Confessions of A Harry Potter Virgin: Edition 4: The Goblet of Fire

Posted on 09/03/2013 in Book Review / 18 Comments

Confessions of a Harry Potter Virgin


At 33 years old, I had never read Harry Potter. In a world full of Muggles and Witches and Wizards, and tens of thousands of memes dedicated to all things Potter, I was unknowing. Oh, I followed Voldemort on Twitter and giggled at some of the things he said….but I didn’t get it. You don’t truly get it until you’ve read the books, even in a world saturated with Potterisms. I didn’t know about dragons, or three-headed dogs that could be sung to sleep, or potions and spells, or Quidditch and the Snitch, or Gryffindor, or invisible cloaks, or Platform 9 ¾. I didn’t know the Hogwarts school song, and I hadn’t met the Weasley Twins yet…or Professor Snape and Dumbledore. I may just have been one of the last people on Earth to begin waiting on my own letter (which, I suspect my postman may have stolen…). Yes, at 33, I was a Harry Potter Virgin. These are my confessions of a Harry Potter virgin.

Confessions of A Harry Potter Virgin: Edition 4: The Goblet of FireHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #4
Published by Scholastic Press on 7/8/2000
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Pages: 734
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift

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 ...

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS! Do not read these reviews if you have not read the books!

 I have had a lot of people tell me that The Goblet of Fire was their least favorite book in the series, but I really loved it!  Rowling brought in new, fresh characters, and a competiton that was dark and foreboding.  The only thing I missed from this book was all the Quidditch matches at Hogwarts. I really love Quidditch!

So, some things I enjoyed:

The Dursleys are afraid of Harry now, because they’ve found out who his Godfather is. *chuckles*

The Quidditch Cup, because seriously, all that magic!  Rowling made me feel like I was really there, and I visualized it perfectly in my mind.  It reminded me of what the World Cup looks like on TV.

The Triwizard Tournament!  I full expected Harry to be a part of it, but then the three names are called and they are not his.  Until there is a fourth name!  Well played, Rowling, well played.



The Weasley Twins become dead set on opening a joke shop instead of joining the ministry.

We find out more about Hagrid!

So okay, I cried a little, because Cedric Diggory died, and I really liked Cedric.  Ceddy was a stand-up kid.  It angered me mightily that Voldemort basically sacrificed him because he wanted Harry so badly.  I have strong suspicions of the ties between Harry and ol’ Voldy.

I could keep going, but all in all, The Goblet of Fire was the second most suspenseful Potter book so far for me and I really loved it (even though it was really kind of sad).  I think it’s my second favorite in the series, behind The Prisoner of Azkaban and I can’t wait to read what happens next!  Fangirl mode: ON.

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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18 responses to “Confessions of A Harry Potter Virgin: Edition 4: The Goblet of Fire

  1. juliecookies

    I agree, this one was awesome! The tournament was great and there were so many details, new creatures, and new problems introduced. Fun book!

  2. GOF was the first Harry book I owned. I got it one Friday afternoon as a thank-you from my mum for looking after my two siblings whilst she was feeding the calves she was raising. I was still up at 2am reading Harry’s journey through the Triwizard Maze. It’s my favourite of the series, followed very closely behind by DH.

  3. mandikaye

    Goblet of Fire will always hold a special place in my heart simply because it’s the first one that I pre-ordered and waited impatiently to arrive on release day. And when it came, I promptly opened it, sat down, and didn’t move for 4 hours (man, I read so much faster when I was younger). \nEverything was shiny and new from this point forward for me. And I loved it.

  4. book_travels

    I loved Prisioner of Azkaban because it’s a dark book, but after the Goblet they all have this feeling for me.

  5. queendsheena

    Welcome to Harry Potter Jen and glad you’re loving it. I had some issues with the movie version but this book lived up the greatness of the Potter series. Cedric’s death was sad, especially with how dismissive Voldemort was about.  But Voldemort’s reward to Wormtail shows he knows how to gain allies and also later a big weakness in the wizarding world of exclusion of those considered less than.  Anyway this was a great book filled with action, tragedy, friendship and of course magic.

  6. Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog BookaddictBieke Sounds like it yeah =) \nHey, I put your blog on my stalking list :p (blogroll) Maybe weird question, but would you consider putting my button on your blog too? :p

  7. queendsheena

    BookaddictBieke Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog queendsheena \nNot at all, added.

  8. queendsheena Very good points, this is definitely the book that expounds on how evil Voldemort really is and what he’ll do to get what he wants.  And yeah, the division between muggle-born and wizard-born….it feels so racist.  I can see the parallels.

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