Eternal Glory! Winners of the Triwizard Tournament Announced!
October 2, 2016
It is with great excitement that we announce the winners of the first ever Brisbane Triwizard Tournament! Held on day two of the Brisbane Luminarium Festival, our fast-paced and hands-on version of the tournament was a late addition to the schedule, created to cater for Potter-loving students across a broader range of ages. The event was a huge hit, with many brave souls entering their names into the Goblet of Fire to compete in good spirits with fantastic creativity. In the end, a team of four was crowned ultimate champions, earning them eternal glory! Read on ...
Our official announcement of the Triwizard Tournament back in September.
The original Triwizard Tournament was designed to test the magical ability, intelligence and courage of students. In our version of the tournament (grades 4-8), courage was tested in theperformance of wizard duels in Defence Against the Dark Arts, and in their teamwork with other witches and wizards with whom students were not familiar. Their wit and intelligence was tested in the rapid completion of short and long answer questions in the subjects of Arithmancy and Care of Magical Creatures, and in navigating the exact science and subtle art of Potions. And their creativity and magical ability was tested in Transfiguration and Divination (hopefully our young witches and wizards do not succumb to some of the futures they foretold in Divination!).
Student submissions for each task were truly magical and imaginative, and it was exceptionally difficult to deduce a winning team from the impressive pool of contenders.
Professor Kellywinkle (from the Noble House of Hufflepuff and a Ministry of Magic Official for the Triwizard Tournament) was tasked with judging the magical competition. After much deliberation (and by the slim hair of a Niffler), The Triwizard Tournament winners were: Tayissa, Chase, Piper and Quin of GRYFFINDOR!
Winners each recieved a copy of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them (which is no longer on Muggle bookshelves with the film soon to appear on screens).
In the spirit of healthy competition and in celebration of divine cooperation, team members of the other worthy Houses of Gryffindor (who submitted multiple teams), Ravenclaw & Slytherin, received special gifts. These Potter-inspired art prints and Hogwarts bookmarks were a thank you to the students for being brave enough to join our first ever Triwizard Tournament, and for working so quickly and cleverly with their fellow witches and wizards!
For interested Muggles, here’s a breakdown of what was involved in each subject's challenge:
Arithmancy is an ancient form of divination that relies on mathematics - the most common form of Arithmancy is numerology. In this topic, students were challenged to reduce words into a single digit using the Agrippan method. Students used a method of numerology to work out their Social number, Character number and Heart number, and could then uncover knowledge about themselves based on the alignment of the numbers with the planets.
DIVINATION (Creative Writing): Divination is a branch of magic that involves attempting to foresee the future, or gather insights into future events, through various rituals and tools. Students were asked to gaze into the Crystal Ball to predict the futures of their team members. It seemed that some lucky witches and wizards in the room were destined for fame and fortune, and even Olympic glory! Others, alarmingly, were marked with early deaths. One particular wizard may yet live to be 109 years old, and in that time, it is said that he will witness a hippogriff kill Harry Potter; he will grow to be as powerful as Gandalf and Dumbledore (combined) and so have powers to doom or protect Middle Earth and the Wizarding World on Earth as he chooses; and he will only succumb to death after a Dementor has sucked his soul from his still mortal body. We certainly wish all of our Triwizard champions and participants the best of luck in facing their coming trials!
TRANSFIGURATION (Visual Arts):
Transfiguraton is a branch of magic that focuses on the alteration of the form or appearance of an object, via the manipulation of the object’s molecular structure. In this challenge, students had to use the “Draconifors” spell to turn kinetic sand into a fire-breathing dragon. To receive maximum points, students had to use their magical skills to be as detailed as possible.
Students learnt the "subtle science and exact art of potion-making" through the completion of two advanced Wizarding World Potions - the Polyjuice Potion and the Draught of Near Death. To complete the potion brewing process in the allotted time, students worked in pairs to fastidiously follow the Wizarding instructions. The Polyjuice Potion certainly proved the most challenging as it required strict attention to detail to ensure the potency was high enough to attract a magnet. The Draught of Near Death involved students handling poisonous substances that had explosive results. (Note: No young witches and wizards were harmed in the Potion-making process.)
CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES (English): Care of Magical Creatures provides students with the opportunity to learn about a wide range of magical creatures, from flobberworms to fire crabs, and even unicorns and thestrals. Students are taught about feeding, maintaining, breeding, and proper treatment of these various creatures. In this challenge, students had to read the well-known Care of Magical Creatures textbook (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander) and then answer the short questions. The only way to succeed in this challenge was to divide and conquer the questions with teammates!
DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS (Performance):
Defence Against the Dark Arts focuses on teaching students how to magically defend themselves against Dark Creatures, the Dark Arts, and other dark charms. Offensive magic is also taught in this subject, such as how to duel, which requires the use of both offensive and defensive magic. In this challenge, students split into pairs and staged Wizarding Duels using the spells and curses provided, as well as any others they invented. Many students displayed great commitment to their duels, with some humorous results! Some young witches and wizards were caught unaware by their duelling partners, but fortunately all were revived at the end of class.
Congratulations again to all those who bravely entered the Triwizard Tournament! We look forward to seeing you all again in future Tournaments and Wizarding classes as we work to make each session more magical than the last!
If there are any Triwizard Tournament participants who have not yet been in contact to receive their special gifts, please drop us an email (or an Owl) at: firstname.lastname@example.org