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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  • Jesse

    I’d take my chances in the maze over getting mauled by a dragon or drowning. Plus if you ever got in real trouble you could fire sparks into the air to be rescued by Hogwarts staff. Which, it’s worth mentioning, is kind of lame. I mean this tourney was supposed to be all or nothing for the glory, and deadly dangerous to the losers. Why offer the participants a bailout?

  • http://www.daemonstv.com/ Sandie

    I would probably go with the second task first, I’m not scared of the water and am an ok swimmer. Plus you can get the gillyweed to breathe under water, so that would be pretty cool.

    Second, I would pick the maze and leave the killer Dragon for last.

  • http://www.daemonsbooks.com Jose Alvarez

    I think I’d go with the third challenge as well. It seems to be the most difficult overall based on the variety of obstacles you could face. I also think it allows wizards with different strengths to succeed.
    I think the second challenge was the most difficult because you had to get over the the whole not being able to breathe under water bit.

    I’ve also thought about whether there are other challenges I wouldve liked to have seen and it would have been interesting if they had challenges similar to the ones in the first book. On the other hand it would have been interesting if they had a team event, each tri-wizard gets to bring in one of their school mates for the challenge.

  • Annebell1562

    . In the triwizard tournament I loved the 1 challanged with the dragons. Too bad it could not have been Norbert that was broght over.
    But this book really starts Harry and Voltemonts fight. It gives you a true look on how powerful Harry is and what Voltemont will go to to get to Harry. But again Harry out does him.