Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

ISBN: 0439139600
ISBN 13: 9780439139601
By: J.K. Rowling Mary GrandPré

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The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march ...

Reader's Thoughts

Liza Lawler

So after suffering through the first three books of this series, I vowed never to carry on and finish it. That is, until I was at a party and two of my friends gave the Harry Potter saga such a ringing endorsement that I was convinced I was missing out. I picked up the fourth book and was determined to read it, to reconsider my stance on the series.I quickly got through 200 pages, but it was then that I came to the same crisis I always do when reading a Harry Potter book: Do I really want to go on?And as always, the answer was no. So in keeping with my MO that "Life is too short to read books you're not interested in," I put it down and have no regrets.Sorry, Harry and the gang, I just have no interest in you or your adventures. I guess I never really "got" this phenomenon, and that's OK with me. There are better books out there.

vLadimiR

It's the year of the Tri-Wizard tournament and Hogwarts needs a champion. But wait? How come Harry's participating?The fourth installment of this magical children's classic feature's our beloved heroes Harry, Ron & Hermione as they finally come of age. Teen angst, young love and a whole lot of hormones dominate every page of this wonderful novel.I was excited to know that there were other wizarding schools in Europe and how the Tournament is facilitated by Hogwarts. This fourth book in the series was very rich in detail and full of conflicts to overcome so there was never a dull moment. Important secondary character such as Viktor Krum, Fleur Delacour and Cedric Digory also gave the story a lot of sophistication because it was a contrast to Harry's impulsive tendencies.(view spoiler)[Perhaps the most riveting part of the story though is the long awaited return of the Dark Lord which was the reason behind Harry's involvement in the Tri-Wizard Tournament. The final chapters were very dark and it promised a lot of tribulations that our hero will soon face. (hide spoiler)]The series started to mature in this installment because not only did it highlight our main protagonists' emotional growth but it also featured the "on page" death of a character for the very first time. Two elements that were not touched upon on the previous novels in order to retain their appeal to a much younger audience.Although I bought the hardcover edition when the book was first released (which cost me all of my savings), I can definitely say that it was worth every centavo.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

Thomas

** spoiler alert ** Six reasons why I loved Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (spoilers):1) On page 290 when Harry tells her to talk to Ron for him and she straight up says "I'm not telling him anything. Tell him yourself. It's the only way to sort this out." Unlike many teens today, Hermione doesn't resort to Twitter or Facebook or Tumblr to resolve her conflicts - she actually uses conversation and compromise! Before anyone mentions the fact that they didn't have Facebook way back when, remember that they could've used owls... or something...2) She starts the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare. Not only does she create the club, she believes in her cause even when every other person shuts her down. While I admire her activism, I also love how Rowling incorporated subtler messages about racism. Ron being racist to an extent exemplifies how you don't have to be the KKK to discriminate, and Rowling did a great job portraying positive role models like Lupin and Hagrid as minority groups.3) On page 214 when Hermione tells Moody to stop the Cruciatus Curse, she does so because she senses Neville's discomfort - thus showing that she is sensitive to other people's needs. What a winner.4) Throughout the book when Harry is castigated by his peers Hermione is the only one who sticks by his side. She has no regard for what other people think of her and abides by her own beliefs. I'm glad J.K. Rowling incorporated such a positive role model not only for young girls, but for anyone who reads the series.5) When Ron admits that he would go to the Yule Ball with a girl who were stupid as long as she was pretty, Hermione snaps at him and walks away. She does not give into society's conventions in terms of valuing physical attractiveness as opposed to intelligence. Then, when Ron notes that Hermione is "a girl", she does not devalue herself by appreciating his late realization - she storms off, once again propelled by what she thinks is right.6) At the end of the book when Hermione captures Rita Skeeter she exhibits mercy by promising to eventually set her loose - other characters may have just killed her or allowed her to suffer a much worse fate. Once again, Hermione acts as a great combination of emotion and logic: these days it may seem like young protagonists, especially of the female variety, may only have one of these traits... but, Hermione disproves that.Alas, perhaps I am a hardcore fan of Hermione just because I see so much of myself in her. Overall, I enjoyed reading the fourth installment - Rowling knows how to write a tightly-spun yet scintillating plot. While she overuses adverbs sometimes and has a tendency to reveal everything at the end of the book through heaps of dialogue (this was the case in the previous books too), I stayed up until 2 AM just to speed through the last 150 pages of this book. Looking forward to reading the last three, and apparently much darker, books in this series.

