Audio Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Audio Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #4
Published by Scholastic on 07/08/2000
Genres: Fantasy, fantasy, Middle Grade, Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Jim Dale
Source: Library
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five-stars

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!

five-stars

4 Responses to “Audio Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling”

  1. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

    How DO you review Harry Potter? I don’t know if I could possibly even attempt it, so major kudos to you for doing it successfully! Would you believe that in high school I had never heard of Harry Potter? I didn’t actually know it was a thing until freshman year of college when a friend’s MOM was telling me she was reading the books. And then the movie came out that year. Crazy how old these books actually are! I think this one (GoF) is one of my favorites of the series. Everything just steps up and becomes so intense! And I love how much you rediscover when you read these books… it’s almost a different reading experience every time!

  2. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    Oh my goodnes, I’m stalled on this book. I cannot make myself pick it back up and I’m ashamed to say that. What I need to do is check out the audiobook from the library and let Jim Dale read it for me. I’m about 3/4 thru so I don’t want to quit but honestly I’ve been “reading” it for probably a few months now. YIKES. And it’s my first read. I don’t want to quit on HP! I’m lame!

  3. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I applaud you for reviewing something this epic! I re-read Sorcerer’s Stone earlier this year and couldn’t come up with enough stuff to say beyond I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I am in a bit of a reading slump so I think I need to dive back into HP to get me going again. Great and thoughtful review!

  4. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Goblet of Fire is my favorite HP book, and after reading your review, I feel the need to re-read it again myself! One day though I will reread the whole series and it will be interesting to pick up on all the nuances – I know I read through the series very fast so I wasn’t able to really appreciate that aspect of the story.

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