“After tonight, no one will ever again question my power.”
The fourth year at Hogwarts ushers in The Triwizard Tournament, a competition in which the three European witchcraft and wizardry schools offer up one champion to vie for glory. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is surprised when the magical object used to select the schools’ champions, the goblet of fire, regurgitates his own name alongside Cedric Diggory’s (Robert Pattinson). Forced by the binding contract of The Triwizard Tournament, Hogwarts now has two potential winners in the fray, while the schools Beauxbatons and Durmstrang each have one. Although many of Harry’s classmates are jealous of his selection, Harry and his closest friends know that something very dark is putting him in danger.
Harry once again suffers from this phenomenon, notably because his fellow champions have three years’ worth of magical education on top of his own four. In the wake of The Yule Ball, Harry further struggles when Cedric Diggory asks out the girl Harry hoped to snag as his own date, Cho Chang (Katie Leung). But he’s not the only one that gets stuck with a dance partner he didn’t really want.
Harry is not alone this time on his ride through the corridors of Imposter Syndrome; Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) also gets a full dose of inadequacy. Long cast in the shadow of the famous Harry Potter, Ron gets envious when Harry’s name is spit out by the goblet of fire and suspends his relationship with Harry over the idea that maybe Harry tricked the goblet without telling Ron. Ron’s behavior does not quite fit the bill of typical imposter syndrome, but his attitude does belie a lack of confidence that undermines most people who feel fraudulent in their everyday lives.
A “natural genius” like Harry, Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) makes a statement in the graveyard about no one doubting his power once he is restored to his body. Rather than marveling at the fact that he has returned at all, this reveals that Lord Voldemort, too, has Imposter Syndrome and seeks to destroy those who will not follow his evil path. He and Harry have always shared many similarities, and it appears from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that they even share neuroses.