Priscilla

Pretty darn fabulous.1) Did I mention how much I love Dumbledore?2) LOVE HARRY.3) Ron and Hermione need to kiss already XD jk4) The story was seriously epic .___.5) EPIC, I SAY.A written review will be up soon!

Brad

Goblet of Fire's sprawling messiness is fascinating to me. It seems to mark the moment when J.K. Rowling gained full power over her creation. She wasn't a struggling, driven, single mom anymore -- she was J.K. ROWLING! She was a literary superstar, and suddenly she could do anything she wanted without hindrance.The result is a giant mess. She's got a Quidditch World Cup happening; she's got the crazy Triwizard Tournament, and all its machinations; she's got Harry's hormones starting to rage; she's got a jumble of adult politics and the old and new wars against Voldemort competing with Harry for time; she's got the endless Rita Skeeter vs. Hermione subplot; then she's got the Hermione - Dobby - Winky - SPEW debate; she's got the first appearance of the Pensieve, and its onslaught of explication; she's got not-Mad Eye Moody to introduce, the first serious appearance of Voldemort, another ghostly visitation, Padfoot hanging around in caves, Fred & George scheming their brains out, and Dumbledore being his usual forthcoming self; she's got Tournament challenges and school to deliver; she's got humiliating dances for us to attend; she's got the death of Cedric Diggory; and she's got all her usual suspects -- Snape, McGonagall, Neville, Hagrid, the Malfoys, etc., etc.. It's a lot of ground to cover. I think it is too much, and I am sure that if she hadn't been an institution, she'd have been forced to cut and trim.But I am damn glad she wasn't forced to cut and trim. Sure Goblet of Fire could have been tighter. Sure it could have been a slicker story, more compelling, faster in the telling. But fuck all that. Life is messy. Shit is always going on around you. Just look around tomorrow and you'll see it happening. And all of those diversions, all of that messiness, is a reflection of the way life is. More importantly, though, I just love the fact that an author -- ANY AUTHOR -- reached that stage with her writing, reached the point where it was so beloved she could tell the story her way without any interference. Most authors only get to do that if they stay in the ghettoes of self-publishing, but Rowling moved into the gated suburbs and painted her house all the colours of the rainbow, and she was so fucking rich and powerful that the community council just let her do her thing. That is authorial victory, and that makes Goblet of Fire a personal fave.Besides, it's kinda fun despite its flaws. And it is the first time I really fell for Hermione. She's one of the great supporting characters in all of literature. Seriously. She's up there with Dr. Watson (but better).

Sherwood Smith

Rowling's young heroes and villains are now fourteen, and the story is more Young Adult and less middle grade than the previous four: we get good guys using 'bad words', and the beginnings of attraction and jealousy. The dangers are even more fraught, and the adventures take 700 pages to unfold. This was an important milestone at the time, when publishing insisted that kids wouldn't read more than 200 pages max. Even though many of us sought long books as kids. Rowling broke the rigid limits, which contributed to the present flowering of middle grade and young adult literature. As for the book itself, like the previous three, there are good and not-well-thought-out elements combined. The emotional pacing at the end is terrific, despite the long quest being basically a red herring. There are lots of funny bits, and the characters— outside of Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle, who continue to be predictable cardboard bad guys—do manage to come alive on the page, despite a preponderance of cliches. The adults in charge continue to be just stupid enough, as usual, to put Harry in mortal danger, and Harry is unswervingly good and true, the Prince in Waiting who is training for the Great War. Somebody good does die, as rumor had it; Rowling hits the reader suddenly, but then makes it just bearable with ghostly reappearances in a key point.The entire houseelf sequence, I suspect, if written by an American, would net the author a major slamdunk for the Uncle Tom attitudes not just in the elves' insistence that they really like not just serving, but being subservient. So…they 'like' bowing, scraping, running about in fear of offending their masters (and that word is used all the time), their fractured English peppered with honorifics, and their inability to dress properly? It's only Hermione, she who's of 'mixed blood' who insists on their consciousness being raised, but she's held up in ridicule, because subservience is in their natures. As one of the characters says of Mr. Crouch and his house-elf Winky, "You can judge a man by not how he treats his peers, but by how he treats his inferiors." Inferiors. Well, kid readers sloughed it off, just as we oldsters sloughed off unfortunate aspects of our own young reading.

