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Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, Chapters 31-33

Thoughts on Chapters 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-21, 22-24, 25-27, and 28-30!

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Chapter Thirty-One: The Third Task

  1. Harry tells Ron and Hermione the things he saw in the Pensieve, about Bagman’s, Karkaroff’s, and Crouch Jnr’s trials—and the first thing Hermione focuses on is that Rita Skeeter gloated about knowing those things, weeks before. Gotta love her for that determined nemesis stuff.
  2. Of course, then it’s back to training for the maze—which Ron refers to as ‘training for when we’re all Aurors’, bless his heart.
  3. I actually like that Ron wound up helping George with Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes rather sticking with the Auror path. He’s not quite got the reflexes or brain power, so I’m glad he’s safe out of danger from that job–but also, I just like it more for Ron. I like to imagine he grew up enough to realise he doesn’t have to prove himself as an Auror; that he’d rather devote his time to making people laugh.
  4. That got deep.
  5. Just before the day of the task, we find out Sirius is sending daily owls to check on Harry and comfort him, at great risk to his being discovered–because he’s adorable and of course he is.
  6. But then Hermione realises what Rita’s been doing to hear the gossip she’s printed, and rushes off to check it in the library, and it’s Chamber of Secrets all over again. Classic Hermione.
  7. Aww, this bit always breaks my heart—Harry hovering around the Great Hall when the other Champions go to see their visiting families, assuming no one’s there for him… And then Mrs Weasley and Bill turn up. THE FEELS.
  8. Also the feels at Fleur eyeing Bill up. The beginning of a beautiful relationship.
  9. Although I wish Harry didn’t have to tell Mrs Weasley that Rita’s full of it for Mrs Weasley to be nice to Hermione again. I’m glad she has flaws, but I wish that wasn’t one of them.
  10. Into the maze we go!
  11. I’m changing my mind about wanting to be involved in this task.
  12. Though I’d still rather do this one than the dragon or the lake.
  13. Though it definitely seems a bigger risk to every Champion that isn’t Harry.
  14. Poor Krum, suspected of attacking Fleur when he’s been Imperius-ed to do it.
  15. Fake Moody is a d-bag.

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Chapter Thirty-Two: Flesh, Blood and Bone

  1. The dread of the graveyard, and what it means for Cedric, is sinking in already–and they’ve only just arrived.
  2. And before I can even turn the page… It’s happened.
  3. Poor Cedric.
  4. His death almost feels like a turning point in tone for the entire series. Really the point of no return.
  5. Christ, this scene is horrific. All of it. Cedric’s death, Harry being tied up, Wormtail slashing Harry’s arm, Wormtail amputating himself, weird fetus Voldy, Harry wishing it had drowned, Voldemort rising naked and fully grown… Horrific.
  6. Stuff of nightmares.
  7. Thank God it’s a short chapter.

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Chapter Thirty-Three: The Death Eaters

  1. Oh good, we’re staying with the horrific: Voldemort is caressing his new body.
  2. At least he’s robed by the time he’s monologuing to Harry about his bad childhood, as all good villains do.
  3. I think this is why I can’t hate him as much as I hate Umbridge and Bellatrix. Voldy is almost camp in his villainy. The others feel much more dangerous.
  4. His monologue is interesting, but there’s not much to it when it’s not new. I think I got far more out of it the first time than I have since.
  5. Now I just have the time to soak up the horrifying detail of him caressing himself.
  6. Vom.
  7. Did that before he called the Death Eaters back though, didn’t he? Knew Wormtail wasn’t looking and expected Harry to be too dead to tell—didn’t want anyone seeing it.
  8. Though the summoned Death Eaters being scared of Voldy sure proves that all bullies are cowards.

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