Literary Musings · To Read or Not to Read?

Harry Potter Reread. Book 4, Post 3.

My thoughts on rereading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire pages 287-508.

  • In the last Harry Potter related post I mentioned that Ron never seems to learn from his mistakes. I suppose that’s nothing compared to Rita Skeeter who has to be one of the most frustrating characters. Until we read Order of the Phoenix of course.
  • Okay the fact that the kids get to tangle with dragons is fun to read about but honestly? The committee wanted there to be less of a chance for the champions to die during the competition and they decide the first task should involve dragons?! Well I guess it’s already a world where eleven year olds can fly around on brooms so safety already doesn’t seem like a top priority…
  • The whole House-Elf issue. I like that Hermione gets a plot line of her own and the fact that she’s fighting for equal rights is awesome but did she really have to be so annoying about it?
  • The Yule Ball. Beautiful imagery in the movies but that was just a mess all the way around. And Harry and Ron are the worst dates ever.
  • I really want to go to Hogwarts and become a Prefect so that I can use the bathrooms. A pool sized tub of warm water that fills really fast and you can add any number of colored bubbles?! Sounds amazing!
  • Harry is distracted and drops the Triwizard egg and the Marauder’s Map and finds himself in hot water. He literally just got through a challenge where his life depended on a Summoning Charm. Why the heck didn’t he Summon the egg and the map back to him? Idiot! A lot of the Crouch related stuff wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t lost the map…
  • The Second Task taking place in the Lake was a genius idea since we otherwise wouldn’t have gotten to see much there but I can’t imagine that was a fun event for spectators to witness? You’d think maybe they could have projected it somehow but clearly they didn’t or else Percy and Fleur wouldn’t have been so worried about their siblings. Also, come on Harry, you really thought they’d just let everyone die?
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