UP!—Burned by the GOBLET OF FIRE

Cover-GobletOne would expect a wooden goblet to burn to ashes had it been filled with fire. But when the fire is that of enchanted flames, it is no ordinary goblet—it is the legendary Goblet of Fire! Its blue-white flames flicker with the glow of wonder and anticipation, holding within itself the power to judge which three worthy opponents from the three largest European wizarding schools will compete in none other than The Triwizard Tournament.

In Harry’s 4th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the school played host to this exciting and dangerous event, along with the visiting students from the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang schools who would participate. One representative from each school would be chosen to compete, with only students of age (17 years old and above) allowed to submit their names, having written them on paper then dropped into the famed goblet. Harry was relieved that, as a 14-year-old, he couldn’t qualify; he wouldn’t be expected to enter his name. He had no desire to risk life and limb in a contest, so on the night the winners were announced, the goblet having just chosen the three competitors, when its flame flashed red unexpectedly spewing forth a 4th scorched parchment, no one was more shocked than he when Dumbledore uttered, “Harry Potter.”

BLUE FLAME from all-free-download DOT comThis was yet another in a string of recent, dark and strange occurrences, the first having been in the summer when he awoke with his scar ablaze after a nasty dream about a large snake, Wormtail the betrayer, and the murder of an old man—at the hand of Voldemort! In that dream they talked about their plot to kill someone. To kill Harry! Then, before school term began, after the excitement of the Quidditch World Cup, a pack of Voldemort’s Death Eaters terrorized Muggles. Through the campsite of frightened attendees, they paraded only to have fled at the conjuring of the Dark Mark, hauntingly hovering in the night sky. Then this. Who had entered his name in the Goblet of Fire—and why?

At the penned hand of J. K. Rowling, queen of clues and red herrings, we follow Harry as he is forced to compete in a series of treacherous tasks, all of which exceed his level of wizarding capabilities. With the help of Hogwarts friends, including Cedric Diggory, the other Hogwarts Champion, Harry muddles his way through. Also lending a helping hand (and sometimes hindrance) are a new cast of wizard characters the likes of Mad-Eye Moody, Ludo Bagman, Barty Crouch Sr., Durmstrang Quidditch star, Viktor Krum, Rita Skeeter (ugh!) and more.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the 4th installment of the series, everything in Harry’s wizarding world grows even darker. What awaits Harry and Cedric could not have been known or prepared for. Along with them, we are transported into the depths of the fiery cauldron of Voldemort’s return. Our minds race with fear and our hearts twist within the grip of his unspeakable actions. Our imagination’s eye opens wider and wider as our hunger for information is fed with yet more back story. We are enveloped by Phoenix song, then long for its comfort as we grieve the tragic loss of life—another senseless death at the hands of this venomous villain. The wizarding world is once again in the throes of turmoil, but the Ministry heads refuse to believe, after 13 years of peace, that You-Know-Who is back!

Moving into the 5th book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (prompted by Sheila’s Harry Potter Reread-along), more unfolds, more frightens, more emotes and more compels. As it always has, this series pulls me in and doesn’t let go…

Have you read Goblet of Fire? I know it is a favorite in the series for many readers. How about you?

 

 

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34 thoughts on “UP!—Burned by the GOBLET OF FIRE

  1. I felt this was the first book where Rowling plumbed the depths of emotion surrounding love, death, etc. It’s like a transition book between the relatively fun wizard adventures of 1-3 and the dark war of 5-7. The graveyard scene was chilling, in part because of the brilliant setup of it with Harry’s visions/dreams. I found some of the tournament details a bit trivial upon first read, but that is in fact intentional on Rowling’s part; she focuses on some of the quotidian aspects of a bunch of kids in a contest to contrast it with the horror of what is underneath that competition.

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    • Oh, I agree, Patrick! That’s another thing that impresses me about the series, is that she was able to write older and darker with each one, parelleling the character growth. Just love it all 😀

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  2. How ironic! This is actually the read-aloud I’m doing right now with my older son! 🙂 Totally loving it even though it’s my second time around! It’s amazing, actually, how many details I’ve forgotten from this one.

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    • Oh, I know…I mean, I know my brain is getting worse, but there are things I’m reading (this is my 4th time) that I KNOW I know what the mysteries are, and they become half-mysteries to me again! lol Loving this reread 🙂 I’m now nearing the end of Phoenix. A few more days…

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    • Thanks, Cynthia 😀 The reread-along started Nov. 1st and runs through March 31st. I had to make a chart and calculate so I could keep on track and get all 7 books in, which is tough for me ’cause I wasn’t allowing a regular time for really reading. I was getting through books at a slower pace. Doing this will hopefully help me develop a habit. I had a week from hell last week, so I feel 8 days behind and catching up meant I had to double my word count for 8 days. Of course, it was the last 3rd of “Phoenix” which is so easy to gobble up, I’ve had no trouble getting it in 😀 If you’ve never read this series, I hope you can fit it in someday 😀

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  3. I’m just reading the whole series for the first time as an adult. This was the last one I read. My son is reading the 5th book at the moment and he won’t let me start until he’s at least half-way through! lol Can’t wait to read the next one!

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    • Oh, Renee, get “Phoenix” from the library! Don’t wait! You’ll want to share the turn of events with your son when he’s done with it. It’s the longest book of the series, but it’s also the one that, once I finished it, I knew I wasn’t waiting for the paperback of the 6th book to come out (up to that point I had). That baby was going to be in my hands ON release day! 😀

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  4. I was with Ron in this book, it is always Harry getting all the attention, it would have been awesome had Ron been picked to compete. It was good to see a death strike at the heart of the school and make the peril more real for everybody. It is a good book, I think my third favourite of the series.

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    • Hey, Ste J 🙂 Yeah, it’s got to be difficult to be Ron sometimes, but it shows his character that, although he feels “set aside” in ways, his friendship doesn’t falter 🙂 I have trouble deciding about favorites, but Goblet is up there, especially the last few chapters 😀

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  5. Yeah, I always thought the blue fire was really cool but particularly because of its power to choose. Kind of neat. Not sure which book in the serious is my favorite. Probably book 5, but then again I loved the first one. 🙂

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    • Hey, Sheri! So nice to see you 🙂 I was just saying how it’s very difficult for me to pick favorites in the series because I love them all for different reasons, but my top three would be “Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Azkaban,” and “Half-Blood Prince” (which I’m finally into again now 😀 ).

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