Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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Lord Voldemort Character Analysis

The villain of the novel, the Dark Lord Voldemort is a snakelike human obsessed with conquering death and creating a world in which pureblood wizards are the only people with power. He especially hates Muggles and his supporters torture Muggles for fun. Voldemort tried to kill Harry thirteen years ago but was destroyed when, thanks to Lily Potter's sacrifice, the curse rebounded on him. Though Harry spends most of the novel believing that Voldemort still doesn't have a body, the reader is aware from the beginning that Voldemort inhabits some sort of small body for the entirety of the novel. This is because in the months before the novel begins, Voldemort's supporter Wormtail found him and was able to follow Voldemort's instructions to concoct a spell that would return him to a body. Voldemort shows throughout the novel that he's cruel and unconcerned about taking life when it's convenient to do so. He murders Bertha Jorkins when she's no longer useful to him, and he tells Wormtail to murder Cedric Diggory in the graveyard because Cedric wasn't supposed to be there. In the graveyard, Wormtail is able to finish Voldemort's spell and return him to the body he inhabited before his first downfall. Harry learns that one of Voldemort's greatest skills is making the world feel small and as though people can't trust anyone. He sees this both within Voldemort's ranks, as many Death Eaters don't know who else is on their side, and without--Mr. Weasley shares that because Voldemort often used the Imperius Curse, people against Voldemort still had no idea who was acting of their own accord. Though Voldemort tries to kill Harry, he's unsuccessful because of the shadows of previous victims that Harry managed to free from Voldemort's wand. Fortunately for Voldemort, however, Fudge doesn't believe Harry that Voldemort returned.

Lord Voldemort Quotes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Lord Voldemort or refer to Lord Voldemort . 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 Nine Quotes

"I don't get it," said Ron, frowning. "I mean...it's still only a shape in the sky..."

"Ron, You-Know-Who and his followers sent the Dark Mark into the air whenever they killed," said Mr. Weasley. "The terror it inspired...you have no idea, you're too young. Just picture coming home and finding the Dark Mark hovering over your house, and knowing what you're about to find inside..." Mr. Weasley winced. "Everyone's worst fear...the very worst..."

Page Number: 142
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Chapter Thirty-Three Quotes

"And I answer myself, perhaps they believed a still greater power could exist, one that could vanquish even Lord Voldemort...perhaps they now pay allegiance to another...perhaps that champion of commoners, of Mudbloods and Muggles, Albus Dumbledore?"

Related Characters: Lord Voldemort (speaker), Harry Potter , Professor Dumbledore
Page Number: 648
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Chapter Thirty-Six Quotes

"For heaven's sake, Dumbledore--the boy was full of some crackpot story at the end of last year too--his tales are getting taller, and you're still swallowing them--the boy can talk to snakes, Dumbledore, and you think he's trustworthy?"

"You fool!" Professor McGonagall cried. "Cedric Diggory! Mr. Crouch! These deaths were not the random work of a lunatic!"

Page Number: 706
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"The second step you must take--and at once," Dumbledore pressed on, "is to send envoys to the giants."

"Envoys to the giants?" Fudge shrieked, finding his tongue again. "What madness is this?"

"Extend the hand of friendship, now, before it is too late," said Dumbledore, "or Voldemort will persuade them, as he did before, that he alone among wizards will give them their rights and their freedom!"

Related Characters: Professor Dumbledore (speaker), Cornelius Fudge (speaker), Harry Potter , Lord Voldemort
Page Number: 708
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Chapter Thirty-Seven Quotes

"The Ministry of Magic," Dumbledore continued, "does not wish me to tell you this. It is possible that some of your parents will be horrified that I have done so--either because they will not believe that Lord Voldemort has returned, or because they think I should not tell you so, young as you are. It is my belief, however, that the truth is generally preferable to lies, and that any attempt to pretend that Cedric died as a result of an accident, or some sort of blunder of his own, is an insult to his memory."

Related Characters: Professor Dumbledore (speaker), Lord Voldemort , Cedric Diggory
Page Number: 722
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"I say to you all, once again--in the light of Lord Voldemort's return, we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. Lord Voldemort's gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open."

