Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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The Head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation. Mr. Crouch is an uptight and exacting individual who's very caught up in his own importance. Though the novel initially plays this for laughs--though Mr. Crouch has employed Percy for nearly three months at the start of the novel, he still doesn't know Percy's last name--this quality soon begins to take on a very sinister tone. Mr. Crouch fires his house-elf, Winky, for disobeying him at the Quidditch World Cup, which Hermione takes as an indication of how awful Mr. Crouch's character is. Later, Sirius says that Hermione interprets Mr. Crouch's character correctly: Mr. Crouch was responsible for putting Sirius and other suspected Death Eaters in Azkaban without a trial. Sirius explains that Mr. Crouch was, at that time, poised to become Minister of Magic but took his power and his goals too seriously. When it came to light that his son, Barty Crouch, was involved with the Death Eaters, Mr. Crouch sent his son to Azkaban and both his son and his wife died within the year. Harry notices that Mr. Crouch looks progressively sicker throughout the year and around Christmas, Mr. Crouch stops coming to work. A month before the third task, Mr. Crouch shows up on the Hogwarts grounds, seemingly mad but asking to speak to Dumbledore. He disappears before he has the opportunity. Later, Harry and Dumbledore discover that Barty Crouch and Mr. Crouch's wife swapped places using Polyjuice Potion and Mr. Crouch kept Barty at home under an Invisibility Cloak and the Imperius Curse. Though in all other cases Mr. Crouch seems to be a competent wizard, they learn that when Bertha Jorkins confronted him about this, Mr. Crouch didn't perform the Memory Charm properly and permanently damaged her memory. When Voldemort arrives on the Crouch doorstep, he places Mr. Crouch under the Imperius Curse--hence his absence from work--but eventually, Mr. Crouch begins fighting it. This is why Harry finds him on the Hogwarts grounds. Barty Crouch kills his father and, after transfiguring his body into a bone, buries him.

Mr. 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 Mr. Crouch or refer to Mr. 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

"Yes," said Hermione in a heated voice, "he sacked her, just because she hadn't stayed in her tent and let herself get trampled--"

"Hermione, will you give it a rest with the elf!" said Ron.

Sirius shook his head and said, "She's got the measure of Crouch better than you have, Ron. If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."

