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Review of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling

by - May 30, 2018


Series: Harry Potter
Genres: Fantasy, Magic
Pages: 617
Publisher:Bloomsbury
Release Date: 08/07/2000
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The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive! The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

 
I can't write a 'proper' review of Harry Potter. I'm 26, so when Harry Potter was released I was right at the age it was marketed towards. I remember starting to notice the hype around Harry Potter when the third book was released (I was 8) and I bought all three books for my holiday. I didn't have a great childhood to be honest and these books were very much my escape. I would beg and beg to get a copy on the release date and my Gran would literally have to fight crowds to get them, I've never seen so much hype around any other book since. So basically, I can't review something that was my entire childhood - here's everything I loved during this re-read (the rating for this one is lower, explained above) instead (also I'm presuming that you've read the book, so potential spoilers)
  • Pigwidgeon being described as a fluffy snitch. I've held an owl that looked just like the Pig from the movies and they truly are the smallest things.
  • "picturing Dumbledore, with his long silver beard, full-length wizard's robes and pointed hat, stretched out on a beach somewhere, rubbing suntan lotion into his long crooked nose."
  • Mr Weasley trying to fix the Dursley's fireplace after realising that travelling via floo powder to a boarded up fireplace was a terrible idea
  • Mr Weasley not understanding why the Dursleys wouldn't want to say goodbye to their nephew
  • "It suddenly occured to Harry how odd this would look if a Muggle were to walk up here now... nine people, two grown men, clutching this manky old boot in the semi-darkness..." Sounds like a typical Friday night round here if you ask me
  • My favourite ever Harry Potter character: "One of them was a very old wizard who was wearing a long flowery nightgown. The other was clearly a Ministry wizard; he was holding out a pair of pinstriped trousers and almost crying with exasperation. 'Just put them on, Archie, there's a good chap, you can't walk around like that, the Muggle on the gate's already getting suspicious -' 'I bought this in a Muggle shop,' said the old wizard stubbornly. 'Muggles wear them.' 'Muggle women wear them, Archie, not the men, they wear these,' said the Ministry wizard, and he brandished the pinstriped trousers. 'I'm not putting them on,' said old Archie in indignation. 'I like a healthy breeze around my privates, thanks."
  • 'Vell, ve fought bravely,' said a gloomy voice behind Harry. He looked around, it was Bulgarian Minister For Magic. 'You can speak English!' said Fudge, sounding outraged. 'And you've been letting me mime everything all day!' 'Vell, it vos very funny,' said the Bulgarian Minister, shrugging.
  • Stan Shunpike trying to chat up the Veela. Later books never really clarified what happened to him.
  • Professor McGonagall slipping on a wet patch and nearly strangling Hermione in the process.
  • Dumbledore attempting to tell potentially dirty jokes before being stopped by McGonagall.
  • 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.
  • Fred and George trying to fool the Goblet of Fire and ending up looking like Dumbledore's cousins.
  • 'Did you put your name into the Goblet of Fire, Harry?' Dumbledore asked CALMLY.
  • The lake sea monster thingy eating toast.
  • Hagrid trying out his French - at least we can work out what he meant by 'Bong-Sewer'.
  • That there's a book called 'Men Who Love Dragons Too Much'
  • 'The bell was due to ring at any moment, and Harry and Ron, who had been having a sword fight with a couple of Fred and George's fake wans at the back of the class, looked up, Ron now holding a tin parrot, and Harry, a rubber haddock.
  • The suits of armour being bewitched to sing carols at anyone who passes them. - 'It was quite something to hear 'Oh Come, All Ye Faithful' sung by an empty helmet that only knew half the words.
  • Harry being an ungrateful git and not appreciating Dobby's Christmas gift of knitted socks.
  • 'You don't think anything that Skeeter cow - sorry Professor,' he added quickly, looking at Dumbledore. 'I have gone temporarily deaf and haven't any idea what you said, Harry, said Dumbledore, twiddling his thumbs and staring at the ceiling.
  • Dumbledore speaking mermish
  • The Lestranges being a married couple but lets forget that to shove in the terrible plot device in Cursed Child I'm not bitter
  • Sirius being called Snuffles
  • Voldemort's wand light was green, while Harry's in red - Slytherin and Gryffindor.
 

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