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Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, Chapters 4-6

Thoughts on Chapters 1-3 here!

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Chapter Four: Back to The Burrow

  1. This chapter title fills me with joy.
  2. This chapter fills me with joy, actually. By the time I reached the bit where Fred and George have finally spotted Dudley, and broke into ‘identical, evil grins’, I too was beaming—so much so, my fiancé looked over and laughed at how much I was clearly enjoying the book.
  3. Of course Fred and George spill their Ton-Tongue Toffees over the living room of Privet Drive, intending for Dudley to eat them and suffer. It’s about as much revenge as anyone but Hagrid ever tries to get on Dudley, for a lifetime of him bullying Harry–I’m okay with it.
  4. Actually, I love it.
  5. Though Molly and Arthur really should’ve been suspicious from the second Fred and George wanted to tag along to pick Harry up.
  6. Also so many questionable things about that—why didn’t Ron/Molly mention that they’d be arriving by Floo Powder? How’d Mr Weasley get away with performing magic in the Privet Drive, when the Trace surely would’ve been activated, as it has when Dobby did his Hover Charm? Didn’t Arthur think it slightly rude to bring half his brood, unannounced, to the Dursleys’ house?
  7. Many questionable things, but I can write them all off for the sheer amusement of the Dursleys getting their living room blown up, because heaven knows they deserve it.
  8. I mean, it’s not like Arthur didn’t offer to repair the fireplace, after all. There was no need for Vernon to start throwing ornaments at him. Arthur’s thing was an accident.
  9. And no one made Dudley eat the toffee, either.
  10. Team Weasley for life.

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Chapter Five: Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes

  1. I don’t know what I love more about the opening of this chapter: that we finally meet Bill and Charlie, or that Harry and the Weasley brothers are laughing so hard at the thought of Dudley choking on the Toffee.
  2. I got nothing much to say on the chapter, except that I could read an entire book of ordinary life with the Weasleys, Harry, and Hermione.
  3. Seriously. Crookshanks chasing gnomes, Fred and George sending dragon dung to Percy’s ‘in’ tray, Bill and Charlie having battles with tables, Mrs Weasley cooking so intensely the potatoes ricochet out of their skins and against the ceiling… Nothing really happens in this entire chapter, but I love every word.

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Chapter Six: The Portkey

  1. I have so many questions about portkeys. The first being: did the boot Portkey that took Harry, Hermione, the Weasleys, and the Diggorys to the Quidditch World Cup have to be mouldy?
  2. All great writing lies in the details, and that detail about Hermione being the last to make it up the hill, wheezing with a stitch when she reaches the top, is my favourite.
  3. But there’s an illustration in the Jim Kay edition of Hermione and Cedric at the top of the hill, and Cedric looks more like I imagined Tom Riddle, and it really puts me off.
  4. And on the subject of Cedric, his dad is a real pill. There’s being proud of your son, and then there’s gloating in front of Harry that Cedric is a better player. He’s just rude.
  5. I mean, the only reason Cedric beat Harry is because Harry fell off his broom. And that was nothing to do with being a worse flier—it was because dementors were present, and Harry has so much trauma in his past that it caused him to pass out; something pampered Cedric would know nothing about.
  6. Cedric is so supposedly good, I have to assume he told Amos exactly why Harry fell off his broom; which means Amos chose to ignore a fourteen-year-old’s trauma and rub his loss in his face.
  7. I feel sorry for him by the end of Goblet, but in this moment, Amos deserves a Ton-Tongue Toffee, too.
  8. I can’t believe this is the guy who’s the catalyst for the entire plot of Cursed Child.
  9. Another reason that story is ridiculous.
  10. I have literally read a whole lot of better fanfiction.
  11. I think I’d prefer Portkey travel to Floo Powder, even if it requires touching mouldy boots—but damned if I wouldn’t love to be able to Apparate.

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