Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Book 26: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

NUMBER: 26
TITLE: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling
STARTED: May 17, 2007
FINISHED: May 27, 2007
PAGES: 734
GENRE: Fantasy / Juvenile

FIRST SENTENCE: The villagers of Little Hangleton stilled called it "the Riddle House," even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there.

SUMMARY: [From barnesandnoble.com] Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.

REASON FOR READING: I'm still in the re-reading bonanza before book 7 comes out.

THOUGHTS: Gah, I so want to go to Hogwarts.

Goblet of Fire
continues to be my favorite book of the series but I cannot readily articulate why. There's just something about this volume that sucks me in more than the others. The best I can come up with is that in this book Harry is on the cusp of innocent childhood and knowing adulthood. He always felt safe at Hogwarts and, now, he's not so sure. The whole foundation of his belief in the magical, wizarding world is beginning to change.

Rowling continues to wow me with her imagination, but in this book she draws out the emotions of the characters in ways that she never did before. All of the major characters begin to develop in deeper ways, and the connections and histories between the series' actors feels more tangible.

MISCELLANEOUS: Oh what I could do with a wand...

RATING: 8/10 [Terrific]

2 comments:

piksea said...

I redid the series before book 6 came out, but I listened to Jim Dale read them on the audiobooks. He is amazing. I enjoyed them just as much or more than I did when I read them originally.

Meghan said...

I tried listening to audio books (including Harry Potter) a few times and it just annoys me. I find that I read faster than the narrator speaks and, for some weird reason, I can't stand feeling like I could go faster.