Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling is the 4th in this classic series.
If you are following along with Harry’s story, you must be as enamored with this series as I am. They keep getting better, but a little darker.
This one starts very dark with Harry seeing someone killed by Voldemort in a dream. Then, when they go to the Quidditch World Cup, the Death Eaters show up. So before Harry even arrives at school, things are taking a bad turn.
Harry is going into his 4th year at Hogwarts. Another new teacher arrives, Mad-Eye Moody. This year, as a special treat, Hogwats is hosting the Tri-Wizard Tournament, where two other wizarding schools will come and participate in events, one student from each school. Somehow Harry wins a place in the tournament, even though he swears he did not put his name in the cup, and the age of 17 magic enchantment was in place. The three events will put all of them to the test.
Oh, and there are the “enslaved” house elves.
On a “lighter” note, there is the Yule Ball. As they are now 14, girls and boys are starting to notice each other, but not with particularly happy results. And both Harry and Ron struggle asking out a girl.
Rowling is having everyone grow with the passing years, as should be the case. Although this one doesn’t end as happily as others, we are seeing the bonds that were created that first year are stronger than ever. We see the friendships strained, but never broken. We see heartache, and anger. And, as in real life, we see death.
Favorite Quotes from The Goblet of Fire:
“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
“Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!”
“What’s life without a few dragons?”
Re-Read: July 2015