Note: Although I am 4 days behind on this challenge– I still think I can finish all 7 books by November 19th (and so can any of you who may have fallen behind as well!).
With 734 pages of pure adventure, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire combines so many plot lines that end, fray and continue to twist on that readers could easily get lost in all that’s happening.
In this novel:
- Harry, Ron and Hermione go to the Quidditch World Cup and encounter Mr. Crouch, Mr. Bagman, the Dark Mark and Winky
- Alastar Moody, aka Mad-Eye Moody, comes to fill the ever-open position of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher
- The Triwizard Tournament is taking place at Hogwarts, brining in students from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang
- Harry is forced to become a school champion after his name is dropped into the Goblet of Fire, and he must face three challenges throughout the school year. Dragons and gillyweed and sphinxes, oh my!
- Hermione is obsessed with freeing house elves- much to their horror
- Rita Skeeter writes stories that aim to ruin everyones lives
- Sirius remains in hiding and tries to keep Harry safe
- Harry thwarts Voldemort’s attempt to kill him once again- but only after Voldy rises again i.e. he actually has a body instead of being a nasty baby-thing carried around by Wormtail
Not only does this novel bring together all these elements, but it brings in characters and unfinished stories from other novels and adds to them. For example, Harry sees Dobby again. Dobby then becomes a way for Harry to observe Winky’s progress and her role in Mr. Crouch’s life. More importantly, Dobby is the one who brings Harry the gillyweed in the nick of time so Harry can succeed in the second task.
Not to mention all the new connections and sub-plots that this novel has fueled for books 5, 6 and 7. You know…there’s the small matter of Voldemort rising again. Plus reader’s know they can look forward to finding out about the trouble at the Ministry, the up and coming Weasley Wizard Wheezes, Hagrid’s meet and greet with the giants and the continuing saga of what trouble Harry, Ron and Hermione will get into next.
The Goblet of Fire has set the stage for the remaining novels and has brought together some really important elements- one of the most essential being unity against an evil force. Rowling makes the point briefly in this book that, united the wizard community can stand against Voldemort and the Death Eaters but divided Voldy and the gang could eat them for breakfast.
Next: Finish Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by November 5th- or the latest November 7th.