Strap on some Aqua-Lungs, because this Question of the Week is going deep . . . underwater. Eric’s been waiting to ask this one for ages!
In this chapter, Harry competes in the Second Task to rescue a loved one from the underwater clutches of the merpeople. Although the Triwizard tournament is known for its brutality, Ron afterwards makes Harry feel stupid for trying to rescue the others and bringing Gabrielle to the surface. How much danger were the hostages (Ron, Hermione, Cho, Gabrielle) really in? Would Dumbledore have let them drown? Real danger was certainly implied and it drives Harry in this chapter toward finishing last. But are the points that the judges award Harry just sympathy points, because he bought into their lies? Were the loved ones protected, even from the champions’ own magic?
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