Girls all around the world fell in love with Robert Pattinson the moment they saw him in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in 2005. It was his third big screen appearance and 3 years before the first Twilight movie.
While the role of Cedric was Robert’s break-out appearance, the role of Edward in Twilight was the one that brought him international fame. He became a teenage heartthrob for millions of girls worldwide, but there was a connection between the two roles he only later revealed.
What does Cedric Diggory from Harry Potter and Edward from Twilight have in common?
Robert only recently revealed something most of the fans missed. Both Cedric and Edward are first introduced on screen by jumping down from a tree, which Robert also reveals was his idea both times.
“It was definitely my concept to jump out of the tree at the beginning of my intro (in Harry Potter), which I then kind of repeated later on in Twilight”
While we all know that Robert played Edward for several more films in the franchise, he only played Cedric in one Harry Potter movie. But many of the fans didn’t know that the character appears much earlier, in the third book.
Was Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban book?
In the books, Cedric Diggory was already an established character in the third one, the Prisoner of Azkaban. It happens in the ninth chapter for the first time, and several times later throughout the book.
As we arrive in the ninth chapter, we first learn about Cedric Diggory when Harry learns about the new captain for the Hufflepuff team before the match against them. At the mention of his name, some nearby girls giggle. However, right before the match starts, we meet the character himself.
An excerpt from the book
“The Hufflepuffs were approaching from the opposite side of the field, wearing canary-yellow robes. The Captains walked up to each other and shook hands; Diggory smiled at Wood, but Wood now looked as though he had a lockjaw and merely nodded. Harry saw Madam Hooch’s mouth from the words, “Mount Your brooms.” He pulled his right foot out of the mud with a squelch and swung it over his Nimbus Two Thousand. Madam Hooch put her whistle to her lips and gave it a blast that sounded shrill and distant — they were off. “
-Taken from the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
This quidditch match against Hufflepuffs is actually shown in the third movie, but there was no emphasis on Diggory. He was neither cast nor considered a major character. It is the match where the dementors were guarding Hogwarts and they perform the kiss on Harry in mid-air, causing him to plummet.
Harry nearly died in that match against the Hufflepuffs
The scene is actually even more intense in the book than in the movie. We see Harry as around a hundred dementors are pointing at him. He suddenly becomes fully aware of a woman’s voice screaming, and saying “not Harry, not Harry, please not Harry!”
What movies don’t show is that Harry also hears a male voice, Voldemort’s voice, ordering his mother to stand aside. Lily tells Voldemort to kill her instead. Harry then becomes dizzy, he hears Voldemort laughing, and his mother screaming, and he faints.
Cedric, James, and Lily’s connection
Before Voldemort’s curse rebounded and killed him, he killed Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter, in 1981. Then, in 1994, he killed Bertha Jorkins, a ministry employee, in Albania, while he was in spirit form.
Voldemort’s next murder was Frank Bryce, the muggle caretaker, sometime in 1995. Then, later that year, he killed Cedric Digory, when he regained his full body. These five murders are important because of what happened when he dueled with Harry.
Priori Incantatem (Reverse spell)
When two wands that share the same core interlock in a duel, they form a connection that isolates the two spell casters from everything else. As they are locked, the winning wand forces the losing one to produce several previous spells cast.
If the wand producing previous spells killed someone with Avada Kedavra, it would produce echoes of the person’s murdered. This is the rarest occurrence of this incantation, and it is what happened between Harry and Voldemort.
The echoes of Voldemort’s last five victims appeared, and Harry was able to speak with his parents and Cedric. Cedric told him to take his body back to his father. These echoes are not spirits per se, but they are neither those people coming back from the dead.
They are just echoes of their consciousness which manifests in the “real world” for a brief time. The duel between Harry and Voldemort in the Goblet of Fire was filmed well, but it is glorious in the books. A golden cage envelops the two casters who are wrapped in Priori Incantatem. It is a shame that these extra scenes with Cedcir Diggory in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban were not brought on the screen. Robert Pattinson surely proved that there are no small parts when it comes to epic movies like these.