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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Friday, August 5, 2016

*WARNING - SPOILERS...IF YOU HAVEN'T READ OR SEEN HP 4...THEN MOVE AWAY...ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU HAVEN'T.*

August 5, 2016

"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!"  - (Albus Dumbledore) J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

I feel like I owe book 4 a major apology. For many years now I have always said that book 4 is the least entertaining and that I never want to watch the movie and I don't understand why I've said those things. In fact, my opinion has changed completely. I absolutely loved "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"! It was riveting and scary and exhilarating! Perhaps I didn't care for it because the film used to scare me when I was a kid, but we'll talk about the movie in a bit. 


The book opens with Harry's dream of Voldemort and Wormtail in Voldemort's old house. I really liked how this was the beginning to what happens in Book 5 in which Voldemort is inside Harry's mind. Also there is an introduction to the Pensieve which is very important in book 6 so, like "...Prisoner of Azkaban", this book was needed immensely to be able to understand not only Voldemort, but Harry as well in the coming novels. 

I loved that we get to see more of the Wizarding World in book 4. The Weasleys, Hermione, and Harry all attend the Quidditch World Cup and for once we get to see wizards interacting outside of Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. The way J.K. Rowling described the match and the atmosphere was just beautiful. From the Malfoys, to the Port Keys, and even the Death Eaters, everything was written flawlessly. I am a huge fan of authors who can create these amazing scenes, but still keep them quite simple in a sense that you don't feel like your brain is going to explode from the amount of imagery present.

Also in book 4, we get a glimpse into the Ministry of Magic and what they do. Obviously, book 5 is more about that, but I thought it was a great introduction. Of course we already know the Minister himself, Cornelius Fudge, but we also get to me people like: Barty Crouch, Ludo Bagman, and even get a bit more of a look into our own Percy Weasley who has just started working at the Ministry. Speaking of Weasleys...I have a bone to pick with the film! Why weren't Charlie and Bill in the movie?! Sure, they mention Charlie when Hagrid shows Harry the Dragons, but the older brothers, Bill especially, were my favourites in book 4. I love how Charlie and Bill sort of immediately "adopt" Harry as their younger brother in a sense and it warmed my heart that Charlie was there in the first task for Harry and Bill showed up as his "family" alongside Molly Weasley, Ugh I just love it!

Speaking of family...another bone to pick! WHY WASN'T THERE MORE SIRIUS IN THE MOVIE? I get it, you cannot add everything, but c'mon those scenes with Sirius, especially the end ones, were so perfect. Sirius and Harry's relationship is just so warming, you can never get enough of it. When Harry comes out of the maze, I love that Dumbledore's instructions were to bring up Sirius for Harry and that he allowed him to stay with his godson, in his animal form of course, and just protect him and comfort him. It also broke my heart a bit when Harry looked over at Sirius when he told Dumbledore that he saw his mom and dad and Sirius was practically crying. It just shows that Sirius loved Lily and James just as much as Harry does. I think sometimes people forget that Sirius was James' brother in a sense. They were as close as Fred and George are.

Speaking of the boys! Fred and George start to really shine in book 4 and as they are probably the best characters in the novels I was glad they got more dialog and it is the start of their business. It always starts to show how they are trying to figure out their own paths rather than copy what their older brothers and father have done. I love the twins and try to cherish every scene they have. Especially the one on the train home with Malfoy. 

The Triwizard Tournament was a bit of a surprise plot line when I had first read this book all those years ago and I wasn't quite sure why this was happening, but I really ended up liking it. Not only did it show that Harry could do anything, but it introduced us to more of the Wizarding World through the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. Goblet of Fire also was the first book to have a major character death at the hands of Lord Voldemort. Sure Harry killed Quirrell in book 1 and destroyed Tom Riddle in 2, but there hasn't been a heart breaking death yet, and the death of Cedric Diggory was it. 

We first get introduced to Diggory in book 3 as he is the seeker for Hufflepuff and even though he was not present in the film of Prisoner of Azkaban, I fell in love with his character and that is what authors want you to do. It is so they can tear out your heart afterwards. His death was rather quick and I have seen people who think that it was rather rushed and that he deserved a bigger death scene, but he didn't. Cedric was killed by the killing curse and he was killed because he was there, that is all. He wasn't there for information or being held captive. He was there because he had touched the Port Key, that's all. His death is a representation that Voldemort is cold and heartless. He didn't think twice before ordering Wormtail to kill him.

"Remember, if the time should come, when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory."

—Albus Dumbledore's eulogy to Cedric



When it comes to relationships, this book tests them. In the first book, Hermione, Harry, and Ron were together the whole time until the last scene in the dungeon trying to figure it all out. In book 2, Hermione goes down as she is petrified and it is up to the boys. In book 3, it is Ron who cannot finish the task and Hermione and Harry have to save the day. In book 4 however, Ron and Harry are on the outs for most of it, and then Ron and Hermione are in a fight due to her relationship with Krum. In book 3 we get to see a glimpse of the coming relationship between Ron and Hermione and in Goblet of Fire, it is so obvious, especially at the Yule Ball. Also, in a small moment, there is the faintest of foreshadow when it comes to Fleur and Bill and I LOVE that that was added. I really like them as a pairing and it is interesting to see how they sort of discover each other. Also it's really funny to see Ron fawn over his future sister-in-law. 


So after reading this again and re-watching the film, I give this a 5/5 completely! It was full of adventure and life and death and it was perfect. In truth there is no bad Harry Potter book. Is there? Nope. I am off to read book 5 and I have been mentally preparing myself for it...I think you know why. I know why this character had to die, but it still hurts. 

Happy Reading!

XOXO

- Haley


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