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Cedric Diggory was a member of Hufflepuff house who served as prefect and captain of the Quidditch team. He participated in the Triwizard Tournament, where the majority of students at Hogwarts supported him over Harry Potter. He completed the third task with Harry Potter, both grabbing the Triwizard cup at the same time which transported him to the little hangleton graveyard where he was murdered. His echo reappeared when Harry Potter and Voldemort had a duel and this echo helped to hold off Voldemort long enough for Harry Potter to grab the Triwizard cup which was a portkey and Cedric’s body to return it back to school.
Cedric Diggory Quick Facts
|Full Name||Cedric Diggory|
|Birth Date||Between September 1 and October 30, 1977|
|Birth Place||Great Britain|
|Nick Name||Ced (used by his father)|
|Death Date [if applicable]||June 24, 1997, age 17|
|Age When Series Starts||12|
|Zodiac Sign||Virgo, Libra, or Scorpio depending on his day of birth|
|Partner / Spouse||None|
|Most Memorable Moment||Participating in the Triwizard Tournament|
|Magical Heritage||Pure or half blood|
|Wand||12 ¼ inches, Ash, with unicorn hair|
|Actors Who Played||Robert Pattinson-for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|
|Joe Livermore (stunts only)-For Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban|
|Last Updated||Apr 16, 2022|
Cedric Diggory Birthplace
Cedric Diggory was born in Great Britain. He was born to parents Amos Diggory and Mrs. Diggory, his Mother.
Cedric Diggory Parents
Cedric Diggory is always a little embarrassed by the behavior of his father. His father takes great pleasure in boasting about how his son has beat Harry Potter, bringing up as the families walked to their portkey to head to the Quidditch World Cup how Cedric had won the Quidditch match the previous year and beat Harry Potter. During moments like these, Cedric Diggory constantly apologizes and tells Harry Potter to ignore his father’s comments. His father is a bit rude and tactless, but Cedric Diggory is humble and kind no matter what. Cedric tries to set the record straight and correct his father, but his father focuses only on how proud he is of his son for beating Harry Potter.
His father likes to regularly brag about him, something he has done since he was a child. His father brags to anyone who will listen. During Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Cedric’s father harasses Harry Potter over things that Rita Skeeter published, things that were not true. Cedric tried to calm his father down, coming to Harry’s defense and explaining that it wasn’t Harry’s fault and then apologizing.
Cedric Diggory Physical Traits
Cedric Diggory is described as tall, strong, and very handsome. Every time he is introduced in the books, he is described as extremely handsome, quiet, and modest. He has dark hair, and he’s one of those quiet types who is mysterious and attracts all the women.
Cedric Diggory Early Life
Very little is known about Cedric Diggory’s early life except that he grew up near the town of Ottery St. Catchpool, located near Devon, England, where he lived nearby to the Weasley family.
Cedric Diggory Hogwarts Years
Cedric Diggory started attending Hogwarts in 1989, where he was sorted into Hufflepuff. He became the Seeker of the Hufflepuff Quidditch team. He was always very popular, very smart, and athletic.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Cedric Diggory first appears, named as the new Seeker for Hufflepuff. During the announcement that he became the new Seeker, all the female members of the Gryffindor Quidditch team giggled and talked about how he was the tall, handsome one who was very silent and mysterious.
During the first quidditch match of the year, Draco Malfoy was able to switch the opposing team so that Gryffindor had to play Hufflepuff in a torrential storm instead of Slytherin, owing to the minor scrape he had received after insulting a hippogriff during the first care of magical creatures class.
Harry Potter was apprehensive because he had seen Cedric Diggory in the hall, a boy who was noted as a fifth-year and a lot bigger than Harry. Even though Seekers were usually light in Speedy, Cedric Diggory’s weight would give him an advantage in bad weather because he was less likely to be blown off course.
