“We must all face the choice between what’s right and what is easy!”
Wow! What a thought! Any guesses on the speaker?
Welcome to Watch Tank, and today we are counting down picks to reveal the ten most important life lessons that we got to learn from the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
For the Pottermaniac, the trivia above is a piece of cake, but for the those unfamiliar with the fantasy world of Potter, the opening lines were from Professor Albus Dumbledore.
Still wondering about that, right?! Well, let’s go for a brief introduction.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) is a fantasy film that was directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The movie was based on J. K. Rowling’s 2000 novel with the same name. The fourth instalment of the Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was produced by David Heyman and written by Steve Kloves. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, playing Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger respectively. The story revolves around Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts as he gets selected by the Goblet of Fire to compete in the Triwizard Tournament.
Also, for your information, Professor Albus Dumbledore is the principal of Hogwarts.
Now that makes sense, right?!
After the intro, it is time for the lessons that we can learn from this movie. Let’s read on.
10. It Is Advisable to Depict Things Clearly
Throughout the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Lord Voldemort, the prime villain in Harry’s life, has always been referred to as “he who shall not be named.”
Now, think of Lord Voldemort as a metaphor. He becomes the conglomeration of the many things in our lives which we are too scared to speak about. Dumbledore had the best words to describe this. He said, “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
That’s the thing. It is ok name to your reason of fear or stress and talk about it.
Individuals deal with a lot of problems such as relationship issues, some kind of addiction, mental health issues, or even family issues. No matter what the problem is, just deal with it and talk it out. Trust me, you would feel much better after that.
Now you know how to deal better with your problems, right?!
9. Friendship Is the Real Magic
Harry is seen dealing with and thriving through various problems throughout the series, which can be observed all the way to the fourth movie of the Harry Potter series. However, along with the problems and dangers, there is another thing in Harry’s life that remains unchanged. Yes, you guessed right. We are talking about his best friends Ron and Hermione, who stand as the two strong pillars in Harry’s life. We can vouch for the friendship that this trio shares. Three of them have gone through various life-threatening situations and have emerged as winners. Ron and Hermione form the support network for Harry that he needs to lean on when faced with a tough time.
So, in one word, the next time you go through a rough patch, who will you run to without a second thought? Of course, no one else but your friends. We might not have magical wands, but it’s our actual friends who create the real magic.
In the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry suddenly found himself selected to compete for the dangerous Triwizard Championship, which was their version of the Olympics for wizards.
Since Harry was an underaged competitor, all the professors and students assumed that Harry had somehow entered this wizardry competition through cheating. This unexpected provocation and misconception left Harry feeling all alone and ostracized. However, the truth gets revealed in the end. This instance clearly shows how easy it is to make assumptions and pass judgments without knowing the truth. Human beings have a tendency to misinterpret. Thus, to evaluate things by face value and without knowing the truth is the worst mistake ever.
So, let’s pledge to pass judgments on things only after delving deep. What do you think of that?
7. Know Your Strengths and Focus on Them
In this fourth movie, we see that Harry was not able to perform well in the first round of the championship. He was placed against a fire-spewing dragon. So, how did he cope with it?
In the movie, Harry has a scene with Mad Eye Moody, where Moody asks him, “What’s your greatest strength?” At first, Harry couldn’t answer this. However, Moody reminds him of his exceptional Quidditch skills. On this basis, Harry plans his attack.
So, what do we learn from here? To explain further, all of us have unique talents, but we may take them for granted and never realize that they can achieve success for us.
So, while our fears and shortcomings overburden us, the best thing to focus on instead is our strengths and hone them well.
6. No Strings Attached
In the tournament, Harry and Cedric Diggory both represent Hogwarts in a match against two other young foreign wizards. Harry had a guilty feeling that since he had known the dragons, he might already have an undue advantage even if Cedric was a more competent wizard. He decided to tell Cedric about this whole dragon thing. Cedric also returned this favour by providing Harry the clue for the extraction of the hidden message from the magical golden egg. Serve well, help others, but don’t except any favour in return. If we are lucky, we may get a favour in return. However, being supportive and cooperative, instead of being competitive, helps us become the winner and yields positive results.
So, what’s the learning here? Just help without any strings attached.
5. It Is Okay to Seek Help Sometimes
In the entire movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we come across Harry having a major flaw. Could you guess what?
Harry was too shy to ask for help. This becomes evident when he doesn’t reveal to Neville that he needs to get placed underwater. Harry accepts the plant without its power to make humans grow gills. The tendency of not seeking help is certainly very detrimental. It is good to face challenges, but sometimes taking refuge in somebody else is not a bad thing altogether.
We assume that we are troubling others or that they won’t be able to comprehend our problems. However, by asking for help, we are only giving our friends a chance to be part of our success.
What’s your mantra for success?
4. We Are Responsible For Our Triumphs
Throughout the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we see Harry being aided by different individuals on the path of his difficulty. However, when confronting Voldemort, his prime enemy, he was all alone. In the battle of good versus evil, Harry won but on his own will and guts.
Although we stated that it is never a bad thing to seek for help, there are some battles that we must face on our own. In Harry’s final battle, he played the final card, while of course basing his actions on the advice and help given by others.
3. Community Is an Important Thing
Let’s be honest about this one. Harry had the guts, will, and his best friends to lead on any battle. However, where would he find such an amazing community of wizards to back him up?
Even if you don’t have your own group of wizards, you can always look to your community of friends, family, and closest people for help and support.
2. Getting Known to the Reality Around
The movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was where Harry had his bubble burst. He was introduced to adulthood and the hardships and competitions that came with it for the first time. Harry realized that Hogwarts was not everything. Instead, he came to know about the other two neighbouring wizard schools, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang.
Harry discovered for the first time that every wizard school had their own secret location, traditions, and even their favoured wandmakers.
We all have that moment when we suddenly realize that we are not kids anymore. That very moment, we step on the threshold of adulthood, learning about the complexities of life, the hardships, and competitions that follow. That’s what we call growing up.
So, what was your moment of growing up?
Now, a few special mentions.
- Harry saw a father figure in Sirius Black.
In times of great despair, all of us tend to look up to our first hero. Yes, you guessed correctly: our fathers. However, for Harry, this role was played well by Sirius Black. Throughout the fourth movie, Harry sought a lot of Black’s advice, which was so endearing to see.
- The way to recognize a true man
For the second time, we need to mention Sirius Black. In the movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, he taught us that if you want
to know what a man is like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
That was a great thought. What’s your take on this?
1. Love Remains Immortal
We spoke about hero worship of our dads. Well, what about our moms?
Harry’s mother, Lily Potter, died a tragic death. But that didn’t stop her from loving her son. Lily’s affection for her son was immortal and continued to protect him, even long after she was gone.
The moral of the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire lies in exploring the fact that tolerance and equality are important virtues. The entire Harry Potter series is not only a fantasy novel but also a book of great learnings on the values of life. It teaches us the importance of friendship, to have belief in yourself, and that the magic is within us. Most importantly, it sends the ultimate message that good always triumphs over evil.
With that, we end here. So, how did you like this? Was this insightful? Have you discovered a new set of learnings?
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