Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter, #4
Somewhere in a dilapidated house, Lord Voldemort is plotting his return. Having barely survived the attack on the young Harry Potter, the Dark Lord has spent the last thirteen years waiting for an opportunity to rise again.
Something is stirring in the wizarding world when the Quidditch World Cup’s celebration is interrupted by Death Eaters, those who supported Voldemort during his former reign. Everyone wants to believe their appearance is inconsequential.
Harry Potter is returning for his fourth year to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where many surprises await. For the first time in many generations, Hogwarts will host the Triwizard Tournament, a competition between three wizarding schools in which a student is selected from each from the Goblet of Fire. When Harry finds himself selected as a fourth competitor, he has no choice but to compete. But the tasks are not easy and Harry begins to realize that whoever entered him may want him dead.
“Harry felt as though a hook just behind his navel had been suddenly jerked irresistibly forward. His feet left the ground; he could feel Ron and Hermione on either side of him, their shoulders banging into his; they were all speeding forward in a howl of wind and swirling color…”
First of all, I need to remark on how long this book is. Gracious, 734 pages! This book is monstrous! J.K. Rowling might have taken her previous book in the series to a dark place, but it was nothing compared to the emotional turmoil of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I almost feel like the first three books were about Harry, Ron, and Hermione playacting and it is very easy to dismiss their heroics as luck. By the end of this fourth book, those school day adventures seem so small when compared to the threat of Voldemort. He is real, he is evil, and the fact that Harry is only a child matters little.
The Goblet of Fire also deals with shifting relationships (my babies are growing up so fast!). For the first time we see how Ron feels about the continued popularity of his best friend Harry and how this, coupled with years of being overshadowed by his many brothers, sometimes make his role as best friend to the-boy-who-lived difficult. The contention between Harry and Ron is really the first time these two have not seen eye-to-eye. Without a real family, the closest thing Harry has is Ron and this fight really exemplifies how much these two mean to one another.
I loved revisiting the slightly-crazy Mad-Eye Moody, the very pushy Rita Skeeter, and hearing “Dumbly-dorr” and “Herm-own-ninny” put a huge smile on my face. I think I may be falling more in love with these books with this reread.