“‘“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.'”
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling
The nice thing about the fourth installment of the iconic Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is that it’s not only a book, it’s a goddamn door stop. I could use this book to defend myself against late-night attackers. I could use it to press my tofu, even, or hold up my car when I change the tires.
Okay, okay, clearly, the most obvious thing to say about Goblet of Fire is that it’s big, really, really big, which starts the trend of Harry Potter books being really, really big. But that’s not the only thing that GoF sets the stage for. This is also the moment where the Harry Potter world get real; some really heavy shit starts going down, and it’s the turning point where You Know Who goes from being a potential threat to Oh God He Really Is Coming Back. Again, as mentioned in my review of Book Three, the wizarding world is opening up even more, too, with the introduction of other wizarding schools of Europe as they get together for a TriWizard Tournament that pits wizarding skills and ingenuity in “friendly” competition. Rowling continues to enrich this world for us, broadening it out and enlivening our imaginations.
GoF is definitely one of my favorites in the series. I love the introduction of so many new characters and really getting more and more of the wizarding world. I’m a worldbuilder, it’ll always be what I cling to in fantasy books. We get a little bit away from Harry, as well, because I’ve realized that, while I love Rowing’s world, I’m not exactly in love with her protagonist. I find the characters around Harry significantly more intriguing and interesting that Harry himself, and we get a lot of that in this book. I also like that this is where things take a decidedly serious turn and darkness is truly creeping in around Hogwarts, setting us up for a crazy decent into danger with the remainders of the books.
Books read: 032/100.