"It had ter happen. Well, now it has, an' we'll jus' have ter get on with it."
- Rubeus Hagrid
The school returns to normal, HRH visit Hagrid, and the Leaving Feast takes place, at which Dumbledore tells the students of Cedric’s death and warns them about Voldemort’s return. Goodbyes are said, and on the train home, Hermione reveals the captured Skeeter (a beetle) in a jar. Malfoy and his cronies arrive to taunt HRH but are blasted by hexes. Harry gives his winnings to Fred and George to start a joke shop.
Calendar and Dates
The action of the chapter begins the morning after the third task - that is, the day after the action of the preceding chapter.
Interesting facts and notes
The chapter title should not be confused with that of OP38 "The Second War Begins".
"Turns out he's in big trouble with the goblins. Borrowed loads of gold off them."
Borrowing money to support a gambling habit is consistent with the profile of a compulsive gambler. It would be interesting to know, however, why the goblins lent him the money in the first place, since Bagman was deep in debt and turned out to be a very bad risk indeed.
Exceptional character moments
Harry, offering his Triwizard winnings to the Diggorys, saying that it should've been Cedric's.
The Diggorys' gratitude toward Harry for bringing back Cedric's body, and their refusal to take the Triwizard prize money. Not surprising, since for them it would be blood money.
Harry, who would rather have a few laughs than a thousand Galleons of blood money.
Ludo Bagman, portrait of a compulsive gambler.
...as he had learnt the hard way that year, time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead...
"No good sittin' worryin' abou' it," he said. "What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does."
"...we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided."
"Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open."