Shannon (Giraffe Days)

This review contains spoilers.This is one I've only read once, when it first came out, and I've only seen the movie once too, so there was lots of "new" details for me on this re-read. This isn't the copy I originally bought back in 2000 (it was first released in paperback; book 5 was the first hardcover edition on release); I had to put that one in the recycling bin and buy a new copy (and I was shocked at how expensive it was: at $32, it's much more than the other children's/YA hardcovers) because it had water damage and black mould on the bottom from the time when my brother stored some boxes of my books under his house - on dirt, on a steep hillside - while I was in Japan. Idiotic thing to do. I also lost my original copy of Philosopher's Stone too, which is why I have the Raincoast (Canadian) edition of it now.The Goblet of Fire starts, as usual, at the end of the summer holidays before Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts. Because Harry now has a godfather - escaped mass murderer Sirius Black - the Dursleys are being, not nice, but careful not to overtly abuse Harry less this mad protector hears about it. So when Harry is invited to the final match in the Quidditch World Cup by his best friend, Ron Weasley, Uncle Vernon reluctantly agrees.The World Cup final is between Ireland and Bulgaria, and the Weasleys have seats in the top box. After the game, several Death Eaters - supporters of Lord Voldemort - make an appearance, as does the Dark Mark in the sky. It's just the beginning of the signs that Voldemort is on his way back, and when Harry's name comes out of the Goblet of Fire, making him a fourth school Champion in the Triwizard Tournament, it's clear that something foul is afoot.I tend to think of this book as the end of Harry's childhood, because things get extra serious, Cedric Diggory is murdered, and Lord Voldemort returns. The next three books are noticeably darker in tone and deed, and unlike in Chamber of Secrets , people - Harry's friends - start dying. I always felt more tense, here on out (in a good way).The ending of this book always makes me cry. Cedric's death is one of those horrible, senseless deaths. Rowling makes sure you're going to have a personal stake in Harry's drive to defeat Voldemort, after Cedric's death, for Cedric was a genuinely good, likeable boy. Dumbledore's memorial speech at the end is incredibly moving - truly, Dumbledore gets some of the best lines, and is a phenomenal character and role model. To be honest, this series is as good for children learning about right and wrong etc., as the fairy tales used to be. (Fairy tales are cautionary tales using analogies to impart warnings etc.) If children learn morals from books, this series has lots to impart.Goblet of Fire is a busy book, with a great deal happening over the course of a school year. We also learn more about Snape, though we've barely scratched the surface with this complex character. I love Snape as a perfect example of someone who seems bad but fights for "good" - not black and white, in other words. The introduction of two other wizarding schools - Beauxbattons and Durmstrang - as well as learning about Hagrid's giantess mother, also introduced issues of race and prejudice (further from the Muggle and Mudblood prejudices) into the story, as well as some fun new characters. We not only get this wider scope of the wizarding world in terms of learning about other schools, we also get a more political novel - ministry officials not only make an appearance but have important roles in the plot, their "adult" politics filter into Harry's world and awareness: that awareness that adult decisions have huge impact on a child's world, their life, and that adults don't always make the right decision or know everything; that it's more than okay to question an adult. Because, just because adults are adult, doesn't make them irreproachable, or wise, or unquestionable. And when kids realise that, they've taken the first step into the adult world of disabused notions, unfairness, hypocrisy and ulterior motives.And Hermione's determination to make the school's house-elves see that they're slave labour and insist on fair wages and freedom, raises questions not only about workers' rights but also misguided assumptions and placing your own views and beliefs on others just because you're sure you're right, regardless of other "people's" culture and belief system. (Yes they are technically slave labour, but it was more interesting reading it as an analogy for colonialism and/or religious preaching/missionary work in "uncivilised" parts.)The events in this book make it one of the more exciting ones, as well as its climactic ending, but there's still some very nice character development going on. Ron's insecurities, as coming from a large family that overshadows him, comes out again and you have to feel for him, his reaction is understandable (as someone who comes from a family of five kids, all of whom are much louder than me, I know the feeling!).One of the things I noticed this time 'round, knowing who the enemy at Hogwarts is (who put Harry's name in the Goblet), was how much Harry learnt off Moody, who, yes, was making sure Harry won the Tournament, but in doing so taught him much, gave him the tools or motivated Harry to get them for himself (all the hexes and jinks he learns, for instance), to battle Voldemort and defend himself. It's quite ironic really. I always felt equally betrayed by Moody/Barty Couch, because I liked him so much as Harry's teacher and mentor! The real Moody I feel you never really get to know, in comparison.It's funny, I've only seen the movie once too but I was surprised, when reading the book, that it's Dobby who gives Harry the gillyweed and solves that problem for him - Moody plants the information with Neville but Harry never asks around for help. In the movie, Neville does help him in this task, and I loved that. I love it when Neville gets appreciated, he's one of my favourite minor characters and more important than you ever realise. The movie did a good job in changing that around, it worked well for the screen. But I had completely forgotten that it's Dobby who helps Harry, in the book!Overall, the story becomes more complex and more gripping, with this fourth instalment. Things are chugging along at a fine pace, the stakes are higher than ever, Voldemort is a real threat now and the wizarding world continues to be developed and added to so that it's hard (or simply more fun) to remember that it's not real. Now I'm off to watch the movie again! :)

