J.K. Rowling

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)

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I am a ridiculous person. I’ve owned The Cuckoo’s Calling for a long time now, because I found it in hardcover for like $2. But then I requested it on Overdrive one night (no real reason why), and then it became available, so THEN I finally read it. Very silly, Sarah. Anyways, I finally started J.K. Rowling’s new series! Which I guess isn’t so new anymore, since the second book is already out (The Silkworm) and the books are going to be made into a BBC show. But still.

Cormoran Strike is a P.I., whose life seems to be crumbling around him. His debt collectors are after him. He’s broken up with his gorgeous girlfriend, this time for good, so he’s living in his office. He has a new temp, Robin, starting that he can’t afford to really pay. And then in walks John Bristow – brother of the famous supermodel Lula Landry, who was found dead outside her apartment. Her death was ruled a suicide, but John doesn’t believe that she jumped off of her balcony, and he’s willing to pay Strike handsomely to find the murderer. Strike doesn’t believe that Lula’s death was a murder, but he agrees to take the case.

In the end, I really liked the book. Cormoran really grew on me, and Robin as well, though not as much. (The introduction to Robin was her walking around being constantly distracted by her awesome new engagement ring, so it’ll take a bit more to completely recover from that.) Cormoran has some of those typical down-on-his-luck P.I. tropes going for him, but he has his own quirks that make him more “him”. He lost half of a leg in Afghanistan, and has some trouble with that still. His unique parentage is common gossip. He tends to have real compassion for other people. He just forms into this lovable, kind of grumpy old-ish man that I ended up really liking.

One other thing that kind of made me like this book – there were black characters. At first I was concerned, since the first three introduced were either suspected murderers or car thieves. But as the story progressed, more black characters were introduced, one even pretty fully fleshed out. It was refreshing to see more diversity in a book by a white person, in which their ethnicity isn’t exactly the whole point of their existence. In fact, the black characters seemed more real and genuine than some of the white characters – there were a lot of stereotypical mean, rich, white people. I’m not sure if Rowling had any real intentions built around this or not, but it was something that stood out to me. She also had a couple passages that remarked on feminist issues – that awareness and caution that women feel working in close proximity with a man, and how deceased women with any sort of trouble in their lives are written off as just a tragic result of the life they lived, and not afforded the same amount of grief and attention as deceased women who lived “safe” lives. Rowling, man… she just brings SO much to the table when you’re not expecting it.

As a mystery novel, I’m not a good judge. I never see it coming, I never guess correctly who the bad guy is, and this was no different. It was a fun though, and I enjoyed seeing Robin get really excited at the intrigue surrounding working in a P.I.’s office on a high-profile case. I think her and Cormoran will make a great detective team.

And now I’ll leave off with just a couple of the highlight-worthy pieces:

“How easy it was to capitalize on a person’s own bent for self-destruction; how simple to nudge them into non-being, then to stand back and shrug and agree that it had been the inevitable result of a chaotic, catastrophic life.”

“Seven and a half million hearts were beating in close proximity in this heaving old city, and many, after all, would be aching far worse than his.”

I’m excited to read The Silkworm, hopefully sooner rather than later.

~Sarah

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Sarah Sunday!

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Time for a late update! Because it’s Sunday night and I still have to write my post for tomorrow’s How to Build a Girl post before I head to my friend’s house to drink all day. Fun times.

 

