Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by
Series: Harry Potter #4
Published by in 2002
Genres: ,
Pages: 734

Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.

My thoughts:

It seemed to take forever to get through this one! I am so ready to move on to the next book, but I didn’t want to skip anything. That’s cheating after all. So, after finishing, my thoughts are as follows:

1) Watching that awful excuse for a movie had coloured my view of this book more than I expected, especially since I read the book way before seeing the movie. It’s actually not that bad – probably because the details are what makes the story and most if not all of them got left out in the film.

2) I know Rowling probably meant to be all metaphorical and whatnot on the whole house elves issue, but I’m still not sure I understand what she was getting at – it’s so confusing when the slaves themselves assert that this is what they want. Is Dobby really that odd, or have they been brainwashed for too long to know the difference? I like to think of myself as on Hermione’s side, because, well, I’ve always seen myself as a real life version of Hermione, but sometimes I have to agree with Ron – she’s not even listening to the House Elves!

3) I love Hagrid for many reasons, but one of the most important ones is:
“You all righ’?”
“No, yeh’re not. ‘Course yeh’re not. But yeh will be.”
We’ve all been there. We’ve all had someone ask us if we’re alright, and out of whatever stupid ideas we have about the situation we say “yeah I’m fine.” And you know what? Some days you just want them to look you straight back in the eyes and say “Liar”

4) Dumbledore is awesome and I wish Richard Harris had lived long enough to at least finish the role.

5) It’s really amusing to note where they had to have changed a British word for an American, and others where they didn’t. This is especially true since I spent a year there learning their slang, and translating on both sides of the ocean (I’ve been watching Primeval with a friend here, and every once in a while they’ll say something and she’ll look at me like “whaaaaat?” It usually takes me a minute to figure out why she’s confused). I’m also amused by the fact that none of these things that I could never have understood before detracted from my previous readings, or really added all that much to this reading – and so I would like to say to the publishers “Leave the originals alone, thank you! Americans aren’t all that stupid, and it doesn’t change anything!”

There’s more I could say, but I think I’ll leave it there for tonight. I’m going to take a break from Harry Potter for a few days, hopefully get some other reading done, and then back to it this weekend.


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3 Responses to “Book Review(ish): Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

  1. Lori says:

    I just started rereading this one! For some reason I don't remember a lot about it so I'm excited to refresh my memory!

    I love Hagrid too!!

  2. Megan @ Reading for Refuge says:

    I am glad I'm not the only one who didn't really "get" the house elves thing. Did it even ever get resolved? I think not. It was just a waste of 300 pages. I have really enjoyed reading these books for the first time, but I'm a little burnt out with them as well. Taking a break too, but I'm going to get to book 5 tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Anne says:

    @Lori – YAY! Let's spread the Hagrid love around! =)

    @Megan – I think the House Elves thing probably gets resolved later in the series. It doesn't go away anyways, but I don't quite remember, because I wasn't focusing on that on previous read-throughs. I don't blame you for being a little burnt out either – most of us had a few years between reading each for the first time, whereas you've only had a few days. Take a break, you deserve it!

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