Michelle {Book Hangovers}

Another job well done!Another book I now LOVE!!J.K. Rowling does not disappoint. EVER!!!That was another phenomenal adventure with Harry and the gang! As always, with these books, I was introduced to many new characters. All creative and unique in their own ways. Rowling sure does know how to write and captivate her audience with being so descriptive and paying so much attention to detail. Her writing is.... MAGICAL!With Harry, Ron and Hermione getting older the writing style changes IMO. Definitely more mature and a roller-coaster of emotions. Jealousy, fighting/arguing, interest in the other sex, and even death! I was a blubbering mess near the end of this book!Most of you have read this book, maybe more than once, maybe more than twice! lol! This is my very first time with this series. Now I can see what the big fuss is all about. Now I understand why my brother, who is a year older than me, would line up outside the bookstore at midnight waiting for one of the books to be released. Dressed up like Harry along with other HP fans.These books are that good!! I've seen the movies (except part 1 & 2 of The Deathly Hallows) and they were good but OF COURSE they left out a bunch of stuff and changed things around. SO UNCOOL MAN!! So, duh! The books are way better, times 100! I can NOT wait to continue my journey with HP and the gang!!On to book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix here I come :)

Salymar

AWESOME! Just fudging awesome. Now this is what you call a book! (same with my other favorites). Hehe.I felt like I was completely carried inside the book, exactly in Harry's position (and in the realm of Hogwarts) forced with the life he never even asked for. That is life for Harry Potter; adventurous, difficult, troublesome and dangerous. However, somewhere in the deep and dark unseen spaces are the shadows of people who truly look out for him and his precious life.I have decided, upon reflecting, that I have never been this blown away in my life (better than what I felt in my 2012 Favorite Book, Divergent series). This is the best Harry Potter series so far.Eventhough the book has 700pages, the plot can simply be justified shortly by trying to connect some of the usual school events to the event happened in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Well, in a normal (muggles-way) school there's this activity called 'inter-school tournament' or UAAP where three (3) or more school compete with each other in terms of sports and academic activities. And I think, whoever wins the competition will receive the 'Best School Award'. :p Anyway, in the world of HP, they call it (in a most general way) the ancient tournament (Triwizard Tournament) between Hogwarts and two other European wizarding schools. It was held on that certain year in Hogwarts but only a Seventh Year or students aging seventeen and above will only be allowed and chosen from each school to compete. Dumbfoundedly, students and professors were dramatically awry to hear that Harry Potter who has more than three years to qualify in the dangerous and challenging tournament is somehow chosen to compete after his name is mysteriously nominated.(I personally call that one a diplomatic plot, somehow short and polite but vague. XD)Still and all, I noted some of the overt and unobtrusive things a person will learn and think about upon reading this book:Trust as a best ingredient for a long-lasting friendship- It shows, obviously between our trio heroes mainly in Harry and Ron. However, jealousy had withstand their way partly in the middle of the story but they've solved it unknowingly.Diversion- I actually compared Hogwart's divisions (Gryffindor (brave) , Ravenclaw (Intelligent), Slytherin (Power Hungry) and Hufflepuff (Honest and Hard-workers) to Veronica Roth's Abnegation, Erudite, Amity, Candor and Dauntless. I admire how both author (Roth and Rowling) have created the idea that only behaviors and attitudes can divide the world. I just found it rather cool. ;)Neville Longbotton- I purposely reserve this spot for him. I cried when I learned what happened to his parents. How and what would you feel when you have living parents but they don't reckon remembering you? Imagine yourself in that scenario because that's exactly what Neville has gone through ever since he's just a kid. No one have ever thought that beneath his funny face lies a child haunted by the tragic things that has happened to him and his family. From this day forward. I will seriously be against BULLYING!(to be continued)

