There is a surprise for Hogwarts students at the start of the new school year. The new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher is famed Auror (a wizard trained to fight the Dark Arts) Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, an eccentric who manages to simultaneously terrify, awe and amuse the students with his combined paranoia and astonishing knowledge and intelligence. Also, the Triwizard Tournament, a centuries-old interschool competition that was banned due to its increasingly dangerous "tasks", is to be revived and held at Hogwarts. The prize is 1000 galleons. Students hoping to compete, place their names into a large cup - known as the Goblet of Fire - that will shoot out one name from each competing wizarding schools (Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang). After choosing famous international Quidditch player and Durmstrang student Viktor Krum, the eerily beautiful Fleur Delacour of Beauxbatons, and Hogwarts Hufflepuff student Cedric Diggory, the Goblet spits also selects Harry Potter - even though he is underage and a Hogwarts champion has already been selected. Harry is deemed magically bound to participate, even though he did not enter his name, and he suspects he is deliberately being put in grave danger. Many outraged students believe he cheated to enter, including his best friend Ron Weasley, who becomes jealous and resentful over the attention that is constantly heaped on Harry. Deflecting Harry's attempt to avoid his new unpopularity is Rita Skeeter, a revolting and unethical journalist who writes bogus stories about him.Harry Potter aur Aag Ka Pyala
, Hindi (Indian) EditionHogwarts gamekeeper Hagrid reveals to Harry and Madame Olympe Maxime, the enormous, elegant Headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy, that the first task involves battling a dragon and retrieving a golden egg from its nest. Igor Karkaroff, Headmaster of the Durmstrang Institute also spies the dragons. Only Cedric Diggory is unaware, and feeling this is unfair, Harry informs him. Professor Moody not only praises him for tipping off Diggory but also gives him a hint on how to retrieve the egg. At the first challenge, the champions randomly draw numbered miniature dragons from a silk bag, indicating which species they will face. Harry will be last, having drawn the Hungarian Horntail, the most dangerous dragon. With the aid of his broomstick, Harry outmaneuvers the dragon and steals the golden egg. After seeing how terrifying the challenge was, Ron realises Harry did not cheat to enter.The golden egg provides the clue to the Second Task, which takes place in February.At Christmas, students attend the Yule Ball. As a champion, Harry is required to attend and participate in the opening dance, but both he and Ron have difficulty finding dates. Harry asks Cho Chang, but she is going with Cedric Diggory.
After Ron makes a fool of himself by asking out Fleur, he off-handedly invites Hermione. She declines because she already has a date, but won't say who. Harry eventually arranges for himself and Ron to take the beautiful Patil twins, Parvati and Padma.On the night of the Ball, Hermione arrives as Viktor Krum's date, stunning everyone with both her unexpected attachment and her suddenly beautiful appearance. Seeing Hermione with Krum provokes jealousy in Ron, and he, along with Harry, spends the night ignoring his own date while glaring at Hermione and Krum. When an elated Hermione comes over to talk to Ron and Harry, Ron lashes out, accusing her of "fraternising with the enemy". Shocked and appalled, Hermione gets into a heated argument with Ron, telling him that the next time there's a ball to ask her "before someone else does and not as a last resort!" She storms off to the girl's dorms, leaving a stunned Ron behind.UK Adult paperback edition, BloomsburyDespondent, Harry and Ron take a break from the ball to hang out outside where they overhear Hagrid talking to Madam Maxime, and learn that she and Hagrid are half-giants, which Ron finds unusual as giants areexactly "nice".The second challenge is fast approaching, but Harry is unable to solve the egg's riddle. After Cedric gives him a hint, he learns he must retrieve something taken by the merpeople, who live in the Black Lake. Dobby gives Harry gillyweed which allows him to breathe underwater. At the task, the champions are told that something valuable has been stolen from them. These are: Ron (for Harry), Hermione (for Viktor), Cho Chang (for Cedric), and Fleur Delacour’s younger sister, Gabrielle. Although Fleur is soon eliminated, Harry, Cedric and Victor reach the hostages easily. When Harry attempts to rescue both Gabrielle and Ron, merpeople try to prevent him, but Harry threatens them with his wand. He surfaces with both and is awarded extra points for "moral fiber".For the final event, the four competitors must navigate a maze filled with dangerous creatures and spells, within which the Tri-Wizard cup is hidden. Harry and Cedric reach the cup together, and because they helped each other during the Tournament, agree to grab the trophy simultaneously, ensuring a Hogwarts win.