Harry, Ron, and Hermione are about to start their 4th year at Hogwarts. For the remainder of the summer, Harry has (barely) been given permission to go watch the Quidditch World Cup, which Mr. Weasley (barely) got tickets for. The night of the World Cup, You-Know-Who's Dark Mark is sent up into the sky by an unknown person, and then Death Eaters (Voldemort's old followers) wreak havoc on the camp grounds. All this could signify Voldemort's possible rise to power. At Hogwarts at the start of the school year, the students discover there is going to be a change to their normal routine. The Triwizard Tournament will take place at Hogwarts over the school year. Three wizards will be chosen, one from Hogwarts, and one each from the visiting schools, Durmstrang and Beauxbaton. But when, with an unforseen turn of events, Harry is thrown into the middle of it all, the situation becomes stickier with each new task, and the mess could end up being bigger than anyone ever imagined.
My thoughts -
YES! What an incredible book! Number 4, by far the best book yet. I was thoroughly impressed with every word. I was surprised, excited, saddened, shocked, freaked out, and totally happy. Seriously, I am one happy reader having finished this book. Not only was I even more in love with the characters and story, but also with the writing. Golly goodness I loved the writing so much more this time. I've always liked it, but it never seemed a strong point in the books for me. But this time, wow. Just, wow.
Character notes -
Again, lovely characters. Harry - he grows more and more wonderful with every book. Hermione - I respected her a TON and loved her role in the story. Ron - he cracks me up with his typical Weasley sarcasm and wit. Fred and George - they surpassed my expectations with their hilarious antics. I'd visit their joke shop!! They are some of my favorite characters in the series! Moody - he creeped me out. Dumbledore - he is one lovable old wizard! Bagman and Crouch - interesting additions to the story. Percy "Weatherby" Weasley - HA!!!! Sirius - Great to see him again! Snape - who is he really? Diggory - I love him. :(
And while I love and cherish all these characters, something was missing...my other favorite... Lupin. Next book? :)
Story notes -
I enjoyed every aspect of this story! It's a whirlwind of adventure, fun, danger, and, of course, magic! Harry learns so much through the course of it all and all the events came together in one highly shocking turn for the worst. I was sucked in by the fast pace - I was sad when it was over... Thank God there's more to be read!
One word/phrase to sum it up (final thoughts) -
Eventful. (Yes, pun intended...) What a great 4th book!! The first book in the series I've given five stars to - and it's well deserved. Can't wait to keep reading and enjoying the wonderful adventures of Harry Potter! These books are treasures!
For the parents -
This book contains a much higher intensity level, especially at the end. Personally, I wouldn't want my child of 14 reading it. A character rises from the "dead", in a manner of speaking, and in a very gruesome way. It's a spooky scene with dark incantations. A character cuts off his own hand for the magic to work and then writhes in pain; description of what the "dead" person looks like - a very disgusting and dark creature.