Related Characters: Professor Dumbledore (speaker), Lord Voldemort
Page Number: 723
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Lord Voldemort Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Lord Voldemort appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One
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...this, Frank stops to listen. A scared-sounding man, Wormtail, offers something to a second man (Voldemort), whom Frank can't see but whose voice sounds cold and high-pitched. The two men puzzle... (full context)
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Wormtail suggests that they should do "it" without Harry Potter, but Voldemort accuses Wormtail of attempting to desert him and insists that he won't use anyone else.... (full context)
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Frank listens to Voldemort hiss and spit, but thinks it's impossible that he's talking to the snake. Voldemort tells... (full context)
Chapter Two
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...looks normal. Harry tries to recall his dream but can only really remember hearing that Voldemort and Wormtail are planning on killing him. He walks to the window and sees nothing... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...he tells them about his scar hurting a few nights ago, but leaves out that Voldemort is planning to kill him. Harry notes that this falls into line with Trelawney's prediction... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...him dead or just wants to make him look like a fool. Harry knows that Voldemort is after him, but can't figure out how Voldemort could've done this. He remembers his... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...and Harry is glad that Ollivander doesn't mention that Harry's wand shares a core with Voldemort's. The following photos take a long time to get right and when the adults finally... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...Sirius mentions all the recent Death Eater activity and Bertha Jorkins, who disappeared near where Voldemort was rumored to be. Sirius says that he knew Bertha and she'd be easy to... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...wouldn't understand and when Ron asks him to explain, Sirius agrees. He sets the stage: Voldemort is powerful, and nobody can tell who's acting of their own accord and who isn't.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...but Mr. Crouch grabs Harry again and says something about Bertha Jorkins, Barty Crouch, and Voldemort. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...explains again what Mr. Crouch said. Ron is concerned that Mr. Crouch was talking about Voldemort getting stronger. Ron suggests that Snape held Harry up on purpose and they decide to... (full context)
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...old house. He sees a huge snake and Wormtail on either side of a chair. Voldemort's voice comes from the chair, saying that Wormtail's mistake won't ruin everything. Voldemort performs the... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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...scar hurt over the summer. Dumbledore explains that he believes that Harry's scar hurts when Voldemort is near or feeling hateful, as he thinks Harry and Voldemort are connected through the... (full context)
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...him and says that Frank Longbottom was an Auror. The Death Eaters tortured him after Voldemort's fall. Both Longbottoms are insane, are in St. Mungo's Hospital, and don't recognize Neville. He... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...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-Two
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...figure stops, Harry's scar explodes with pain. As he writhes on the ground, he hears Voldemort say, "kill the spare" and then he hears the Killing Curse. Harry vomits from the... (full context)
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...white and Harry hopes that the creature will drown. Thick steam starts to rise and Voldemort emerges from it. (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Three
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Voldemort examines his body and then, pulling a wand out of his pocket, points it at... (full context)
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Voldemort welcomes his Death Eaters and reprimands them for not coming to help him sooner. He... (full context)
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Voldemort continues around the circle, greeting the Death Eaters and noting who is dead or in... (full context)
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Voldemort says that before Wormtail found him, he ran into Bertha Jorkins and kidnapped her. She... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Four
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...Harry remembers the short-lived dueling club at Hogwarts and thinks that he's unprepared for this. Voldemort asks Harry to bow, but Harry refuses. Voldemort uses his wand to make Harry bow... (full context)
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Before Voldemort can curse Harry again, Harry flings himself behind the headstone. Voldemort taunts Harry and Harry... (full context)
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Harry concentrates and the bead finally makes contact with Voldemort's wand. Voldemort's wand begins to scream, Harry sees a ghost of Wormtail's new hand, and... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...he looks up at Dumbledore. Harry lets go of the cup and tells Dumbledore that Voldemort is back. Fudge tries to pry Harry's hand off of Cedric's wrist, but Harry doesn't... (full context)
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...Harry a hot potion and things come into focus. Harry talks a little more about Voldemort's potion, but then remembers that there's a Death Eater at Hogwarts. Harry wildly asks if... (full context)
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...and McGonagall blast open the door and Stun Moody. Looking at Dumbledore, Harry understands why Voldemort fears him--he looks terrifying. McGonagall tries to take Harry, but Dumbledore insists that he needs... (full context)
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Then, Barty says that Voldemort arrived, having discovered from Bertha Jorkins that he was still alive. Voldemort put Mr. Crouch... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...tells Dumbledore and Sirius everything without stopping. Dumbledore only stops Harry when Harry says that Voldemort used his blood and can now touch him. Harry loses his voice when he gets... (full context)
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...out of his mind anyway, but Dumbledore says that Barty Crouch was perfectly sane and Voldemort was giving him instructions. (full context)
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...what he heard Barty Crouch say under the influence of Veritaserum, but Fudge insists that Voldemort can't be back. Dumbledore invites Fudge to his office and refuses to let him question... (full context)
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...Dumbledore tells Fudge what he should do: remove the dementors from Azkaban, as they'll support Voldemort and let prisoners go, and then  send envoys to the giants before Voldemort promises them... (full context)
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Fudge says once more that Voldemort can't be back and recoils when Snape shows Fudge the Dark Mark on his arm.... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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...if he's okay. Hagrid says that Harry will be okay and says he knew that Voldemort would return. He tells Harry that Dumbledore shared what Harry did and praises Harry for... (full context)
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...Harry's musings and asks students to toast Cedric's memory. He then tells the students that Voldemort murdered Cedric and says that it's important they hear the truth so they can properly... (full context)
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Dumbledore then tells the students that Harry escaped Voldemort and brought Cedric's body back, and he asks them to raise their glasses to Harry.... (full context)
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...and Hermione spend most of the train ride discussing what Dumbledore is doing to fight Voldemort. After Hermione pulls out a Daily Prophet, she assures him that there's nothing in there.... (full context)
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...says that Harry picked the losing side--his friends will be the first to go with Voldemort back. At this, Harry, Ron, and Hermione hex Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle at the same... (full context)
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...Tournament and tells them to start their joke shop, saying that they'll need laughs with Voldemort back. They try to refuse, but Harry threatens to hex them if they don't take... (full context)