Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Last of 2014: Review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

Synopsis: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part tale of Harry Potter’s training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal — even by wizarding standards.

And in this case, different can be deadly."

My Review: This book is quite intimidating, especially if you did not like the first two books and moderately enjoyed the first. A book this large could have been torture, but luckily it wasn't. It did get a slow and boring start but about half way through it started picking up steam with the introduction of far more enjoyable characters and a lot more action and activity. The one major issue I had with this one was the need to treat readers like complete idiots, every one of the 'bad guys' had to give a big dramatic speech about how they went about doing their evil deeds and what they were going to do, give us a little credit and let us figure a few things out on our own or at least let us draw some of our own conclusions.
My Rating: I appreciate that the writing improved and it isn't as boring as previous books but there are still some very frustrating parts of the book.  All in all it was better than expected even though it took 300 pages to get there. Three Paws and a Stump Wag.


  1. This was never my favorite. You're right. It's a bit long.

    1. It was very long, I feel like so much of it could have been cut out, but it did finally get going.