The Triwizard Tournament, one of the most puzzling events in the entire series, was featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.Everything picked up in the fourth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, with the appearance of Lord Voldemort and the first significant student fatality at Hogwarts. One of many reasons the Triwizard Tournament didn’t make sense in the Wizarding World was this fatality that occurred during it.
There are many sporting events at school, but the Quidditch matches in the Harry Potter universe were among the most captivating. But while it was an enjoyable game with guidelines and referees, the Triwizard Tournament’s concept combines the physical competition of a sporting event with the intellectual challenge of an academic competition while also putting the lives of children entrusted to the school in peril. In 1994, the year of the competition, one of these fatalities happened.
What Is the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter?
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Durmstrang Institute, and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, three of Europe’s most esteemed wizarding schools, first engaged in a friendly competition over 700 years ago as the Triwizard Tournament. Each school selected a winner to represent them at the competition. A trophy and money would be given to the winner. The Headmasters or Headmistresses of the schools would serve as judges while the students competed in three tasks. They would test each young wizard’s knowledge, bravery, and power. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore explains that while the schools liked the competition, which involved swapping venues every five years, the death toll had grown too high for the match to continue.
What Happened at the Triwizard-Tournament in 1792?
There is no confirmed information on what transpired at the Triwizard Tournament in 1792. In Chapter 12 of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book, Dumbledore presented the tournament to the students in the Great Hall and noted it was the final year it was held because, as he explained, “the death toll became so high that the event was cancelled.” Dumbledore said, “Over the decades, there have been numerous attempts to revive the competition, but none of them has been very successful.
The decision-makers, however, believed that 1994 would be the ideal year to revive the competition.” This choice was utterly illogical.There was an attack by Death Eaters at the Quidditch World Cup earlier in the book. The Wizarding World had thought that Sirius Black, the killer from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was still at large just a year before. Also, just months earlier, the Wizarding World brought back a competition that had previously led to numerous student fatalities.
For this resumption of the Triwizard Tournament, administrators put additional regulations, such as not allowing anyone under the age of 17 to participate. However, since they were still minors, they could enter their names without parental permission. It was a warning sign when Dumbledore warned the pupils that it was exceedingly risky and to ensure they were prepared before signing up. It was a terrible moment when he explained that they couldn’t back out after the fact because it was a legal contract. These children were told that they could die if they changed their minds and had no other choice.
The Controversy of the 1994 Triwizard Tournament
The 1994 Triwizard Tournament saw much more controversy. Harry Potter, a freshman who was nowhere near 17, eventually heard his name called. Even though he was ineligible, he never submitted his name. However, Harry was forced to participate as a second Hogwarts competitor after the Goblet of Fire withdrew his name. Harry didn’t even put his name down, but Dumbledore couldn’t stop him because it was a “binding contract.” Even though Harry was forced to act because Barty Crouch Sr. was under the imperious charm and had the last say, it was still wrong for other influential people to do nothing and let it happen. To make the competition more complex, there was also the dubious decision to kidnap innocent people—friends and family of the competitors—and put them at risk.
One of the most perplexing events in the Harry Potter series involves a tournament that places young people learning magic in peril for the spectators’ amusement. Cedric Diggory was dead by the time the competition was through. As Dumbledore noted, there had been too many fatalities in previous editions of this academic competition. Despite his precautions and rules this year, Voldemort used the Triwizard Tournament to kill Cedric and missed killing Harry. At this moment, no one could have predicted Voldemort’s reincarnation.