Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Was Entering Harry in the Triwizard Tournament Unnecessary?
The reason given for Barty Crouch as Moody entering Harry in the Triwizard Tournament was so that Harry had to touch the winner's cup first, which was a portkey, and teleport him to Voldemort.
Okay, but the tournament part seems like an awful lot of trouble - Crouch described in detail all the work he went through to enter Harry in the contest and then to ensure that Harry got to the winners cup first.
Was there any reason given why Barty as Moody couldn't have made any other object (a pencil on his desk, for example) into a portkey, and then simply asked Harry to hand it to him after class?
Of course, I realize the obvious, that there would have been much less book without Harry in the Triwizard Tournament.
Also, this is something that could have been easily explained (nothing else inside of Hogwarts could be a portkey without detection, except for that winner's cup), but I don't recall seeing any such explanation given. Do any of you guys?
BTW, I'm not knocking the book; I loved it! My favorite in the series so far!!