My original plan was to write one giant post about the Harry Potter franchise and why I love them so much. After completing The Goblet of Fire, however, I realized I needed to dedicate an entire piece just to the fourth book. In order to do so though, I think I’d have to take a moment to talk about the earlier books.
So let’s start with Harry Potter the Sorcerer’s Stone. The book that lays the foundation for the rest. I’m not going to go too in-depth here because I’m sure a lot of people know at least the general idea about the story. When he nothing more than a baby, his parents were killed and he would have been to if his mother hadn’t sacrificed herself and thus imbuing him with a very powerful protection spell. Harry is eleven years old, in fact, it’s his birthday that really starts everything back up in the world of wizards. He receives a letter saying he has been invited to start his schooling at Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry. Let me recap;
- Professor Quirrel, a professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts turns out to have been acting as a vessel for Lord Voldemort, in search of the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry defeats them, and the stone is destroyed.
- Ron Weasley’s little sister Ginny is kidnapped by Tom Riddle i.e Voldemort, using a diary and Harry kills a basilisk.
- Harry finds out he has a godfather named Sirius Black who for 12 years, was thought to have been a supporter of Voldemort, turns out to be innocent and the real bad guy was Peter Pettigrew, aka wormtail.
Onto Goblet of Fire, where I will be giving a bit more detail and more opinions. In this book, we are introduced to the Triwizard Tournament, after seeing the Quidditch Championship. During the championship, we meet Krum who ends up being the champion for Durmstang, a wizarding school that holds its secrets very close to the chest. There is also Fleur Delacour, the champion for Beuxbatons, a french wizarding school. Hogwarts, it turns out, ends up having two champions this year. There is the one from Hufflepuff, Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter from Gryffindor. There’s a problem though; Harry is too young and thus, shouldn’t have been able to have his name put in the Goblet of Fire anyways. So it’s clear from the beginning someone is out to get him.
Something I enjoyed about the book, is that we are able to see the friendship that grows between Cedric and Harry. They have met once before, in a Quidditch game where Harry fell off his broom, leading to Diggory being able to catch the snitch and end the game with a victory for Hufflepuff. When it comes to the Yule Ball, Harry ends up asking Cho Chang, only to find out she’s already going with Cedric. So, the friendship is slow but the two of them make sure to help the other out whenever they could. In the end, they are the last two left in the maze. Deciding to win the tournament with a tie, they both grab the Championship Cup; where they find out that it’s a portkey and now they are in mortal danger. Cedric dies shortly after, being dealt the Avada Kedrava curse. Harry Potter comes face to face with Lord Voldemort, and in a surprising twist their wands are equally matched and they come to a standstill during a duel.
This standstill causes smoke to start forming out of Voldemort’s wand, in the shapes of those he killed using that wand. So Diggory comes out, a muggle named Frank comes out, followed by another wizard and then here’s the kicker. Harry’s parents come out and they tell him that they will buy him time, he will need to get back to the portkey. It’s an emotional scene, but no more emotional than the scene where he returns and people find out that Cedric is dead. There’s a part where Dumbledore is addressing all the students in the great hall, and he says ” Remember Cedric. Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right, and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”
Out of all the books so far, this one has been my favorite because it has been the most interesting to read. It’s also in this book that I see a lot of the breadcrumbs that Rowling has been leaving since book one. Little things that you pass without giving it a second glance, only for something to pop up later that reminds us of an earlier part. It’s really cool, the way she does that. Another aspect of Harry’s life that I don’t think got enough attention in the movies, is the relationship and bond between Sirius and Harry. In the movie counterpart of The Go let of Fire we see him and he is obviously important but in the book, we really get to see that through the letters they send to each other, the way Sirius risks everything to be close by to Harry. It’s endearing, and I love it. Also, the breadcrumbs are there for the beginning of Hermione and Ron, and that’s also really cute to see in it’s early stages.
So, this post got a lot longer than anticipated, but I’m trying to train myself to be in the habit of actually logging in and writing down what I think, the moment the thoughts come to me. Anyways, if anyone has any thoughts they’d like to share, I’d love to hear them.