Summary from GoodReads:
Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the Quidditch World Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal—even by wizarding standards.
And in his case, different can be deadly.
Book & Movie Review:
In my opinion, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is when the Harry Potter books cease to be childrens books and take that turn into darker subject matters. The opening scene, with Voldemort, Wormtail and the death of the caretaker sends chills down my spine and I love that both the book and the movie handle this scene so well.
What is missing from the movies, however, are Winky and Dobby (which, to me, lessons the impact of Dobby in the first installment of the final Harry Potter movie). Neville Longbottom is featured more prominently then he appeared to be in the book (Dobby originally gave the gillyweed to Harry) and it kind of jumbles things up a bit. Also, I don’t understand why, in the movie, the Weasley’s and Harry are not sitting in the same box as the Malfoy’s – that was a key part of the opening, to me. In fact, that whole Quidditch section of the movie was jumbled and made a lot more sense in the book.
But, this book (and the movie) is my favorite of the bunch. I love tasks, competitions, meeting new people from other wizarding schools. I love seeing Hermione come into her own, I adore Fred and George (especially in the movie, they make me laugh so much when Ron is dancing with Professor McGonagall), and I love the fast-paced action of the story.
Other fantastic characters include:
- Mad-Eye Moody
- Cedric Diggory (Y’all, I admit, I cry every time)
- Viktor Krum
- .. and though technically not a character, I love the bit of tension between Harry and Cho. It’s a reminder that they are indeed growing up.