The Big Read

Books from Childhood – No.5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling

The Goblet of  Fire ranks nearly 20 places higher on the list than the rest of the Harry Potter series and I think it is due to the fact it was the newest book, plus it was only a month until the next instalment came out when the list was published, rather than it being significantly better than the first 3. Now don’t misunderstand me I am not saying that I don’t like The Goblet of Fire I hold it in equal regard with the others, which if you have read my previous reviews is highly indeed.

So what do I like about it? Change. We have change and it comes in just as I was starting to get a bit bored with the same old routine at Hogwarts. By introducing the tri-wizard cup we are introduced to the extended magical universe, there are other wizard schools? Of course there are why had I never even considered that? The Quidditch World Cup also does this for the first time we, and Harry, see how the magical community operates on a much larger scale. And of course there is real danger and not just for Harry this time.

*Spoilers*

In The Prisoner of Azkaban we saw the way that Rowling can masterfully weave her mysteries into a seamless narrative. In The Goblet of Fire the fabric gets even thicker. As the novel is so much longer there is more space for more characters to influence the story and there are so many layers to this narrative it is as if the book has grown with the audience; they are older and more able to comprehend a multifaceted narrative. The Riddle house, seeming random yet which we come back to not only at the end of this novel but also in The Half-Blood Prince,  Barty Crouch who could’ve guessed that his story would be so entwined with Voldemort’s. The disappearance of Bertha Jorkins holds the same quality. At first you think it is just a sign of Voldemort’s rise to power but no you got us again J.K.

Then for the first time in the series we have gut-wrenching, soul bearing emotion. We realise that despite all his previous victories, Harry isn’t indestructible; he’s a little orphan boy with the weight of the world on his shoulders. The events in the graveyard force Harry’s transition into adulthood and we see in the moment when Voldemort forces Harry to fight, turning him into sport for the Death Eaters, the death of the boy in the cupboard under the stairs. When Harry returns clutching Cedric’s dead body, when we see him sat in Moody’s office, in Dumbledore’s office Rowling makes us feel the weight of his trauma and I know it broke my heart.

Rating: 5/5

Would recommend to: READ IT. PLEASE.

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