Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: A Review by Rahul Bhatia

harrypottergoblet2011penguinrandomcoverHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling, chronicles Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts, the school for wizards. It is also the fourth book in the series. This time, the story sees Harry being entered as a contestant in the Triwizard Tournament, against his own will. What is this tournament, you might ask? Well, the Triwizard Tournament is a dangerous contest in which there are three “champions” participating. They are three students from three separate Wizarding schools, who compete with each other in different tasks to win the Triwizard cup. Throughout the story, Harry’s friends start to distance themselves from him, causing some emotional strain between these characters. The Goblet of Fire brings a whole bunch of new characters to the mix. There is Cedric Diggory, a fellow Hogwarts student who also gets chosen as a participant  (Which is explained in the story). Furthermore, there are a whole bunch of new students from the visiting schools, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. We also once again follow Ron and Hermione, although they don’t show up just as much.

The Goblet of Fire provides new settings and a great bunch of dynamics to the story. First of all, there is the issue of the relationships between Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione. We see how the tournament affects Harry, and how he must struggle to perform these tasks. Additionally, the element of competition provides a new sense of excitement, as you cheer for certain characters and follow the events of each task. Finally, readers will get a glimpse at the main villain of the series,  He Who must not be Named.

I truly loved the Goblet of Fire, as it once again provided an entirely new story than the ones that came before. You will discover about the extent of the Wizarding World, as well as the true threat that will face Harry in the later books. The Goblet of Fire remains one of my favorites in the series, due to how different and vibrant it feels.

I would give the Goblet of Fire a 9.7/10.


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