At the Quidditch World Cup Winky Claimed

At the Quidditch World Cup Winky Claimed.

Granger, they’re afterward
Muggles. D’you want to be showing off your knickers in midair? Because if you do, hang around… they’re moving this way, and it would requite united states of america all a laugh.
— Draco Malfoy on the targets of the riot[src]

Reappearance of the Dark Mark
was i of the well-nigh notable controversies in the history of the Quidditch World Cup,[1]
occurring on 25 August, 1994 in Dartmoor, England.[1]

A anarchism bankrupt out when a big group of Expiry Eaters stormed Mr Roberts’s campsite, destroying everything in their wake, torturing Muggles and Muggle-borns akin. The Decease Eaters were fought past Ministry of Magic personnel. It concluded when Bartemius Crouch Junior fired the Nighttime Mark into the heaven causing nearly of the Death Eaters to Disapparate in fearfulness.[2]

Afterwards, Bartemius Crouch Snr’south house-elf Winky was fired when she was found in possession of the wand that made the Marker,[2]
and Rita Skeeter wrote a scathing written report about the raid criticising the Ministry building’s security at the Loving cup.[iv]


Background information

Ascension and fall of the Death Eaters

Harry Potter: “Death Eaters? What are Expiry Eaters?
Beak Weasley: “It’south what You lot-Know-Who’s supporters called themselves. I call up we saw what’s left of them this evening…
— Harry and Nib discussing the mysterious crowd[src]

Expiry Eaters wearing their custom robes torturing Muggles

In the years prior to the First Wizarding War, Lord Voldemort gathered a following of like-minded Nighttime wizards and witches who wished to share in his power, thugs looking for an outlet for their brutality, and cowards who wished to avoid the Nighttime Lord’south wrath.[5]
This group coalesced into an arrangement known equally the Decease Eaters. They shared the same beliefs in the supremacy of pure-blood and the inferiority of half-breeds, Muggle-borns, and Muggles.

He used this organisation to spread terror and enforce his will upon those who opposed him.[2]
They did his bidding well, and many of them became nearly as feared as Lord Voldemort himself. A part of the Death Eater’s modus operandi was to bandage the Nighttime Mark over a business firm or area they had murdered. This added to the sheer terror and fright of the arrangement. On 31 October, 1981 1 of his Death Eaters, Peter Pettigrew, directed him to the location of the Potter family.[6]
Voldemort sought them out in order to preclude a prophecy from existence fulfilled.[7]
He met his downfall at their residence in Godric’south Hollow,[viii]
which concluded the First Wizarding War.

Because he created five Horcruxes, Lord Voldemort did not die that dark in Godric’due south Hollow.[9]
The fragment of his soul that remained in his living body was driven out when his Killing Curse backfired. It continued to exist in a spectral form, and he fled the scene.[10]
In Albania, he knew of a quiet hiding place where he had found Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem years previous. There he went to hide hoping that one of his servants would come for him; none of them did. Many of the Death Eaters who could exist identified were arrested past Aurors and sentenced to Azkaban. Some, such as Evan Rosier, decided to fight to the decease rather than face prison.[eleven]
Many, nevertheless, were able to reintegrate themselves into wizarding society claiming that they acted only nether the Imperius Curse. There were some, among whom was Lucius Malfoy, who kept their beliefs but did not do them openly, using a facade of respectability to protect themselves from suspicion.[ten]

Pettigrew while in service of the Dark Lord

In 1991, an easily manipulated Hogwarts professor, Quirinus Quirrell, stumbled beyond Voldemort’s hiding place in Albania.[12]
The Dark Lord used his dandy power of persuasion to convince Quirrell to act for him, though they were thwarted by the very boy Voldemort had attempted to kill that fateful night in 1981, Harry Potter.[12]
Following this defeat, Lord Voldemort returned to Albania, his morale at an all time low, thinking that no one was coming for him.[13]
Then, in summer of 1994, Peter Pettigrew, otherwise known every bit Wormtail, who had faked his death and framed Sirius Black for his crimes, returned to Voldemort’s service subsequently being institute out by his old friends, Sirius Blackness and Remus Lupin. With Pettigrew’s assist, Voldemort was able to return to a rudimentary torso that needed constant disposed but allowed him to perform magic. In this form, he returned with Wormtail to Britain.[10]