Related Characters: Ron Weasley (speaker), Hermione Granger (speaker), Sirius Black (speaker), Harry Potter , Mr. Crouch , Winky
Page Number: 525
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"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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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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Mr. Crouch Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Crouch appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Five
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...that Percy loves work an unhealthy amount; he'll go on at length about his boss, Mr. Crouch , given the slightest opportunity. Ron begins to ask about Sirius but stops when he... (full context)
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Percy talks on and on about Mr. Crouch and the preparations for the Quidditch World Cup. He says that Ludo Bagman, the head... (full context)
Chapter Seven
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Bagman asks for a cup of tea and says he's looking for Mr. Crouch to translate for him. He settles himself and unconcernedly says that there's no news of... (full context)
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Bagman tries to talk about the other event that they're organizing, but Mr. Crouch insists that not all the details have been finalized and they can't tell anyone yet.... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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...minister, but there appears to be a massive language barrier. He says that Winky is Mr. Crouch 's house-elf and as Lucius Malfoy arrives with his wife and Draco, he greets them... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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Mr. Crouch , obviously enraged, asks who conjured the Dark Mark and berates Harry, Ron, and Hermione.... (full context)
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...show the last spell it performed--revealing the Dark Mark--and again accuses Winky. Mr. Weasley and Mr. Crouch both insist that this is ridiculous and Mr. Crouch takes offense at the implication that... (full context)
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...was cursed, but she trembles when asked if she saw anyone. She insists she didn't. Mr. Crouch asks to deal with Winky himself rather than turn her over to the Ministry and... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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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... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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Dumbledore, Mr. Crouch , Madame Maxime, Karkaroff, Snape, and McGonagall interrupt Bagman as they enter the room. Madame... (full context)
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Karkaroff asks Mr. Crouch for his opinion. Curtly, Mr. Crouch says that they must follow the rules; Harry must... (full context)
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...still has to compete. Bagman is the only one who looks excited, and he asks Mr. Crouch to give the champions their instructions. Harry thinks that Mr. Crouch looks ill as he... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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...did. They walk out 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... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...low as to accept payment and is ashamed to be free. Hermione points out that Mr. Crouch was horrible to her, but Winky shrieks that Mr. Crouch is good and was right... (full context)
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Hermione notes that she's seen Mr. Crouch and he seems to be doing just fine. When she mentions that he's judging the... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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...to the head table where the judges are seated. Percy is sitting where Harry assumes Mr. Crouch was supposed to sit. Harry sits next to Percy who immediately shares that he's been... (full context)
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...twins want help with marketing their joke products. Percy and Bagman begin to talk about Mr. Crouch and the Tournament as a whole and after a minute, Ron pokes Harry. They step... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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...goblins, says that the creatures are a nightmare and he can't understand them. They want Mr. Crouch , who's stopped coming to work and says he's ill. Bagman asks Harry to keep... (full context)
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...Ron are shocked that Bagman wants to help and Ron wonders jokingly if Percy poisoned Mr. Crouch so he'd be made head of the department. Rita Skeeter enters the Three Broomsticks with... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
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...Harry notices that a dot labeled "Bartemius Crouch" is in Snape's office and wonders why Mr. Crouch is at Hogwarts now. Curious, Harry decides to investigate. Halfway down a staircase, however, Harry... (full context)
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...Moody pulls him out of the staircase. When Moody asks, Harry says that he saw Mr. Crouch in Snape's office. This seems to mean something to Moody, so Harry asks why Mr.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...of Fire, but Hermione insists that they should trust Dumbledore. She's more interested in why Mr. Crouch is pretending to be sick. That night, Harry sends Sirius a letter detailing this information. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...worrying. He motions to a stack of Daily Prophets and Harry notices headlines talking about Mr. Crouch 's illness, which make it seem like he's dying, and Bertha Jorkins's continued disappearance. (full context)
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Hermione suggests that Mr. Crouch is paying for firing Winky and though Ron rolls his eyes, Sirius is very interested... (full context)
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Sirius says that Mr. Crouch 's absences aren't normal and, when Harry asks, says that he knows Mr. Crouch because... (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 off, Sirius laughs. He says that Mr. Crouch eliminates people who threaten... (full context)
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...moment of thoughtful silence, Sirius asks if Ron will write to Percy and see what Mr. Crouch is up to, especially in regards to Bertha Jorkins. Sirius says that people say that... (full context)
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...the trio re-enters the Hogwarts grounds, they wonder if Percy knows what Sirius knows about Mr. Crouch . (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...alcoholic for house-elves and she's going through six bottles per day. She's still upset about Mr. Crouch and won't accept that Dumbledore is her master. (full context)
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Harry asks Winky if she has any idea what Mr. Crouch might be doing, since he's not coming to the Tournament events. Winky sways and starts... (full context)
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...Mrs. Weasley reads Witch Weekly, and Ron confirms that she does. Percy's letter says that Mr. Crouch is taking a break and he's tired of shutting down rumors. (full context)
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...first task but then he hears something in the woods. The two boys turn as Mr. Crouch stumbles out. He looks awful and tells a tree to send an owl to Dumbledore.... (full context)
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...Dumbledore emerges from his office and follows Harry down to the forest. Harry explains what Mr. Crouch said and Dumbledore walks faster when he learns that Mr. Crouch is with Krum. Past... (full context)
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...and Dumbledore sends him to fetch Karkaroff. Moody arrives and begins searching the woods for Mr. Crouch . Hagrid returns with Karkaroff, who immediately shouts that Dumbledore and the Ministry aren't playing... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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The next morning, Harry, Ron, and Hermione discuss that either Mr. Crouch attacked Krum or someone attacked both of them. They send a letter to Sirius and... (full context)
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...are serious about starting their joke shop. They wonder if the twins know anything about Mr. Crouch and how far they'd go to get money. The day goes painfully slowly. Even Hermione... (full context)
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...outside, listening to Fudge talking about Bertha Jorkins's disappearance and insisting it's not linked to Mr. Crouch 's. Fudge wonders if Madame Maxime is to blame and Dumbledore accuses Fudge of being... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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...and Fudge greets him happily. Harry notes that he didn't see Maxime the night that Mr. Crouch disappeared, which makes Fudge blush. Dumbledore instructs Harry to wait for him while he shows... (full context)
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...younger Karkaroff into the room and place him in the chair. The chains bind him. Mr. Crouch appears to be in charge and asks Karkaroff for information he promised to share. Harry... (full context)
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...finds himself in a different seat and notices a younger Rita Skeeter and an older-looking Mr. Crouch . Harry realizes that this is a different day. Bagman, young and strong, nervously sits... (full context)
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The scene changes again and now, Harry and Dumbledore sit next to Mr. Crouch . The room is silent, save for one small witch crying on the other side... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...Potion to switch places with each other. She remained in Azkaban and died there, and Mr. Crouch staged his wife's death at home. Barty was kept under the Imperius Curse and an... (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 and Winky sat in the top... (full context)
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...that Voldemort arrived, having discovered from Bertha Jorkins that he was still alive. Voldemort put Mr. Crouch under the Imperius Curse and sent Barty to take Moody's place so he could get... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...stories get weirder every year and he's not trustworthy. McGonagall points out that Cedric and Mr. Crouch are dead, but Fudge accuses them of destabilizing the Wizarding world. (full context)