahead. It was only thanks to Harry's yell that poor Cedric wasn't killed by it.
  • Kangaroo Court: The trials in the Pensieve Flashback are stacked against the defendants. Sirius says he didn't even get that much. However, Ludo Bagman managed to get off, largely because he was a popular Quidditch player, making him acquitted by public opinion. We also find out later that the Lestranges and Barty Crouch Jr. did deserve to be thrown in jail, particularly the Lestranges.
  • Karmic Death: Barty Crouch, Sr. is killed by his son, who he spent years keeping prisoner in their own home.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Snape in the exchange of spells outside the Potions dungeon after Hermione is hit with a spell that enlarges her already noticeable buck teeth to a cartoonish size (and Goyle's nose having done the same). Snape tells Goyle to go to the hospital wing, and then turns his attention to Hermione when Ron points out that she's been hit with a spell too. Snape says, "I see no difference." Hermione runs off crying. In the aftermath, however, Hermione turns that to her advantage, because she runs off to have her teeth magically fixed by Madam Pomfrey, and she lets her "carry on a bit", shrinking them to a size smaller than the original one (before the spell hit her). Thus she fixes permanently the problem of her teeth and gets a very beautiful smile.
    • Snape gets another crucial moment. When Harry's trying to get into Dumbledore's office due to Barty Crouch Sr. appearing and raving, demanding to see the professor, Snape delays him and dismisses his claims as rubbish. As Harry points out, those few minutes cost them the time to save Crouch and knows Snape did it just to bait him.
  • Knight Templar: Barty Crouch Sr was staunchly against Voldemort and the Dark Arts, but in his effort to fight them he stooped to lower and lower levels to the point he became Not So Different.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Viktor Krum, who's surrounded by female admirers for his first few months at Hogwarts, asks Hermione to the Yule Ball because she's the one girl who wasn't throwing herself at his feet.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: The three tasks of the Triwizard Tournament, in reverse order.
  • Laugh of Love: As the Yule Ball draws nearer, a lot of girls in Hogwarts are prone to giggling when they're around Harry.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: Still played straight in this book despite being longer than the last three combined. The plot is just that complex, and if it's not part of the plot now, it's bound to come up later, such as, say, the entire first chapter.
  • Limb-Sensation Fascination: After Wormtail cuts off his hand at the end, he is given a new silver one through magic. He stares at it in disbelief, then experiments with motion and crushing a twig between his fingertips.
  • Literary Allusion Title: The Harry Potter Lexicon speculates that the title of the chapter "The Madness of Mr Crouch" is a reference to The Madness of King George, especially since George III is reputed to have mistaken a tree for the King of Prussia, while Crouch mistakes a tree for Percy Weasley.
  • Loose Lips: Bertha Jorkins gives Hagrid a run for his money on blabbing secrets. Hagrid at least has enough sense to realise at times that he shouldn't have blabbed; she doesn't.
  • Magically Binding Contract: The Goblet of Fire itself — even if someone entered your name against your will and without your knowledge, if it chooses you to compete, you have to compete.
  • Magic Cauldron: Wormtail uses a cauldron for the spell that restores his master Voldemort to full size and strength.
  • Magic Compass: The Point Me spell causes the caster's wand to briefly point north.
  • Malicious Slander: A lot.
    • Most of Frank Bryce's village remain convinced he murdered the Riddle family, as he was the only one who had access to the house.
    • Rita Skeeter paints Harry as some kind of maudlin attention-seeker who still cries about his parents, and has to endure weeks of taunts over it. By the end of the book, she's moved on to calling him "disturbed and possibly dangerous".
    • Hermione is accused of two-timing Krum and Harry (the latter having no romantic interest in her at all). Pansy Parkinson suggests she's drugging them with love potion.
    • While Hagrid's teaching does leave something to be desired, Malfoy and co. paint him as an outright bully who everyone hates.
  • Mama Bear:
    • After they save him from Barty Crouch, Jr., Professor McGonagall sympathetically tries to help Harry to the hospital wing, seeing how shaken he is. She also gets righteously furious at Fudge for allowing a Dementor into the school, near children again, and for storming into the hospital wing when Harry's trying to recover from his rough night. She also defends Harry when Fudge accuses him of making wild accusations and points out that a "lunatic" couldn't have caused Cedric Diggory and Crouch Sr.'s deaths.