Cedric and Harry were headed toward the snitch during the Quidditch match when Dementors swooped in. Cedric Diggory displays his neck for kindness and concern for others; even though he grabbed the snitch and won the game for Hufflepuff, he immediately looked over his shoulder and saw that Harry Potter had fallen off his broom because of the Dementors and tried to convince Madam Hooch to call the game off and let them go for a rematch. He showed sincere care for a completely equal game and felt that it wasn’t fair to help a puff take the victory if it meant that Harry Potter had been knocked off his broom by unexpected circumstances.
When Harry Potter received his new Firebolt, and the team put it on display at the Gryffindor table during breakfast in the Great Hall, even Cedric Diggory came by to admire it and compliment Harry Potter on receiving such a great replacement for his Nimbus 2000.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Diggory becomes a prominent character. Amos Diggory, who works for the Department of the regulation and control of magical creatures, and his son Cedric Diggory, meet the Weasley family for transportation to the Quidditch World Cup. Cedric Diggory was the captain and Seeker for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team this year.
In his sixth and final year, Cedric Diggory was the prefect for the Hufflepuff house as well as the captain of the Quidditch team. When he was 17, he submitted his name to the Goblet of Fire, with most of the school supporting his decision. On October 31st, the Goblet of Fire picked Cedric Diggory to represent Hogwarts. Along with Viktor Krum and Fleur Delacour, he went into a small side chamber, waiting for instructions. While they waited, Harry Potter was also selected, to the complete surprise of everyone in the room.
Harry entered the small room where the other three were waiting and noticed that they looked strangely impressive, silhouetted against the Flames with Cedric Diggory standing with his hands behind his back, staring directly into the fire. When Harry was introduced as a fourth Triwizard Champion, Cedric didn’t respond or look upset at all. He just looked politely bewildered. When Dumbledore dismissed the group, Cedric nodded at Harry Potter, and they left together. Cedric never believed that Harry Potter didn’t put his name in. He asked how he managed to trick the Goblet of Fire, and when Harry Potter insisted that he never did it, Cedric let the matter rest.
A lot of people, especially Hufflepuff house, did not take kindly to Harry Potter being named a fourth Champion. Many people wore large badges on the front of their robes that said, “support Cedric Diggory, the real Hogwarts champion.”
When the wearer tapped the badge, it glowed in bright green and said, “Potter stinks .”Cedric Diggory tried to convince his friends and other Hogwarts students not to wear the badges. In the film adaptation, he doesn’t seem too upset by them and hides the smirk when his friends make fun of Harry Potter.
The Weighing of the Wands
Cedric and Fleur Delacour were in quiet conversation during the weighing of the wands ceremony. Fleur continued to throw her hair back while speaking happily with Cedric. When Mr. Ollivander took Cedric Diggory’s wand and weighed it, Cedric confirmed that he had polished it the night before. Harry Potter looked down at his own wand and tried to surreptitiously wipe away his fingerprints, realizing that he had never polished his wand as Cedric Diggory did, the result of which was accidentally showering Sparks and earning him a patronizing glare from Fleur.
After receiving the hint about the dragons and confirming that Madame Maxine & Karkaroff knew about the dragons, he realized that Cedric Diggory was the only one who didn’t know. Cedric was standing around with a load of his sixth-year friends, and because Harry didn’t want to talk to Cedric in front of them, he followed at a distance and then split Cedric’s bag open so that all of his parchment, books, and quills fell to the ground. Once Cedric was alone, Harry Potter ran up to him and told him bluntly that the first task involved dragons and that it was only fair that he knew about it so that everyone was on equal footing.
In the film adaptation, Harry Potter approached Cedric Diggory while Cedric was surrounded by his friends and asked to speak with him privately. The friends made fun of Harry and giggled, and Cedric grudgingly stepped aside to talk to Harry.
Cedric paced up and down the room where the Champions waited when it was time for the first task. Cedric was chosen to go first. Cedric had to fight the Swedish short snout dragon and get its golden egg. He transfigured a rock to look like a labrador so that the dragon would be distracted. While it was distracted, Cedric got the egg but not without getting burned first.
