Professor 'MadEye' Moody (Brendan Gleeson), a Ministry of Magic Auror (dark-wizard hunter), leads Harry to the solution to both this first and the second competition in the tourney. And Harry's not the only contender who is given information that allows him to cheat; all are so supplied. Harry's very participation in the competition seems askew, as the cut-off age is supposed to be 17. After Harry's name appears out of the Goblet of Fire as one of the contestants (the goblet being a magical object that makes these decisions), it is clear that someone has monkeyed with the 'objective' process for unknown reasons. Despite the facts that Harry is much too inexperienced to compete, and that this puts Harry in possibly mortal peril, Dumbledore decides to stay the course, out of his own desires to find out more about the Big Bad's plans.
It is sad, though perhaps 'realistic,' that the lesson of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is not about fidelity, friendship, or Harry's 'great moral fiber,' as Dumbledore terms it, but that all institutions and authority, Good or Evil, are corrupt. The film further demonstrates the Hegelian principle that evil lies as much in the eye that perceives it as in the subject/object so determined: Dumbledore demands that Harry must act ethically in all matters, and then allows Harry the opportunity to cheat at every turn. Knowledge is power, Goblet asserts, and then goes on to show just how both sides, Good and Evil, use that power by leaking or withholding information in the service of specific political interests.
So much for the possibility of ethical action and 'great moral fiber.'
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