    • Surprisingly, Winky is this. When she sees the Stunned body of her ward "Master Barty," she tries to rouse him and accuses Dumbledore of killing him. As Crouch Jr. confesses under truth serum, she begs him not to tell anymore for fear of getting his father into trouble. She was the one who convinced Crouch Sr. to let his son attend the World Cup, and she volunteered to keep an eye on Crouch Jr. in the top box, despite being scared of heights. When he tried to charge out at the Death Eater rioters at the World Cup, she forcibly dragged him away, took the wand that he stole from Harry, and insisted that "I was seeing no one" when Diggory questioned her. With all this, it's no surprise that she falls completely apart when Crouch Sr. fires her for letting his son have a wand, since it meant she could no longer protect either of the Crouches.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Beauxbatons means "pretty wands" and that school's crest shows two crossed wands, while Durmstrang is a Spoonerism of "Sturm (und) Drang", "storm and stress", a German cultural movement.
    • Ludo Bagman, who starts as a shifty character and we later learn is actually a bagman. "Ludo" also means "I play" in Latin (and is the name of the British variant of Pachisi); Ludo is the Head of Magical Games and Sports.
      • A "Bagman" is also someone involved in the collection of dirty money and Ludo turns out to have been cheating his gamblers, in order to pay off his debt to the goblins.
    • Rita Skeeter. Skeeter is an annoying, bloodsucking parasite who thrives on human misery... and so are mosquitoes, a.k.a. skeeters.
  • The Mole: Voldemort, the dark wizard who killed the protagonist's parent, has a spy inside Hogwarts attempting to meddle with the Triwizard Tournament and Harry's life.
  • Mood Whiplash: As said in the description, the series gets dark after this book. It starts with Cedric's death and goes downhill from there.
  • More Hero Than Thou: An inverted version, where the sacrifice is to allow the other to triumph.
  • Motive Misidentification: Throughout the story, everyone thinks that someone put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire in an attempt to get him killed while making it look like an accident. In the end it is revealed that his name was entered in the hope that he would win, touch the Triwizard Cup, and restore Voldemort to life.
  • Narm: In-universe, Harry thinks that Professor Moody must find the whole scenario where Harry is caught out of bed trying to figure out the second clue (an otherwise dramatic and intense moment) to be quite silly, since his eye is able to see Harry's awkwardly-positioned body through the Cloak.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter:
    • At one point, the synchronised leprechaun swarm makes "a very rude sign indeed" at the Veela.
    • During the riot at the World Cup, Ron tells Malfoy "to do something Harry knew he would never have dared say in front of Mrs Weasley".
    • After the "I see no difference" incident, Harry and Ron unload a torrent of abuse at Snape. The narrative notes that the echoes of the stone corridor made it difficult for him to hear exactly what they were calling him, but he got the gist of it.
    • Sirius lets out "a vehement exclamation" when Harry describes Wormtail cutting him with a dagger.
  • New Ability Addiction: There's a Running Gag that Percy's just passed his Apparation exam (analogous to getting his driving license) and keeps apparating down the stairs just because he can. This annoys Fred and George, but by the 5th book, they're doing exactly the same (and annoying Ron), albeit on the basis that "time is galleons", rather than to show off.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Voldemort tells his Death Eaters that he's gone further than anyone along the path that leads to immortality. When Harry escapes, he recounts these words to Dumbledore. Dumbledore is clever enough to guess what this could mean.
    • And then of course, there's the whole using Harry's blood in the resurrection ceremony. While it permits Voldemort to touch Harry, it has other consequences.
  • Nice to the Waiter
    • Crouch's treatment of Winky, as lampshaded by Hermione and Sirius.
    • Hermione attempts this with the House Elves of Hogwarts. She means well, but it doesn't go over too well.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:
    • Harry, when going to the Triwizard cup in the third task, is forced to make a decision of whether to save Cedric Diggory from something in the maze, or to go for the cup. He ultimately decides to save Diggory, and they take the cup together. Let's just say that Harry really should have left Cedric Diggory behind, for Cedric's own good.
    • And then of course Cedric would not have died and Voldemort would have not have returned if Wormtail hadn't escaped in the previous book — something that only happened because Harry spared his life.
    • Mrs. Crouch taking her son's place in Azkaban, to give him a chance to live while she was dying, ended up proving more harmful than good in the long run.
