The Goblet of Fire (#9/50)

Book version: “Did you put your name into the Goblet of Fire, Harry?” he [Dumbledore] asked calmly.


The movies generally did a good job following the books, but this scene…just…ugh. Anyway, loved this book – as I do the entire series – so without further ado, here is the next selection for my Fifty Book Challenge:

Title – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Author – J.K. Rowling

Page count – 734

**Major spoilers for this installment!! Don’t read ahead if you haven’t read the book!**

Obviously this is a long book, so I won’t do a detailed summary, but the main event is the Triwizard Tournament which takes place at Hogwarts. Three different magical schools each select a person to compete in a series of tasks, which test their magical abilities, bravery, etc. Harry Potter becomes involved in the tournament due to a plot by Lord Voldemort to return to power (you’ll remember that baby Harry was the cause of Voldemort’s downfall thirteen years prior).

I love finding bits of foreshadowing that I missed the first time I read the book! For instance, when Voldemort and Wormtail are talking at the Riddle house at the start of the book, plotting Voldemort’s return to power, one thing Voldemort says is, “I will allow you [Wormtail] to perform an essential task for me, one that many of my followers would give their right hands to perform…” And of course, that is literally what Wormtail is forced to contribute when making the potion in the graveyard toward the end of the book.

The other instance is when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on the train to Hogwarts at the start of the year. Hermione likes to read her textbooks for fun (don’t lie, you would too if you came from the muggle world and got to study magic). She decides to read The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4 and try to learn a Summoning Charm. This, of course, is the very spell that Harry would need to learn to complete the first task.

There are two passages I really like from this book. The first is from Sirius, when Hermione, Ron, and Harry are describing how Mr. Crouch fired his house elf after the Dark Mark was cast at the Quidditch World Cup:

“She’s got the measure of Crouch better than you have, Ron. If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

The second is from Dumbledore’s tribute to Cedric Diggory at the end of the book:

“…in the light of Lord Voldemort’s return, we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. Lord Voldemort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”


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