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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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By J. K. Rowling
Like the woman needs more money. The books are undeinably good, though.
Read: Dunno when the first time was (in HS, I know) but reread April 2005.

Let me start off by saying that I have not finished it yet- I'm about 30-40 pages from the end. I think it'll make a review safer, since GoF is a turning point.

J. K. should be congratulated. GoF is 734 pages of suspense, intrigue, fear, mystery- and just a smidge of teen wannabe-romance to make it REALLY interesting. (Just so you all know, I tend to prefer cannon.) And, we're finally allowed a glimpse of the wizarding world outside Britain. The book begins with the Quidditch World Cup, this year held in Britain. The Weasleys have secured tickets via Arthur's Ministry friends, and the whole family (Minus the missus- I missed her.) troops off, with Harry and Hermione, for some end of summer fun.

The match itself is rather brief (in light of the rest of the book, this is probably a blessing, but it felt too easy for a world-class match) but has plenty of significance, so pay attention!! After the match, signs of Voldy wreak havoc. Harry worries.

When he gets to Hogwarts, they give him something to REALLY worry about- the Triwizard Tournament. Students from two rival European wizarding schools (Beauxbatons and Durmstrang) arrive to participate. Each school may have one champion to compete in the events. Despite rules restricting anyone under the age of 17 from entering, Harry is chosen by an impartial judge to participate. Shock, outrage-! …and who put Harry's name in there, anyway?! HE didn't. Champions have indeed died in the past…

Someone is out to kill Harry.


And there you have the overall scheme of things. I made it sound dreadfully snippy, but it really isn't anything of the kind. It's very serious, a little dark- and the kids' investigations are really challenged this time. Will the library FAIL Hermione?! We really get to see more of Harry's personal mettle here- he procrastinates, drives himself, and even sacrifices. This is excellent, as I usually find him to be rather flat. We also learn more about Voldy's reign of terror, from Harry's godfather and Professor Moody, the peg-legged ex-Auror with an itchy wand finger. The mystery of Neville's absent parents is also explained. (*weep* I love Neville! Why can't NEVILLE be the hero?! Why can't he just be friends with them!? Poor Neviiiiille!) The Ministry of Magic is heavily involved in this book, as they are the coordinators of both the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament. As such, they are responsible for all the oddities… as Rita Skeeter, the sleazy reporter with an enchanted Quotes Quill (which will twist your words to get a better angle for her story) never lets them forget.

See all that? THAT is interesting. And I haven't even given anything away about the tournament.

A last word: I AM getting a bit worn out by all the Long Villain Monologues. I mean, that's two so far. And YKW's was, like, five pages long. ENOUGH, ALREADY! It was like watching a bad Bond-ripoff, without a hot villain to hold your attention! …please, Ms. Rowling… find some way to mix it up in future?

But I will say this- you WILL be horrified by the end.

Now go read it!!! *runs off to do the same*


Written by Shen

April 15, 2005 at 1:03 pm

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  1. I heard, If everything goes as planned, the 6th Harry Potter movie is set to be released in November 21st 2008-Thanksgiving weekend. Until then, part 5 will make its way to the cinemas in July 2007.
    Summer debut for “Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix” is without a doubt one of the most expected movies of the moment, even if the filming just started and will last another year.
    The 7th and final book is expected hit the jackpot even harder since J.K Rowling suggested that some of the main characters might die, including Harry Potter. I just can’t wait it!


    September 6, 2006 at 5:37 am

  2. Has anybody seen the sneak peak of the next Harry Potter? I heard it’ll debut on HBO in late November.

    mr skin

    November 8, 2006 at 12:49 pm

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