Thursday, July 05, 2007

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: 2000, Scholastic
Category: Young Adult/Fantasy
Rating: 10/10

Yes, I'm still rereading Harry Potter. I have it all planned out. I'm going to read #5 next week and then see the movie. Then I'm going to read #6 the next week and hopefully finish it just a couple days before the last book releases on Friday. EEEEEEEEE!! I'm way too excited about this. But really, it's fun to get excited, so why not? :)

I love Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I remember the first time I read it, I stayed up till about 4 a.m. to finish it. And I'm not someone who does that a lot. I love my beauty rest and a book has to be seriously thrilling to keep me up that late. And it wasn't a lounging-in-bed-lazily-reading kind of thing. No, it was a crouched-over-my-book-biting-my-nails-making-occasional-little-eek!-sounds kind of experience. Because from when Harry starts the last task until the end of the book, it's such a great rush of events, one great climax after another. *sigh* It is fantastic.

I think the reason this is one of my favorite Harry Potters is because it's such a good mix of light and dark. It starts off with the disturbing dream in which Voldemort kills the muggle. But then after that it's all very fun and playful. Harry gets chosen as a Triwizard champion and he stresses over the tasks, but mostly it's just a game to everyone. The adults have it all under control and everyone's sure no one will get hurt. And then the last bit turns so dramatic and serious. Harry is faced with very frightening events and shows that he is amazingly brave (and lucky too). He faces everything he needs to face even though he doesn't think he has a chance to survive at all.

By the end of this book, the world of Harry Potter is so intricate, so full of twisty, delightful secrets and mysteries. This is one of those books that I can't do a proper review of at all because it is a friend, one which I am not able to stand back from and objectively evaluate. I'm sure there are flaws. I just don't want to think about them. :)


Stacy~ said...

I haven't read the books yet - and yet I have the first 4 in my tbr pile. I finally just watched the movies (this week) and I'm ready for #5. I know it's not the same as the books, but I think I'll be less disappointed this way since books are usually always better than the movies.

Dance Chica said...

GoF is definitely my favorite in the series because like you said, it had the right mix of light and dark. The book starts off dark but then there was a lot of humor with the tournament and everything; lots of friendship and a tiny bit of romance. I remember flying through this book quickly, too, when I first read it.

Wendy said...

My favorite in the series so far. I listened to it on audio and literally gasped out loud (while driving in my car no less) when I got the ending.