Mohammed Al-Garawi

This book, in my opinion, is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best one of the first four books. I loved how the author established the environment in the first book, and I absolutely enjoyed how she established the characters of the story in the second and third books.But this one is just different, this one showed me the brilliance of Rowling. I absolutely loved how she utilized everything she established previously, and at the same time introduced many new characters, and in the process, created a brilliant story. Even though the author didn't spend that much time to revisit some of the details and to stress on some of the attribute of some of the old characters, this book was actually longer than the previous books. The author perfectly utilized everything she introduced in the first three books to create a perfect story with a perfect plot.I absolutely loved how she planted many riddles here and there and finally solved everything in one mind-blowing chapter.As ridiculous as this might sound, for the fact that this is a fantasy book, every single thing made sense.Again, I'm really happy I decided to read the books!

Keely

I am beginning to regret reviewing these all in a row, as I feel I need repeat myself. Then again, the theme and structure of the books is repetitious, so perhaps there is little else I can add.By this point, Rowling has caught her stride, and begun that inescapable page-climb for which she became--especially in the young-adult genre--especially infamous. This book is, more than anything, an expansion of the world and of events. She puts off Quidditch at the school--perhaps out of a fear that Harry's Gryffindors playing every year would grow dull. Instead, we have the Tri-Wizard Tournament and the World Quidditch Cup (to tide us over). Many critiques of Rowling's world-building--previously grumblings--can begin in earnest here, as she expands the world of wizards from a small cadre into a full-blown, worldwide community of secret-keeping.Not only are there the questions of Why all the secrecy, but now How, as well. The plot leaps around as is its wont, aided by a magical urging here or a convenient villain there, and the promised 'dead character' is, of course, one almost entirely given importance solely in this text. This certainly isn't the most underwhelming that her promise of future deaths will become, but it is a foreshadowing.The characters and conflicts are exciting as ever, and as she finally developed the pacing in the last book to prevent us losing ourself in a plot which twists and turns not so much like a maze, but like a meandering goat trail, we can at least now feel the wind in our hair as we gallop along it.I really wish that the various psychological and foreshadowed elements would resolve themselves, but one often as not finds that the climax comes with a sense of "oh, are we here already?" rather than "I've been waiting for this".Rowling seems to do better when things are darker and more hopeless (or perhaps those are the only moments when she cannot draw into the waistcoats of her child's lit contemporaries for inspiration), and this book continues the trend that began with a darker change in tone in 'Prisoner of Azkaban' and culminating in the next offering.My Fantasy Book Suggestions

Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)

I don't know why I thought I'd actually be able to review these books. I can't. I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said and really I don't think I could manage anything other than some flailing and fangirling. So here you go: *flails**fangirls*

Jo ★ The Book Sloth★

** spoiler alert ** This one is my second favorite book in the series. I was determines to savor it so I promised myself to read only a chapter a day. It didn't happen exactly like this but I just couldn't resist some times.Three schoolsOne man in disguiseOne trickFour championsThree challengesTwo friendships testedOne Evil Lord rebornOne battleOne deathOne unforgetable book...

