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From the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 1 (THE RIDDLE HOUSE):

"If?" whispered the second voice. "If? If you follow the plan, Wormtail, the Ministry need never know that anyone else has died. You will do it quietly and without fuss; I only wish that i could do it myself, but in my present condition...Come, Wormtail, one more death and our path to Harry Potter is clear. I am not asking you to do it alone. By that time, my faithful serant will have rejoined us --"

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"One more murder ... my faithful servant at Hogwarts...Harry Potter is as good as mine, Wormtail. It is decided. There will be no more argument. But quiet...I think I hear Nagini..."

What was that "one more murder" that Voldemort was planning and talking about? I can think of 5 possibilities (four actual and one attempted murders in GoF) but none of them fit:

  • Bertha Jorkins: Was already dead, and her death discussed in that same conversation

  • Frank Bryce: Doesn't seem to fit, since Voldemort didn't know he was around until after Nagini told him, several minutes later ("Nagini has interesting news, Wormtail," the vice said. "In-indeed, My Lord?" said Wormtail. "Indeed, yes," said the voice, "According to Nagini, there is an old Muggle standing right outside this room, listening to every word we say.")

  • Barty Crouch Sr: Wasn't pre-planned (necesitated by him fighting off Imperius Curse placed by Jr. and escaping).

  • Cedric: Wasn't planned - Harry was meant to end up in the graveyard alone.

  • Harry's attempted murder: The murder spoken of here was meant to be before Harry was in Voldemort's hands.

  • Also, as Xantec noted, it wasn't Moody, since he was needed alive for Crouch Jr.'s impersonation up till Harry's capture.

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    Dumbledore? Of course he meant to kill Harry in the cemetery, so the later plan with Draco in HBP doesn't really fit.
    – Xantec
    Oct 8, 2012 at 12:03
  • Alastor Moody? Although he wasn't meant to be killed before Harry, since Barty Crouch Jr needed him to keep making polyjuice potions.
    – Xantec
    Oct 8, 2012 at 12:05
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    FWIW, the text is different in this quote on the UK edition inwhich it is "One more curse" hp-lexicon.org/about/books/gf/differences-gf.html and taking "curse" over murder, perhaps it is the Imperius curse which Wormtail will cast on Bartemius Crouch. Oct 8, 2012 at 12:13
  • I think it was harry. He didn't have him yet, so it was still to be committed.
    – Kevin
    Oct 8, 2012 at 13:04
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    @NikolaiDante - worth an answer :) Oct 8, 2012 at 13:52

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In the UK edition of Goblet of Fire, the text is slightly different:

"If?" whispered the second voice. "If? If you follow the plan, Wormtail, the Ministry need never know that anyone else has died. You will do it quietly and without fuss; I only wish that i could do it myself, but in my present condition...Come, Wormtail, one more obstacle removed and our path to Harry Potter is clear. I am not asking you to do it alone. By that time, my faithful serant will have rejoined us --"

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"One more curse... my faithful servant at Hogwarts...Harry Potter is as good as mine, Wormtail. It is decided. There will be no more argument. But quiet...I think I hear Nagini..."

(source)

In this context, the "one more curse" that Voldemort refers to is likely the Imperius curse which Wormtail will cast on Bartemius Crouch (Sr). Which enabled Barty Jr, (the faithful servant) to impersonate Moody at Hogwarts.

(And the "obstacle removed" could be the Imperius curse which Bartemius Crouch (Sr) was using to keep Barty Jr. in line, or perhaps the obstacle referred to was (the real) Moody.)

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    +1 - this sounds plausible, though i'd love a JKR confirmation Oct 8, 2012 at 14:20
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    The problem with this being Bartemius Crouch (Sr) is that Voldemort says "I am not asking you to do it alone. By that time, my faithful servant will have rejoined us." The faithful servant he is referring to is Barty Crouch Jr. So it is one more curse (or death) that happens AFTER Barty Crouch Jr. has been released. Oct 8, 2012 at 15:29
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    That is a pretty radical alteration of the text during localization.
    – Xantec
    Oct 8, 2012 at 15:30
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    I wonder why it was felt necessary to alter the text that much.
    – NiceOrc
    Oct 9, 2012 at 1:58
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    I'm not sure that this fully answers the question - there's still this part of the quote: If you follow the plan, Wormtail, the Ministry need never know that anyone else has died. This implies that there's still one more murder to do...
    – chama
    Nov 26, 2012 at 15:25
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I think it must refer to the capture of Moody. Wormtail would never have been able to do that alone and would have needed Barty Crouch Jnr's help. With the removal of the real Moody and his replacement with a fake the 'path to Harry Potter' was clear for Voldemort. Yes they needed to enchant Barty Crouch Snr but I think Jnr had already taken care of this otherwise how would he have been able to come and see Voldemort. All that would have been needed was for Barty Snr to have been watched to make sure he was still under control.

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