Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Publication Date: July 8, 2000
Story Perspective: Third-Person
Themes: Love, Friendship, Competition, Grief, Redemption, Revenge, Disillusionment
In this fourth installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry must contend with the fact that his name has been entered in the Goblet of Fire. Due to this, he must compete against students who are older and wiser than him. However, there is a more sinister plot at hand than just trying to win the trophy at the end of the Triwizard Tournament.
I have honestly lost track of the amount of times I’ve read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (and the entire Harry Potter series), however, with each reread, I come up with the same conclusion – this is one of my favorite series and I can absolutely see myself rereading the books again!
Our main trio were, of course, given more to work with as they begin to enter their teenage years. Crushes, asking girls out, dancing, and just not knowing how to act when you like some (yep, I’m talking to you, Ron!) can easily be found here. Even with these seemingly trivial aspects of teenage-hood, there’s no doubt they exist and everyone has to deal with them at some point in their lives. There is a line between sweet and endearing teenage issues and eye-rolling teenage issues that writers focus on, and I’m happy to say that Rowling has kept these teens as sweet and loving as ever.
The feelings toward characters I’ve loved and the ones I’ve disliked were strengthened her, with the exception of perhaps one – Severus Snape. There are such mixed emotions when Snape enters any scene, especially when he interacts with Harry, but when he shows his true loyalties, and the things he would sacrifice for the greater good, really pings my heart knowing the risks he has taken and will continue to take.
Of course, the plot was fast-paced and mixed with both humorous moments to serious, and even scary, ones. One of my favorite series of scenes was when Hermione finally figured out how that horrible Rita Skeeter was getting all her information. It was pure delight under the midst of horror when she captured that bug toward the end. I feel Rowling has such a great way in adding snippets here and there, and then wrapping them up nicely at the end. She also does an excellent job in leaving her audience with enough suspense for them to want to continue onto the next book.
Due to reading and listening to a podcast simultaneously, I was able to pick up more themes than I would have on my own. There were themes of love, revenge, friendship, betrayal, trust, disillusionment, competition, grief, guilt, happiness, faith, and so much more. All these themes add such depth to the book that it’s no wonder Harry Potter is a series that I enjoy rereading!
As a fair warning, this book is geared more towards young adults rather than children. There is death of a young boy, torture, evilness, and fear within some of the pages, especially toward the end. I’m sure many have thought this, but this is the turning point of the series where it is about to get darker.
Overall, if you couldn’t tell, I absolutely love Harry Potter and I can’t wait to being rereading the next one, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!
I would highly recommend this to those who have enjoyed the first three Harry Potter books and would enjoy reading a series about a young wizard who is trying to find his place in both the magical and muggle worlds.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
34 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!
Click on the links to see my reviews of other books in this series:
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
Here are some observations that I’ve made while rereading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
- I wish that Harry and Neville were better friends. I feel they have much more in common than most of their peers.
- When Barty Crouch Jr. was confessing to Harry, at the end of the novel, what he has done, I almost wonder if he felt he had to that to prove to Harry (and maybe himself) that everything he’s done was worth it in the end. Maybe he felt some kind of weird compassion toward Harry, since Barty has been teaching and looking out for Harry all year, and he wanted to show how he suffered, too.
- I can imagine how irresponsible and ignorant Dumbledore must have felt when he realized that Mad-Eye Moody wasn’t the true Auror, but a Death Eater, and that this insane person taught an entire year at Hogwarts right under his nose.
- When reading, I really took more notice of the inhumane way Winky, the Crouch’s house elf, was treated. Of course, I didn’t like the way Crouch just dismissed her, but even toward the end, I was surprised how she was treated by Dumbledore. She was brought from the kitchens to the room where Barty Crouch Jr. was, and Winky was clearly upset. She was then left in the room, had to witness her “Master” be given the dementor’s kiss and then left alone, with perhaps the lifeless body of her previous “Master”. After all the yelling between McGonagall and Fudge and going to the hospital wing to inform Dumbledore, it took a while before Dumbledore told Madam Pomfrey to return Winky to the kitchens with the other house elves.
Still an awesome read, though! Thank you, J.K. Rowling!