Jay Kristoff

This was the book that broke me from the HP series. My bride insists they got better, but she also married me, so her taste is... suspect.I loved Prisoner of Azkaban. Great struggle, clever time-travel story (very hard to do) and our first real glimpses of the dark places where this series would head. I liked that shift, I really did. So what broke me?Firstly, the plot holes. Well, more accurately, one plot hole, but it was a frackin' doozy. You know the opening scene in Star Wars where the camera is beneath the belly of the Star Destroyer and the shot just goes on and on for about ten frackin' minutes and you can practically hear George Lucas yelling "That's right, Star Destroyers are REALLY BIG, bitches!"? Well, this was a Star Destroyer sized plot hole. (view spoiler)[ Rowling goes to some length spelling out that portkeys can be anything. A cup. A book. A fluffy bunny. She also establishes that you can't teleport in and out of Hogwarts, because it's warded. Fair enough. BUT, Harry and his chums have often left the grounds of HG's, to go and drink 'butterbeer' or buy living chocolate frogs or snog in alleyways or whatever. The precedent has been set that they can and do leave the school grounds. FFS, Harry lived outside of Hogwarts for YEARS (and yeah Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru's [or whatever] place was magicked so folks couldn't find him, but how did he get back and forth to it, eh? A TRAIN.)SO, you are an evil overlord trying to take over the world. You need Harry's blood to get your body back. You have an agent WITHIN Hogwarts, despite all these magical defenses, disguised as a teacher that Harry implicitly trusts.Do you:a) Set in place an elaborate ruse, framed around this enormous tri-wizard tournament, which (presumably) is under scrutiny by the most powerful wizards in the world and the ministry of magic, in which you manipulate events so that Harry not only enters the tournament (despite rules that expressly say that he's not old enough) but wins it, touches the tri-wizard cup, which, despite all these defenses and wizard-y scrutiny and security, you've managed to turn into a frackin' portkey (yes, you're that good) so that he gets teleported away from the tourney grounds into your evil clutches and hey, you bleed that bitch.b) Have your agent (who Harry implicitly trusts) say "hey Potter, what's say we head down to the pub for a mug of butterbeer and I'll tell you some stuff about your dad/mum/long lost twin?" use all your evil-wizardyness to change a mug of butterbeer into a portkey, and save everyone around 400 pages of this book.Sorry, but I didn't buy it. I've read many fan arguments explaining why the tri-wizard tournament and everything around it wasn't window-dressing on an overly complicated plan, the fruits of which could have very easily been borne by a far less convoluted and complex Evil Scheme(tm) which, granted, probably wouldn't have made a very interesting book, but YOUR WAREZ, I AM NOT BUYING THEM. (hide spoiler)]But second, and more importantly, it was in GoF that I realized that Harry was going to win. That he was just awesome, and no matter what rules were set in place (you're too young to enter the tournament/you're ten years old, why on earth would we put you in the CLUTCH position on our Quidditch team/you wear glasses, the ladiez don't dig dudes in glasses) he would triumph. Rowling LOVED Harry. She loved all the Harry gang. Too much. And it became painfully obvious that these kids were going to win, without a single fatality/crippling sacrifice/crushing loss. That in the end, Voldemort would be beaten, and Harry would marry Ginny, and Ron would marry Hermione and everyone would live happily ever after and make lots of adorable wizard babies.This was the book Harry ceased being a character and became a caricature. A SUPERHERO. Superheros bore me. I want torment. I want LOSS. I want my heroes to pay a TANGIBLE and TERRIBLE price for their victories. And no, killing tertiary characters doesn't count. (view spoiler)[Digory? The Weasley twin? Even Dumbledore (yeah I know he dies, I got spoiled) is disposable. (hide spoiler)]I need to believe my heroes could fail. I know they probably won't. I know the good guys will eventually win. But I need to be afraid for them. I need to be scanning the faces of the MAIN characters and wondering "which one of you will be dead/emotionally crippled/hideously disfigured before the final act is over?" And I never believed for a second that Rowling would harm a hair on their heady-head-heads.(view spoiler)[And, turns out, she didn't. :P (hide spoiler)](shrugs)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

