Have you ever been in a competition for a sport where you had a conflict with the opposing team, like a rivalry? This is how Harry Potter feels while competing in the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, going against 3 opposing wizards. This is a tournament held every year where participants fight in multiple tasks for the possession of a goblet of fire. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling examines an idea of a magical competition full with wizards, spells, and even dragons. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is another book in the iconic Harry Potter series which brings a new aspect to the story.
One big idea the Goblet of Fire addresses is man vs. man conflict. This is addressed through the event of the triwizard tournament. The four contestants have conflict because they feel a sort of rival between each other. This conflict carries throughout the whole tournament. This makes me think of how competition can make you hate people who you would normally call your friend. If your friend is on the opposite team in a soccer game and you beat them by a large amount, they may become mad, which would create a conflict, just like how this book turned Harry against some of his friends during the tournament. This book addresses conflict well because it shows how conflicts are created in real life, while having the interesting aspect of magic, especially in the tasks where the wizards may use their personal wands. This expresses conflict well because it is similar to real competitions, such as in sports, of course with the aspect of magic.
Another big idea Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire addresses is the idea of courage. The contestants in the Triwizard Tournament are chosen because they have the courage to compete in these tasks. This is similar to in real life, where in very serious competitions, such as those in the olympics, only those with the courage and braveness to compete are chosen. The dangerous and daring tasks in the Triwizard Tournament can be shown as a reason for the need of courageous competitors, such as riding dragons, traversing dangerous mazes, and dueling each other. I am also forced to think about courage differently because in real life, most competitions similar to that of the olympics are not meant to do harm to the competitors. In the triwizard tournament, the addition of magic and dragons make these tasks life-threatening, which adds that level of courage, making me think that there is another level of courage beyond the athletes who compete in the olympics. This shows how in real life, only the most courageous are chosen for activities such as the olympics, but there is another level of courage which only those putting their life at risk have.
Overall, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling is another interesting book in the iconic Harry Potter series which addresses the ideas of conflict and courage very well. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, and the ideas of courage and conflict. Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about how it addressed conflict and courage?