I’m re-reading Goblet of Fire right now, and a thought occurred to me earlier today: what if the Triwizard Tournament was actually foreshadowing the events of Deathly Hallows? That might sound far-fetched, but consider this: the three horcruxes that Harry and his friends spend most of Deathly Hallows searching for – Slytherin’s locket, Hufflepuff’s cup, and Ravenclaw’s diadem – are all found and destroyed in ways that mirror the three tasks of the Triwizard Tournament, although not in order, and the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort bears striking similarities to the one in Goblet of Fire.
The Second Task: Slytherin’s Locket
The second task sends Harry to the bottom of the Black Lake, and likewise, the first place Harry and Dumbledore look for the locket is in a dark, eerie lake inside a cave. The creatures of the deep there are inferi, not merpeople, and try to kill Harry and Dumbledore rather than simply looking frightening. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione eventually find the real locket, they must descend into the shadowy world of the Ministry of Magic’s underground courtrooms, where they not only retrieve the locket but rescue the Catermole family as well, mirroring Harry’s determination to save the others as well as Ron. And when they finally succeed in destroying the locket, it’s only after Ron has saved Harry from drowning in a frozen pond, an inversion of their roles during the second task.
The Third Task: Hufflepuff’s Cup
Gringotts is maze-like even at the best of times, and no one in their right mind would try to rob it. In order to steal the cup from Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault, Harry and his friends must get past suspicious goblins, Death Eaters, deadly security measures, and even a dragon. Like in the third task, Harry has help from an unreliable source, the fake Mad-Eye Moody in the case of the third task and Griphook the Goblin when he’s attempting to rob Gringotts. And like in the third task, someone at the bank is under the imperius curse, although in this case it’s Harry himself who casts the curse. Besides, do I need to mention that the maze is a race to find the Triwizard Cup, while Harry and his friends are looking for another very important cup at Gringotts?
The First Task: Ravenclaw’s Diadem
The only actual dragon in Deathly Hallows is at Gringotts, but when he goes looking for the diadem, Harry first has to get past Draco Malfoy, whose name literally means “dragon”, and a room full of cursed fire, an element often associated with dragons. Like in the first task, Harry uses his quidditch skills to survive, escaping from the flames on a broomstick and catching the diadem with the skill of a Seeker as it falls through the air. In much the same way, the goal of the first task is to retrieve a golden egg, a job comparable to catching the snitch once Harry summons his Firebolt.
The Graveyard: The Battle of Hogwarts
Harry faces a fully alive, powerful Voldemort for the first time at the end of Goblet of Fire, and for the last time at the end of Deathly Hallows. Once Nagini is dead and the bit of Voldemort’s soul inside Harry has been destroyed, Voldemort is mortal again and can be killed. Like in the final chapters of Goblet of Fire, they each use their signature spell, avada kedavra for Voldemort and expelliarmus for Harry. And like that night in the graveyard, Voldemort’s wand refuses to kill Harry, this time because Harry is the true master of the Elder Wand rather than because of the twin cores of their old wands. Only this time, instead of simply escaping with his life, Harry defeats Voldemort and ends the war.