An unlikely opponent

Harry faces a Skrewt as well as Viktor Krum in the Triwizard Maze

Extract from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by J.K. Rowling

‘Impedimenta!’ Harry yelled. The spell hit the Skrewt’s armour again and ricocheted off; Harry staggered back a few paces and fell over. ‘IMPEDIMENTA!’

The Skrewt was inches from him when it froze – he had managed to hit it on its fleshy, shell-less underside. Panting, Harry pushed himself away from it and ran, hard, in the opposite direction – the Impediment Jinx was not permanent, the Skrewt would be regaining the use of its legs at any moment.

He took a left path, and hit a dead end, a right, and hit another: forcing himself to stop, heart hammering, he performed the Four-Point Spell again, backtracked, and chose a path that would take him north-west.

He had been hurrying along the new path for a few minutes, when he heard something in the path running parallel to his own which made him stop dead.

‘What are you doing?’ yelled Cedric’s voice. ‘What the hell d’you think you’re doing?’

And then Harry heard Krum’s voice.

‘Crucio!’

The air was suddenly full of Cedric’s yells. Horrified, Harry began sprinting up his path, trying to find a way into Cedric’s.

When none appeared, he tried the Reductor curse again. It wasn’t very effective, but it burnt a small hole in the hedge, through which Harry forced his leg, kicking at the thick brambles and branches until they broke and made an opening; he struggled through it, tearing his robes and, looking to his right, saw Cedric jerking and twitching on the ground, Krum standing over him.

Harry pulled himself up and pointed his wand at Krum just as Krum looked up. Krum turned and began to run.

‘Stupefy!’ Harry yelled.

The spell hit Krum in the back; he stopped dead in his tracks, fell forwards and lay motionless, face down in the grass.

Harry dashed over to Cedric, who had stopped twitching, and was lying there panting, his hands over his face.

‘Are you all right?’ Harry said roughly, grabbing Cedric’s arm.

‘Yeah,’ panted Cedric. ‘Yeah … I don’t believe it … he crept up behind me … I heard him, I turned round, and he had his wand on me ...’

Cedric got up. He was still shaking. He and Harry looked down at Krum.

‘I can’t believe this … I thought he was all right,’ Harry said, staring at Krum.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by J.K. Rowling