Escape of Barty Crouch Jr

Bartemius Crouch Junior was the son of a prominent Ministry of Magic official. He was an fantabulous educatee in his fourth dimension at Hogwarts, and he took the Dark Marking before long after graduation.[14]
He fought in the First Wizarding War with the Decease Eaters. Subsequently Lord Voldemort’s autumn, he was amongst a group of Death Eaters seeking their master’s location.[fourteen]
Believing the Aurors, Alice and Frank Longbottom, to have some information, they paid them a visit. Once in that location, these Expiry Eaters, Bellatrix, Rabastan, and Rodolphus Lestrange, with Crouch’s assist, subjected the Longbottoms to the Cruciatus Curse multiple times.[11]

In fact, they were driven to insanity by the torture they received, and subsequently became permanent residents of St Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries[xi]
For this crime, the Lestranges and Crouch were arrested and put on trial. In the confront of insurmountable evidence, they were convicted and sentenced to life in Azkaban. Though Crouch tried to plead innocence, ignorance, and anything else that might take kept him out of prison house, his pleas fell upon the deafened ears of his father, who was presiding over the trial and coldly sent his son to the Dementors.[11]


Soon after his inflow in Azkaban, Hunker Inferior’southward mother became fatally ill. She asked her husband for one last favour; she wanted to trade her dying form for her son’southward in Azkaban. Simply before her death, she and her husband visited Barty Junior in his cell, and by way of Polyjuice Potion, they swapped places. As dementors were blind, this went without notice. One time back in his dwelling house, Crouch Junior was kept a complete secret. He spent his days nether an Invisibility cloak and was ever nether the Imperius Curse. However, at some point, he was discovered by Bertha Jorkins, a witch in his begetter’s department at the Ministry building.[3]

Eventually, he began fighting the Imperius Curse and at that place were times when he would of a sudden become aware of his surroundings. His keeper, Winky the firm-elf, would occasionally ask his begetter to grant him treats. One of these was a trip to the Quidditch World Cup in 1994.[3]

The Quidditch Globe Cup

A hundred thousand witches and wizards were taking their places in the seats, which rose in levels around the long oval field. Everything was suffused with a mysterious gold light, which seemed to come from the stadium itself. The field looked smoothen as velvet from their lofty position. At either end of the field stood three goal hoops, fifty feet high; correct reverse them, almost at Harry’south centre level, was a gigantic blackboard. Gold writing kept dashing beyond it as though an invisible behemothic’southward hand were scrawling upon the blackboard and and so wiping it off once more; watching it, Harry saw that it was flashing advertisements beyond the field.
— Clarification of the 1994 earth cup[src]

The 1994 Quidditch World Loving cup camp

In summertime 1994, the Quidditch World Cup was held in Keen United kingdom of great britain and northern ireland. On 25 August, the final was held between Ireland and Republic of bulgaria. It was attended past witches and wizards from all around the world including many from U.k.. Amid these merrymakers were Arthur Weasley and his children Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny along with their friends Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.[15]

Quidditch World Cup

Also in attendance were many prominent wizards from the Ministry building of Magic the Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge and Head of the Department of International Magical Co-performance Bartemius Crouch Snr included. Every bit he had done a favour for result organiser Ludo Bagman, Arthur Weasley and his family and friends had prime number seats for the match in the Top Box. There, they met a few unfriendly faces. Lucius Malfoy, his son Draco, and his wife Narcissa were in the box every bit personal guests of the Minister.

Also, intriguingly, Barty Crouch had sent his elf, Winky, to salvage him a seat, but he never showed up. They all watched a very heady game. The Irish Chasers were besides much for the Bulgarians. They scored repeatedly, and even though the game became quite dirty, the Bulgarians could find no answer. They were spared an embarrassing defeat when their Seeker, Viktor Krum, caught the Golden Snitch causing them to lose by merely ten points.[xvi]

The reappearance

Your exploits at the Quidditch World Cup were fun, I daresay… but might not your energies accept been better directed toward finding and aiding your chief?
— Voldemort talking to Lucius Malfoy about the anarchism[src]

Afterward the match was over, the surrounding surface area was afire with excitement. The Irish fans were partying loudly, and everyone was enjoying the festivities. Harry and his friends stayed upward late into the night talking nigh the game. Finally, afterwards numerous recaps and Quidditch stories, when Ginny fell asleep at the table, Mr Weasley ordered anybody to bed. Soon later, they were awoken by commotion outside. Originally, Fred thought it was the Irish gaelic celebrating, merely then was disturbed to come across masked men burning tents and causing much unwanted commotion. They became particularly horrified when they discovered the mob torturing a Muggle man, Roberts, and his family.[2]

