Goblet of Fire: ‘The Dark Mark’ & ‘Mayhem at the Ministry’ (Chapters 9 & 10)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 9-10

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.”

1. _____ A group of wizards with faces hooded or masked magically suspend the Roberts family, all Muggles, over the campground the night after the Quidditch Cup Championship. The school age Weasleys, Harry, and Hermione are sent to hide in the woods.

2. _____ Harry, Ron, and Hermione meet Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle in the forest. Draco says the Muggle-tossing wizards will be after Mudblood Granger next.

3. _____ Ludo Bagman appears and Disapparates to help with the riot, the trio hear staggering footsteps, the spell “MORSMORDRE!,” “and something vast green, and glittering erupted from the patch of darkness Harry’s eyes had been struggling to penetrate.”

4. _____ Barty Crouch accuses the trio of conjuring the Dark Mark but it turns out his house-elf had Harry’s wand in the woods where it happened. Amos Diggory interrogates Winky and convinces Crouch the house-elf must be punished.

5. _____ The masked wizards responsible for floating the Roberts family disperse when they see the Dark Mark. Mr. Weasley tells Hermione “it was only the Death Eaters who knew how to conjure it” and the real thing scared the party players.

6. _____ Rita Skeeter skews the Ministry’s bungling of security at the Quidditch World Cup in the next day’s Daily Prophet. Percy criticizes his father for making a “public statement without clearing it with his Head of Department first –“

7. _____ Mrs. Weasley is almost hysterical by the time her family returns. She was worried Voldemort had got her twins and the last thing she had said to them was they had to leave the Ton Tongue Toffees behind.

8. _____ Harry tells Ron and Hermione about the dream that made his scar hurt. They react just as he thought they would but agreed he should write Dumbledore.

9. _____ Hermione is outraged at Mr. Crouch’s treatment of his house-elf and at everyone’s indifference to the plight of these slave magical creatures.

10. _____ Ron is furious that he has pauper’s dress robes. He frees Pigwidgeon from his attic window, saying, “Why is everything I own rubbish?”

Discussion Points: Why is Hermione more sensitive to the slavery issue with the house-elves than other witches and wizards? Why does her crusade to free them begin in The Dark Mark chapter? Given what happens, are you given any reason to think she’ll have any success? Your post Deathly Hallows thoughts?


  1. 1.T 2.F 3.T 4.F 5.T
    6.T 7.F 8.F 9.T 10.F

    Later book notes: Harry must have thought of the floating Roberts as his father suspended Severus in ‘Snapes Worst Memory.’ Bagman’s “Damn them!” reminds me that he has a specific “they” in mind; look for an explanation in Ms. Rowling’s Potter-Silmarillion of the Death Eater meeting at the World Cup. Love the Ennervate spell (which should put the house-elf to sleep, not wake her up…). Prior Incantato, of course, is our perumbration for the book’s ending. Mr. Weasley telling Hermione “it was only the Death Eaters who knew how to conjure [the Dark Mark]” means Horace Slughorn almost certainly was a Death Eater at some time; he says that he forgot to put one over his house to fool Dumbledore, not that he couldn’t make one. Mrs. Weasley’s fears about her children being murdered by Voldemort we learn later have substance in that her brothers were killed by Death Eaters and so, alas, is Fred.

  2. JohnABaptist says

    Aha John! We share a mutual failing!

    You said: “Love the Ennervate spell (which should put the house-elf to sleep, not wake her up…).”

    Not so, too many n’s to do that.

    One “n” enervate means to sap of life or energy

    Two “n”s ennervate means to supply with energy via nerves.

    I had once had a full-hour’s debate with a former medical student about these two words (which we both thought were one word) before we finally looked them up in a dictionary. There we found out we were both right–and that neither of us knew how to spell. I was spelling enervate with two n’s expecting it to mean sap or run down, and he was spelling it with one n expecting it to mean energize or enliven. live and learnn–er uhm–learn.

  3. “Given what happens, are you given any reason to think she’ll have any success? Your post Deathly Hallows thoughts?”

    The way it worked out with Kreacher’s slavery is fundamentally St. Paul’s answer to slavery… if you really do treat the slave with genuine love, the actual status of servitude doesn’t matter that much.

    It’s also more or less Deuteronomy’s solution:

    ‘Deu 15: 16 And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;
    Deu 15:17 Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust [it] through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever.

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