Once again, you probably don’t want to read this review if you have anything against Harry Potter or JK Rowling (although I promise my next couple of reviews won’t centre around the Potter books)…
Over the years, “Goblet of Fire…” has been the Potter book I have revisited the most. When asked to select a favourite novel from the series, my answer is always this book OR “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. Why this book is one of my personal favourites is unclear even to me, however I regard it as an easy read that is so imaginative you can discover new details every single time you read it!
For me, aside from “The Golden Trio” (Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley), there are four standout characters who help ‘make’ this novel. In no particular order they are, Barty Crouch, his son, Voldemort and Cedric Diggory. Whilst I won’t enclose their fates so the storyline is not ruined for anyone who has been living under a rock and knows little of the Potter phenomenon, I will say that they balance the story perfectly. Crouch SR is the politician who falls from grace as well as suffering a massive personal blow; Crouch JR is his son who shames his father and adds tension into the mix; Voldemort masterminds an interesting climax for the story and last but not least Cedric Diggory adds both charm and tragedy. It’s also worth nothing that “Goblet of Fire…” is the book where Harry’s noble headmaster Albus Dumbledore first unveils his more “fiery” side…
As with any Potter book (and perhaps more so than some of the others), Rowling uses her quirky narration to put across the character’s feelings of both glorious happiness and deep sadness. Throughout her work, Rowling’s technical skills are hard to fault, especially for a young adult’s author. The narrative is informative with hints of humour without ever allowing itself to become overly complex or ‘draining’ for the reader.
As a whole, “Goblet of Fire” is probably my most loved Potter book, which is no small accomplishment when one considers the amount of love and admiration I have for the series and its talented author. There’s just something about the book that makes me come back for more, eventhough I have read it many times!
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow up to be!” -Albus Dumbledore