Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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Professor Dumbledore Character Analysis

The headmaster of Hogwarts; an old and wizened wizard who, according to nearly everyone, is one of the most accomplished wizards of the age. He takes his students' safety and their education seriously by putting the Age Line in place around the Goblet of Fire, thereby preventing underage students from entering. He also hires Mad-Eye Moody, which Sirius suggests means that Dumbledore is "reading the signs" and believes that trouble is brewing. Dumbledore confirms this later when he shares with Harry that he reads the Muggle newspapers and finds the mysterious disappearance of the Muggle man Frank Bryce concerning. Throughout the novel, Dumbledore shows himself to be openhearted and accepting of all sorts of different people and beings. Harry notes that Dumbledore can speak Mermish and he advocates on behalf of both Hagrid and Madame Maxime, who are half-giant. Following the third task, Dumbledore's behavior in interrogating Barty Crouch shows Harry why people say that Voldemort is afraid of Dumbledore. He believes Harry's story without question and takes it upon himself to tell Fudge that both Harry and Barty Crouch were telling the truth. He also makes it clear to Fudge that in order to prepare for Voldemort's return, it's essential to invite the giants into the Wizarding World and give them their rights. At the beginning and end of the Tournament, Dumbledore makes it clear that the main purpose of the event is to foster understanding and friendships among the different schools. He insists that this is the only way to combat Voldemort, who is successful because he makes people feel as though they can't trust each other.

Professor Dumbledore Quotes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Professor Dumbledore or refer to Professor Dumbledore . 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 Thirty Quotes

Dumbledore gave Harry a very sharp look. "Has Neville never told you why he has been brought up by his grandmother?" he said.

Harry shook his head, wondering, as he did so, how he could have failed to ask Neville this, in almost four years of knowing him.

