Chapter 4-28 The Madness of Mr Crouch
- Harry, Ron and Hermione go to the school kitchen to give Dobby his present. Harry thanks Dobby for the
Gillyweed. Winky is getting more depressed every
day, drinking six bottles of Butterbeer per day. Harry asks Winky if
she knows more about Mr. Crouch's
whereabouts. Winky says that she doesn't just help Mr. Crouch, but is
also trusted with his most important secrets. She tells him she does
not reveal what they are. The other House-elves are ashamed of Winky's behaviour.
Harry, Ron and Hermione send some food they got from the kitchen to
- Hermione took a subscription to the Daily Prophet. She also receives daily
letters from people who are angry at her because of the last article
by Rita Skeeter. She receives a letter with undiluted Bubotuber
- In Care of Magical Creatures
classes, Hagrid shows them Nifflers,
creatures who like sparkly stuff. They are used for treasure detection.
The Nifflers dig up Leprechaun gold that
Hagrid has buried.
- Hermione receives more hate mail and Howlers. She wants to know how Rita Skeeter
manages to listen in on private conversations. After their Defence Against
the Dark Arts lesson in which they had Hex-deflection, Harry remains with a
case of Twitchy Ears. He asks Moody if
he has any idea how Rita Skeeter is getting her information. Moody can
just confirm that she is not using an Invisibility Cloak.
- A letter from Percy arrives, saying
Mr. Crouch is taking a break.
- Professor McGonagall tells Harry to go to the Quidditch pitch at night
where he'll be informed about the third task. At night he finds out
the Quidditch pitch has been turned into a maze. The Cup will be placed
in the centre. The first one who touches it will receive full marks.
Bagman explains there will be obstacles;
creatures, spells and other things.
- Afterwards, Krum wants to have
a word with Harry. He heads for the forest and Harry follows. Krum wants
to know what there is between Harry and Hermione. Harry tells him there is
nothing between them; that they are just friends. They hear something
behind the trees. They find Mr. Crouch. Crouch looks as if he's been
travelling for days and he seems delirious, seemingly talking in air
to Percy. He's babbling that he needs to warn Dumbledore and that he
has done a stupid thing. He is also talking about Bertha, his son, and
the Dark Lord.
- Harry goes to get Dumbledore while Krum watches Mr.
Crouch. At the entrance of Dumbledore's office he finds the password
has changed. Snape emerges from
the entrance. Dumbledore comes out a moment later and they speed back
to the forest. Neither Krum nor Crouch is there. With a ¤
Lumos Dumbledore makes some light in the dark and they find
Krum Stunned on the ground. Dumbledore brings
him back to consiousness with an ¤ Enervate. Krum explains he was attacked
from behind. Dumbledore sends for Hagrid, Karkaroff and Moody. Moody is already arriving on
the spot. Karkaroff is furious, thinking it's all a plot. Hagrid takes
Harry back to the school.