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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

In the fourth installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry, Ron and Hermione attend the Quidditch World Cup finals between Ireland and Bulgaria with the rest of the Weasleys. Following the game, a sign is seen in the night sky — the Dark Mark. The sign that Lord Voldermort used with his faithful followers, the Death Eaters. As Harry returns to school, troubled with his scar hurting during the holidays and the sight of the Dark Mark, he and his friends are in for a surprise. Instead of Quidditch this year, there is to be the Triwizard Tournament. It’s a competition between champions chosen from each of three schools — Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Drumstrang. The rules are that the contestant has to be 17 years or older. A champion from each of the schools is chosen by the Goblet of Fire — Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Viktor Krum from each of the aforementioned schools. But everyone is in for a surprise. A fourth name is called out — Harry Potter. Who doesn’t meet the age requirement. Harry’s entry causes a rift between his and Ron’s friendship. Harry and the other champions go through the tournament escaping dragons, saving people from the bottom of the lake and going through a maze with several obstacles. But the question is — who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire in the first place? And why? The twist in the end will shock you.

The fourth book is a lot darker than the previous books and a lot thicker. While bravery is once again a predominant theme, there is also the message of teamwork and community spirit. Harry is able to succeed on the tasks thanks to help prior to the tasks from Hermione and Ron as well as from Professor Moody, Dobby, Hagrid and Cedric. Another predominant issue and theme discussed is that of slavery. House-elves (like Dobby) are the lowest of the low in the wizarding world and work for no pay. Hermione is used to pass this message against slavery by standing up for elves’ rights. Once again, discrimination and prejudice as exists in our world is viewed in the magical world with pure-blood wizards and witches humiliating Muggles, negative judgements about giants and the continued battle against half-bloods and Mudbloods. The power of the press is also explored as articles in the Daily Prophet which are clearly lies and exaggerations are taken as gospel by some readers, similar to what occurs in the world today.

Once again, a brilliant piece of literary work by J. K. Rowling.

My rating:

 

To read the first three reviews click: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3.

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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    Prajakta
    June 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

    There are so many underlying themes in this book. I feel this is one of the most successful and most brilliant kidnapping plots that I have ever read. It is so ironic that all those people who want to protect Harry from being harmed work hard with him so that he wins the Cup, ultimately to be kidnapped. Brilliant work there! Apart from that, we can enjoy the teenage jealousy that comes between two best friends (seen that again in book 7.) The book is totally non-put-downable. That’s the case with the whole HP series. Harry shows exceptional qualities of gallantry and consideration when he is ready to share the cup with Cedric. This book is really the middle point of the series. This is where You-Know-Who is back. (Sorry for the spoilers.)

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    Prajakta
    June 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

    There are so many underlying themes in this book. I feel this is one of the most successful and most brilliant kidnapping plots that I have ever read. It is so ironic that all those people who want to protect Harry from being harmed work hard with him so that he wins the Cup, ultimately to be kidnapped. Brilliant work there! Apart from that, we can enjoy the teenage jealousy that comes between two best friends (seen that again in book 7.) The book is totally non-put-downable. That’s the case with the whole HP series. Harry shows exceptional qualities of gallantry and consideration when he is ready to share the cup with Cedric. This book is really the middle point of the series. This is where You-Know-Who is back. (Sorry for the spoilers.)

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    Deepthi
    June 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Great review 🙂 I liked the way you have mapped it to real world!!When I read this book for the first time,I was shocked by the twist at the end(Jr.BC)…It was one of the best books of the series….Kudos to J K Rowling for the way she wrote Harry Potter…..

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    Deepthi
    June 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Great review 🙂 I liked the way you have mapped it to real world!!When I read this book for the first time,I was shocked by the twist at the end(Jr.BC)…It was one of the best books of the series….Kudos to J K Rowling for the way she wrote Harry Potter…..

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    Comfy
    June 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    As you said a dark book, kind of a turning point for the rest of the series. But the depth of the book and how the story flows keeps everyone hooked. And the surprise turn in the end, brilliant.

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    Comfy
    June 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    As you said a dark book, kind of a turning point for the rest of the series. But the depth of the book and how the story flows keeps everyone hooked. And the surprise turn in the end, brilliant.

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    Psych Babbler
    June 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Oh for sure…the best kidnapping plot ever! And yes, there is a lot of irony in the book too. I also forgot to mention the teenage awkwardness around asking out the opposite sex and the like…written in a brilliant manner and very humourous and realistic. And don’t worry about spoliers…I’m sure whoever reads this has read the book any way. OR at least watched the movie! 😛

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    Psych Babbler
    June 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Oh for sure…the best kidnapping plot ever! And yes, there is a lot of irony in the book too. I also forgot to mention the teenage awkwardness around asking out the opposite sex and the like…written in a brilliant manner and very humourous and realistic. And don’t worry about spoliers…I’m sure whoever reads this has read the book any way. OR at least watched the movie! 😛

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    Psych Babbler
    June 24, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Totally! I remember this being unputdownable (like the third too) and the ending is just out of this world in terms of twists!

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    Psych Babbler
    June 24, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Totally! I remember this being unputdownable (like the third too) and the ending is just out of this world in terms of twists!

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    Anjali
    June 27, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I loved the other characters she has introduiced in this bool like Reeta Skeeter, Moody, Victor Krum etc.

    She has knack of designing characters.

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    Anjali
    June 27, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I loved the other characters she has introduiced in this bool like Reeta Skeeter, Moody, Victor Krum etc.

    She has knack of designing characters.

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    Psych Babbler
    June 29, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Welcome here Anjali! She does have a brilliant way of creating the most interesting characters! You really get to loathe Rita Skeeter, don’t you? Signs of a brilliant author! 🙂 Keep visiting!

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    Psych Babbler
    June 29, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Welcome here Anjali! She does have a brilliant way of creating the most interesting characters! You really get to loathe Rita Skeeter, don’t you? Signs of a brilliant author! 🙂 Keep visiting!

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