Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire is the pivotal book in the series where everything becomes much darker. This may still be a “children’s” book, but these adult themes become much more present. Voldemort arises out of the mist ready to take over the Wizarding World with his bigotry towards Mudbloods. As an adult, I find re-reading the Harry Potter book series to be completely different than when I read it as a child. It’s the same material, but I pick up on different themes that have relevance to today’s society. As always, I’m going to post details I completely forgot about from The Goblet of Fire:
- The difference between Wormtail in the book versus the movie is vastly different. In the book, Voldemort makes numerous comments about Wormtail’s devotion due to his endless fear. In the movie, Wormtail is seen as a normal follower willing to do Voldemort’s bidding.
- I wish we would have seen Dudley’s tongue turn purple and grow a foot in length. Instead the movie starts right at the Quidditch World Cup.
- Apparation requires passing a highly challenging test. This is also the first reference to “splinching” which becomes important later in the series.
- Portkeys need to be objects a “muggle” wouldn’t touch. An example would be litter.
- Ways in which Amos Diggory is such a jerk: He talks about how Cedric beat Harry in the Quidditch match last year EVEN THOUGH Harry fell off his broom due to the Dementor’s presence. Amos Diggory also accused Harry of conjuring the Dark Mark during the World Cup.
- The Quidditch World Cup seats 100,000 people.
- Veelas were women who put men into a trance. They performed at the Quidditch World Cup which almost prompted Harry to dive out of his seat. Fleur is part veela which is why she’s seen as irresistible.
- A break-in is reported at Mad Eye Moody’s house which Arthur Weasley investigates. More excellent foreshadowing by J.K. Rowling.
- Professor Snape forces Neville to disembowel toads as punishment. That’s extremely messed up.
- During the Defense Against the Dark Arts lesson with Professor Moody, he puts everyone under the Imperius Curse and Harry is the only one to fight it off. This becomes extremely important later on as Harry is able to resist Voldemort’s Imperius Curse during their battle after the third task.
- Triwizard Champions are exempt from end of year tests.
- Sirius Black has such an important role in the book. He’s the one who informs Harry about Karkaroff’s past as a Death Eater and about Barty Crouch Sr.’s ruthless ways in punishing the Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War.
- In the book, Harry stays near the arena while fighting the dragon. The whole Hogwarts castle show down with the dragon is purely made to make the sequence more thrilling.
- DOBBY MADE HARRY QUIDDITCH SOCKS! How cute 🙂
- Moody mentions to Harry about how he would make a good Auror.
- “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors not his equals.” This quote from Sirius is spot on.
- Sirius was sentenced to Azkaban without a proper trial, all thanks to Barty Crouch Sr.
- During Moody’s time as an Auror, he never tried to kill Death Eaters if he didn’t have to. Barty Crouch Sr. gave him special permission to use the three unforgivable curses, but he still avoided using them.
- In Hagrid’s class they studied Niffler’s! They even had a contest with the Niffler’s to see which Niffler would find the most coins. Ron ended up winning. Harry even describes the Niffler’s as being cute.
- During a divination lesson, Harry has a dream where Voldemort tortures Wormtail after he makes a mistake. This further describes Voldemort and Wormtail’s volatile relationship that wasn’t demonstrated in the movies.
- Ludo Bagman was on trial for giving information to Rookwood [Rookwood was convicted of being a Death Eater].
- The torture of the Longbottom’s shocked the Wizarding World. Frank was a popular Auror and the timing happened right after Voldemort fell from power. This means that Harry’s parents were killed in July and the Longbottom’s were tortured shortly after that.
- Imagine being in Neville’s position: leading the legacy of his parents who have no idea who he is. This is compounded by the fact that his real true strength is in Herbology and not necessarily in other forms of magic like his parents. That’s a lot of pressure for Neville.
- A phoenix song plays when Harry and Voldemort’s wands connect. They are also raised in the air and float over the Death Eaters.
- Bertha Jorkins is released from Voldemort’s wand encouraging Harry to keep their wands connected.
- Fawkes heals Harry after the battle with Voldemort. This is after Barty Crouch Jr. is apprehended.
- Fudge doesn’t believe Voldemort’s rise to power due to Harry’s apparent “mental instability” which was written about by Rita Skeeter. In this article, it’s revealed Harry can talk to snakes which was unknown to Fudge. It’s one reason why Fudge launches a smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore.
- During the argument between Fudge and Dumbledore, Professor Snape reveals his “dark mark” to everyone saying how his mark is darker on his arm. Snape is a lot of things, but he at least believes Harry’s account of Voldemort’s return.
- Towards the end of Goblet of Fire, it’s revealed that Sirius is the black dog that’s been following Harry around. Dumbledore insists Sirius and Snape need to work together. This is the beginning of the formation of the Order of the Phoenix.
- Dumbledore makes a comment to Snape, “You know what I must ask you to do. If you are ready . . . if you are prepared . . . then good luck.” I wonder if this was the moment that Snape contacted Voldemort to become his double agent.
- Ron in the end got an autograph from Krum
- The last sentence in Goblet of Fire is fitting to what happens in the series. It is, “What would come, would come. . . and he would have to meet it when it did.” This is written from Harry’s view and how Harry has accepted Voldemort’s return.
These aren’t even all the comments I wrote about Goblet of Fire. I’m keeping a word document of every little detail I find interesting as I re-read the books. I’m already at 13 pages of little tidbits from the series I had forgotten about. Re-reading Goblet of Fire brought out more emotion than I had prepared for. It means I’m one book closer to reading the Deathly Hallows and all the character deaths that occur from the Battle of Hogwarts. I’m still looking forward to reading the other three books and I hope to start Order of the Phoenix sometime this week.
Also as an added side note, I did schedule my Harry Potter themed tattoo for this September. I’m thrilled to finally set a date as this tattoo means a lot to me. I will write a blog post sometime in the future detailing more of this.
4 thoughts on “Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire Re-Read”
GoF is my favorite of the series! Loved it all the way through. Wish I still had the books. I recently finished listening to Binge Mode Podcast’s reread of the entire series recently and it was great! Highly recommend. Those guys are a riot.
I added this podcast to my sticher app. Thanks for the recommendation. I have to say I think the Half Blood Prince is my favorite, I can’t wait to get to that one.
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The Goblet of Fire I still consider the most epic part of the series. I barely remember the book now except for the sphinx and its riddle. I definitely have to reread.
You should! I also enjoyed the back story of the First Wizarding War and how the Death Eaters overruled the society.
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