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Reminder: This review is of a series and not an individual book. While I will write a synopsis for each book, I will do my best to not give away blatant spoilers. With that being said, the end of one book more or less is the start of another, so information from the end of the previous book may play a role in the plot of the next book, thus I have to give away the spoiler. Read the synopsis at your own discretion.
We open on a scene in the Riddle House (for those of you that might have forgotten, Lord Voldemort’s (aka the bad guy) family name is Riddle), where we find a conversation between Lord Voldemort and his follower, Wormtail. As the conversation continues, the former gardener comes to investigate the light. That investigation ends in his death. In another part of the country, Harry Potter awakes with pain in his scar. Believing that the murder he just witnessed was a dream, he chooses to ignore the incident.
Harry’s best friend’s, Ron’s, father was able to secure tickets to the Quidditch World Cup final for the children in the family. They head to see the Bulgaria vs. Ireland match where they sit in the top box, aka the Ministry box. There they see a house elf that is sitting by itself and seems uncomfortable. Following the match (where Ireland won), the camps begin to celebrate the win. However, things start to take a turn at night when the Dark Mark appears.
After that delightful experience, the students return to Hogwarts. They learn that Hogwarts is going to be the host for the Triwizard Tournament, where a champion from each of the schools (Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons) will compete for a cash prize and glory. The students also learn that the new Defense Against the Dark Arts is famous auror, “Mad-Eye” Moody. Even though the rules claim that the champion has to be a student from the school and 17, somehow Harry’s name gets entered into the Goblet of Fire. Viktor Krum becomes the Durmstrang champion, Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons, and Cedric Diggory becomes the Hogwarts champion. When Harry becomes an unexpected 4th champion, he is forced to compete.
In the first task, the champions had to collect an egg from a nesting dragon mother. Once they are able to collect the egg, they can use the egg to prepare for the next task. Following the task, the students are invited to attend the Yule Ball, a dance intended to include all students from all the schools to increase intercommunication. The Ball is the first time we see Hermione with Viktor Krum.
Since Harry warned him of the first task, Cedric gives Harry a hint that helps him prepare for the second task in the lake. Following the task, Harry and Cedric are even in the scores. As they prepare for the final task, the champions face the greatest threat of all, they just don’t know it yet.
Can I just say, my synopsis is so glossed over. There is so much more to the book that I am skipping over because I don’t want to be here forever, but man, is it good. This book is when the novels in the series begin to become slightly ridiculous in size. In fact, this book is almost double each of the 3 books before it. While so fun, it does get tedious at times. There were a lot of times where I would play the scenes as I remembered it from the movie in my head, and that was how I was able to get through the scene. While the details and the extra scenes that never made the movie cut are great, it doesn’t change the fact that this is a hefty book. I think overall I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
Compared to the Movie
Let’s be real, the movie adaption sucked. Well, not the movie, I think that the movie for what it is worth is entertaining, but as an adaption, it sucked. Firstly, they for some reason decided that the Beauxbaton Academy is all-girls, which is not the case in the book. One of the reasons that people are upset by this change is that Fleur Delacour was chosen as the victor above even the male students, but by making the academy all-female, they make it that she was just the best of the female students. While that isn’t a huge distinction, it does change the way that we look at Fleur as a character.
One of the other changes is that the house elves are completely taken out of the story. While ghosts are removed from the movies, anything involving Hermione’s work for the house elves. Admittedly, both things were probably removed because they provided little to no addition to the relative plot. As a movie director (as I have zero qualifications, I am 100% going to be talking out of my butt on this one), you have to make decisions on what can go into the movie and what you can throw away in order to make the general time crunch of 2-3 hours. Beyond that time, the general audience will probably lose interest, so you adapt. You pick what you need in order to tell the generalized story.
As a reader, I get it, but also… that sucks. As I think about it, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are drastically different in page length. In fact, Goblet of Fire is two times as long as Sorcerer’s Stone, but the movies are the same length time-wise. Clearly things had to be shifted, tossed, or combined in order to get the screen time. But this is why kids we say read the book, because if you don’t, you are missing out on quite an adventure.
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