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"The champions will be chosen by an impartial selector: the Goblet of Fire. Anybody wishing to submit themselves as champion must write their name and school clearly upon a slip of parchment and drop it into the goblet, aspiring champions have twenty-four hours in which to put their names forward. Tomorrow night, Hallowe'en, the goblet will return the names of the three it has judged most worthy to represent their schools. The goblet will be placed in the entrance hall tonight, where it will be freely accessible to all those wishing to compete."
Albus Dumbledore introducing the Goblet of Fire in 1994[src]

The Goblet of Fire was the "impartial judge" for the Triwizard Tournament, who chose which students would represent their respective schools during the upcoming tasks of the tournament.[1]

After the students have finished placing their name in Goblet, the Goblet then chose one student from each school by spitting out their name in a rush of red flames. Once chosen the participants were subject to a binding magical contract in which they can not back out of the tournament.[1]


The Goblet was described as being made of wood and — when active — has blue-white flames up to the edges, which turn red when someone puts their name in or when it spits the name of the chosen champions. When it was not in use, it was kept in a jewelled casket.[1]

It acted as an impartial judge. During the 1994 tournament, an age restriction was added and as such, an Age Line was cast to ensure that no one under the minimum age could try to put their name into the goblet. Anyone who tried to do so with an Ageing Potion would end up hit with its flames and forced them to age even further as old men, as demonstrated by what happened to Fred and George Weasley when they tried to trick the goblet via that exact method.[1]

Though it was an impartial judge, it can be bewitched to make decisions that transgress the rules. Since the goblet is a highly powerful magical artefact, it would require a Confundus Charm of equal or greater power to accomplish. After the champions are selected, it will extinguish itself and will not reignite until the next tournament.[2]



The Goblet of Fire was created at an unknown time and by an unknown person. As many who knew about the Triwizard Tournament were unaware of its use in the competition in 1994,[1] it had either been created rather recently, or so long ago that it was long-forgotten by the time it was unveiled once again in 1994.

The 1994 Triwizard Tournament

"Finally, I wish to impress upon any of you wishing to compete that this tournament is not to be entered into lightly. Once a champion has been selected by the Goblet of Fire, he or she is obliged to see the tournament through to the end. The placing of your name in the goblet constitutes a binding, magical contract. There can be no change of heart once you have become a champion. Please be very sure, therefore, that you are wholeheartedly prepared to play before you drop your name into the goblet. Now, I think it is time for bed. Good night to you all."
Albus Dumbledore explaining the nature of the Goblet of Fire[src]

Dumbledore announcing the Goblet of Fire to Hogwarts

Albus Dumbledore drew an Age Line around the Goblet during the 1994 Tournament to prevent students under the age of seventeen from entering their name.[1] However, the Goblet was fooled into thinking there were more than three schools competing by a powerful Confundus Charm cast on it by Barty Crouch Jnr, disguised as Alastor Moody.[3]

This resulted in the selection of a fourth Champion, Harry Potter, into the Tournament alongside Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, and Viktor Krum. The flames of the Goblet went out and would not ignite again until the next tournament, much to Igor Karkaroff's frustration, who wanted to reselect champions until each school had two representatives to even things out.[2] It was later revealed that Crouch was working for Lord Voldemort as part of a plan to use Harry's blood to revive the Dark Lord.[3]


The Goblet of Fire reacting to Fred and George Weasley trying to fool the Age Line Spell

The Calamity

During the Calamity which affected the Wizarding world in the 2010s, the Goblet of Fire was amongst the various magical items which appeared across the world as one of many Foundables. These had to be overpowered by volunteer wizards and witches who worked for the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, to return these foundables to their original place.[4]

Behind the scenes

Concept art of the Goblet of Fire by MinaLima Design (a depiction of how the Goblet appears in the film)

  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the Goblet is depicted as being much larger than in the book and Pottermore. Rather than being a small goblet placed atop its casket, it is a large stone goblet attached to a tall stand, with Hogwarts Castle engraved into the base of the stand.
  • The Goblet may possess an unknown degree of sentience, similar to such objects as the Sorting Hat. Beyond its mere ability to sort through applicants, this is further suggested by the fact that the Confundus Charm, whose purpose is to confuse a mind, could be used against it, albeit only by a wizard of great skill.
  • What becomes of the Goblet afterwards is unknown, though it has been rendered effectively useless with the permanent discontinuation of the Triwizard Tournament.


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Notes and references

The Triwizard Tournament
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Objects & Locations: Goblet of FireCasketGolden eggHedge MazeTriwizard Cup
Schools: BeauxbatonsDurmstrangHogwarts
1994-1995 Triwizard Champions: Fleur DelacourViktor KrumCedric DiggoryHarry Potter