"The Goblet of Fire! Anyone wishing to submit themselves to the tournament need only write their name upon a piece of parchment and throw it in the flame before this hour on Thursday night. Do not do so lightly! If chosen, there's no turning back. As from this moment, The Triwizard Tournament has begun."
Albus Dumbledore[src]

The Goblet of Fire is the "impartial judge" for the Triwizard Tournament, who chooses which students will represent their respective schools during the upcoming tasks of the tournament.

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


The Goblet is described as being made of wood and — when active — has blue-white flames up to the edges. When it wasn't in use, it was kept in a jewelled casket.

It acted as an impartial judge, and as such, it generally had an age barrier cast to ensure that no one under the minimum age could try to put their name into the goblet. Similarly, anyone who tries to do so with a rapidly-aging potion would end up hit with its flames and force 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.

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.



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, 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

"If your name is chosen, there is no turning back. As from this moment... the Triwizard Tournament has begun."
Albus Dumbledore[src]
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Dumbledore introducing the Goblet of Fire

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. 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 Jr, disguised as Alastor Moody.

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. 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.


Behind the scenes

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

  • In the films, the Goblet is bigger than in the books and Pottermore.
  • 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

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 16 (The Goblet of Fire)

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