Fantasy, Fiction, Low Fantasy, Young Adults
Harry Potter, Book # 4
July 8th 2000
November 22, 2019 November 27, 2019
"There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways... their magical prowess - their daring - their powers of deduction - and, of course, their ability to cope with danger."
The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!
About the book
Fourth book I read of the series (of course) and I have already started the fifth (I want to finish the series before the end of the year – 2019 – the review will be released in 2020). Now I want to read all the Harry Potter books, unlike at the beginning when I didn’t know whether to go on or not. I also liked this book, and the 5 stars are proof of it.
I still don’t understand the marketing behind this series, but I don’t understand it for Game of Thrones either, so I think it’s just me who doesn’t like a series enough to buy everything they bring out. (Just to make you understand, I don’t even have Oscar Vault, italian publisher, embellished versions of ASOIAF which is my favorite series to date.)
Anyway, we are in the fourth year for Harry and his two faithful friends and during the school year the Hogwarts school collides with two other magic schools, one French and one Bulgarian (don’t make me write the names because I couldn’t pronounce them every time they were in the book, in fact I didn’t even read them).
I really liked this “battle”, the fact that there are three / four champions, “one” for each school (and that it’s not Malfoy) intrigued me from the beginning. The choices of the champions of the other schools were a bit obvious and as it was obvious that Harry’s name was going to come out of the Goblet and it was also evident who was “taken” for the second test, but I must say that I wouldn’t have expected who was the antagonist in the school. It was truly a surprise.
I also watched the movie, but I have to say I didn’t like it like the others. Too much “freedom” taken, but we let’s not talk about the movie since we are here to review the book.
My initial question when I started reading these books, has not yet been answered because if I only look at the first book, the answer to the question “even adults can read Harry Potter” would be no, they are too much for kids, but now that I read book 4, I begin to understand who says that yes, even adults can read them, even if I’m still not convinced.
I still can’t stand the bullying behind these stories, especially when it is perpetrated by adults (Snape) against kids, but at least Harry can answer now, however I can’t stand it.