Due to past tournaments often ending in severe injury and even death for contestants, Hogwarts and the Ministry agree to restrict entry into the tournament to students 17 years of age or older. This decision is controversial with many students and some made unsuccessful attempts to circumvent the age restriction.
To everyone's astonishment, the Goblet activated an unprecedented fourth time and named Harry Potter as the fourth Champion. This sparked tension between Hogwarts and the visiting schools, as well as between rival Hogwarts houses.
The Champions had to get past a dragon, collecting the golden egg it is guarding. The champions chose different approaches:
Cedric Diggory transfigured a rock into a dog to distract his dragon
Fleur Delacour cast a spell that caused dizziness to the dragon
Harry Potter Summoned his Firebolt and lured the dragon away from his egg
Both Diggory and Delacour suffered injuries during their attempts.
As a tradition, the Yule Ball took place on Christmas Day. Only fourth-years and above were allowed. Younger students were allowed if their partner was a Fourth year or above. The music was provided by the band The Weird Sisters and was opened by a dance of the champions and their partners:
On the Hogwarts Quidditch Pitch a large maze made of 20 feet high hedges was installed. The champion who reached the centre and the Tournament Cup first was to win the Tournament and the 1000 Galleon prize. The Champions started according to the points they had earned so far: First Harry Potter and Cedric Diggory, then Viktor Krum and last Fleur Delacour. In the end Harry Potter and the dead Cedric Diggory were found there. At the end of year feast Dumbledore gave a brief story of what had happened to Cedric Diggory and about the return of Lord Voldemort, starting the Second Wizarding War, Voldemort's Death Eaterimpersonator, Bartemius Crouch Jr. was captured, his soul was then destroyed by Dementor's Kiss. The story of Voldemort's return was widely disbelieved, though.
Throughout the year Rita Skeeter wrote several articles in the Daily Prophet and Witch Weekly. All articles had in common that they mainly focused on Harry Potter and that they did not stick to the truth but were full of suggestions and made up information. Despite being banned from Hogwarts by Dumbledore, she secretly got interviews from several Slytherin students whose quotations were used in these articles.
After the article in Witch Weekly which stated that Hermione Granger had betrayed Harry Potter to Viktor Krum, she received many hate mails including Howlers.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry faculty and staff during the 1994–1995 school year