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Harry: "They're hedges!"
Bagman: "Growing nicely, aren't they? Give them a month and Hagrid'll have them twenty feet high."
— Harry and Ludo Bagman regarding the hedges[src]

On 24 June, 1995, the Triwizard Maze was grown on the Hogwarts Quidditch pitch for the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament for the four champions to navigate.[1]

The maze was populated by various obstacles and dangers that each Champion had to overcome.[1] Bartemius Crouch Junior, as Professor Moody, was entrusted with placing the Triwizard Cup at the centre of the maze. While doing this, he enchanted the Cup to become a Portkey that would be activated by touching the object.[2]



Harry Potter and Cedric Diggory in the maze

Harry and Cedric, tying for first place after two tasks, were to enter the maze first, followed by Viktor, and then Fleur. The first Champion to successfully navigate the maze and reach the Cup would be declared the winner. During the task, Cedric encountered a Blast-Ended Skrewt, which he barely escaped from. Harry had to deal with a Boggart in the form of a Dementor, and overcame an odd golden mist which turned things upside-down.[1] Crouch Jnr, however, was leaving nothing to chance. Using Moody's magical eye, he watched events unfold in the maze, keeping the more dangerous obstacles out of Harry's path. He also Stunned Fleur, and placed the Imperius Curse on Viktor. He used Viktor to attack Cedric with the Cruciatus Curse in order to clear Harry's path to the Cup.[2]

The Blast-Ended Skrewt and the Sphinx

Harry encountered the Blast-Ended Skrewt that had attacked Cedric, then heard Cedric being tortured, and rescued him by Stunning Viktor. Cedric and Harry parted company, and Harry had to answer a riddle from a Sphinx to continue on into the maze.[1]

Conclusion of the Third Task

Cedric and Harry joined forces to defeat an Acromantula, before they both arrived at the Cup together. After an argument over who deserved to win more, they decided to take the Cup together, since it would still be a Hogwarts victory. Touching the Cup at the same moment, they activated it as a Portkey, and were transported out of the maze.[1] This led them to Little Hangleton where Harry witnessed the Return of the Dark Lord and participated in the Duel in Little Hangleton. Cedric was killed by Peter Pettigrew,[3] but Harry was able to escape by touching the cup again, and taking Cedric's body back. He appeared again at the start of the maze.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the maze lacks all of the obstacles in the book. Instead, the hedge maze itself is the obstacle, as it seems to be alive: it contracts and moves at random patterns, as well as reacting to and attacking the champions, especially if they stand still for too long. Also, the maze seems to occupy all the valley next to the Castle, instead of just the Quidditch Pitch.


Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31 (The Third Task)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 32 (Flesh, Blood and Bone)
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