15 December 2010
Book Review: HP and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling
Date Finished: A long time ago
Buy | Borrow | Accept | Avoid
Challenges: Challenges: 100+ Reading, Hogwarts Reading Challenge, 101 Fantasy Reading, Young Adult Reading, Read the Book, See the Movie,
The Short and Sweet of It
Once more Harry returns to Hogwarts; only this time, the entire school is in a tizzy due to the reintroduction of a cross-school event: The Triwizard Tournament, pitting the top students of three wizarding schools against each other in a terribly exciting competition. But when Harry's name is called up, the action takes a decidedly more sinister turn.
A Bit of a Ramble
This is the book I can most easily skip over when I'm reading the series. For some reason, it doesn't hold the same interest for me as the other installments in the series. I'm sure it is technically better than the first two, but while they seem necessary for stage-setting and the such not, Goblet of Fire feels like an almost irrelevant middle book. Perhaps my problem is that the book serves as a bridge between the first three and the last three; as such, it is both immature and sinister, entertainment-driven while trying to be more "epic" simultaneously.
A few exciting and important events do happen in the book: we finally see the horror of the Death Eaters when they torment a muggle during the Quidditch World Cup; we get first hand looks at the three Unforgivable Curses (control, pain, and death); and of course, there's the little matter of Voldemort returning. Big apologies to those who haven't read the series yet (but really?). Despite the big happenings, I still don't have strong feelings towards this one. I am thinking, however, that I might want to re-read it to be sure...
The Filmic Connection
The film is much darker than the three prior, which makes sense as this is the point where the story takes a darker turn. I went with my cousin to a midnight showing of the film, and I remember enjoying it. But as with many adaptations, the changes, the losses, bother me. The story Rowling has written is long and complicated, and to make the epic tale into a series of films requires a great deal of pruning.
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