The students at Hogwarts are surprised to welcome two other wizarding schools for the Triwizard Tournament in the fourth installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire. A champion from each school is selected to compete, but everything changes when a fourth champion is selected — Harry Potter. Now it’s up to Harry to take on three extremely dangerous tasks while wondering who put his name in the Goblet of Fire.
As the youngest Triwizard champion, Harry must face difficult challenges while he takes in a few lessons. Here are some to discuss with kids:
- Help others. Winning isn’t everything to Harry, and he shows that throughout the tournament by doing a few selfless tasks. For example, he tells Cedric about the dragons in the first task. He didn’t have to tell him, but he felt it was fair since the other champions knew. Explain to your kids how it’s important to think of others especially during difficult times.
- Things are not always as they seem. People are quick to judge when Harry is selected as the fourth champion. But, you never know the full story of everyone’s life. Don’t judge too quickly. Besides, that’s a big lesson we learn at the end when – SPOILER! — Professor Mad-Eye Moody is disguised as someone else with Polyjuice Potion.
- Value your friends. In this film, friendships are put to the test. Ron and Harry get into a fight after Harry’s name is selected, while Ron and Hermione argue at the Yule Ball. Friendships might not be perfect, but it’s important to forgive and forget. Harry is lucky to have friends to support him as he faces these challenging tasks.
After watching the fourth Harry Potter film, try out these screen-free activities at home:
- Try out Quidditch-themed snacks. Harry Potter and his friends attend the Quidditch World Cup at the beginning of the film. Like any athlete, Quidditch players need some energizing snacks.
- Make golden egg bath bombs. These glittering bath bombs will be the perfect addition to any spa day at home.
- Host a Yule Ball dinner. Why not dress up for your next family dinner? You can even rock out to these Harry Potter-inspired music playlist on Spotify.
- Mix up a gillyweed salad. Speaking of dinner, make this gillyweed salad as a side dish. Don’t worry, this recipe won’t give you gills!
- Try a maze challenge. While it’s a bit early for corn maze season, check out these printable mazes that you can try at home.