TITLE : Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
AUTHOR : J.K.Rowling
GENRE : Middle-Grade, YA Fantasy
FR RATING : 5 Stars
Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. 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. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.
Harry Potter is the one series that I will be coming back to over and over again. There is something special about it. The books have been a faithful companion when I was young. I loved the books and loved the movies as well. With each book, the series gets darker and the backstories are coming out at a faster pace.
Harry goes into his fourth year excited to start a new school year. He is happy because he has found his Godfather. Things are looking up this year for Harry. He gets to watch the Quidditch World Cup for the first time in his life. One thing that frightens him is the nightmares he saw before the World Cup that felt very real. He pushes fear aside and continues on with his life. He is having the time of his life with his best friends Hermione & Ron when everything comes crashing down around them. After some unfortunate moments and confusing events, they start school hoping things will be better. They come to know of the Triwizard Tournament that will be taking place at Hogwarts and every student is excited about the momentous occasion. We have adventure after adventure, ball dance and some fun times with the three friends. New characters are introduced. We learn more about the wizarding world and some marvels in it. The story was quite the ride and I enjoyed every second of it.
I loved the whole set up for the World Cup and the introduction of some very interesting characters. The wizarding world got a lot more complicated and layered. There is new information that has come to light. The whole idea of a tournament and ball was clever. I loved the challenges that were put forward and how the skills were to be evaluated.
Harry has become more aware of his strengths and weaknesses. We see a small fracture in his and Ron’s friendship. Hermione is as stable as ever. There is a new Dark Arts teacher who is very interesting and cunning. Snape, as usual, is a big bully. Sirius and Harry’s relationship is growing and I loved how protective he was of Harry and how willing he is to sacrifice his own safety for it. George and Fred are quieter in this movie and Percy has become insufferable with his obsession with work. Hagrid is so adorable and my love for the man grows with each book. I love how loving and pure-hearted he is and that alone makes him vulnerable despite his huge frame.
I loved the twists in this book and how everything got settled in the end preparing a new set up for the next book. The groundwork for the new book is in place in this book and the climax hints at the possibility of shifting alliances and unpredictable changes coming to Hogwarts.
This book like the other books in the series is entertaining and engaging at the same time. The overall reading experience was fun and I loved the reread as it helped me remember a lot of the key details that I forgot. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can’t wait to start my reread for The Order Of The Phoenix next. I gave the book 5 stars. Overall it was a fun read and I highly recommend checking it out. This book is apt for the middle grade and lower half of the YA age range. If you love adventure, magic, a group of misfits, and great friendships then you will love this book. Make sure to check out the series if you haven’t already.