  • No-Harm Requirement: Krum get's penalised for defying this in the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament. The first task in the Triwizard Tournament is to retrieve a golden egg that's been placed among a nesting dragon's clutch. Krum manages to get his egg, but loses points because his curse hit the dragon in the eye and caused it to stomp on its real eggs.
  • Not An Act: Mad-Eye Moody is famously averse to Death Eaters who avoided prison, as his job is to arrest them and his face is covered in scars from those who resisted. The Moody Harry meets during his fourth year was impersonated by a Death Eater who did go to prison (and is trying to revive Voldemort), and understandably hates those who claimed they'd been mind-controlled to avoid punishment, hence his punishing Malfoy by turning him into a ferret and passive-aggressive attitude towards Karkaroff (the son of a "reformed" Death Eater and one who sold out the others to save his skin, respectively).
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Moody mentions explicitly that cheating is a traditional part of the tournament. And Harry even goes out on a limb to help Cedric when it turns out that Cedric was the one person who hadn't had any done in his favour.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Harry's trek through the hedge maze was rather unnerving because of this. Crouch Jr. was making sure that he had a clear path to the cup.
  • Not Just a Tournament: Doubly subverted. Everyone thinks the tournament is a ruse to kill Harry during the contest. In truth, it is rigged for him to win, so he can be captured at the moment of victory.
  • Not Me This Time: Harry's trio did steal Polyjuice Potion ingredients from Snape two books ago, but they're not the ones who did it this time.
  • Off on a Technicality: The only reason the Muggle authorities didn't convict Frank Bryce for murdering Tom Riddle Senior and his parents (a then human-looking Voldemort was the real culprit) was the fact Muggles cannot establish a cause of death for victims of Avada Kedavra.
  • One-Hit Kill: Although it appeared in the first book, this one gives a name to the flash of green light that Harry kept remembering. It's revealed to be the Killing Curse, Avada Kedavra. (There's a reason this series has its own "Chekhov's Gun" page.)
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Until Dumbledore calls him "Alastor", it doesn't occur to Harry that "Mad-Eye" isn't Moody's first name.
  • Only Sane Man: Wormtail to Voldemort and Barty Crouch Sr. If only Voldemort had listened to his suggestions that they use another Wizard's blood in the resurrection ceremony...
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Crouch Jr. aka Fake Moody does well to make sure nothing overt or subtle happens to give away his role. It is when he takes Harry away from Dumbledore's presence after Harry's return from the graveyard, something the real one would never do.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: They are horribly ugly as well as scary.
  • Outscare the Enemy: A group of Death Eaters runs amok at the Quidditch World Cup as the Ministry tries in vain to control them. The riot only ends once an unknown person conjures the symbol of Voldemort, from which the Death Eaters immediately retreat. They're more afraid of the punishment they'll get for denouncing Voldemort when he lost his power than they are of the Ministry.
  • Oxygenated Underwater Bubbles: A rare non-video game example with the Bubble-Head Charm.
  • Paparazzi: Rita Skeeter is this trope. Illegal eavesdropping? Revealing private accords? Hateful and liable words against a minor who insulted her? She does this and worse.
  • Parting Words Regret: Molly Weasley worries about this when the twins have a close call with the Death Eaters.
  • The Password is Always "Swordfish": When Harry tries to get into Dumbledore's office, he realises that he doesn't know the password. He remembers that it used to be "Sherbet lemon", so he tries that, then other sweet, and eventually, out of anger even "Cockroach Cluster", which turns out to be correct.
    Harry: Cockroach Cluster? I was only joking!
  • Pensieve Flashback: The Trope Namer. This book is the first time they're used, at least directly (as Harry notes, the exact same concept previously drove the diary flashback in Chamber of Secrets).
  • The Quarterback: Non-football version with Cedric Diggory, the Hufflepuff Quidditch Captain and Seeker in the third book. He's handsome, kind, courageous enough to volunteer for the Triwizard Tournament (and skilled enough to become the Hogwarts champion), a good enough sportsman that he tries to get a rematch after dementors invade the field and knock Harry out, and eventually, a Sacrificial Lion. By contrast, the other Captains we see are either Slytherins (who embody Unnecessary Roughness and cheat as if their lives depended on it) and Gryffindors (Wood, for who Quidditch is Serious Business to the point that he doesn't mind that Harry's broomstick might be cursed if it gets them the Cup, and Harry himself).
