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Harry spends the end of his 1994 summer holidays with the Weasley Family and Hermione Granger before going to the Quidditch World Cup. After the match, a group of Death Eaters attack a number of Muggle bystanders and Voldemort's sign, the Dark Mark, causes terror amongst wizards when it is seen again.

Back at school, the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher is retired Auror, "Mad-Eye" Moody. The wizarding world's Triwizard Tournament is to be restarted, and to be held at Hogwarts. The names of all intending participants will be put into a goblet - known as the Goblet of Fire - which will shoot out one name from each of the three competing schools (Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang). The Goblet selects Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, and Viktor Krum, as the respective champions. Mysteriously, the Goblet also spits out Harry's name and he is forced to participate. Harry realizes that he has been deliberately put in grave danger, but Ron, along with the majority of the school, refuses to believe Harry did not enter himself.

Hagrid reveals the secret first task to Harry and Madame Maxime, Headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy. The champions must battle a dragon in order to retrieve a golden egg. Igor Karkaroff, Headmaster of the Durmstrang Institute also sees the dragons, leaving only official Hogwarts champion Cedric Diggory who does not know what awaits him. Harry feels this is unfair and informs Diggory, but still goes on to jointly win the first task (with Viktor Krum). The task is terrifying for Harry's friends Ron and Hermione, and Harry's friendship with Ron is saved once Ron realises just how dangerous the Tournament will be.

A temporary relief from the tension in the novel is provided in the form of the Yule Ball, the Christmas dance hosted by Hogwarts for its students (fourth year and above) and guests. Harry is terrified when he is told he must find a partner to open the dance with (the Triwizard champions open the dance). Harry musters the courage - eventually - to ask the attractive Ravenclaw fifth year Cho Chang to the Ball, only to be told she already agreed to go with Cedric Diggory. Whatever friendliness Harry felt towards Cedric vanishes, and he ends up asking his classmate Parvati Patil to go with him. Ron loses his head and subconsciously asks Fleur Delacour to the Yule Ball, accidentally screaming instead of "asking." He runs away before she can say anything, which leaves Ron in a bumbling mess, much to his sister Ginny's amusement. Eventually Ron goes with Parvati's twin Padma, and both boys are shocked - along with the rest of the school - to see Hermione on Viktor Krum's arm, and having made herself over beautifully to boot. The first signs of Ron's feelings for Hermione are evident at the ball in his behavior towards her, and his marked jealousy of Krum. Fleur's partner at the ball is Ravenclaw Quidditch Captain Roger Davies.

In the Second Task, Harry is sent into the Black Lake, on the Hogwarts Grounds to rescue Ron, who has been placed underwater under guard of the merpeople who reside in the Lake. Likewise, Hermione is rescued by Krum, and Cho Chang by Cedric. However, Fleur Delacour is unable to rescue her hostage, her younger sister. To his own cost, Harry remains behind to rescue her as well, earning Fleur's respect, and finishing second. At this stage, he is tied for first place with Cedric Diggory.

In the last part of the Tournament, Harry and Cedric arrive at the trophy first and decide, because of the help they provided to each other, to grab the trophy at the same time. The trophy turns out to be a Portkey, a magical object which transports them to a graveyard - where they find Peter Pettigrew and Lord Voldemort. Pettigrew kills Cedric, then uses Harry's blood as part of a macabre ritual to restore Voldemort's body. Voldemort summons the Death Eaters and attempts to kill Harry, but Harry escapes, and carrying Cedric's body uses the trophy to return to Hogwarts.

Back at the castle Professor Moody is revealed as an impostor, Barty Crouch Jr., who has imprisoned the real Moody in a trunk. Crouch had been the one who placed Harry's name in the goblet. He is captured but a dementor takes his soul before he can be made to repeat his story to Cornelius Fudge, Minister for Magic, who refuses to believe that Voldemort has returned.

The Quidditch World Cup

In this book, Harry Potter spends the end of his summer with the Weasleys in anticipation of the Quidditch World Cup. During the World Cup, a group of Death Eaters attack a number of Muggle bystanders, but flee when the Dark Mark - Voldemort's sign - mysteriously appears above them. The sign was determined to have been conjured by Winky using Harry's stolen wand. Winky is a house elf that serves Barty Crouch, a respected official at the Ministry of Magic and is fired by her master at once. Crouch's treatment of Winky prompts Hermione to start campaigning for elves' rights.

The Triwizard Tournament

UK Adult Edition, BloomsburyThere is a surprise in store for Hogwarts students at the start of the new school year. The new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher is famed Auror (a wizard trained to fight the Dark Arts) Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, an old eccentric who manages to simultaneously terrify, awe and amuse the students with his combined paranoia and astonishing knowledge and intelligence. What is more, the Triwizard Tournament, a centuries-old interschool competition that was banned for years due to its increasingly dangerous "tasks" is to be restarted, and to be held at Hogwarts. The reward of this tournament, to the winner, is 1000 galleons. The names of all intending participants will be put into a goblet - known as the Goblet of Fire - which will shoot out one name from each of the three competing wizarding schools (Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang). After choosing famous international Quidditch player and Durmstrang student Viktor Krum, eerily beautiful Beauxbatons student Fleur Delacour, and Hogwarts Hufflepuff Cedric Diggory, the Goblet spits out Harry's name - although he is too young to have added his name to the Goblet and a Hogwarts champion has already been selected. Harry is forced to participate although he suspects that he has been deliberately put in grave danger. Many students are outraged (particularly as their best efforts to put their names in the Goblet failed) and to Harry's intense dismay, his best friend Ron Weasley is suddenly jealous. To make matters worse, his attempts to deflect his new unpopularity are foiled by Rita Skeeter, a revolting journalist

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