  • I was a bad blogger this week, in that I had like zero time for blog reading and responding to comments. Sorry peeps. I’ll get to it. But SHOCKINGLY I had to do a million things at work before I left on Friday, since I won’t be back until the 22nd. Woot woot!
  • My 9-year old nephew Josh came to spend the night on Saturday, and within the last 24-hours we watched the first three X-Men movies and the second Iron Man movie. It was hard to keep him off of his iTouch, but otherwise it seems like he had a good time 🙂
  • We also ate a ton of junk food. And I’m going to have a root beer float soon. I’m going to get giant on this vacation. (I should REALLY hit the gym as much as possible).
  • JK Rowling wrote a Harry Potter short story! I logged back onto Pottermore for the sole purpose of reading it, and it was amusing. I’m wondering if this is her hint that she wants to write more HP books. It’s probably just wishful thinking on my part, but who knows.
  • I read and loved Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and now I want to read a lot of her books. I found Purple Hibiscus by her at the library’s used bookstore for $2. WIN.
  • I like How to Build a Girl so far, and I’ve kind of started reading Moranthology… but am also kind of avoiding it, because I don’t know if it’s a good idea to read two of her books at the same time.
  • That picture above includes a pic of books I want to read this week. I won’t be able to read all of them (I’d be lucky to read two that aren’t graphic novels), but a girl can dream. I’m DEFINITELY reading Landline soon. I want to go to the park and just read it in the sunshine in one sitting.
  • My aforementioned nephew LOVES Minecraft. And I like that Minecraft basically teaches people how to use CAD (in other words, it teaches people how to build 3D objects – a very cool skill given the rise of 3D printers). And I want to play it now. Yeah, I said it. But the Android app is like $7 and I’m just not THAT interested yet. I hate paying for apps.
  • Also, I just started playing Borderlands 2 and want to do that first. It’s fun. I’m the Gunzerker.

 

How has everyone else’s weekend been?

 

~Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter readalong! Harry and his teen-rage.

It’s Harry Potter Day! And I JUST finished reading the first section, so everything is super fresh in my mind.

This book is SO dark compared to the previous books, but first! Some Sirius love.

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Now doesn’t that make everyone feel better?

This book tends to get on my nerves a bit, because Harry is such a freaking teenager and I want to slap him. I mean, good job J.K. for writing a moody teenage character so perfectly, but crap it makes Harry really irritating. He has more mood swings than I know what to do with.

Sooooo Harry gets attacked by dementors, the Dursleys talk about magic (!), Harry and the gang are all living at Sirius’s place and trying to listen to Order of the Phoenix stuff, a super unfair trial happens but Harry’s cleared of all charges, back to Hogwarts where the MOST EVIL PERSON EVER is the new D.A.D.A. teacher, people are being mean to Harry and now he just got detention with Umbridge for the rest of the week. BAM, whole first 250 pages in one paragraph.

Let’s bullet-point some stuff, mmkay?

  • Mrs. Dursley on page 26: “Did he use – his thing?” *snickers*
  • Evidence of Harry’s serious case of teen-rage on page 66. Okay I get that he’s frustrated, but he’s like this throughout SO much of the book. Hermione finally tells him to stop being such an ass to her and Ron, but still.
  • Ron mentions Kreacher’s mom, and that makes me wonder… how are house-elves procreating? It seems like wizards that have a house elf only have one and they’re basically slaves, so it seems unlikely that they ever get to meet one another to bump elf-uglies…
  • On the whole “should Harry be able to ask what’s going on in the Order thing” – I’m totally on Sirius’s side rather than Mrs. Weasley’s. 15 is not that young, and since Harry IS the one who saw Voldy come back and IS the one who Voldy is trying to kill, I think he’s entitled to be kept in the loop. Being kept in the dark is more of a danger.
  • Oh, there’s a locket on page 116…
  • That hearing/trial happens which is obviously just ridiculous. Knowing what’s coming, Dumbledore’s refusal to even look at Harry is super-upsetting.
  • Ron gets made a prefect instead of Harry! He really deserves his moment in the spotlight, so good for him.

 

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  • Luna! One of the funnest and most interesting characters is finally introduced. She’s a weird one, but I dig her.

TRUTH.

  • The most evil character ever AKA Umbridge is introduced as well. UGH.
  • Ron on pg. 231: “It means they’re not real fans, they’re just jumping on the bandwagon -“ JUST like a sports fan.

Aaaand I think that was it for most of my random thoughts and post-it notes.

Yay for book 5! On to the second section! As Mrs. Weasley says, “Oh, I’m all of a dither!”

~Sarah

Harry Potter Readalong – All the cheese!

Alrighty, post #3 and one book down!

So action-y stuff FINALLY happens, and that lovely trio finally becomes friends! Mainly because Hermione stops being so much like this:

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After they trap her in a bathroom with a troll and then save her. Silly boys. She even starts correcting their homework – SHE IS TOO NICE.

