Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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Professor Moody Character Analysis

Because Barty Crouch uses Polyjuice Potion to impersonate Mad-Eye Moody for the entirety of the novel, it's unclear exactly how Moody-like the man Harry knows actually is--though Barty Crouch is able to fool Dumbledore, which suggests he did a reasonably good job. What is definitely true is that Moody used to be a skilled Auror who's responsible for putting many Death Eaters behind bars. He's a scarred and grizzled man who has one wooden leg and a magical eye that can swivel in all directions, see through solid objects, and see through Invisibility Cloaks. His years as an Auror left him suspicious of everyone and he sees plots everywhere; adults note that Moody's habit of seeing assassination attempts where there are none means that many people don't believe he's entirely sane anymore. The real Moody that Harry sees in Dumbledore's Pensieve believes that the dementors are a just punishment for Death Eaters and expresses disbelief that former Death Eaters can ever reform. He drinks from a hip flask exclusively, which allows Barty Crouch the perfect cover and means that he can take his Polyjuice Potion every hour without raising suspicion. The fake Moody who teaches Harry is a surprisingly competent teacher and believes that the only way that students will be able to move forward in the world is by knowing as much as possible about what's out there. He teaches them about the Unforgivable Curses in particular and teaches them to throw off the Imperius Curse. Moody also tries to underhandedly help Harry win the Tournament by manipulating decent people into helping Harry and by leading Harry in the right direction. When Dumbledore discovers the fake Moody preparing to kill Harry after the third task, he discovers the real Moody locked in his own trunk. Madam Pomfrey tells Harry that Moody is going to be all right.

Professor Moody 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 Moody or refer to Professor Moody . 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 Fourteen Quotes

"Now, according to the Ministry of Magic, I'm supposed to teach you countercurses and leave it at that. I'm not supposed to show you what illegal Dark curses look like until you're in the sixth year. You're not supposed to be old enough to deal with it till then. But Professor Dumbledore's got a higher opinion of your nerves, he reckons you can cope, and I say, the sooner you know what you're up against, the better."

Page Number: 211-12
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Chapter Nineteen Quotes

"--and reading between the lines of that Skeeter woman's article last month, Moody was attacked the night before he started at Hogwarts. Yes, I know she says it was another false alarm," Sirius said hastily, seeing Harry about to speak, "but I don't think so, somehow. I think someone tried to stop him from getting to Hogwarts. I think someone knew their job would be a lot more difficult with him around. And no one's going to look into it too closely; Mad-Eye's heard intruders a bit too often."

