Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Symbols, Allegory and Motifs
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Quidditch World Cup
Within the narrative, there are several discussions about the World Cup and Quidditch. This is also linked to the Triwizard Tournament, through Viktor Krum. Krum is the seeker for the Bulgarian Quidditch team and the champion from Drumstrang. With he arrival of the students from Durmstrang and Beuaxbaton, for the tournament, several students are star-struck by the presence of Viktor Krum. This makes for a reoccurring topic that is discussed throughout the book.
The triwizard tournament is a major motif and symbol. It shapes the entire novel and transforms Hogwarts. It is being held from the first time in several decades, as a sign of strength and a type of normalcy returning to the community (which will be very short lived). First, when the visiting students arrive it puts on a spectacle. Both schools arrive in an extravagant fashion. Their vehicles also serve as their living quarters during the tournament. Then, the school is physical changed for the tournament. Dragons are brought in for the first challenge and the Quidditch pitch is transformed into a maze for the third challenge. The maze also contains several creatures, some of which students cared for in “Care of Magical Creatures.” The Triwizard Tournament facilitates the return of Voldemort.
The Dark Mark is a symbol with two definitions. The first is when witches and wizards see it in the sky. It immediately strikes fear, panic, dread and terror as it symbolizes that the people under the mark are dead. It is a dreaded symbol in the wizarding community. It’s also a symbol branded onto the forearm of Voldemort’s followers.
The Egg from the Second Task
The egg Harry gets from the dragon (from the first task) is the clue for the second task. The egg is an allegory. First, Harry opens it in the Gryffindor common room. The egg fills the room with an ear-piercing shriek. The first thing Harry has to discover is that the egg must be opened under the water. Once he does the egg sings a song:
“Come seek us where our voices sound, We cannot sing above the ground, And while you’re searching, ponder this: We’ve taken what you’ll sorely miss, An hour long you’ll have to look, To recover what we took, But past an hour - the prospect’s black Too late, it’s gone, it won’t come back”
The song implies in an abstract way that mermaids live in the Black Lake, and have taken something from each of the champions that they will have one hour to recover. Unfortunately, Harry takes this translation too literally and refuses to leave anyone behind with the merpeople, fearing for their safety. This leads to Harry coming in 3rd in the Second Task, initially, which is raise for “outstanding moral fiber.”
Harry's Lightening Bolt Scar
Harry’s scar is allegory, which becomes more clear in this novel. In past novels the readers have become familiar with Harry’s scar hurting when Voldemort is near. In this novel, the reader is introduced to flashes, or visions, that Harry has, involving Voldemort. The full allegory of Harry’s scar is not revealed until the final book, but it begins unfolding during the events of the Triwizard Tournament.
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