Goblet of Fire: ‘Beauxbatons and Durmstrang’ & ‘The Goblet of Fire’ (Chapters 15 & 16)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Chapters 15-16

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Write your thoughts out in the blue books provided at the end of this examination page.

1. _____ Harry writes a letter to Sirius to discourage him from flying north; he writes that he must have imagined his scar hurting. Sirius responds that Harry is probably correct and that he wants to hear all the news via Hedwig, promptly.

2. _____ Professor “Mad-Eye” Moody gives everyone practice trying to resist the Imperius curse, but only Harry succeeds in hearing “another voice” “in the back of his brain” that argues with the commands of Moody.

3. _____ Fred and George join S.P.E.W. because of their experiences in the Hogwarts kitchens nicking food. They explain to Ron, who thinks the house-elves are happy, that they seem that way because “they’re uneducated and brainwshed.”

4. _____ The delegation from Beauxbatons arrives at Hogwarts on 30 October at 6 pm in a “gigantic, powder-blue, horse-drawn carriage, the size of a large house” “pulled through the air by a dozen winged horses, all palominos, and each the size of an elephant.” Madame Maxine says they drink “only single-malt whiskey.”

5. _____ Professor Karkaroff and the Durmstrang delegation fly onto the Hogwarts lake in a brilliantly white clipper sailing ship. Viktor Krum, the Bulgarian Seeker and star of the Quidditch World Cup, “sails” the ship and brings it to shore.

6. _____ Barty Crouch and Ludo Bagman arrive well before the welcoming feast and both make a point of greeting Harry and sitting at his table.

7. _____ Dumbledore reveals and explains the “impartial selector” of Tri-wizard Tournament champions: the Goblet of Fire. He sets it up inside an Age Line which no underage wizards can cross. Fred and George fail to cross over the line.

8. _____ Professor Karkaroff recognizes Harry by his scar – and, while he is staring at “the Boy Who Lived,” he is confronted by Professor Moody. “A terrible look of mingled fury and fear came over him [Karkaroff].”

9. _____ Hagrid dresses to impress Madame Maxime but tells Hermione flat-out that S.P.E.W. is a very bad idea and no kindness to house-elves.

10. _____ Viktor Krum, Fleur de la Couer, Cho Chang, and Harry Potter are chosen by the Goblet of Fire as Tri-Wizard Tournament Champions.

Discussion Points:
What are the similarities and differences between Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons? Why do these schools stay in the Hogwarts houses they do? What are their responses to Hogwarts? And Hogwarts to them? Contrast Ron and Hermione’s thoughts about these Tri-wizard invaders of their school. Anyone want to explore the elemental qualities of the three schools, the four champions, and any trinitarian and quintessential correspondences we may have missed?


  1. 1.F 2.T 3.F 4.T 5.F
    6.F 7.F 8.T 9.T 10.F

    Durmstrang and Beauxbatons represent the elements in which they first appear to the students of Hogwarts, with our French friends falling from the air and the Durmstrang deep-sea denizens arriving from the water of the Lake. They stay in the air and water houses of Hogwarts, Ravenclaw and Slytherin respectively, to make this connection even more clear. The Nordic Nazi and effeminate Gallic colors and attitudes of each, represented in the all male and all female teams of each school in the Goblet movie, are ciphers, too, for the polarity in the time/space action of the Creative Principle (think yin and yang). Hogwarts’ two champions, of course, make up for the neglected earth and fire elements: Cedric from Hufflepuff and Harry from Gryffindor. It’s an alchemical contest from the start in which the four elements duke it out.

    And the goblet? I think the all wooden chalice with fire within is meant to be an echo of both the non-consuming fire of the Burning Bush and the Communion chalice (which traditional Christians approach only after saying pre-Communion prayers that include “rejoicing and trembling at once, I who am straw partake of fire, and strange wonder! I am ineffably bedewed, like the bush of old which burnt without being consumed…”). This is the only appearance of the Goblet in the book, and, coming as it does in the center chapters of the pivotal book in the seven book series may be a pointer to Harry’s being selected providentially for this task (albeit through demonic agents) in a way that is echoed when Harry puts the Resurrection Stone to his mouth in Chapter 34 of Deathly Hallows. “I am about to die.”

  2. 1. F, 2. T, 3. F, 4. T, 5. F, 6. F, 7. T, 8. T, 9. T, 10. F
    I know my Potter. We need to have on of these for every book, unles we do and I can’t find them.

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