Page Number: 333
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Professor Moody Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Professor Moody appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Eleven
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...from the Ministry. Mr. Diggory's head is sitting in the fire, talking about someone named Mad-Eye, "please-men," and rogue dustbins. Mr. Diggory says that Mad-Eye is starting his new job today... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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...staff table. Dumbledore introduces him as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Moody. (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...first name for Mr. Weasley and suggests that he stepped out of line to help Moody. Malfoy insults Mrs. Weasley's weight in the accompanying photo, which Harry returns by insulting Malfoy's... (full context)
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Before Harry can draw his wand, Moody comes down the stairs and shouts at Malfoy. Harry turns to see that there's a... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...him detention for it. Ron and Harry know that Snape is so vindictive because of Moody, whose job he wants and whom Snape seems oddly afraid of. On Thursday, the Gryffindors... (full context)
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Moody says that the Ministry of Magic wants him to only teach countercurses, but Dumbledore wants... (full context)
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Moody makes the second spider bigger before performing the curse on it. When he does, the... (full context)
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...how his parents died and loses himself in thought. He returns to the present as Moody says that his goal isn't to teach the class the curses, but to teach them... (full context)
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...Harry return to Gryffindor Tower. Harry asks if Dumbledore will get in trouble for authorizing Moody to show them the curses, but Ron thinks both men will be fine. As they... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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...is made easier by how hard he has to work at his lessons. One day, Moody announces that he's going to put the Imperius Curse on everyone in turn so they... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...through the door first, but Karkaroff stops to stare for a moment. From behind them, Moody growls that it's Harry Potter and when he sees Moody, Karkaroff looks scared and angry.... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...points out that it won't reignite until the next tournament. When Karkaroff threatens to leave, Moody enters and reminds him that the tournament is a binding magical contract and all the... (full context)
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...whoever put Harry's name in wants to give Hogwarts a better chance at winning, but Moody suggests that whoever did it might want Harry dead. Karkaroff points out that Moody sees... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...what happened the night before and is thrilled that she believes him. Hermione thinks that Moody is right and someone fooled the goblet. She also says that Ron is extremely jealous,... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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Hermione points out Hagrid, who's leaning over and talking to Moody. As the two get up to leave, they make their way to Harry and Hermione's... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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Moody comes around the corner, tells Cedric to move along, and calls Harry to follow him... (full context)
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Harry flies down to McGonagall, Moody, and Hagrid. McGonagall praises him and points him towards Madam Pomfrey. Madam Pomfrey puts something... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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...Ron to express surprise that anyone asked Hermione to the ball. Hermione waves and greets Moody as though Moody is behind Malfoy. Malfoy jumps and the trio laughs; Moody is nowhere... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
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Harry hopes that Filch will go investigate Snape's office, but Moody arrives. Harry realizes with a jolt that Moody can see him and Moody looks just... (full context)
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Moody asks Harry what the Marauder's Map is and Harry explains as Moody pulls him out... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...practices Banishing Charms in Charms the next day, Harry tells Ron and Hermione about Snape, Moody, and his trip to the bathroom. Ron thinks that Snape put Harry's name in the... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...wife died soon after and all of this damaged Mr. Crouch's reputation. Harry notes that Moody thinks that Mr. Crouch is obsessed with catching Dark wizards. Ron insists that this is... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...listening to private conversations. She stays late after Defense Against the Dark Arts to ask Moody if he's seen Skeeter under an Invisibility Cloak, but he hasn't seen her. Harry suggests... (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. Hagrid returns with Karkaroff, who immediately... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...slowly. Even Hermione struggles to stay awake during History of Magic. After, they go find Moody. Moody pulls them into a classroom, admits he didn't find Crouch last night, and they... (full context)
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...Fudge wonders if Madame Maxime is to blame and Dumbledore accuses Fudge of being prejudiced. Moody tells Dumbledore that Harry is outside. (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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Moody lets Harry in and Fudge greets him happily. Harry notes that he didn't see Maxime... (full context)
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...to be in charge and asks Karkaroff for information he promised to share. Harry notices Moody, who mutters that Crouch is going to let Karkaroff out. Nervously, Karkaroff offers several names.... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...to the field. The hedges are now 20 feet high. As the stands fill, Hagrid, Moody, McGonagall, and Flitwick appear. They'll be there to rescue anyone who sends up red sparks... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...puts Harry on his feet. People scream and Harry hears Dumbledore tell him to stay. Moody, however, steers Harry away and asks what happened. Harry says Voldemort returned and killed Cedric. (full context)
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In his office, Moody gives Harry a hot potion and things come into focus. Harry talks a little more... (full context)
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As Moody says that he's going to kill Harry, Dumbledore, Snape, and McGonagall blast open the door... (full context)
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...still alive. Voldemort put Mr. Crouch under the Imperius Curse and sent Barty to take Moody's place so he could get into Hogwarts. Voldemort and Wormtail remained at the Crouch home... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...Fudge and then leaves. As Madam Pomfrey gives Harry pajamas, he asks if the real Moody will be okay. She says he will be as Harry climbs into bed. Madam Pomfrey... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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...final feast. He notices the black decorations in respect of Cedric and sees the real Moody at the staff table. Madame Maxime sits with Hagrid and Karkaroff is absent. Harry wonders... (full context)