The anarchism

More wizards were joining the marching grouping, laughing and pointing up at the floating bodies. Tents crumpled and barbarous as the marching oversupply swelled. One time or twice Harry saw ane of the marchers boom a tent out of his way with his wand. Several caught burn down. The screaming grew louder.
— The chaos erupting at the riot[src]

The Death Eaters levitate the Roberts family

Seeing the rioters approaching, Mr Weasley ordered his underage children and their friends to abscond, while he and the older Weasleys attempted to assistance the Ministry. Later on Harry, Hermione, and the younger Weasleys reached the wood, Harry discovered that he had lost his wand, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione quickly became separated from Fred, George, and Ginny. Stumbling deeper into the wood, the trio happened upon Draco Malfoy, who was watching the proceedings with delight.

After dropping hints that his father was among the rioters, he pointedly warned Hermione to run for it, telling her that the oversupply was after Muggles. This acquired Ron and Harry to jump to Hermione’s defence, simply after Malfoy departed, Ron worriedly suggested that they move deeper into the woods, looking at Hermione.[ii]

Crouch Inferior casting the Nighttime Marker over the camp

Minutes later, they were drawn to a clearing aflame with a silver light. There, they discovered some of the Veela mascots of the Bulgarian National Quidditch squad, surrounded by men drawn in past their charms attempting to impress them, including Knight Bus conductor, Stan Shunpike. Shunpike claimed that he would one twenty-four hour period be Minister of Magic. Even Ron, whom had shown a weakness for the Veelas’ allure, was affected. He went as far equally to merits that he created a broomstick that could travel to Jupiter, something that was very much impossible.

After Harry and Hermione dragged Ron from the clearing, the trio ventured deeper into the woods. Finding a placidity spot, they decided to await in that location for the commotion to subside, only to exist interrupted by a deep voice casting the spell “Morsmordre“.[2]

The Night Mark

For a dissever second, Harry thought it was another leprechaun formation. And then he realised that it was a colossal skull, comprised of what looked similar emerald stars, with a serpent protruding from its mouth like a tongue. As they watched, information technology rose higher and higher, blazing in a haze of greenish smoke, etched against the black sky like a new constellation.
— Harry witnessing the Night Mark in the sky[src]

The Dark Marker over the army camp ground, as seen past the trio

They turned to see a light-green form rising from the wood. It formed into a dark-green skull with a snake coming from its rima oris: the Dark Marking. Before long the trio heard the popping sounds of Ministry officials Apparating into the woods. Realising what was about to happen, Harry dragged his compatriots to the ground as the Ministry people fired off a round of Stunning Spells. Among the Ministry building officials, Arthur Weasley saw that his son had almost been attacked and called them off.

Bartemius Crouch Snr, the most senior official present, stepped upward and began to aggressively question Harry, Ron, and Hermione. When they pointed to the spot where they had heard the phonation coming from, the officials establish Winky, the Hunker family firm-elf. When it was posited that the elf could not have cast the spell, Cedric Diggory’southward father, Amos presented a wand the elf had been carrying.[2]

Dark Marking reaction

Barty Crouch Senior: “Which of y’all did information technology? Which of you lot conjured the Night Mark?
Harry Potter: “We didn’t do that!
Ron Weasley: “We didn’t do anything! What did you want to set on us for?
Barty Crouch Senior: “Practise not prevarication, sir! You have been discovered at the scene of the crime!
— Bartemius Crouch Senior accusing Harry, Ron and Hermione of having conjured the Night Marking[src]

The decimated campsite

When Harry saw the wand, he quickly claimed it as his own, drawing accusations from Amos Diggory. Diggory came to his senses when challenged past Arthur Weasley and returned to questioning the business firm-elf. This questioning was quite harsh, and Diggory continually referred to Winky as “elf.” Winky denied casting the Dark Marking, and Arthur Weasley supported her, stating that it was highly unlikely that the elf knew the incantation.