    Dumbledore: Cedric Diggory was, as you all know, exceptionally hard working, infinitely fair-minded, and most importantly, a fierce, fierce friend.
  • Ray of Hope Ending: Cedric Diggory is killed in cold blood by Peter Pettigrew, and Lord Voldemort is given a new body of his own to begin a second wave of terror against the Wizarding World. Fudge refuses to listen to Harry and Dumbledore when they tell him about Voldemort's return and Harry is shell-shocked from the incident. However, Dumbledore is already making preparations to fight against Voldemort and Hagrid assures Harry whatever may come, they'll be ready for it.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Natalie McDonald was a girl with leukaemia in Real Life. When she died, Rowling added her in Gryffindor.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Both Charlie and Hagrid are mentioned as knitting and this is either so normal for the wizarding world, or so normal for Harry, that the the only comment on it is the fact that they are knitting.
  • Red Herring:
    • Igor Karkaroff spends the whole book acting as suspiciously as possible. For readers who know it would never be someone so obvious, Ludo Bagman is made a viable suspect with evidence against him occasionally brought up, but nearly always dismissed by the characters as irrelevant.
    • We learn about mid-way through the book that Voldemort has a spy at Hogwarts. A little while later, Harry finds out that Snape was accused of being a Death Eater after Voldemort's fall. Is Snape Voldemort's eyes and ears in the school? No. But he was a Death Eater.
  • Reluctant Gift: Filch refuses to give the Tri-wizard egg to Moody because it was "evidence for Peeves' treason". But in the end, he does have to give it up.
  • The Reveal: The villain who put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire, putting him in a deadly rewarding tournament, gives a Motive Rant and reveals their crime by saying, "It was I who did that". This is spoken by Mad-Eye Moody, Harry's new mentor during the year, who also reveals that he's actually a long thought dead servant of the Dark Lord who used magic to kidnap and impersonate Mad-Eye as part of a plan to kill Harry and restore the Dark Lord to power.
  • Riddling Sphinx: Harry encounters a sphinx in the hedge maze and has to answer a riddle in order to pass by it safely.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: The jury that acquitted Ludo Bagman. He really wasn't a Death Eater, but it's clear he only got off because he's a popular Quidditch player.
    • At one point, Harry and Ron speculate that Rita Skeeter is bugging them, i.e. using electronic surveillance devices. Hermione irritably points out that she can't be doing that, since electronics don't work near Hogwarts. Hermione later discovers that she's literally bugging them — she's a beetle animagus who uses her animal form to get near to people she wants to spy on.
  • Rule of Three
    • The Triwizard Tournament is a competition between three wizards from three schools, though this is later subverted when Harry is chosen as an unprecedented fourth contestant, with three rounds.
    • There are three Unforgivable Curses.
  • Running Gag: Blast-Ended Skrewts, which are introduced here and become a joke for the rest of the series.
  • Sadist Teacher
    • Snape continues the role from the previous books, but really reaches his peak in this book, not even trying to hide his favouritism for his Slytherin students and his bias against the students from the other houses. This is most notable when he not only lets Malfoy off scot-free when he hits Hermione with a charm that makes her front teeth grow huge but then tells her he "sees no difference", causing her to run off crying, then has the nerve to take points from Gryffindor, and then give Harry and Ron detention when they get angry over this. Fortunately, in the next book, Umbridge appears, replacing him in this role and making Snape look not nearly as bad by comparison.
    • Moody briefly becomes this to Malfoy when he turns him into a ferret, until McGonagall shows up and rebukes him for using a Cool and Unusual Punishment.
  • Salem Is Witch Country: There is a throwaway mention of a group of American witches attending the Quidditch World Cup. Their campsite has a sign reading "Salem Witches' Institute".
  • Saying Too Much: How Harry discovers that someone's been using Polyjuice Potion.
  • Self-Made Orphan:
    • We learn that Voldemort murdered his father and grandparents as soon as he discovered they were Muggles, and not the wizards he imagined they were, and that his father abandoned him and his mother while she was pregnant.
    • At the end, we learn that Barty Crouch Jr. murdered his father, then transfigured his body into a bone and buried it. Barty makes much of how both he and Voldemort had very disappointing fathers and the pleasure of killing those fathers. He also seems to regard Voldemort as a father substitute.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Hermione at the Yule Ball.
