Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (HP #4) by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars

Daniela’s review:


Blurb:

“There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways … their magical prowess – their daring – their powers of deduction – and, of course, their ability to cope with danger.”

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!

Another book and another year (in the series) that has gone by. Harry Potter’s story is just one that makes you fall in love more and more with every word, it’s amazing. No matter your age, the moment you start reading these books you grow a littler with every page you turn.

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

Ok so, here it goes. It took me a while to finish this book, which sucked, because life kept getting in the way, especially work. I wanted to read but I just couldn’t do it for more than an hour or so. But I did it, for the third time, I think.

The Goblet of Fire starts pretty much with the Quidditch World Cup, even though there were a few things before that that were just the best (it involved the Weasly twins, some joke candies and Dudley). What seems to be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the best sport in the world, turns out to be the start of a dark time for the wizarding world; Death Eaters get involved and start causing caos and making everyone panic. Some may not realize it at first, but the signs are there. The world the wizards knew for the last 13 years was changing.

Once school starts, we get introduced to this wonderful and dangerous thing that is the Triwizarding Tournament. This is a competition that involves three different students, from three different schools, that will have to accomplish three different tasks. Since we’re in a world in which everything is possible, the tasks are not easy. There are dangerous creatures and mazes involved, that will make each and every participant fight (literally) for their lives. But this year’s tournament turns out to be a bit more complicated than it already is. Harry is forced to be a part of this dangerous competition, which not only will put him at risk more than once, but it’ll put his relationship with his friends in doubt. Harry must find courage to do what he needs to do to survive.

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

It’s amazing, this story… The characters we meet for the first time and the ones we already know by heart simply take you by the hand and make you live their experiences as if you were right there. If you don’t feel part of this story while you’re reading it, you’re definitely doing it wrong. I think that’s part of the beauty of Harry Potter. You are Harry, Ron and Hermione. They’re your friends, your family. I love everything about them and those who’re with them.

“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”

In this particular book we’re introduced to new characters too, and each of them play a major part in the story, from the new house-elf, Winky whose loyalty to the family she serves knows no limit, to the reporter of the Daily Prophet, Rita Skeeter, whose need to give the people something to talk about does not know any limits, either. I think this is the book in which the seed against Snape starts growing, at least with more force. How can he be on Dumbledore’s side when he was once a Death Eater? Can he really change sides? Harry’s doubts become yours.

It’s hard to not compare the books to the movies once you’ve seen them. I love every single one of the movies because, even though they don’t show a lot of things, they stick to the story pretty well. But once you’re rereading the books and seeing the movies simultaneously, you pay more attention to the little (and not so little) things that they left out. This won’t make you love the movies any less, at least it didn’t do that to me, but it still left me wondering a bit. The movie doesn’t cover everything, clearly, but you must know this: yes, the movie is amazing, but there are a lot of things you don’t know, that you’re missing out. This book is just a wonderful thing to read, completely flawless. I say everyone should read them at least once.

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