Hi classmates, over the past couple weeks I have read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is the fourth installment of the Harry Potter line. The series is still written by J.K Rowling and even has it’s own movie adaptation. In the Harry Potter books, you are able to see many similarities between the author and Harry. A certain fact is how they both have the same July 31st birthday. The book stretches a lengthy 734 pages long, being the longest book up to the point of its creation. The book was published on July 8th 2000 by the company Scholastic. This was my 40th book read in the year and was my 12th fantasy book of the year.
In the novel, the main protagonist Harry Potter is a young wizard in his 4th year at hogwarts. He wants to enter and win the Triwizard Tournament, a tournament which 3 magic schools participate. He also wants to find out more about Voldemort. But, throughout Harry is disagreeing with other competitors and getting more unanswered questions and less answers so, Harry attempts to stay close to Ron and Hermione while avoiding the others. He is hitting the books to attempt to find out how Voldemort is coming back. Harry comes to the final task with no other intent than to win the challenge. In the end, a lightning twist comes when nobody expects it.
I was surprised in the story when you always saw these lucky last minute saves by Harry’s acquaintances. When Harry is participating in the Triwizard tournament, most of his victories or even his ability to compete come in sly tricks off his sleeve. As an example, Alastor Moody tells Harry for the first challenge, which are dragons, to focus on flying as it is Harry’s strong suit. For the second task, Dobby meets Harry in the library for the second challenge and gives him some gillyweed. Each task is shown with Harry getting a last minute save or clue from an acquaintances.
I really like J.K Rowling’s imagination in the book. She uses heavily layered description in her passages combined with her massive vocabulary to create that fantasy mood. This is most apparent in when she is attempting to describe her new characters, introduce fresh scenery, or just trying to enhance the fantasy.
In some ways, J.K Rowling’s writing style is like Rick Riordan. Both of these authors write series of fantasy novels. J.K and Rick both pay very close attention to detail. They are very descriptive authors that use their ranged vocabulary and good writing eyes to bring their book to live, thus creating both of these authors to have best selling series.
Finally, I was interested in the passage where Dumbledore is addressing everyone in the great hall. He switched the topic to Lord Voldemort and is quoted saying this, “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.” This quote by Dumbledore is demonstrating Voldemort’s power to all these Hogwarts students. All these children had never had the chance to witness Voldemort’s power. Dumbledore is using hufflepuff Cedric as an example to show what could happen to a student that is “good, and kind, and brave,” just because he’s against lord Voldemort. I’m glad that I read this great installment of Harry Potter and I rate it a 8/10 and I would be glad to reread it.