Book Review #2: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Book Synopsis

The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learned, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march...

Bec's Rating

Bec's Review

This is my favourite Harry Potter book by far. Not only is there an exciting tournament this year in which Harry must compete, and which may cost him his very life, but one of the teachers involved in the running of this tournament is silently working against him, trying to lead him into a trap and into Voldemort’s waiting hands.

This is also the book where for the first time you learn of some other Wizarding schools, and get hope that there may be one near you. These new students also provide some new characters, new interactions, chemistry and of course, conflicts. Especially when you add in the fact that, as 14 year olds, the students are beginning to become interested in the other sex, combined with a Christmas ball to which they are allowed to bring a guest.

It is another time when you feel that Harry Potter is growing with you. Where before, relationships were not really a topic of issue, in this book you really begin to start to wonder just who will end up with who, and matching characters up in your head.

Once again this book has a twist, in that the teacher working against Harry comes from an unexpected source. It is twists like this that, on the first time reading, really make you admire Jo’s writing and, on secondary readings, allow you to admire the little hints leading up to the twists and question how you could have missed something that while in reality is so subtle, now appears so obvious.

Disclaimer: May not be appropriate for young children due to violence.