I like Ron. I feel bad for him – he has this awesome family, but as the youngest he has SO much to live up to. And being the broke kid in school sucks, I was that kid when I was a youngster in a fancy Catholic school. And having a friend who is kind of loaded (Harry I’m lookin at you) is a blessing and a curse. Harry is definitely generous and not at all snotty about having dough to burn, but my heart aches just a bit for Ron who has a best friend but it’s yet another person who totally overshadows him.

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Fall the fuck back, Malfoy. Leave Ron alone.

One thing I kind of laughed at – they were having SUCH a hard time finding out who Nicolas Flamel was and had to look through millions of books and stuff. I’m so spoiled by living in a first-world country during the Digital Age. Google is my friend. You would THINK that there’s some sort of easier way to research information when you’re using magic. Maybe the adults don’t teach it to the kids until they leave school so that they have to work harder.

So there’s the fiasco with the troll, all the intrigue around Snape and Quirrel, poor little baby dragon Norbert, and Quidditch! Even though I’m sure it’s hard for Rowling to come up with truly original Quidditch scenes over and over again, I do enjoy them and kind of miss them in the later books.

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Can we talk about how INSANELY easy the whole get-through-the-magical-obstacle-course part of the book is? I get that it’s a kid book, but daaaamnn. A flying key? Devil’s Snare? A riddle? Honestly, the magical wizard chess was the best part. Go McGonagall! The rest of the teachers should be slightly ashamed. THIS is the best the teachers at Hogwarts can come up with?

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And man I forgot how CHEESY the end is. I know Gryffindor is supposed to be the best and so everything is supposed to be peachy keen for them, but I am so not in support of the blatant Dumbledore’s method of “I’ll give out more points to Gryffindor, just enough so that they win the House Cup instead”. LAME. But you know, pretty much after Harry defeats Quirrel everything is sunshine and roses and they ride off into the sunset. Rowling wanted to give a really, really, really happy ending.

So hooray! Book 1 down! I’m so looking forward to starting Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. And I’m looking even more to getting past that and getting to the more complicated, less-juvenile stuff 🙂

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On to Chamber of Secrets!

~Sarah

Harry Potter Readalong – HOGWARTS I MISSED YOU

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Me.

I can’t even express how happy I was just to start reading the first page 🙂 I can’t believe I don’t re-read these books every year. For reals.

Okay I know that in comparison to the rest of the series, these first two books are the weakest. But compared to a LOT of other children’s / YA books that I’ve tried, just the first chapter is like a quadrillion times better than those. There’s so much mystery and magic and interesting-ness just in that first chapter. I feel like I don’t have a whole lot to comment on, because not a whole lot has happened yet. I mean, Hermione isn’t even a main character yet. But Harry has already shown himself to be all heroic persona-ish, in his defiance against Malfoy and sticking up for Neville. So yay for him. (It’s rare that I like the heroic personas, but Harry is one of the exceptions, I guess.)

Also this is probably obvious to every one else, but I JUST realized while reading that the pictures in the wizarding world are basically GIFs. But you know, different.

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BASICALLY A GIF OF GIFS.

As soon as I was done reading this section (which went by way too fast), I got online to FINALLY see what house I would be sorted into on Pottermore. Back in early December I was chatting with some people at a party and they said that the questions to determine your house were really intricate, that it took like 45 mins and they asked those ethical kind of questions like if you saw someone cheating on a test would you tell, etc etc. Well, it did take at least 45 mins to even get to the Sorting ceremony, but it asked me about 8 questions. One of which was “Black, or white?” WTF? That’s not a fair question. (And I chose black, obvs.) Anyways, it’s probably no surprise, but…

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Based on like 8 questions? Such as “forest or sea”? That is so not fair. Screw you, Pottermore. I mean maybe even with 100 questions it MIGHT have come out the same, but still.

Hmmm what else? Oh yes, the Dursleys. They are horrible and I want to slap Dudley. Ollivander is creepy. Hagrid is large and great. Oh and Dumbledore… “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!” That is literary gold, right there. I love it.

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Sooo… yeah. How’s everyone else feeling about being back in the wizarding world?

~Sarah

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

 

What a wonderful little addition to the Harry Potter series. I personally love that Rowling published the book mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And since I was able to read the whole thing in maybe an hour, I bet that the individual stories would be good fairy-tale stories for kiddos (except maybe “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart”.)

