The goblet of fire is an enchanted object where students from three different European magic schools, Durmstrang, Beauxbatons, and Hogwarts, submit their names to enter the Tri-Wizard Tournament. If their names are selected, they are to compete in the tournament, featuring 3 extremely perilous tasks. Because of that, participants must be, at least, 17 to join.
While Victor, Fleur, and Cedric, were all old enough—Harry was not. His name came out of the goblet of fire, and everyone turned on him, even though he didn’t enter. Despite his age (14), he still had to compete under a binding magical contract.
Now what if a student – not necessarily Harry or another character – put a phrase in the goblet of fire that was not their name? Or even made little doodle on the parchment and submitted that?
Why would I ask that? Because I came across a silly meme where it shows images from the champion selection and the words for each panel were, “The next champion is… “your mom…” “All right, who wrote this?!” It cracked me up a lot, which is what made me wonder what would really happen if a non-name came out of the goblet.
You can search for the picture on Google images since I will avoid placing it here for copyright reasons. However, I will share what I would presume would happen if a student put something that was not his or her name in the goblet of fire and that came out: he or she would likely have to participate anyway.
Yes, he or she may get in trouble, even if the word(s) or drawing wasn’t inappropriate or offensive. However, the contract probably focuses on the individual wizard or witch – not his or her name.
Now let’s have some fun!
I’ve actually thought of some funny phrases coming out of the goblet of fire, such as “A Rabbit,” “New York City,” and “Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.” I especially love the idea of a drawing of a sad puppy face coming out. I imagine a meme like the one mentioned above, except that it would go like this:
“The next champion is…”
A drawing of a sad-eyed puppy face…
“Alright?! Who put this in the goblet of fire?!”
Dumbledore pointing his wand to his head.
The parchment with the sad-eyed puppy drifting into the pensieve.
I actually produced the meme in Photoshop and as a background on my computer.
I also like to think about immature terms erupting out (except that I won’t post them here because they’d make me sound childish), and then all the students laughing each time one is read… until Dumbledore yells, “Enough!!!” And then he reminds the students how the goblet of fire should be treated seriously and tells everyone to grow up.
Of course, that’s not how Dumbledore is supposed to be. That is why people complain about him asking Harry aggressively if he put his name in the goblet of fire movie—while in the book, he asked calmly—and the text even stated so. He’s supposed to be a calm person who doesn’t lose his temper in general.
Do you have any ideas of your own phrases or drawings that would make you laugh if they came out of the goblet of fire? Please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your ideas.