by J. K. Rowling
Published: 8th July 2000
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Synopsis: The fourth book in the Harry Potter series sees Harry having one of the best summers of his life at the Burrow and at the Quidditch World Cup. Of course, things soon go awry when Voldemort’s brand, the Dark Mark, is seen searing across the sky and rampaging Death Eaters cause chaos after the final match. The Hogwart’s students’ fears are soon put aside when they learn their school will be hosting the first Triwizard Tournament in 202 years with students from Hogwarts, Beaubatons and Durmstrang competing. The three champions from each school are selected by the Goblet of Fire: Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Viktor Krum. Mysteriously, the Goblet then produces one more contender, Harry Potter. Locked in a magical contract, Harry must use all his guts and guile to complete all three arduous tasks whilst trying to solve the conundrum of who put his name in the Goblet of Fire.
💜 What I loved 💜
Things begin to get serious in the Goblet of Fire. Murder is abound, ugly prejudices rear their heads and jealousy and mistrust are rife. But Goblet also retains some of carefree aspects of the first three books to keep the dourness at bay and that’s why Goblet is my second favourite (after Prisoner of Azkaban) in the Harry Potter series. Darkness and danger simmer under the surface throughout Goblet: Harry’s disturbing visions of Voldemort, the sinister deed of Harry’s name being put in the Goblet and the disappearance of Ministry worker, Bertha Jorkins. These are deftly quashed by the excitement and relative safety of Harry completing Triwizard tasks. We know that nothing that life threatening can happen to Harry in the tasks while Dumbledore oversees all three of them and we celebrate with abandon at each of Harry’s triumphs.
That is why the savagery and the serious threat to Harry’s life comes so jarringly and overwhelmingly at the end of the book. You are knocked just as off kilter as Harry is and need the chapters at the end of the book to process what has happened and recuperate as he does. And that’s what I love about this book; the duality. Harry is still dealing with his teenage school life: who to ask to the Yule Ball, arguments with Ron and Hermione and mastering charms and hexes. At the same time, a building wave of adult issues come gushing down upon him: his own mortality, the media turning against him and the death of a friend.
💀 Bad Bits 💀
I love Hermione. I will defend her to the death. That said, I find SPEW just as exasperating as Ron does! Similarly, Winky seems to irritate every nerve in my being (I think it’s the constant sobbing and floundering around morosely.) More Dobby, less Winky please!
Again this is very short as, as with Azkaban, there is very little I dislike about Goblet.
🌟 Cherished Character 🌟
We know from Prisoner of Azkaban that Cedric Diggory is a good guy. He tries to call off the quidditch match when Harry falls off his broom, despite having caught the snitch and winning Hufflepuff a much needed confidence boost. Despite being tall, handsome and clever, he shows no vanity and sheepishly brushes off the praises of his doting father. He represents the ever-maligned Hufflepuff and exemplifies their virtues of toil, altruism and fidelity. He and Harry go toe-to-toe at the tasks but always show each other respect and assist each other where they can. Friendship even begins to bud at the end. We can only imagine what could have been.
🐙 Magic Moment 🐙
When confronted by the sphinx in the third trial:
“Then she spoke, in a deep, hoarse voice. ‘You are very near your goal. The quickest way is past me.’ ‘So… so will you move please?‘ said Harry, knowing what the answer was going to be.”
Oh Harry! This is why I love you. Ever the optimist!
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Of course, Goblet of Fire is worthy of a Gold Bear award!