This book contains 5 wizard fairy-tales, all uniquely different, and all with the same important messages championed throughout the whole Harry Potter series – tolerance, kindness, love, and selflessness. I especially love Dumbledore’s commentary at the end of each tale, because he’s one of the characters I miss the most and he essentially spells out exactly what each tale is trying to tell you.

Like I said, this makes a great add-on to the series. It also has pretty little illustrations through-out it. My only small disappointment is that Hermione, who (according to the Intro) translated the stories from runes, doesn’t make any small little commentary in the book like Dumbledore. I guess it’s just good enough to imagine that in Hermione’s adult life, she’s still putting energy into academic pursuits 🙂

And I guess that’s what you shouldn’t expect from this book – don’t expect any new info on what the HP characters are doing in their post-Voldy lives. While this book was great, what we really want (are you listening, J.K.?) is info like…

Did Hagrid and Olympe marry and half-giant babies?
Did Dudley and Harry ever meet and become friends?
Does Teddy Lupin develop some sort of tragic story?
Does 12 Grimmauld Place become Harry’s home ever?
Did Hermione manage to free any more house-elves?
And so on and so forth… I wish I could know everything about how everyone’s lives turned out… sure J.K. won’t ever really do that though 😉

Still, for this book Sarah Says: 4 stars

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>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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WARNING * THERE WILL BE SPOILERS * DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK* I JUST CAN’T HELP MYSELF* YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
 

OH man, the end of an era. I had only read this one once before, when it first came out – sadly, I hardly remembered ANYTHING. Remember the big debate at the end of book 6? Is Snape a goodie or a baddie? I couldn’t even remember! So as you see, I desperately needed to re-read this book.

To sum up: Harry, Ron, and Hermione are not going back to Hogwarts, they’re on a quest to find the remaining Horcruxes (which are, in case you can’t remember: the ring, the locket, the diary, the goblet, Nagini, the tiara, and *gasp but so obvious* Harry). People are crazy terrified, now that the greatest wizard ever, and the only one that Voldemort was afraid of, is gone.

I forgot so much about this book – it goes by really fast because there’s a lot of action and a lot of detail. Rowling did a really good job of showing just how scary the wizarding world was getting – Hermione has to erase her parents memories and send them away, Ron pretends to be deathly sick, and even Harry’s horrible relatives the Dursley’s have to be hidden, because no one is safe. The Death Eaters come up with some pretty good methods of looking for Harry and for keeping everyone else terrified and obedient. Hogwarts’s new headmaster is Snape, with a couple of Death Eaters as teachers. Scary stuff.

The mystery of the Deathly Hallows was really interesting – showing the importance of fairy tales and that there’s often truth in legends, it was one of my favorite parts of the book (and the coolest part of the new movie out). And the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone, and Cloak fit so well and explain so much.

I also loved that there are some major redemption stories here. Dudley is actually nice to Harry. No, really. It was a total “aww” moment for me, I wish that Rowling had mentioned in the epilogue whether Dudley and Harry ever met again. Kreacher ends up doing a total 180, luckily for everyone involved. I actually felt affectionate towards the gross little guy. Snape of course is probably the biggest redemption story of all – we find out exactly why Dumbledore had so much faith in him, and it turns out it’s the same reason that Voldy is really a weaker wizard – the power of love. How hippie, but I love it. Pettigrew redeems himself, really without meaning too, and demonstrates the power of showing mercy to your enemies. Even the Malfoys seem to eventually come around, though they’re still slimy.

Also, a lot of characters had great kick-ass moments. Neville’s probably my favorite. Hermione saves everyone so many times I lost count. And Dobby is a big hero.

Okay, so I think I can stop gushing for a minute to mention the couple things that bothered me just a little. One, was that there was SO much action that I sometimes missed the millions of little details. Seriously, re-reading was a good idea. Also, Harry for the first half of the book gets all doubtful and angsty, but eventually he mans up and stops moping. And of course the deaths :o( In the general order that they happen *seriously, SPOILERS*, Hedwig, Mad-Eye Moody, Dobby, Fred, Lupin, and Tonks. I cried a little bit for each and every one. I know Rowling couldn’t save them all, but it doesn’t diminish the sucky-ness of it.

