Many of you know that every summer I reread all of the Harry Potter books (#HPsummerReRead). Mostly because I can watch the movies any time I want, but it takes a lot more time to read the books and I love the books. I hate to be that girl, but the books are better. They just are.
As a quick disclaimer, I’ve got to tell you guys – I love all of the Harry Potter books. They’re all the best. So to say that Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire is my favorite is a big statement, I know. Just know that I do love them all. I also love all of the movies. I just really love Harry Potter in general, guys. I’m that girl.
Oh also, I’m specifically talking about The Goblet of Fire BOOK, not the movie. Because I think they did NOT EVEN COME CLOSE to doing this book justice in movie form. I understand, but ugh. My one (and kind of only) big grief with the movies.
Having said all of that, now I’m going to tell you
Why ‘The Goblet of Fire’ Is My Favorite Harry Potter Book
The Magical World Becomes Bigger Than Hogwarts
One thing I really love about ‘Goblet of Fire’ is that it expands the magical world. In the first 3 books the idea and the concept that the wizarding world is bigger than Hogwarts is there, but it isn’t until ‘Goblet of Fire’ than the concept becomes real. I loved reading about the other 2 wizarding schools that come to Hogwarts for the Tri-Wizard Tournament because, especially in my young mind when I first read the book, it makes the idea of a wizarding world more realistic.
The Quidditch World Cup
I truly am in love with the first few chapters of ‘The Goblet of Fire’ because it’s all about the Quidditch World Cup. The amount of detail J.K. Rowling included and how again, it extends the wizarding world? I think it’s some genius writing.
It amuses me to no end that in ‘Goblet of Fire’ we are reading about characters in their full blown year of puberty. The dating starts, the jealous begins, the romances and crushes are beginning to be laid out, and I couldn’t possibly love it any more. This leads me into my next point..
‘The Goblet of Fire’ Is The Transition Book
It’s fitting that it is literally the middle book in the series, because it is also the book that takes us from the young, childish tone that the first 3 Harry Potter books have and into the darker, more adult tone that finishes the series. ‘Goblet of Fire’ begins with not a naive Harry and friends, by any means, but they still had that childish “everything will be okay” air about them. When the book ends it feels as if Harry and friends have aged multiple years, rather than just one. When you read ‘Goblet of Fire’ you can actually feel the characters aging and things in and around Hogwarts and their wizarding world changing. It is the transition book.
The Threat Becomes Real
This is the book that transforms Voldemort into an actual physical being and thereby the threat becomes real and tangible for the first time. In the first 3 books Voldemort was more of a threat and an idea, but in ‘Goblet of Fire’ the threat of Voldemort increases and becomes real, because he himself becomes tangible and real.
Overall, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire is my favorite book because it straddles the line of fun and innocence in the first 3 books and the darkness that encompasses the remaining 3 books.
What is your favorite Harry Potter book?
While we’re on the subject, what is something in The Goblet of Fire that you’re upset the movies left out? Me? SO MANY THINGS. The movie could’ve been 4 hours and they still probably wouldn’t have gotten it all though, so I understand.
Love you lovelies.