The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable …
The Goblet of Fire is probably my favourite both of the books and films, clear by the fact its my most battered looking of the books. For me it is the pinnacle in the series. It is the true turning point. The book in which the childish excitement in the wizarding world will give way to an understanding of the reality of what is to come.
From the opening at the Quidditich World Cup, there is a constant flow of action (something which translates well to film), which considering the length is quite the feat. The Triwizard Cup provides plenty of action, with new characters and new scenarios. We do as a result lose many of the regular scenes connected with day to day live in the school (less time spent portraying classes and no Quidditch), and while I missed these it didn’t deter from my enjoyment of the book.
The main characters are all 14 in this book, and moving into the trials of being a teenager. They may be witches and wizard but they still struggle with the issues we all face, like attending your first dance/disco and getting a date. For me this ageing of the characters and witnessing of their struggles helps to round them out, particularly Ron and Hermione. Ron’s jealously and the revealing of Hermione’s girly side (usually hidden by her intelligence and the fact she spends all her time with two boys) allow us to see other sides to both characters. They are slowly stepping out of Harry’s shadow.
I won’t give away the ending, but lets just say it marks a loss of innocence for the characters. There is no going back from it.