Monday, July 09, 2007

'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'

by J.K. Rowling

Fiction/Fantasy, published 2000
Bloomsbury UK, paperback, 630 p.
Book #4 in the Harry Potter series

(Book #26 for 2007, Book #4 for M&N's Summer 7 Challenge)

More fun, page-turning adventures for Harry as he competes in the Tri-Wizard Tournament. It’s surprising (or probably not actually given my terrible memory) just how many of the details I’d forgotten so this was an enjoyable read.
As I’ve done with the others, after finishing the book I watched the movie, and I have to say I thought the way they exaggerated the first task was unnecessary, and I didn’t really like Dumbledore in this movie. He was so gruff, and even a bit scary, not the usual twinkly-eyed, bemused Dumbledore I’ve come to expect from the previous books. It was still fun to watch though and I’m looking forward to the next one coming out soon. And the Harry Potter re-read-a-thon continues, I’m now about a third of the way through Book 5.

My Rating: 4/5

According to a Q&A with Rowling*:
Q: And how vital is Book Four in the 7 book series for Harry?
A: Crucial. Book Four's a very very VERY important book. Something very important happens in Book Four. But also, it's literally a central book. It's almost the heart of the series, and it's pivotal. It's very difficult to talk about all seven books. I can't wait until the day when someone's read all seven and I can talk completely freely about them, but it's a very important book.

*From The Harry Potter Lexicon , full of all sorts of fun facts, which I first heard about at Book Haven. Thanks Nyssaneala.

6 comments:

  1. I totally agree with your commentary on the movie.

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  2. Nice to know I'm not the only one who felt that way. :)

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  3. Thanks! I haven't started Book 5 yet. I was going through them a bit too fast, so I'm taking a break to read one of my Southern Reading Challenge books. I liked your review!

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  4. Nyssaneala,
    Book 5 is such a chunkster! I'm about half-way through it so I should be on track to finish up #6 before the 21st. I've been enjoying the trivia bits you've been posting for each one.

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  5. I've suddenly found myself gripped with the overwhelming urge to re-read some Potter, and ALL FIVE BOOKS ARE STILL IN TEXAS! How, oh how, could I have left them? Urrrg!

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  6. Andi,
    I've been kind of surprised that you haven't been rereading the Harry Potter books! ;)
    You could always watch movies 1-5 instead!

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