Sunday, November 7, 2010

Goblet of Fire Chapters 3-6

The Long Story

Sorry it's been so long since the last post. I have been doing my reading though. However, I haven't found much to comment on. During these 4 chapters, we get a lot of the author setting up the story. Since this book is such a long one, it would make sense that it takes longer to set up the story. In these chapters, Harry gets the invitation, goes to the Burrow, and takes a portkey to the Quidditch world cup. That's pretty well it.


Ok, I'm having a major ADD moment. As I'm sitting here thinking about what to say about this book, all that's going through my head is the awesome new clip from Deathly Hallows that I just saw:

I gotta say, I'm really really excited to see this movie. To answer your question, of course I'm going opening weekend. From what I've seen in interviews and such, this movie looks to be much different from the others. Nearly everything in part I takes place outside Hogwarts. I'm really glad they broke it into two parts. They'll be able to give the time and attention the finale deserves.


Back to the book. One thing I've been thinking about when I read this book is one memorable thing that happens at the end. I would talk about that when we get there, but by that time, I will probably forget what I was going to say about it, so I'm going to talk about it now. It's my blog... I can do what I want :) Recall that I talked about how the first death we experience in the series is that of Buckbeak. Well, we come to find out that Buckbeak didn't really die. At the end of Goblet of Fire, we get our first real death. This is the death that I think had the biggest shock factor up to this point. I really couldn't believe what I was reading. (Sorry to those who haven't read this book if I've spoiled anything.) Up to this point, it was really good story aimed at a young audience. Suddenly, the book is twice as thick and someone actually dies! My mind was blown. PEOPLE DON'T DIE IN KIDS BOOKS! This is why Old Yeller was so crappy. What is interesting about my reaction to this book is that it follows a lot of what Harry goes through. Harry's expectations about his world are turned upside down in this book. He's thrust into situations he's not ready for. It's like he knows that at some point he'd have to face difficult times, but he didn't expect to have to face them so soon. I felt the same way. I knew at some point, someone in the series was going to die, I just didn't think it would happen this soon and in this way.

Anyway, I'll try not to spoil any more of the book. Happy reading!