This caused Diggory to impulsively accuse Hunker, but this was quickly brushed aside with indignation. Harry, Hermione, and Ron corroborated Winky’southward deprival claiming that a deeper, man voice cast the spell. At this, Hunker searched the woods, and when he returned he sacked Winky for failing to honour her family.[2]


Ministry blunders… culprits not apprehended… lax security… Dark wizards running unchecked… national disgrace…
— Rita Skeeter’due south scathing commentary on the Ministry’s handling of the anarchism[src]

Ministry officials were able to rescue the Roberts family, just the sudden appearance of the Dark Marking hampered their ability to apprehend the rioters who were frightened off at the sight of their former master’south emblem. Later the fiasco in the forest, Harry, Ron, and Hermione returned to their tent with Mr Weasley. Once there, Mr Weasley and his eldest son Neb explained to the younger wizards the significance of the Nighttime Marker, the Death Eaters, and their link to Lord Voldemort.[2]

Rumours spread similar wildfire in the wake of the riot, and many concerned citizens were waiting at the edge of the woods with questions. These rumours were not quelled by Arthur Weasley’southward vague explanations when he, Harry, Ron, and Hermione exited the woods.[2]The morning edition of the
Daily Prophet
ran a scathing critique of the Ministry’south security measures, written past Rita Skeeter. In the article, she insinuated that bodies had been removed from the woods, though this was untrue.[4]

Crouch Junior discovered after posing as “Mad-Eye” Moody for a year

Bartemius Crouch Junior would become on to play an integral office in the plot to revive Lord Voldemort, after the Nighttime Lord gained knowledge of his continued loyalty and relative liberty by torturing Bertha Jorkins.[3]
The Death Eaters he scared away were all summoned to the Little Hangleton graveyard to witness his render and resurrection in the Little Hangleton graveyard,[xiii]
and Hunker would later receive the Dementor’s Kiss.

Harry Potter, who had been used as a tool in Voldemort’due south rebirth, would be among the witnesses, and he would survive the subsequent duel to return and tell the earth of Voldemort’s rebirth.[3]
In response to the fell treatment of firm-elves that she had witnessed at the Quidditch World Loving cup, Hermione formed the Club for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, or S.P.Eastward.W., that fall.[17]

The International Confederation of Wizards Quidditch Committee heavily criticised the Ministry building of Magic for what they deemed to have been inadequate safety measures given the known beingness of a violent pure-blood tendency throughout the Great britain; Royston Idlewind, former International Managing director of the ICWQC, emerged briefly from retirement to land that the wand control regulations he tried to implement back in the 1970s seemed not such a bad affair afterwards all.[1]


Behind the scenes

  • In the book, Harry escapes with his friends, but in the flick, he is kicked in the caput and falls unconscious. Miraculously, he survives beingness trampled on, incinerated or suffocated by fire, or being located past a Death Eater and kidnapped, to be taken hostage to the Riddle House for his blood.
  • With the omission of the World Loving cup along with wood scene and Winky in the film, coupled with his meeting with Voldemort and Wormtail in the Riddle Firm onetime after his escape from Azkaban, Barty Crouch Junior’south motive in casting
    at the military camp was changed; rather than to scare away the Decease Eaters for disloyalty to Lord Voldemort, he conjured the Night Marker later the attack to signify murder. Additionally, he cast the spell with a wand he stole from someone else instead of Harry’due south.


  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Burn
    (First advent)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    (motion picture)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Burn
    (video game)
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  • Pottermore
    (First identified as Reappearance of the Dark Mark)
  • Wizarding World
  • Harry Potter: The Character Vault

Notes and references

  1. one.0

    History of the Quidditch Globe Loving cup from
    (via The Internet Archive)

  2. 2.00

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 9 (The Dark Mark)

  3. 3.0

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Burn down, Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)

  4. 4.0

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10 (Mayhem at the Ministry building)

  5. Harry Potter and the One-half-Claret Prince, Affiliate 17 (A Sluggish Retention)

  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter nineteen (The Servant of Lord Voldemort)

  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)

  8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’south Stone, Chapter one (The Male child Who Lived)

  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Claret Prince, Chapter 23 (Horcruxes)

  10. ten.0

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Burn, Affiliate 32 (Flesh, Claret and Bone)

  11. eleven.0

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Burn, Chapter 30 (The Pensieve)

  12. 12.0

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’southward Rock, Chapter 17 (The Human with Two Faces)

  13. 13.0

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33 (The Expiry Eaters)

  14. xiv.0

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Burn down, Chapter 27 (Padfoot Returns)

  15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Burn down, Chapter vii (Bagman and Crouch)

  16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8 (The Quidditch World Loving cup)

  17. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Burn down, Chapter sixteen (The Goblet of Fire)

At the Quidditch World Cup Winky Claimed