Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Goblet of Fire

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Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Magic
Goblet of Fire
Type Magical device
Features wooden goblet filled with blue flames
First Appearance Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Overview[edit]

The Goblet of Fire is "a large, roughly-hewn wooden cup", "full to the brim with dancing blue-white flames", kept in an ornamental casket.

Extended Description[edit]

Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

Professor Dumbledore, in his introduction to the Triwizard Tournament, said that selection of the Champions to represent each school would be done by an "impartial judge". The Goblet of Fire is that judge; those who wish the chance to compete place their names in the Goblet, and at the start time (which is apparently Hallowe'en), the Goblet selects one person from each school by returning one name from each school.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, four Champions are selected, apparently giving Hogwarts two shots at the championship. At the time, Professor Moody reminds everyone there that the Goblet is a "powerful magical artifact," far beyond the ability of a fourth-year student to alter, and suggests that the only way that could have happened would be if someone had hoodwinked the Goblet into believing that there were four schools competing, and then entering Harry's name as the sole competitor from this fictional fourth school. Karkaroff, the Headmaster of Durmstrang, demands that the names be re-submitted, but is told that the Goblet has extinguished itself and will not re-ignite until it is time for the next Tournament.

Analysis[edit]

Questions[edit]

Study questions are meant to be left for each student to answer; please don't answer them here.

  1. During the hiatus in the Triwizard Tournament, did the Goblet ignite every five years and wait, flaming patiently, for submissions?
  2. Where is the Goblet now?

Greater Picture[edit]

Intermediate warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.