ANYWAYS, this is one of my favorite of the series, even though it’s the last. I love this series. And now, I’m going to try out The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which I haven’t read before :o)

Sarah Says: 5 stars and mygodilovethisseries

 

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>Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

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Once again, I’d like to remind you that because the Harry Potter books and movies are so super-popular, I’m not going to avoid spoilers here…

I’m really torn on how much I like book #6. One the one hand, we get a BUNCH of new information and finally figure out Voldemort’s big secret. On the other hand – and this kind of hurts to say – I think J.K. Rowling was a bit lazy with this book.

A bit of a recap – in the beginning of this book, everyone finally believes that Lord Voldemort is back, people are dying and disappearing, and there are rumors that Harry is “The Chosen One”. Harry starts taking private “lessons” with Dumbledore. Malfoy is up to something bad, and Harry starts using an old Potions book once owned by someone called “The Half-Blood Prince” who was a Potions genius and has a dark side.

Well, let’s start off with the good things about the book. Now that the wizarding world knows that Voldemort really is back, people aren’t such jerks to Harry, which means that Harry is not so whiny. The Ron & Hermione thing becomes much more obvious, and is finally acknowledged by Harry. Also, Harry’s feelings for Ginny start to show and you can’t help but love it. Ginny is a great character, and I’m glad that she’s around more in this book. Professor Slughorn is introduced, who’s amusing and essential to the story.

Of course, the best thing about the book is how much we learn about Voldemort’s past. I found it all fascinating, and I got excited each time Dumbledore called Harry to his office to learn more. Voldy’s an infinitely interesting bad guy – it kind of makes me wish that Rowling would write a spoof “Voldemort: The Autobiography” or something, I think it’d be hilarious. Anyways, we figure out exactly why Voldemort didn’t just die when he gave Harry that scar – and Harry realizes exactly what he has to do if he wants to end Voldemort for good.

Now, the sucky things: Again, I think Rowling was being lazy when she wrote this. There wasn’t a whole lot of action, and the biggest plot was Harry’s lessons with Dumbledore. There were also the side-plots of a) what the heck Malfoy was up to and b) who exactly the Half-Blood Prince that wrote all over Harry’s substitute Potions book was. Now in every previous book, Ron and Hermione have been all about investigating their suspicions – they used to go to drastic lengths to follow up on a hunch, or to solve a mystery. But despite this not even being one of their exam years, they both spend most of the book brushing off Harry’s intuitive feeling that Malfoy was working for Voldemort. And none of the three of them tried very hard to figure out who the Half-Blood Prince was (though the hints were kind of obvious). There doesn’t seem to be any real good reason for their sudden casualness about Malfoy and the HBP – they aren’t even busy. In fact, they spend more time wallowing in teenage love drama. If Ron and Hermione had been the usual great friends they are to Harry, I bet a lot of very bad things would not have happened. But since Rowling obviously needed very bad things to happen, she could at least have put more effort into making it seem like a believable chain of events.

The only reason I can think for Rowling to this is to prove once again that Harry can’t accomplish everything alone. He needs his friends to be by his side, or disastrous things happen.

Overall, book 6 is disappointing. For the reason I just described, and also because of the lack of other characters – Neville and Luna are rarely around, and most of the Order of the Phoenix members are missing from the story too. We hardly even see much of Hagrid. And there’s the ending, which is just depressing, and which of course spawned the big “Is Snape Good or Evil?” debate.

I said before that I think book 5 may have been my least favorite, because Sirius being gone makes me crazy sad. But the overall plot and writing in this one makes me think that this is in fact my least favorite. I have way too many frustrations with this one. I still can’t wait to go on to book 7 though!

So, Sarah Says: 3.5 stars

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>Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

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Once again, since the Harry Potter series is so popular I’m not going to avoid spoilers here… You’ve been warned :o)

Well, this may be my least favorite of the Harry Potter series. The story is really interesting and a lot gets explained, but at the same time, the plot is no where near at intricate as it is in HP & the GoF, but this book is a lot longer. Harry’s back at Hogwarts after letting loose the news that Voldemort is back. Trouble is that nobody believes him or Dumbledore – The Ministry of Magic is going to extreme lengths to deny it and try to make Harry and Dumbledore look like crazies. Most of the school thinks that Harry’s either gone mad or is just starving for attention. This leads to a Ministry-appointed official taking a job at Hogwarts – Dolores Umbridge (probably the most-hated character ever). On top of all this, Harry’s dealing with troubling visions and dreams in which he is Voldemort.

