The Head of Magical Games and Sports and a former Beater for the Wimbourne Wasps Quidditch team. Harry observes that Bagman looks like a once-powerful man who's begun to go to seed; he often wears Quidditch robes, but they don't fit especially well because of his developing belly. Bagman is good-natured, though in the eyes of people like Mr. Crouch and Percy, Bagman is hopeless and a disgrace. Hermione agrees with them, given that Bagman seems wholly unaware of the riot at the Quidditch World Cup. Others also believe that Bagman's lack of concern in regards to Bertha Jorkins's disappearance reflects poorly on his character and his competence. He's partially responsible for organizing the Triwizard Tournament. When Harry's name comes out of the Goblet of Fire, Bagman is unconcerned and mostly just excited. Puzzlingly for Harry, Bagman offers him help throughout the Tournament and he, Hermione, and Ron see Bagman in Hogsmeade with goblins on weekends when Bagman has no reason to be in town. Near the end of the year, Harry learns from Fred and George that Bagman has a gambling problem and has refused for almost a year to follow through on a bet that Fred and George won. Bagman is also in trouble betting with goblins and runs away after the Tournament concludes, as the goblins seem intent on making him follow through on giving them their money. During Harry's time in Dumbledore's Pensieve, he discovers that Bagman was once accused of passing information to Death Eaters. However, Bagman was cleared of charges and thanks to his status as a star Quidditch player, was able to salvage his reputation and go on to hold his job in the Ministry.
Ludo Bagman Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The timeline below shows where the character Ludo Bagman appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
..."Obliviate," and Mr. Roberts dreamily gives Mr. Weasley his change. The wizard mutters that Ludo Bagman isn't helping with Mr. Roberts, since he keeps talking about Quidditch in front of him. (full context)
...the Ministry people passing by. Just after Bill, Charlie, and Percy arrive around lunchtime, Ludo Bagman stops by and happily says that everything is going well. He invites Mr. Weasley to... (full context)
...Weasley and Mr. Malfoy greet each other coldly. Minutes after they take their seats, Ludo Bagman races into the box, magnifies his voice, and announces the beginning of the Quidditch World... (full context)
Hermione points out that the extra two seats have been filled by Mr. Crouch and Bagman, and says that they likely organized the event. After the feast ends, Dumbledore introduces them,... (full context)
...looking impressive and mature. Fleur addresses Harry as though he's a messenger and moments later, Bagman excitedly enters and introduces Harry as the fourth champion. The other three look bewildered and... (full context)
Dumbledore, Mr. Crouch, Madame Maxime, Karkaroff, Snape, and McGonagall interrupt Bagman as they enter the room. Madame Maxime and Karkaroff are furious, while Snape maliciously says... (full context)
...they set the Goblet of Fire up again until each school has two champions, but Bagman points out that it won't reignite until the next tournament. When Karkaroff threatens to leave,... (full context)
...tent with the other champions. Inside, Fleur looks nervous, Krum looks surly, and Cedric paces. Bagman calls the champions to attention when he sees Harry and explains that once the audience... (full context)
...and each judge gives Harry a score out of ten. Maxime, Mr. Crouch, Dumbledore, and Bagman give Harry high scores, but Karkaroff gives Harry a four. Ron shouts indignantly and Harry... (full context)
...Rita Skeeter and an older-looking Mr. Crouch. Harry realizes that this is a different day. Bagman, young and strong, nervously sits down in the chair. Mr. Crouch asks Bagman if he... (full context)