Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter
Published by Scholastic Press on July 8, 2000
Genres: Harry Potter, Magic, Middle Grade
Pages: 734 : Paperback edition
Source: Purchased at a Scholastic warehouse sale
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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.
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
I LOVE the Goblet of Fire! All the challenges and the suspense and build up towards the end. It’s nice reading it again at an older age because I can catch more things along the way that I know are coming too. For example, despite the fact that Moody is a fake Moody, he’s still a really likeable character who helps Harry out a lot.
I love the foreshadowing in this book too! When Dumbledore and Harry are talking to each other about the rise of Voldemort and whether or not Snape is a Death Eater:
Harry looked into Dumbledore’s light blue eyes, and the thing he really wanted to know spilled out of his mouth before he could stop it.
‘What made you think he’d really stopped supporting Voldemort, Professor?’
Dumbledore held Harry’s gaze for a few seconds, and then said, ‘That Harry, is a matter between Professor Snape and myself.
If only he could have told Harry right then about Lily! Would have saved a lot of people a lot of turmoil, but I guess it all makes sense in the end *sobs*. And of course at the end when Harry gives his earnings to the Weasley twins and they’re thunderstruck that he would do such a thing and Harry tells them, “We could all do with a few laughs.” Yeah!? Well I’m not laughing, I’m sobbing very loudly (I’m only half joking)!
Anyways, on to the next Harry Potter, which is probably one of my top favorites of the series!