Friday, November 30, 2012

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling

2012 Book 162: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Written by J. K. Rowling, Narrated by Jim Dale

Reason for Reading: Harry Potter Read-along hosted by Lost Generation Reader.





Review
In this fourth installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry is thrust against his will into the Triwizard Tournament - a competition for which he is his underaged and underqualified. Is someone trying to get him killed? Furthermore, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are experiencing the first pangs of teenaged angst. They all feel misunderstood and a bit angry at times. Will they be able to overcome their emotions in order to quash the rising power of Lord Voldemort? Well, at least they'll have a lot of adventure while they're trying. One of the highlights of this book is meeting the students of the two other large wizarding schools in Europe: The dark and broody students from Durmstrang and the too-formal sissies from Beauxbatons. (Ok, maybe they're not ALL sissies.) ;) This is my favorite book of the series because it has *swoon* Viktor Krum. It is also the first book in the series with "mature" content. It's longer, moodier, and more dangerous than the first three. And, it's the first book in the series to leave significant strings untied - leaving room for more plot development. I'm SO glad Rowling knew what to tie up and what to leave open though. She's managed to leave a reasonable opening without cliffhangers. I really appreciate that. Thank you Ms. Rowling!


71 comments:

  1. Oh my! Amazing pick! I've only read the first HP book but now I can't wait to get on with the other books so I'll reach HP and the Goblet of Fire fast. I want to read about Viktor now! :D

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    1. Haha! I'm sure you'll love Viktor. He's so hunky! :D

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  2. Viktor Krum didn't really stand out for me in the book, but in the movie I was like... oh my :)
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    Judith @ Paper Riot

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    1. Haha. Yeah, he is quite handsome. I guess I was more attracted to the idea of him than his physical self. When I look at the photo now I'm like "oooo, yummy!" but when I first saw the movie I didn't like what they'd done to his personality.

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  3. Such a random one - character-wise, at least... I love it!!! :)

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    Brandy

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    1. Yeah, I suppose he was a bit-part...but he still makes my heart go pitty-pat. :)

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  4. Yes, this is one of the only HP books I listened to on Audiobook and he was definitely a highlight!

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    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

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    1. This is my first time going through the books by audio. I'm enjoying it. :)

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  5. I don't know Viktor Krum like you do but I've only watched Harry Potter on film so I guess that explains it.

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    1. Yeah, the movie was long enough as it was. They had to cut out the personalities of Viktor and Fleur quite a bit.

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  6. Too funny! I kinda had a thing for Professor Lupin myself...what can I say, I like authority figures. Haha!

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    1. Professor Lupin was pretty darned awesome. If I were to have a "real life" crush, he'd probably be the type I'd go for. But fictional crushes don't seem to work the same as real life. :)

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  7. Thanks for the following...I am following you in return.

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  8. Hi, from a new follower!

    I feel so old, because he is waaaay too young for me! :D

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    1. He's too young for me, too. But I figure he doesn't exist, so that makes it all ok.

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  9. you got lucky! shot two birds with one stone! he is a good looking fella, good pick. thanks for checking mine out and following! * new follower* Katie @Inkk

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  10. I love Viktor Krum too! I was also a big Cedric Diggory fan! Thanks for stopping by and following! I'm following back!

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  11. Viktor is such a sweetie! I seriously need to re-read this book for like the 100th time (it's my favorite of all the books) GAH!!! Brings back so many memories! haha! Thanks so much for stopping by & I'm now following via GFC :D Have a great day!


    -Novel Reveries

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    1. This is only the second time I'm reading it. I've been looking forward to re-reading it for a long time, though, because I loved Krum so much. :)

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  12. Harry Potter is one of my favorite series ever. J.K. Rowling is fantastic and creating an entire world. Great pic and I enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for stopping by JC's Book Haven and my FF. I am following you now too!

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    1. She did a pretty amazing job creating a world like that on her first attempt at a novel/series. Very impressive.

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  13. Great answer and one I haven't seen before.

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    1. I guess that's because he's a bit-part. But he's a swoon-worthy bit part. ;)

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  14. Really wish I had read this series but I did watch the movies...I know doesn't count haha but great choice! Thank you for following me and sorry I wasn't following you before! New Follower!

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    1. You can always read it NOW, you know. The books are a lot better than the movies!

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  15. Viktor is stunning! I love them all HP boys, but yes, Viktor has an accent! ;)

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    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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    1. Yeah, the accent probably helped with my crush a bit. :)

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  16. I liked Krum in the books better. He was funnier. Thanks for stopping by on my FF. New follower :)

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  17. The Harry Potter series was great! I really liked the world they live in, despite its misgivings and flaws. Anyway, Viktor Krum is a good choice! "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is my favorite book in the series. :)

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    Nebula Way

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    1. I think it's my favorite book in the series, too...at least it was the one I was looking most forward to re-reading.

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  18. I was more into Draco and Seamus :L
    But I did really like Krum!
    Great choice!
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    1. Now THERE's a guy I couldn't have a crush on. Draco. I'm not really into blondes, anyway, but he wasn't very likable. :p To each her own!

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  19. Viktor Krum! A very awesome pick and book crush.

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    1. I suppose he doesn't compare with Darcy, but....

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  20. Oh very nice! I did like this actor who played Krum as well! Saw another blogger yesterday who chose him too! Very good pick!

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    Have a GREAT weekend!

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    1. Yeah, I've only seen one other who chose Krum. :) Good taste, I say.

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  21. Thanks for stopping by my FF! I loved Viktor Krum too, great choice! New follower =)

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  22. Anyone from the mind of the wonderful JKR gets my seal of approval for sure!! Great choice, thanks for sharing & for stopping by my post earlier! New follower via GFC :D

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

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    1. I agree, JKR has fantastic characters. :) I'm enjoying the books just as much the second time around as I did the first time.

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  23. Thank you so much for stopping by! I am here to return your follow (:

    Chelsey@Charming Chelsey's

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  24. Thanks for following! I followed back :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

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  25. Great choice! Thanks for stopping by my blog, now following back :)

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  26. Krum is pretty hot in that pic! Great choice. Thanks for stopping by my blog. New follower through GFC.

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  27. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have to say I was more a fan of Cedric, but even then, I wasn't that drawn to any of the HP characters. Crush-wise at least. Rowling is great at creating characters.

    New follower. Thanks again!

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    1. I don't generally get crushes on characters. I think Viktor Krum and Fitzwilliam Darcy are the only two.

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  28. Love Harry Potter, but I have to say that I never like Krum (maybe because he asked Hermoine out)

    Thanks for stopping by and for the follow, I'm following back!

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    1. Hmmm, funny. I liked him better because he noticed how great Hermione was :)

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  29. Hahahah nice! He is hot! Good choice! Thanks for the follow! Following back. :)

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  30. Thanks for stopping by - I followed back! :)

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  31. Ha! I never would've thought about that! I didn't get the chance to read the entire series but when I saw him in the movie, I definitely looked twice ;)

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    1. I think I was so disgusted by the way they made him into a stupid brute in the movie that I didn't appreciate just how attractive he was until recently!

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  32. Thanks for stopping by! New follower.

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  33. Thanks for visiting and following!!! I'm a new follower! Happy FF

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  34. Interesting, I never thought of Viktor Krum as crush material, probably cuz I knew that if Hermione ever fell in love with him she would kick my arse all the way into a dragons nest :P
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    Lil Berry @ Forget About TV, Grab a Book

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    1. I guess I always knew Hermione wouldn't end up with him. :) But he certainly spiced up her relationship with Ron. ;)

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