Series: Harry Potter #4
Published by Scholastic on 07/08/2000
Genres: Fantasy, fantasy, Middle Grade, Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult
Narrator: Jim Dale
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...
It is just so difficult to review a book that I love so much, and I have been struggling a lot writing reviews for my re-read of the Harry Potter series. Because, how can I ever review these books? Below are just my reactions to this re-read of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.
J.K. Rowling certainly starts this book off with a bang – and a scary one at that. It really foreshadows how dark the books are going to become.
As always, my absolute love for the Harry Potter series is so much based on my love of the characters. Harry, of course, is a boy I just wish I could have given a huge hug to. I love seeing how much Harry has grown in this book, from the 11 year old boy in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry can definitely be a bit snarky, and I love that he always stands up for his friends, Ron and Hermione. Ron and Harry have a bit of an issue there towards the beginning of the school year, and although I hate that they go through that, it’s sooo freaking realistic. Another thing that I love about this series, how realistic everyone’s personalities and reactions are, even set in a magical world.
I always love Hermione, but man I absolutely ADORED her in Goblet of Fire. I love who her date to the Yule Ball was, and her new cause of freeing the House Elves. I love how she doesn’t get involved in the argument between Ron and Harry. Really, what don’t I love about Hermione?
Since this is a re-read, I obviously know what happens, but I still always pick up new things that amaze me. This time around, I couldn’t help but be especially impressed with how good J.K. Rowling is with throwing in red herrings throughout the novel to toss the reader off course. And how good she is about concealing one of the baddies! Everything is so subtle, and it takes a lot for a book to surprise me, because I’ve read so many mysteries. But J.K. Rowling can do it.
I was in high school when Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released, and I had already read the first three books. I was so excited to get my hands on this one, and everyone was talking about how someone dies. The first time I read it, I wasn’t really all that sad (but I was 16 or 17 so my reading was different than it is now), but now, man I was so, so sad about it. I was sad for the person who was killed, and so sad for Harry. I could completely empathize with how shell-shocked Harry was.
One last observation from this re-read was how well J.K. Rowling set the scene for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I never noticed that before, but this time I did. See, I’m always learning new things with every re-read of Harry Potter. It doesn’t matter how many times I read Harry Potter or how old I get, I will always love these books!