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.Harry 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
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 mermaids. WHO KNEW THERE WERE MERMAIDS IN THE POND????
HE HAD TO “FIGHT” A DRAGON!
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.