Cannonball Read #23: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire02/12/2010
I was just looking back through my reviews, and I realized that I finished this one and never wrote a review for it. I’m currently reading the next one in the series, Order of the Phoenix (my favorite), and Goblet of Fire passed under my review radar.
But before we get to that, we have a lot of interesting events. The Quidditch World Cup is a fantastic setting, and the details Rowling includes really tell us more about the wizarding world. We are introduced to a wide variety of wizards, and we get to see another magical setting outside the locations in the other books.
Later on in the novel, we find out that there will be no Quidditch matches at the school this year because the Tri-wizard Tournament is to be held held at Hogwarts. Students from two other schools of magic, Durmstrang and Beauxbatons, come to Hogwarts to compete. The three champions are selected, one from each school, and then the Goblet of Fire spits out Harry’s name. Harry has no idea how his name came to be called, but as it’s a binding magical contract, he must compete too. The tasks that the four contestants must achieve are complex, and we hear a lot about Harry’s inner anxiety over how he will compete.
Rowling also introduces a smarmy reporter, Rita Skeeter, who writes lies about Harry in the Daily Prophet. She’s used later in the series, to good end.
Goblet of Fire is pretty monumental for the series. The death of a peer sets the ball rolling for the sadness to come. So far, my daughter loves this one the best. Wait till she gets to the Order of the Phoenix!