Book Review: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

HP GoF CoverBook: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Published July 2000 by Scholastic|Pages: 734

Where I Got It: Paperback…and I now have no clue where I bought it

Series: Harry Potter #4

Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads|J.K. Rowling|Pottermore

Barnes And Noble Summary: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part tale of Harry Potter’s training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal — even by wizarding standards.

And in this case, different can be deadly.

Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.

My re-read of Harry Potter has been going pretty slow, and I’ve been reading a chapter here and a chapter there, but it should come as no surprise that I really liked Goblet Of Fire.  It’s not my favorite but it’s not my least favorite either.

I have to say, I got a little teary-eyed at the very end!  I definitely cried when reading HBP and DH, but never GoF.  That last chapter really got to me this time around, and I’m glad Dumbledore gave a speech about Cedric.  (Go Hufflepuff!)

The tournament…I liked it!  I don’t know if I necessarily liked it as much as before, but Harry having to deal with the tasks and people talking about him and Rita Skeeter’s articles…poor Harry!  He really did have a lot going on, with a lot of the school not liking that he was the 2nd Hogwarts champion, and I certainly don’t blame Hufflepuff for not being happy that Harry overshadowed their own champion.  I have to say that I like that the Hogwarts champion is from Hufflepuff.

Anyway, Harry and Ron have an interesting relationship for a good chunk of the book.  I get where Ron is coming from, and why he acts like a jealous idiot.  Granted, you think he’d know by know that Harry wouldn’t like about not putting his name in the goblet, but that side didn’t win out in this book.

For me, Goblet Of Fire is when the series really starts to change.  Prisoner Of Azkaban is a bit darker than Sorcerer’s Stone or Chamber Of Secrets, but Goblet Of Fire is a bit darker than the previous three books.  Things are definitely going to be different because of the return of Voldemort.

What’s interesting about Goblet Of Fire is that…I don’t have much to say about it.  Which is weird because I love Harry Potter, and the fact that I don’t have a lot to say…I just don’t know what to think about this!

Final Thoughts:

I really like Goblet Of Fire, despite the fact that I don’t have much to say about it.  It really is the turning point in the series for me, and I like how we see two other wizarding schools and a little bit of the international wizarding community.  Goblet of Fire gets 4 stars!

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