Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Book Review

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was quite thicker than the previous ones and therefore, it took me some time to finish it. Let me get straight to the book review because I already know that 80% of you have already read it.

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date Published: September 1st 2014
Language: English
Number of Pages: 617
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 9781408855683
My Rating: 5

The Triwizard Tournament

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire revolves totally around the Triwizard Tournament. However, before that, we get to see the Quidditch world cup. If you noticed how I used ‘see’ to refer what I read, you’ll know how picturesque the writing of J.K. Rowling is.

One thing that bothered me in the pages before the Triwizard Tournament began is the length of the sequences. At times I felt that things were stretching. But then, things really picked up when Harry was picked up by the Goblet of Fire for the tournament despite of his young age and the charms Dumbledore had put around the Goblet to restrict anyone below the age trying to enter the tournament. It leaves Harry and almost everyone flabbergasted; except one person that you can only figure out at the end. Good luck guessing though; Rowling has done a real fine job at laying down the whole mystery.

The Three Tasks

I can’t express how Rowling has penned down the three tasks. While flipping the pages, you can actually feel that you are watching the tasks happen. It’s breathtaking. I almost hooted the moment Harry shouted ‘Accio’ in the first task. I didn’t know the second task is going to literally leave me breathless. However, it was the final task and the pages after Harry said ‘Expelliarmus’ that blew away my mind. I won’t of course mention where his wand was pointed in those sequences, but it is something to wait for.

Things are growing much darker.

I already mentioned while reviewing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban that things have started turning darker. However, with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, it has turned upside down. If you thought dementors were the worst, watch out! This book also reveals many more secrets. I really wish I had not seen the movies earlier because no matter how forgetful I am, I can’t forget what happened in Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince. Every time there is a revelation about Snape, it sort of takes me to the future.

The kids are growing too.

I love how J.K. Rowling keeps taking one step at a time. It’s like living the whole journey of Harry and his friends. You get to see Harry and Ron ask out girls for the dance, you see Hermione transforming into a teenager and it’s laughable but Harry and Ron can’t even recognize her when she dresses up. At the end, Hermione does something for the first time – she kissed Harry on the cheek while saying goodbye. I might sound totally in awe of characters but I’m simply in love with how things are building up.

At the end, I was deeply satisfied and a little heartbroken.

It is quite difficult to mention everything, but I would say (again) that I absolutely loved reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. All the twists and turns, all the little elements that Rowling has a penchant for putting into the story as subplots or subthemes, the building up of characters in entirety, the entire mystery, the shocking revelations and the thrill. I can’t praise Rowling enough and it is something every fan of hers share.

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

It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.

Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.

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Anmol Rawat

Anmol Rawat is a writer, which, considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense. His debut solo book ‘ABCs of Horror’ is a collection of 26 terrifying standalone tales. He thinks Game of Thrones and Supernatural are the best TV series ever made and devours on Nicholas Sparks, Dan Brown, Stephen King & John Green. He would kill for a good cup of Cappuccino, as should all right thinking people.
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  1. This was the only book in the series that tested my patience. While I loved the tasks and its conceptualization, I was miffed that Harry couldn’t do any of it without help! He’s the hero, for God’s sake. In this book, I loved Cedric! He was braver than anyone else.

    • Ummm yeah, you’re kind of right, but I liked that he was kind of helpless for once 😀 Anyhow, obviously it wasn’t as good as the previous three books, but I still loved it 🙂

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