Page Number: 602
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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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Professor Dumbledore Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Professor Dumbledore appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two
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...of what his friends, Ron and Hermione, would say. Hermione would tell Harry to ask Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, while Ron would nervously agree to ask his dad, Mr. Weasley.... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...Mad-Eye Moody; George calls him crazy while Bill points out that he's a friend of Dumbledore's. Charlie tells Harry that Mad-Eye used to be a skilled Auror (a Dark wizard catcher)... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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After the feast, Dumbledore stands and addresses the students. He says that the Quidditch Cup won't take place this... (full context)
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Dumbledore resumes his speech and says that this year, Hogwarts will host the Triwizard Tournament. He... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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Moody says that the Ministry of Magic wants him to only teach countercurses, but Dumbledore wants the students exposed to illegal Dark curses now. He asks the students to name... (full context)
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...returns to the library and Ron and Harry return to Gryffindor Tower. Harry asks if Dumbledore will get in trouble for authorizing Moody to show them the curses, but Ron thinks... (full context)
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...to be closer to Hogwarts, given the strange rumors he's heard. He also notes that Dumbledore is "reading the signs." Harry is furious; he doesn't want Sirius to return and get... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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...the Gryffindors outside to wait with the rest of the school. After a few minutes, Dumbledore calls that Beauxbatons is coming. Students point to the sky as a massive horse-drawn carriage... (full context)
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...but Harry realizes that this is because they're wearing fur cloaks. The headmaster, Karkaroff, greets Dumbledore and leads his student Viktor inside first, as he has a cold. Ron hisses that... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...wonders who else is coming. The teachers file in and after they take their seats, Dumbledore addresses the students. He welcomes the guests and the feast begins. There are a number... (full context)
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...Crouch and Bagman, and says that they likely organized the event. After the feast ends, Dumbledore introduces them, as they'll be the two other judges for the Tournament. He then asks... (full context)
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...Aging Potion. They ask Harry if he'll try to get in and Harry wonders if Dumbledore would be angry if someone younger managed to fool the Age Line. Ron scans the... (full context)
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...Lee coming down the stairs having just taken their Aging Potions. Hermione warns them that Dumbledore would've thought of this, but Fred jumps over the line. George joins him and a... (full context)
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When the feast is over, Dumbledore gets to his feet and explains that when the goblet chooses, the champions should proceed... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...tells Ron and Hermione that he didn't put his name in. There's no applause, but Dumbledore calls for Harry to follow the other champions. Harry trips on his robes as he... (full context)
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Dumbledore, Mr. Crouch, Madame Maxime, Karkaroff, Snape, and McGonagall interrupt Bagman as they enter the room.... (full context)
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...Harry dead. Karkaroff points out that Moody sees assassination plots everywhere. The two argue but Dumbledore stops them and says that Harry still has to compete. Bagman is the only one... (full context)
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Dumbledore sends Harry and Cedric to bed. On their way out, Cedric asks how Harry got... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...his parents and he notices the quill writing that he's crying, though he isn’t. Fortunately, Dumbledore rescues Harry. (full context)
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Harry takes a seat next to Cedric. Dumbledore introduces Mr. Ollivander, a Diagon Alley wand maker. He checks Fleur's wand first, then Krum's,... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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...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 shouts indignantly... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...skrewts and as they do, Rita Skeeter appears. Hagrid frowns at her and asks if Dumbledore banned her from school grounds, but Skeeter ignores this and expresses interest in the skrewts.... (full context)
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...them into the kitchen. Dobby throws himself at Harry, crying with happiness, and explains that Dumbledore hired him and Winky to work at Hogwarts. He's wearing an assortment of neat clothing... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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...Harry notices that Hermione is deep in conversation with Krum about Durmstrang and listens to Dumbledore and Karkaroff argue about keeping their schools' secrets. He notices Hagrid a few tables away... (full context)
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When everyone is finished eating, Dumbledore waves his wand to clear dance floor. The band The Weird Sisters takes the stage... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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...Skeeter is awful and that Hagrid's being silly for ignoring them. She stops short when Dumbledore opens the door and pleasantly invites them in. Hagrid looks like he's been crying. Dumbledore... (full context)
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Dumbledore leaves and Hermione comforts Hagrid as he cries. When he collects himself, he pulls out... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...notices Gabrielle, and tells Harry that he hopes Harry didn't waste time acting like a hero--Dumbledore wouldn't have let anyone die. Harry feels silly as he and Ron help Gabrielle to... (full context)
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...he took forever and Harry feels even sillier for taking the riddle seriously. He watches Dumbledore speaking Mermish with the Merchieftaness. Fleur kisses both Ron and Harry in thanks. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...argue about whether or not they can trust Snape. Sirius says that he's unsure why Dumbledore trusts Snape, as all of Snape's friends at school became Death Eaters. Harry tells Sirius... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...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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...Crouch stumbles out. He looks awful and tells a tree to send an owl to Dumbledore. He ignores Harry until, quite suddenly, he grabs Harry's robes and asks to see Dumbledore.... (full context)
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Harry frees himself and races to Dumbledore's office. He tells the gargoyle "lemon drop," but it's apparently no longer the password. Harry... (full context)
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Hagrid arrives and Dumbledore sends him to fetch Karkaroff. Moody arrives and begins searching the woods for Mr. Crouch.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...a headache and excuses himself to the hospital wing. However, Harry decides to seek out Dumbledore instead. At the gargoyle that guards Dumbledore's office, Harry lists candies until the gargoyle leaps... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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...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 Fudge the grounds and the three... (full context)
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Neither Dumbledore nor the other 200 witches and wizards seem to notice Harry. Harry remembers falling into... (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... (full context)
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Harry apologizes for snooping, but Dumbledore seems unworried. He explains that the bowl is a Pensieve and it allows him to... (full context)
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Harry tells Dumbledore about his dream and Dumbledore reveals that he's been communicating with Sirius and knows that... (full context)
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...hesitantly asks if, in the last trial he saw, they were talking about Neville's parents. Dumbledore asks if Neville hasn't told anyone why his grandmother is raising him and says that... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...Ron, Hermione, and Sirius except for what he learned about Neville. Ron is incredulous that Dumbledore trusts Snape. Hermione says that this is what Rita Skeeter and Winky were talking about... (full context)
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...Weasley also sighs that it's nice to not have to cook. After the evening feast, Dumbledore excuses the champions to follow Bagman to the field. The hedges are now 20 feet... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Three
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...them for not coming to help him sooner. He suggests that they're now loyal to Dumbledore and one man throws himself forward, asking for forgiveness. Voldemort performs the Cruciatus Curse on... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...Cedric's body. After a few seconds, someone turns Harry over and he looks up at Dumbledore. Harry lets go of the cup and tells Dumbledore that Voldemort is back. Fudge tries... (full context)
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As Moody says that he's going to kill Harry, Dumbledore, Snape, and McGonagall blast open the door and Stun Moody. Looking at Dumbledore, Harry understands... (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. Winky... (full context)
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At Dumbledore's prodding, Barty says that Winky talked Mr. Crouch into letting him see the Quidditch World... (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... (full context)
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Harry tells Dumbledore and Sirius everything without stopping. Dumbledore only stops Harry when Harry says that Voldemort used... (full context)
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Dumbledore commends Harry for his bravery and then leads Harry and Sirius, in his dog form,... (full context)
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...Fudge shouldn't have brought "it" inside as they burst into the wing, accompanied by Snape. Dumbledore appears and McGonagall shrieks that Fudge brought a dementor with him, and the dementor performed... (full context)
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Dumbledore explains what he heard Barty Crouch say under the influence of Veritaserum, but Fudge insists... (full context)
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Harry can barely believe that Fudge is refusing to listen. Dumbledore tells Fudge what he should do: remove the dementors from Azkaban, as they'll support Voldemort... (full context)
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Dumbledore asks Mrs. Weasley help spread the news in the Ministry, and Bill leaves to tell... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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...to give them the Triwizard gold and Harry returns to Gryffindor Tower the next evening. Dumbledore spoke to the school and nobody asks Harry what happened. Harry notices, however, that students... (full context)
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...will be okay and says he knew that Voldemort would return. He tells Harry that Dumbledore shared what Harry did and praises Harry for behaving as his father would have. When... (full context)
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...Madame Maxime sits with Hagrid and Karkaroff is absent. Harry wonders what Snape did for Dumbledore and wonders if Snape is really on his side. Dumbledore interrupts Harry's musings and asks... (full context)
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Dumbledore then tells the students that Harry escaped Voldemort and brought Cedric's body back, and he... (full context)
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Harry, Ron, 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... (full context)