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I've read the book a couple of times (and watched the movie), but I feel that I'm missing something important in Voldemort's plan in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in order to get a new body, because I can't see the point of making it soooo complicated.

Voldemort has his own reasons to complete the ritual using Harry, which have been explained in the book, but his whole plan leading-up to the cemetery goes as follows [spoiler alert]:

  • Trace and take down Alastor Moody who, as you all know, is a skilful Auror and also a security freak.
  • Make Barty Crouch Jr. impersonate Moody and get into Hogwarts. To accomplish this, Barty has to:
    • Make like a swimming pool amount of Polyjuice Potion (which takes like a month to prepare, according to Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets) and drink it routinely.
    • Keep Alastor alive, so he could make even more Polyjuice Potion.
    • Study and learn Moody's life and ways.
    • Fool the entire Hogwarts staff, including Prof. Dumbledore himself, who is also an old and close friend of Moody's (and proficient in Legilimency).
  • Keep Barty Crouch Senior under the Imperius Curse, so he doesn't raise the alarm on his missing son and his dangerous friends.
  • Hack the Goblet, so Harry gets involved in the Triwizard Tournament. I can't remember, but I think that Dumbledore himself took care of the Goblet's security spells.
  • Help, always under the hood and unnoticed, Harry (who is as thick as a 14 year old can be) to win the tournament. This one implies things like taking down Fleur, Viktor and Cedric in the Maze.
  • Get the tournament cup transformed into a Portkey, so the first one touching it will go to the graveyard where Voldemort is waiting.

My question is, why does it have to be so complicated?

Lets make an alternative plan:

  • Trace and take down somebody who isn't a remarkable person in Hogwarts and almost nobody will suspect of, lets say Dean Thomas. He is an untrained kid and he sleeps in the very room as Harry, for God's sake.
  • Take any random object to make the Portkey, for instance, Harry's glasses. This can be done the very first night at Hogwarts.
  • Next morning (or even before if Harry wakes to pee), Harry gets teleported to the graveyard when nobody is focused on him and on what he is doing.

I resist to believe that the actual plan was so complicated for no further reason.

What am I missing?

closed as primarily opinion-based by Daft, Slytherincess, phantom42, Jason Baker, Joe L. May 20 '15 at 15:50

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