Cedric Diggory asked Cho Chang to the Yule Ball. Cedric Diggory called upon Harry at the end of the Yule Ball to give him a hint about the golden egg. He told him to take a bath with the egg as recompense for Harry sharing the secret about the dragons in the first task. Cedric and Cho got in line near Harry Potter so that all of the Champions could enter the Great Hall together, where they danced the first song to officially open the celebrations.
During the second task, Cho Chang was taken and tied up at the bottom of the Great Lake along with Ron Weasley, Hermione, and Fleur’s little sister Gabrielle. Cho Chang represented the thing that Cedric Diggory would miss the most as they were now a couple. Cedric used a bubble charm over his head, admitting to Harry that he got lost. He pulled out a knife and was able to cut Cho free, after which he made it back to the top. Cedric Diggory was the first to return with his hostage, and even though he was 1 minute outside of the hour-long time limit, his use of the bubblehead charm earned him 47 points which put him in first place.
Being in the first place, Cedric Diggory was allowed to enter the maze for the third task first, alongside Harry Potter, who was tied for first place. Cedric lit the end of his wand, entered with Harry Potter, reached a fork in the road, and headed right. Harry ran into Cedric later, whose robe sleeve was still smoking. Cedric noted that Hagrid’s Blast-Ended Skrewts were enormous and got to him. The two of them parted ways yet again.
Near the end, when Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter reach the Triwizard Cup together for the third task, they help each other multiple times using disarming spells on the giant spiders and protecting one another when Krum attacks.
It was Harry Potter who demanded that Cedric Diggory take the Triwizard cup. Cedric refuses on the grounds that Harry Potter saved Cedric twice. Harry reflected internally that Cedric had beaten him to the Triwizard cup fair and square just like he had beaten him to ask Cho Chang to the Yule Ball. Harry had a broken leg and knew that if the two of them erased forward, Cedric would win no matter what. Cedric contended that he would never have one if Harry Potter hadn’t told him about the dragons, but Harry retorts that he would never have continued if Cedric hadn’t helped him with the egg. Cedric mulishly commented that Harry Potter stayed behind to get all of the hostages when Cedric did not. Cedric point-blank refused to take the cup. Harry Potter suggested that they both take it so that it would remain a tied Hogwarts victory.
Cedric Diggory is not nearly as kind-hearted or selfless in the film adaptation. Harry Potter isn’t seen saving him from Viktor Krum, and they don’t both struggle against the giant spiders. Instead, Cedric Diggory continually pushes Harry Potter as he runs toward the Goblet of Fire, showing very poor sportsmanship. He isn’t the only character who is portrayed differently. Harry Potter is equally kind and selfless in these scenes, but even he is seen trying to pull Cedric Diggory’s shirt so that he can yank Cedric behind him and achieve a victory for elbowing Cedric out of the way as they run down the path toward the Goblet.
In the film, one of the hedges finally traps Cedric Diggory the same way it trapped Fleur Delacour, and it’s pulling him under. He begs Harry Potter to help him. In the movies, Harry Potter looks toward the Goblet and considers leaving him behind but eventually helps him. They both agree to take the Goblet together. This paints a picture of both characters being very different than how they are in the books.
Upon grabbing the Triwizard Cup together, they were both transported, unaware that the Triwizard cup had been transformed into a portkey. Cedric Diggory is killed instantly when Voldemort instructs Wormtail to dispose of the other. But that’s not the last time we see him. When Harry is fighting Voldemort in the graveyard and causes Voldemort’s wand to regurgitate the last few people he killed, Cedric’s ghostly self is among the group that encourages Harry to keep fighting and asks him to bring his body back to his parents. Harry Potter complied, thanks largely to the help these ghostly figures provided.
After the Triwizard Tournament, Professor Dumbledore gives a eulogy for Cedric Diggory, noting that he embodied all of the traits of the Hufflepuff house, including being a loyal and good friend, being a hard worker, and valuing fair play. This value of fair play and being a loyal friend was much better captured in the books than it was in the film adaptations.
