Harry Potter Blogsplosion Day 7: #40 A Review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling + GIVEAWAY

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Rowling again graces us with another installment of the life of Harry Potter, our favorite wizard, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  Set during Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts, a magical school for witches and wizards, we follow Harry as he begins to expand on his previous knowledge of magical defense and an increasing threat from You-Know-Who.

This year, Hogwarts is bestowed the distinction of being the host school for an inter-magical school championship called the Triwizard Tournament.  Held for the first time in centuries, the tournament is comprised of three tasks that are meant to challenge the contestant’s magical skills and ability to perform under pressure.  Typically, it is held with one representative from the three great magical schools: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, The Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, and The Durmstrang Institute, however, this year four champions get selected.  After a student is picked from each of these schools, another name is surprisingly pulled from the cup, announcing the name of the fourth contender.  This fourth champion is Harry Potter, who technically is not allowed to enter the contest because he is well under the 17 year age limit.  However, he is eventually forced to enter as another representative of Hogwarts.  Confused and nervous of what lies ahead, Harry bravely enters the tournament, facing the tasks under the guidance of Alastor Moody, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.  Moody, an ex-auror and famous soldier against Voldemort and his followers, seems to be a huge help to Harry’s cause as he helps him along the way.  However, nothing can prepare Harry for what happens during the third and final task of the tournament.  Will Harry make it out of the tournament alive?  Will he be able to fight Voldemort’s seemingly inevitable rise to power?

What can I say about this book?  It is far and away my favorite Potter book in the series.  Of course, Rowling is a master at weaving multiple plot lines throughout all her novels, but she seems to do it especially well in this particular book.  In addition to the tournament, we also explore Hermione’s quest to gain fair wages and representation for house elves, bringing in complex themes and ideas that we have to see and deal with in our own world.  Also, we find out that Hagrid is half-giant, and we explore the implications this has on his career as Rita Skeeter does her expose on him.  There is also the over-arching theme of “international magical cooperation”, as the separate schools strive to strike up a sense of unity in the magical community.  This is important in the overall scheme of Voldemort’s rise to power, as the wizarding world must not only come to terms with his rise, but band together in order to defeat him.

Additionally, this book is important in that it is the first time which we see Voldemort’s true power as he takes control of his human body.  Up until now his threat had been more distant, as he was too weak to pose any true and present danger to the wizarding world.  Yes, he was becoming stronger, but we don’t totally take that into account until the final showdown of this novel.  The interaction and subsequent battle between Voldemort and Harry at the end of the novel is epic in terms of what it means to Harry and his struggle to avenge his parents’ murder, as well as Voldemort’s rebirth.  Harry now has a face and body to direct his anger towards, and Voldemort can finally try to destroy what almost destroyed him 14 years prior.  It’s interesting that in the face of the evidence of Voldemort’s return that the wizarding world would rather fold and deny such a thing was happening instead of galvanizing to fight him, but Harry of course doesn’t take this path.  His course is now set, and the final chapter of his fight against Voldemort can unfold.  This book is the gateway to the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort, and it’s a crucial pivot point for the series.  Rowling does an excellent job at accomplishing both of these tasks, and every time I read this book it makes me a Harry Potter fan all over again!

5 out of 5 Stars

This is my twelfth completed review for the Page to Screen Challenge
 
This is my fourth completed review for the Chunkster Challenge
 
Scholastic (2000)
Hardcover 734 pages
 
 
Giveaway
 
One lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Paperback) by J.K. Rowling.  For your chance to win simply leave a comment in the thread below.  Comments will be accepted through midnight of Saturday July 30, 2011.  Winner will be picked at random and announced on Sunday July 31, 2011.  Giveaway open to US & Canadian residents only. Good luck!!
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19 thoughts on “Harry Potter Blogsplosion Day 7: #40 A Review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling + GIVEAWAY

  1. Goblet of Fire is probably not my most favorite out of all the books. However I do love seeing the wizard world outside of school with the world cup. Since reading the book and watching the movie, I’ve always wanted one of those tents Mr. Weasley puts up. Would make camping so much more fun.

    • I totally agree with you!! Having one of those tents as a kid would have saved my parents the headache of “she’s in my spot” and the “her sleeping bag is touching my sleeping bag” that they had to listen to when I was a kid. I think the best part was the full kitchen and bathrooms! No peeing in the woods! Yippee!!

  2. I also think that the hallmark for this book is that Harry officially begins his journey from child to adult.

    Not counting the deaths of his parents since he was too young to remember, Harry–like most younger teens, especially boys–had no real concept of mortality. “Casualty of war” is more like a concept in a video game than in real life, as is “repercussions of your actions”). Even the times he risked his life in Books 1-3, he was rewarded for his risk-taking (ex: Weasley twins giving him a toilet seat cover in SS) rather than getting reprimanded for risking his life. In GoF, not only is Harry witness to extreme violence (Wormtail in the graveyard), but the death of someone only a few years older than him. Events like that change a person, especially one as young as Harry.

    Cedric’s death is also metaphorical for the death of Harry’s innocence in childhood, in a way. From that point on, Harry is effectively stripped of every adult mentor/father figure and he’s forced to go it alone–i.e., his childhood is done (dead). It kinda mirrors how, as teens grow up, they rely less on their parents as they develop their own independence. But since Harry really had no one to rebel *from,* Rowling had to rip the few adult supports in his life away from him by force.

    Smiles!
    Lori

  3. Goblet of Fire is one of my favorite Harry Potter books, though its hard to pick just one. The characters, the contests, the final scene in the graveyard–pure magic!

  4. I love Goblet of Fire! It definitely was my favorite book… I just love how jealous Ron gets over Krum 🙂

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  6. This is one of my favorites of the series, though Harry’s hair bothered me in the movie…no idea why though, haha.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE GIVEAWAY!! C:

    chocolatestarpie(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. Maybe I was wrong. Now that you mention it, maybe THIS is my favorite book in the series. It’s changing constantly lol. I have to thank you again for giving away this whole series and the CD. Such a fan of the books, hope I win at least one.

    I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
    anaavu@gmail.com

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