The Triwizard Tournament: Which Task Would You Tackle? [Harry Potter Book Challenge]

One of the things I’ve always loved about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is that it takes the reader into two of the ultimate magical events of the wizarding world: the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament. At the beginning of the book, the diverse crowd of wizards attending the World Cup gives us a sense that a large magical community exists outside of England. And that’s reinforced when Dumbledore announces Hogwarts will be competing against the largest wizarding schools of Europe—Beauxbatons and Durmstrang—in the Triwizard Tournament.

The Triwizard Tournament promises to bring the winner the Triwizard Cup and the glory of their school. Who can resist that? Of course, 1,000 galleons in prize money isn’t half bad either. The three tasks are incredibly challenging, though, and very dangerous. As Dumbledore says, the tasks test the champions’ “magical prowess—their daring—their powers of deduction—and, of course, their ability to cope with danger.”

The first task made Harry realize just how dangerous the Tournament was going to be, as he was forced to face off against a nasty Hungarian Horntail dragon. Harry does well thanks to his mad flying skills (and thanks to a little nudge in the right direction). But as the other champions found out, subduing a dragon isn’t very easy.

For the second task, the champions had to figure out the clue in the golden egg and then come up with a charm that would allow them to spend an hour underwater rescuing their loved ones from the lake. This challenge required brains, skill, and bravery. It’s not easy to keep a cool head when the people you love the most are in danger.

The third and final task ended up being the most deadly (thanks to Lord Voldemort), but, in theory, it was the most straightforward. The Triwizard Cup was at the center of a maze filled with obstacles and spells. The maze tested the competitors’ ability to get past dangerous magical creatures, solve riddles, and not get lost.

So what I’m wondering is: If you were the Hogwarts school champion, which task would you like to do? None of the tasks were easy, but do you think there was one that wasn’t as hard as the others? Personally, I’m not a very strong swimmer so the second task would be at the bottom of my list (though the merpeople seemed very cool). Between the dragons and the maze, I’d have to go with the maze. Getting through the maze would be a fun challenge (ok, maybe not the skrewts) and I’d like the opportunity to solve the Sphinx’s riddle.

How about you? Which challenge would you be best at? Which of the three tasks do you think was most difficult?

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