Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling
Summary: The Summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learned, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to attend. Harry is expecting these; however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march.
My Rating: 8/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book had a lot of good and bad aspects about it. And it isn’t my favourite in the series it’s probably closer with Philosophers Stone. What I liked about the book was the usual humour Rowling puts into her characters. The Weasly twins always made me laugh, and the relationship between Harry and Sirius and its growth was handled well, she did a fantastic job with that. I also liked the triwizard torment and all of the different events there, made the book a little suspenseful at time. I don’t have an actual favourite part or task, but the idea behind the triwizard tournament was interesting and made the book better then it was. I also loved the ending, with Voldemort returning. That had be (the first time I read the book) gripping the pages.
But, there were also a lot of parts I really dislike. For one, there’s SPEW, the first one or two parts in it were fine, but I found it to be a little drawn out and overused. I can see some parallels between the book and within society, but there is only so many times where you can here Hermione go on how they need rights, and Ron reply how they don’t want it, because they enjoy there life. Dobby is more likable in the book, but he’s not a character I like to focus on. Actually I never gave him thought or cared about him until that part in book seven. But again, the parts with him were over used. I also found the book to be more predictable then the others. It was clear from the start, Harry would be selected for the tournament otherwise it wouldn’t have been in there.
Overall it was a good book, but there are a lot of things, that make you groan because they are drawn out and overused, but that is, for the most part, overshadowed by the fabulous characters in the books.
Would I recommend it to read: Yes I would, it is an action packed book in the serious, and there are some great parts, where the characters grow and start to choose their destinies, but there are some parts that will make you groan. And other parts that have you screaming at the characters.
What to read next:The rest of the Harry Potter series (Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hollows) Golden Compass, Wrinkle in Time, Chronicles of Narnia.