Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire | Potterthon #4

POTTERTHON DAY #4 !

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Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Joanne Kathleen Rowling ( pen names-J.K Rowling, Robert Galbraith) is a British author who was born on 31 July, 1965 in Gloucestershire, England. Besides being an author, she is also well known as a philanthropist, producer and screenwriter. She is best known for the Harry Potter series which having sold more than 500 million copies, is the best selling book series in history. Her life as both an author and an individual is an inspiration and continues to be a beacon of hope for all. She is undoubtedly, my favourite author of all time.

GENRE:

Fantasy fiction, young adult fiction, drama, mystery, thriller, bildungsroman. [Courtesy of Google]

( According to Wikipedia, Bildungsroman is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood in which character change is important.)

MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK

Wow, we’re already on day 4 of Potterthon! Today I’ll be reviewing the fourth book from the Harry Potter series. Given below are the links to the reviews of the first three books!

Here are a few traits common to the first 7 books:
➡Highly imaginative and vivid descriptions.
➡Sarcastic and casual language.
➡Suspenseful and captivating read.
➡In depth descriptions of each and every character.
➡Wise quotes and values making every book fit for adults and children.
➡ Every character is super sassy in their own way(or audacious, if you prefer a more formal word).

You know your mother, Malfoy?” said Harry “That expression she’s got, like she’s got dung under her nose? Has she always looked like that, or was it just because you were with her?

Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire is a huge turning point in the entire series. In this book, we meet a 14 year old Harry. J.K Rowling has laid a huge emphasis on the teenage side of matters with both Harry and Hermione developing crushes on Cho Chang and Victor Krum respectively. The book begins on a humorous line where we see the Weasleys meeting the Dursleys and the twins playing a prank on Dudley(Harry’s cousin). As always, the twins add a strong humorous undertone to the whole story.

Because – oh shut up laughing, you two – because they’ve just been turned down by girls they asked to the ball!

We meet quite a few characters in this book. But the main plot is distinctly different to that of the previous books. Here, we are introduced to the Triwizard Tournament where 3 wizards/witches are picked from three schools; Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang to compete against each other in three tasks. To the new reader, the idea of other wizarding schools other than Hogwarts comes as a shock but is nonetheless welcome. Given below is a quote that describes Harry’s and Ron’s (along with most of the boys’) reaction at seeing Fleur Delacour, the champion from Beauxbatons.

She’s a veela!” he said hoarsely to Harry.
“Of course she isn’t!” said Hermione tartly. “I don’t see anyone else gaping at her like an idiot!”

Unlike the first three books, in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, the author has given more importance to the competition, its tasks and the personal lives of the characters rather than school life. As the story progresses, we see Ron and Hermione developing, each in their own distinct and appreciable ways. Ron’s first falling out with Harry comes as a genuine shock, especially considering that this is the first time. We see Harry and Ron going through a tough period and their sorrow at the absence of their best friend and Hermione being made to act as a mediator between them makes for a captivating read. Readers get to see a Hermione who is less of a nerd and more of a girl, with feelings and insecurities.

Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!

Moving onto the new characters, we meet Cedric Diggory, a Hufflepuff who is selected as the Hogwarts champion. In Cedric, we see a sincere and hardworking and popular boy who is well known among his peers and beloved by all, especially his parents. He appears to be the very epitome of a Hufflepuff and is seen to value loyalty above all. Him getting selected to represent Hogwarts in the Triwizard Tournament is an anticipated moment for the reader and a proud one for the students and staff of Hogwarts.

Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.

I loved how Dumbledore is wise and slightly more sarcastic than usual in this book. The movie Dumbledore was a bit disappointing but the book was amazing as always. Dumbledore’s ability to be gentle but sharp, is often overlooked. His witty but sarcastic replies are a delight to any reader.

I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.

Needless to mention, we also see Dobby who is still faithful to Harry and ends up being his life saver(yet again) for the second task. And of course, the twins! Need I say more? The whole book is generously littered with their antics and humor. We get to see a more wider picture of the Weasleys, with more attention being paid to Percy and Charlie, Ron’s brothers. We are introduced to Charlie in a vague manner and get to know him as a person handling dragons. Percy on the other hand who was a model and pompous student, is seen as a Ministry official. His position at the Ministry offers numerous opportunities to the twins to make the reader laugh at his expense.

Percy wouldn’t notice a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing one of Dobby’s hats.

We are introduced to yet another Defence against The Dark Arts teacher who remains a crucial character in the following books. Mad-eye Moody or Alastor Moody is an eccentric auror, well known for ‘filling up half of Azkaban’. He is popular as a Dark Wizard catcher and is noticed for his catchy phrase ‘Constant Vigilance!’. He comes across as an extremely cautious and slightly paranoid but exceptionally powerful and clever wizard. He is also often seen as being mocked by students for his eccentricity but admired as a Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher.

Constant vigilance!

Apart from Moody and Charlie, we meet Victor and Fleur, the champions from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons respectively. We also see Sirius a lot who is still a wanted man. We meet Igor Karkaroff, a former dark wizard, but now as the headmaster of Durmstrang and Madame Olympe Maxime, the headmistress of Beauxbatons. Readers get to see a little drama with her and Hagrid who seems to develop a crush on her. We also see more of the Patil twins in this book!

Yeah you can have a word,” said Harry savagely. “Good-bye”

Of course! I can’t believe I forgot the despicable Rita Skeeter and her magic quill. In her, we see a person with a strong inclination for fame and an incredibly annoying and insulting attitude. However, fortunately Hermione makes sure she is dealt with at the end. From the Ministry’s side, we meet a rather meticulous official, Barty Crouch and his elf, Winky and in stark contrast to Barty, an easy- going, goofy official by the name of Ludo Bagman.

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

J.K Rowling has done a wonderful job in bringing the tournament to life through words and manages to keep the reader enraptured throughout. She has also dealt with discrimination in a profound and effective manner, focussing on Hagrid’s acquaintance with Madame Olympe. Through Hagrid, she spreads the message of individuality and emphasises on how one’s birth shouldn’t define him/her. We are who we are and proud of it.

I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.

Given below is a second quote by Rubeus Hagrid so you can see how truly amazing he is!

No good sittin’ worryin’ abou’ it,” he said. “What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.

Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire ends on a more serious and dangerous note and is the beginning of a more mature journey. Till the third book, the protogonist and his peers are children and the books proceed with a similar air. However, in the fourth book, we see the characters as growing teens. At the end, the reader is forced to experience a heart wrenching moment of loss and the book ends on a terrible and forebding note, but remains hopeful all the same.

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

Personally, I don’t think this is the best book in the series. However, it is crucial to read it to gain a comprehensive understanding of the subsequent books. But, I suppose this dislike could be attributed to the fact that I was expecting something different. Even though the competiton takes the front stage, J.K Rowling manages to keep the reader awaiting the end with several incidents in the background. On the whole, it fits in with the franchise perfectly but stands out at the same time, due to the change in the general atmosphere.

Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.

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