Which dragon does Harry Potter face in the Triwizard Tournament?

Harry Potter faced a Hungarian Horntail during the Triwizard Tournament in Goblet of Fire, armed with only his wand and the broom he beckoned with the Summoning Charm.

Hungarian Horntails can shoot fire at quite a range; as far as 50 feet. Horntails are especially dangerous, with yellow eyes, black scales, bronze horns and spikey tails.

It had black scales, and was lizard-like in appearance. It also had yellow eyes, with vertical pupils like a cat's, bronze horns and similarly coloured spikes that protruded from its long tail which it would gladly deploy in combat. The dragon's roar was a yowling, screeching scream, and its flame could reach to about fifty feet. While having a very far reaching flame, the Horntail's breath could reach extremely high temperatures, as it made a stone turn red hot in seconds. Its eggs were cement-coloured and particularly hard-shelled. The Horntail's foods of choice include cattle, sheep, goats, and whenever possible, humans.

During the First Task of the 1994 Triwizard Tournament, a Hungarian Horntail, alongside a Common Welsh Green, Chinese Fireball, and Swedish Short-Snout, was selected as obstacles of Golden egg retrieval for the Champions. Harry Potter ended up drawing the Hungarian Horntail to face. Later before Christmas, when faced with the agony of trying to ask someone to the Yule Ball, Harry said that he would have preferred facing the Horntail again.

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What is protagonist?

If you are bookworm, you might be familiar with the term protagonist. It is used to describe the leading character in a story. But have you heard of deuteragonists, and tritagonists?

From the protagonist's perspective

A protagonist is usually easily recognisable as the main character of the story. Generally, the story is written from the protagonist's perspective. However, often a novel has multiple storylines and characters, each with their own storyline or role. For example, in "The Lord of the Rings" series, although Frodo is considered the main character as he has the Ring, Aragorn and Sam are equally significant. So are they protagonists too? No. That's where the concept of deuteragonists, and tritagonists comes in.

A dependable deuteragonist

Usually, deuteragonists are sidekicks, who support the protagonist. They are often (but not always) the second-most important character. So in "The Lord of the Rings" series, Sam can be called a deuteragonist Similarly, Rowley Jefferson is the deuteragonist in "The Diary of the Wimpy Kid" series. He is the well-meaning and helpful companion of Greg Heffley. However, Rowley also has his own spin-off series "Diary of an Awesomely Friendly Kid" in which he is the protagonist.

But not all sidekicks are deuteragonists. For example, Snowy from "Tintin" is not important enough to be a deuteragonist, but Captain Haddock is.

The tricky third

The third main character in a story can be called a tritagonist. It is generally a secondary side-kick character. The role of the tritagonist depends on the story. For example, Hermione is a tritagonist in the "Harry Potter" series. (However, fans are divided over this as they consider Hermione to be closer to Harry than Ron and hence, she is regarded more as a deuteragonist.) Other popular examples of tritagonists are Jessie from "Toy Story" with both Woody and Buzz, and both Princess Leia and Han Solo from "Star Wars".

On the dark side

Another important thing to remember is that not all deuteragonists and tritagonists are supportive of or helpful to the main character. They can also be evil and cause harm to the character. Yes, that's right, they can also be antagonists. For example, Prince Hans from the animated film "Frozen" reveals himself as an antagonist towards the end. Antagonists are the villains of the story, they are characters that bring harm upon the main character.

However, remember that these are only broad definitions, and depend on the story.

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What is a Muggle in the Harry Potter world?

In J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, a Muggle, is a person who lacks any sort of magical ability and was not born in a magical family. Muggles can also be described as people who do not have any magical blood inside them. It differs from the term Squib, which refers to a person with one or more magical parents yet without any magical power or ability, and from the term Muggle-born (or the derogatory and offensive term mudblood, which is used to imply the supposed impurity of Muggle blood), which refers to a person with magical abilities but with non-magical parents.

The term Muggle is sometimes used in a pejorative manner in the novels. Since Muggle refers to a person who is a member of the non-magical community, Muggles are simply ordinary human beings without any magical abilities and almost always with no awareness of the existence of magic. Witches and wizards with non-magical parents are called Muggle-borns. There have also been some children known to have been born to one magical and one non-magical parent. People of this mixed parentage are called half-bloods; magical people with any Muggle ancestry on the one side or the other are half-bloods as well. The most prominent Muggle-born in the Harry Potter series is Hermione Granger, who was born to Muggles of undisclosed names. Witches and wizards with all-magical heritage are called pure bloods.

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Who has won the Man Booker Prize for 2019?

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have been named the joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize after the judges broke their rules by declaring a tie.

The Booker Prize has been jointly awarded twice before, to Nadine Gordimer and Stanley Middleton in 1974 and to Michael Ondaatje and Barry Unsworth in 1992. In 1993, the rules were changed so that only one author could win the prize. This is the first time since then that two authors have been announced as joint-winners. The 2019 winners will share the £50,000 prize money.

It is the second time that Atwood has won the Booker Prize, having won in 2000 with The Blind Assassin. She has been shortlisted for four further books: The Handmaid’s Tale (1986), Cat’s Eye (1989), Alias Grace (1996) and Oryx and Crake (2003). 

At 79, Atwood is now the oldest-ever writer to take home the Booker. She first claimed the coveted prize in 2000 for The Blind Assassin, and several of her works have made the shortlist in the past. Already a giant of contemporary literature, Atwood has enjoyed a commercial hit with The Testaments, which sold 125,000 copies in the United States during the first week after its release and boasted the best opening-day sales of any book in 2019, according to the Washington Post’s Ron Charles.

Evaristo, a 60-year-old Anglo-Nigerian author based in London, has been writing for nearly 40 years, but she is better-known in Britain than on the international stage. Speaking with the Times following her win, Evaristo said she wrote Girl, Woman, Other in response to a lack of representation in British literature: “When I started the book six years ago, I was so fed up with black British women being absent from British literature,” she explained. “So I wanted to see how many characters I could put into a novel and pull it off.”

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Which Pixar film about a jazz pianist, who has a near-death experience and gets stuck in the afterlife, bagged the award for the Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars 2021?

Pixar's "Soul" is about a jazz pianist who has a near-death experience and gets stuck in the afterlife, contemplating his choices and regretting the existence that he mostly took for granted. Pixar veteran Pete Docter is the credited co-director, alongside playwright and screenwriter Kemp Powers, who wrote Regina King's outstanding "One Night in Miami." Despite its weighty themes, the project has a light touch. A musician might liken "Soul" to an extended riff, or a five-finger exercise, which is very much in the spirit of jazz, an improvisation-centered art that's honorably and accurately depicted onscreen whenever Joe or another musician character starts to perform. 

“Soul” won the Academy Award for animated feature at the 2021 Oscars on Sunday night, making it the 11th film from the storied animation studio to take the prize since the category was created in 2002.

Directed by Pete Docter, “Soul” tells the story of Joe Gardner, a middle school music teacher with aspirations to be a professional jazz musician. After his excitement at landing a gig leads to an accident, Joe’s soul is determined to figure out a way to get back to his body on Earth instead of accepting his death and heading to the great beyond.

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