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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Series: Harry Potter #4
Published by Scholastic on September 28th 2002
Genres: fantasy, YA
Source: Own book
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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 and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can't know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable ...
With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvellous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller
What a ride!
(spoiler alert: but come on, if you haven’t read the books yet, you never will)
This has always been my least favorite of all of the books. I have always thought of this book as a “sports” book – between the world Quiddich match in the beginning, and the Goblet of Fire year long event, it just felt like a sports book in my mind, and I’m SO not a sports person.
I don’t usually reread this one, when I’ve re-read any of the books in the series in the past – I almost always pick #5-7 to re-read, or maybe the first one.
But after not reading any of the books in the series for almost six years, and now that I’m re-reading them all in a row (read: obsessively rereading!) I realized what I had been missing. Wow, what a ride!
The kids’ are all of a sudden not kids anymore, but teenagers. Ron and Hermonine are starting to discover the first faint feelings for each other (though I don’t think either realize it at this point). Ginny starts to have a personality in this book & you start to see Neville & Dobby more, as well. You really start to know all of the characters, as a matter of fact, and knowing future events, you start to see all the foreshadowing that takes place in the book that you don’t notice upon first glance.
And of course, the ending… the final scenes, where Harry saves Cedric’s life in the maze, such a grown up thing to do, and then when Voldemort just kills Cedric, just like that, so fast, so quick, and it’s just written so unemotionally that you almost don’t feel his death… until Cedric asks Harry to bring his body back home to his parents and bam! You realize exactly what happened!