  • She's All Grown Up: Again, Hermione at the Yule Ball.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Ron vehemently tries to torpedo Hermione/Viktor Krum, although at this point he Cannot Spit It Out as to the real reason why.
  • Shout-Out: Monty Python. Harry gains entrance to Dumbledore's office by trying various passwords, all of which are different kinds of sweet; the one that actually works, Cockroach Cluster, is a flavour used in the "Whizzo Assortment" sketch. Lampshaded in that Harry is amazed that it works and insists that he was kidding, which suggests that Harry is in the Muggle-world a Monty Python fan. Cockroach Clusters are also shown to be a type of sweet in the Harry Potter universe, though not a popular one.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: The Weird Sisters provide live entertainment for the Yule Ball.
  • So Proud of You: Amos Diggory to Cedric. Unusually more embarrassing than supportive, despite Amos's obvious pride, since he boasts of how Cedric beat Harry before Harry's face. His saying Cedric will be able to tell his grandchildren about it turns it into a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment after Cedric's death.
  • Spotting the Thread: Dumbledore realises that Moody is not the real Moody when he removes Harry from his sight.
  • Spy Speak: A Subverted Trope: a Muggle believes that terms such as "Quidditch", "Muggles" and "Ministry of Magic" are code names used by gangsters or spies, but these are just normal wizarding words.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Wormtail in the very first chapter suggests that Voldemort could use another wizard's blood and resurrect himself early, without needing to capture Harry. Voldemort refuses out of pride and because he thinks that Wormtail when capturing another wizard would take the opportunity to flee.
  • Strawman Political: Hermione, after seeing a house-elf fired apparently for the crime of being terrified, decides that house-elves are "uneducated and brainwashed" slaves and need to be liberated. Then she meets other, non-fired house-elves and they're quite satisfied with their way of life, claiming that virtue is its own reward. Hermione comes out looking not heroic, but instead distinctly foolish.
  • Talk About That Thing: Used by Hermione as an excuse to get her, Harry, and Ron out of the room before Mrs Weasley blows up at Fred and George.
  • Talk to the Fist: Malfoy's boasting speech to Harry at the end of the novel gets interrupted by Harry, Hermione, Ron, Fred, and George blasting off a variety of spells simultaneously. Also see Berserk Button. Qualifies as a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Upon discovering that Fred and George have engorged Dudley's tongue, Uncle Vernon begins throwing things at the Weasleys and Harry, who flee the house via Floo Powder.
  • Technicolor Fire: The eponymous object lights up with blue-white fire at the beginning of each tournament. When it's about to spew out the name of an accepted contestant, it turns bright red.
  • Tell Him I'm Not Speaking to Him: Happened between Harry and Ron, with Hermione in the middle.
  • There Should Be a Law:
    Giggling should be made illegal, Harry thought furiously, as all the girls around Cho began doing it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: This is the point in the series where Harry seriously starts to improve as a spell caster. In the first book Harry is never seen casting a single spell successfully. In the second, he performs a spell here and there, but nothing particularly noteworthy. It takes most of the third book just to master one spell which, while admittedly difficult to learn, is an extremely situational charm. In this book, he learns a whole arsenal of jinxes, hexes and curses to survive the final trial, including Stupefy, his most powerful battle spell.
  • Tournament Arc: The Tri-Wizard Tournament, a competition between three wizards from three schools — which somehow becomes four wizards when Harry Potter's name is selected as a second Hogwarts contestant. The Tournament forms the backbone of the plot.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Crouch!Moody, a Tournament Arc example.
  • Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000: Mega Mutilation Part Three, a game played by Dudley.
  • Understatement: Harry's reaction to Rita Skeeter painting him as "disturbed and possibly dangerous".
    "Gone off me a bit, hasn't she?"
  • Unscaled Merfolk: Viktor become half shark for the undersea challenge. It's later revealed that he messed the transfiguration up, and apparently one of the teachers had to put him back to normal. Giving himself only a shark's head was on purpose, since wizards who completely transform themselves without being an animagus lose their humanity. Not being able to say the incantation to turn himself back with a shark's mouth, however, was pretty straight Didn't Think This Through.
