Voldemort made the Triwizard Cup a Portkey to the cemetery, so that the first person who touched it would come to him in the graveyard. But what if somebody else got the Cup? What if Harry had died in the maze?

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    Because none of the traps in the maze were lethal and because voldemort's minions had been helping Harry all along.
    – Valorum
    May 2, 2015 at 21:56
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    @Richard That spider thing (acromantula or whatever precisely it was) seemed fairly lethal to me—as was, potentially, the Sphinx. May 2, 2015 at 22:06
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    @Richard But the ones actually dealing with them were schoolchildren. Considering that the spider nearly did kill Harry, and that it took the combined and cooperative effort of Harry and Cedric (something certainly not bankable upon in a contest) to Stun it, I'd say it was quite dangerous enough for a student still at school. May 2, 2015 at 22:23
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    Because JKR was writing the story?
    – JohnP
    May 3, 2015 at 1:27
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    Related, possibly dupe: Why was the Triwizard Cup used as the portkey?
    – Möoz
    May 4, 2015 at 0:22

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The contest was hardly fair. In fact, it was entirely rigged so that Harry would triumph in the maze.

Barty Crouch Jr -- posing as the eccentric ex-Auror Alastor Moody -- was patrolling around the maze and removing obstacles as well as the other contestants from Harry's path.

He Imperiussed Viktor Krum, whom he used to take out Fleur Delacour, and was on his way to take out Cedric Diggory before Harry assisted him.

  • Do we know that he was about to take out Cedric? Are you referring to the spider that was about to attack Cedric as he ran towards the Cup? We don't really know (though it seems likely) that that wasn't just one of the maze obstacles being a maze obstacle, do we? It's not mentioned as such in the book, unless my memory deceives me. May 2, 2015 at 22:10
  • I just sort of assumed. Why wouldn't "Moody" be responsible for that when he's cleared the other two contestants away?
    – TZHX
    May 2, 2015 at 22:13
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    @JanusBahsJacquet: it was "safe enough" - as defined by wizards, which is a far cry from "safe enough" as defined by Muggles. By Muggle standards of safety, Hogwarts would have been closed down long before the end of Book One. :-) May 3, 2015 at 4:34
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    @HarryJohnston I was thinking in-universe. All the other obstacles that we see were either only potentially lethal (the sphinx), dangerous but not lethal, lethal but familiar (the Skrewt), or just disorienting (the turn-the-world-upside-down thingy). The spider is different. It is enormous, and it simply charges at contestants, clearly with the intention of killing and eating them. It is also impervious enough to magic that a contestant facing it alone would almost certainly be killed. That’s not ‘safe enough’ even by (Tri)wizard standards. May 3, 2015 at 9:23
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    @Janus I think the skrewt also falls in that category. Due to its origin, it's basically guaranteed that only the Hogwarts students would know how to handle one. Now that I think about it, putting the skrewts in the maze was very unsporting of Hogwarts. May 4, 2015 at 5:46

Voldemort didn’t make the Cup a Portkey; fake-Moody (aka Barty Crouch, Jr) did that.

He was also one of the teachers patrolling outside the maze. He also had a magic eye that could see through more or less anything, so he could keep up with everything that was going on inside the maze.

In fact, after Harry comes back and Crouch-Moody takes him up to his office, he specifically says that he made sure Harry’s obstacles were gotten out of the way to make sure Harry won. Crouch-Moody stunned Fleur Delacour to get her out of the game, and put the Imperius Curse on Viktor Krum to make him torture Cedric Diggory, hoping thus to rid Harry of the remaining two opponents in one fell swoop. If Harry hadn’t happened to be nearby at the time, he would have succeeded, too. (I think we have to assume that Crouch-Moody was focussing on Krum and Cedric enough that he did not notice Harry being close by.)

We do not know exactly what he did to get rid of the other obstacles in the maze, but it worked—even Harry himself noticed that his way through the maze was too easy and unhindered.

Of course, Crouch-Moody (and by extension, Voldemort) could not be absolutely certain that Harry would reach the Cup first, despite his best efforts. In the end, Cedric could have touched it alone if he hadn’t been such a fair sport.

If Cedric had accepted Harry’s protests and taken the Cup, it’s hard to know what might have happened. Voldemort would definitely have been most displeased, that’s for sure. And I feel quite confident that Cedric’s fate would have been no less ill.

  • Presumably he might have tried to regenerate using Cedric's blood. One wizarding victim is better than none - even if it would be something of an anticlimax after all the elaborate planning. May 26, 2016 at 21:53

Because Crouch Jr. was helping Harry.

After Harry emerges from the maze, he takes Harry back to his (Moody’s) office, and explains how he nobbled the other three champions and most of Harry’s obstacles:

“You had an easier time of it than you should have in that maze tonight, of course,” said Moody. “I was patrolling around it, able to see through the outer hedges, able to curse many obstacles out of your way. I Stunned Fleur Delacour as she passed. I put the Imperius Curse on Krum, so that he would finish Diggory and leave your path to the cup clear.”

Goblet of Fire, chapter 35 (Veritaserum)

The maze was heavily rigged in Harry’s favour.

And frankly, if Harry hadn’t reached the cup first, Voldemort would probably have killed whoever emerged and sent it back for Harry to pick up later. (And made a mental note to give Crouch Jr. a piece of his mind.)


He knew Harry’d win because part of his plan was to ensure it.

The Dark Lord had Barty Crouch Jr. stay in disguise as Moody at Hogwarts to enter Harry in the Triwizard Tournament as well as make him win. It was specifically part of the Dark Lord’s plan that Barty Crouch Jr. would have to make sure Harry was the one who got to the Triwizard Cup first.

“Use my one faithful Death Eater, stationed at Hogwarts, to ensure that the boy’s name was entered into the Goblet of Fire. Use my Death Eater to ensure that the boy won the Tournament – that he touched the Triwizard Cup first – the Cup which my Death Eater had turned into a Portkey, which would bring him here, beyond the reach of Dumbledore’s help and protection, and into my waiting arms.”
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33 (The Death Eaters)

Barty Crouch Jr. tells Dumbledore, while under Veritaserum, that the Dark Lord had told him his job was to guide Harry into winning the Triwizard Tournament, and set up the Portkey to take him away.

“He told me he needed to place a faithful servant at Hogwarts. A servant who would guide Harry Potter through the Triwizard Tournament without appearing to do so. A servant who would watch over Harry Potter. Ensure he reached the Triwizard Cup. Turn the Cup into a Portkey, which would take the first person to touch it to my master.”
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)

Therefore, the Dark Lord expected Harry would win and get to the Cup first because he’d planned to have Barty Crouch Jr. make sure of it, which would include making sure Harry didn’t accidentally die along the way during one of the tasks before he could win and be transported to the graveyard.

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    The answer with the actual quotes has no upvotes!?
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    Dec 4, 2018 at 3:19
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