Elisa (Just a Hunch Book Blog)

I'm not sure if I should review this right now or not. I'm nearly done with Order of the Phoenix, so my thoughts might possibly come out a bit blurred between both books, but I'm just going to to give it my best shot anyway, and I may or may not decide to post in the end. (Hint: If you're reading this, I decided to post.)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Who else remembers seeing this monster for the first time? I believe I was in the 8th grade when it made its debut. Now, I was not quite old enough to hang out at midnight book releases (though this was the last Potter book that I didn't go to one) or even to really keep up with release dates of things (I know, shameful), but fortunately I had that cool Uncle I mentioned back in my review for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Uncle Mike kept up with all big-time book, movie, and tv premieres and made it his solemn duty to be sure that the kids related to him would be on top of things.So, even though I was not really even fully aware it was out, Uncle Mike snagged me a copy on the release day and gave it to me as a (two month early) birthday present. At the time, my cousin and I had somewhat of an unhealthily competitive relationship, so we entered into an unspoken race to see who would finish first. I'm sure we each have our own version of how things went down, but dear goodreads readers-- believe me when I tell you I totally got this one in the bag. And if you've seen the size of this thing, you know that is a serious victory.Yes. It is a big book-- for a kid, it almost feels as daunting as cracking open the bible. Luckily, it reads a little faster (and that's coming from a Christian). For the first time, we are given a look into some of the wizardry outside Hogwarts-- and it's awesome. Beauxbatons and Durmstang-- two wizarding schools which differ largely from Hogwarts. Harry is entered against his will into what is known as "The Triwizard Tournament" to compete against members of other schools in various tests of skill, strength, and courage. The winner is awarded a buttload of galleons, a pretty little cup, and you know-- glory and stuff. Though Harry is initially a little freaked over his name mysteriously being entered, he's still successful in the competition...to no one's surprise.One of the most notable happenings in the book is that painful Ron/Harry feud which, when Ron is your favorite character, seems to last an eternity, but is in reality a fairly short portion of the book. Even though he acted a fool, I stand by my man-- it has to be hard living in Harry's shadow. And speaking of my man, or, uh, Hermione's man to be more precise-- how can you not love the first sure-fire sign of their feelings for one another at the Yule Ball? It doesn't get played nearly as well in the movie, (through no fault of Rupert Grint or Emma Watson) but that is some fun stuff in the book. I also like that Harry gets turned down by Cho. I know-- it sounds terrible, but no one should have everything come easy to them. From the fun and frivolous ball to the quirky, entertaining competition tasks, much of the book maintains its usual light tone. But there's a reason this book is as big as it is; it's hiding one hell of a punch to the gut.SPOILER!!!!He-who-must-not-be-named returns. And he sucks. Hard.Cedric Diggory, Harry's fellow Hogwarts competitor, is dealt a quick but cruel death, the first significant one of the series. I, for one, was not expecting it. I mean I always figured ol' Voldy would come back, it just didn't enter my wee little brain that that would mean characters I cared about might actually, you know, die.Then right after the sobfest that is Cedric's death, Harry is reuinted with his parents for a brief moment. It is beautiful and tragic and at that point in my life, I had never read anything like it. The value Rowling intends to instill with the conclusion of the story-- that we need not separate ourselves so fiercely, even though our differences might be great, is one that's important to all people groups. Yes, even us stuffy Christians;) Thought this is the fourth book, it feels oddly like the beginning. I can't wait to write my next reviews. Thanks for reading (I don't know why I've gone strangely formal). So how did I do in a review in which I actually talk about the plot?

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