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A book-by-book guide to prepare you for Harry’s final bow > II July 15, 2007

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BOOK FOUR > Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Major new characters: Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher; Bartemius Crouch, head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation at the Ministry of Magic; Rita Skeeter, reporter for the Daily Prophet newspaper.

Major plot points:

•Harry attends the Quidditch World Cup with Hermione and the Weasleys.

•At the start of Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts, Dumbledore announces that the school will host the Triwizard Tournament, a competition among three schools.

•The Goblet of Fire announces the names of the students that will represent each school in the tournament: Cedric Diggory of Hogwarts, Fleur Delacour of Beauxbatons and Viktor Krum of Drumstrang. The goblet then spits out Harry’s name, even though he’s too young to compete.

•Harry is allowed to participate, but he doesn’t know who submitted his name for the tournament. The competition is made up of three tasks.

•When Harry attempts the third task, he faces Voldemort and finds out why he was entered into the tournament.

Memorable quote: “Why do they have to move in packs? How’re you supposed to get one on their own to ask them?” Harry to Ron, as he tries to pick a girl to ask to the Yule Ball.

BOOK FIVE > Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Major new characters: Dolores Umbridge, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher; Bellatrix Lestrange, a Death Eater (follower of Voldemort) and cousin of Sirius Black.

Major plot points:

•The Dementors, who have teamed up with Voldemort, terrorize the Muggle and wizarding worlds.

•Harry learns about the Order of the Phoenix, the group of wizards headed by Dumbledore who have joined together to fight Voldemort.

•Umbridge refuses to teach Anti-Dark magic spells. As a result, Harry, Ron and Hermione start Dumbledore’s Army, a secret meeting of students learning these spells.

•Voldemort begins to enter Harry’s mind in his dreams. Voldemort puts an image of Black being tortured into Harry’s mind to lure him into a dangerous trap, which ends tragically.

Memorable quote: “So does that mean that . . . that one of us has got to kill the other one . . . in the end?” Harry, learning how his fate is tied to Voldemort.

BOOK SIX > Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Major new characters: Horace Slughorn, an old friend whom Dumbledore recruits to teach at Hogwarts; Narcissa Malfoy, Draco’s mother and Bellatrix’s sister.

Major plot points:

•Voldemort is back and is wreaking havoc on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds.

•Harry and his friends grow suspicious of Draco’s possible relationship with Voldemort.

•Harry borrows a used Potions textbook, inscribed with the words, “This Book is the Property of the Half-Blood Prince.” The book includes instructions in the margins.

•Harry discovers that Voldemort has divided his soul among seven objects called Horcruxes, and all seven must be destroyed to kill him. Dumbledore and Harry set out to find and destroy one of the Horcruxes, with disastrous results. The locket that Dumbledore and Harry retrieve turns out not to be a Horcrux after all, but it contains a note to Voldemort and is signed “R.A.B.”

•When the book ends, it is uncertain whether Hogwarts will reopen the following year, and Harry swears to seek out the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.

Memorable quote: “I take you with me on one condition: that you obey any command I might give you at once, and without question.” Dumbledore to Harry.

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