Harry gets the egg

Harry uses his trusty Firebolt to grab the golden egg from a dragon in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament

Extract from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By J.K. Rowling

He flew higher. The Horntail’s head rose with him, her neck now stretched to its fullest extent, still swaying, like a snake before its charmer ...

Harry rose a few more feet, and she let out a roar of exasperation. He was like a fly to her, a fly she was longing to swat; her tail thrashed again, but he was too high to reach now ... she shot fire into the air, which he dodged ... her jaws opened wide ...

‘Come on,’ Harry hissed, swerving tantalisingly above her, ‘come on, come and get me ... up you get, now ...’

And then she reared, spreading her great black leathery wings at last, as wide as those of a small aeroplane – and Harry dived. Before the dragon knew what he had done, or where he had disappeared to, he was speeding towards the ground as fast as he could go, towards the eggs now unprotected by her clawed, front legs – he had taken his hands off his Firebolt – he had seized the golden egg –

And with a huge spurt of speed, he was off, he was soaring out over the stands, the heavy egg safely under his uninjured arm, and it was as though somebody had just turned the volume back up – for the first time, he became properly aware of the noise of the crowd, which was screaming and applaud- ing as loudly as the Irish supporters at the World Cup –

‘Look at that!’ Bagman was yelling. ‘Will you look at that! Our youngest champion is quickest to get his egg! Well, this is going to shorten the odds on Mr Potter!’


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By J.K. Rowling