How did they know the outcome of the
Quidditch World Cup?
By: Devina (The Charmed One)
As avid fans of the Harry Potter series, most of you know
what happened in the Goblet of Fire: Fred and George bet all their savings that
Ireland would win the match but Viktor Krum would get the Snitch. And that is
precisely what happened. The question is, how did they know the outcome of the
match ahead of time?
Theory #1: They used a Time-Turner
We've already seen the uses of the Time-Turner in the
third book. So it was a natural thought by many that, of course, Fred and George
could have used the Time-Turner in this situation as well. However, what we
don't know is: Can the Time-Turner be used to get to the future? It can
definitely turn back time, but can it turn time forward? If it could, then yes,
they could have used it. Now, lets say it cannot. Then, the Weasley's might have
possibly waited till the outcome of the match was over, then gone back in time
and left a message for themselves or something similar. In my opinion, this is
highly unlikely. And even if the Weasley's wanted to use the Time-Turner, where
did they get it? The uses of the Time-Turner is controlled by the Ministry, as
Professor McGonagall said in PoA, and I can't see Fred and George Weasley
officially applying for a Time-Turner through the right channels. Did they steal
it? I think not. The use of the Time-Turner is, of course, a good possibility,
but it isn't very probable.
Theory #2: They just guessed
As we have seen over the past, Ron is an extremely good…predictor,
if you will. Why can't Fred and George be just as good, or even better? Ron has
predicted the betrayal of Percy and even the Quidditch Cup Finals. Could Fred
and George have the same uncanny ability and honed it to perfection? They might
have just guessed the outcome of the match. In fact, their prediction was so
unusual, that no one else would have even thought it could ever be true. It's
possible and probable as well.
Theory #3: The match was fixed
Matches in many sports are said to be fixed in the Muggle
world, so why can't match fixing be a part of the wizarding world as well? The
wizarding world is not one of extreme morality. We have seen examples of Fudge's
behaviour, Percy's attitude, even Umbridge…the wizarding world is no less than
the Muggle world in this respect. Cheating is not a Muggle failing, rather it is
human nature. But who organized it? And how did Fred and George find out? Who
was paid? I cannot guess who organized the whole scheme (if there is one), as it
could be anybody whom we know or someone who hasn't entered the story yet. As to
who could have been paid, it must have been the losing side. I mean, you can pay
a side to do well, but there is no guarantee that the other side is worse and
will lose. Hence, the losing side is generally paid to make sure they play worse
than the other side. Lets say Bulgaria was bought. Was Krum bought as well? I
don't think so. I think, if the match was fixed, he knew about his teammates
being paid, but refused to play in a lesser way than usual. Krum was much better
than Lynch and I think everyone knew that he had a 90% chance of getting the
Snitch. He might have agreed not to let open the secret of the bribery, but
vowed to get the Snitch. Now, how did Fred and George find out? Fred and George
have made many contacts in the wizarding world during the course of acquiring
materials for their shop. They know Mundungus Fletcher, a shady character
himself, therefore, in all logical probability, why shouldn't they know other
shady people engaged in such businesses before they even started thinking of
their shop? I remember they had made a list of items for their joke shop, but
they didn't have definite plans of opening one in Diagon Alley before they got
Harry's winnings. They must have been willing to make quick money and managed to
get in touch with the right people. This is possible as well as probable.
Theory #4: They used magic other than the Time-Turner Right
We know that Fred and George are excellent with magic,
when it suits them. They got 3 OWLs each, but their Portable Swamp and their
Fireworks stumped Umbridge. Which shows that they excel at what they do, if they
just put their mind to it. As children on a Ministry official, they know a lot
about the other members of the Ministry. They would have guessed that Bagman was
liable to place bets that day. What better way to make money? But how would they
be sure that their prediction was right? Well, why shouldn't they use magic?
They could have used their own brand of magic to transport them forward in time.
However, this theory, although probable, is not possible as the twins were still
underage and could not perform magic outside of Hogwarts.
My best bets (pun not intended) would be theory#2 and
theory#3. At the moment, I can't seem to decide which one is right...