Cedric Diggory After Hogwarts Years
Cedric Diggory is mentioned in name alone after his death, the source of conversation between Cho Chang and Harry Potter, and of course, the source of rumors throughout the school the following year when some students truly believed that Voldemort and others killed him believe that Harry Potter was lying and Voldemort was not back.
Cedric Diggory Magical Abilities and Special Skills
Cedric Diggory was an accomplished flyer and quidditch player. He was the speaker and captain for the Hufflepuff Quidditch team and was noted for having very fast swerves. He technically defeated Harry Potter once, even though Harry fell off his broom because of Dementors. Still, he was highly regarded as having an impressive ability on a broomstick.
During the second task of the Triwizard Tournament, he demonstrated proficient charms work by using the bubblehead charm and the one lightning charm in the third task, which he used to navigate the maze. In the third task, he used defensive spells against the Acromantula, disarming charms, and stunning spells. He was also proficient in Transfiguration, which is how he transformed a rock to look like a labrador during the first task of the Triwizard Tournament.
He also demonstrated exceptional willpower because he was able to completely resist the veela charms of Fleur, even though she tried for the first semester to regularly use her charms on him.
Cedric Diggory Wand
Cedric Diggory’s wand was 12 1/4 inches long, made of Ash with unicorn hair. He kept good care of it, regularly polishing it.
Cedric Diggory Trivial and Fun Facts
In the film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Cedric Diggory gets struck by lightning during a quidditch match even though he’s not named in the film’s dialogue.
Harry Potter and Dumbledore claimed that Voldemort killed Cedric. Technically, Peter Pettigrew killed Cedric Evan though Peter Pettigrew was acting under direct orders from Voldemort. The one that Peter Pettigrew used to kill Cedric was Voldemort’s wand.
Henry Cavill auditioned for the role of Cedric but lost to Robert Pattinson. Henry Cavill was the first choice for the role of Edward Cullen by the author Stephenie Meyer, but he lost that role to Robert Pattinson as well.
Cedric Diggory Appearances in Books
Cedric Diggory appeared in:
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Talked about only in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Talked about only in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Talked about only in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Cedric Diggory Appearances in Films
Cedric Diggory appeared in the following films:
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Cedric Diggory Quotes
When Cedric warns Harry about the second task in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
Cedric Diggory: “Listen… I owe you one for telling me about the dragons. You know that golden egg? Does yours wail when you open it?”
Harry Potter: “Yeah.”
Cedric Diggory: “Well… take a bath, okay?”
Harry Potter: “What?”
Cedric Diggory: “Take a bath, and — er — take the egg with you, and — er — just mull things over in the hot water. It’ll help you think…. Trust me. Tell you what, use the prefects’ bathroom. Fourth door to the left of that statue of Boris the Bewildered on the fifth floor. Password’s ‘pine fresh’. Gotta go… want to say good night —”
When Harry and Cedric reach the Triwizard Cup:
Cedric Diggory: “You take it. You should win. That’s twice you’ve saved my neck in here.”
Harry Potter: “That’s not how it’s supposed to work. The one who reaches the cup first gets the points. That’s you. I’m telling you, I’m not going to win any races on this leg.”
Cedric Diggory: “No.”
Harry Potter: “Stop being noble. Just take it, then we can get out of here.”
Cedric Diggory: “You told me about the dragons. I would’ve gone down in the first task if you hadn’t told me what was coming.”
Answer: In the book, Cedric Diggory was dating Cho Chang. One can surmise that he was in love with her because she was taken as a hostage during the second task of the Triwizard Tournament, indicative of being the thing he would miss the most.
Answer: Cedric Diggory was considered a person who exemplified all of the qualities that distinguished Hufflepuff house from other houses. He was a good and loyal friend, he valued fair play, and he was a hard worker.
Answer: He wasn’t necessarily portrayed as a mean person in the films, but he wasn’t portrayed nearly as nicely as he was in the books. In the books, he was incredibly nice, beautiful, brave, strong, and intelligent. He always put in hard work and was modest in his achievements.
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