Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail Character Analysis

A small, rodent-like man who, in June of the last school year, came out of hiding as a rat and left to rejoin Voldemort. Though his real name is Peter Pettigrew, most people refer to him in the novel as Wormtail. He spends most of the novel caring for the disgusting humanoid body of Voldemort and, according to Voldemort, is responsible for giving him both the weak initial body and returning him to the body he had before his downfall thirteen years ago. In order to resurrect Voldemort, Wormtail cuts off his own hand and is later rewarded with a magical silver hand. Though Wormtail does go along with Voldemort, he suggests at several points that they proceed with Voldemort's plan without killing Harry.
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Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail 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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...a fire in the grate and seeing 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... (full context)
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Wormtail suggests that they should do "it" without Harry Potter, but Voldemort accuses Wormtail of attempting... (full context)
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...hiss and spit, but thinks it's impossible that he's talking to the snake. Voldemort tells Wormtail that Nagini has news: there's a Muggle in the hallway. Wormtail shows Frank into the... (full context)
Chapter Two
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...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 amiss on... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...with Trelawney's prediction last year that Voldemort would return with the help of his servant, Wormtail. He says he's expecting a letter from Sirius and feels very worried. Ron suggests a... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...he rides an eagle owl to an 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... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Two
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Before Harry can process this, the figure, Wormtail, lifts Harry and ties him to the headstone of Tom Riddle’s grave. Wormtail stuffs cloth... (full context)
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In a terrified voice, Wormtail draws bone from the grave at Harry's feet and puts it into the cauldron. He... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Three
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...examines his body and then, pulling a wand out of his pocket, points it at Wormtail and slams him against a headstone. Wormtail reminds Voldemort that he promised something, and Voldemort... (full context)
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...forward, asking for forgiveness. Voldemort performs the Cruciatus Curse on the man and turns to Wormtail. He waves his wand, forms a silver hand, and affixes it to Wormtail's wrist. Wormtail... (full context)
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...possessed Professor Quirrell and how he lost out on the Sorcerer's Stone. Then, last year, Wormtail found him in Albania. (full context)
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Voldemort says that before Wormtail found him, he ran into Bertha Jorkins and kidnapped her. She was able to tell... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Four
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Wormtail approaches Harry, pulls the fabric out of Harry's mouth, and unties him. Harry's injured leg... (full context)
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...makes contact with Voldemort's wand. Voldemort's wand begins to scream, Harry sees a ghost of Wormtail's new hand, and then a ghostly Cedric appears. An old man, Frank Bryce, appears next... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...and sent Barty to take Moody's place so he could get into Hogwarts. Voldemort and Wormtail remained at the Crouch home and eventually, Mr. Crouch began to fight the Imperius Curse.... (full context)