My son and I were recently listening to the audio version (fantastic!) of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I was reminded of one part of the story that has always bothered me.
In the second task of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, each champion dives into the lake to rescue something taken from him/her - what each would miss the most.
For Fleur, it's her little sister. This makes sense. Family ties, little girl = no brainer.
For Harry, it's Ron. His best friend for four years. We've already seen how much Harry misses Ron when they are fighting at the beginning of the tournament. Harry has no family he actually likes and his godfather is on the run from the authorities. Again, Ron is not a surprise.
Then you have Krum and Cedric. The "things" they'd miss the most are girls they barely know and went to a dance with two months earlier.
Does that strike anyone else as a bit... unusual or unhealthy? These girls are two to four years younger than these boys. And already, they are what the boys would miss most?
Yes, I know Harry's attachment to Cho and his friendship with Hermoine are essential to the plot and how things play out in the tournament, but it has always bothered me that the task was for the champion to lose something *precious* - the one thing he or she would miss the most. And the choice for these 18-ish year old boys are these girls they hardly know, over family or long-term friends.
It weirds me out every time I read it. Anyone have insights to normalize this choice for me a little?