So, the main reason why this book is my least favorite is this: Harry is WHINY. I think it was to show that he’s a teenager now, and not perfect, etc but still – it makes it hard to root for him when he’s being such a git. He constantly ignores the advice of people who care about him, he’s rude, he’s selfish – that’s the perfect definition but a teenager, but he just made everything so much harder than it needed to be, a lot could have been avoided.

ALSO, the saddest thing ever happens in this book – Sirius is gone. And Harry barely had time to really hang out with him. Still makes me cry, and it depresses me for days afterwards :o( It’s also upsetting because there were SO many ways that it could have been avoided, but Harry was a total dummy in this book.

Now, on to the good stuff – this is still an HP novel, which means that even when it annoys me it’s still really good. Umbridge is fun to hate – I LOATHE her, possibly even more than I hate Voldemort. She’s gross, annoying, evil, crazy, racist, etc… UGH. Hate her. We find out a load more about the Order of the Phoenix, and about why exactly Voldemort has always wanted to kill Harry so bad. Luna Lovegood is introduced, and she becomes a really great character – in fact her, Ginny, and Neville all play really important roles. Fred & George are at their best here, and provide some much-needed comic relief. Mad-Eye Moody, Lupin, Tonks, and Sirius all play big parts, and it’s always a relief when one of the adults is around to restore order to the teens. We learn more about different magical creatures, such as centaurs. Harry and his friends start the D.A., which is fun to watch, plus he finally gets his feelings with Cho sorted out. Good stuff!

I love Harry Potter, but I’m so happy to be done with this one (TOO SAD!) and moving onto book # 6… I only read #6 and #7 once each, so re-reading them will be really great.

Sarah Says: 4 stars :o(

>Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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Please keep in mind that due to the crazy popularity of the HP books and movies, I’m not going to be too cautious about spoilers here…

This has to be my favorite of the whole series. I’m going to try to go through the reasons coherently…

First, I love the huge plot of this book. THIS is really where the books start to be aimed at teenagers and not children. First off, there are a lot of new people introduced – Mad-Eye Moody, Crouch, Bagman, the foreign students and their respective headmasters, etc… The Tri-Wizard Tournament is a refreshingly new obstacle for Harry to face instead of the usual Quidditch games all year. And *here’s the big one* Voldemort’s intricate plan to come back. And come back he does. The big bad plan, which involved a Death Eater long-thought dead, is a really good plan and I remember being absolutely shocked the first time I read this book. Voldemort, in the end, is re-born and Harry narrowly escapes again. This book also features the first real death in the series (so definitely not light reading material for the youngest readers out there). There’s so much mystery and intrigue in this book, I love that.

Secondly, I love that the characters all feel so ALIVE in this one. Harry, Ron, and Hermione have never seemed so real, and I think it’s because they’re so emotional – they’re full-fledged teenagers now, and the extra drama is actually enjoyable. Hermione develops her passion for house-elves, Ron struggles with his possible crush on Hermione and with being poorer than his friends, and Harry (on top of everything else) also starts developing his crush for Cho. The drama and embarassment of trying to find dates for the Yule Ball was right-on. We get to see more of Sirius, and his obvious care for Harry. And Dumbledore is amazing here – smart, quirky, but ready to stand in a blaze of glory and fight for what he believes is right.

Third, I love the underlying themes in this one. We once again have the tension between the magical races – we find out that house elves are treated horribly all over, that giants are hated and feared, and of course there’s the pure-blood versus Muggle-blood prejudices. All portrayed very well, and we get to see a very strong speech from Hagrid about the importance of being happy with yourself and never mind what other people say. We see Hermione battling with Rita Skeeter over her malicious and false reports. Harry and Cedric are constantly trying to remain courteous and helpful to each other throughout the entire Tri-Wizard Tournament. There’s just so much more happening, and all the personal dramas and conversations between characters are so worth the time and book-length.

And of course, even though it doesn’t necessarily end happy, it ends with the feeling of getting ready for a big fight, which means you can’t wait to go on to book #5. I know I can’t :o)

Sarah Says: 5 stars!