Literary Musings · To Read or Not to Read?

Harry Potter Reread. Book 4, Post 1.

My thoughts on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, pages 1-157.

  • Goblet of Fire starts off in a completely different way than the other books, with a scene from the past at the Riddles house. I remember reading this chapter for the first time in school and then rereading it multiple times because I loved it and because I was slightly confused since it was first in the past and then in the present. It’s a very eerie chapter and I still love it.
  • And the scar starts hurting. Dun dun dun. It’s the beginning of the end.
  • Okay, it’s super awesome that Harry gets to go to the Quidditch World Cup but…
    • Harry just happens to tell the Dursleys that his godfather is an escaped wizard convict and this is pretty much the only reason he gets to go. Why in the world do the Dursleys just believe Harry when he tells them this?
    • The Weasleys, who are not well-off, manage to get ten tickets to the Cup, a tent the closest they can get, and the best seats in the stadium. Um, how?!
  • Why are there Muggles working at the World Cup in the first place! If they wanted to make sure the Muggles got paid for the location couldn’t they have figured out how much it cost, do a little exchange thing, and convince the Muggle workers to go on vacation and come back later or something? Very odd.
  • Earlier Harry was told that some matches have lasted for weeks. This one lasts for what seems like a couple hours? Well, okay then. I know Ireland’s Chasers were excellent but couldn’t Krum have held off a little longer and hoped that his team could catch up?
  • And after the game, the Dark Mark and all that fun stuff. Missing wands and Malfoy maybe being helpful by warning the trio to keep Hermione out of sight?
  • When they finally get back from the Cup Mrs. Weasley is in a panic. I wonder what all of the wands on the family clock were saying the night before? (Edit: I just realized I wrote “wands” instead of “hands.” Ba ha ha!)

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