Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama (2007)
Bought at: Gramedia PVJ (IDR 158k)
Age appropriate: 8 yo and up
Rereading this book made me realized that Goblet of Fire is one of the bests in the series. It has all elements that make a book become a classic: fresh ideas, unforgettable moments, lots of tension, great emotional development of the characters, and of course, a twist at the end of the book. It made me laugh because of the fresh jokes and humors, but it has ended with a very sad feeling, and I didn’t realize that my tears were flowing hard.
This fourth book started in full speed: Harry was invited by the Weasleys to watch Quidditch World Cup, a very special event where witches and wizards from all over the world came to watch. Here, Rowling gave more details about Quidditch, including the national teams and superstar athletes, just like we, the Muggles, have in real football World Cup 🙂
Unfortunately, something happened during the World Cup- a bunch of bad wizards (who were used to be Death Eaters/Voldemort’s people) created a scene, making people panic. And there was a Dark Mark showing in the sky, reminding people of the dark time they had when Voldemort was in power.
After the intense summer days, Harry was back at Hogwarts, but here too, he had a surprise. Hogwarts became the host of Triwizard Tournament, a rare event where students from three famous magic academies competed in difficult (and very dangerous) tasks. And in the middle of this exciting time, Harry felt the familiar pain on his forehead, right on his scar to be exact. Did it mean Voldemort was getting stronger? What was his evil plan?
Some of my favorite points in this book:
1. Harry, Ron, and Hermione- their friendship was developing beautifully- including some tense fighting, bickering, silent treatment, jealousy and even hidden crush. We were also seen more of their flaws here. Harry for example, who liked to procrastinate, or Ron who had envied Harry, and Hermione who even used magic to make her look prettier 🙂
2. Puppy love! It’s the perfect time for our trio to face the good days of feeling a first love. Harry had a huge crush on the Seeker from Ravenclaw, and Hermione had a fan, a famous one indeed! Where Ron couldn’t accept the fact that there was someone who liked Hermione that much. Warm and funny.
3. All the intense moments. Since the beginning of the series, this fourth book is the most intense so far. We were told more about the dark days when Voldemort was in power, his evil plans that caused so much devastation and curses for families and friends. We also had to face the reality that one of the most beloved characters in this book would die- and it’s only the beginning of Voldemort’s come back story.
4. Equality issue- Hermione paid a lot of attention to the issue of house-elf and how they were treated in wizarding world. In previous books, Rowling had touched the equality and human rights issues, for example when talking about mud blood vs pure blood, and also how people think about werewolf. Now the issues are becoming more complex, by discussing house elf and also giant (that involved Hagrid’s drama.
5. New teacher– another newcomer for Defense on the Dark Arts, this time it’s Mad-Eye Moody, an ex Auror who introduced the students to the unforgivable curses. But wait until the end of the book and you will be more surprised about crazy Moody!
6. More and more mysteries revealed (and creating new mysteries!): about Dumbledore’s past, Nevile Longbottom’s family, and of course, the dark life of Voldemort.
7. More occupations are introduced to us, besides all kinds of teachers in Hogwarts, there are many jobs in Ministry of Magic, including Auror, the coolest job ever in wizarding world 🙂
Bits & Pieces
Favorite magic object: Pensieve. I wish I could borrow one from Dumbledore!
Favorite magic spell: Stupefy!
Favorite magical beast: Niffler, they’re so cute (and can make you rich!)
Most beloved character: Dobby, who is now a free elf 🙂
Most hated character: Rita Skeeter and her poisonous pen!
Most I don’t get it moment: Why does Mrs. Weaslye keep buying junk for Ron? She could choose any formal-robe for Ron, the simple one like she chose for Fred and George. But she always, always chose the bad ones for Ron. Poor Ron!
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
“Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.”
“I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.”
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