I’m back with this again.
Coming to the fourth book in my re-read of all the Harry Potter books, is the Goblet of Fire, which is basically a pivot for the entire story.
The phrase ‘people grew up with these books’ is evident from the pages of this genius creation. The book goes to themes much darker than any before it. There’s a death in the opening chapter, after all. And then a couple of chapters on, there’s an uprising terrorist attack. Even the year at Hogwarts, intentionally, is much more dangerous for Harry than any of the other three. Rowling went all out with making this more of an adult’s story than a children’s one. And this might be stretching, but this is an actual extract from the book:
“Seamus and Dean, who were working nearby, sniggered loudly, though not loudly enough to mask the excited squeals from Lavender Brown – ‘Oh, Professor, look! I think I’ve got an unaspected planet! Oooh, which one’s that, Professor?’
‘It is Uranus, my dear,’ said Professor Trelawney, peering down at the chart.
‘Can I have a look at Uranus, too, Lavender?’ said Ron.”
That took me aback for a couple of seconds. And on the same note, the ‘teenage factor’ really kicks in with this book, and Harry notices Cho Chang a lot. I like that. It makes the books feel more real, and more to be related to.
A strange mix of characters, which is really saying something, considering this is Harry Potter, are present in this book, and adds an air of complexity and diversity to the plot, setting, and atmosphere. The school year, as mentioned earlier, isn’t much like the others, which (despite being disappointed with the lack of Quidditch) I really appreciated, because compared to the last three books, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire felt fresh, and considering its conclusion, really is like a second beginning for the entire story, and one could argue that this is the most important book of the lot, although I’m not one to discriminate anything Potter-related.
I don’t need to say much about the humour, craziness or tone of the book, because they all carry on – and get better – from the previous books.
On a scale where M is the lowest, and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating: