Goodreads synopsis: 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 …With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvellous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller.
J.K. Rowling, my Queen, you still amaze me with your brilliant mind! The writing is fluid and magical as always, the plot becomes increasingly engaging and the characters develop in a natural way, making us think they do not exist on paper but in the real world. I mean, c’mon, who wouldn’t like to have the Golden Trio as Best Friends Forever? Ughhh, stupid real world…
In this fourth book in the Harry Potter series, The Boy Who Lived deals with more dark and serious situations. Also, the story is getting more details and the characters develop as they deal with their obsctacles. I loved the Triwizard Tournament! Yes, it’s a dangerous contest, but I love the idea behing it: to establish links between international sorcerers. It’s a fantastic idea, and with it, the author has done a sensational job of showing that despite our cultural and social differences, union is crucial in dark times.
That’s why I think any reader wins a lot by reading Harry Potter. That is why children should read these books, since they will certainly learn a lot with this tousled-haired boy who wears weird glasses. For example, they can learn the unquestionable value of love and friendship, which, again, are very well reflected in this book. It’s amazing how Harry, Ron and Hermione go beyond the adversity that could weaken them, but once destroyed, it only strengthened their friendship. Another aspect I want to highlight is the first chapter. It is remarkable the differences between the first three books of this series and this fourth book. In previous books, the action was lighter and everything was solved more easily. Yes, there were problems but they always found reasonable solutions, to the point of also finding some peace. However, it is the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that show us that the adventures of Harry Potter will become more complicated and the little wizard and his friends will have to go through more devious paths. So there is another idea that Rowling wants to convey: in our life, we face many difficult times, but is it impossible to overcome them and overcome our fears? So, will our young hero, with the the help of his friends, be able to overcome his doubts and learn to believe in himself? Well, of course he does!
Now, about the characters: we learn a little bit more about Voldemort or Tom Riddle. We know a little bit more about his past, but not much, because Voldemort is a mysterious character. Again, we realize how mean and cruel Voldemort can be. We could tell that from the previous books, but it’s in this fourth installment that this characteristic of Voldemort is highlighted. Then we have more adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione. As always, Harry, who couldn’t believe in his own magical abilities, gradually understands that he can be as competent as any sorcerer. In fact, he could be more talented than other colleagues. Then we have Ron, who is the “comic relief” of the story. Innocent but playful and smart guy, I love his jealousy crisis, but also his rage against the injustices he lives. Hermione is the one of got more developped. I saw another side of her: defender of elves and social equality, the young witch shows strenght and lots of energy when she faces injustice and she is a very astute for her age, and, in fact, she is also an excellent role model to be followed by younger people . She is not afraid to stand up for what is right, she does not like to give up and she is always ready to help. Determined, intelligent and brilliant, Hermione is everything a Gryffindor wizard should be!
Finally, about the Queen’s writing: J. K. Rowling charms and delights. J.K. Rowling is, for me, a role model, as Hermione is an example for the younger ones. J.K. Rowling is all I want to be: a successful writer who used the imagination she had and knew how to use her talent to create an extraordinary and inspiring story!
In conclusion, I loved the paths traced by the writer: a powerful introduction, action development with new awesome details, such as the World Quidditch Cup, the Triwizard Tournament and more details regarding Voldemort and his allies, and a phenomeal ending. My God, I stopped breathing for the last seven chapters! It was breathtaking! I can not wait to read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!