  • Wham Line:
    • "Harry Potter"; Said by Dumbledore, in relation to Harry being chosen by the Goblet of Fire as the fourth contestant. After this line was uttered, things really start to fall apart for Harry. Before this, it seemed he was just going to experience a somewhat ordinary school year, while routing for Cedric at the Triwizard Tournament. After this, he is forced to unwillingly compete in a dangerous tournament, temporarily loses his best friend Ron because the latter is jealous of him and hints are dropped someone inside the school is planning to use the tournament to kill Harry.
    • "KILL THE SPARE!" Before this, the series has been whimsical fantasy for the most part, with thrilling moments. Once this line drops, everything changes, and shit gets real.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Ludo Bagman exits stage left, pursued by goblins, and vanishes utterly from the series. This may be a Disproportionate Retribution that happens offscreen.
  • What an Idiot: In-universe. Amos Diggory gets torn a new one by Barty Crouch Sr. and Arthur Weasley, for implying that Harry Potter conjured the Calling Card of someone that killed his parents and has wanted him dead his whole life. Diggory himself becomes quite embarrassed and can't believe he said that. He then gets this again when he accuses Winky, and Crouch Sr. points out that Amos is accusing him by default, when Crouch Sr. has a fervent hate for Death Eaters.
  • What You Are in the Dark:
    • Harry realizes that while he, Fleur and Krum are given early warning about the First Task, Cedric isn't. Not telling Cedric would earn him a higher spot, but it wouldn't be fair. So he stages an opportunity to warn Cedric quickly and without his friends nearby. Fake-Moody even lampshades how noble Harry can be.
    • Cedric has a chance to take the Triwizard Cup. Harry's got an injured leg from their brief team-up against an Acromantula, and thus isn't in a state to race for the trophy. Cedric refuses, because Harry saved him from the spider and from a cursed Krum. No one else is watching them, except perhaps for patrolling teachers, and no one would know that Cedric had an easy lead. After they go back and forth about who saved who, Harry decides they should take it both at the same time. This backfires horribly.
  • White Man's Burden: deconstructed. Hermione's house-elf liberation subplot is, in-universe, portrayed as a bad thing, and she gets called on it by practically everyone. Aside from the inherent hypocrisy of launching a house-elf freedom campaign without so much as asking for their help, she also bases her view of house-elf needs on Dobby — an individual whose views on freedom, payment and clothing are best described as "radically liberal." And she completely misses the point about why house-elves are unhappy — their working conditions, not the work itself or lack of pay. (Even Dobby, when given employment later in the series, bargains his salary down, feeling he's been offered too much.)
  • Why Don't You Marry It?: Percy just won't stop gushing about Mr. Crouch. Ron's waiting for them to announce their engagement.
  • Witch Hunt: The trials, or lack thereof for Sirius, of suspected Death Eaters at the Ministry.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Bartemius Crouch, Jr., whose lack of affection from his father sends young Barty down a path of murderous evil.
  • Wronski Feint: The Trope Namer. Harry is watching the wizard sport of Quidditch and sees one of the players flying their broomstick towards a ground with an opposing player hot on their tail, only to pull out at the last second and leave the opposing player to crash into the ground. Harry consults the magical binoculars he bought, which identify the tactic by name (the Wronski Feint) and let him watch a replay of the move.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Fake Moody had to change his plans when Harry didn't ask Neville for help.
  • You Fool!: McGonagall to Fudge when the latter refuses to acknowledge Voldemort's hand in Cedric and Crouch Senior's deaths.
  • You're Insane!: Harry's response to Barty Crouch Jr.'s Motive Rant.
  • Your Mom: Malfoy insults Ron's mother and Harry responds by insulting Malfoy's mother:
    "Oh yeah, you were staying with them this summer, weren’t you, Potter?" sneered Malfoy. "So tell me, is his mother really that porky, or is it just the picture?"
    "You know your mother, Malfoy?" said Harry — both he and Hermione had grabbed the back of Ron’s robes to stop him from launching himself at Malfoy — "that expression she's got, like she's got dung under her nose? Has she always looked like that, or was it just because you were with her?"
    Malfoy’s pale face went slightly pink.
    "Don’t you dare insult my mother, Potter."
  • Zombie Advocate: Hermione becomes indignant at how wizards treat the servant race known as House-Elves and starts an organisation preaching freedom for these elves called S.P.E.W. Hermione's incessant campaigning pushes away anyone from joining her group, especially since all the House-Elves want to act like servants and don't want the freedom Hermione is pushing.

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