Being the middle book exactly in a seven book series, this book was expected to move the series forward. Trelawney’s prediction and what transpired after at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban brought some expectation of the book plot wise as well, and made me eager to read it.
The first chapter of the book sets the tone with the Dark Lord back at his old mansion and proving that his strength is returning by killing an old man. Then we go with Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys to the Quidditch World Cup final where Ireland meet Bulgaria. The match is eventful but it’s the aftermath that is more interesting. Then once back at Hogwarts, the next interesting tournament arrives. The Triwizard Tournament, pitting three champions representing three Schools of Magic against each other, is to be hosted by Hogwarts. But somehow Harry also is pulled into the tournament, adding danger to the journey.
I love the book because of the tournaments, of course, but also because it brought what I had been expecting since the first book almost… the return of the villain. And the way he returned was brilliant. The character of Alastor “Mad-eye” Moody was brilliant. The twist to his character sketch made me wonder if it was really how he would be, but other wizards’ comments on Moody made me feel he wasn’t “out of character”. I liked each task in the Triwizard, and the encounter in the Graveyard. Though I didn’t expect the sacrifice of a character so early into the series. Far as dislikeable characters go, I thought Rita Skeeter’s was quite close. The book also added interesting facets to earlier characters’ sketches.
It did move the series forward, and met that expectation with much flair. A series I reread often, and recommend to many bibliophiles.
Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Series: Harry Potter #4
Author: J. K. Rowling
No. of Pages: 734
Rating: 10 out of 10