This is going to be interesting, I’ll try to keep the movie and the book separated.
Author: JK Rowling
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Adventure, Magic
Book 4 in the Harry Potter Saga
“Because I want to fix that in my memory for ever. Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret…”Ron
Hello, dearies! 🙂
Hope is shiny where you are or not really cold as it gets here.
This one was the natural next step because we already have a review (sort of) about The Philosopher’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban, so The Goblet of Fire deserves its spot, however, if this were about the movies, it would not get more than a few lines because the fourth movie didn’t live up to all the expectations it should have.
When we first read The Goblet of Fire, it was that we’re-growing-up book, yes, PoA too, but this more so because Harry found a love interest, the first crush, and we met Cedric full-on, and that was the opening to the other houses, especially because now there would be a tournament with other magic schools.
Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let us step back and do this how it ought to be, I just thought to let you know that the fourth movie is not in my top 3 favourites from the saga. Moving on.
Spoiler Alert (For those who have never read this book or watched the movie).
First, we go to the Quidditch Tournament, which is more of a way of showing that there is more to the Wizarding world than wizards and witches and funny-named locations.
It’s also a way of introducing Cedric once more, and that there is a way of teletransporting wizards quickly, the Portkey, which is described as:
“Almost any inanimate object can be turned into a Portkey. Once bewitched, the object will transport anyone who grasps it to a pre-arranged destination.“
We will need that information for later on.
At Hogwarts 🔮
This is Year 4 at Hogwarts, and as you might have guessed, everyone is growing up. Hormones are flying all over the place, and Harry has his first crush, but before any of the excitement happens, it’s announced that Hogwarts will be hosting the Triwizard Tournament, which is (was) held every five years, convenient, huh? That we were only hearing about it now, because it was not a recurrent event, however after the events of this particular one, it was cancelled.
In case we want more info on it, here’s a quick (not so quick) description:
“The Triwizard Tournament was first established some seven hundred years ago as a friendly competition between the three largest European schools of wizardry: Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang. A champion was selected to represent each school, and the three champions competed in three magical tasks. The schools took it in turns to host the tournament once every five years, and it was generally agreed to be a most excellent way of establishing ties between young witches and wizards of different nationalities — until, that is, the death toll mounted so high that the tournament was discontinued.”
During our 4th Year at Hogwarts, Harry gets mixed in the selection despite not being 17 yet, which is the required age to be in the tournament (an adult, according to wizarding law).
The Triwizard Tournament consists of different tasks meant to test the champions of each school, in this case, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Durmstrang Institute, and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, and determine who’s the best, that’s basically what it is about, eternal glory and perhaps some money was also involved, but it was about who could kick whose butt first or better.
Against the Dragon 🐲
This is where it gets exciting, the first tasks, and there are dragons, and we are going to go against one. Harry learns about them, thank you to Hagrid, who asks Harry to meet in him the forbidden forest for it, but Hagrid also tells Madam Maxime about it. Of course, this is all a secret, and the champions are not allowed to know what they are up against during each task.
Harry figures out that the best way to beat a dragon is flying because they have to get something from said dragon, but he is not allowed to bring anything but his wand to this battle, so he has to learn the Accio spell, which takes time but in the end, he manages to learn it.
Afterwards, we receive a clue about the second task, which is to recover something precious of the champion; though they believe it’s an object, it’s not. Harry needs to breathe underwater for this one, so how to do it? Dobby, the house-elf, comes to help him; he’s at Hogwarts along with other house-elves there because we discover that everything in Hogwarts gets done via a House Elf.
Anyway, Dobby gives Harry the answer to breathing underwater since he heard from a professor at Hogwarts by “chance”.
While being underwater though, things are a little rough, and Harry manages to arrive on time to save Ron, who is the most precious “thing” is Harry’s life, his best friend, but when there is a lonely figure at the bottom of the lake and no one to rescue it, Harry stays behind and does, fighting off the sea creatures, I don’t recall with what spells though.
Inside the Maze 🕸
After the whole affair at the lake and afterwards, when someone dies in the forest and Harry finds that person, we move on towards the last test of the Tournament, which might as well have been the only test since all you have to do is find a cup and win, of course, those who had high scores in the other tests get to have a head start and go into the maze first, but honestly, if Fleur (who was last in the scores, I think) would have found the cup first, then she would have won the whole thing, and the other tests would have been useless. Just a thought. Inside the Maze, though, is the real deal, it is not just a big scary corridor after corridor, there are boggarts and giant spiders there too, and we find some of those while fighting off Krum, who was cursed with Imperius. After Cedric proves himself better than everyone else, and manages to almost reach the cup, but decides to share with Harry because he helped him. They discover the freaking cup is a Portkey.
At the Cemetery (or Graveyard) 🕯️
After Harry and Cedric are transported by Portkey to an unknown location. Harry recognizes things from his dreams, and we find ourselves at the graveyard where the first thing that Voldemort does is tell Wormtail to kill Cedric, which happens rather suddenly.
After a ritual and some other things, the Dark Lord is back, and we get to see of the Death Eaters he has summoned, including Lucius Malfoy and the parents of Crabbe and Goyle.
So many details in these last chapters, I’ll try to make it short, a brief if you must. We went to the graveyard, Voldemort was restored to full force (resurrected or whatever), Cedric died, Harry was under the Cruciatus curse, then he was in a duel against the Dark Lord, and used Expelliarmus because for some reason that seemed like a good choice for Harry, to disarm his opponent while he is trying to murder you, but the two wands are twins, and we saw how they fought each basically, and all, like all the people that Voldemort ever killed sprung from his wands, it was not just Cedric and his parents, it was a whole lot of people who got in the way and helped Harry escape and go back to Hogwarts.
And, that’s pretty much it for the parts in the book. After being back at Hogwarts, they discover the Dark Lord is back, that Moody is not Moody and rescue him. And then it’s over, another year gone at Hogwarts, and things will be a little darker from now on because the Dark Lord has returned.
Now a little extra, more like differences between Book and Movie.
Hermione and Krum, they had a sort of relationship. Krum was always in the library, as in constantly, talking to Hermione, it was not just a look there and a smile sometimes, it was a build-up. And if I’m not mistaken she more or less implied that they kissed, I’m not trying to fabricate things, it just that I read the book a very long time ago, some details are fuzzy.
Also, First, Second and Third years (Ginny) couldn’t assist the ball unless someone older invited them. Hence, Ginny almost didn’t go but she got to because Neville asked her, and she wanted to go so she said yes.
Ron and Harry were last to ask anyone to the ball, but since Padma and Parvati are in different houses, one is in Gryffindor the other one is not, Harry got a date and asked this twin if she had a friend for Ron to go to the ball, and she said her sister could.
House Elves, on this, there is so much more than the movie, I suppose it was not important enough that House Elves do basically everything on Hogwarts to include this on the movies. I know, sometimes things get cut off but still, I wanted to mention it.
I think that’s it for The Goblet of Fire, it took me sometime to finish this one, but there was a lot to cover with such a big book, it was the first one in the saga that was so huge, and it was worth it since The Prisoner of Azkaban onwards, I couldn’t stop reading but knowing that the Dark Lord was back, well, that pretty much got you in the mood of I-freaking-want-more, so, have you read The Goblet of Fire? Or any in the Harry Potter saga? I hope that you have and if you haven’t perhaps you’ll be inspired by this entry. 😄
Oh, one great thing about the movie was the costumes and all the different sweaters we ended up wanting to have from each house.
Thank you for sticking to the end with my ramblings, and hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget to like or share, and be on the lookout for the rest of the reviews on HP books.
Happy reading! 📚