15. The champions selection
All of the students were sat in the great hall on thursday evening ready to hear who would be their schools champion. Dumbledore stood at the Goblet of fire and began to speak "Now the moment you have all been waiting for the champions selection." He raised his hand and waved it slowly around the room. The lighting in the room decreased making it even more exciting. It reminded Hermione of talent shows on muggle tv when they announced the winner. from the fire a piece of parchment flew out and Dumbledore caught it. "The Durmstrang champion is Viktor Krum." Viktor was clapped by the boys of Durmstrang and the rest of the students as he shook Dumbledores hand and headed towards the trophy room at the back of the hall. The next piece flew out " The champion for Beauxbatons, Miss Fleur Delacour" Cheers went up with everyone as a beautiful blonde slim girl rose from the Beauxbatons table rose and walked towards Dumbledore as Viktor had done she shook his hand and went to the back of the hall and through a door. The final champion was to be announced " The Hogwarts champion Cedric Diggory." Cedric proudly got up from his seat and walked to Dumbledore as the others did he shook his hand and went to the trophy room. " EXCELLENT" yelled Dumbledore his arms spread wide like he was hugging the whole room. "we now have our three champions but in the end only one will go down in history. Only one will hoist the this chalice of champions this vessel of victory the triwizard cup!" as he said this he spun and a length of fabric flew off the glimmering triwizard cup. It looked incredible and all the students were in awe.
Suddenly blue flames began erupting from the goblet of fire. Dumbledore turned around to see it spit out one more piece of parchment. The question everyone was asking was who's name was it and why were four names coming from the goblet this time? Dumbledore approahed it and caught the floating parchment. "harry potter" he murmered. "Harry Potter " he called out, hagrid could be heard in the background saying no no. "HARRY POTTER" shouted an angered Dumbledore. Hermione grabbed Harry's shoulder and pulled him to his feet. "Go on Harry. Harry for goodness sake" Harry walked slowly towards Dumbledore as he heard people in the crowd shout how he must have cheated and he wasn't seventeen yet. He knew that and he also knew that he hadn't put his name in that goblet.
Harry made his way to the trophy room with the staff following him. Hermione turned to Ron "How did he get his name in the goblet" asked Ron who was clearly put out. "There is no way Harry put his name in that goblet how would he and why would he? He wants a normal year not this" Hermione replied as they went up the grand staircase towards the seventh floor. "Relax Ron I'm sure Dumbledore and Grouch won't let him compete" said Fred who seemed relieved that his name hadn't come out of the cup. He may be brave but he isn't that brave. Hermione stared at Fred and saw a new mature side to him developing.