Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
I have struggled in finding my reading mojo for nearly a year and half. Thankful, it seems to be back and not only am I excited to be reading again, it seems that I have a plan that works for me.
This was the perfect book to end my challenge. Now, I'll probably finish a book or two between here and New Years, but it feels like I've completed the race. If I finish more, great. If I don't finish any more books, then that's also great.
This entry into Harry Potter in many ways, is a turning point. Harry will continue with school, but Voldemort isn't an empty threat anymore. The threat and the danger isn't necessarily tied to school antics and tests. The books from here on out get darker, and the threat gets more real. This is the turning point in this series from school fun and games.
I've read a lot of lighter stuff this year-series and kids books. Now, like young Mr. Potter, it's time to start delving into the harder stuff, the darker stuff. I can't wait for the new year, new books, and to finish my reread of Mr. Potter.
This is the book where things really start getting dark, I think. I mean, it starts out as kind of fun and light hearted, but with the death of Cedric at the end it just gets really depressing. And the series really never recovers from this downward spiral. That doesn't mean that the later boos are bad, just that a lot of the whimsy is gone and the darkness takes over.
I rated my book 4 and a half stars. It is exciting, surprising, scary, sad, entertaining, and interesting.
This book is about a tournament called the Triwizard Tournament involves 3 schools.
Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beuxbotans.3 task are involved. Harry completes all three tasks until the third task when a professor Alaser Moody turns the winners’ cup into a portkey to lord Voldamort.
Alaser Moody isn’t a real professor he is really Barty Crouch.
When Harry and Cedric touch the cup they have to fight lord Voldamort.
Sadly Cedric dies.
My favorite part is when Sirius had to turn out of animagus in front of professor Snape
Jasmine J 11-8-16
Meanwhile we watch the materialism of the attraction between Ron and Hermione. We meet Mad Eye Moody. We learn more about Neville, and his family. We find out just how many death eaters are still living among the British population, and we learn just how ruthless Voldemort can be.
All in all this is a very satisfying volume of the Harry Potter series. This is the book that transforms the series from a children's series to a Young Adult series. The series grows up with the characters.
I would recommend this book to be read by parents and grandparents with their 12-14 year olds. Yes, they will let you read it to them, even at that age. It's a great bonding experience to have with them.
Short of that I would recommend this series to anyone who likes fantasy fiction. This book can be read as a stand alone. Rowling is very good about bringing readers up to date, but I don't recommend starting with this one, simply because of the HP culture and language is lost if you don't know what the terms all mean.
The Goblet of Fire is my least favourite Harry Potter book. It’s the only one that actually manages to bore and even annoy me.
I do enjoy parts of it but sadly the main events of the book are exactly the parts I have my issues with;
The entire Quidditch World Cup chapters simply bore me. I am generally not too fond of Quidditch but I felt these scenes were just unnecessarily long.
I feel the same about the Triwizard Tournament. For some reason I didn’t manage to get into it. It certainly had its moments but I felt bored of it for most of the time. The non tournament related scenes were much more appealing to me!
Of course – the final chapters of this book were thrilling and left you wanting to grab the next book straight away. But still – all in all – the tournament feels much too long. I also find Bagman a very irritating character and it gets very tiring to read his scenes.
But to also mention some things I enjoyed about this book: the introduction of Luna! And I quite liked the phase in which Harry was an outsider. Not that I’d wish for him but these scenes got me quite worked up and it’s great if a book manages to mess with your emotions!