Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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Barty Crouch Character Analysis

Mr. Crouch's son. As a young man Barty Crouch got involved with the Death Eaters. This tarnished his father's reputation, especially since Barty Crouch was allegedly involved in torturing Frank Longbottom and his wife with the Cruciatus Curse, attacks that Dumbledore tells Harry shocked the Wizarding world. Mr. Crouch sent him to Azkaban, though he did give his terrified son a trial. Harry witnesses the trial when he finds himself in Dumbledore's Pensieve and thinks that Barty Crouch is a victim of Voldemort and the mayhem that Voldemort spreads. Most people believe that Barty Crouch died a year after being imprisoned in Azkaban. However, in the aftermath of the third task, Harry and Dumbledore learn that Barty Crouch didn't die: he and his mother traded places and he spent the next thirteen years living in Mr. Crouch's home, under an Invisibility Cloak and under the influence of the Imperius Curse. Bertha Jorkins was the only person who suspected that Barty was still alive, but Mr. Crouch modified her memory when she confronted him about it--and when Jorkins ended up in Voldemort's vicinity, he broke through the Memory Charm and was able to discover Barty. After this, Voldemort and Barty Crouch devised a plan for Barty to use the Polyjuice Potion to impersonate the Auror Mad-Eye Moody and teach at Hogwarts. He spends his year guiding Harry so that he'll win the Tournament and only reveals himself after the third task. He tells Harry several times that what he hates most is Death Eaters who walked free, and under the influence of Veritaserum, he shares that what he truly wants is for those Death Eaters who went free to be punished by Voldemort. Fudge brings a dementor to administer the Dementor's Kiss to Barty Crouch, thereby making him a useless witness.

Barty Crouch Quotes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Barty Crouch or refer to Barty Crouch . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published in 2002.
Chapter Twenty-Seven Quotes

"Crouch let his son off? I thought you had the measure of him, Hermione! Anything that threatened to tarnish his reputation had to go; he had dedicated his whole life to becoming Minister of Magic. You saw him dismiss a devoted house-elf because she associated him with the Dark Mark again--doesn't that tell you what he's like? Crouch's fatherly affection stretched just far enough to give his son a trial, and by all accounts, it wasn't much more than an excuse for Crouch to show how much he hated the boy...then he sent him straight to Azkaban."

Page Number: 528
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Barty Crouch Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Barty Crouch appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...against suspected Dark wizards. What stopped his rise to the top was when Crouch's son, Barty, was caught with a group of Death Eaters. (full context)
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Sirius doesn't know if Barty Crouch was a Death Eater and when Hermione asks if Mr. Crouch let his son... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...he fetches Dumbledore, but Mr. Crouch grabs Harry again and says something about Bertha Jorkins, Barty Crouch, and Voldemort. (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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...on the other side of Mr. Crouch. Six dementors usher in four people. One is Barty Crouch, who looks to be in his late teens. He looks terrified. Mr. Crouch looks... (full context)
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...that their testimony was unreliable, given their condition, and Harry asks if this means that Barty Crouch might be innocent. He also asks about Bagman and Snape, and Dumbledore says that... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...deserves sympathy about his parents more than Harry does. Harry flashes on the fear in Barty Crouch's face and thinks that Voldemort is responsible for tearing these families apart. (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...Moody's hair--the imposter is using Polyjuice Potion. Harry and Dumbledore watch as "Moody" transforms into Barty Crouch. (full context)
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Snape and McGonagall return and Winky throws herself at Barty. Dumbledore administers the Veritaserum to Barty, revives him, and asks how he escaped from Azkaban.... (full context)
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At Dumbledore's prodding, Barty says that Winky talked Mr. Crouch into letting him see the Quidditch World Cup. He... (full context)
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Then, Barty says that Voldemort arrived, having discovered from Bertha Jorkins that he was still alive. Voldemort... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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Dumbledore binds Barty Crouch, leaves McGonagall in charge of him, and asks Snape to fetch Madam Pomfrey and... (full context)
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...shrieks that Fudge brought a dementor with him, and the dementor performed the Kiss on Barty Crouch. Fudge insists this isn't a loss and that Barty Crouch was out of his... (full context)
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Dumbledore explains what he heard Barty Crouch say under the influence of Veritaserum, but Fudge insists that Voldemort can't be back.... (full context)