Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Goblet of Fire

Hey everyone! I’ve been continuing my first reread of the Harry Potter series in a decade and I’m enjoying documenting my thoughts and reactions. Please proceed with caution as there will be some spoilers in this post!

If you missed my previous posts, you can find them here:-

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Initial Thoughts…

This is already so much darker than the previous books, I love it.

Voldemort’s servants should “give their right hand”, should they? Hehehehe

I love that Harry gets letters delivered by tropical birds instead of owls.

Honestly, the build-up to the Quidditch World Cup is so much more interesting than the game itself, am I right?!

Winky breaks my heart!

I think I have a bit of a bookish crush on Bill Weasley, please tell me I’m not the only one?

The ‘mundane’ details about lessons at Hogwarts are some of my favourite bits of this series.

“Harry, did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire?” CALMLY. Dumbledore asked CALMLY.

Snape is so awful to Hermione, omg.

I would actually slap Rita Skeeter.

Hedwig is one of the best animal sidekicks in any book, ever.

Krum has a Gregorovitch wand? Ooooh.

Dumbledore finding the room full of chamber pots when he needs the toilet during the night – is this the Room of Requirement?! Honestly, Rowling’s foreshadowing blows me away.

As if we’re only just discovering that Hagrid is half giant? I kind of took it for granted that we just always knew that.

And Dobby gives Harry the gillyweed? I forgot they changed that in the movie.

There’s so much backstory we don’t get in the movies!

Omg Nifflers. Heart eyes.

So sad about Neville’s parents 😦

It warms my heart when Mrs Weasley and Bill turn up in place of Harry’s family.

Guys, this book is DAAAARK.

Man, Voldemort likes the sound of his own voice.

I forgot that it was Fawkes who provided the tail feathers for the two wands!

Dumbledore’s speech at the end is so sad 😦

“What’s coming is coming and we’ll meet it when it does” – I love this quote.


Thoughts Upon Finishing…

So as you can see, I had quite a lot of thoughts on this one! Though I suppose it helps that the book is so much longer than any of the first three.

This book is where the plot arc of the series is really starting to ramp up. Right from the start of this one, you can feel that things are much darker and it is so awful to know that not everyone is going to survive. I remember being so shocked reading this as a child that Rowling would kill off her characters; it wasn’t something I’d ever seen before.

The characters develop wonderfully in this instalment and Rowling does a great job of capturing the teenage angst that would have accompanied all of those hormones! Her portrayal of the struggles of puberty is very nuanced. Even though I’m no longer experiencing these things along with the trio, I was still feeling all the empathy for them.

Once again, I absolutely loved this book (perhaps even more than I remembered) and I give it all the stars. And now I’m bracing myself for the heartache to come in book five…

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What are your thoughts on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Is it one of your favourites in the series? Anyone else a fan of Bill Weasley?! x



5 thoughts on “Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Goblet of Fire

  1. Bill Weasley is indeed great. I wish I’d been able to read this when I was younger, but since I was already 20 when the first one was published (and I didn’t start reading the series until book 4 was out, I think) there was no way I could have gone into these with a child’s mentality. The darkness didn’t really surprise me as a result. It’s neat to see how other people (who read the books younger) saw the stories compared to how I did.

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    • I’m glad you agree 😁 That’s so interesting! I grew up with it so didn’t know any different, it’s just a massive part of life for me. I’m really enjoying going back to it now with an adult perspective.


  2. Pingback: Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Order of the Phoenix | the paperback piano

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